|obtained in digital format on the Quincy, Illinois, Public Library website|
If Trautvetter's location is Kansas is indicated specifically, then newspapers there should be referenced as well to see if his "appearance" is mentioned from their perspective. I may try searches of the newspapers at Ancestry.com and Genealogybank.com. Searches of the digital newspapers at the Library of Congress did not locate any references to Theodore. However even if digital images are located, it still may be necessary be necessary to perform manual searches of newspapers in the immediate area once the location in Kansas has been determined.
Hopefully the local newspapers shed a little more "light" on the story. There are many reasons why Trautvetter may have decided to be absent from home.
Theodore Trautvetter is a brother to my great-great-grandfather, Michael Trautvetter. Their father, George Trautvetter didn't disappear, but did return to Germany in approximately 1870, never to see his wife or children again--they all stayed in the United States. George was approximately 71 at the time.