Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thriller Thursday: Dr. Eppard to the rescue

Thriller Thursday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks bloggers to write about murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories in their family history.

On May 30, 1915, a day when the Washington Post was reporting the arrival of a new fire wagon and the opening of the new hospital, a day when Saks & Company was advertising men’s suits for $10 and Zell Motors was selling a 5-passenger 6-cylinder motor car for $820, the police reported this incident:

from Washington Post, May 30, 1915
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While playing with a horse that belonged to William A. Simpson, 530 South street southeast, yesterday afternoon, near Benning road, Anacostia, Erick Fisher, 13 years old, who lives on Gault street, Hillbrook, had his right forefinger bitten off.  Young Fisher was treated by Dr. George I. Epard of Benning.

George Irving Eppard, born in Rockingham County, Virginia, July 27, 1883, was my great grand uncle, brother to my great grandmother Mary Susan Eppard Rucker.  He married twice and had 5 children.  He died December 28, 1969, and is buried at St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery in St. Mary’s, Maryland.

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Photo by David Roberts

1 comment:

  1. That's a great little story!