Accidents, Injuries & Illness


Mason City Journal, January 1, 1875

A boy, about twelve years old, son of Denison Benscoter, in Pennsylvania township, lost his right hand on Christmas day, by the accidental discharge of a gun. He was loading the gun and his younger brother attempted to put on the cap at the same time, but letting the hammer slip, the whole load was sent through the hand of the loader. Dr. Jno. Spear was called and amputated the hand, taking off all the fingers, though saving the thumb. This is the second one of the Benscoter's who has lost a hand by fire arms within three months. There seems to be a singular unluckiness about their use of guns. We are glad to announce that the boy is doing well, and sympathise with him in his great misfortune.


Mason City Journal, January 15, 1875

S.M. Badger, County School Supt., met with quite an accident on Tuesday p.m. While riding on horse back, his horse stumbled throwing Mr. Badger, whereby he had his right wrist badly wrenched, disabling his arm for the time being, and causing him much pain.


Mason City Journal, January 29, 1875

We are sorry to record Jno. Hopkins has been confined to his house the most of the past week, by sickness. We hear, however, that he is now convalescent, and hope soon to see his cheerful face and hear his musical laugh, at his wonted place of business.


Mason City Journal, January 29, 1875

A little child of Mrs. Williams, of this place, was bitten in the hand by a dog on last Saturday. Fearing hydrophobia, the child was taken to Lincoln the same day, where a mad stone was applied, and the stone adhered for 30 hours. The dog was killed by Marshall Wilson on Sunday p.m.


Mason City Journal, February 12, 1875

We are sure the sympathies of this community are with our friend, Joe Warnock, in the affliction he is now bearing, in the dangerous sickness of his little child. We hope he may be made to rejoice in its entire recovery, and that right speedily. There can hardly be imagined a greater sorrow than to see a loved little one in great suffering, and no means known of relieving it. Mr. Warnock has our heartfelt commiseration.


Mason City Journal, February 12, 1875

Mat Joyce, track-watchman on the C. & A. R.R., fell through Salt Creek one night last week. He, fortunately for himself, escaped with a few slight injuries, from an accident which might have proven of a much more serious character.


Decatur Review, December 6, 1883, Page 4

W.M. Woodruff, proprietor of a livery stable at Havana, Mason county, drove his team into the open draw in the Illinois river bridge at that place on Monday night, and was drowned. One horse was saved, but the other was drowned. Parties dragged the river all day Tuesday, but the body of Woodruff was not recovered.


Belleville News-Democrat, March 15, 1906

Two Boys Drowned.
Bloomington, Ill., March 15-Joseph Gardill and Harry Chamblin, boys, were drowned at Mason City, Wednesday evening, the ice giving way with them while skating. The boys were cousins.


March 15, 1884, Decatur Saturday Herald

Maggie Codgal, of Forest City, while alighting from a buggy at the Manito dancing club last Friday night, met with a peculiar accident, having her arm broken by the manner in which she threw her weight on it while her escort was helping her alight.

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