Idaho History July 19, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 14

Idaho Newspaper clippings November 20-25, 1918

Challis jail. Challis, Idaho. 1892
Johnnie Boyd in doorway, earl Dodge with pick, Joe Paul at corner, Arthur Fox, Donnie Rowels with pipe and Ralph Beardsley

courtesy Challis Public Library
source: Photo Group 5 | University of Idaho Library Special Collections & Archives 5-104-2c
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Nov 20

The Challis Messenger., November 20, 1918, Page 1

Quarantine Regulations

County Board of Health, Custer County, Idaho, Nov., 16, 1918.

General Order No. 1.

To the Public Generally:

Whereas, and epidemic is sweeping through the nation, known as the “Spanish Influenza”, and said disease is both infectious and contagious and is hereby declared to be infectious and contagious, and

Whereas, said “Spanish Influenza’ has made its appearance in certain portions of Custer County, Idaho, and is exacting heavy toll of life within the Nation and in said portions of Custer County and is becoming alarming in its malignancy and the public health demands that prompt and efficient measures be taken to stamp out said disease and protect portions of Custer County not yet infected:

1st. Now therefore, it is ordered and directed and the undersigned Board of Health of Custer County, Idaho does hereby order and direct that all territory lying within the following boundaries to wit: All the Salmon River watershed in Custer County from the mouth of Yankee Fork on the Salmon River and extending down said Salmon River to the boundary of Lemhi County, Idaho; shall and the same is hereby declared to be a quarantine District for the purpose of preventing the introduction of the dangerous, contagious or infectious disease, to-wit, Spanish Influenza, within the said quarantine district. Said Quarantine District and this Order creating the same shall remain in full force and virtue until the further order of this Board of Health of said Custer County, Idaho.

2nd. All persons are prohibited from entering said district without a permit from the Chairman of the County Board of Health.

3rd. The Chairman of said County Board of Health is hereby authorized and empowered to appoint as many Quarantine Guards and to create as many Quarantine Districts as may be necessary to enforce these rules and regulations.

4th. The Chairman of the County Board of Health of Custer County, Idaho, shall cause to be printed suitable permits and quarantine cards in harmony with law and these regulations and place a sufficient number of said permits and quarantine cards at each quarantine station with the Quarantine Guards stationed there to meet all such necessary demands. It is hereby and herein further ordered and directed that the Chairman of said County Board of Health shall provide all Quarantine Guards at each Quarantine Station with “Yellow Flags” of suitable size to be used by said Quarantine Guards in placing or causing same to be placed on the vehicle in which said person or persons are traveling.

5th. All persons coming into said district and desiring to remain therein shall be quarantined for a period of four days, at the home of such person or person, in case they have a home in said District, and if not, then in some suitable place prepared and designated by the Chairman of said County Board of Health.

6th. All persons having business to transact in said district may enter said district and attend to such business, and depart again from said district; but all homes or other places to which such persons are allowed to stop and enter must be quarantined for a period of four days; such person or persons so entering under the provisios of this section shall stop at the first quarantine station on the road in, that such person or persons enter said quarantine district, and procure a written permit therefore; said permit shall direct such person or persons to travel the most direct public highway to and from his, her, or their homes or place where they seek to go, without stopping; and that such home, or place where such person or persons shall go or stop, shall be quarantined by the placing of a proper quarantine card up in a conspicuous place on said residence or place where such person or persons shall go or stop as aforesaid; said quarantine card shall be supplied such person or persons by said Quarantine Guard, such quarantine to be and remain in full force and effect for a period of four days from and after such person or persons shall so enter as aforesaid; and in the event any such person or persons or others in said home shall become afflicted with said disease, then and in such case, said quarantine of said home or place shall be and remain in full force and virtue until ordered discontinued by said Chairman of said County Board of Health. It is further hereby and herein provided that all persons entering said Quarantine District as aforesaid, shall place in a conspicuous place on the vehicle in which they travel a “Yellow Flag” and keep said flag thereon for a period of four days provided they remain in said Quarantine District for such period of time; said flag to be supplied by the Quarantine Guard.

7th. All persons desiring continuous passage through said District shall be granted such privilege but such person or persons shall first procure from such Quarantine Guard a permit and flag therefore, and all homes and other places in which they may be permitted to stop and enter shall be quarantined for a period of four days, as provided in rule Sixth hereof.

8th. The Chairman of the County Board of Health is hereby empowered and directed to cause to be printed larger quarantine cards to be posted up in a conspicuous place at each quarantine station so created as aforesaid, which quarantine card shall correctly describe the boundaries of the Quarantine District hereby created.

9th. Every person or persons, company or corporation violating any of the provisions of this order will be prosecuted as in such case made and provided.

An emergency existing therefor, and this order having been submitted to and approved by the State Board of Health on the 16th day of November, 1918, the same shall be and is in full force and effect from the date hereof.

Penalty for violation of this order is $50.00 fine or imprisonment in the County jail for ninety days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Custer County Board of Health,
By C. L. Kirtley, Chairman,
By W. T. Oster
By C. V. Hansen.

The Above and foregoing rules and regulations, within and for Custer County, State of Idaho, are hereby approved this 16th day of November, A. D. 1918.
State Board of Health
By R. S. Madden.
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Let Reason Rule!

It is high time for all people to call a halt in the quarantine conflict between Mackay and Challis. Let reason rule and peace prevail.

If mistakes have been made on either side it is a far greater mistake to recriminate and keep it up to the killing point.

The people of this section established a quarantine in self defense. Thereupon some Mackay sportsmen, in the sheltering darkness of the night, with full knowledge of the quarantine ran boldly into it and got “bumped”, or at least got quite a little dent in their dignity. They then claimed they “didn’t know it was loaded” and have, ever since, been calling upon the courts, authorities and upon the public to take up their little personal grievance – even though it case grim war and carnage.

They have pestered the public and the press until even the editor of the Mackay Miner has gone into spasms of bucolic wrath and has “got to fightin’ wind mills and ‘sees’ things at night.'”

If these sportsmen are really good sports they will now keep still, at least until the public crisis is past. If they don’t, they should, and no doubt will, be severely “sat upon” in their own “hum; town”. The majority of the people are not crazy – no, not even in Mackay.
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The Battle of the Flu

Note: This heroic ballad may be sung to the tune of an Irish “Come All Yez.”

On the fourteenth of November
In the year nineteen-eighteen;
It was then there was enacted
That most memorable scene –
When a hundred men from Challis town
All gallant, brave and true,
Along the highway hurried down
To the Battle of The “Flu”.
Marching along one hundred strong,
A brave and gallant crew,
With blood in their eye – to do or die,
At the Battle of The “Flu”.

The forces of the enemy
Were counted by the score,
Advancing at a distance of
Some sixty miles or more;
Coming nearer, ever nearer
Through all that dreadful day.
But the closest that they ever got:
Was sixty miles away!
And rumor after rumor
Of their coming grew and grew
Until some other rumor proved
That rumor was not true.

We heard that they were coming,
By auto and by Ford,
With all the guns and bootleg
That they could crowd aboard,
That they were mad as blazes
And had vowed that they would shoot
As the quickest way to settle
The question in dispute.
And many a hero trembled
And shivered in his shoes
As he vividly remembered
The dreadful Mackay booze.

They swore that it was “pizen”
And would kill at ninety yards
And so the captain shouted
To double up the guards.
“There is an auto coming.”
An excited lookout roared,
But when at last the thing approached
It proved to be a Ford!
The captain then commanded:
“Right about and shoulder arms”
And he gave a solemn warning
To beware of false alarms.

Oh, there were generals by the slue,
And the colonels they were many;
Of captains there were quite a few
But the privates were “not any”.
And there were deeds of daring
Performed upon that day –
Yes, even though the enemy
Was sixty miles away.
Once when the day was darkest
Up spoke a tall, mule-skinner
Saying: “Fellers I’m not afraid to die,
But I hate to miss my dinner.”

But though nobody died they say,
Or at least no one was buried,
The devil himself might be to pay
If Mackay had not tarried.
They said that they were coming,
And that hell would be to pay.
But there were spies who kept them wise
And so they stayed away.
But, we are peace-loving people
And the world is now at peace;
Was Mackay right to force this fight?
Yes, in a – pig’s valise.

Ed. Note: It would seem that Clarence E. Eddy, the Poet-Prospector, who is the author of the above, must have been present at the “Battle of the Flu”. It requires a great poet to give real prominence to great events and affairs. Even hell would never have been so prominent had it not been for the poet Dante.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 20 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., November 20, 1918, Page 5

1918112CM4Uncle Sam’s Advice on Flu
U. S. Public Health Service Issues Official Health Bulletin on Influenza.
Latest Word on Subject.
Epidemic Probably Not Spanish In Origin – Germ Still Unknown – People Should Guard Against “Droplet Infection” – Surgeon General Blue Makes Authoritative Statement.

Washington, D. C. — (Special.) — Although King Alfonso of Spain was one of the victims of the influenza epidemic in 1893 and again this summer, Spanish authorities repudiate any claim to influenza as a “Spanish” disease. If the people of this country do not take care the epidemic will become so widespread throughout the United States that soon we shall hear the disease called “American” influenza.

In response to a request for definite information concerning Spanish influenza, Surgeon General Rupert Blue of the U. S. Public Health Service has authorized the following official interview:

What Is Spanish Influenza? is It something new? Does it come from Spain?

“The disease now occurring in this country and called ‘Spanish influenza’ resembles a very contagious kind, of ‘cold,’ accompanied by fever, pains in the head, eyes, ears, back or other parts of the body and a feeling of severe sickness. In most of the cases the symptoms disappear after three or four days, the patient then rapidly recovering. Some of the patients, however, develop pneumonia, or inflammation of the ear or meningitis, and many of these complicated cases die. Whether this so-called ‘Spanish’ influenza is identical with the epidemics of influenza of earlier years is not yet known.

“Epidemics of influenza have visited this country since 1647. It is interesting to know that this first epidemic was brought here from Valencia, Spain. Since that time there have been numerous epidemics of the disease. In 1889 and 1890 an epidemic of influenza, starting somewhere in the Orient, spread first to Russia and thence over practically the entire civilized world. Three years later there was another flare-up of the disease. Both times the epidemic spread widely over the United States.

“Although the present epidemic is called `Spanish influenza,’ there is no reason to believe that It originated in Spain. Some writers who have studied the question believe that the epidemic came from the Orient and they call attention to the fact that the Germans mention the disease as occurring along the eastern front in the summer and fall of 1917.”

How can “Spanish Influenza” be recognized?

“There is as yet no certain way in which a single case of ‘Spanish influenza’ can be recognized. On the other hand, recognition is easy where there is a group of cases. In contrast to the outbreaks of ordinary coughs and colds, which usually occur in the cold months, epidemics of influenza may occur at any season of the year. Thus the present epidemic raged most intensely in Europe in May, June and July. Moreover, in the case of ordinary colds, the general symptoms (fever, pain, depression) are by no means as severe or as sudden in their onset as they are in influenza. Finally, ordinary colds do not spread through the community so rapidly or so extensively as does influenza.

“In most cases a person taken sick with influenza feels sick rather suddenly. He feels weak, has pains in the eyes, ears, head or back, and may be sore all over. Many patients feel dizzy, some vomit. Most of the patients complain of feeling chilly, and with this comes a fever in which the temperature rises to 100 to 104. In most cases the pulse remains relatively slow.

“In appearance one is struck by the fact that the patient looks sick. His eyes and the inner side of his eyelids may be slightly ‘bloodshot,’ or `congested,’ as the doctors say. There may be running from the nose, or there may be some cough. These signs of a cold may not be marked; nevertheless the patient looks and feels very sick.

“In addition to the appearance and the symptoms as already described, examination of the patient’s blood may aid the physician in recognizing ‘Spanish influenza,’ for It has been found that in this disease the number of white corpuscles shows little or no increase above the normal. It is possible that the laboratory investigations now being made through the National Research Council and the United States Hygienic Laboratory will furnish a more certain way In which individual cases of this disease can he recognized.”

What Is the course of the disease? Do people die of it?

“Ordinarily, the fever lasts from three to four days and the patient recovers. But while the proportion of deaths in the present epidemic has generally been low, in some places the outbreak has been severe and deaths have been numerous. When death occurs it is usually the result of a complication.”

What causes the disease and how is It spread?

“Bacteriologists who have studied Influenza epidemics in the past have found in many of the cases a very small rod-shaped germ called, after its discoverer, Pfeiffer’s bacillus. In other cases of apparently the same kind of disease there were found pneumococci, the germs of lobar pneumonia. Still others have been caused by streptococci, and by others germs with long names.

“No matter what particular kind of germ causes the epidemic, It is now believed that influenza is always spread from person to person, the germs being carried with the air along with the very small droplets of mucus, expelled by coughing or sneezing, forceful talking, and the like by one who already has the germs of the disease. They may also be carried about in the air in the form of dust coming from dried mucus, from coughing and sneezing, or from careless people who spit on the floor and on the sidewalk. As in most other catching diseases, a person who has only a mild attack of the disease himself may give a very, severe attack to others.”

What should be done by those who catch the disease?

“It Is very important that every person who becomes sick with influenza should go home at once and go to bed. This will help keep away dangerous complications and will, at the same time, keep the patient from scattering the disease far and wide. It is highly desirable that no one be allowed to sleep in the same room with the patient. In fact, no one but the nurse should be allowed in the room.

“If there is cough and sputum or running of the eyes and nose, care should be taken that all such discharges are collected on bits of gauze or rag or paper napkins and burned. If the patient complains of fever and headache, he should be given water to drink, a cold compress to the forehead and a light sponge. Only such medicine should be given as is prescribed by the doctor. It is foolish to ask the druggist to prescribe and may be dangerous to take the so-called ‘safe, sure and harmless’ remedies advertised by patent medicine manufacturers.

“If the patient is so situated that he can be attended only by some one who must also look after others in the family, it is advisable that such attendant wear a wrapper, apron or gown over the ordinary house clothes while in the sick room and slip this off when leaving to look after the others.

“Nurses and attendants will do well to guard against breathing in dangerous disease germs by wearing a simple fold of gauze or mask while near the patient.”

Will a person who has had Influenza before catch the disease again?

“It is well known that an attack of measles or scarlet fever or smallpox usually protects a person against another attack of the same disease. This appears not to be true of ‘Spanish influenza.’ According to newspaper reports the King of Spain suffered an attack of influenza during the epidemic thirty years ago, and was again stricken during the recent outbreak in Spain.”

How can one guard against Influenza?

“In guarding against disease of all kinds, it is important that the body be kept strong and able to fight off disease germs. This can be done by having a proper proportion of work, play and rest, by keeping the body well clothed, and by eating sufficient wholesome and properly selected food. In connection with diet, it is well to remember that milk is one of the best all-around foods obtainable for adults as well as children. So far as a disease like influenza is concerned, health authorities everywhere recognize the very close relation between its spread and overcrowded homes. While it is not always possible, especially in times like the present, to avoid such overcrowding, people should consider the health danger and make every effort to reduce the home overcrowding to a minimum. The value of fresh air through open windows cannot be over emphasized.

“When crowding is unavoidable, as in street cars, care should be taken to keep the face so turned as not to inhale directly the air breathed out by another person.

“It is especially important to beware of the person who coughs or sneezes without covering his mouth and nose. It also follows that one should keep out of crowds and stuffy places as much as possible, keep homes, offices and workshops well aired, spend some time out of doors each day, walk to work if at all practicable — in short, make every possible effort to breathe as much pure air as possible.

“In all health matters follow the advice of your doctor and obey the regulations of your local and state health officers.”

“Cover up each cough and sneeze, If you don’t you’ll spread disease.”

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 20 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 20, 1918, Page 1

Influenza Ban Is Officially Lifted
State Health Officer Thanks County Boards For Efficient Action

Boise. — Orders have been issued by the state board of health to life the Spanish influenza ban which has been in effect in this state for a month as a precautionary measure against the spread of the epidemic, on November 24. Like many other states, Idaho decided to close down churches, public schools, theaters and all public meeting places in order to guard against the spread of the disease. The order lifting the ban, as issued by Dr. E. T. Biwer, secretary and executive officer of the state board of health, to the chairmen of all county health boards, is as follows:

“You are advised that all restrictions of the state board of health for the control of the epidemic of influenza are to be removed at 1 a.m. Sunday morning, November 24, insofar as is safe within your jurisdiction.

“Reports received by this office indicate that for the state as a whole, the incidence of influenza is rapidly diminishing, which explains the above order.

“While sporadic cases will doubtless develop for a considerable period,, and while in some isolated sections, influenza may still attain epidemic proportions, we believe that the present stringent requirements may be done away with.

“You are directed, however, to use all care in handling the situation within your jurisdiction and if in the judgment of the local board of health, the time is not ripe for removal of restrictions, you are authorized to maintain them for the present.

“I wish to thank you, and, through you, the public generally for the splendid co-operation that has been shown the state board of health during this abnormal situation.”
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Normal Conditions Expected Soon
But Some Schools May Not Open Next Monday Because of Influenza

School may not open in all districts in Latah county next Monday, although the state quarantine will be lifted Sunday. Influenza has just made its appearance in some of the district which has not had the disease at all until three days ago reports seven new cases and the directors asked Mrs. R. B. Knepper, county school superintendent, what they should do about opening school. She instructed the directors to use their own judgment about it and if they deem it unsafe to open school Monday they may keep the school closed until such time as it is thought safe to reopen it.

School will open in Moscow and in nearly every district in the county Monday. Churches will hold services Sunday for the first time in several weeks. The motion pictures are arranging to reopen Monday evening and the chamber of commerce will give its regular weekly luncheon at noon on Tuesday. Lodges, which have held no meetings since the quarantine went into effect, will resume regular meetings next week and conditions are expected to become normal before the end of the week.

Many students of the University of Idaho, who have been out since the quarantine started, secured health certificates from Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, last night and were permitted to enter classes this morning. No new cases of influenza are reported in town today.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 20 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 20, 1918, Page 3

City News

The family of Frank Burch are ill of influenza, but all are gradually improving.

Mrs. E. J. Smithson, who has been ill of influenza in a hospital in Colfax for two weeks, is slowly improving.

Miss Anna Young, a teacher in the Moscow schools, is ill of influenza.
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Card of Thanks.

To our neighbors and friends who in so many ways assisted us by kindly deeds, and to those who offered assistance during the sickness of our family with influenza, we beg all to accept in this manner our appreciation and heart felt thanks.

– Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Settle and Family.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 20 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 20, 1918, Page 4

Mrs. Mary H. Cross of Dennison, Wash., who has been nursing at the homes of C. W. Walton and George Keiber, left last evening for Kendrick to assist Mrs. H. J. Fenton, whose two children are ill with influenza.
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The funeral of Lee Lester Schell was held at Freese church Nov. 12, the body having been shipped from Sedro Wooley, Washington, where he died of influenza November 7. …

Everybody is rejoicing at the prospect of getting to go somewhere now that the “flu” has flew over. It is hoped to open Sunday school and school this week.

Only two cases resembling the “flu” have been reported out this way, and those only light.

Roswell Strong, carrier on route three, has been confined to his home for a week or two with the “flu.” Walter Hislig has been carrying the mail.

Mrs. Mary Mewhinney has spent the month’s enforced idleness with home folks. She hopes to resume her school duties at Viola next week.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 20 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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(click image for larger size)
Celebrating the signing of Armistice-Nov. 11, 1918.

source: contributed by Patty Theurer for Latah County ID USGenWeb Archives
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Nov 21

The Wallace Miner. November 21, 1918, Page 1

Company Employing 60 Men – Extracting Ore on Three Levels.

In common with other mines of the district, the Success Mining company has had difficulty in maintaining its output on account of the prevalence of influenza. However, the mill has been kept running one shift as usual and conditions are now much improved. The company has 60 men on the payroll. A good shoot of ore has been developed on the 700 level, and on the 1400, 1500 and 1600 levels the showings of ore are highly satisfactory. Concentrates are now delivered from the mill to the railroad, about half a mile, by motor truck, and the company has sold the teams formerly used for this purpose.

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 21, 1918, Page 3

Newspaper Aid Appreciated

Lincoln County Times, Jerome, Idaho.

Dear Mr. Editor: As the United War Work Campaign draws to a close I have been asked by Mr. Lyman L. Pierce, western department campaign director, to express to you his appreciation of the valuable assistance your newspaper has rendered.

Never before in the history of this country has a drive for funds been so dependent upon the newspapers for success. With the speaking program virtually eliminated because of influenza conditions, with schools in most sections closed, with public gatherings forbidden, the only method of getting our message to the people has been through the newspapers.

We feel that we owe the loyal, patriotic, unselfish newspapers of the west our gratitude and thanks, and in behalf of Mr. Pierce, and the members of the executive committee in the western department, I want to express to you our deep appreciation for all you have done to make this campaign a success. I am,
Very sincerely yours, F. F. RUNYON, Director of Publicity, United War Work Campaign, Western Department.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 21, 1918, Page 4


C. H. Humphrey is able to attend to business again after his siege of the”flu.” L. C. Humphrey is improving slowly.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred DeBoard, Mrs. Lester DeBoard and Miss Winnie DeBoard are Appleton’s latest victims of the “flu.” Quarantine was placed there Sunday.
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Miss Lena Witt and her friend, Ruth Stoddard, of Sterline, Illinois, who have been here the past few weeks, expect to return Monday to their school duties at the Technical Institute at Pocatello, as the quarantine for influenza has been lifted from that place.

Robert Lind has so sufficiently recovered from his recent attack of influenza as to be able to be about.

Mrs. R. J. Wimmer received the sad intelligence of the death of her two sisters, who reside in Salt Lake, Utah. Both deaths occurred within a period of four days from Spanish influenza.

C. C. McCorkle, who was called to Vallejo, California, last week on account of the serious illness of his son, Samuel, returned home Tuesday, reporting the patient some better and had hopes of a permanent recovery. Samuel has been suffering from pneumonia, following the Spanish influenza. The latest telegram received this week stated that the patient had been operated on for the fourth time for emptmia, with conditions satisfactory.
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The community was greatly shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. E. V. Cooke, which occurred Friday at the Twin Falls hospital.

Mr. Sam Hills is out again after a siege with the influenza.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 21, 1918, Page 5

Death of A. W. Arps

On last Sunday morning at the temporary hospital established in the Eagles’ Hall occurred the death of W. W. Arps from pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Mrs. Arps who has had living quarters near his tin shop was sick for several days before medical aid was called in and when the doctor was called he was found in a serious condition and immediately removed to the hospital where everything possible was done to save his life but without success. …

Miss Johanna Arps and Mr. and Mrs. Dee Minor of Sterling, Colo., were present at the funeral. The son Adrian was unable to attend being confined to his home with a severe case of influenza.
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Death of Glenn E. Massey

On last Saturday morning at his home north of Jerome occurred the death of Glenn E. Massey, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Massey and in this death the dread disease influenza has taken from our midst one of our most progressive young ranchers.

Mr. Massy was taken sick some two weeks ago and although he made a most plucky fight he was unable to withstand the ravages of the disease and passed to the great Beyond as above noted. …
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High School Notes

Many of the students when interviewed declared they are really anxious for school to begin.

When the schools open again there will be little excuse for parents keeping any boy out of school “for work.”

The Jerome high school body is composed of some of the best boys and girls in the world. Now if only this bunch of find folks will settle down when school begins and really work in co-operation with the teachers and parents the effects of our enforced vacation may yet be made up this term, perhaps.

Frequent absence, tardiness and idleness have been our three besetting sins. Parents can help in these matters largely if they will and as so many do.

October 1 the students of the high school held $5362 worth of War Saving stamps and Liberty bonds. This is an average of almost $50 each. A few do not have any.

Reports from 1150 counties in forty-seven states of the United States shows that the schools are 50,000 short. 500,000 school children are without teachers. In Idaho there is a shortage of about 50 teachers. Jerome has been one teacher short, until recently.

It is expected that there will be a more complete supervision of play on the school grounds. It is on the play ground that students learn to give and take, and it is there that they get needed fresh air and exercise.

We have found that a few outsiders know what a large high school Jerome has. The total enrollment in the high school which closed October 9 was 111, 19 seniors, 20 juniors, 30 sophomores and 42 freshmen. Of these 45 are boys and 64 girls. The average daily attendance of the 111 enrolled has been about 95.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 21, 1918, Page 7

Influenza More Deadly Than War.

Washington. – The recent epidemic of influenza in the United States caused more deaths than occurred among the American expeditionary forces from all causes from the time the first unit landed in France until hostilities ceased.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 21, 1918, Page 1

Personal and Local Mention

W. D. Case left Tuesday evening for Twin Falls in response to a message announcing the serious illness of a brother who is living at that place.

The influenza seems to about had its run in this community and we can consider ourselves very fortunate. Not a single death in Payette from the disease. The quarantine will be lifted Sunday morning when all social and business functions will be resumed without any interference. Schools will open again on Monday morning and unless a new outbreak of the disease occurs we can all go about our daily work feeling much relieved.

Dr. J. C. Woodward went to Nyssa Wednesday to attend several cases of influenza.

Miss Grace Prindle who has been quite bad with the Flu, is now on the road to recovery.

Miss Elsie Blomstrom, a volunteer nurse for the influenza cases, who has been seriously ill with the disease, is now improving.

The County Bards of Health announces that all closing restrictions have been lifted and that all stores will remain open on Saturday night until nine o’clock. So far the closing on other evenings at 5 o’clock will be continued for a time at least.
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The C. F. Wayne family are still in quarantine, but are not seriously ill.

J. J. Pine is recovering from a severe attack of erysipelas – not influenza.

The T. F. Newberry family of Willow Creek, five in number, are all down with the influenza.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 21, 1918, Page 5

Fruitland Department
Mrs. R. G. Wilson

“As ‘Twas Told To Me”.
Personal Notes

Mary Pritzl came home from Ontario Hospital Saturday. She hopes to be well enough to return to help in the hospital next week.

Miss Bertha Blind came home from eastern Idaho because of her mother’s illness. Mrs. Blind is much improved.

Mrs. O. B. Cain is on the sick list.

A letter from Harold Vestal says after being in the hospital over a week with the “Flu” he is now able to be about again.

Mrs. C. I. Tussing received word last week that her cousin, Miss Enid McKern of Mt. Vernon, Ore., had died of influenza which developed into pneumonia. Miss McKern, with her sister, spent last fall and part of the winter at the Tussing home helping in the fruit, and while here made many friends. She was taking nurse training work in the Baker hospital when taken sick.
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North Payette

Osee and Ruth Jackson are recovering from a light attack of la grip.

M. A. Burt and family have been quarantined for the influenza. All are recovering and will be able to be out next week.

If no more cases of influenza develop school will begin in Dist. No. 1 on Monday, Nov. 25th.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 21, 1918, Page 1

The Flu Quarantine Is Lifted
Public Gatherings Permitted – Schools, Churches, Etc., Open Sunday.

The restrictions against the holding of public gatherings on account of the influenza epidemic will be revoked Sunday, and churches and theatres will be permitted to open on that day. The order also covers pool halls, and the amusements furnished by those places will be resumed Monday.

Schools Open Monday.

The schools throughout the state will open Monday. Teachers and pupils are returning to take up their interrupted work. While no definite plans have been formulated as to the method to be adopted for making up the time lost, it is quite certain that no vacation will be given at Christmas time, excepting Christmas day. the suggestion is made that the hours of each day’s session be lengthened, and some suggest that an extra session on Saturday might be advisable. This, however it is said, would work somewhat of a hardship with students who are holding positions outside of school hours, thereby assisting in their maintenance at school. Some plan will no doubt be decided upon very soon. It is suggested that parents watch the health of the child very closely and keep any child from school who has grip symptoms, thereby preventing the possible spread of any contagious disease.
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Present indications are that local draft boards will be out of a job by January first. This will be no source of regret to anyone concerned.
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Lecture Course Next Week

The influenza quarantine prevented the appearance of the American Girls Trio, the second number in the Lecture Course, in October. As the ban will be lifted Sunday, the postponed number will be given Monday night in the Liberty Theatre. In this company are three talented young women – wonderfully versatile and typically American. Misses Grace and Virgie Byatt and Vera Miller are from the same western city and for several seasons have toured under Redpath management. The diversified program which they present includes saxophone and banjo trios, vocal numbers, solos on a variety of instruments, readings and character songs in costume. It is an entertainment that will please everyone.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 21, 1918, Page 2

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The man of the house was reading aloud to the family. “To escape the influenza,” he read, “keep a clean mouth, clean hands, a clean skin and wear clean clothes.” There was silence for a moment and then up spoke the tousle haired 10-year-old: “Gee whilikins, it sure will get me. The only time I’ve got any chance at all is on Saturday night.”

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 21, 1918, Page 8

News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondent


School will begin on Monday, Nov. 25, as the State Board of Health have released their order for quarantine.

A late report says that Mrs. Ralph Vanderdassen is much improved and the chances are good for her recovery.

There will be church and Sunday school at the Baptist church at the usual hour Sunday.

It is said that the Tom Clark family are afflicted with smallpox, all but a couple of them being down.
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Haw Creek.
By Mrs. E. Tennyson.

Mrs. Matt Bilbirey has received word that her daughter, Mrs. Floyd Fowler of Burley was quite sick with Spanish influenza.
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By E. F. Wells.

School will start again Monday, and we believe the kiddies, as well as the teacher, will be glad to resume their work again after five weeks of enforced vacation.

The Tom Clark family seem to be having more than their share of sickness. After all having a round with the influenza they are now all sick with the smallpox. They say they do not know where they contracted the disease. Dr. Cummings is attending them and reports them as getting along nicely.
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South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

Mrs. B. S. Wright has been quite ill this week but is improving now.

Miss Grace Cook returned to her school duties near Weiser on Wednesday.

Mrs. Ray Stinson received a request from the school in which Miss Grace Cook is employed, to act as substitute for Professor Beckwith who was called to Iowa Saturday by illness in his family who are there on a visit. Mrs. Stinson made hasty preparations and departed to accept the work.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

Mrs. B. L. Limbaugh was on the sick list several days last week.

Sunday school next Sunday at 2 p.m. Preaching at 3 by Rev. Lanmann. Everybody is cordially invited.
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By Mrs. J. I. Guthrie

School will reopen in District 4 on Monday, Nov. 25. The school board released Miss Norwood from her contract as teacher in order that she might accept an important position in the Bank of Emmett. Her place has been filled by Mrs. Clair Shane, who is not a stranger in this district, having taught here a few years ago.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 21, 1918, Page 1

Raise Influenza Quarantine on Sunday
Public and Private Schools of State Will Resume Next Monday
Local Officials May Act
In Sections of Idaho Where Epidemic Is Not Schecked, Closing Order May Be Continued.
Lift Quarantine.

The quarantine to prevent spread of influenza will be lifted in Idaho county Sunday, in accordance with the ruling by the state board of health.

Dr. G. S. Stockton, county health officer, today issued the following statement:

“The intensity of the influenza epidemic has subsided sufficiently that ordinary business can be resumed.”

Public schools throughout the county except in Grangeville, will resume Monday, according to information available today from the office for the county superintendent of schools. The Grangeville schools will open on Monday, December 2. The delay in opening the schools here is due to the fact that many of the pupils have suffered from influenza and have not entirely recovered their strength. Inasmuch as the Thanksgiving holiday comes next week, only four days would be available for school.

The state-wide closing order, which has been in effect in Idaho for more than a month, to prevent spread of Spanish influenza, will be lifted next Sunday, according to information obtained from the state board of health.

Churches and theaters will resume on Sunday, while public schools will open on Monday. The order lifting the ban was issued on the strength of reports that the epidemic is on the wane.

In localities where local conditions preclude the permitting of public assemblages, local health officials are authorized by the state board of health to continue the quarantine locally.

Public assemblages have been prohibited in the state since October 10, and public and private schools have been closed since October 21.
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Influenza Takes Oscar Roos
Former Station Agent at Fenn Dies in Lewiston, Ida.

Oscar Roos, former agent for the Camas Prairie railroad at Fenn, died on November 12 from pneumonia, following Spanish influenza. Death occurred in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Roos, in Lewiston.

Mr. Roos, who was 27 years of age, is survived by his widow, his parents and several brothers and sisters. M. A. Roos, postmaster at Whitebird, is one of his brothers.

Mr. Roos has been in the employ of the Camas Prairie railroad for four years. He left Fenn last summer to accept a position in the offices of the company at Lewiston.

The funeral was held on October 14 in Lewiston.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 21, 1918, Page 3

Toll of Influenza

Though complete figures on influenza mortality to date are not available, enough data on the toll of the disease in the United States has been complied as to give grim evidence of the terrible inroad [it] has made on the civilian and military populations of the United States proper.

Even in our community, where numerous deaths have occurred, and where for a time from one to two funeral processions were witnessed every day, the loss has been appalling. When one considered that the death rate from influenza in eastern cities has reached as high as 7.4 per thousand, and that in forty-six cities reporting on influenza mortality, with a population of 23,000,000, a total of 82,306 deaths has occurred, he can acquire some conception of the enormity of losses throughout the country.

The census bureau is sponsor for the statement that deaths from influenza in the United States have exceeded all deaths among the American Expeditionary forces in France. It is estimated that total casualties among the American troops is 100,000, which includes dead, wounded and missing. Of this number from 40 to 45 percent will cover the dead, thus placing the highest possible number of dead, when all casualties are reported, at 50,000.

With less than one-fourth of the country reporting on influenza deaths, it already can be truthfully said, so far as the American nation is concerned, that disease is more deadly than war.
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A moonshine still was discovered in the basement of a building in the business section of Moscow, following the peace celebration last week. Which illustrated that elimination of war worries doesn’t terminate all worries – for some persons.
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Since peace has been restored, the election is over and the influenza has been subdued, conditions should rapidly assume the normal.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 21, 1918, Page 5


Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Smith returned home from Pasco, Wn., Saturday. Mrs. Smith had been in a hospital. She was suffering from influenza.

While in Lewiston E. C. Smith visited Mr. Berry at the White hospital. Mr. Berry is getting along nicely and hoped to be up soon. Dick Wyatt is nursing him.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 21, 1918, Page 8

Local News in Brief

Taylor Recovering – H. Taylor is recovering from an attack of Spanish influenza. The disease was in a mild form.

Services at Whitebird – Father Phelan will hold services in Whitebird on net Sunday, November 24th, at 10:30 and on Monday at 8:30.

No Services – The Federated church will not hold services Sunday as it has been considered wiser to delay another week. J. J. Wood, pastor.

Bayless Has Flu – T. A. Bayless, local manager for the Grangeville Light & Power Co, was a victim of Spanish influenza, but now is well on the way to recovery.

Bowling Alleys to Open – The Bradbury bowling alleys will be opened Monday night, under the management of Ed Schmadeka. Bowling has in the past proven a popular diversion for Grangeville men and it is believed much interest will be manifested in contests to be staged with the opening of the alleys.

Pleased with Military – Jacob and Emery Briscoe, who are members of the S. A. T. C. at Moscow, write home that they are well pleased with military life. Emery, however, lost three weeks’ training by reason of having been ill with Spanish influenza, and he says he must hustle to keep up with the boys who were not ill.

At the Christian Church – Regular services will be resumed at the Christian church next Sunday. …
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Probate Judge Wilbur Campbell was stricken on Sunday with Spanish influenza. The disease is said to be in a mild form. Cases set for hearing in the probate court this week were necessarily postponed because of illness of the judge.

Deputy Sheriff John Powell returned to his work late last week, after having been confined for some time to his home by a severe attack of Spanish influenza. For a time but little hope was entertained for his recovery, but Deputy Powell fought the disease with fortitude and recovered.

J. A. Stewart, who resides on a ranch on the South Fork near the power plant, was a pleasant caller at the Free Press office Monday. Mr. Stewart had just recovered from an attack of Spanish influenza, which caused him to be confined to the Grangeville hospital for two weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Zehner of Fenn were in Grangeville Saturday, and were pleasant callers at the Free Press office. They have been obliged to close their hotel at Fenn, because of lack of business, but hope to b able to reopen it [at] an early date. During the period the hotel is closed, they are caring for the traveling public in their home.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 21, 1918, Page 1

The Influenza Becomes Scattered
New Cases Developing In Widely Scattered Sections of Town and County

There are a number of new cases of influenza in Moscow and surrounding country that have developed within the past few days. The disease seems to be getting scattered over a wider territory and invading the farming districts where it had not been before. Dr. Stevenson reports three new cases today in widely scattered sections and says he expects many new cases to develop in rural districts and sections where it has not appeared before. He cautions the people to be very careful and to report all suspicious symptoms as soon as they appear in order to prevent the disease getting established among the school children. Dr. Stevenson says one of the teachers in the Moscow schools is quite sick with the disease and will not be able to teach when school opens next Monday.

That the disease is getting well scattered in the country districts is shown by reports from various sections. It was announced that schools in Latah county would be open next Monday. early this morning the clerk of a rural school district called Mrs. R. B. Knepper, county school superintendent, by telephone and asked if it is compulsory to open schools Monday. He reported a number of cases of influenza among school children of the district. He was told that it is the duty of the school board to keep the schools closed as long as there is thought to be any danger.

The general situation, however, shows much improvement and conditions are becoming normal again. All new cases reported recently are of a very mild type and every day more convalescents are being released. There are fewer cases in the hospitals than at any time since the first week the epidemic struck Moscow.
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Investigation at W. S. C. Awakens Much Interest

PULLMAN, Wash., Nov. 20. — Roger S. Sanborn of Spokane today detailed to the board of regents of Washington State college and Governor Ernest Lister the circumstances regarding the death of his son, a member of the student army training corps, during the recent epidemic of Spanish influenza. He came at the request of the governor, who is taking up with the board Mr. Sanborn’s published charges that neglect and dereliction of duty by those in charge were responsible for the death of his boy.

The board is in regular session and has heard a score of other witnesses and persons connected with the handling of the epidemic situation, and will continue its hearing tomorrow. The purpose of the investigation is that a complete statement may be made of the full extent of the dilemma here, its causes, why it spread, its extent, the measures adopted to combat it and criticism or prosecution, if it is determined that any is desired by those in authority.

Sanborn Repeats Charges.

Mr. Sanborn repeated the experiences he encountered in the attempt to visit his son, that he believed the authorities were gambling with the lives of the young people, both boys and girls, and that the arrangements, especially the transfer of sick boys from one place to another was detrimental in the treatment of their cases.

Mr. Sanborn took the viewpoint that he was not appearing as a witness at an investigation; that if negligence existed the board of regents was equally culpable with the military and school authorities and that he favored a thorough probe of the entire matter, if it was to be taken up at all.

With Mr. Sanborn’s statement as a basis, the board of regents is asking statements of more than 50 physicians, clergymen, nurses, hospital heads and has invited any person who believes he or she is able to add any light in regard to the situation, to appear.

Will Publish Findings.

The hoard is meeting behind closed doors with the intention of making its findings public later. Physicians were present from nearby towns today. These were men who had been called in during the height of the epidemic, and they told of the emergency and what measures were taken. Their testimony taken separately tends to confirm that of the authorities who decided to place sick men in the churches. These buildings, they say, were of recent construction. were well heated, airy and made it possible for one nurse to attend to several sufferers. Placing the men in the large auditoriums has resulted in much complaint.

Despite this pitiful situation the physicians maintain that it was the best thing to be done, as there were insufficient nurses for those suffering and as every city in this region was also in the throes of the epidemic, more were not procurable. In this connection, it was stated that E. T. Coman, president of the board, made a thorough canvass of Spokane daily in attempts to secure additional aid. This, in answer to Mr. Sanborn’s charge that Mr. Coman paid no attention to the difficulties being encountered here.

New Arrivals Spread Epidemic.

It was brought out that the epidemic had made slight headway here up to October 15, on which date 600 new members of the S. A. T. C. arrived from points all over the state. In addition 150 other S. A. T. C. men, who were to have been transferred, were held unexpectedly to the college and military authorities. Within a few days after the arrival of these men the epidemic was raging. Ten days thereafter it reached its crest, with nearly 400 cases.

Every available facility, so far as the citizens here are able to determine, was brought into play. Men and women left their homes and worked night and day, the witnesses told the regents, in their efforts to alleviate the suffering. A strong guard was placed about the campus and the temporary hospitals, as discipline must be maintained. The physical work of caring for so many was enormous. They must be fed and given the best attention possible. Of the 850 cases recorded during the crisis 41 died.

Limit to Nursing Resources.

To provide the utmost care with the nursing forces available was the question which confronted the officials. To this end it was found expedient to move some of the sufferers more frequently than was perhaps good for them, and the parents of these men having heard of conditions were much distraught. In answer to the charge that the girls’ dormitory, Stevens’ hall, should have been vacated by the young women, the regents were informed that it was believed no good could have been accomplished. The hall is four stories high, with the kitchen in the basement, and it has no elevator. Its capacity is 80, and the physicians agreed that less than half that number of sick could have been properly cared for there.

The physicians also advised against permitting the young women to attempt entrance at that time in face of the danger. On the other hand, it was stated that many of the young women students living there had come to college with barely sufficient funds for the year, that if ordered to get out they would have faced a serious predicament. As it. was the young women devoted their entire time to the work so necessary. They turned out hundreds of sheets, icebags, masks and other equipment most needed.

The regents heard hundreds of instances of personal sacrifice by the people of Pullman and nearby towns. When the force of professional women without children were accepted. Many parents who came to look after their own sons remained to join the nursing force. The regents were presented with a number of letters from parents whose sons died. In them every expression of appreciation for the care given the young men is contained.

Colonel W. T. May, commandant of the S. A. T. C.. and the highest military authority here. declined an invitation to appear, stating that he had nothing further to say than what he had stated at a meeting in Spokane with President Holland, Mr. Coman and Dean Kimbrough. He declared that if charges were filed with the war department, that department would make investigations and would call on military officials for statements. It was pointed out by members of the board that the military officials, through the government’s contract with the state, were in complete control of the members of the S. A. T. C., and that this control included medical arrangements, but that in any unanticipated situation as at other times, the college authorities stood ready to meet all demands made upon them.

Critics Failed to Appear.

Mrs. A. P. Johnson of Garfield, whose activity appears to have been especially irritating to citizens here, did not respond to an invitation to appear. Dr. C. S. Kalb of Spokane likewise failed to accept the regents’ invitation. The expenses of those asked to testify is borne by the state. Dr. Kalb was among the physicians who attended Mr. Sanborn’s son.
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Parents Warned to Watch Their Children

Owing to the fact that there are still a few cases of influenza in town, it will be necessary to exercise a good deal of caution in the children returning to school. Anyone having sickness in the family must not allow their children to return to school until they have secured a certificate from the physician stating that the influenza is not the case of their sickness. This applies also to those who think they have only bad colds, as these so-called colds are often a mild form of the influenza, or later develop into it. These precautions must be taken for the protection of the schools.

Dr. W. A. Adair, City Health Officer
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Volunteer Nurse Takes Influenza But Recovers

Miss A. H. Lampert, stenographer for the Potlatch Lumber company at Potlatch, and a very competent newspaper correspondent for several newspapers, volunteered to nurse the sick at Moscow during the height of the influenza epidemic and did some valuable work. She was taken ill with the disease and was confined to her bed at the Idaho hotel for more than a week, but today was able to be out on the street and will return to Potlatch tomorrow.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 21, 1918, Page 2

Newsy Notes From Moscow Mountain Neighborhood

H. D. Hadden and two children are sick of influenza, but they are getting along well.

The family of J. W. Leith are ill of influenza.

The family of T. Armstrong are improving from their illness of influenza.

Mrs. Clinton Havens is ill of a light case of influenza.

The country schools will open Monday except in those districts where there are too many influenza cases.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 21, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mrs. George O’Donnell returned yesterday from visiting her daughter Florence (Sister Clement), who is ill with influenza, but is now improving.

The children of James Canham are ill with influenza.

Miss Irene Beardsley is recovering from a severe attack of pleurisy.

Mrs. Ricketts of Pullman, father of Isaac Ricketts, is quite ill with pneumonia at the home of Mrs. O. W. Beardsley.

Mrs. W. S. Cady delivered six pints of fine jelly for the soldiers at the Inland hospital.
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Not Guilty.

Old man “flu” never got into action at the Kenworthy. A germ never did and never can live in the Kenworthy. Why? Easy! The theater is always kept well ventilated – not by any fancy method, but by the open door and window process.

That’s nature’s own way of sanitation and prevention. You can’t beat it. Doctors will tell you the same thing.

What do we mean by the open-window way? Simply the old-fashioned way, the same as you would do to get proper air in your own home.

Open the window and allow the good Idaho air to come right in. But with the theater we have an advantage over the home as there are air vents in the ceiling over the auditorium and stage to carry off the ad air and sent it out where it can do no damage. Nearly everyone in Moscow has noticed the doors of the Kenworthy open wide during the day. That is done to grab all the air that is possible and keep the house fresh at all times. During the enforced vacation the house has been thoroughly scrubbed, fumigated and cleaned, and if any old germ came pes?ing around he would die of a broken heart. Next Monday Moscow will resume business life as of old and the Kenworthy will open again and you can rest assured that the health and comfort of the patrons is the most important thing at all times.
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Red Cross Wants All Bills Rendered Promptly

The Red Cross requests that all bills for material, services or other expense incurred during influenza epidemic be mailed to the secretary not later than Saturday, Nov. 23.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 21, 1918, Page 4

William Rivers is Home on a Furlough

Wm. Rivers, who is home on a three weeks’ furlough from his post in the shipping board service, says he does not know when the boys will be mustered out. He made a trip to Honolulu with the S. S. Mazama, having a crew of 47 men, capable of carrying a cargo of 30,000 tons. They carried provisions for the civilians and soldiers on the island. The influenza has been a severe epidemic on some ships, but not on the Mazama, where there were but three light cases. There are very few cases on the Hawaiian island among the civilians, for the sailors are carefully quarantined.
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Idaho Home Guards to be State Militia

Boise. – Idaho’s home guard companies may become the 34rd Idaho with the passage of a militia bill by the next legislature.

The state laws provide for a militia, but the state’s military organization was lost when the 2nd Idaho was federalized in August, 1917. Guard companies organized this year over the state under the home guard act will probably become companies in the new state regiment.

Officer for the new regiment will be selected by the companies, and staff officers will be selected by the company officers. Funds for maintenance of the state militia are included in the adjutant general’s biennial appropriation.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., November 21, 1918, Page 2

Steele News.

Ed Choke, of Tekan, is seriously ill of the influenza at the home of his brother-in-law, Everett Horn.

Mrs. John Warlick is recovering from a severe attack of the flu.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., November 21, 1918, Page 7

Local and Personal News Notes

Yes, the picture show will open Sunday.

A. W. Dant went to Lewiston Saturday to spend a few days recuperating from a recent attack of the flu.

Miss Esther Smith went to Lewiston Tuesday to assist in nursing the influenza patients during the epidemic there.

A. J. Sweeney and J. G. Adams went to Orofino Monday to assist in taking care of the influenza patients at the hospital there. Mr. Sweeney returned Tuesday, and brought the word that Orofino had her epidemic pretty well in hand; there being about 30 cases in the hospital, but all except one had escaped dangerous complications.
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source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 21 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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(click image for larger size)
Main Street, Jerome, Idaho [1920s]

source: the Mike Fritz Collection.
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Nov 22

The Rathdrum Tribune., November 22, 1918, Page 1

Flu Ban Is Lifted
Subject to Local Conditions Throughout the State.

Boise, Idaho. – Churches and theatres of the state will again be filled Sunday, November 24, and public schools will resume their schedules the following Monday.

Orders to lift all restrictions imposed because of the epidemic of Spanish influenza were issued Thursday afternoon to county health officials by the state board of health, on the strength of reports indicating that the epidemic is rapidly diminishing.

One o’clock Sunday morning, November 24, is the time set for the removal of the restrictions. The only contingency that might cause restrictions to be continued is that local conditions might not justify a relaxation of precautions. In such cases local health officials are authorized to maintain the quarantine until improvement results. …

“It goes without saying that we expect rigid observance until the restrictions are removed,” said Dr. E. T. Biwer, secretary of the state board of health, Thursday. …
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From Over The County

Post Falls

Charles Eggers, aged 21, died of influenza-pneumonia at Spirit Lake Nov. 7 and was buried in Pleasant View cemetery.


Numerous cases and a few deaths from influenza are reported in this part of the county.

Coeur d’Alene

The city health officer reported the influenza situation much improved Monday.

The funeral of Dr. Alexander Cairns who succumbed to pneumonia Nov. 15, was held from the Mooney undertaking parlors Sunday at 2:30 p.m. His death is directly attributable to his zealous attention to duty during the epidemic of pneumonia and influenza in this section. Dr. Cairns made daily trips to Spirit Lake, where he had 30 patients, and this added to the attention he gave his practice in this city kept him up night and day.

Sudden change of weather and overzealous celebration of the end of the war is given by physicians as the cause of the alarming increase of influenza, la grippe and pneumonia cases here last week. One Physician reported 24 new cases to City health officer Evans Nov. 15, and it was conservatively estimated that no less than 60 cases had developed in the previous 48 hours.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 22, 1918, Page 3

Local Paragraphs.

School reopens Dec. 2.

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving day.

The churches resume holding services Sunday.

County Sup’t R. C. Egbers announces that schools of the county may reopen after this week at the discretion of the boards, the influenza ban being lifted. This means that schools can legally open next Monday if it is desired.

No board meetings had been held for more than a month, due largely to the influenza closing order, but the school board met Tuesday and the village trustees expect to meet next Monday evening. The local advisory committee has continued to meet from time to time as its duties required.
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Schools to Open December 2.

At a meeting of the board of education held last Tuesday evening it was decided to re-open the schools Monday, Dec. 2nd. Under tentative plans for making up the time lost, outlined by Supt. Swenson, there will be an actual loss of only eight teaching days. There will be no vacation during the holidays except Christmas day and New Year’s day. The usual teachers’ institute of one week will be eliminated this year, and the school year may be lengthened in the spring.

Owing to the fact that no vacation will be had during Christmas, the board felt that the teachers should be permitted to spend Thanksgiving at home, even tho the epidemic situation might warrant the opening of school next Monday. Also, it was feared that many parents would not send their children until after Thanksgiving, – especially those from outside the district of whom there are many.

It is urged very emphatically that pupils begin promptly with the re-opening of school, and that they be in regular attendance the entire school year. Harder work than under usual conditions must naturally be exacted if the year’s work is to be satisfactorily finished.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 22, 1918, Page 1

Influenza Ban To Be Lifted

Orders have been issued by the state board of health to life the Spanish influenza ban on Nov. 24. This does not indicate that the quarantine will be discontinued in every section of the state at the same time. Local health boards are authorized to maintain restrictions as long as conditions may require.

The Cassia Stake Academy will open Monday for local students, but not for those from sections where the disease is still raging.

The local board has decided not to open the public school next Monday. It may open a week from then.
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Influenza Situation Still Serious

There are still a number of cases of influenza, although it is not spreading as fast as formerly. The situation at Burley is better than last week, but still very bad. At Rupert conditions are so serious that no one is permitted to leave the town.

There are twelve cases at Golden Valley in one family.

This epidemic in the United States has taken more lives than we lost in this Great War.

Quarantine regulations should be strictly adhered to till the disease is under control.
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Locals and Personals.

Charles Dayley has been sick since Sunday.

B. T. Judd who has been ill for over a week is now rapidly improving.

Leonard Price was brought home from Paul Saturday with the influenza.

Up to this time the influenza epidemic has not reached the Moulton section.

Eugene Burrell, who formerly operated a ranch at Warm Cree, died from influenza at Burley last week.

Jake Levin, a brother of Morris Levin’s, died last week at Burley from influenza, and was buried at Salt Lake City.

Dr. O. C. Engebretson returned Sunday from Burley where he had been called by the illness of his partner, Dr. W. R. Jones.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 22, 1918, Page 8

Idaho Budget

The validity of the state and county boards of health closing order during the present influenza epidemic as against business colleges, is questioned in a suit filed by M. S. Hoover, proprietor of the Gregg Business college, Twin Falls.

Judge J. F. Cowen of the Custer county district court telegraphed to the governor an appeal for state troops to help him force his way into Custer county, which was closed by a quarantine regulation designed to debar Spanish influenza. The attorney general held that the quarantine was legal and that court dates were not of sufficient importance to justify calling state troops to aid the judge and court attaches to enter the county.

Health conditions are nut such yet as to justify any relaxing of precautions against the epidemic of Spanish influenza, and reports being circulated in some parts of the state that the order against holding of public meetings is soon to be lifted are false.

The influenza situation in Pocatello reached a point where Mayor A. B. Bear asked the citizens to subscribe to a $5000 fund to be used in caring for the numerous victims who are suffering with the disease. The money will be disbursed by the civilian relief committee.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 22, 1918, Page 1


The ban on public meetings in Power county will not be lifted the 24th. The number of influenza cases that have developed during the week have created a sentiment against a too hasty action, and reconciled citizens to a continuation of the band. It is said that fifty cases have developed during the past five days, the majority of them being in American Falls. Fifteen cases were reported in one day. This is the high mark of the week, and by continuing the ban it is hoped to make it the high mark for future weeks and months. One and possibly two cases have developed in the county offices this week, and many may have been exposed, as there are many daily caller. While all are anxious to have the ban lifted as soon as it can be done with safety, all are in favor of going slowly in this direction.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 22, 1918, Page 4

People and Events.

Mrs. S. H. McCullough is indisposed and was forced to take to her ed yesterday afternoon.

Nest Thursday is Thanksgiving. If the flu will let up a little, and the boys begin to come home, there will be little more left to want.

Miss F. Nettie Rice is at home, a probably victim of influenza. Just at this time, when the treasurer’s office is working to the limit to get ready for the taxpaying period, it is very inconvenient to be sick, but the flu is no discriminator

Dr. Noth walked up town Wednesday, the first time he has been out for several weeks.

G. S. Wennstrom was down town yesterday. He has been a flu victim for the past week.

James Hauschildt, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hauschildt, was taken with influenza yesterday. This makes the whole family victims of the disease.

Harry Stearman, who has been assisting in caring for J. S. Abercrombie, is reported to have come down with influenza yesterday afternoon, necessitating the securing of other help. Mr. Abercrombie is still very sick, but is reported to be holding his own.

Mrs. Henry Fedler and Miss Mary Fedler of Pleasant Valley were in American Falls yesterday. They are glad to say that their household had so far been fortunate enough to be free from any cases of influenza. Some of their relatives, whoever, were not so fortunate.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hauschildt are both confined to their home with influenza, which they contracted in looking after neighbors who were afflicted. They are both quite sick, but are making satisfactory progress. They came down Wednesday morning. Mrs. A. F. Hughes is taking care of them.

J. L. McKown spent yesterday in the vicinity of Aberdeen, and reports that the flue is all too prevalent there to suit either visitors or residents. He found many families with one or more members down with the disease. Mr. McKown returned from Twin Falls but a few days ago and says there was a wave of new cases following the peace celebrations, but that conditions there are not so unsatisfactory as here.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 22, 1918, Page 5

Salmon Locals

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sherwood and their little child were all seriously ill from their attack of the flu, but are now happily out again.

Rumors are persistent that Judge Cowen intends to resign early in the coming year to devote his attention to the care of his fine farm near Blackfoot.

The Grand Theatre will reopen Sunday, November 24, with a good program and the house well heated and ventilated for the comfort of the patrons.

W. B. Horn and W. H. Shoup were both kept at home this week by slight attacks of flu.

George W. Cronkrite, probate judge-elect, left this week for his old home at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, where he will spend the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. This will be his first visit home in twenty years and he will see a brother and sister who still live there. A nephew from the same place was in training at Camp Custer not long ago when he contracted fatal influenza. Judge Cronkrite had arranged to leave sooner for this visit but was detained by the demands of friends of his on Sandy creek who were suffering from the same disease but now all have recovered. The remarkable fact is reported by him that all but half a dozen of the 40 voters in that school district were kept from casting their ballots by the epidemic and that furthermore of those kept at home all were expected to vote one way.

Mrs. Gilbreath and Mrs Mathewson are both convalescent from severe flu attacks. Mrs. Gilbreath is the wife of the new country treasurer, Earl R. Gilbreath, and Mrs. Mathewson the wife of C. G. Mathewson.
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The order heretofore made, prohibiting all indoor meetings, gathering or congregations of persons, on account of the prevalence of the Spanish Influenza, is hereby rescinded, and such meetings shall be permissible after 1 o’clock a.m. Sunday, November 24th, 1918, but not before said time.

L. E. Glennon, Mayor.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 22, 1918, Page 8

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… Challis Mail

The salmon river road is blocked against vehicles beyond Pahsimaroi towards Challis. Two of three cars have managed to get through to May and beyond but the citizens of May are supposed to regard their presence as a menace, where so far there have been no appearance of flu.

The worst privation connected with this quarantine regulation has been the lack of mail facilities along the salmon river. The Pahsimaroi valley has been served in part from the other end of the route and so have other interior localities to some extent, but the star route from Salmon to May and Challis has been out of business for nearly a month. At the stage office of O’Connel & Bellamy yesterday it was said that they had no information as to the further duration of the regulations now in force against all comers from the outside. Mails have been dispatched regularly from Salmon to all the interior post offices except those on the Challis route.
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County Superintendent Anna C. Barron has mailed out notices to the various school districts, as follows:

To the Trustees of Lemhi County:

This is to give formal notice that the sate board of health has announced that the closing order will be lifted November 24th; that means our schools will open November 25th. Of course if local conditions do not justify a relaxation of precautions, local health officials will issue the necessary orders.

Yours very truly, Anna C. Barron, County Superintendent.
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Corlis Morphy, who a short time ago went to Missoula, Mont., where he enlisted with the marines, is in St. Patrick’s hospital in that city ill with influenza.

Mrs. and Mrs. Leon Sells are living in Leadore temporarily while Mr. Sells is acting health officer.

Dr. and Mrs. Hart have gone to Missoula, Mont., where Mrs. Hart’s son, Phil Shenon, is ill with influenza. Word has been received that Mr. Shenon is better.

Kenneth Shenon has charge of the Hart Pharmacy during Dr. Hart’s absence.

The Vezina and Carlson families have been released from quarantine. We are glad to note that all have recovered.

Leadore is still under quarantine and there have been no cases of influenza in town.

The school authorities have received permission to begin school next Monday, November 25, but the local health boars as well as portions of school do not want school to start for a couple of weeks yet.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. November 22, 1918, Page 1

Over 50 Cases of Influenza In Orofino and No Deaths

While Orofino has for the last ten days been sorely afflicted with an epidemic of influenza, over fifty cases having developed, the community has been very fortunate in that there has not been a death up to this date. In a measure this can be accounted for by prompt medical attention and good nursing. Ample precautions had been taken and the school house had been put in readiness to comfortably receive patients needing hospital attention. After there were no more accommodations at the school house the Methodist church was utilized for hospital purposes. At this writing all the patients are reported as not dangerously ill, and a few have been discharged.
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A. J. Sweeney, a druggist from Nezperce, came to Orofino and assisted in the care of the patients at the influenza hospital Monday night. Other Nezperce citizens have kindly reciprocated in assisting Orofino since the outbreak of the malady in this section.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Cohun and little son have been influenza patients at the hospital. One day some one had generously supplied the hospital with chicken broth, and a nurse asked the youngster if he would like some chicken soup. The little fellow replied: “No, but I will take a leg.”

Miss Nellie Roberts returned from Lewiston Saturday and has been assisting at the hospital.
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Thanksgiving Day.

The influenza ban prohibits public meetings. Be sure and remember the day at home with earnest thanksgiving to Almighty God for peace, prosperity and the multiplied blessings we enjoy.

F. L. Moore, Pastor.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 22, 1918, Page 1

For Children’s Home

John Howland, district superintendent of the Children’s Home Finding and Aid Society of Idaho, was in Kendrick Tuesday. He stated that gifts of potatoes, beans and vegetables would be greatly appreciated if sent to the Children’s Home at Lewiston. The children there need 30 sacks of either red or white beans and any wholesome food that could be brought in from the farm.

There are more children there than usual on account of the orphans left in the wake of the influenza epidemic. There were seventeen cases of flu in the Children’s Home but no deaths.
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Stores Closed Thanksgiving

The business men of Kendrick have agreed to close their stores all day Thursday, Nov. 28, and will observe Thanksgiving day in a fitting manner. They have expressed the sentiment that never before in the history of the world have the people had greater cause to be thankful than on this Thanksgiving day.
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Latah Schools Open Monday

The state board of health has sent out instructions to the effect that the quarantine will be lifted in Idaho, Sunday, Nov. 24, and that schools maybe opened Monday. However it is optionary with the local and county health officers to decide whether the influenza epidemic has been sufficiently checked to warrant the opening of schools in the county. It is said that the Moscow churches will hold services next Sunday.
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School Not Open Here

At a meeting of the Kendrick school board Wednesday night it was decided to keep the school closed another week in order to play safe with the flu. Dr. Rothwell, local health officer, and prof. White met with the board and the decision was unanimous that the conditions here, while greatly improved, would hardly warrant opening the school for another week.
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Death of Howard Fenton

The death of Howard Fenton last Saturday morning, cast a cloud over the entire community. After an illness of one week from a very severe attack of influenza which later developed into pneumonia, he passed away at 2 o’clock Saturday morning. …

It was believed for a time that Mr. Fenton’s splendid physique would conquer the disease, but his death lends weight to the statement that the finest physically constituted men and women often prove unable to withstand the ravage of influenza. He was twenty-six years old and in perfect health when he was stricken with the disease. …

More sympathy than can be expressed in words is felt for the wife and two little children, who were also ill with influenza at the time death came into their family. Mrs. Fenton’s mother, Mrs. G. E. Grice, arrived from Portland Saturday to care for her daughter and the two children, who are recovering nicely. …
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Big Bear Ridge

The J. J. Slind family and Mrs. Halvor Lien are recovering from an attack of influenza.

Big Bear ridge has won the honor flag for the Fourth Liberty Loan. Owing to the Spanish Influenza epidemic no celebration can be held at present.
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Sergeant Braden of Camp Funston, Texas arrived in Kendrick Tuesday night. He secured a furlough to visit his wife here and upon his arrival he found her ill with influenza. Sergeant Braden was at the front in France and was in actual trench warfare on the firing line. He has been engaged in training troops at Camp Funston since his return to America a few months ago.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 22, 1918, Page 2

Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers.

There has been a new outbreak of influenza at Moscow.

Howard J. Fenton died recently at Kendrick of pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Per Svenson, early settler, recently died at his farm home two miles south of Deary from influenza.

The funeral of Dr. Alexander Carins, who succumbed to pneumonia, was held at Coeur d’Alene Sunday.

Judge Wallace N. Scales announces that the fall term of the district court will be postponed until Monday, December 2, at Lewiston, because of the influenza.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 22, 1918, Page 8


Mrs. G. E. Grice arrived Saturday morning from Portland to assist in caring for her daughter, Mrs. Howard Fenton and Mrs. Fenton’s two children who are recovering from influenza.

At a special meeting of the Village Board last Saturday night a quarantine regulation was passed effecting the epidemic of Spanish Influenza. All persons afflicted with the disease are required to remain on their own premises until they have been released by their physician.

At a meeting of the Kendrick school board last week it was decided that in case the influenza epidemic increased here to any great extent, the school house could be used for an emergency hospital. It is favorably located and is the only steam heated building in town. The action by the board was simply to prepare for an emergency that possibly might arise.

W. B. Long has been substituting on rural route No. 1, on account of the illness of J. I. Mitcham. Mr. Mitcham contracted influenza last week, but reports are to the effect that he is getting along nicely.

Miss Manila Hanson is working at the local depot, substituting for Miss Helen Helpman, who is now recovering from influenza.

There will be no church services in Kendrick Sunday. Both churches agreed to postpone church meeting for a least another week.

C. F. Byrne was called to Lewiston Tuesday on account of the serious illness of his father, Chris Byrne, who was stricken with influenza.

The Wm. J. Roberg family are all ill with influenza.

A. D. Ozmun is ill with influenza but is reported to be convalescing.

Henry Hill was able to be out again this week after a siege of the flu. All of his family have had the disease but are getting over it as well as could be expected. The youngest member of the family was very seriously ill for a time but the last re port was to the effect that the child would recover.
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Flu Situation Improving

The influenza situation seems to be improving in Kendrick this week. Dr. Rothwell says that no new cases have developed in town this week, although there are a number in the immediate vicinity. Quite a large number of the people are being vaccinated as it is said good results have been noted from vaccination in other places. Dr. Rothwell has had considerable difficulty in obtaining the serum as the demand is very great for it. He obtained a supply a short time ago from Spokane to use in an emergency.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 22, 1918, Page 1


Influenza Fatal To Mrs. Font Bucher

The angel of Death has darkened a number of homes in Montpelier during the past month but in none of these homes will the loss of a member of the family probably be so keenly felt as it will in the home of Font Bucher, where the wife and mother was taken last Tuesday evening at 5 o’clock. Mrs. Bucher’s death was caused from influenza, following child birth. With two of the children down with the influenza, Mrs. Bucher was taken to the city hall the first of this month. On Oct. 5th she gave birth to a daughter, and for several days thereafter her condition was normal, but the peculiar malady suddenly developed in violent form and although she made a brave fight and had the best of care, the end came Tuesday evening. …

Besides her parents, she is survived by four brothers, her husband and five children, the eldest 12 years of age the the youngest a babe of two weeks. …
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“Dick” Barrett Succumbs to Pneumonia at Ft. Worth

Another one of Montpelier’s well known young men has fallen a victim to pneumonia, following the influenza, in the person of Richard Barrett, who died Wednesday night at Fort Worth, Texas. The first information that he was ill was received by his father, Thos. Barrett, Tuesday afternoon in a telegram which stated that “Dick” as he was familiarly called, was seriously ill with pneumonia. Another message was received Wednesday saying that his condition was critical, and his brother, Hohn, left for Fort Worth that evening on No. 18 Another message was received at 8:15 yesterday morning saying that Dick was dead. The news of his seriousness illness came as a great surprise to his parents as they received a letter from him last Sunday, written Nov. 14, in which he stated that he was well and getting along fine, so it is evident that when attacked by the influenza, pneumonia quickly developed.

Dick was 24 years of age …
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Wm. Sleight of Ovid Victim of Influenza.

William Sleight of Ovid, died of influenza in this city on Saturday, Oct. 16. Deceased was a native of Bear Lake county and was 42 years of age. He is survived by a bride of two months and two children by a former marriage. …

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 22, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Bob Gordon was in from Georgetown Tuesday. He had just recovered from a light attack of the “flu.”

A telegram was received Wednesday evening from Dallas, Texas, stating that Lloyd Lehrbas was ill with pneumonia. Another message was received yesterday afternoon staying that his condition was much improved.

Mark Napper, a former Short Line brakeman and well known in Montpelier, died of influenza at Malad on Oct. 15. He had recently quit railroading and engaged in the drug business at Malad.

We are glad to know that Mrs. McClave, who has been with her son in Wyoming for the past two or three months, is in fairly good health and is only awaiting the raising of the quarantine here to return home.

Mrs. S. C. Everingham and little son arrived Tuesday from Hammonton, N. J., for an extended visit at the home of her mother, Mrs. McIntosh. She reports that the influenza had subsided there, but it was fierce while it lasted.

Tennyson Bates, nephew of Clarance Anderson, died of influenza at the Mare Island, Cal., hospital on Nov. 14. He enlisted in the marine corps early in October and had been at Mare Island only two weeks. He was 20 years old.

Should health conditions permit, Thanksgiving service will be held in the Methodist church Thursday morning, Nov. 28 at 11 o’clock. The services will be undenominational and everybody is cordially invited to attend as a religious and patriotic duty.

Austin Herrick, a son of the late “Dad” Herrick, died at La Grande, Ore., on Nov. 15 of influenza. Deceased was a former resident of this city. The body was brought here for burial, arriving last Saturday night.

Last Sunday W. K. Martin received a telegram from the war department conveying the sad news of the death of his only son, Donald, who was in France. Death was caused from bronchial pneumonia. He was in the infantry and went overseas last August. He spent sometime with his father here two years ago.

Miss Mabel Foss was taken to the city hall emergency hospital Sunday afternoon with an aggravated case of influenza and up to yesterday she was apparently rapidly recovering, when a change for the worse came and her condition this morning is said to be critical. We hope for her speedy recovery. All other patients at the city hall are holding their own at this writing.

E. L. McClave things the ban the Paris officials have put against Montpelier is at least stringent, if not extreme. He went to the county seat Wednesday on a business of considerable importance and was notified by the city marshal that no Montpelier people need apply, whether on business matters or otherwise owing to the ridiculous reports of the prevalence of influenza here. Paris has had but a single case of the “flu” so far, and from her stringent quarantine against Montpelier does not care to have the epidemic in her midst.
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Situation Improving.
“Flu” Abating and Quarantine Will Be Raised In a Few Days

The influenza situation in Montpelier is much better than it was a week ago. The doctors this morning report that there are fewer cases in the city than there have been at any time in the past three weeks.

The county and city boards of health are scheduled to hold a joint meeting this afternoon to fix the date for lifting the quarantine and for the opening of schools and public gatherings. Dr. Ashley, chairman of the city board of health, is in favor of raising the ban next Monday, and it is likely the health board will fix that date at their meeting this afternoon.

At any rate, the situation is so improved that the people from the county need no longer have any fear of coming to Montpelier to do their trading.

While Montpelier has been hit pretty hard, at no time has the condition here been as bad as it has in many other towns in the state.

A majority of the deaths that have occurred can be positively attributed to the fact that the victims did not take the necessary precaution when at first attacked. They continued to be about and expose themselves until the disease had secured such a strong hold on them that medicine and care was of no avail.

It is likely that a case of the “flu” will show up now and then for the next month, but with the precaution that will continue to be taken by the health boar, there is absolutely no danger of the situation again becoming serious.

It is a great relief to the doctors, nurses and the public in general to know that the scourge is practically over.
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The Doctors Lynn Remove to Pocatello

Drs. I. W. and J. H. Lynn have removed to Pocatello, where they will engage in the practice of medicine and surgery. Dr. I. W. has been in Pocatello for the past months and J. H. joined him there this week. During the three years they were located in Montpelier they built up quite an extensive practice, and their decision to give up this field was a surprise to their friends.
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Rev. Martin Arrives.

Rev. J. G. A. Martin arrived in the city last Friday to enter upon his pastorate for the ensuing year of the Methodist church and was served by the regulation quarantine which kept him in seclusion until Wednesday, when he was permitted his freedom. …

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 22, 1918, Page 1



Because of the evidence of the continuing presence of influenza and diphtheria in our community the Baptist and Methodist churches will have no services next Sunday. The opening service if the epidemics are sufficiently abated, will probably be a union Thanksgiving service on Sunday morning, Dec. 1.
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Lutheran Church

Altho the quarantine has been lifted we will not hold any services next Sunday as the health conditions are not as good as we would wish for. But next Thursday, Thanksgiving day, we will hold a Thanksgiving service in our church at 10:30 a.m.

We want them to come together and give thanks for the manifold blessings bestowed upon us.
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Former Blackfoot Resident Passes Away

Mrs. Otto Heller died at her home in Goden Monday of pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Mrs. Heller is a cousin of Mrs. Charles E. Harris and a former resident of this city.
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Owing to the present conditions that exist, the schools will not open until Monday, December 2.

A school board meeting was held Thursday morning, and the date of opening was postponed from Monday, November 25, to December 2.
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Local News

W. O. Bridges is ill with the influenza at preset.

J. T. Wright, who has been guarding the Snake river railroad bridge west of town during the way, went to Pocatello Thursday looking for a new job, the guards having been taken off.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 22, 1918, Page 3

The Flu

When your back is broke and your eyes are blured,
And your shin bones knock and your tongue is furred,
And your tonsils squeak and your hair gets dry,
And your dogdone sure that you’re going to die,
But you’re skeered you won’t and afraid you will.
Just drag to bed and have your chill,
And pray the Lord to see you thru,
For you’ve got the flu, boy, You’ve got the flu.

When your toes curl up and your belt goes flat,
And your twice as mean as a Thomas cat,
And life is a long and dismal cruse,
And you’r food all taste like a hard boiled hearse;
When your lattice aches and your head’s a-buzz,
And nothing is as it ever was,
Here are my sad regrets to you –
You’ve got the flu, boy, You’ve got the flu.

What is it like, this Spanish flu?
Ask me brother, for I’ve been through.
It is by Misery out of Despair;
It pulls your teeth and curls your hair;
It thins your blood and brays your bones,
And fills your craw with moans and groans.
And sometimes maybe, you get well.
Some call it Flu – I call it Hell!
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Here From Salt Lake

Miss Laverne Marshall arrived in Blackfoot Tuesday morning from Salt Lake.

Miss Marshall was called home to nurse her sister Mrs. Barton Lowder, who is ill with the influenza.

She will also spend a few days visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. George T. Marshall.

Recovering from the Flu

Miss Affie Fisher, who has been seriously ill with the influenza for the past few weeks is now somewhat improved.

Recovered from the Flu

Clifford Royce has been in Pocatello for two weeks suffering from a severe attack of the influenza, but is now on the high road to recovery.

His father W. B. Royce has been in Pocatello looking after him. They both returned home Sunday.

George Marshall Returns Home

George Marshall returned to his home in Blackfoot Sunday evening after spending some time in Florida on a mission.

He has had the influenza and will remain at home until he recovers.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 22, 1918, Page 2

In The Gem State

The quarantine on the University of Idaho will not be lifted until every case of influenza has been stamped out according to Capt. Luther B. Felker, commandant of the university troops.

Under regulations adopted by the Twin Falls county board of health, as a precaution against the spread of the influenza epidemic, all buildings housing influenza hereafter will be placarded and all influenza cases will be quarantined.

The closing order of the state board of health, which closed schools, churches, theatres and places of public gathering because of the influenza epidemic, will be lifted Sunday, November 24. Churches and theatres have been closed since October 10, and schools since October 21.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 22, 1918, Page 3

News Of A Week In Condensed Form
Record of the Important Events Told in Briefest Manner Possible.
Happenings That Are Making History – Information Gathered from All Quarters of the Globe and Given in a Few Lines.


Influenza epidemic conditions remain unchanged in Utah, as far as the spread of the disease and the setting of a definite date for the opening of places of public assemblage are concerned.

Cables received at Seattle said thirty-four white residents and 150 Eskimos of Nome, Alaska, have died as a result of the influenza. Nome’s mayor said that the epidemic was on the decline.


When the city council of Long Beach, Cal., attempted to make kissing in public a misdemeanor it acted arbitrarily and in violation of the constitution, according to a decision rendered by Superior Judge Frank R. Willis.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 22, 1918, Page 8

Meridian News Notes

No services at the M. E. church this Sunday. The pastor will be in the church however, to give out literature.

Mrs. Mary French as received word that her daughters Janie and Mildred, who are at Spokane, have been been ill with the influenza but are better.

Those who are reported ill with what is classed as influenza include Mrs. Alice Frazier, Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Howry and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Howry, and Mr. and Mrs. Rubin Howry. Also the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barber.
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Public Places Will Not Open As Was Announced

Twenty cases of Spanish influenza are reported in Meridian, so public places will not be opened Sunday, Nov. 25th. Mayor S. H. Griffiths says it is not thought advisable to life the ban on public meetings. Schools will not open Monday but at a later date.
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Death This Week Of Samuel Williamson.

Samuel Williamson, one of the best known citizens of Meridian, died at 11:30 Saturday night, of pneumonia, aged 44 years, 8 months and 4 days. …

About two weeks ago he was stricken with Spanish influenza, which soon developed into pneumonia. All that medical skill and kind nursing was done to keep him here, but to no avail the call of the Reaper was heard and he answered. …

The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon. Rev. C. A. Quinn and H. B. Powers conducting. The remains were laid at rest in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 22, 1918, Page 2


Miss Helen Gardner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gardner, has recovered, after a two weeks’ illness.

Ellis Jackman, a son of Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Jackman has recovered from an attack of the flu.
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The infant son of Mrs. L. Quigley passed away last week, after a short illness of influenza. The community extend their sympathy to the bereaved mother.

Mrs. L. B. Heaton and Mrs. William Anthony are up at Ririe, caring for relatives, who are suffering from the influenza.

There are still two families in the neighborhood, who have the influenza. The Dail family and the Milburn family have it, but at last reports they were doing nicely.
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We are grieved to hear of the death of Mrs. Nita Lords from an attack of the influenza. She was a sister of Mrs. Dean Farrer of Jamestown [sic] and was very favorably known here. She leaves a husband and two small children, besides her mother, one brother and six sisters to mourn her loss.

J. C. Bolader has bee suffering for some time with the influenza, but is now much improved.

No new cases of influenza have been reported for several days, and it is hoped this dreadful disease is on the decline.
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Luther Satterfield and family are all sick with the influenza.

Ed Young went to Aberdeen the first of the week to help nurse the sick.
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Some of the children of Mrs. Charles Parsons are reported to have the influenza.

Lewis Teichert is just recovering from an attack of the grip.

The Heida family are just recovering from an attack of the influenza.
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Mr. and Mrs. L. Shelman are reported to be ill with the influenza. Mrs. Shelman helped at the Paul home when they were ill and probably contracted the disease there. All others ill with influenza are much improved.

Mrs. W. W. Stephens received the sad news last week, of the death of two nieces in St. Anthony from influenza.

Mrs. W. E. Wells has been quite ill, but is much improved at this writing.

The election at Springfield was very quiet due to bad weather and the influenza. From a registration of 157 only seventy-four votes were cast. The Republicans carried the precinct.
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We have been very fortunate in missing the flu, until the present time. There are now four cases, Bert Davis and his family, James Anderson and family, rs. H. A. Nelson and daughter and T. O. Sessions and wife.
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Mrs. H. M. Gray received word Wednesday of the death of her sister, who died from Spanish influenza at Kello, Idaho. Her body will be brought to Moore for burial.

The people who have been suffering with the Spanish influenza are rapidly recovering.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 22, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Mrs. Clifford, who has been ill with influenza, is able to be out and around again.

Miss Ethel Thompson is slowly recovering from a severe attack of the flu.

Mrs. Roy Longley and two children are recovering from an attack of the flu.

John Chapman, who has been ill with influenza is somewhat improved at this writing.

Mrs. H. C. Bond is here from Mackay at the home of her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Longly. Mrs. Longly and two children are ill. Mrs. Bond will remain here until they have fully recovered.

Mrs. William Bridges is recovering from an attack of the flu.

Ben Lyons, who has been seriously ill with influenza, is able to be out again.
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Mr. and Mrs. Morrel have the influenza.

There are not many cases here at present.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 22, 1918, Page 8

History of the Past Week
The News Happenings of Seven Days Paragraphed


Influenza epidemic conditions remain unchanged in Utah, as far as the spread of the disease and the setting of a definite date for the opening of places of public assemblage are concerned.

All shipments of troops from Camp Lewis, Wash., have been suspended by orders received there from Washington. Several hundred men of the One Hundred Sixty-sixth depot brigade, who have been assigned to other posts, but were held because of the influenza quarantine are affected.


The recent epidemic of influenza in the United States caused more deaths than occurred among the American expeditionary forces from all causes from the time the first unit landed in France until hostilities ceased.

The victory celebration killed the Spanish influenza. That is the opinion of high medical authorities in Washington. It is admitted that suggestion may have had something to do with it, but it is contended that physiological rather than psychological reasons should receive the credit for rendering the disease germs innocuous.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 22, 1918, Page 1

Wood River Center Grange.

The Ivies are just recovering from a severe case of the Flu.

Charles and Florence Butler went down to Gooding Sunday and brought Mr. Ivie back up to take care of the place while his family is ill with the influenza.
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Unfortunate Accident.

Misses Lulu and Elizabeth Lewis, both trained nurses, recently decided to lease the old Shoshone Hotel and turn it into a hospital. They had the building cleaned and some of the rooms re–papered and expected to move in the latter part of the week. Wednesday about eleven-thirty Miss Lulu started to build a fire with coal oil; the oil exploded, wrecking the stove, and setting the building afire. The burning oil was thrown over Miss Lewis, causing painful blister on her hands and feet.

The building is badly damaged. The friends of the Misses Lewis will regret that a worthy enterprise should have ended so disastrously, but are glad that Miss Lulu escaped with her life.
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The Baugh Opens Monday

Lovers of the picture show will be pleased to know that the quarantine has been lifted and the Baugh will again begin entertaining its patrons, Monday night with one of its standard films.
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School Will Open Monday.

The Shoshone Public Schools will resume their regular schedule Monday, November 25th, and it is our desire that all schoolchildren in the city be ready to begin their work promptly.

It will be necessary for the parents, children and teachers to put forth a greater effort towards regular attendance, with concentrated work and study to make up for the amount of time lost during the enforced vacation.

A number of plans are offered whereby we may make up the time lost during the last five weeks. After a very careful consideration of each it has been decided to adopt the six day week for the two high schools. We believe this plan to be superior to the suggestion of longer days, or of night schools. In fact, this plan has been used by the Department of Education at Washington, for several years past. We realize that there will be some objections to this plan, but at the same time we feel that it is the more desirable to the greater number of people, both students and parents.

I am sure that no one would suggest that we allow the children to make it up. It also puts the question of education on a more business basis. In the past the child has had more daylight hours out of school than he has had in school.

In order to avoid any possible defects from overwork the students will be given systematic physical drill every day of the week, which will do much to relieve the mental fatigue and give them “pep” for their classwork. There is no doubt that the physical development is essential to the sound mental development.

The exact plan to be followed in the grades will be worked out at the teacher’s conference the latter part of this week.

The work in music will go on just as before the vacation. This work has been put under the direction of a very able teacher, a graduate of the New York Musical Institute and Cornell University, and one that comes to us very highly recommended after several years experience.

J. E. Wesson, Supt.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 22, 1918, Page 1

Lewiston Will Not Hold Stock Show
Great Annual Event Will Be Postponed Until Next Fall Due To The Flu

There will be no exhibition of the Northwest Livestock association of the states of Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon at Lewiston this year. For the first time in many years the show will not be held. After being postponed once because of the influenza situation, and the opening day fixed for Thanksgiving day, November 28, the directors have again decided that is is unsafe to hold it and there will be no show this year. It had to be held on the dates last fixed, or it could not be held this year, as its dates must conform with other Pacific coast livestock shows.

This will be a great disappointment to many, for the annual livestock show has become a feature of the northwest. It has drawn stockmen not only from the four states forming the association, but from all over the United States and western Canada. Efforts are being made to arrange for the big sale of purebred stock at a later date, but nothing definite has been done in this line. It may be that newspaper advertising will be used to sell the stock instead of the auction sale method.

Lewiston is in the midst of a bad influenza situation. The conditions there are said to be worse now than at any time since the “flu” first made its appearance there. The directors of the Northwest Livestock association met at Lewiston yesterday and after careful consideration voted to abandon the show for this year, regarding the protection of the lives of the people of far greater value than the big stock show.
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Parents Warned to Watch Their Children

Owing to the fact that there are still a few cases of influenza in town, it will be necessary to exercise a good deal of caution in the children returning to school. Anyone having sickness in the family must not allow their children to return to school until they have secured a certificate from the physician stating that the influenza is not the case of their sickness. This applies also to those who think they have only bad colds, as these so-called colds are oftentimes a mild form of the influenza, or later develop into it. These precautions must be taken for the protection of the schools.

Dr. W. A. Adair, City Health Officer
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Parents of sick Soldiers Pleased With Son’s Treatment

“Too much cannot be said in praise of the splendid care that has been given the sick members of the S. A. T. C. at Moscow. From President Lindley down to the assistants in the hospitals every one has done everything possible and the boys have had as good care as could be given them anywhere.” This is the statement given by Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Smith, of Addie, Boundary county, Idaho, today, and which they wished to be published in Moscow and Spokane papers. Mrs. Smith continued:

“So many boys are here, away from their homes and parents and the parents are, no doubt anxious about them. We want to tell them that their sons are having every care and attention that can be given. Our boy was very, very sick. We were notified and came here to take personal charge of him, but we found he was receiving everything that could be secured. We were permitted to see him every day and President Lindley and the officers tried very hard to secure a special nurse for him. We offered to pay for this but they would not let us. Mrs. Mark P. Miller came down and nursed him for three days and nights and was a wonderful help. It was impossible to get a regular nurse, but Mrs. Miller volunteered her services. Every one we have met in Moscow seems to be helping the boys and taking a deep personal interest in them. It is simply beautiful and it will be a greet comfort to the parents of boys in the S. A. T. C. to know that their sons are getting such excellent care.”

Mrs. Miller, whom Mrs. Smith mentioned, is the wife of one of Moscow’s wealthiest citizens and has a family of her own, including a small baby, but she gave up her own work and nursed the young man through the crisis of his illness.

The young man is Giles Purdy Smith, formerly of Spokane, where he was floor manager of the Stillwell theatres before coming here. He had applied for entrance in the University of Idaho to take up agricultural work prior to the formation of the Students Army Training Corps, but entered that when it was formed. He was taken ill with influenza and his has been one of the serious cases. Like all of the others he has had the best of care and, having a strong constitution, has “pulled through” and is now regarded as out of danger, although still confined to his bed.

Mr. Smith returned to his home at Addie today but Mrs. Smith will re-main in Moscow until her son fully recovers. Both Mr. and Mrs. Smith said they are unable to tell their full appreciation of the splendid care the boys are getting and the general kindness of the university and army people as well as the citizens of Moscow. They have been here long enough to get pretty well acquainted with conditions and to see the “team work” that is being done by the army officers, the university people and the people of Moscow.

The people of Moscow and neighboring towns and the country people have responded liberally to every call for help for the sick men in the S. A. T. C. The Star-Mirror started to raise a fund to buy delicacies for the sick and convalescent soldiers and asked for voluntary contributions. As a result of this work $138.80 in cash was turned over to Lieutenant Cook for the mess fund. A call was sent out for canned and fresh fruits, jellies etc. People responded with more than 1,000 quarts of fruits, boxes, sacks and barrels of apples, pears and other fruits, and dozens of nicely dressed chickens were sent to this office to be delivered to the hospitals. Every day a truck comes from the barracks to get the fruit and other delicacies sent in by people from Moscow, Genesee, Potlatch, Deary and country districts and delivered it to the places where most needed.

Now all of the cases (less than a dozen) in the S. A. T. C. are confined in one hospital, the Inland, which is devoted exclusively to the care of the sick among the 800 S. A. T. C. men.
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Lawrence Rambo Died at Lewiston Wednesday

Lawrence Rambo, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rambo, of Moscow, died at Lewiston, Nov. 20 of pneumonia following influenza. Lawrence had gone to Lewiston to visit his sister, Mrs. Gilmour, and was immediately taken sick. Lawrence was born seven miles south of Moscow and was 16 years of age. He leaves two brothers, Cecil and Ralph, and three sisters, Misses Iva and Blanch and Mrs. Edna Gilmour of Lewiston. The funeral occurred this afternoon at 2 o’clock at Moscow.

Mrs. Rambo and daughters were unable to attend the funeral, being ill in Lewiston with severe colds.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 22, 1918, Page 2


The investigation at Pullman is unfortunate. Pullman and Washington State college had a hard scourge of the influenza and there were many deaths (more than 50), and it is not surprising that relatives of those who died should feel resentful. But it seems the wrong tactics were used by the college authorities and the people of Pullman. They did not co-operate with the bereaved relatives in trying to get at the facts, but began at once to try to discredit the man who made the charges and to try to disprove his statements. How much better it would have been for Pullman had Professor Sanborn, who makes such serious charges against the institution and the management of the influenza quarantine and the care of the sick, been given the assistance, the kind treatment and the courtesy that was given Mr. Fraser, of Jerome, Idaho, whose son died after leaving the University of Idaho, and who felt probably as badly and as deeply resentful as Professor Sanborn until he learned the true conditions. Today Mr. Fraser is a warm friend and supporter instead of an enemy of the school.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 22, 1918, Page 3

City News

Miss Nellie Tomer is ill with the influenza at her home in southeast Moscow.

Born. – To Mr. and Mrs. Pete McDownald, a son, last evening at the Pleasant Home. Mr. McDownald is ill with influenza.

The family of Conrad Peterson are ill with influenza.
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Will School Open Monday to be Decided

As the Star-Mirror goes to press the local school board is in session considering the question as to whether school will open Monday or the quarantine be continued. The city and county health officers have been called in for consultation. The board has not yet reached a decision, but its decision will be published in Saturday’s Star-Mirror.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 22, 1918, Page 4


source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Chapman’s Grocery, Montpelier, Idaho ca. 1907

source: The Mike Fritz Collection.
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Nov 23

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 23, 1918, Page 1

Moscow Schools Will Not Be opened Next Monday

The schools of Moscow will not open next Monday. This was decided by the school board after consultation with city and county health officers at a special meeting held last night. It was regarded as dangerous to open school in Moscow now with so many cases of influenza in town. Dr. W. A. Adair reported 32 homes in this school district in which there is influenza and believes that if children from these homes enter the school there is danger of a spread of the contagion. L. F. Parsons, of the school board, made this statement:

“At a special meeting of the school board held yesterday evening the board decided to keep the schools of Moscow closed for another week, irrespective of the fact that the state board of health has raised the quarantine. Before making this decision the boards called in for consultation County Health Officer Dr. Rae and City Health Officer Dr. Adair. A canvass of the number of infected homes was obtained from the several physicians of Moscow. There were found to be 32 infected homes each of which had one or more cases.

“After a careful consideration of the matter is was decided by the board that it would be more desirable to lose one week of school than to unnecessarily expose the children of the district with the possibility of loss of life. It was understood by the board that the churches and theatres would open the first of the week and it was deemed desirable to wait and note the effect on the spread of the disease. If conditions remain favorable the schools will open Monday, December 2.

“The teachers of the district have been requested to remain in the city and refrain as far as possible from exposing themselves to the disease with the hope that the whole corps may be at hand for service on December 2nd and the school work proceed with as great speed and as little friction as possible.”

The churches of Moscow will hold services at the usual hours tomorrow and the theatres will open Monday evening. Both are preparing special programs for the opening occasion. The churches have been closed for six weeks and there have been no public meetings of any kind in Moscow in that time. Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, who has consented to the opening of churches and theatres makes the following announcement:

“Every one who has any symptoms of disease, even a slight cold, will be required to remain away from the theatres and churches. Coughing in these public places will cause uneasiness if it is not actually dangerous. No one with a cough should be admitted to any of them. Persons who have recently recovered from influenza should remain away from these places for several days, at least. Unless the greatest care is exercised there will be grave danger of a spread of the disease and all public meetings will again be forbidden for an indefinite period. It will be well for managers of theatres to refuse to admit any one with a cough. If great care is used in the next week the danger will be greatly lessened and every one should cooperate to prevent another epidemic here.”

The chamber of commerce will hold its regular weekly noon day luncheon at its room over the Orpheum theatre next Tuesday. Secret societies will hold their usual meetings next week and, aside from schools, the conditions in Moscow will again be normal.

Conditions at the University of Idaho are very satisfactory. There have been no new cases in many days. The few girls who had slight attacks of influenza are recovering and it is hoped that next Monday the quarantine can be lifted and the S. A. T. C. men and others students will again be permitted to come down town, attend church and theatres and make up, in a measure, for the loss of entertainment during the past six weeks. It is understood that the 300 men in the vocational training corps will leave here on December 15 to make room for 300 others, but where the latter will come from is not yet known.
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No Sunday School Tomorrow

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, has announced there will be no Sunday school in Moscow tomorrow. Dr. Adair said: “If it is unsafe to have public school next week it will be unsafe to have Sunday school tomorrow. The little folks will flock to Sunday school and this will be just as bad as public school. They may hold church services if they wish, but there shall be no Sunday school.

“The situation is worse today. There are a number of new cases. A woman arrived here Tuesday from Kansas with her two children to visit relatives. Today she and her two children and her sister, whom she is visiting are down with the disease. A woman who had not been away from her home since the epidemic began in Moscow, was taken down with the disease last night. There are several other new cases. It would be very dangerous to have Sunday school tomorrow.”
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All books which have been out of the Public Library during the influenza quarantine must be returned immediately. Every book must be in before Thanksgiving.
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Spokane Will Have Big Peace Celebration

Spokane, Nov. 23. – Spokane and the Inland Empire will celebrate the war victory won by the allies and the advent of peace with a monster victory fete for three days beginning Thanksgiving day, November 28. Governor Ernest Lister of Washington will be here to participate in the program, and invitations have been sent to Governor Sam B. Stewart of Montana, Governor Moses Alexander of Idaho and Governor James Withycombe of Oregon. Several high military officials are also expected to attend. Among the features will be the presence of the marine band from the Mare Island navy yard.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 23, 1918, Page 3

City News

Miss Eva Leitch was nursing at the Hadden home during her vacation from teaching school.

Mrs. S. L. Willis, who went to Moorhead, Minn., about a week ago to see her mothers, has had an attack of influenza and pneumonia, but is now improving. Her mother is still seriously ill.

Miss Elsie Nelson, high school teacher at Winchester, Idaho, left for her place of work today.

Miss Evelyn Tesch, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Tesch, went to Kendrick today to go to her school on Bear ridge.

Miss Nora Yarborough went to school near Stites today.

Miss Ethel Shoemaker, who has been visiting Mrs. S. A. Neely, when to her school at Grangeville.

Miss Dorothy Cole, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Tolbert Gebett, left for Troy today to begin her school.

Miss Theodora Smith went to her school today near Deary.

Miss Eva Leitch left this morning for Black Lake, in northern Idaho, where she is teaching.

Miss Kathryn Semler of Colton went to Downs, Wash., today to take up her work of teaching.

Miss Mae Pattison of Spokane has returned to her work of teaching in the Moscow public schools.

Miss Viola McCartor and Miss Pearl Baxter went to Potlatch yesterday to take up their school work of teaching.

Judge Edgar C. Steele left this morning for Orofino to hold court, but on account of the epidemic conditions court may be postponed and only the jury called together at this time. Mrs. Steele accompanied him as far as Lewiston, where she will remain a few days.

Melvin Ricketts and Miss Myrtle Ricketts of Spokane are in Moscow to be with their father who is ill with pneumonia.

Mrs. Andrew Hagan returned Thursday from Spokane, where she left her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Urton, recovered from influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Victims of the Spanish flu at a barracks hospital on the campus of Colorado Agricultural College, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1918.

source: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs/PhotoQuest/Getty Images
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Nov 25

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 25, 1918, Page 1

Schools In Latah County Are Open
Only Six Out of 97 Districts Fail to Open Their Schools Today

The lifting of the state quarantine in Idaho yesterday resulted in the opening today of 91 out of the 97 schools in Latah county. Moscow, Kendrick, Troy and three other districts, where the influenza situation is not satisfactory, failed to reopen their schools today, but the others opened and will continue to hold school unless the influenza should grow worse.

Troy and Kendrick are in the midst of a bad epidemic. Both of these places escaped the disease for several weeks after it had made its appearance in Moscow and other places, but last week both towns were hit hard and the disease is so thoroughly scattered through the towns that is is thought best to not hold school until conditions get better. It is hoped that school can be opened at all of the places mentioned next week.

The health officers will watch closely the result of lifting the ban on motion picture shows, dances and churches. Services were held in practically all of the churches of Latah county yesterday and there is no doubt the shows will be well attended. If no serious results are noticed from these it is likely that Sunday schools will be permitted next Sunday and the public schools will open Monday.

So far as can be seen there have been no new cases in Moscow as a result of reopening the University of Idaho last Monday and conditions there have been gradually growing better.
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Moscow Churches Held Services
Attendance Light Owing to Fear of Influenza and Misunderstood Orders

All Moscow churches held services Sunday but the attendance was below normal. This was due to two causes, the fear of influenza and the conflict of orders. The order published in Saturday evening’s Star-Mirror that there would be no Sunday school kept many away from church as they believed there would be no church services. The lateness of the announcement caused much conflict and confusion. Many who did not get the notice sent their children to Sunday school, where the little folks were disappointed when they had to return home and reported to their parents that there would be no services.

All of the churches held special services, the first in six weeks and it seemed good to the members to get together again for Sunday worship. There was a special air of thankfulness prevalent in all churches, due to the momentous events that have transpired since the last public services were held in Moscow. The raising of the quarantine and the closing of the world war gave double cause for thankfulness.

The Protestant churches of Moscow will unite in a union service next Thursday (Thanksgiving day) at 10:30 in the Methodist church. Rev. Wayne S. Snoddy, pastor of the Presbyterian church, will deliver the sermon. It is hoped to have a large attendance in order that the people of Moscow may join in the greatest thanksgiving day the world has known. The services will be especially interesting and impressive.
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University Students Have One Day Vacation

The only vacation for Thanksgiving week at the University of Idaho will be next Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving day. Owing to so much time having been lost on account of the influenza it has been decided by the board of education that one day is all the vacation that can be allowed.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 25 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 25, 1918, Page 2

Let Us Have Patience

There is much merit in the communication by the Rev. J. Quincy Biggs, of the Christian church, published elsewhere in this issue in regard to the lateness of the announcement that there would be no Sunday school in Moscow yesterday. The ministers naturally feel aggrieved and, as the Rev. Mr. Biggs says that they “did not get a square deal.”

But we must have patience. The health officers are very busy. They are working day and night trying to save the lives of those who are afflicted. Every doctor in Moscow has worked unceasingly in caring for the many cases of influenza. They have had little rest and little time to prepare notices to the public.

The patrons of the public schools can have the same complaint that the ministers have in regard to the Sunday school. The notice that there would be no school in Moscow this week should have been published Friday instead of Saturday, but The Star-Mirror could not wait with its Friday evening issue for the school board and health officers to decide the question for they were still undecided when the paper went to press. As a consequence those living on rural routes did not learn until Monday that there would be no school Monday. We requested that the statement be given out Friday evening, but the board could not get all of its members and the health officers who were looking after their many cases of illness, together in time for Friday’s paper.

These things are annoying and, at first glance, seem unnecessary. But, before we condemn, let us think of the vast load the health officers, the school board and others are carrying. The school board is composed of men of business and this work is only a “side issue” and is apt to be overlooked. It would have been better had the notices that there would be no public or Sunday schools been published not later than Friday, but no one is really to blame and we believe that all have done their duty as they saw it and that any mistakes have been because of those making them having too much to do.

Let us be patient and also be thankful that Moscow has escaped with as light of loss of life and as little suffering and inconvenience as she has.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 25 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 25, 1918, Page 3

City News

The Catholic Ladies are postponing their annual Thanksgiving dance on account of the influenza. The date on which it will be given will be announced later.

Misses Edith and Mary Olson returned to Troy today, having come to Moscow to resume their school work, but found the schools closed.

The Cornwall schools did not open today on account of the influenza. Lockard and Gustafsin Hennen are just recovering from an attack of influenza.

Miss Fay Sandall, a teacher in the Moscow schools, is ill of influenza at Spokane and not able yet to return to Moscow.

Judge E. C. Steele returned to Moscow this morning. Judge Steele started to Orofino to hold court this week but learning that the influenza was so bad at Orofino he stopped at Lewiston and ordered a postponement of the Clearwater county term of court for one week.

Frank Potter, linotype operator in The Star-Mirror office was called to Spokane yesterday by the very serious illness of his brother and the latter’s wife and family, all of whom have the influenza. During his absence C. H. Van Meter takes his place in the composing room of the The Star-Mirror.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 25 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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