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The Unexpected Journey of Rudolf Fenz Senior, Time Traveler

Updated on February 5, 2018

Time Traveler Rudolf Fenz Senior

Rodulf Fenz Senior
Rodulf Fenz Senior

1870's Mens Clothing

From 1876 to 1950 in a Second

By: Cow Flipper

It was 1876 when Rudolf Fenz, Senior, disappeared during his daily walk. His family and friends launched an investigation to locate the missing thirty one year old family man but they never did find him. It wasn't until 74 years into the future in 1950 Manhattan,New York that Mr. Rudolf Fenz. Senior would pop up again and make headlines, but this time not for his disappearance but his amazing reappearance and tragic death. Now Mr. Fenz was not 105 years old when he died. He had not gone into hiding and then reappeared on the scene after a life-time in hiding. No Mr. Fenz ended up in the middle of a very heavily traveled Fifth Avenue in downtown Manhattan where he was instantly struck down by a motorist. He had rematerialized out of thin air and very suddenly his life ended on a June day some 50 years after he had gone missing.

The police searched the man that had been hit and found a leather billfold with U.S. Banknotes from the 1870's and earlier coins long out of circulation and still retaining mint luster, and calling cards with the name Rudolph Fenz Sr. inscribed on them. He was wearing a wide-brimmed hat, a black coat, trousers and shoes that fastened with 19th Century style buckles. He looked to be in his early thirties. Of course you may be saying to yourself, "Yeah but this could just be a big mistake." but the police also found a receipt for the boarding of his horses and of a carriage that were among the man’s effects.

Who The Heck Is He?

Officers were unable to find out anymore information on the mysterious man. With no next of kin the case was handed over to the missing person's investigators. Officer Hubert Rihn, used his resources at the Missing Persons Bureau and contacted counterparts in Europe including Austria and Germany to find any relatives of the victim. At first Rihn was unable to learn any information.

A Strange Turn of Events!

Rihn took a stab in the dark and obtained a copy of the old New York City phone directory from 1939 where he found a man with the same name as the victim, Rudolf Fenz, Jr.; after which Rihn tracked down an elderly woman who claimed to be the widow of Rudolh Fenz, Jr.. Rihn then learned that Rudolf Fenz, Sr. was indeed the woman's father-in-law. Her husband was only four years old when his father disappeared and that the family had searched in vain to find him. Rihn then dug deeper into the 19th century archives of missing persons and discovered a record of Rudolf Fenz, Sr. as an unsolved missing person case. With the file on the man was a photograph which matched exactly the face of the victim that was struck down in the accident.

So what is it that happened here? Is it really possible that this man from the 1800s was actually whisked into the future only to end up the victim of an auto accident? Believe it or not this is not the first case like the Moberly-Jourdain Incident. I look forward to hearing from readers.

For more on Time Travel please also see...

The Time Travel Story of Hakan Nordkvist By: Cow Flipper


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    • Universal Laws profile image

      Linda Joslin 

      2 years ago from UNIVERSE

      Anything is possible!

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      Amanda Gee 

      8 years ago from Cameron, Missouri

      It's still a good story and I quite enjoyed it. :)

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      8 years ago

      Sorry, folks. It's straight from a 1951 Jack Finney short story. No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney.

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      8 years ago from Southern England

      Excellent hub Cow Flipper, love it!

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      Jenna Ditsch 

      8 years ago from Illinois

      Quite interesting! Now you have me intrigued to find more similar stories. Thanks for writing!

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Right CF, you wrote a good piece on it, it's still an interesting story regardless.

    • Cow Flipper profile imageAUTHOR

      Sean Jankowski 

      8 years ago from Southern Oregon

      Yeah but it sure is a good story to research Alastar. I'm just getting it out there. :)

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      This is one could well be a hoax, something about it already being written about in a book.

    • Marlin 55 profile image

      Marlin 55 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is really a fascinating story. It was a shame that he was killed after being teleported.


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