Newspaper Reports of Deaths and Traumas at KGH

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Kelsey Fatally Stabbed

Knoxville, Tenn., August 8. — Walter D. Kelsey, of Bristol, Tenn., was fatally stabbed in an altercation on an Emancipation day excursion train, operated from Bristol to this city, this morning.  M. S. Bennett, another excursionist, is said to have stabbed Kelsey just before the train reached this city.  Kelsey was taken to the Knoxville general hospital, where he died at 2 o’clock.

Source:  Atlanta Constitution, August 9, 1904, page 7


Stabbed to Death:  Bristol Young Man Killed in Altercation on an Excursion Train

Bristol, Tenn., August 8. — Walter D. Kelsey, 24 years of age, a popular young man of Bristol, was stabbed to death on an excursion train near Knoxville today.  The stabbing was done by M. S. Bennett of Watauga, Tenn., and was due to an altercation.  Kelsey was shipping clerk for a wholesale house here.  His mother resides at Bluefield, W. Va.

Source:  Tazewell Republican, August 11, 1904, page 1


With a Broken Neck

Patient in Knoxville Is Alive, Though His Vertebrae Are Fractured

Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 20. — (Special). — The Knoxville General Hospital has a patient at present who has been lying for several days with a broken neck.

A few nights ago a policeman found Brown Murphy, a white man, lying helpless on the sidewalk on Central street.  When removed to the hospital it was found that his neck had been broken, but although he has been in the hospital several days he still lives, although unconscious a great deal of the time.

It is believed that Murphy fell asleep while sitting in a window of his room and fell to the pavement beneath.

Source:  Nashville American, September 21, 1904, page 1


Death of Thomas M. Salmon

Thomas M. Salmon, a prominent member of Knoxville Typographical Union No. 111, died at the Knoxville General hospital on Tuesday, and was buried Thursday.  He was born in Knoxville in 1850, and spent the majority of his life in that section.  He worked for some time on The American shortly after its consolidation with the old Republican Banner and also in different offices in this city, and will be pleasantly remembered by the older typos of this city with whom he worked in the old days.  At the time of his death he was President of Knoxville Typographical Union.

Source:  Nashville American, October 10, 1903, page 5

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