13 March 2015

On This Day: Lockjaw claims life of child

Lockjaw is the cause of death of 12 year old Edward Drepperd, reported the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer On This Day in 1880. The boy was the son of Amos Drepperd, who lived at No. 30 East German Street in Lancaster City.

The child fell over the summer. His arm broke and had it set but it became so stiff that he could not bend his arm. The boy reportedly had surgery last week to ease his pain. His physicians were Dr. S.T. Davis and Dr. Linter. 

Lockjaw is a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system. 
 
Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 13 March 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.



On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.