Archive for Saturday, October 16, 2010

100 years ago: Lutheran minister expelled after starting relationships with female congregants

October 16, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 16, 1910:

“George Draper, 50 years old, attempted to commit suicide Saturday evening by drowning himself. He leaped from a culvert on the Ottawa branch of the Santa Fe into a small pool of water. There was not sufficient water in the ravine to accomplish his purpose, and he finally climbed out. His absence had been noted by the family, and searchers found him sitting on the bridge covered with mud from head to foot. He was just about to make a second attempt to drown himself, when the searchers arrived.

“Dr. S. J. Crumbine will not accept the position of dean of the Kansas University Medical School at Rosedale. The head of the new medical institution was offered to Dr. Crumbine by the regents here last Friday. Yesterday in Topeka he announced that he would not take the position. Dr. Crumbine has been secretary of the State Board of Health since 1903. He fathered the pure food law, the water and sewage law and carried on campaigns resulting in the abolition of the common drinking cup from trains and schools.

“The matter of expelling Rev. J. C. Schindle from the ministry of their denomination, will be up before the State Synod of Lutherans this afternoon. Rev. Schindle had been credited with being one of the most brilliant orators the denomination had in the state. Finally his congregation noticed his proclivity for feminine members of his congregation. Then it was found that one woman was going up to his study frequently and remaining for hours.”


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