The Ottumwa Courier

April 6, 2013

Another skeleton at historical museum


OTTUMWA — It’s nice to read and hear all the talk about “Mr. Bones,” the skeleton found in a closet at St. Joseph Hospital of late.

However, while it may have been the first skeleton used in Ottumwa, it wasn’t the only one.

The Wapello County Historical Museum in Ottumwa has on display, and has since the mid-1970s, a full,  complete skeletal remains that came from the office of Dr. Fox, an orthopedic surgeon who closed out his practice in Ottumwa in the mid-1970s. This skeleton can be viewed, along with numerous other medical historical items, during museum visiting hours.

One particular item of interest is a visual — class picture of each year’s graduate nurses from St. Joseph Hospital.

John Hartman

former hospital employee

current historical society member