Davenport, IA Hospital Fire Kills 37, Jan 1950

"I saw Patrolman FEE of the Davenport police call for water. He was on an extension ladder. They poured water on him and he dove in the window and emerged carrying a woman in his arms. He had found her in bed."
"One of our city firemen also went in and pulled a woman out of the same room. This was while the flames were within five or six feet of the window of the south section."
"I have never seen anything like this. It was pitiful. Women were dashing at the iron bars, crying for help and I saw several faint away and disappear in the smoke and flame."
"The feeling of helplessness was terrible."
Balked At Rescue.
MRS. GLADYS OESTENDORF, a nurse's aide, said she started to take one woman from the blazing building, but the woman balked, saying she wanted to go back an get her shoes. She said she finally managed to get the patient to forget about the shoes and flee the flames.
The entire staff of nurses aides, orderlies and sisters was called for emergency duty. All available doctors and nurses in the city were called to the scene.
Hospital officials said part of the section used for the mental patients had recently been remodeled particularly to care for these patients.
The main hospital is listed as having 276 beds.

IDENTIFIED DEAD.
Davenport (AP) -- The identified dead in the Mercy hospital fire:
MRS. ANNA NEAL, 52, nurse's aide.
MRS. MAGGIE TUBBERTY, 85.
MRS. MINNIE MADDEN, 80, Ottawa, Ill.
MRS. MARY RYAN, 85, Avon, Ill.
Listed as missing and presumed dead were:
MRS. MINA SCHNEIDER, 53, Davenport.
AMANDA STILLWELL, 37, Davenport.
ALVINA KRUSE, 77, Davenport.
MRS. LILLIAN KEATING, 39, Davenport.
MRS. LYDIA TURNER, 90, Davenport.
Other bodies were tentatively identified as those of:
MRS. MARILYN BEALS of Rock Island. (Identified by a diamond ring.)
MARIE RAUEMBUEHLER of near Burlington. (Identified by her personal physician.)

The Cedar Rapids Gazette Iowa 1950-01-07

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LIST OF VICTIMS OF HOSPITAL FIRE
Davenport (AP) -- Victims of the hospital fire here Saturday included:
Identified Dead:
MRS. ANNA NEAL, 52, a nurse's aide, Davenport.
MRS. MAGGIE TUBBERTY, 85 (no address).
MRS. MINNIE MADDEN, 80, Ottawa, Ill.
MRS. MARY RYAN, 85, Avon, Ill.
RACHEL DYAR, 73, Davenport.
ALVINA KRUSE, 84, Davenport.
ROSE WICHMAN, 52, Washington, Ind.
LURA KEOGH, 28, Chicago.
LILLIAN KEATING, 39, Davenport.
MARY McNAMARA, Minonk, Ill.
Tentatively identified as dead or unaccounted for and presumed dead:
MRS. MARILYN BEALS, Rock Island, Ill.
MARIE RAUENBUEHLER, West Point, Ia.
LOUISE RENWALK, 36, Minot, N.D.
MRS. LYDIA TURNER, 90, Davenport.
MINA SCHNEIDER, 87, Davenport.
AMANDA STILLWELL, 37, Davenport.
EMMA REISTROFFER, 54, Davenport.
MAE SCHESSER, 44, Davenport.
ELSIE TEUFEL, 35, Victor, Ia.
NELLIE WALTON, 66, Washington, Ind.
DELIA BLODGETT, 32, Davenport.
MRS. VALENTINE O'NEIL, Bettendorf, Ia.
BETTY LOEDING, Monmouth, Ia.
MRS. MARGARET BENSON, Peoria, Ill.
MRS. IDA BONGERS, Ottumwa, Ia.
MRS. ELLEN CRONAN, 87, Davenport.
ALMA DAWSON, 40, Washington, ia.
MINNIE DOWNING, 42, (no address).
MRS. MARY GOODELL, 72, Rock Island, Ill.
ELIZABETH HENTSCHEL, 84, Chicago.
AGNES CARROLL, Peoria, Ill.
BERTHA HARDER, 71, Davenport.
DELIA JENSEN, 50, Rock Island, Ill.
ELLA KRAL, 65, Hills, Ia.
MARY LEMMER, 44, Cedar Falls, Ia.
LIDWINA LAHEY, 37, Clinton, Ia.
AMY McGEE, 53, Davenport.