John Tortoelli

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Tuesday, June 19, 1906

Dies After Ten Days Nosebleed

John Tortoelli, Italian Laborer on Riparia Branch, Succumbed to Weakness at Noon Yesterday - When the Flow Was Stopped at Nose It Spread Over Lungs.

After bleeding at the nose almost continuously for a period of ten days, John Tortoelli, an Italian laborer 25 years of age, became so weak that he died at noon yesterday in the St. Joseph's hospital. The physicians made every effort to relieve the young man and when they succeeded in stopping the flow from the nose, the bleeding became internal and then spread over the lungs. Death from nose bleed is a rare occurrence and the physicians were baffled in combating the slow but gradual loss.

Tortoelli came here from Seattle four months ago and has been employed on Contractor Le Doux's construction force in the first camp out of Lewiston on the Riparia branch railroad. The bleeding started while he was at work and as the remedies at hand proved ineffectual he came at once to the hospital. His parents live in Italy, but he has a brother-in-law, Nicola Gioia, residing in Seattle. Both have been notified of his death.

The funeral will take place this morning from the Catholic church, Father Post officiating. Interment will be in the Lewiston cemetery.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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