Third County Polio Death Recorded;  Boy, 13, Victim … Sept. 1949  


Allen County’s third polio fatality was recorded here early today when 13-year old Donald Lee Hatch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Versil Hatch, R.R. 1, Huntertown, died of the disease at 2:12 a.m. at the Methodist Hospital.


Death came to the Huntertown school-child less than 24 hours after hospitalization and was attributed to acute bulbar-type paralysis.


The youth who became ill on Friday, was rushed to the Methodist Monday noon when his condition became serious and was immediately placed in a respirator.


Survivors include, in addition to the parents,

            One brother, George

            And a sister, Carol Ann, both at home

            A sister, Mrs. Leona Bracnt, of Huntertown

            And the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hatch, of Albion


Private Rites Wednesday


The body of the latest polio-myelitis victim was taken to the Krider Funeral Home at Churubusco and was removed  to the Hatch residence this afternoon.  Strictly private funeral services will be conducted there Wednesday at 2 p.m. following which burial will take place in the Huntertown Cemetery.


Friends are asked to omit flowers, and, according to the youth’s parents, any money received in his memory will be channeled to the local polio fund.  Meanwhile no new cases were reported here by health authorities today, as Dr. Karl Eberly, City Health Commissioner, reassured local residents that “this year’s polio epidemic is practically over.”


Citing the fact that five polio fatalities occurred among city cases during the season’s first 11 cases and no deaths in the last 23 city cases, he said that polio has definitely taken a milder turn.  Few of the present cases he pointed out at the same time, will have permanent damaging effects.  A total of 52 cases are currently undergoing treatment at the three city hospitals.  Only one of these, Mrs. Paul Beam, 43, of North Manchester was described as “serious” today.