|9:57:42 PM - Fri, Oct 7th 2011
|Winfried Rutter was my great-grandfather. He was born in Freeport, IL, married and moved to Montana. Then left a wife and 7 very young children in Montana, came back to Illinois, and spent the rest of his life in hospitals for the insane.
Because of family history, I'm trying to understand why all that happened. On census for 1900, 1910, and 1920, he is listed as married, however, his wife remained in Montana, and on all census for her from 1910 on, she is listed as a widow. All these years the family was told he 'abandoned' them, or was probably killed while hunting in the mountains.
Any help is appreciated!