Lewiston Morning Tribune|
Wednesday, December 13, 1922
Blood Poison Takes Heitman of Gifford
Starting With Small Infection, Whole Arm Is Involved in Long Illness.
Ernest Heitman, aged 40 years, died, at St. Joseph's hospital yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock from blood poisoning. Mr. Heitman was taken to the institution last Thursday and at that time it was seen by the attending physicians that his condition was precarious. A thorough diagnosis of the man's condition was made and it was found that the only way to save his life was by amputation of the affected arm, but this was not permitted. The first signs of the disease that caused the death of this estimable man showed itself about one month ago, when a slight infection of the skin on one finger was noted. the dreaded disease made inroads on Mr. Heitman's condition and caused him much trouble, and after receiving medical treatment at Gifford, his home town, he came to Lewiston.
After his arrival here three weeks ago last Sunday Mr. Heitman placed himself under the care of a doctor, but his condition continued to grow worse, and last Thursday he, upon advice of two physicians then in attendance, entered the hospital.
The deceased is among the best known residents of the Gifford section, being engaged in farming there for almost 20 years. He was a man that took a great interest in all affairs pertaining to the advancement of his community, and his untimely death will cause deep regret among those of the section in which he lived so long.
Surviving are a wife and six children, Ernest, Hilda, Raymond, Carrie, Martin and Albert; his mother, Mrs. Dora Osteroh, who is visiting at the home of a daughter in Orange, Calif.; four brothers, Henry and George of this city; Louis, of Gifford; William, residing in Kansas, and five sisters, these being; Mrs. Ella Dickhoff, of this city; Mrs. Henry Weberling and Mrs. Richard Riggers, of Gifford; Mrs. Henry Sitschen, of Orange, Calif., and Mrs. Wm. Kothe, of Santa Anna, Calif.
The remains will be taken to Gifford today, the date of interment being held undecided until word is received from the family members residing at a distance.