Cook County, Illinois
"About a dozen deaths a day from cholera were reported taking place in Chicago last week." [Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, Sept. 7, 1866]
Council health committee has recommended appropriation of $25,000 to establish temporary contagious hospitals because of prevalence of scarlet fever. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]
Spencer ABBOTT and Floyd WEAVER of Cary and Ray McNETT of Chicago were in town Tuesday. The latter is slowly recovering from injuries received while working on the Metropolitan road in Chicago in November. He is obliged to walk with canes. [Source: Algonquin Herald (Algonquin, IL) March 13, 1902, page 8]
Charles BARTACK, 15, 4940 S. Lincoln street, struck by auto at LaSalle and Quincy sts.; right leg injured; auto license No. 2374 Ill.; driver unknown. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]
John BEST, 6328 Drexel av., burned when he started fire in stove with kerosene. [Source: The Day Book, March 21, 1917 - Sub by Source #104]
Blind Man Reads Minds
Chicago, Nov.2 - Blind from birth, but able through telepathy to take the different courses of medicine and surgery without study, is the remarkable condition of J.W. Bowlotin, a student in the Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery. BOWLOTIN, a young Russian, asserts that through a sixth sense, which he cannot explain, he can read the minds of his friends and classmates, and in that manner acquire from them the knowledge they obtained through hard study. [The Newport Miner, Nov. 4, 1909, page 2; Newport, AL]
CHILD'S SIGHT RESTORED.
Chicago Blind Girl Made to See by Means of the X Rays.
Chicago, Oct. 6 - Harriet HEILBUTH, 5 years old, and for two years blind and a paralytic, has had her sight and the use of her limbs restored through the agency of the X-rays. Two years ago the child, while playing, fell from a porch to the sidewalk, a distance of sixteen feet, striking on her head. The fall left her totally blind, and with her right side paralyzed. A few days ago the X-rays were applied by Professor W. C. Tuchs, and revealed a tumor the size of an egg pressing on the brain. The skull was trephined directly over the cyst as shown in the skiagraph, and the tumor removed. The child was able to move her limbs on recovering consciousness, and is now gradually recovering her sight. [The Intermountain Catholic (Salt Lake City, UT), October 7, 1899, page 5]
Anton KRONE, Western Union messenger, 430 Clymontee court, run down by auto driven by H. W. FRAWZAR, 441 Prairie av.; fractured right leg and cut over right eye. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]
In Chicago on the 11th, Mrs. B. F. LAUTERMAN and her two children, aged 2 and 9 years, were so badly injured by the explosion of a can of gasolene, with which the mother was attempting to light a fire in a gasolene stove, that they will all die. [Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, Jan 28, 1870]
Windpipe Severed; Still Lives.
The remarkable recovery of Mrs. John LEIENDECKER of Chicago, who after severing her windpipe over a month ago is now almost completely restored to health, is causing astonishment not only among her friends but among medical men. A peculiarity of the case is the apparent removal of the disease which had inspired the woman to take her own life. For many months Mrs. Leienedecker had been ill with a chronic stomach trouble which caused her much suffering. Seeing no prospect of relief and crazed with pain, she secured a sharp knife during the absence of the nurse on December 21 and completely severed her windpipe. [Source: The Alexandria Times-Tribune (Alexandria, IN) March 1, 1905, page 3]
Martin LUBBING, 1837 Oakdale ave., struck by street car at N. Clark and Belmont. Alleged company tried to cover up accident. Lubbing taken to Sheridan Park hospital. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]
At different times within the past few years Chicago has had upon her police force a man named Chas. NORDRUM, who has gained an almost national reputation for brutality. He has been suspended numerous times, and it was during one of these terms of temporary retirement that he appeared at the head of a band of Pinkertons at Homestead, in the famous battle July 6, 1892, and distinguished himself by a lack of bravery. He returned to Chicago, and until he got a position at the Fair grounds and was again suspended for brutally clubbing a prisoner, he did nothing to attract attention particularly. The other day, however, he broke loose again; he assaulted a man 65 years old, and pursued him into a police station where Sergeant Bender was in charge. The latter attempted to protect Nordrum's victim, and was himself assaulted. Here is where Nordrum made the mistake of his life. When Bender got through with him, the ruffian looked as if he had been in a collision with a cable car. He lost several teeth, suffered the fracture of three ribs, had both eyes blacked, his scalp peeled open, and was confined to his bed for a week. [Newton Press, July 13 1893. source #6]
Chicago, Jan. 16 - Nearly a hundred guests, who assembled to witness the wedding of Morris Pollack and Annie Schan, were poisoned during dinner which followed the wedding ceremony. In less than half an hour after dinner nearly every one in the hall was in a helpless condition. What article of food contained the poison no one has yet been able to learn, but the most popular belief is that it was the chicken which had been prepared in a copper kettle. [Cambridge-Jeffersonian Newspaper, Jan. 18, 1900 - Submitted by Src #108]
E.L. SPENCER, a book-keeper, and formerly auditor of the American Express Company at Chicago, made an attempt to end his own life a few days ago by taking laudanum and stabbing himself with a pocket knife. Mr. Spencer said that he had been unable for four months to find work. He was taken to the county hospital. There his wound was pronounced not dangerous, as it had missed the jugular vein. [15 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper - Sub. by source #6]
Mrs. Margaret STREET, 46, 5842 S. Robey, struck by buggy of Fire Marshall Eyare at State and Jackson; back bruised; taken home. [Source: "The Day Book," Chicago, IL, 20 June 1912; tr. by Src #211]
CHEWED HIS NOSE
Chicago, July 17 - Con SULLIVAN, a burly teamster hailing from "the patch," was in a saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Eighteen street yesterday when Martin E. Ryan and George Hayes, a cripple, entered. Sullivan, who is about six feet tall, began to abuse the cripple, and when Ryan took the defenseless man's part Sullivan jumped at him and catching Ryan's nose in his teeth, began to shake him as a terrier would a rat. The horrified spectators interfered, but were obliged to choke Sullivan until he was black in the face before he would release his hold. Ryan, on his way in search of a physician, met Officer Conick, who took him to a physician, and then arrested Sullivan. Several stitches were taken in Ryan's nose, which was almost bitten off. (The Daily Northwestern Oshkosh, Wis., Tuesday, July 17, 1888 column 3 ; Submitted by Diana Morse)
Mrs. Vermillyea Dying
Stricken With Paralysis of Right Side and Heart
Chicago, Dec. 9. - Mrs. Louise Vermillyea, who was charged with the murder of Policeman Bissonnette and was suspected of having poisoned eight other men, is again believed to be dying in the hospital in connection with the county jail. Last night she was stricken with paralysis of the mouth and heart and right side. It is suspected that she is using slow poison, as she has made two direct attempts to commit suicide. (Fort Myers, Fort Myers Daily Press, 09 Dec 1911, p1. Transcribed by HEH)
James WILEY is said to be dying in Chicago from the effects of the gunshot wound in his hand inflicted by David SCHOLL last Christmas. The assault was the result of a dispute about a dog. Justice C. J. WHITE has placed SCHOLL under $10,000 bond. [1 Feb. 1888 The Newton Press, Jasper County, IL Newspaper - Sub. by source #23]
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