The Way It Was

Thursday, November 4, 2004

100 years ago:

Not a sick day since taking Electric

Bitters, ad says

"I was taken severely sick with kidney trouble, I tried all sorts of medicines, none of which relieved me. One day I saw an ad of your Electric Bitters and determined to try that. After taking a few doses I felt relieved and soon thereafter was entirely cured and have not seen a sick day since.

Neighbors of mine have been cured of Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Liver and Kidney troubles and general debility."

This is what B.F. Bass of Fremont, N.C., writes.

Only 50 cents at Baldwin's drug store.

75 years ago:

Man's body found in Barton County

The lifeless body of an unidentified stranger was found 15 feet west of the Missouri Pacific right of way about one mile from Boston, Barton County, Tuesday morning. The body was covered with an old quilt and beside it was an old suitcase held together with a piece of wire and a piece of grapevine.

There were no marks on the body indicating the wanderer had met with foul play, the general opinion at Lamar, where the body was taken by the county coroner, was that the man had just stretched out on the ground to sleep and died from some natural cause.

50 years ago:

State Hospital patient is killed; staff is absolved

A coroner's jury last night absolved State Hospital No. 3 officials and employees of any blame in connection with the death of a patient at the hospital yesterday afternoon.

At the inquest called by Coroner Walter Thurman, which was to be held in Dr. Paul Baron's office at the hospital at 7:30 p.m., the six man jury, after hearing the evidence returned their verdict.

It was brought out at the inquest that the dead patient, Paul A. Watts, 19, died of a broken neck in a fight with another patient, Floyd Manning, 23, in Ward 15 at the hospital.