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BANTON, William H., Dr. 1859-1892


Posted By: C. Diamond (email)
Date: 1/26/2012 at 11:14:29


The Oelwein Register
Oelwein, Fayette Co., Iowa
03 Mar 1892

Dr. W. H. Banton, one of the leading young doctors of Blackhawk county, was found dead in his bed at Cedar Falls Saturday morning. No known cause of death.


DR. BANTON'S FUNERAL Funeral services of the late Dr. W. H. Banton will be held at Cedar Falls at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Friends from Waterloo can go up on the regular trains at 10:20 or 10:30 and return on a special which will convey the body to this city after the services. The remains will lie at Dr. Pettit's residence where an opportunity to view them will be given at 1 o'clock.

[Waterloo Courier, Tuesday, March 1, 1892]
(Credit: SB)




The community was startled yesterday morning by the report that Dr. W. H. Banton had been found dead in his office at Cedar Falls. It was soon verified by summons to Coroner Dr. C. S. Chase, to come to that city and hold an inquest over the remains. He was apparently in the best of health the day before and the last that was seen of him alive was when he bade a party of friends good-night as the foot of his office stairs at 10:30 the previous evening. He slept alone in the rear room of his office and from appearances he had prepared to retire, partially taking off his clothes and opening his bed.

It is supposed that he was seized with an acute attack of gastralgia, to which he was subject, and going to the front room of his office he took a bottle of chloroform from his medicine case and pouring a portion of the same onto his handkerchief inhaled it to temporarily relive his sufferings. He was lying on his back near the telephone with the handkerchief tightly clutched in his left hand and the supposition is that discovering that he was about to be prostrated he attempted to reach the telephone to summon help but was overcome and fell to the floor before he could do so. In falling, a gash was cut in one of his cheeks by striking a corner of the book case. It was deemed advisable to hold an inquest and the following is:

The said Dr. W. H. Banton was suffering from a severe attack of indigestion with which we find he had at different times been afflicted, and, that seeking to administer to himself relief, during a paroxysm of pain, did accidentally and unintentionally receive a lethal dose of some narcotic, probably schoolroom, as we are fully convinced from the evidence. We find further that, there is no indication of any felony having been committed and especially not the slightest evidence at self-destruction of life.

Dr. W. H. Banton was the son of Dr. B. Banton, of this city. He was born in New York State and was 32 years of age. Choosing the practice of medicine as a profession, he studied with his father for a time and then entered the Chicago Medical College where he graduated with the highest honors. He remained in Chicago three years, practicing in the Cook County Hospital. Returning to Waterloo, he remained with his father for a time and subsequently moved to Cedar Falls where he entered into partnership with Dr. W. H. Pettit.

He was very successful in his calling and popular with his fellow men, leaving a large circle of friends who will deeply sympathize with the mourning relatives.

Funeral services will be held at Cedar Falls Wednesday, and it is probable that the remains will be buried here.

[Waterloo Courier, Wednesday, March 2, 1892]

(Credit: SB)

Note: Dr. William H. Banton was born March 31, 1859 in New York and died February 28, 1892. He was the son of Benson Banton (1828-1894) and Mary D. Daggett Banton (1824-1863)

Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa.

(Credit to "Chuck")


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