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Norman Wyeth of Cambridge Mass died in Florida 1911

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Norman Wyeth of Cambridge Mass died in Florida 1911

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 12:19PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Wyeth
from Florida Times Union August 20, 1911:
Delray, Aug 20- Mr Norman Wyeth of Cambridge Mass, an employee of the Florida Coast Line Canal and Transportation Company, was bitten in the calf of the leg Friday afternoon by a diamond back rattler and died that night.
Mr Wyeth had been in Florida only a short time, coming here for his heath. He worked on the keys for a time but the work was too rough for him and last Tuesday he went to work on the dredge Nimkee, then working about 2 miles south of Delray. Friday afternoon he and 3 others of the crew were at work on the canal bank when he was struck by the rattler snake about 6 ft long. Owing to the absence of all the boats from the dredge at that time, it was an hour or more before the unlucky man could be given medical aid. There was no whiskey or other antidote on the dredge and all that could be done was to bandage the limb above the wound.
Dr JR Cason and WE Bell of Delray worked on him from 5pm until the time of his death and did all that was possible to save him, but the deadly poison had too much time to do its work and he passed away at 9:30 that night.
He was 30-32 years old and a man of good birth and breeding. The courage with which he bore his suffering was nothing short of phenomenal. He requested that a minister be called and his relatives notified. His main regret seemed to be that his mothe could not be ---n. The body will be sent back to his home in Cambridge.

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