Food Poisoning Death Suspected in 1921

(02/26/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/10/1921.

Mrs. Frank Ferrell Dead

Word was received here Tuesday of the sudden death of Mrs. B.F. Ferrell, of White Pine, which occurred in Parkersburg Tuesday about eleven o'clock.  Details of her death are lacking at the time we go to press, but it is said that her death was from ptomaine poisoning caused by eating oysters.

Mrs. Ferrell recently underwent an operation for appendicitis in a Parkersburg hospital, and had fully recovered and was expecting to start home the same day she died.  It is said that several others who were with Mrs. Ferrell and partook of the tainted oysters, are seriously ill. Among the number is Mrs. Fred Gainer.

Mrs Ferrell's body will be brought to this place tonight on the mail boat and will be taken on to White Pine tomorrow (Thursday) where burial will be made Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Ferrell was a most excellent woman and was beloved in the community where she resided.  She is survived by her husband, Justice B.F. Ferrell, and a large family of children.