Note: Individual Note: From the Hartford Courant, 1890
As was stated in the Courant of yesterday Harry C. Sturtevant oldest son of Mr. And Mrs. F.C. Sturtevant, died at the residence of his father on Washington Street Monday night. The young man was so well and favourably known, so dearly beloved, in fact by all who knew him, that the following details of his sickness and death will be of interest. Last January a slight trouble appeared in one foot and ankle which was supposed to proceed from a strain caused by slipping on the ice. This although growing slowly worse did not prevent his continuing his studies and taking part in his class in the graduating services in the high school in the spring. He graduated with high honours and as class orator attracted universal attention and praise by his manly and forcible oration. Immediately after he passed the examination for Trinity College. The trouble in the foot which in spite of medical skill had now assumed the form of paralysis continued to spread. He was taken from Westbrook, Connecticut where he was spending the summer to New York where he was examined and treated by some of the best surgeons of that city but much to the disappointment of his anxious friends he continued to grow worse. After his return to Hartford in September, the paralysis spread more rapidly and soon affected the entire left side of his body and his power of articulation. By the advice of his physicians of this city Drs. Fuller and Wolff, he was last week placed under the care of Dr. Seguin, the noted brain specialist in New York, who at once attributed the trouble to a tumour in or on the brain and agreed with the Hartford physicians that the only possible chance of saving the young man's life was to remove the tumour. After much consultation the parents gave their consent to have the operation of trephining performed. The operation was performed Monday afternoon by Professor Bryant, head surgeon of Bellevue Hospital of New York, assisted by Drs. Seguin, F.C. Otis, eminent NY surgeons, and in the presence of Drs. Fuller, Storrs, and Wolff of this city. The operation though skilfully and successfully performed failed to disclose the tumour, but sufficient evidence was discovered to convince the doctors that their diagnosis was correct, but that the tumour instead of being on the brain was deep seated in that organ and beyond all possibility of removal. The patient survived the operation only a few hours. Mr. And Mrs. Sturtevant have the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends in their great bereavement. Harry was a young man of rare ability and great promise. His attainments as an artist or as a musician were alone worthy of special commendation but the great beauty of his character was in his high and pure mind. His mental development was far beyond his years and he had been blessed with moral and spiritual qualities that endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., September 25, 1890.