Quizz Hutchinson Woman In Death
Wife of Burrton Oil Field Worker Is Victim of Local Abortionist. J. Rodney Stone, Harvey county attorney from Newton, was expected to arrive here late this afternoon to question a Hutchinson woman in connection with the death of Mrs. Letha Ann Delong, 23, who died at Burrton about 8 o’clock this morning. The woman, whose husband, Rosemont Delong, is employed by the Sinclair Oil Co., in the Burrton field, died as a result of an illegal operation, it was charged. Harvey county officers conducted a coroner’s inquest at Burrton this afternoon. The Delongs have lived at Burrton about a year. Hutchinson police and county officers declined to name the Hutchinson woman who is alleged to have performed the abortion but admitted they had been requested to place her under arrest. Harvey county officers said the operation was performed at Hutchinson a few days ago. The body is being held at the R. J. Jones funeral parlors in Burrton. Although definite information was lacking, Harvey county authorities indicated they might prefer manslaughter charges against the alleged abortionist. The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas. April 25, 1934. Page 3.
A Manslaughter Charge Is Filed Against Woman
Mrs. Myrtle Stroud Held in Harvey County Jail Pending Arraignment. A first degree manslaughter charge today was preferred against Mrs. Myrtle Stroud, Hutchinson woman, in the Harvey county attorney’s office. Harvey county authorities charge she performed an illegal operation on Mrs. Letha Ann DeLong, 23, of Burrton, on April 14, and that the abortion caused not only the baby’s death, but the woman’s death yesterday morning. A coroner’s jury convening at Burrton yesterday afternoon found that Mrs. DeLong, wife of Rosemont DeLong, oil field employee, died as the result of an illegal operation “performed by an unknown party living at 414 Ave. A East, Hutchinson.” Mrs. Stroud is being held in the Harvey county jail at Newton. She was expected to be arraigned on the manslaughter charge late today. Don Shaffer, Hutchinson attorney, is representing her in the case. She was arrested here late yesterday and was identified by DeLong as the woman with whom he made arrangements for the operation which he said was performed April 14. DeLong told officers he sat in the car in front of Mrs. Stroud’s home while the abortion was performed. He said Mrs. Stroud performed a similar operation on his wife last September. The accused woman denied any connection with the alleged operation. Since the operation was performed in Reno county and the woman died in Burrton, Harvey county, either county has jurisdiction in the case, J. Rodney Stone, Harvey county attorney explained. The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas. April 26, 1934. Page 1.
Mrs. Stroud Released From Harvey County Jail
Mrs. Myrtle Stroud, Hutchinson woman, was released from the Harvey county jail at Newton last night under a $3,500 bond after pleading not guilty to a first degree manslaughter charge. Her preliminary hearing has been set for May 7. The charge was brought subsequent to the death of Mrs. Letha Ann Delong, Burrton woman, who died as a result of an illegal operation alleged to have been performed by Mrs. Stroud. The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas. Friday, April 27, 1934. Page 3.