KINION, Kathleen 1937-1954
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/9/2016 at 11:03:08
Bulbar Polio Brings Sudden Death to Kathleen Kinion
Kathleen Ann Kinion, 17 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kinion of Grundy Center, died at her home in Grundy Center shortly after one o'clock Tuesday morning.
The young girl had driven a tractor during the afternoon on the Wilhelm farm a mile west of Grundy Center which her father was operating. She had intended to go to a dance at Reinbeck Monday night. Shortly after supper she complained about an ache in her throat. When the distress became more acute, a doctor was called. The doctor administered penicillin, and Kathleen was put to bed. Her condition continued to get worse and the doctor was called back later in the evening. Shortly after midnight, she became unconscious and soon thereafter she quit breathing. Artificial respiration failed to revive her.
Because the attending physicians could not explain the cause of the girl's death, they advised that an autopsy be performed. Dr. Dix, a pathologist from Waterloo, conducted the autopsy.
The body was taken to Waterloo for the autopsy in the Engelkes ambulance.
Diagnosis Was Bulbar Polio
Dr. Dix's first report after the diagnosis was that death was the result of bulbar polio. A further study of the slides taken for the diagnosis, Dr. Dix stated, might show different results. Final decision cannot be made for about two weeks.
Will Be Kept Under Close Supervision
For the next ten days, members of the family and others who had close contact with Kathleen Kinion have received medical treatment and they will be kept under close supervision.
Kathleen Kinion was born at Fairfield, Iowa, June 30, 1937. Two and a half years ago the Kinion family moved to Grundy Center and they have since resided here. The father is employed in the soil conservation office and the past year he has been assisting in the operation of the Wilhelm farm. Kathleen attended Grundy Center high school ever since the family moved here. She would have been a junior the coming year. She took a position in the Grundy Style Shop during the summer school vacation. She was a good student, popular among her classmates, and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. The sudden death came as a great shock to her family and to her many friends and the friends of her family.
Surviving are her parents; one brother, Kay; two younger sisters, Karen and Karla; her paternal grandmother, Doris Kinion; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mauske.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic church, Grundy Center, with Rev. Fr. J. F. Kress officiating. Burial will be in the Grundy Center Catholic cemetery. The Rosary was said at 7:30 Wednesday evening at the Engelkes Funeral Home. The casket was not opened at the funeral services.
Doctor Advises No Undue Fatigue For Children
Dr. Rose, Grundy Center health physician, advised to avoid undue fatigue on the part of the children. He urges that children to not stay in the swimming pool for more than an hour. He states that the water in the pool is placed under test every week by the state department of health and that all reports have given a satisfactory report. The latest report was received yesterday.
The health physician further advises that children who show any signs of sore throat be kept at home until the condition clears up.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 July 1954, pg 1
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