Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday's Child: John Everett Cornwell

Washington Post
November 6, 1954

Canova, Va., Boy, 13, Dies of Polio

John Everett Cornw[e]ll, 13, of Canova, Va., near Manassas, died Thursday of bulbar polio in Children's Hospital, it was reported yesterday.

The boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cornwell, entered the hospital only a few hours before his death.  A diagnosis of polio was made upon his admission and he was operated on immediately.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Charles, and four sisters, Edith Mae, Margy, Margaret, and Martha.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Woodbine Baptist Church, Canova, with burial in the church cemetery.

Meanwhile, the District Health department reported the incidence of Washington's seventy-seventh polio case of the season--that of an 11-year old girl whose home is in the 1300 block of Peabody st. nw.

Onset of the disease was October 31 and she was admitted to Children's Hospital Tuesday with a diagnosis of bulbar polio.  There were 59 cases in the District at this time last year.

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