Jessie Sanford Struggles
The entry for August 28 in William H. Morgan’s account is equally short with yesterday’s:
Thursday August 28
Jessie Sanford’s condition worsening. Mary Bates critically ill.
The Alliance Review offers details on the day’s events, including a photograph of the Lakeside Club’s chef who died, Frank McAvoy, and the menu that was served at the dinner. Among the items served were pink meat cantaloupe, white and dark meat turkey with dressing, browned potatoes, scalloped corn with green and red peppers, sliced tomatoes on lettuce with French dressing, fresh rolls with butter, salted wafers, olives, ice cream, spice cake with caramel frosting, nuts, candy, and coffee. The olives, nuts, candy, Newport creams and chocolate were brought to the dinner by Mrs. Gahris.
A number of olives and the can they came in were still in the refrigerator of the country club. They were sent to Columbus for analysis. A rabbit died after eating one of the olives. The results of the tests performed on the olives and the organs of the Lakeside Club staff members were expected to take at least three weeks.
Mrs. Gahris was buried on this day in Sebring while plans were made for the funerals of Mr. & Mrs. Sharer and Col. Weybrecht for the following day.
Tomorrow: Funerals Are Held for the Dead
Table of Contents
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – Who was Col. Weybrecht?
Part 3 – The party hostess: Helen Sebring Gahris
Part 4 – The dinner guests
Part 5 – The dinner party – August 23, 1919
Part 6 – The first effects of the tainted olives
Part 7 – The similarities in the symptoms become obvious
Part 8 – Other members of the dinner party are contacted
Part 9 – The first information published in The Alliance Review
Part 10 – Jessie Sanford struggles
Part 11 – Funerals are held for the dead
Part 12 – The final victim
Part 13 – Aftermath for the Morgan Family
Part 14 – What happened to the other guests at the Gahris dinner party?