Irwin Raymond Nye (1869 - 1923)

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Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Cause of death: Fell From 19th Floor Of Chicago Hotel
Occupation: Postmaster & Newspaper Publisher
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Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, Thurs. Aug. 2, 1923, Page 1 and 16: "FORMER EDITOR AT HORTONVILLE KILLED BY FALL

"Irwin Nye Falls From 19th Floor Of Chicago Hotel -Well Known Here

"Chicago - Irwin Nye of Janesville, Wis., fell to his death Thursday morning from the nineteenth floor of a downtown hotel here. He suffered a fracture of the skull which caused his death a few moments after his body was found lying on the roof of an adjoining building, ten floors below, by another guest at the hotel.

"A pillow was found on the window ledge of Nye's room and the body was clad in night clothing which led the police to believe that he went to the window in search of a cooling breeze and lost his balance and fell.

"He was 54 and proprietor of a printing supply house.

"I. Dommermans of Brooklyn, N.Y., a gust in another room, saw the pajama clad body of Nye hurtle past his window and land on the roof below. He called B. J. Bowman, manager of the hotel, who summoned the police. Nye was dead by the time a physician reached his side.

"SLEEPING ON SILL According to Policeman E. Prendergast, pillows on the window ledge of Nye's room indicate that he was sleeping on the broad sill and rolled out. The body was taken to the Central Undertaking establishment, 422 South Clark-st to await inspection by the coroner.

"Investigation of Mr. Nhye's room showed that the door was locked from the inside. Mr. Nye's effects were in orderly arrangement.

"'Just before 6 o'clock, I heard a loud noise on the roof and thought some one had exploded a bomb or fired a shot' said John Howland, of New York city,who as in a ninth floor room. I looked out, and saw the body on a man on the roof.'

"Nye was 54. He was proprietor of Nye's Printing Supply shop in Janesville, where he had gone to live recently from Madison, Wis. Two years ago a fire destroyed a part of the machinery in his printing plant, Janesville police say.

"The police, however, are investigating the possibility of suicide. They expressed also the belief that Nye may have been addicted to walking in his sleep and so have fallen from the window.

"Mr. Nye was a former editor of several Wisconsin newspapers and was at one time editorial writer of the Milwaukee Journal.

"Nye was well known throughout Wisconsin.

"During the war he served overseas as a Y.M.C.A. worker and his son Donald was a seargeant on the headquarters staff at Chaumont. Nye won a Journal contest among state editorial in 1916 and shortly afterward became a member of the Journal editorial staff. He left the paper to go to France as a Y.M.C.A. worker.

"Mr. Nye was born in Hortonville. In 1882 he he bought an interest in the Hortonville Review and the next year established the Wittenberg Enterprise and became a resident of that city, still retaining his interest in the Hortonville paper. Later he founded the New London Republic and was editor of all three papers until 1912. He served as mayor of Wittenberg and as a member of the Shawano county board."

PROMINENT MAN - Janesville - Irwin Nye was owner of a job printing plant here and prominent in all ...affairs. He came here from Milwaukee where he had been in the job printing business, and had previously owned county newspapers. He was a leading member of the Lions' club and is survived by his wife.

"Mr. Nye, who was well known in Appleton, is survived by his widow, three sons, Gerald,Claire, and Donald, and one daughter, Marjorie. Gerald Nye was publisher of the Weekly Review at Hortonville for a number of years and Claire was employed in Appleton about three years ago."

Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, Mon. Aug. 6, 1923, Page 2: "Funeral services for Irwin Nye of Janesville, formerly of Hortonville, were held at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Baptist church at Hortonville. The Rev. A. W. Triggs of Oshkosh was in charge of the service. Burial was in the Hortonville cemetery.

"Bearers were James McMeekin, Jacob Jack, Joseph Birmingham, Henry Ga??tlin , Ernest Lewis and Edward Sanborn."

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Irwin Nye's Timeline

1869
February, 1869
Wisconsin, United States
1892
December 19, 1892
Age 23
Hortonville, Outagamie, WI, USA
1895
November, 1895
Age 26
WI, USA
1898
March 7, 1898
Age 29
WI, USA
1901
1901
Age 31
WI, USA
1923
August 2, 1923
Age 54
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
August 11, 1923
Age 54
Hortonville, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States
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