Tuesday, April 18, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 18

April 18, 1915 – Two investigations will be started in St. Paul tomorrow to determine whose negligence it was that caused the death of three-year-old Eva Hirschorn today at the St. Paul City Hospital.

The girl was sent to the hospital suffering with croup. The steam cabinet was broken, so a makeshift arrangement was used. A tent was placed over a cot and a hose attached to a steam radiator.

Sometime later it was found that the child had been scalded to death. The steam pressure from the radiator was so great that it burst the hose.

Coroner D. C. Jones announced that he would impanel a jury tomorrow and make a thorough investigation. Oliver Tong, secretary of the Board of Control of the hospital, said that he also would cause an investigation to be made.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Girl Scalded to Death in St. Paul City Hospital. Two Investigations Will Be Made Today to Determine Negligence. Three-Year Old Eva Hirschorn Perishes in Improvised Steam Cabinet.”; April 19, 1915; p. 1.

St. Paul City Hospital


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