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Description: Epilepsy Death Page 1Date: March 30 1908
Newspaper published in: Washington, D. C.
Washington Times March 30, 1908 Epilepsy Death Page 1
SMOTHERS IN BED WHEN STRICKEN WITH EPILEPSY
John Allen, Department Clerk, Dies With Face in Pillows.
Stricken with an epileptic fit while in bed in his room, 1716 Pennsylvania avenue northwest, this morning, John ALLEN, a veteran employe of the Geological Survey, turned over on his face, buried his head among the pillows, and smothered to death. He was found shortly after 9 o’clock and a hurry call sent to the Emergency Hospital. When the ambulance arrived, the surgeon pronounced life extinct.
Separated from his wife several years ago, Mr. ALLEN had lived the life of a recluse, and for the last two years had occupied a room above the restaurant of E. C. E. RUPPERT. He was subject to epilepsy, and according to his friends, spent much time in his room. He was apparently in good health when he left the office yesterday afternoon.
When one of the servants made the rounds of the rooms this morning, Mr. ALLEN’s door was locked. Knowing that Mr. ALLEN usually left before 9 o’clock, the servant rapped on the door, but received no response. The proprietor was notified and the room entered. Mr. ALLEN was found with his face buried in the pillows, and it was evident that he had been dead some time.
Mr. ALLEN was born in Ohio fifty-seven years ago. During his early youth he lived in Berkeley Springs, W. Va. He came to Washington about thirty years ago, and for the last twenty-seven years had been employed in the Geological Survey. After working for twenty years in the division of accounts, he was transferred to the section of correspondence and records. He is survived by his wife and three children, all of whom live in this city. A son-in-law, A. B. SEARLE, is an employe of the Geological Survey.
Coroner NEVITT viewed the remains and gave the necessary death certificate.