Old Newspaper Finds:: A Needle’s Rambles

I just love looking through old newspapers.  It’s so entertaining!

I was doing some searches on www.GenealogyBank.com, looking for my husband’s Cossaboon ancestors in New Jersey, and I found this strange news article (no relation that I know of). Very interesting…


Stuck in a Woman’s Foot It Comes Out at Her Head.

Special to The Republic.

Clayton, Pa, March 27 – Mrs. Mary C. Cossaboon stepped on a needle 28 years ago.  It entered her right foot and was never removed.  While combing her hair yesterday Mrs. Cossaboon felt a pricking sensation on the top of her head, and in a few moments pulled out the needle.

During three years she had experienced no pain until a few days ago, when she noticed a sore spot on the top of her head, where the needle came out.  It was as bright as new.


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  • Cynthia Shenette - March 24, 2011 - 7:39 am

    My grandmother use to talk about this type of thing all the time! She was a seamstress and was always telling me to be careful with needles. She made a point of putting them in a pin cushion. She never held pins in her mouth like some did either. I remember her telling me about someone who lost a needle in her arm, because she pinned it in her sleeve and lost track of the needle. The needle traveled through the skin and ended up in her heart and killed her. My grandmother’s theory was the needles always traveled toward the heart with the blood flow. All these years I wondered if it was an old wives tale. Maybe not…

    Thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Blakley - March 24, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    How wild!

    I love looking at old news articles, too. You just never know what you will find.

    And now that you have transcribed this one, someone using Google might find out a very neat story about one of their ancestors…ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Gurney - March 24, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    Yeuch! How gross. I shall never look at needles the same way again. Great post, though.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 25, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Seriously? This can’t be true… what kind of needle would you even lose in your body like that? WOW! That is really all I can say… WOW!ReplyCancel

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