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Kane County, Illinois
Sick List News Gleanings


Charles Alverson
is on the sick list this week.. [Batavia Herald, 24 Mar 1893]

Antone Benson
who fell from a hay loft last week; a distance of nearly forty feet, and was very seriously injured is now able to be around, and hopes to resume his work in a few weeks. Dr. A.A. Fitts attends him. ["Batavia Herald", 13 July 1893]

Attempted Suicide
Chas. Clapp Fires a Ball into His Head, but without Fatal Effect
West Batavia was thrown into a state of excitement, Wednesday, upon the report that Chas. Clapp had attempted self-destruction by shooting himself. Upon investigation the following facts were learned: At 12 o'clock, noon, Chas. walked out in the back yard, drew a 32 calibre revolver, and fired the contents into his left ear, the bullet lodging in his head, but did not cause death. Dr. Bothwell and Dr. Lockwood were called in to administer relief, but did not attempt to probe for the ball. At this writing, the patient lays in a very uncertain condition. He may recover and he may not.
Chas. Clapp is a single man, about 37 years of age, resides with his mother, Mrs. Geo. Clapp, on the West Side, near the Calvary Church. He has resided in this city most of his life. The cause of this rash act, was dispondency, brought on by the drink habit. [The Batavia Herald, 14 Sep 1893]

Chas. Clapp Adjudged Insane
The Geneva Republican says: "The County Court was the scene of a sad sight on Tuesday morning. The partially paralyed body of Charles W. Clapp of Batavia, was brought into the room, and his mother was called upon to testify that he was brought to his present condition from a gun shot wound in the head, the deed being perpetrated while in a drunken frenzy. He was a good son, intelligent and a splended mechanic, but eight years of whisky drinking has made him a raving maniac at times. A jury found him insane and he was sent to the Kane County Alms House. ["Batavia Herald", 16 Nov. 1893]

Mayor Frazier, of Aurora, whose condition necessitated a term at Battle Creek sanitarium, has so much improved as to be able to return home. [The Indianapolis Journal. (Indianapolis [Ind.]), 19 Sept. 1892]

Chas. Haley, foreman of the machine shop at the Challene Mill, narrowly escaped death Wednesday afternoon. He was caught by a set-screw on a shaft coupling and wound about it until his clothes were nearly all torn from him. He escaped with slight injuries. ["Batavia Herald", 24 Aug 1893]

Surgeons at Colonial Hospital, Geneva, Ill., will try to engraft new head of hair upon Mrs. John Hall, wife of Elburn farmer, scalped by washing machine. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 17 May 1912.]

M.G. McMaster, foreman of the blacksmith shop (Newton Wagon Company) is home sick. ["Batavia Herald", 7 Apr 1893]

Mrs. Edwin Meredithhas been confined to her home with a long illness, but is now improving slowly.["Batavia Herald, 28 Apr 1893]

Capt. and Mrs. D.C. Newton, were called home from Wis., last week, by the serious illness of Master Carl Moore, little son of Lawyer Moore, who is now improving. ["Batavia Herald", 24 Aug 1893]

While riding out on the mid-night train, from Chicago, Saturday night, Forest Otis had the misfortune to have some glass, from the car window, dashed in his eyes. It was caused by a piece of iron from the locomotive being cast through the window pane. At last reports Forest was getting along nicely. ["Batavia Herald", 21 Sep 1893]

Lou Renstorff, who has been confined to his bed for the past 3 months, is able to be out again and will soon... (end of copied data.) ["Batavia Herald", 7 Apr 1893]

Jilted, He Tries to Die.
Elgin, Ill., Jan. 3.-Despondent because she had jilted him, Frank Shepski, twenty-nine years old, went to the home of Mrs. Mary Factly, his sweetheart, and attempted to kill himself on the front steps of the house. Shepski was removed to his home where later it was said he would recover. [The Aitkin Independent, January 6, 1912, page 2; Sub by RL]

Miss Carrie Smith is recovering after an illness of two weeks, with throat trouble. ["Batavia Herald", 10 Mar 1893]

Willie White, oldest son of Rev. and Mrs. A.M. White, has been quite ill, threatened with lung fever, but it was broken up by the timely treatment of Dr. Whitehorne, and the patient is doing nicely. ["Batavia Herald", 14 Sep 1893]

Aurora - B.J. Wyman, a Burlington brakeman, had a narrow escape from death when he was struck by a train and hurled from the track.  [January 26, 1911; Daily Illinois S tate Journal (Springfield, IL)]



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