From Kook Science
Otto Shade (c. 1872 - August 3, 1908) was an American of German descent and resident of Ellsworth Co., Kansas who was adjudged insane in 1900 following an arrest that culminated in a violent episode in a Saline county prison, this being linked by press reporting to his hobby of perpetual motion. According to the reports, he was arrested by a Marshal Schemerhorn, and subsequently claimed that the marshal had bought his machine for $5000.
- "HAS PERPETUAL MOTION. Otto Shade of Ellworth Has a Corner On It.", Salina Daily Republican-Journal (Salina, Kansas): 1, 5 Dec. 1900, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/93526631/
- "Report on Otto Shade", Ellsworth Reporter (Ellsworth, Kan.): 3, 6 Dec. 1900, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/383541741, "Mr. Otto Shade, living north of town, left his home last Thursday night arriving in Brookville Friday morning. Acting in a peculiar manner, he was taken in charge by the City marshall who took him to Salina, turning him over to the sheriff of Saline county. The latter brought him to Ellsworth last Monday. He was kept under arrest until yesterday morning when he was brought before His Honor, the Probate Judge, and a jury, who adjudged him insane."
- "Death of Otto Shade", Ellsworth Messenger (Ellsworth, Kan.): 1, 6 Aug. 1908, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/483232851