following is an article about Gipp’s last days at St.
Joseph’s Hospital from the August 3, 1979
South Bend Tribune.
There are some interesting reminicences by a young nurse who
met George the night he admitted himself to the hospital.
"The Gipper’s" St.
Joe wing : A memory.
pages are missing from the fragile patients register at St.
Jospeph’s Hospital, but hospital officials are keenly aware
that « The Gipper, » Notre Dame football great George Gipp,
died in December 1920, in a room at the old hospital wing
soon to be torn down.
name of the hospital and supposed scenes from the hospital
at the time of Gipp’s death figured prominently in a film
about Knute Rockne.
nurse, trained at the hospital, remembers Gipp’s hospital
stay and death very well. She found the movie version quite
unlike the the actual event.
dear, I was 17 years old : my heart was down at my knees,"
the former nurse said, claiming there was no way she would
not recognise Gipp.
nurse, who adamantly refuses to have her name used, pleading
a reluctance to acknowledge her age, said she was in the
front hall on her was to class when she saw a taxi pull up
and Gipp get out. When he walked in, he asked her where the
office was. She pointed the way and he went off to admit
film, she said, they had Gipp come into the emergency room.
Not so, she says.
the movie, the phones continually were ringing. Not so, she
laughingly recalled ; there was only one telephone in the
main office of the hospital at the time.
Reporters and concerned persons crammed the main waiting
room, she remembered.
during Gipp’s hospitalization, she was asked by one of the
three nurses tending Gipp, deliriously ill apparently with a
strep infection and pneumonia, to watch him while the nurses
took a break.
cold in the room since the treatment at that time included
opening all the windows in the room.
recalled the low double sized brass bed in a second-floor
room where Gipp lay.
prayed he wouldn’t move when I was there," she said,
explaining he was big person to handle. But even in delerium,
he remained still.
Gipper died on Dec. 14, 1920.