Death Notice published in the Syracuse Post-Standard, August 12, 1888
Louis Flum, a German cabinetmaker, 68 years of age, who boarded with Herman Offerdick, corner of Kirkpatrick and Basin Streets, was found dead in his bed at 4 pm Friday afternoon. Flum had boarded with Offerdick only since Tuesday and had boarded at his daughter's on Lock Street for some time previously. Flum was a hard drinker and did not work steadily. He was twice married and leaves a son and daughter besides his second wife. Mrs. Flum, it is said, goes by the name of Blume and Barry and has an unenviable reputation. Flum and his wife parted some time ago and his domestic difficulties are said to have been the cause of his drinking. He came to his boarding house very drunk at about 10 am Friday morning and was heard to fall off his bed three or four times. He was heard to scream and groan, but the women and children in the house were afraid to go to his room to investigate. Before going to his room, Flum drew a pitcher of water. A box labeled "Rough on Rats" was found and Coroner Billington detected Rough on Rats in the pitcher. Dr. Skinner made a post mortem examination yesterday afternoon; and at an inquest held later, it was determined that death was caused by taking Rough on Rats with suicidal intent.