AT THE HOSPITAL - John O. Fox, aged agout 45, who fell into a campfire during a fit while out with a surveying party, and was almost fataly burned has been at the hospital a week and is thought to be out of serious danger. There are sevent patients undert the care of Miss Mills, and the superintendent, all doing well.
Daily Capital Journal 23 Aug 1897, pg 1
JOHN W. [O.] FOX DIES
The Man Who Was So Fearfully Burned Departs This Life
John W. [O.] Fox, who was so badly burned by falling into a campfire, near Detroit while in an epileptec [epileptic] fit about two weeks ago, died at 1:40 o’clock this afternoon at the Salem hospital. Fox was received at the hospital one week ago on Saturday last that he might receive better medical attendance than could be afforded him where the accident took place.
For several days after being received, Fox appeared quite cheerful and the management of the hospital were feeling much encouraged at the rapidity with which the wound was healing, while it was a very serious burn, yet the nurses had every reason to expect the recovery of the unfortunate man.
About three days ago, however, Fox seemed to give up all hope and refused to take nourishment whereupon he gradually became weaker, until death came as above stated. During last night the man spit considerable, the spittle having the appearance of ashes, which he probably inhaled while lying in the fire.
The man was admitted to the hospital at the county’s expense, upon petition of a large number of residents in the Santiam country. He was about 48 years of age and was a single man.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but services will likely be conducted from Clough’s undertaking parlors on State street and the remains given interment in the county cemetery.
Daily Capital Journal 25 Aug 1897, pg 1