From Kook Science
either Illinois or Sweden (the United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway)
|Died||9 August 1898 (61)|
Moline, Rock Island Co., Illinois
|Burial||Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Rock Island Co., Illinois[ii]|
John Sundquist (b. c. 1837 - d. August 9, 1898) was a Swedish itinerant worker who was reported to have committed suicide at his boarding house in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois after having become "demented over his unsuccessful effort of years to invent a perpetual motion machine." The owner of the house he lived in, George Swanson, said he knew nothing about the man's family or background, and little about what he even did for a living, except that he travelled extensively and in "first-class style." No details of the alleged machine were provided.
- "JOHN SUNDQUIST'S END: THE PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE Which He Couldn't Invent Crazes Him, and He Shoots Himself in His Room at the George Swanson Farm House East of Moline - A Resident Hereabouts for a Quarter of a Century", Moline Daily Dispatch (Moline, IL): 4, 9 Aug. 1898, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/121261796/john-sundquists-end/
- "BURIED BY THE COUNTY. Sundquist, the Felo de Se, Seems to Have Died Penniless.", Moline Daily Dispatch (Moline, IL): 4, 10 Aug. 1898, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/121262285/buried-by-the-county-sundquist-the/
- "UNEXPECTED FIND. Pocketbook of a Moline Suicide Yields $250.", The Daily Times (Davenport, IA): 1, 11 Aug. 1898, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/121262400/unexpected-find-pocketbook-of-a-moline/ — this seems to be a misreading of an earlier article that stated $2.50 was found in the pocketbook.
- U.S. Census for 1880, https://www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:MXKZ-832, lists John Sundquist, resident at George Swanson's home, as having been born around 1845, while reports on his death give an age of 61, placing his birth closer to 1837.
- Per https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201339690/johan-sundquist: Sec ET Lot 1058 Grave 10.