Sunday, August 3, 2014

Everett Paul Evans

Mom would ALWAYS tell me about her little brother who died at 4 months old. (Most of family memories she spoke of were on trips to and from the cemetery after my brother was buried there in 1966) Figuring her Mother's age when her brother was born, April 19, 1937, she was 47 years old and her 10th child. My Mom born in 1921 was 16 years old when he was born. As a 16 year old she vividly remembered the home death of your little brother. She rambled on-I never listened well enough. I never asked her what he died from? The death certificate states cause of death-Diarrhea and Enteritis enteritis [en″tĕ-ri´tis]
inflammation of the intestine, especially the small intestine, a general condition that can be produced by a variety of causes.Bacteria and certain viruses may infect the intestinal tract and produce symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Similar effects may result from poisonous foods such as mushrooms and berries, or from a harmful chemical present in food or drink. 
Sounds to me like a medical condition that could have been treated? I guess living in a rural area that when he got sick they probably thought he was going to get well and he died. 
So Sad.....

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sherman Arthur Brittingham (Death From Gallbladder Surgery July 18th 1934, Age 49) Independence Sanitarium Indep. Mo

Last Tuesday I had my gallbladder removed. Which brought back memories of what Dad told me about his father. My Dad was 11 years old in 1934 when his Dad died from the surgery. Grandma Brittingham said "they gave him to much ether" always made me wonder? I found the death certificate which list gallbladder problems and heart issues. I believe my Grandma. It seems he was a very healthy man until entering the hospital and never returning home to my Grandma who was left with 6 children to raise. My Grandma told me she was sitting by the phone in their home in Rich Hill awaiting surgery results from the hospital. She told me a bright "flash" of light swept through the house and then the phone rang, her husband was dead (she knew it).  I also found that he worked in KC at Franklin Ice Cream Corp. as a Driver. This I never knew.  What little I could find of Franklin Ice Cream Corp. in 1934 was a few articles and ads in the KC Star and the address of the plant at 1213 Harrison Street KCMO.