Pettit, Beryl (Died on 10 Dec 1919)
appeared in Grimsby Independent, 17 Dec 1919, p. 1

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The first case of Sleeping Sickness reported in this district proved fatal when Beryl Pettit, the 14-year-old daughter of J.B. and Mrs. Pettit, Fruitland, whose death was reported Thursday, was a victim of the disease. On Wednesday week she came home from school complaining of a headache. She was kept at home until on Sunday, when she became troubled with pain about the eyes. Dr. E.B. Thompson was called. During the few days in which Dr. Thompson attended her she was in the lethargic condition described in the symptoms of the disease. Dr. Thompson suspected the case to be one of sleeping sickness and called in two other physicians - Dr. Smith of Grimsby and Dr. Bauer of Hamilton who confirmed his view. After continuing in a semi-stupor for two days the patient took a bad turn on Wednesday about noon. She rallied in the afternoon but in the evening suffered a relapse and died. Dr. Jaffray was called upon to perform a post-mortem, which revealed all the conditions attending the disease. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon.

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Genealogical Resource
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Death notices
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Date of Publication:
17 Dec 1919
Date Of Event:
10 Dec 1919
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Pettit, Beryl (Died on 10 Dec 1919)