Matilda Tidrick

SUMMARY: Matilda “Dollie” Tidrick, age 38, died on June 9, 1917 from complications of an abortion perpetrated in Danville, Illinois by Dr. George Lotz.

MatildaTidrick.pngMatilda “Dollie” Tidrick, a 38-year-old homemaker and wife of a cook, was taken to a hospital in Danville, Illinois, in June of 1917. There, she was operated on by Dr. George Lotz. He called in other doctors “who assisted until they learned the nature of the case.”

Matilda died on June 9, in spite of the surgery, along with her unborn child. The autopsy found that both had died from the results of an attempted abortion.

Lotz, who was held without bail, “admitted … that he was guilty, and had been arrested for the same offense at Chicago and ‘paid the price.'” This Chicago case was most likely the June 25, 1911 abortion death of 20-year-old Anna Mueller.



  • “Physician Faces Charge,” Rockford (IL) Daily Register-Gazette, June 12,1917
  • “Hold Doctor as Slayer,” Rockford (IL) Daily Register, June 13, 1917
  • “Danville Doctor Held for Death of Woman,” Decatur (IL) Herald, June 13, 1917

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