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Wilbur Strawn 1906-1908


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/28/2010 at 20:46:29

Drank Carbolic Acid
A young two years old child of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Strawn drank carbolic acid from a bottle Monday afternoon and is now in a very serious condition with very little chance of its recovery. The Strawn family were preparing to move and had packed a number of bottles in a basket, one of which contained the acid that was taken by the little fellow. Three doctors were at once called and everything is being done to save its life. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, April 8, 1908)

The two-year-old baby of Prof. and Mrs. E. E. Strawn took a dose of carbolic acid Monday afternoon, by mistake, and only by the help of three physicians was its life saved. For a day there was not much hope, but at this writing it is very much improved and will doubtless recover. Mr. and Mrs. Strawn were arranging to move and had taken several bottles from a shelf and placed them in a box, among them was a bottle of carbolic acid which the little tot got hold of and sampled. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, April 8, 1908)

Strawn Child Dies
Drank Carbolic Acid and Died Friday Morning at Nine O’clock
Was Only Two Years Old
Lingered From Monday Afternoon Until Friday – Funeral Held Saturday Afternoon

Wilbur, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Strawn, died Friday morning, April 10th, from the effects of accidentally drinking a small bottle of Carbolic acid of which the Democrat made mention last week. It lingered from Monday afternoon at four o’clock, at which time the accident occurred, until nine o’clock Friday morning. For awhile it was thought the little life could be saved but the severe burns in the throat proved fatal. The little one was less than two years of age and was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Strawn. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at one o’clock at the house conducted by Rev. Edward Campbell, of the Presbyterian church in this city, and Rev. W. J. Kent, a Quaker minister from Spencer, and the remains interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Strawn in this city sympathize with them in their hours of sorrow. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, April 15, 1908)


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