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Rushden Echo, 6th March 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins
Ada Ellen Jordan
Sudden Death at Hinwick
Inquest on Publican’s Wife – After-Effects of Rheumatic Fever

The death took place suddenly on Sunday morning of Ada Ellen Jordan, the wife of Mr Frank Jordan, landlord of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Hinwick. Deceased, who was only 35 years of age, appeared to be quite well on Saturday night when she went to bed, but became suddenly ill in the early morning and died at about four o’clock. There is one child. The death has caused general regret in the district.

Mr G J M Wylie conducted an inquest at the Wheatsheaf Inn on Tuesday, assisted by Inspector Marritt, of Sharnbrook, and PC Ashton.

Frank Arthur Jordan said that during the night he was awakened by his wife making a kind of gurgling noise in her throat. Thinking she was dreaming, he tried to wake her, but failed. Becoming alarmed, he roused his neighbour. His wife had rheumatic fever about eight years ago, before they were married, but had since been in fairly good health. She suffered from palpitations last June, but was not attended by a doctor.

Dr D G Greenfield, of Rushden, said that when he arrived at the house life was quite extinct. A post-mortem examination showed that the heart was dilated and large, and the muscles poor – the probable result of rheumatic fever and the cause of death.

Harry Harrison, painter and decorator, Hinwick, said that when he was aroused by Mr Jordan he went across to the inn and found that Mrs Jordan was dead. He phoned for Dr Greenfield.

A verdict according with the medical evidence was returned.

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