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100 Years Ago - Hospital Superintendent Refuses To Send Ambulance To Automobile Accident

August 26, 2018

Aug. 26, 1918

Hospital official refuses

to send ambulance for crash

Dr. John Burgan, superintendent of the Scranton State Hospital, refused to send the hospital’s ambulance to a vehicle accident on Northern Electric Boulevard in North Chinchilla.

He refused because he said it would take two hours for the horse-drawn ambulance to make the round trip.

Two of the seven people hurt were reported to have serious injuries to their heads, face and skin as a result of vehicle rollover.

Passing motorists and residents of the area gave aid to the injured, and transported them to the hospital after it was learned the ambulance was not coming.

The hospital didn’t have a motor-driven ambulance at the time, but Burgan said it expected to receive one soon.

Pastor criticizes grand jury

The Rev. David Jones, pastor of the First Welsh Congregational Church in West Scranton, spoke out during Sunday services against a Lackawanna County grand jury decision not to indict several individuals for alleged election fraud in the May primary.

He said “men who whitewash a crime of this sort are guilty of a crime as wicked as that of the election crooks and should be painted in a deeper dye to show that they deliberately are willing to miscarry justice.”

He concluded his sermon on the matter by saying, “God is hot on the trail of the wicked and ... he will reprove them and set their crimes in order before their eyes.”

Sale at Scranton Dry Goods

Girls dresses for $1.37; boys and girls rompers and overalls for 65 cents; genuine fur scarfs for $1.98; refrigerators between $10.88 and $18.74; imported reed baby carriages between $15.56 and $25.20; 100-piece semi-porcelain dinner set, $19.20.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees

The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history.

Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com

or 570-348-9140.

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