John David Christian Thiessen, Jr.

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sunday, September 6, 1908

The Death Of Child Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thiessen While at Play Ate Pills That Proved Fatal. A great sorrow came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thiessen yesterday in the sad death of their little son, fourteen months old. Death was due to the child having secured a quantity of liver pills while at play in the home of J. D. C. Thiessen in the eastern part of the city.

The child secured the pills about ten o'clock and death ensued in about an hour. Mrs. Thiessen has been spending the summer on Craig mountain and returned here yesterday morning. The child was playing in a room and in some manner got possession of the pills from a medicine chest. The pills were sugar-coated, thus attracting the taste of the child and it is not known how many he had eaten. When his mother appeared in the room she instantly noticed the vial of pills and became alarmed, summoning a physician. In a brief period the child had turned violently ill. Dr. Morris responded to the call and later Dr. Phillips joined him, but the condition of the child was such recovery was impossible.

Mr. Thiessen was out of the city but a message conveying the sad news was immediately sent to him and he arrived in the afternoon. The funeral will be held tomorrow. The parents will have the deep sympathy of the community in their great bereavement.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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