Emergency Patients Treated at Medical College in 1891

Caught in the Machinery.  An Employe [sic] of the Lumber Company Meets with a bad Accident

Joseph Wittenbarger, an employe [sic] of the East Tennessee Lumber company, met with a painful accident yesterday afternoon.

He was at work on a planer when his left hand was accidentally caught in the machinery and fearfully mangled.

The injured man was taken to the Tennessee Medical college, where it was found necessary to amputate the three first fingers of the hand and the operation was performed.  Wittenbarger was then removed to his home on University avenue.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, June 11, 1891, page 2


He Was After Her.  Marshal Farmer, of the North Side, Gets a Crazy Man

A gentleman by the name of Moffett, with his wife and baby, recently moved into the house formerly occupied by Rev. Lyons.  Thursday he exhibited unmistakable signs of insanity, and his wife, who is an invalid, feared for the safety of herself and child and took refuge with a neighboring family.  He got a big negro to accompany him and commenced searching his neighbor’s house yesterday for his wife and child.  He explained his wife was trying to steal away from him and he proposed to show a different trick.  Some parties tried for some time to get him in a carriage, with the view of taking him to the East Tennessee Medical College for examination — but he would not have it that way.  Finally Marshal Farmer tendered his services to help find his wife and child and the man got in a buggy with Farmer and was soon landed at the medical college.  At last reports he was doing finely so the physicians said.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, June 27, 1891, page 3

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