This is one of those cases where you know there is more to it than meets the eye.
Friday, Dec. 6, 1907, Fred L. Frederick, a young man who owned property in the town of Cameron but had been living in Waukesha County for some time, spent the evening with his sweetheart, Miss Laura Wundrow who lived in Marshfield.
Laura Frederica Wundrow, only 12 years old at this time, having been born Jan. 1, 1895, was the daughter of Charles and Annie Wundrow. Her age itself raises questions, although I know back then girls dated and married at very young ages.
Fred was temporarily staying with his brother Charles, who also lived in Cameron.
On the drive home from Laura's, a man stepped out of the bushes along side the road and shot Fred in the thigh, causing a nasty, but non-fatal wound.
On Monday, John Schroeder of Marshfield was arrested and charged with the shooting, since it was known he was extremely jealous of anyone in whom Miss Wundrow showed an interest, being in love with her himself.
Schroeder was brought before Judge Hahn, and his case was postponed until Dec. 17. He was released on $1,000 bail.
The community of Marshfield was buzzing with the love triangle, because all the parties were well-known in the area.
Mayor William Wheeler of Grand Rapids was engaged to defend Schroeder, and on Dec. 17, a large crowd was waiting to see what would happen. However, the case was postponed until Thursday, Dec. 20, because the prosecuting district attorney was ill.
The large crowd of witnesses and spectators again returned at 11 a.m. Thursday to see what justice would be dished out by Judge Hahn.
Frederick, who had recovered enough from his injury that he was able to attend as well, was sitting in the court room with young Laura Wundrow by his side.
One by one, the witnesses were called, many of them the Wundrow family, including Laura herself, a few other men, and, of course, Frederick and Schroeder.
From the start, Frederick insisted the man who shot him was Schroeder and told the police that, but when he took the stand and was under oath, he failed to swear as to the identity of his assailant.
With no other concrete evidence against Schroeder, the district attorney had no choice except to ask the court for the defendant to be freed, and Judge Hahn dismissed the case.
Schroeder claimed from the beginning that he was innocent of the charge, and according to the Marshfield Times, after his day in court, stated that, "Rather than live in a neighborhood where his neighbors are unfriendly to him, he would dispose of his farm and leave this vicinity."
In the end, neither man ended up with their love, Laura. Ten years later, in 1917, then 22-year-old Laura married Gilman Kohlstad, and they moved to Auburndale and raised six children.
It is hard to say where Schroeder and Frederick ended up. And if Schroeder truly was not the shooter -although I think he was - you wonder who was ... and why?