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Chilton Times June 11, 1892

He Was Acquitted


The arrest of Peter Langemack on the charge of descrating a grave in the New Holstein cemetery, which was mentioned in the last issue of The Times, caused considerable excitement and talk in the neighborhood town of New Holstein and throughout the county. Last week The Times gave the story as told by the complainant and was informed by others that it is true. The trial for the offence charged was held before 'Squire Schlichting in this city on Monday and upon the testimony received, Mr. Langemack was acquitted. The other side of the case puts an entirely different face on the matter and is told to The Times scribe as follows: "Mr. Langemack has always taken great interest in keeping hislot in the cemetery in good condition. In his lot are buried the remains of Nicholaus Kettlesen and his grave has always been fixed up with those of the deceased relatives of Mr. Langemack. Two days before Decoration day Mr. Langemack fixed up the grave in his lot and planted flowers on them. The monument placed there by the government was not of his request and without his consent. When he found it there he states it was not placed straight and he took it up intending to have it reset or a new monument placed in its stead." Mr. Langemack's acquittal was in accordance with the law and constitution of this country, which gives every man a right to control his own property. If he wishes to leave the graves of those buried in his lot unmarked, no person or society have a right to erect a monument, or in any way interfere with his right without his consent. The Times has further learned that the trouble was caused to a certain extent by a personal enmity between the complaining witness and the defendant.


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