Dortha Anna Cowley, 19161917 (aged 11 months)

Name
Dortha Anna /Cowley/
Given names
Dortha Anna
Surname
Cowley
Birth September 17, 1916 24 25
Death September 14, 1917 (aged 11 months)
Newspaper
Obituary
September 15, 1917 (1 day after death)

Note: PARALYSIS TAKES FIRST BABY HERE

PARALYSIS TAKES FIRST BABY HERE Infant Daughter of Mr and Mrs Ralph E Cowley Victim of Malady - Call Specialist

The first death in Moline resulting from infantile paralysis, or poliomyelitis, occurred at 7:30 last evening. Dortha Anna Cowley, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Ralph E Cowley, 413 Fortieth street, is the victim. No other cases of infantile paralysis have been reported, according to Dr Henry Bennett, Moline city physician. Dr C C Sloan, under whose care the Cowley child was, stated that he did not know of any other cases. That the child suffered from an attack of the dread disease was not known definitely and positively until yesterday afternoon. The nature of the disease was made certain by an examination conducted by Dr Rosenow, specialist from the Mayo brothers; hospital at Rochester, Minn, who has been investigating conditions in Davenport. Dr E F Baker, special investigator form the state health department at Springfield, is in Moline today for the purpose of making an examination of conditions and to investigate the deaths of Dortha Cowley and Peter Van Speybrock, who died in East Moline Wednesday. Dortha Cowley was taken ill Monday, according to a statement by Dr Sloan. He said; "The child appeared to be suffering from an attack of gastro-intestinal infection. I did not at first suspect infantile paralysis. Tuesday I began to suspect. That is, as I knew that intestinal trouble is often a forerunner of infantile paralysis. I began to fear that the Cowley child had an attach more serious than intestinal trouble. On Wednesday the child was partly paralyzed. I was quite convince then that it was an attack of infantile paralysis.but I was not certain. So I communicated with Dr Rosenow, the specialist from the Mayo Brothers hospital. He could not come to make an examination until yesterday morning. The Dr Rosenow made a spinal puncture and informed me that the child was suffering from infantile paralysis." Dr Sloan informed the health department as soon as he knew definitely what the disease was. The was Friday morning. "I hesitated," said Dr Sloan, "because I was uncertain and I didn't wish to create an unnecessary scare. this disease is a peculiar thing. We do not know what the cause is. Frequently a child amy have stomach trouble and we may think it is infantile paralysis. And sometimes it is the other way around." Dortha Cowley was 11 months and 26 days old. The funeral was held from the home this afternoon and was private. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.

The Argus, Rock Island, Illinois, Saturday, September 15m 1917, page 10, column 3

Burial September 15, 1917 (1 day after death)
Family with parents
father
18921977
Birth: April 5, 1892Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: June 7, 1977Los Angeles, California, United States of America
mother
18901963
Birth: September 29, 1890 37 27Mercer County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: November 29, 1963Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States of America
Marriage MarriageNovember 25, 1914First Methodist Episcopal Church, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
22 months
herself
19161917
Birth: September 17, 1916 24 25Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
Death: September 14, 1917Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States of America
NewspaperThe Reynolds Press
Newspaper

PARALYSIS TAKES FIRST BABY HERE Infant Daughter of Mr and Mrs Ralph E Cowley Victim of Malady - Call Specialist

The first death in Moline resulting from infantile paralysis, or poliomyelitis, occurred at 7:30 last evening. Dortha Anna Cowley, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Ralph E Cowley, 413 Fortieth street, is the victim. No other cases of infantile paralysis have been reported, according to Dr Henry Bennett, Moline city physician. Dr C C Sloan, under whose care the Cowley child was, stated that he did not know of any other cases. That the child suffered from an attack of the dread disease was not known definitely and positively until yesterday afternoon. The nature of the disease was made certain by an examination conducted by Dr Rosenow, specialist from the Mayo brothers; hospital at Rochester, Minn, who has been investigating conditions in Davenport. Dr E F Baker, special investigator form the state health department at Springfield, is in Moline today for the purpose of making an examination of conditions and to investigate the deaths of Dortha Cowley and Peter Van Speybrock, who died in East Moline Wednesday. Dortha Cowley was taken ill Monday, according to a statement by Dr Sloan. He said; "The child appeared to be suffering from an attack of gastro-intestinal infection. I did not at first suspect infantile paralysis. Tuesday I began to suspect. That is, as I knew that intestinal trouble is often a forerunner of infantile paralysis. I began to fear that the Cowley child had an attach more serious than intestinal trouble. On Wednesday the child was partly paralyzed. I was quite convince then that it was an attack of infantile paralysis.but I was not certain. So I communicated with Dr Rosenow, the specialist from the Mayo Brothers hospital. He could not come to make an examination until yesterday morning. The Dr Rosenow made a spinal puncture and informed me that the child was suffering from infantile paralysis." Dr Sloan informed the health department as soon as he knew definitely what the disease was. The was Friday morning. "I hesitated," said Dr Sloan, "because I was uncertain and I didn't wish to create an unnecessary scare. this disease is a peculiar thing. We do not know what the cause is. Frequently a child amy have stomach trouble and we may think it is infantile paralysis. And sometimes it is the other way around." Dortha Cowley was 11 months and 26 days old. The funeral was held from the home this afternoon and was private. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.

The Argus, Rock Island, Illinois, Saturday, September 15m 1917, page 10, column 3