Florence Cobb

SUMMARY: Florence Cobb died March 6, 1921 after an abortion perpetrated in Lima, Ohio by Dr. Charles Milliken.

The March 21, 1921 Lima (Ohio) News notes that Dr. Charles W. Milliken was charged with performing a fatal abortion on Florence Cobb. Ohio records indicate that Florence died on March 6 and was about 23 years old.

It had been quite a month for Milliken — or, more to the point, for his patients. Iva Triplett had died under his care on March 9.

Milliken was held on $10,000 bail in each case, Iva’s and Florence’s. An earlier patient, 19-year-old Francis Karies, had died in Chicago in 1920 after undergoing an abortion at Milliken’s Ohio practice.

An allopath, Milliken was an 1880 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He was licensed in Ohio in 1896 after having served a residency at Harrisburg Hospital and Philadelphia Hospital in Pennsylvania.