Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Horrible Death of Felix Guyette

The following are a series of articles printed in both The Brockton Times and the Brockton Daily Enterprise, detailing the death of my great-great grandmother's brother, Felix Guyette, whom died September 1, 1931.



The Brockton Times
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Pages One & Three


FELIX L. GUYETTE CHOKES TO DEATH ON FALSE TEETH

Stricken Ill at Ward and Main Streets Tuesday Afternoon - Swallows Both Sets of Teeth and Dies as They Are Removed.

Strangled to death less than five minutes after he had been stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and his artificial teeth had become lodged in his throat, shutting off his wind, Felix L. Guyette, 52, of 48 Warren avenue and formerly of 855 Centre street, died as he was being rushed to the Brockton hospital in the police ambulance late Tuesday afternoon.

Although both sets of Guyette's false teeth had been dislodged and removed from his throat and the prone method of artificial respiration resorted to by a police officer and Brockton hospital interne in a vain effort to save the victim, he breathed his last just as the ambulance started on its trip to the hospital.
Mr. Guyette, who was a show worker and a brother of Patrolman George Guyette, who was murdered in 1919 when he entered a Summer street home and attempted to place Pasquale Catrambone under arrest, was stricken ill at Main and Ward streets about 5:30 Tuesday afternoon.

TAKEN INTO STORE

Passersby went to his assistance and removed him to a nearby store and an emergency call was sent to police headquarters for an ambulance.
Officers Joseph ________ and Timothy O'Brien responded and just as they were placing Guyette on a stretcher, Dr. Jonah Fieldman, a Brockton hospital interne, who happened to be passing, appeared.
Learning that the patient was choking to death, having swallowed both sets of his false teeth, he volunteered his serves, which were accepted.

REMOVES TEETH

While Officer O'Brien held the victim's mouth open, Dr. Fieldman thrust his fingers down the man's throat and succeeded in removing the teeth.
A few seconds later Guyette breathed his last, and although Patrolman O'Brien and Dr. Fieldman worked in relays using the prone method of artificial respiration in an attempt to restore breathing as the ambulance sped to the hospital, Guyette was pronounced dead upon arrival at the institution.

LIVED HERE 33 YEARS

Felix Guyette was 52. He was born in Westboro and made Brockton his home for 33 years. He had resided the past few weeks at 48 Warren avenue, having formerly lived for some years at 855 Centre street. He was a member of the Eagles and the Book and Shoe Workers union. He was employed by Stone-Tarlow Co., Inc.
Mr. Guyette leaves his wife, Elizabeth; three brothers, Noe, Nelson and Fred, of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Felix Daci of North Brookfield and Mrs. George Benoit of this city.
The funeral services will be Friday at 8.30 from the H. J. Grenier funeral home, with requiem mass at Sacred Heart church at 9. Interment will be in Calvary cemetery.

The Brockton Times
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Pages One
The Brockton Times
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
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 Brockton Daily Enterprise
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Page Two


FELIX GUYETTE IS VICTIM OF HEMORRHAGE

Stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage on Main street near Ward street, Tuesday evening, Felix Guyette, 48 Warren avenue, died soon after in the police ambulance in which he was being taken to the Brockton Hospital. Passerby noticed the stricken man and carried him to a near-by store from which messages were sent the the police station.

Dr. Jonah Fieldman of the Brockton Hospital staff, who was passing, gave assistance to the stricken man, and in examining him found that his artificial teeth had lodged in his throat, causing strangulation. Dr. Fieldman removed the teeth and the prone method of artificial respiration was applied but to no avail.
Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Pierce H. Leavitt viewed the body and pronounced death due to cerebral hemorrhage and strangulation.
Mr. Guyette was born in North Brookfield and had been a resident of this city many years. Besides his wife, Elizabeth, he leaves three brothers, Noe, Nelson, and Fred, all of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Felix Dacy of North Brookfield and Mrs. George Benoit of this city. Patrolman George Guyette, who was murdered about 12 years ago when he attempted to arrest Pasquale Catrambone of Summer street, was a brother.
He was a member of Brockton Aerie of Eagles and the Boot and Shoe Workers' Union, and formerly lived at 855 Centre street.
The funeral will take place Friday morning from 238 Court street, with requiem mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart and interment in Calvary cemetery.

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Page Two


Brockton Daily Enterprise
Friday, September 4, 1931
Page Ten


HOLD LAST RITES FOR FELIX GUYETTE

The funeral of Felix L. Guyette, 48 Warren avenue, took place this morning from 238 Court street, with requiem mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart celebrated by Rev. Charles A. Cordier. Interment was in Calvary cemetery. Representatives of Brockton Aerie of Eagles served as bearers. Many flowers and spiritual bouquets were tributes of friends.

Brockton Daily Enterprise
Friday, September 4, 1931
Page Ten


Copyright © 2013, David J. McRae

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