12 Jan 1909
Birnamwood Boy Poisoned by Drink
District Atty. A.S. Larson received a telephone message Monday morning from Dr. Baker at Birnamwood, who stated that a young boy had been poisoned, and asked Mr. Larson to come there and hold an inquest. Dr. Baker said that Herman Hoffman and son Harvey had been at Eland on Friday and got some beer and whiskey to drink. Harvey, who is twelve years of age was taken sick and died on Sunday. It is believed that he has been poisoned and Dr. Baker refused to issue a burial certificate until the case had been investigated. Mr. Larson went to Birnamwood this morning and will investigate the matter thoroughly, and no doubt an inquest will be held.
22 Jan 1909
The inquest in the case of Harvey Hoffman of Birnamwood resulted in a verdict that his death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage caused by diphtheria germs.