Henriette Josephine Boehme, 18701913 (aged 43 years)

Name
Henriette Josephine /Boehme/
Given names
Henriette Josephine
Surname
Boehme
Married name
Henriette Josephine /Sternweis/
Birth April 2, 1870

Birth of a sisterCaroline Friedrike Boehme
January 16, 1873 (aged 2 years)

Death of a sisterCaroline Friedrike Boehme
April 29, 1874 (aged 4 years)

Birth of a brotherGustav Adolf Boehme
April 6, 1875 (aged 5 years)

Birth of a sisterSophie Emilie Boehme
March 8, 1878 (aged 7 years)

Birth of a sisterHelene Ottilie Boehme
April 21, 1880 (aged 10 years)

Birth of a sisterBertha Charlotte Boehme
January 14, 1883 (aged 12 years)

Confirmation March 29, 1885 (aged 14 years)

Birth of a sisterJuliane Theresia Boehme
August 29, 1885 (aged 15 years)

Note: Missouri birth record says 11th child.
Death of a fatherFriedrich August Boehme
January 26, 1899 (aged 28 years)

MarriageHenry SternweisView this family
December 3, 1903 (aged 33 years)
Birth of a sonArthur H. Sternweis
November 10, 1904 (aged 34 years)

Birth of a daughterIna B. Sternweis
January 6, 1908 (aged 37 years)

Death of a brotherGustav Adolf Boehme
January 14, 1909 (aged 38 years)

Birth of a daughterRuth D. Sternweis
November 27, 1912 (aged 42 years)

Death of a husbandHenry Sternweis
August 21, 1913 (aged 43 years)

Death of a sonArthur H. Sternweis
August 21, 1913 (aged 43 years)

Death of a daughterIna B. Sternweis
August 21, 1913 (aged 43 years)

Death of a daughterRuth D. Sternweis
August 21, 1913 (aged 43 years)

Burial of a fatherFriedrich August Boehme

Burial of a motherCaroline Friederike Eichhorn

Death August 21, 1913 (aged 43 years)

Burial
Last change May 30, 202216:06:12

Family with parents
father
mother
Marriage MarriageDecember 2, 1862Uniontown, Perry County, Missouri, USA
sibling
elder brother
18651927
Birth: January 15, 1865
Death: July 4, 1927
15 months
elder sister
18661931
Birth: April 3, 1866
Death: March 16, 1931Perryville, Perry County, Missouri, USA
4 years
herself
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Birth: April 2, 1870
Death: August 21, 1913
3 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
18781954
Birth: March 8, 1878
Death: September 1, 1954Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri, USA
2 years
younger sister
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Birth: April 21, 1880
Death: July 4, 1956
3 years
younger sister
18831970
Birth: January 14, 1883
Death: November 1970
3 years
younger sister
Family with Henry Sternweis
husband
18651913
Birth: May 14, 1865
Death: August 21, 1913
herself
18701913
Birth: April 2, 1870
Death: August 21, 1913
Marriage MarriageDecember 3, 1903Sherrill, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
11 months
son
19041913
Birth: November 10, 1904
Death: August 21, 1913
3 years
daughter
19081913
Birth: January 6, 1908
Death: August 21, 1913
5 years
daughter
19121913
Birth: November 27, 1912
Death: August 21, 1913
Shared note

Murder and Suicide Theory is Established Iowa Authorities Believe Mrs. Sternweis Killed Husband and Children Before Destroying Self.

It was positively declared today that the body found in the burned barn at the Sternweis home, where the family of five perished, was that of Mrs. Sternweis. This was determined when gold and other false teeth were discovered in the ashes of the ruins. The authorities take this as proof that Mrs. Sternweis murdered her husband and three children, burned the farm buildings, and then committed suicide. The funeral for the five dead was held today. Question of which died first, husband, wife or children, may determine the dispostion of the estate, which is now believed to be worth fully $100,000.

[Published in the Salt Lake Herald-Republican, August 24, 1913.]

Shared note

The following note appears on FindAGrave.com.

"Henry Sternweis, wife and three children were murdered and then cremated in the ruins of their home sixteen miles northwest of Dubuque. All of the buildings on the farm were burned excepting one and rags saturated with kerosene were found in the this building." [Published in the Spirit Lake Beacon, August 28, 1913.]

A newspaper article published in the Rock Island Argus and available at ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov suggests that the deaths were a quadruple murder and suicide committed by Henry Sternweis.

A coronor's inquest was planned, but I have not been able to find the report. -KPB

Shared note

Murder and Suicide Theory is Established Iowa Authorities Believe Mrs. Sternweis Killed Husband and Children Before Destroying Self.

It was positively declared today that the body found in the burned barn at the Sternweis home, where the family of five perished, was that of Mrs. Sternweis. This was determined when gold and other false teeth were discovered in the ashes of the ruins. The authorities take this as proof that Mrs. Sternweis murdered her husband and three children, burned the farm buildings, and then committed suicide. The funeral for the five dead was held today. Question of which died first, husband, wife or children, may determine the dispostion of the estate, which is now believed to be worth fully $100,000.

[Published in the Salt Lake Herald-Republican, August 24, 1913.]