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Hardy, Elizabeth 1859 - 1898


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Date: 11/13/2017 at 15:42:11

Iowa Plain Dealer August 23, 1898, FP, C5

Sad and Unexpected Death.
Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hardy were in Cresco for the purpose of having some teeth extracted for Mrs. Hardy. Together they went to Dr. Barrett, who had been the family physician, to have him administer chloroform, which he assented to. They went to the dental rooms of Dr. Geo. H. Kellogg, where Dr. Barrett told her to unloosen her clothes, and provide for making respiration as free as possible, which was done. Placed in the dentists chair, she twice enhaled{sic} the chloroform, when Dr. Barrett observed it did not work on her as it ought, and speaking to Dr. Kellogg who was at the case for his forceps, he came and together they removed her from the chair and immediately commenced the application of usual remedies and restoratives, which they thought at first were going to prove effectual, but instead she expired in a few moments. Dr. D. P. Simons, the coroner was summoned and a jury empannelled, (sic) rendering a verdict as follows:

In the matter of the Inquest held over the body of Mrs. T. J. Hardy.
We, the jury empannelled{sic} and sworn in the above entitled matter find that the deceased was Mrs. Thomas J. Hardy, the person now lying dead before us, came to her death after the administration of chloroform, administered to her by Dr. J. A. Barrett, who was then acting professionally as a physician. Further than this the cause of her death is unknown to us. Her death occurred about four o’clock in the afternoon of this day. We further find that all precaution was taken, and that all efforts were made in the effort to save the patient; and we consider that no blame can be laid on Dr. Barrett.

Dated Cresco, Aug. 20, 1898.
J. J. Lowry
T. E. Glass,
F. P. Howlett,
D. P. Simons, Coroner.

A large number of witnesses were called who testified that she was considered a, strong, healthy woman, and the testimony by physicians and others exonerate Dr. Barrett of blame and censure, the verdict of the coroners jury being in accordance therewith, it being one of those instances entirely unaccountable in administering this drug.
The funeral occured{sic} Monday afternoon, the interment being in the Kendallville cemetery.
With the family and the husband who seems to be entirely prostrated by this sudden affliction and dispensation, the PLAIN DEALER and the public deeply sympathise.

Transcriber’s Note: Kendallville-Eddy Cemetery records indicate this was Elizabeth and was born March 8, 1859.

Source: Decorah Republican Aug. 25, 1898 P 1 C 6

Mrs. Thos. J. Hardy dies from a Slight dose of Chloroform.
The sad and sudden death of Mrs. Hardy, beloved wife of Thos. J. Hardy, in a dentist's chair last Saturday afternoon, thrilled the hearts of this community with deeper sorrow than anything has ever done before. Mrs. Hardy was in almost perfect health and visited Dr. Kellogg's dental office for the purpose of having two teeth extracted. A physician was called, who examined the patient and apprehended no difficulty in administering an anaesthetic. But it seems to have been one of those eases where an anaesthetic could not with safety be used. Mrs. Hardy had inhaled scarcely sufficient of the drug to quiet her nerves, and not enough for the dentist to operate, when her heart began to fail and life was soon extinct. Everything possible was done to revive her but of no avail, and her spirit soon returned to God who gave it.
While the community extends its deepest sorrow and sympathy to the heart-broken husband and relatives, all should have a word of sympathy for and confidence in the doctor who administered the anaesthetic. Although not in the least to blame, his grief must be great.
Funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Hannett, of the Congregational church, assisted by the choir. The floral tributes were numerous and very beautiful in design. A large assembly of neighbors and friends testified their love and esteem by their presence.
Mrs. Hardy was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Webster, Kendallville, and a sister of W. J. Webster, of Bonair and J. C. Webster, of this place — Cresco Republican.

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