The Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) staff worked hard to keep their neighbors up-to-date. Here’s some medical news from the June 4, 1914 edition, page 4:
George Brown Getting Along Fine.
George M. Brown, who is in the St. Francis hospital, is getting along fine. Mr. Brown run a hedge thorn in his right hand some weeks ago and blood poison set in. He was taken to the St. Francis hospital to have his hand lanced and treated. The physicians after treating his hand said that he was in a very critical condition with little better than an even chance of recovering.
But we are glad to announce that they have great hopes of his recovery and he is getting along even better than they thought he could under the circumstances.
C. W. Brown, his brother, was out to visit him Monday.
Further updates from the June 11, 1914 edition, page 4:
Visiting Son at Hospital.
Daniel Brown of Skidmore was in Maryville Wednesday visiting his son, George Brown, who is at St. Francis hospital being treated for blood poisoning. Mr. Brown received a slight hurt in his hand while raking some trash from a field several weeks ago and the wound became infected and has caused him considerable suffering. He lives on the William Carter farm near Burlington Junction. — Democrat-Forum.
Better than fine, by the June 18, 1914 edition, Mr. Brown was getting along nicely, as we see on page 5:
George Brown Getting Along Nicely.
George Brown of near Burlington Junction, who is in the St. Francis hospital at Maryville taking treatment for blood poison in his hand, is getting along nicely.
Mr. Brown’s serious condition was caused by running a hedge thorn in his hand and some week or ten days afterward blood poison set in and he was taken to the hospital. His hand and wrist was lanced in fifteen places and some two or three drainage tubes inserted in the hand and fingers. His condition was very critical for several days, but we are glad to say that he is now out of any immediate danger. His wife was with him all the time he was in very great danger. His father, brothers and sisters of Skidmore have visited him almost daily.