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The James Mueller Incident

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:49 am    Post subject: The James Mueller Incident Reply with quote

While leafing through old issues of The Concordian, I spot articles that bring back old memories. One of those was a submission some time ago by Jim Mueller. Jim worked at a newspaper in California and had written a book entitled All the Presidents' Dogs, stories about the various dogs owned by previous US presidents.

Many of you should remember the Mueller family. Teacher H H Mueller was a popular 5th/6th grade teacher at St. Paul's Elementary School. (Who could forget his piano renditions of the “Moonlight Sonata” for the students.) He was a great church organist (although his son Paul, who taught in York, PA, may have even outshone him). And, of course, he was the director of the Concordia Municipal Band for a number of years. In the latter 1940s, he accepted a teaching position in California and moved his family there.

While back in Concordia, his family lived directly across Main Street from St. Paul's School, next to the old Heilman parsonage. His family and my family were good friends. One day, Teacher Mueller received a call from a local farmer that son Jim was hanging by a rope from a tree on his farm. Remembering that my dad had a pickup at that time, he frantically ran over to the creamery and asked Dad to go with him to the farm. Instantly, the rumor spread like wildfire around Concordia that Jim had committed suicide. When Teacher Mueller and Dad arrived at the site, they found Jim tangled in a rope and hanging from branch of the tree. It turned out that Jim had gone hunting and use a rope to pull himself up in the tree. He slipped and got wrapped up in the rope, dangling helplessly from the limb. They untangled Jim and let him down to the ground. All was well.

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