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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - John Field
Died From An Old Injury
The Peculiar Case Of John Field Of Keansburg
The Injury Was Received Fifteen Years Ago-Skin From the Arms of Keansburg Children Grafted on His Arm
An injury sustained fifteen years ago by John Field of Keansburg, and which had been to him a source
of more or less trouble ever since, caused his death on Thursday. Field was a clammer by occupation. While
working with his boat fifteen years ago he received an injury that bruised one side of his left arm from
the shoulder to the elbow. For a year and a half he was under the treatment of doctors, but his arm would
not heal. The bruised part of the arm remained raw and Dr. Welch, who was then located at Keyport, said
that the only thing that would save the arm from being amputated would be the grafting on of new skin.
Consent was gained from a number of Keansburg children to take a small piece of skin from their arms. This
skin was grafted by Dr. Welch on the injured part of Field’s arm. The operation was successful and in a
short time afterward Field was able to resume work.
The injury had almost been forgotten by Field, so completely had it healed, when last June the arm broke
out again in a running sore in the spot where the skin had been grafted on. Doctors said that the blood
poisoning that had been in his arm when it was first injured had impregnated his system and that the only
thing to do to save his life would be to take the arm off. Field was taken to Wells’s memorial hospital at
New Brunswick last Christmas and his arm was taken off just above the elbow. The operation was performed
by Dr. Henry Cook, formerly of Holmdel. Field remained at the hospital and in a short time after the
first operation it was decided to take the arm off at the shoulder. Both operations seemed successful,
and although minus an arm Field came home from the hospital apparently as well as ever. A short time ago
what seemed to be an abscess formed under the stump of the amputated arm. It proved to be the blood
poisoning breaking out in another place. From that time Field’s health gradually failed until his death
Field was 38 years old. He was born at Norfolk, Virginia, and came to Keansburg about twenty years ago.
Soon after coming to Keansburg he married Miss Evalma Covert, daughter of the late Johnston Covert. She
and four children survive him. He leaves also a brother and a sister in the South. He was a member of the
American Mechanics lodge of Keyport and Mrs. Field will receive $270 from that order. She will also
receive $30 from the Prudential Insurance company. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at the
Keansburg Methodist church. Rev. John Allen conducted the service. The body was buried in Truex’s
burying ground at Keansburg. The pall bearers were Stephen Seeley, Joseph VanBrunt, Albert Morris,
Frank Seeley, Charles Salmon and Wyman Birkbeck.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, June 6, 1900
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