11 April 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday: Dr. Jerry Liebross - Hero

This unfortunate story published at the end of September 1925, places my great uncle Jerry Liebross (aka Joseph Jerome Liebross) in the role of first responder. While this experience must have had an effect on Jerry, it was not a story that entered family lore.

Jerry was one of the two Liebross brothers (youngest sons of Louis and Bertha Liebross) who had graduated from dental school (the other being younger brother, Irving). In 1925 at about age 27, Jerry was living with his parents and siblings at 291 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.[1]

The Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY), 29
 September 1925, page 3, column 8; digital
 images, Old Fulton, New York Postcards
  (http://www.fultonhistory.com: accessed
 19 March 2013).  




   Three-year old Eugene Dooling, son of Dr. John Dooling of the Kings Park Hospital for the Insane, died in Bushwick Hospital early today of injuries received yesterday when he fell three stories from the apartment of his aunt, Mrs. Emeline Kane of 304 Stuyvesant ave., where he was visiting with his parents and his 7-year-old brother, Joseph.
   The children were amusing themselves in a front room while their parents and their grandmother, Mrs. Katherine Murim, of 17 Van Buren st., talked in another part of the apartment. Suddenly Joseph ran to his father and said he didn't know where Baby Eugene had gone.
   "He was sitting on the window sill and I was looking at the funny papers," said the child. "I said something to him, and he didn't answer. When I looked around he was gone."
   A glance at the window where Eugene had sat told the frantic parents all they needed to know. the screen had been torn away. The little fellow had leaned too hard against it and had plunged to the ground.
   When Dr. Dooling reached the street Dr. J. E. Liebross, a dentist living across the way, was giving what aid he could to the broken little figure of Eugene. The child was rushed to the hospital, where it was found he had sustained a fracture of the skull, a broken back and a broken leg. He died without regaining consciousness.

1. 1925 New York State Census, Kings County, New York, Enumeration of Inhabitants, Brooklyn, Enumeration District 11, Assembly District 5, page 4, house number 291 Stuyvesant, Jerry Liebross, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2013).

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