Unfortunate Death of Dr. C. C. Lancaster

[Transcriber’s Note:  Charles C. Lancaster was born in 1851.]

Blood Poison.  A Prominent Physician in a Dangerous Condition

Fears were entertained yesterday morning that Dr. C. C. Lancaster, so well and favorably known in this city might not recover form the result of blood poisoning, which by some means had taken possession of the system.  Late last night, however, it was reported that he was better and hopes of his recovery entertained.  This will be gratifying to the many friends, who were very much alarmed earlier in the day.  The doctor is in the hands of the best medical skill in this city, who will do all that lies in the power of the profession in his behalf.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, February 2, 1891, page 4


Sad Bereavement.  Death of Dr. C. C. Lancaster, at His Fifth Avenue Home

Dr. C. C. Lancaster died at his residence, 28 West Fifth avenue, at twenty-five minutes to eight o’clock yesterday evening.  A few days ago, in performing a surgical operation, he contracted blood poisoning, and, though all that skill and sympathy and love could do for him was done, the end came and he is no more.

This will be sad intelligence to many readers of the Journal. He has resided in Knoxville less than three years; but he made warm friends from the beginning.  As a physician he won confidence, as a man respect and esteem.  Dr. Lancaster was richly endowed with the elements of true manhood.  He was a well rounded man with qualities of head and heart and soul that bound men to him with the strongest and most enduring ties.

When the Tennessee Medical college was organized, he was chosen professor of physiology, and he has been one of the most active and efficient friends and promoters of this institution.  He enjoyed the confidence of the faculty and was respected and beloved by the students.

Dr. Lancaster was a native of Madison county in this state, but his early life was passed principally in Washington county, Virginia.  For some time he was successfully engaged in business in New York, but gave that up that he might adopt the profession he loved.

He was graduated from Richmond Medical college in 1884, and afterwards practiced medicine with a brother in Florida.  In 1888 he came to Knoxville for the health of some members of his family.  He fell a martyr to his profession, losing his life in the discharge of his professional duties.

In his family life he was at his best.  A kind, cansiderate [sic] and devoted husband and father, his death casts a shadow of profound grief over a model home.  His bereaved widow and children, and his brothers and sisters, to whom he was also a father, have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, February 4, 1891, page 8


Death of a Prominent Southern Physician

Dr. C. C. Lancaster, one of the leading physicians of Tennessee and a member of the faculty of Tennessee Medical College, died last night in Knoxville of blood poisoning.  A few days ago he performed an operation on a lady having a gangrenous wound and received the poison through an exceedingly slight abrasion under the finger nail.

Source:  Washington, DC, Evening Star, February 4, 1891, page 7


Honoring the Dead.  Resolutions Adopted Concerning the Death of Dr. C. C. Lancaster

The funeral of the late Dr. C. C. Lancaster will be held this afternoon at two o’clock at the Second Presbyterian church, on Clinch street.  The funeral procession will leave the family residence at half past one o’clock.

Mr. E. R. Lancaster, of New York city, a brother of the deceased, arrived in Knoxville yesterday to attend the funeral.

At a meeting of the faculty of the Tennessee medical college held last night the following resolutions were adopted in memory of its deceased.

Resolved, that we the faculty of the Tennessee Medical college do deeply feel the loss of Prof. C. C. Lancaster, M. D., to us as a friend, as an able and skillful physician and a conscientious instructor.

Resolved.  That the people of Knoxville have lost in Dr. Lancaster, a man of true merit, a Christian gentleman, a citizen whose constant aim was to benefit the public, a physician who felt his calling to be a noble one and that his life should not be for himself but for his God, his family and his fellow men.

Resolved, that we, as a faculty, extend to his wife and family our sincere sympathies in this great bereavement.

J. C. Cawood, M. D., Dean,
R. M. C. Hill, M. D., Secretary.

At a special meeting of the Knox county medical society held in their hall over McCampbell’s drug store last evening, at seven o’clock, the following action was taken in reference to the death of the late Dr. C. C. Lancaster:

The meeting was called to order by the president, Dr. D. A. Scrruggs.  Appropriate remarks were made by members present touching upon the life and deeds of the deceased.

The following resolutions were then unanimously adopted:

That the Knox County Medical society has learned with profound regret of the death of its beloved member and co-worker, Dr. C. C. Lancaster.

Resolved, That in the death of Dr. Lancaster this society has lost an earnest and zealous member, the medical profession an enthusiastic and faithful worker and the community in which he lived an able physician and counselor and a Christian gentleman who was ever ready to succor the suffering and aid the needy.

Resolved, That the members of this society attend in a body the funeral of their deceased brother.

D. A. Scruggs, M. D., Pres’t.
M. H. Lee, M. D., Sec’.

A special meeting of the Knox County Medical society is called at their hall over McCampbell’s store for this afternoon at 1:45 o’clock, to attend the funeral of their deceased brother, Dr. C. C. Lancaster, in a body.

The funeral this afternoon of the deceased physician will doubtless be largely attended  Besides the attendance of the Knox County Medical society in a body the faculty of the Tennessee Medical college and the students of that institution will also attend in a body.

In honor of the deceased, all lectures at the Tennessee Medical college have been deferred until Friday and the large building is to be heavily draped in mourning.

The faculty have not as yet held a meeting to elect a successor to the cha [sic] of physiology rendered vacant by Dr. Lancaster’s death, and have deferred the election until next week.  This young and growing institution has suffered a severe loss in Dr. Lancaster’s death.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, February 5, 1891, page 8; New York Herald, February 4, 1891, page 1o


Card of Thanks

Mrs. C. C. Lancaster desires to express her sincere thanks to the faculty of the Tennessee Medical college, the stuents of that institution, the physicians of the city and all those who so kindly assisted her during her late bereavement.

Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, February 7, 1891, page 8



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