Sherman Public Library
4 March 1887
OF MORPHINE IS WHAT THE CORONERS JURY
Pronounced the Cause of the Death of Pauline Heidrich
Yesterday morning a German by the name of Gustaff Heidrich went to
the drug extablishment
of G.W.Marshall and called for ten cents worth of morphine, and
it was given to him. Later
on at night, probably 9:30 o'clock, he came back and stated that
he wanted something to make his wife sleep. He was given a grain
of morphine divided into four doses, and he took
this back and found her lying on the floor frothing at the mouth.
He at once gave the alarm, and one of the mill employes who lives on the
same street, East Houston, came up town in post haste for medical assistance,
and procured Dr. S.C.Nesbit, who went at once to the scene and applied
all the remedies that he could apply. She lingered on during the
night in a dead stuper and in which she died this morning shortly after
9 o'clock. The coronor was notified at once and a jury of inquest
summoned. They at once repaired to the scene of the unfortunate occurrence
and the following evidence was adduced before them.
Dr. S. C. Nesbit
being duty sworn deposed and said: "I was called to see Mrs.
Pauline Hedrich at 10 o'clock last night, the 3rd of March, 1887.
I found her in a dying condition, and on inquiry learned from her husband
that she had taken ten cents worth of morphine at noon yesterday, eleven
hours before I called to see her. I remained with her all night,
and used all remedies to counteract the effects. She
DIED AT 9 O'CLOCK
this morning. From the best information I could get I think
she took between four and five grains. I have the label that was
on the powder, it reads "morphine," and the same is now in possession of
the court. That amount was sufficient to kill a person not accustomed
to taking it. I have no doubt that she died from th effects of an
overdose of morphine."
husband of the deceased, being sworn deposed and said, (through
E. Arnold, interpreter): "I did not see my wife take the morphine.
I was outside of the house at the time, but when I came in I saw the glass
that she took it from. I bought ten cent's worth of morphine yesterday
morning from Marshall's drug store. There was nobody in the room
at the time she took it. When I went into the house she told me that
she had taken it, and that it did not taste very good. She had been
suffering with the piles for about three weeks. I think at the time
she took the morphine she was suffering so with pain that she did not know
what she was doing. The deceased was 34 years of age. I never
told the deceased how much of the morphine to take as she knew more about
it than I did. It was about ten hours, I think, from the time she
took the poison until the doctor came. After she had taken the morphine
she intimated to me that our domestic relations had always been pleasant.
This was about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. She was a little out of
head at this time." After a few minutes consultation the jury returned
"We, the jury, sworn to enquire into the manner, means, cause, time,
place and circumstances of the death of Pauline Heidrich, find that she
came to her death on the morning of March 4th, 1887 at her residence in
East Sherman, from the effects of an overdose of morphine taken by herself
with innocent intention. Given under our hands March 4th, 1887.
C. J. Hinkle, J.P.
A. B. Slytnaker
Thos. Balfour Jurors
J. M. Heaton
T. H. Parker
J. A. Long
was but lately of Leipzie, Germany, and had been a nurse in a hospital
to that city for a number of years, and it is seen she must have been suffering
intensely to have forgotten the amount of drug necessary to take.
She had been away from the old country about one year, and had been married
shortly before her departure for Sherman. Both herself and husband
had worked hard since they came to the city, and had succeeded in getting
a little home in a pretty fair shape of improvment. This is one of
thE saddest events that has taken place in Sherman for a long time.
Sherman Public Library
Newspaper Clipping Collections: Obituaries
5 March 1887
All that was mortal of Mrs. Pauline Heidrich was laid away in the
city cemetery today. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. J.
C. Carpenter. Gustav Heidrich requests the Register to extend his
heartfelt thanks to the kind friend who stood by him in this, his hour