1912 / 1928
McCARROLL, JOHANNA (O’Brien)
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, September 10, 1928
Mrs. Johanna McCarroll, wife of Thomas McCarroll, aged 68, died today at 12:45 p.m. at the family home, 1100 East Fifth Street,after an illness of nine months, following a stroke. She was born in Pittsburgh but has resided in Alton since shortly after her marriage 33 years ago. She is survived by her husband, three sons, Phillip and Tom Jr., of Chicago, and Ed of Alton; one daughter, Mrs. Frank Kremer and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Tetts of
Pittsburgh. Mrs. McCarroll was a member of St. Patrick’s church.
She was also a member of the Altar Society of St. Patrick’s church and of the Royal Neighbors Lodge.
McCarroll, Mary (O’Brien)
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 23, 1912
Mrs. Mary McCarroll, aged 45, wife of Philip McCarroll of 1211 East Fifth street, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Her death was due to a sickness which began with gallstones, and made a surgical operation necessary.
During the operation Mrs. McCarroll lost so much blood her case became desperate. The operation was performed four weeks ago,and on April 8 her sister, Mrs. Thomas McCarroll, in the hope of saving the life of her sister, gave up about two pints of her blood, which was transfused into the circulation system of Mrs. Mary McCarroll. The sick woman rallied, but later another decline set in and she died. The sacrifice had been in vain.
Following the operation for gallstones, which apparently was going to prove successful unless the patient died from weakness and loss of blood, the physicians declared to members of the family that the only hope for prolonging and possibly saving her life was for someone to give up enough blood to assist in restoring her to strength. Mrs. Thomas McCarroll, whose husband is a twin brother of the deceased woman and who is herself a sister to her at once volunteered to give up the requisite amount of blood. She was strong and healthy, weighing something like 250 pounds, and said she could easily spare the blood. The operation was arranged for and held on April 8 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, lasting from 1 o’clock until 6:30. Neither were put under anesthetic and both were conscious. The operation was performed by Dr. J. N. Shaff and Dr. Homer Davis. Long glass tubes were put into the well sister’s left arm just above the wrist, being stuck into the artery and tightened so that the blood would flow from the artery into the glass tubes. The other end of the tubes, two being used, were fastened into the sick lady’s flash, one at the wrist and the other near the shoulder, and the work of transfusion was started. Mrs. McCarroll said today that it was a little painful, but she felt called upon to sacrifice her life if it were necessary for her sister’s welfare. She suffered no ill effects from it, and today showed the arm perfectly well and healed up. Her only regret was that it did not entirely save her sister’s life, although the physicians said that this was responsible for the prolongation of life for only two weeks. Mrs. McCarroll leaves a husband and nine children: James, Daniel, Edward, Thomas, Margaret, Mary, Annie, Joseph and George, all of Alton; and two sisters: Mrs. James Teets of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mrs. Thomas McCarroll. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 o’clock at St. Patrick’s church.
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