The 1884 Jagt Murders in Vogel Center
As a follow up to the Early History of Missaukee, I've been researching some of the shocking events of the 19th century in Missaukee County. I hope to publish them as a book called Missaukee Murder & Mayhem. It's a project I work on in my spare time, so it's taken me years to squeeze out a few pages. And I feel like I'm about halfway after several years.
One of the well-known stories of the early days was the murder of Jan and Catalina Jagt, who were murdered in their home near Vogel Center in 1884. The basics have been often repeated through the years in various publications. But recently, after visiting with folks for the Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church 150th Anniversary in the summer of 2022, I found several rich sources that filled in a much colorful detail surrounding the investigation, arrest, and trial of the killer. One of the keys was finding Dutch-language sources that followed the events closely, as Vogel Center was a Dutch-speaking community at the time. I was also able to find more genealogical data on several of the players in this story, deepening their back stories and the aftermath of these events.
Since my process is slow and the story fascinating, I'm sharing a draft of the chapter on the Jagt murders as it currently stands. It may well change if I find new sources, but there's plenty to chew on here already.
UPDATE: The latest draft of this chapter is dated 26 October 2022, linked below:
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