(Handwritten date: Monday, June 27, 1938)
POISON FATAL TO LOCAL GIRL
Mary Ann Baumann Dies After Mistakenly Taking Poison
Miss Mary Ann Baumann, 20-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Baumann, of Mercer avenue, died Saturday night at 8:30 o'clock, approximately 20 minutes after she had swallowed three-fourths of an ounce of tincture of iodine.
Coroner Robert Kwick [sic], who was called immediately following her death, indicated that he would return a verdict of accidental death by iodine poisoning. After interrogating members of the family and investigating circumstances surrounding the death of the young girl, Coroner Zwick stated that death was probably accidental.
"I took the wrong bottle of medicine," were the first words the girl uttered as she descended the stairs after swallowing the iodine, her father told the coroner.
Immediately administering first aid by giving her milk in an effort to increase vomiting, the family then called a physician. By the time the physician arrived she was dead. The physician told the coroner that he had been giving her medicine in treatment of a minor ailment. It was thought that she took the wrong bottle from the cabinet. The family vehemently asserted that she had never threatened suicide and could give no motive for self-inflicted death.
The deceased was born in Monroe township December 26, 1917, the daughter of Albert and Jennie Baumann. She was a member of the First Baptist church and graduated in 1935. While in high school she was actively engaged in chorus and glee club work and was a member of the Latin club.
Surviving, besides the parents, are two brothers, David and John Baumann, both of Decatur. She had resided in this city since she was two years old.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the house, 923 Mercer avenue and at 2 o'clock at the First Baptist church, of which she was a member. The Rev. Homer J. Aspy will officiate. Burial will be made in the Decatur cemetery. The body has been taken to the home from the Zwick & Son funeral home.
Albert Baumann (1886 - 1961)
Jennie Baumann (1894 - 1964)
David H. Baumann (1915 - 1951)*
Mary Ann Baumann (1917 - 1938)
Created by: JC
Record added: Sep 17, 2008
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