German Hospital

German HospitalhopitalsOn June 11, 1917, 23-year-old Mrs. Esther Stark died at Chicago’s German Hospital from a criminal abortion perpetrated by Mrs. Groh, who was never prosecuted because she died several days later from causes not indicated in the source.

On March 5, 1900, Mrs. Alice Koester died in German Hospital from complications of an illegal abortion evidently performed there that day by Maria Janke. Janke was arrested March 10, and held by Coroner’s Jury on March 11. She was sentenced by Judge Clifford to Joliet Penitentiary. Janke’s employment status is listed as “professional”, but nothing more specific is indicated to clarify why she would be performing an illegal abortion in a hospital.