Alphia Robinson, age 18, had been living with a man named Amos Kimberly for about two years in Iowa Township, Iowa. On January 5, 1876, she went up to her room "in a cheerful manner, and in apparent good health," but a few moments later her mother went up and found her dead. The coroner declared that she had died from an abortion attempted by Dr. J. F. Houser of West Branch, Iowa.
On January 5, 1912, 19-year-old Lottie Roeder, who was still in school,
died at St. Elizabeth's hospital from infection caused by an abortion
perpetrated on January 5 by a nurse/midwife referred to as "Mrs.
Theodore Larson." Larson was held by the Coroner's Jury on January 12 and indicted, but the case never went to trial.
On January 5, 1930, bookkeeper Sonia Ragins, age 26, died from an
illegal abortion performed at an unknown location by an unknown person.
On January 6 the coroner recommended identification and arrest of the