Idaho History July 26, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 15

Idaho Newspaper clippings November 26-30, 1918

Bonners Ferry’s First Hospital

Located on the north side of the river, this was Martin Fry’s house and he gave it for use as the hospital.
Dr. Fry constructed his first hospital in 1918.

source: These early photos courtesy of and obtained from the Boundary County Free Museum, operated by the Boundary County Historical Society.
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Nov 26

American Falls Press. November 26, 1918, Page 1


Bad Flu Cases

As a rule the bad flu cases develop from mild ones, from lack of precautions. There have been many relapses following a too-early getting out of bed. The victims of an apparently mild form of the disease feel fine, and do not realize the risk they take by getting up and attempting to attend to business too soon. “Look out for people who get up on the third day,” said one of the local physicians. “They may need an undertaker soon afterward.”

Other severe cases result from the victim’s not giving up soon enough. They’re not sick, of course not; just have a little cold, which will soon pass away. Result, a severe case nearly always, and not infrequently ending in death.

The safe way is to go to bed when the first symptoms appear, and send for a doctor. It may be only a cold, but it is too serious a matter to take chances. Once in bed, stay there until the doctor says to get up. This is usually two days or more after the victim feels fit. Better to go to bed on a suspicion of being sick than to have a funeral. Most people who have the flu don’t think they have it until they are too sick to think at all. Safety first is the correct principle.
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Death of E. M. Evans.

Influenza claimed a victim in the person of E. M. Evans on Sunday morning at 7 o’clock. Mr. Evans fell a victim to what he believed to be his duty to employers, the making of a daily report, which he felt no one else could do. With this feeling he left his home the evening of the first day of his illness, and faithfully performed what was to be his last service to his employers. …

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 26, 1918, Page 3

Lid Kept On

The board of county commissioners met Saturday evening and decided to keep the lid on a few days more, on account of a number of influenza cases developing during the past few days. It is not believed the closed season will last much longer. The chairman of the board and the acting health officers can lift the ban whenever, in their judgement, the danger is over. …

Yesterday morning the board met and appointed Charles T. Cotant, County Attorney, and DeWitt Brown, a special deputy in the Auditor’s office. Auditor Bulfinch being away, and his deputy and clerk both flu victims, left no one in the auditor’s office to transact public business. …
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Arbon News.

Mrs. Bernie Burge has been quite ill the past week with pleurisy.

Mr. Fallon returned home from Pocatello Saturday and on Tuesday developed a case of influenza. He is not serious ill, having taken precaution in time by calling a physician and staying in bed.

Rennie and Joey Evans, two eldest boys of L. B. Evans are a little better, but it will be some time before they fully recover from their illness.

Newell Lishemann and Richard Bandy are out again after a long siege of pneumonia.

Mrs. John Lusk and daughter, Miss Anna, are visiting at the home of Mrs. Joe Evans. They came out from Malad last week, due to the serious influenza epidemic in that town.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bolingbrok went to Malad last Tuesday to attend the funeral of their niece, who died of pneumonia.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 26, 1918, Page 4

People and Events

Mrs. H. R. Hager is a flu victim, taken ill Saturday.

Mrs. Arthur Davis is down with the flu, but is getting along nicely.

Marjorie Greene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Green, has a mild case of the flu.

John P. Voight, Mrs. Voight, and Sam Bob, are flu victims. Mrs. Alexander had a very light attack, but is up and able to take care of the others.

Miss F. Nettie Rice is still confined to her home, and probably will be for some days. Her temperature has ranged quite high, but she is improving.

Dr. and Mrs. R. F. Noth left yesterday for Salt Lake for several days’ stay. Dr. Noth has been having ear trouble following his influenza and will consult an ear specialist while there.

There are only three or four cases of flu at the hospital and all of them are up and about.

Mr. Wilcox, teller at the First National Bank, is able to sit up after a busy week with the flu. Mrs. Wilcox, who was visiting her parents at Wendell, when he was taken sick, is now a victim, but is getting along well.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 26, 1918, Page 1

Quarantine Order

Whereas, the situation with regard to influenza is worse now than it has been at any time since the outbreak of the epidemic, and the conditions within the City of Blackfoot are reported by the physicians to be very serious,

Now therefore, by virtue of the authority in me vested by Secs. 2195 and 2196 of the Revised Codes of Idaho, it is hereby ordered:

1. That no theatre, moving picture house, dance hall, or other place of public entertainment or amusement shall be opened or allowed to run.

2. That no games of pool or billiards and no card playing shall be allowed in any of the pool halls of the city.

3. That no crowds shall be permitted to congregate anywhere within the city, either inside or out side, and any person or persons not having legitimate business in any store, restaurant, pool hall, or other place of business must be required by the proprietor or manager thereof to immediately vacate.

This order shall take effect at 12 o’clock noon, on Monday, November 25, 1918, and shall remain in full force and effect until further order of the Mayor or Council.

W. A Beakley, President of the Council of the City of Blackfoot.
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Custer County In An Uproar
Enforcement of Rules Regarding Quarantine Causes Some Excitement.

For a couple of weeks in the early part of November Custer county and the District Judge F. J. Cowen, have been carrying on a contention over the quarantine for influenza. The Custer county board of health quarantined a part of the upper end of Custer county including the town of Challis, and established a sentinel on the Willow creek summit, between Mackay and Challis to turn people back who came over the road intending to go into that part of the county that was quarantined. A party of Mackay hunters consisting of D. V. Archibold and others, desiring to hunt deer on the upper ridges of the Salmon river, ran the blockade in some way, but were taken into custody afterwards at Bay Horse or Custer and were detained.

Judge F. J. Cowen traveling from Blackfoot to Challis in company with T. R. Jones, Clay Vance and some attorney from Idaho Falls, disregarded the sentinel on Willow creek summit and went on towards Challis. It seems that the sentinel telephoned into Challis and a party of about one hundred citizens blocked the road below town and challenged the Judge’s party when they arrived there. They informed the Judge that the quarantine was no respector of persons and the fact that he was district judge did not constitute a passport to himself nor his associates and that they would have to insist upon his obeying the quarantine order the same as other people.

The quarantine was regularly and legally constituted and that meant no disrespect to the court or any of its officials, but they would resist any attempt to break the quarantine.

It was evening and it was 60 miles back to Mackay, and the citizens suggested that the Cowen party drive to the Challis hot springs and put up for the night and if they still wanted to remain in Custer county they would have the county council called into session to determine under what conditions persons could come into the county, who were possibly carriers of the disease. The Cowen party did not act upon the suggestion and returned to Mackay that might. Judge Cowen telephoned to the county clerk at Challis asking him to see if some changes could not he made in the quarantine regulations and at a meeting called for that purpose it was ordered that anyone desiring to come into the quarantined district could do so on the condition that they be isolated or held in quarantine until the danger of developing the disease in themselves had passed and when it was thus ascertained that they did not carry the disease they could thereafter mingle with the people of the district.

At some time during the proceedings, not clear to the writer, the judge ordered Sheriff W. J. Huntington and C. L. Courtney, chairman of the board of health, to release Archibold and his party from quarantine or from what ever charge they were being held upon for breaking quarantine. This the officials refused to do, whereupon Judge Cowen ordered them to appear before him for contempt of court. Judge Cowen then telephoned to the governor asking for troops to assist him in enforcing orders. The attorney general considered the matter and decided that the emergency was not sufficient to justify them sending in troops to quiet a disturbance when nothing of the kind existed. The only violation of laws that had occurred was that the Archibold party ran the blockade in the night, after being forbidden to pass that point and Judge Cowen and his associates passed that point, presumably resting their right upon the fact that Cowen was district judge.

It is said that in a telephone conversation between Judge Cowen and the county clerk, E. J. Michael, Judge Cowen, on being informed of the only conditions upon which he could enter the quarantined district, said that if the people of that country did not change their methods they would get into a worse condition than Spanish influenza could put them into. This so irritated and enraged the people at Challis that they called upon the governor for troops to maintain the quarantine, but this request was turned down on the ground that requests for troops must come from the court and no other officer could legally ask for troops. Of course the Challis people could not get such a request thru Judge Cowen to oppose his own desires and there the matter rested until R. S. Madden, private secretary to Governor Alexander, was dispatched Ito Custer county to straighten out the tangle.

In the meantime the chairman of the state board of health was appealed to to establish marshall [sic] law In the district and he said that if marshall [sic] law was established for any purpose it would be to enforce the quarantine, which he found had been regularly and legally established. When Secretary Madden arrived he affected some compromise and at this writing we understand that the opposition both ways has been dropped.
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J. B. Hunter Talks

J. B. Hunter, one of the prominent men of Custer county, who lives on the Mackay side of the Willow creek summit, where the sentinel has been stationed to enforce the quarantine against travelers going into Round valley, was in Blackfoot Sunday morning, and talked of the quarantine troubles about as follows:

“The Custer county officials are carrying on a high handed procedure that is too rank to be tolerated. This is not the first thing they have done that is high handed, and it is time somebody was laying hold to teach them their limits.

D. V. Archibold and six other men planned to go out hunting in the wilds of Loon creek, far distant from anybody, and were ready to leave Mackay in the evening of a certain Saturday at 10 o’clock. They wanted to make a night drive and reach the upper course of Salmon river in the morning, going via the Antelope valley and over the cut-off to East Fork, down that stream to Salmon river and up Salmon via the Golden Sunbeams mines and over the summit of Loon creek. They would hardly get out of their cars in the trip, and would be back in the high mountains, where nobody lived.

“In passing thru via the Willow creek summit, the only person they would pass close to would be the sentinel stationed on the summit, there being nobody else within six miles. They could do no harm along the road, even if they had influenza, and there were only six cases at Mackay and all closely quarantined.

“When it was learned that they had passed thru the quarantined district or thru some of that sparsely settled country forming a corner of the quarantined district, Sheriff Huntington went out to the hunting grounds and arrested them and brought them down to civilization and to the town of Challis, and placed them in jail. If the officials wanted to keep out of the flu, they had a queer way of doing it, but into the jail the men went. No quarantine, no fumigation, no isolation, but just jammed into jail. I don’t know why they put them in jail, nor do I know why they let them out, after a day or two, but the officials did both.

“In the meantime Judge Cowen issued a habeas corpus order for their release, and tried to get in touch with them by telephone, but they tore out the telephone to keep him from talking to them. Then the judge started to go into Challis and some of the people, a minority, who endorsed the action of the officials, barricaded the road and stood guard to forcibly, if necessary, prevent the judge from coming into town.

“It is all very ridiculous, It is carrying out the letter of the law without using common sense with it. There is a contractor up there building a section of the new highway reaching down on both sides of the Willow creek summit, and he had gangs of men working on both sides. The sentinel enforcing the quarantine would not let the contractor go over the hill to look after the work on the other side. There was no flu in that country, they were all working out in the open, there was no possible chance to bunch up and give one another the disease, and yet the sentinel blindly and stupidly enforced the quarantine order not to allow travelers to pass.”
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Mrs. John Price Passes Away

Mrs. J. J. Quillin of this city received word of the death of her grandmother, Mrs. John Price of Kansas City, Mo., who passed away there Saturday morning at 11 o’clock after suffering with influenza.

Mrs. Price was a resident of Blackfoot some years ago and while here made many friends and acquaintances. Mr. Price died at Blackfoot about four years ago.
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Ill With Influenza.

Rev. J. F. Gresl is ill at him home with the influenza. He was taken ill Friday afternoon, but at last reports he was doing nicely.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 26, 1918, Page 2



Ralph Davis came down with the influenza Friday, which rapidly developed into pleurisy and pneumonia. Dr. McKinnon has charge of the case and Mrs. I. N. Noyer is assisting with the nursing.

The Frank Thurston family is ill with the influenza, but so far all cases are reported as being light.

Mrs. Sant Shelman is recovering after a severe attack of influenza. Mr. Shelman and Loren are also improving.

Mention should be made of the spirit of self sacrifice shown by Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Edwards and Mrs. Thomas Blackburn. Tho they have not had the influenza, they have been nursing several families ill with the disease. John Criddle has also been untiring in making numerous trips for nurses, and help for those suffering with influenza.
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Word was recently received from Joseph Patterson, who is in France fighting, and has been there for over nine months, saying he had been another big drive. He said he had been fighting for ten days, during that time going thru all kinds of weather and driving the Hun back all the time. He became ill with the grippe and was sent to the hospital. Then, having recovered, he again became a sick fellow, having an attack of appendicitis. When last heard from he had been operated on and expected to be well enough to come home in a short time now that the war is over.

It is thot [sic] schools will open here Nov. 25.

Dr. Packard has been ill for some time with the influenza, but is getting along as well as could be expected when last reported.

The flu seems to be more serious in the surrounding country than in the immediate vicinity of Shelley.

Gould Porter is reported to be very ill with the influenza, other complications are said to have set in, and his condition is serious. Other members of the Porter family are also sick with the flu.
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School on Saturdays.

Many students have wondered whether there would be school on Saturday when the schools opened again. This is not known for certain, but as this plan was adopted for a time last year and did not work very well, it is thot [sic] that such a plan would not be advisable again this year, as there is generally a very poor attendance on Saturdays.
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The influenza epidemic is rapidly growing more serious in Grandview.

Thomas Prudhomme died Monday morning from pneumonia, having been sick but a few days. His death is very sad, as it is but three and one-half months since the death of his wife. Five children are thus bereft of both parents. All the children are in Canada with relatives of Mr. Prudhomme’s. He had recently sold both his homestead and the irrigated land, and was almost ready to go to Butte for the winter. The remains will be laid away beside those of his wife in the Blackfoot cemetery. At the time of his death he was at the home of Wm. Hill, where he had been staying since the children left.

Wm. Hill is sick with the flu.

Ralph Davis is very sick with an attack of pleurisy and pneumonia.

Eva Johnson is another victim of the flu.

Mrs. I. N. Noyer is nursing at Ralph Davis’.

A. Y. Satterfield drove over from Pocatello Saturday to see the sick relatives. Several members of his father’s family are sick. Luther’s family are all sick, also Marvin Thompson.
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Ralph Davis is very ill with pneumonia.

“Buster” Driscoll is very ill with the influenza.

The “Flu” situation here does not improve any. There are more cases this week than there has been before.

Mrs. W. R. Leach was on the sick list last week.

Five of the children of Mrs. Charles Parsons are ill with the “flu.”

Mrs. Partridge, proprietress of the Hotel Sterling, suddenly took very ill Tuesday morning, which is thot [sic] to be the influenza.
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School was not re-opened here this week and it was thought best not to re-open the school until all danger from sickness was passed.
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Idaho Budget

Boise now has an ordinance which prohibits all immoral or dissolute persons attending places of public amusement.

Mrs. W. H. Jeffee died at Wallace of Spanish influenza, after the entire family, consisting of three children and her husband, had been stricken with the epidemic.

Warden Frank DeKay authorizes the statement that the yard used by the convicts who escaped was not Red Cross yard, but yard procured from the unraveling of sweaters belonging to convicts.

To recover time lost on account of the influenza closing order the Lewiston state normal will divide this school year into quarters of eight weeks each, instead of nine weeks, and will continue school work during the holidays, except on Christmas and New Year’s.
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Idaho Falls is Still in Grip of The “Flu”

Idaho Falls, Idaho, Nov. 21. – A meeting of the city council. with members of the school board, several physicians, the county commissioners and a number of citizens, was held at the city hall last evening, when it was decided to keep the schools and various public places closed until further notice.

The county commissioners will make an appropriation to be handled by the Red Cross committees for the relief of those who are in need of assistance.
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Death of Clarence Detrich at Idaho Falls

Lawrence Detrich, nephew of Frank Detrich, federal judge, died Thursday morning at Idaho Falls, following an attack of influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 26, 1918, Page 4


Influenza Warning

Influenza has taken a new start at Blackfoot, and people are warned against talking unnecessary rick. People who have it in their homes are instructed to take cards or pieces of paper on every door of the house bearing the word “Influenza,” so persons coming to the place will stay out.

Do not bunch up with other people in conversation. Stand at some distance. Do not let anybody talk to you at such close quarters that you have to take their breath. If you wear a mask, have it washed every day, or have several and change as often as they become odorous. A dirty mast is worse than none at all.

The influenza is among the Mexicans, and they do not understand about isolating themselves or taking any precautions. People are warned to stay away from them as much as they can. They are apt to assemble in stores and endanger other people, but physicians and interpreters have been unable to get them to comprehend as white people do.

Closing business houses will not stop influenza. Isolating others from coming into their atmosphere are the important things to do. Carry a mask and put it on if you enter a store where you think there may be danger.
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Death of Mrs. Fred W. Goff

Mrs. Fred W. Goff, age thirty-one years, died at her home Monday afternoon at 12:45, after suffering an illness of four days with influenza, which later developed into pneumonia.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 26, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Guy Stevens is ill with the influenza.

Mrs. Fred Montgomery has been ill for the past week but is now able to be around again.

Mrs. George Locey, who has been ill for several weeks is improving.

Dr. Richards is able to be out and around again after suffering an attack of the flue.

Mrs. W. O. Bridges, who has been ill with the influenza is able to be out again.

Mr. Kirchner, who has been ill for the past few days is now somewhat improved.

Miss Affie Fisher, who has been suffering with the influenza, is now somewhat improved.
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Marian Just Ill.

Miss Marian Just, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Just of Presto, is seriously ill. Miss Just has been in poor health for some time.

Mr. and Mrs. Just leave the first of the week for California where they will take her for her health.
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Death of Mrs. V. A. Bidinger.

Mrs. Bidinger, wife of V. A. Bidinger, died at five o’clock Sunday morning at their home west of the Sugar Factory, influenza being the cause.

The funeral will be conducted from the home on Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. Father Fuchs of the Catholic church officiating.
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Ill With Influenza.

Harry Kinney, of the Kinney Mercantile company, is ill with the influenza. At last reports he was getting along nicely.

Mrs. Oscar L. Rider is very ill with the influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 26, 1918, Page 8


All of the flu patients are recovering nicely except the Charlie Parons’ family, who are reported to be very ill.
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Ill With Influenza

Word has been received here that Harry Holden is very ill with the influenza at his home in Idaho Falls.

At last reports he was getting along as well as could be expected.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 26, 1918, Page 1

Schools Start Again Monday
Closed For Six Weeks On Account Of Spanish Influenza Epidemic
Watch Contagious Diseases
Many Rural Schools Resumed Yesterday Morning

At a meeting of the school board of Independent School District No. 4, held last evening, it was decided that schools would open Monday of next week unless in the meantime the epidemic of Spanish influenza again becomes a menace.

The public schools of Bonners Ferry have been closed for over six weeks on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic.

Clerk Gleed, of the school board, advised the Herald last night that the teachers would keep a careful watch over all their pupils and none would be allowed to attend school who showed any symptoms of Spanish influenza or whooping cough. There are many cases of the whooping cough in the city. Children with whooping cough and bad colds will not be allowed to come to school.

The school time lost will be made up as follows: Two weeks will be made up on Saturdays (the first ten Saturdays) and the term has been extended one month which will make the closing date June 6th. There will be no holiday vacation except Christmas day and New Years day. This plan has been worked out to enable pupils to make up sufficient work to pass their grades. Otherwise a year’s work would be lost. Under these conditions the cooperation of all patrons is expected.

The schools of District No. 14 will also open next Monday and extra precautions will be taken by the teachers to detect signs of the influenza and whooping cough.

Many of the schools of the rural districts resumed yesterday. The schools which will not start until next Monday are those in the Hooker district, the Carlock district and at Copeland and Meadow Creek.

Dr. Fry, county health officer, feels confident that the influenza epidemic is well on the decline. But very few new cases have developed the past week. He states that is is probable that new cases will continue to develop for several weeks yet but ordinary precautions will prevent the spread of the disease.

In this county the percentage of deaths from influenza was very small in comparison with other districts where the disease was encountered in an equally virulent form.
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Postpone Lyceum Entertainment

On account of the Spanish influenza epidemic the first number of the Ellison-White Lyceum course which was scheduled here on November 27, has been canceled and another attraction will be secured at some future date to take the place of the November number. Supt. Kerr, of the Bonners Ferry schools, has taken charge of the lyceum course work and tickets will be sold by the high school students, as in previous years, for the season’s entertainment. The lyceum committee was fortunate this year in contracting for some very excellent entertainments.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 26, 1918, Page 3

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

The Lewiston city health board decided to keep schools, theaters and places of amusement closed all this week on account of the influenza epidemic.

Flu conditions at the University of Idaho are satisfactory. There have been no new cases in many days. The few girls who had influenza are recovering.

The schools of Moscow did not open Monday. The school board, after consultation with health officers, regarded it dangerous to open school with so many cases of influenza in town.
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American Causalities

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 26, 1918, Page 4

Local News

J. R. Meeker was up and around last Thursday after having had a tussle with the “flu”.

Miss Dollie Bruce, who has been seriously ill with pneumonia for the past ten days, is still very sick. Her condition this morning was reported as “slightly better.”

J. Bert Cowen, cashier of the First State Bank, resumed his duties yesterday after having been a victim of the Spanish influenza for ten days.

H. S. Swenson returned Saturday from Grafton, N. Dak., where he was recently called by the serious illness of his parents with Spanish influenza. His sister, Mrs. S. E. Henry, accompanied him on the trips and while at Grafton both became sick with the influenza. Mrs. Henry was seriously ill but is now convalescing.
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R. P. Foster Pneumonia Victim

R. P. Foster, a well known resident of the Cow Creek district, died Saturday evening of pneumonia which was contracted from Spanish influenza. He was sick only a short time. …

The deceased is survived by his wife and four small children and his mother, Mrs. C. W. Shoop. …

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 26, 1918, Page 7

Local Pick-ups

Mr. and Mrs. K. W. Smith, of Porthill, were in the city from Wednesday until Saturday. The whole family are just recovering from attacks of the Spanish influenza.

Mrs. A. A. McIntyre returned Wednesday from Portland, Oreg., where she was recently called by the serious illness of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. D’Arcy. Mrs. D’Arcy is now on the road to recovery.

Claude Hydorn received word last Monday of the death of his brother, Kenneth, at Warden, Wash., of Spanish Influenza. …

The public library which has been closed during the Spanish influenza epidemic, will reopen for the taking out of books, on Saturday, November 30th, hours as usual. Mesdames E. Wales and F. E. Murray will act as librarians during the remainder of the year, Mrs. Wales having charge on Saturdays and Mrs. Murry on Wednesdays.

Illness with the Spanish influenza will probably cause delay in the issuing of the county tax notices, of which there are about 2,000 to be prepared. County Treasurer James is working early and late on the books in the effort to make up the time he lost while sick with the influenza. Miss Freda Peterson is assisting him. Taxes are payable after the fourth Monday in November and prior to the first Monday in January.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 26, 1918, Page 1

Eleven New Cases of “Flu” Puts Ban on Public Dances

There will be no reception to the S. A. T. C. men of the University of Idaho at the churches of Moscow Thursday evening. Dr. Adair, city health officer, thinks this is dangerous and has also put the ban on dances until the influenza situation improves. Dr. Adair in making the announcement said;

“There will be no interference with the union Thanksgiving services at the Methodist church, which is large and well ventilated, and the danger of such a meeting where the people are only assembled for a short time and are sitting still, would be very small. But receptions where large numbers are crowded into a closed room and every one is moving about and meeting every one else is vastly different. It is the same with dances. People get into one of the dance halls and every one is active and moving about and coming in close contact with each other and there is grave danger.

“People must not think that because the quarantine has been partly lifted that the danger is over. It is not. There were 11 new cases reported yesterday and several more new cases have been reported so far today. The situation is full of grave danger. We must be very careful. I do not want to be arbitrary, but lives are precious and we cannot afford to take chances for brief moments of pleasure. If we are careful for another week or two the danger will be much less.”
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University Will Have Movable Schools Again

Boise. – Plans for movable schools and farmers’ institutes this winter, which were upset by the influenza epidemic, are being resumed by the University of Idaho extension department. Arrangements for about 60 institutes and schools, 25 of them in north Idaho, are being tentatively made.

Because of general business conditions being upset as a result of the influenza, no definite dates can be announced for the institutes, but present plans are for holding them some time in January.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 26, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mrs. J. Jabbora of S. Almond, is very ill of pneumonia, following influenza.

Roy Haynes is ill at his home with an attack of influenza.

Miss Rilla Gehrett, general deliver clerk at the post office, is sick with influenza and Miss Margaret Fanning is serving in her place.

O. W. Beardsley was in Troy yesterday to visit W. M. Thompson, who is quite ill.

Mrs. Cuendet and two children have been sick with the influenza and reported by Dr. Herrington as improving very nicely.

Gus Paulson, of the Farmers’ store has received word that his nephew, Albert Westendahl, who is now at Camp Lewis, is severely ill with pneumonia. Albert’s parents live at Kendrick.

Mrs. A. N. Haynes went to Kamiah today, called by the serious sickness of her brother and his family with influenza. Mrs. Haynes has been nursing influenza cases in Moscow recently.
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District Court Postponed.

Judge Steele today postponed the term of the district court which was called for next Monday, December 2, has been postponed another week, and will convene on Monday, December 9, if conditions are favorable.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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(Original Caption) 1918-Influenza Epidemic; court is held in open air in San Francisco. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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Nov 27

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 27, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mrs. C. H. Snead went to Lewiston today on account of the serious illness of her little grand daughter.

Mrs. E. J. Smithson of Colfax has suffered a relapse and returned to the hospital in Colfax with pneumonia. She is now improving again. Her mother, Mrs. W. H. Connor of Moscow, is with her.

Sheriff J. J. Campbell and family, five in number, are sick with influenza. The daughter, Miss Grace, is seriously ill.
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University to Have But One Day’s Vacation

There will be classes at the University of Idaho Friday as usual. The war department is allowing but one day’s vacation and insists upon the usual work the day before and the day after Thanksgiving. Tomorrow will be a real holiday for every one and the university students are to have a royal time and a splendid feast, but the next day they will be expected to take up their work as usual. The war department is desirous of having much of the time lost through the influenza epidemic made up by working on days that would otherwise be devoted to vacation.
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Princeton Schools Opened Monday, November 25

Loyd Graves came home from the hospital at Bovill, where he was two weeks with the influenza, and visited Arveld and went back to camp Tuesday.

Mrs. Edgar Adair is on the sick list with lagrippe.

School opened Monday, the teachers, Miss Brown and Miss Ruth Phelps, returning Saturday.
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Cove Precinct Furnishes Many Interesting Items

The schools opened Monday morning after having been closed for five weeks on account of influenza.

Robert Mafors is convalescing after a severe attack of influenza at the I. W. Lazell home.
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Rambo Family has been Sorely Afflicted

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rambo, of Lewiston, whose son died a few days ago, have ha more than their share of trouble. Mrs. Rambo was stricken with a nervous collapse and two daughters who came home to assist in the care of their brother were both stricken with influenza, one being taken down within an hour after her brother passed away. Both are recovering, however and are now regarded as out of danger. The family wish to thank the people of Moscow and vicinity and the Cornwall Sunday school class for many kindnesses shown them during the sickness and funeral of their son and brother.
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President Makes Statement Concerning S. A. T. C.
Hopes to Be Able to Provide Discharge for Those Who Wish it.

The S. A. T. C. men here in training are anxious to learn when they will be discharged. Some of them will probably wish to continue their work here, others to begin regular academic work, and still others to return to their homes.

President Lindley says in regard to this: “We are daily expecting information concerning the future plans of the S. A. T. C. I sincerely trust we may be enabled to provide discharge for all men who wish to withdraw from the University, and on the other hand to admit from the cantonments and officers training camps all who wish to avail themselves of the advantage of the University.

“A very large number of men in the camps express the desire to have the same privilege as the S. A. T. C. for final discharge from the army.”

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 27 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Men wearing surgical masks in Shelby, Nebraska, December 8, 1918. History Nebraska RG2017.PH

source: Madison County Sheriff
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Nov 28

The Grangeville Globe. November 28, 1918, Page 1

Will Resume School Work Monday Dec. 2

Now that the last threat of the Spanish influenza has about died out the Grangeville schools will resume work Monday, December 2nd. Both pupils and teachers are anxious to begin work before it piles up any higher, and it is realized that it will be a difficult task to arrange a scheme for “making up” work that will not inconvenience some of the pupils.

The buildings have been heavily fumigated and the furnace will be kept hot for a few days before school opens in order that the dampness may be driven from the walls. Superintendent Case announces that every precaution will be taken to safeguard the health of the pupils.
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No Live Stock Show This Season
Directors Decide Last Thursday; Influenza Situation Prohibits
For Human Welfare
Sales of Cattle Arranged, the Hereford Sale Set for Dec. 18 or 19

The executive committee of the Northwest Livestock association decided last Thursday evening to postpone this season’s exhibition until next year on account of the influenza epidemic that has been raging throughout the country. The state board of health has granted a permit to hold the show provided no indoor meetings were held. The county board of health, consisting of the county commissioners and county health officer, decided that the situation was too critical to permit raising the ban in Nez Perce county at this time.

The Lewiston Red Cross chapter and the Lewiston Commercial club had made a survey of the situation and reported that it is inadvisable to attempt holding the show or any public meetings at this time.

General regret was expressed that it was necessary to abandon holding the show inasmuch as it represents a great loss to stockmen throughout the country.

“Nevertheless,” said secretary O. P. Hendershot, “human welfare must be looked after at this time and we would not think of holding the show now that it appears clearly that it would jeopardize the health of the community and those in attendance.” …

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 28, 1918, Page 1

Schools to Remain Closed

Although the health officers will raise the quarantine for Jerome on December 1st, by order of the board of trustees the schools will remain closed until a later date.

Board of Trustees,
Independent School Dist. No. 33.
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Quarantine To Be Lifted December 1

Unless indications point to the contrary the “flu” quarantine will be removed in Jerome at midnight, Sunday, December 1.

J. F. Schmershall, M.D., Health Officer.
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Rialto Theatre Announcement

The health authorities have decided to life the quarantine unless the situation changes for the worse, on Sunday, December st, at midnight. The Rialto theatre will therefore give the opening performance Monday evening, December 2nd.

The Rialto is unusually well ventilated. It will be kept scrupulously clean and disinfected regularly. The management feels that there is no occasion for the spread of the prevailing contagion in the theatre, provided the public co-operate in the use of a few common sense rules of cleanliness. You will be asked not to spit on the floor nor to sneeze or blow your nose except with the use of a handkerchief. Those not taking these precautions will be asked to leave the theatre.

Do not attend the show if you do not feel well, nor if any of the members of the family with who you are associated have the influenza.

L. M. Zug, Manager.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 28, 1918, Page 1

Personal and Local Mention

Miss May Genoway returned to her school near Weiser, last Saturday.

Miss Gladys Willcox went to Nampa Sunday to take up her school duties again.

Miss Marion Crawford was called back to Oakley, Idaho, Monday where she will resume her school duties Monday.

Mrs. Geo. Yager and daughters, Miss Lucy Yeager and Mrs. D. L. Martin, who have recently been down with the influenza, have recovered and are able to be out again.

W. D. Case returned from Twin Falls last Saturday evening where he was called on account of the serious illness of his brother who died before he arrived. Spanish influenza was the cause of his death.

Lee Brown is out again after a short siege of influenza.

Three of the M. Lauer family have been having quite a siege with the influenza, Mrs. Lauer, Faye and Ernest. All are reported better at this time.

During the period of the quarantine there was no place to go and some of the men stayed at home evenings and actually got acquainted with their wives.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 28, 1918, Page 1

Schools Closed Again
Two Cases of Influenza Among Pupils the reason

After reopening the city schools Monday morning, two cases of influenza among the pupils – the two children of Conda Wilson – developed and it was deemed advisable, under instructions from Health Officer Cummings, to dismiss school Tuesday noon until Monday morning pending further developments.

Besides these two cases mentioned above, there are two other cases in the city. One of them is E. H. Pattison. On this account the churches have decided to call off the Thanksgiving services planned for today, which includes the community sing. This was decided upon Tuesday evening by the Ministerial Association. They would recommend that selections from the musical program sent out by the Women’s Council of Defense, and published in last week’s paper, be sung at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon in the homes. They also recommend that the president’s and governor’s Thanksgiving proclamations be read, and that God be personally thanked for the blessings of the year.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 28, 1918, Page 5

Emmett News

Mrs. G. W. Maxfield is filling the vacancy occasioned by illness of Miss Wagner. Mrs. Maxfield is quite familiar with the work, having supplied in this grade last year, completing the year for Miss Ella Breshears, elected to the county superintendency.

Mrs. R. F. Cook received word this week that her son Henry was suffering from an attack of Flu at his home in Tular. His father went from Portland to be with him, but as Henry was reported doing very well, Mrs. Cooke remained here.

Word was received last week from Miss Agnes E. Wagner, teacher of Eighth grade in the city schools, that she would be unable to return to her duties for some time, being ill with the Spanish influenza, at her home in Elburton, Washington, where she had gone for her vacation. She is getting along nicely, however, and hopes to return ere long. Her two sisters also are afflicted with the disease.

Miss Vera Shaver returned to resume her school work.

Miss Leota Wilson was about to leave for her school at Wilson, when she received a long distance call informing her that the schools would not reopen until after January 1.

Mrs. Joel Brown has been confined to her home by illness several days.

Harry Shellworth of Boise was an Emmett visitor Sunday.
[See the Harry Shellworth Album by photographer Ansgar Johnson Sr. of Yellow Pine area in 1928 link]

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 28, 1918, Page 8

News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents

South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

The Washington county schools did not open Monday as was expected. Mrs. Stinson who was to supply a vacancy there, and Miss Grace Cook received word in plenty of time so they did not go. The schools will open next week Monday.
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Haw Creek
By Mrs E. Tennyson.

Miss Marie Hanthorn came home Monday from Weiser to visit home folks till the ban from influenza is lifted and her school starts again.

Mrs. James Stippich left last Thursday for Weiser to reopen her school.

School opened Monday with a large attendance.
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Upper Mesa

A new bell has been placed at the schoolhouse and its pleasant tones called the scholars to school again Monday morning.

Farmer’s Union meetings will begins again Friday, Nov. 29.
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Mrs. Kiggins had word of the death of a cousin in Colorado from Spanish Influenza.
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By Mrs. R. E. Noland

School is again in session, after a month’s vacation.

Misses Edna and Minnie Wellman went to Emmett Sunday to resume their studies.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 28, 1918, Page 1

Family Dinners To Feature Day Of Thanks
No Public Services Held In Grangeville – Business Is Suspended
Plenty of Turkey for All
But Birds Are Not As Fat As Usual, Due to Fact That They Were Fed Little Grain.

Today, Thanksgiving day is to be generally observed in Grangeville by suspension of business. A number of family gatherings are to be held. No public Thanksgiving services are to take place.

Stores arranged to close at 10 a.m., while banks, county and federal offices were closed Wednesday night for the holiday.

Numerous hunting parties have gone to the woods in search of deer and elk. Since the open season on these animals closes Saturday, local hunters who have not shot the limit allowed by law are putting forth a final effort to bring in trophies.

For the Thanksgiving dinner, turkeys seem to be plentiful, while local markets have a bug supply of chickens. Geese and ducks are not overly abundant. Many of the turkeys, however, are not as fat as usual due, it is believed, to their not having been fed grain by farmers. With grain at high prices farmers were disposed to allow the turkeys to find their own feed, and few of the birds are plump.
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Woman Is Up For Insanity
Mrs. Henry Bray of Kooskia Adjudged of Unsound Mind.

Mrs. Henry Bray who resides on a ranch on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater, near Kooskia, was brought to Grangeville Saturday on an insanity charge. She was found to be of unsound mind, but because the hospital at Orofino has stopped receiving patients until the influenza epidemic is eradicated, it was deemed advisable to allow the woman to return to her home until such time as permanent disposition of the case can be made.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 28, 1918, Page 4



Schools were not opened here this week on account of several new cases of influenza.

Miss Lucile Adsley departed last Friday for Lewiston in response to a message stating that her mother was ill with influenza.

Miss Margaret Daniels is quite ill with influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 28, 1918, Page 8

One Death From Flu In Every 40 Cases
Statistics on Epidemic in Idaho Show Chances for Patient’s Recovery
Many Due To Carelessness
Mortality Rage From Epidemic Could Be Further Reduced If All Afflicted Took Precautions

[from an ‘ad’ for Osteopathic Physicians]

One persons in every forty who has been stricken with Spanish influenza in the state of Idaho has died, reports from all parts of the state, on file in the office of the state board of health at Boise reveal. In other words a patient who has Spanish influenza, the Idaho statistics show, had 1000 chances to recover to twenty-five that he will die.

Since October 8, when the first report was filed, 12,500 cases of influenza have been reported, of which 316 resulted fatally.

Taking 12 1/2 out of 1000 as a fair normal time yearly death rate, these figures, based on a little more than one month, show that during the presence of the epidemic the death rate in Idaho is doubled among persons who take ill with it.

Death can be given a poorer showing than even a 1-to-40 chance if persons who become ill with influenza take extra precautions at the outset to fight off the disease, it is said, as many of the fatalities in the health board’s report resulted beyond a doubt from the carelessness of the patient in failing to understand the seriousness of his case and take care of himself as instructed.

With respect to vaccination to prevent influenza, the Journal of the American Medical associations says: “Vaccination against epidemic influenza is in a wholly experimental stage.” …
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Carl Carlton, proprietor of the Smoke House, has recovered from an attack of influenza, and is again at work.

O. D. Hamlin, Cottonwood drayman, was in Grangeville Saturday. Mr. Hamlin and family had just recovered from [a] siege of Spanish influenza.
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Schools Will Open Monday

Pupils of the Grangeville public schools who have been sufferers from influenza need have no fear that the teachers will drive them hard into their studies immediately schools open, next Monday, for Superintendent Case has declared that the teachers will take cognizance of the fact that many who have suffered from the disease will not have entirely recovered their strength. Superintendent Case has issued the following statement on the opening of the schools:

“The Grangeville schools will be in session again on Monday, December 2. Mr. Markham gave the building such a strong dose of fumigation that it killed all of the flies and mice. The ‘flu’ bugs either died or quite the premises. The building will be regularly heated a few days in advance; so there will be no dampness.

“The pupils will be glad to get back into the harness because they feel that the six weeks of work which as been missed is not finished, but only postponed. If there are any students who have not recovered, however, they will not be expected to pull a full load for a few days.

“We are truly thankful that the epidemic did not afflict Grangeville as sorely as it did some communities. The school officials wished to be on the safe side; so they kept the schools closed as long as there was any danger. The pupils are well protected in that the school board can close school whenever any disease threatens the safety of the children.”

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 28 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Original caption from the National Archives: “February, 1919. U.S. Army at Archangel Front, Russia. Funeral of member of crew of U.S.S. Ascutney. Three members died in Archangel and many were sick with influenza.” National Archives

source: source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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Nov 29

The Rathdrum Tribune., November 29, 1918, Page 1

Idaho State News Items

Capt. F. A. McCall of the adjutant general’s staff advocates the erection of a monument to the Idaho men who bore the brunt of the war.

Idaho’s home guard companies may become the 3rd Idaho with the passage of a militia bill by the next legislature.

On account of the influenza epidemic the annual Northwest Livestock show at Lewiston has been postponed until next year.

Spanish influenza in the state of Idaho gives its victim a gamble with death on the basis of about 25 chances that the patient will die to 1000 chances that he will get well, a study of the epidemic reports filed at the office of the state board of health shows. In other words, one person in 40 who comes down with the malady has succumbed.

To recover time lost on account of the influenza closing order the Lewiston state normal will divide this school year into quarters of eight weeks each, instead of nine weeks, and will continue school work during the holidays, except on Christmas and New Year’s, the state board of education was notified last week.
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From Over The County

Post Falls

The death of Dorothy Cunningham is the only one in Post Falls that has occurred during the six weeks’ siege of influenza.

The McGuire school reopened Nov. 25.

The Post Falls school opened Monday, holding only afternoon sessions during this week.
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Spirit Lake

Dances are still prohibited on account of influenza.

S. A. Wylie became so ill with pneumonia that he had to go to a Spokane hospital.
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Coeur D’Alene

The influenza ban is to be lifted in Coeur d’Alene Dec. 1.

By direction of the state superintendent of public instruction, notice is given by County Sup’t R. C. Egbers that a teachers’ examination will be held Dec. 19, 20, and 21, at Coeur d’Alene.

On account of the time lost to the schools during quarantine, and the risk in assembling a large number of teachers at this time, the five county teachers’ joint institute for the counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone, will not be held prior to September, 1919. This is in accordance with the recommendation of the state board of education, and agreement of the county superintendents of the five counties mentioned.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 29, 1918, Page 3

Personal Mention.

Dr. F. Wenz has been called to Coeur d’Alene several times recently to attend influenza cases.

Mrs. C. L. Powell is reported seriously ill and was taken to Spokane last Saturday for treatment.

C. G. Lancaster has received word of the death of two aunts whom he visited at Sharon, Penn., two years ago. Both died of influenza within one week.
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Local Paragraphs

It was a white Thanksgiving

The lodges began holding meetings again this week.

Several new cases of influenza were reported in this vicinity yesterday. One family in town, that of J. D. Crabtree, is said to have the disease.

The Georgetown and Tautenhahn schools west of town reopened Monday, after being closed about six weeks on account of the influenza closing order.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 29, 1918, Page 1

City Closed Against Outside World

No one is permitted to leave the precincts of Oakley, Basin, Boulder, Locust, Marion, Churchill, Hazel, Kenyon and Moulton without permits from the Board of Health. Anybody who enters these districts from outside, will be quarantined five days at their own expense.

The measures were passed at a meeting of the Board last Sat. night. While there are still several cases of influenza in Oakley, there are fewer here than elsewhere, and it is will for us to protect ourselves against the more thoroughly infected districts.

Violations of this order are to be punished by fine or imprisonment or both.

J. A. Martindale, deputy sheriff, has authority to issue special permits.
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Public School to Open Monday

The local board of health has decided to open the public school next Monday,

All the Teachers are now in the city. Miss De Klotz has been here since the school was closed assisting in getting out the local paper. The Missis Berninger and Manley have been in Oakley most of the time. The Missis Crawford and Bates arrived this week. Miss Keetch was prevented by quarantine restrictions from visiting her home.
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In The Gem State

The federal term of court to be held at Moscow this fall has again been postponed to November 30.

The regular fall meeting of the state board of education, which was postponed on account of the epidemic of Spanish influenza, has been set for December 5. At this meeting the biennial reports and the budgets of the various state educational institutions will be considered.
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Local and Personals.

Harvey Nelson of Boulder is recovering from a severe attack of influenza.

Mrs. Elmer Reed and baby of Boulder who have been ill with influenza are reported improving.

Dr. Lowe of Burley is slowly recovering from a severe attack of influenza followed by pneumonia.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 29, 1918, Page 8

Oakley Items.

B. T. Judd has sufficiently recovered from an attack of influenza to walk about the street.

Mrs. S. A. Pickett of Marion, who is visiting with Mrs. Walter Southworth, is recovering from an attack of lagrippe.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 29, 1918, Page 4

People and Events.

Miss Florence Barber, who was among the flu casualties, is able to be up.

G. S. Wennstrom, assistant cashier of the First National, is able to be on duty again.

Mrs. Carl Dahlberg, who has been quite ill with the flu, is able to be up and around the house.

Warren Grothe, who had been a flu patient at the hospital, was able to be taken home Wednesday.

Miss F. Nettie Rice, who has been numbered with the flu victims for the past ten days, is able to be up again and will soon be in the treasurer’s office again.

The public library will open Saturday afternoon from 2 to 5 for the distribution of books only, and will be open every afternoon thereafter except Fridays. The reading room will remain closed for some time yet.

J. S. Abercrobie, who has been one of the dangerously sick influenza victims, is improving rapidly. He had a close call.

Arnold Wiertzba, the “Mickie” in the Press office, who has been absent from his post of duty on account of the flu, is getting along nicely.

Mrs. J. P Voight has developed a very serious type of influenza and her friends are alarmed about her condition. Mr. Voight is improving, and their son, Bob, has practically recovered.

The Bethany Deaconess Hospital has but two flu cases, the least number since the epidemic broke out. A Mr. Howland was taken there yesterday. Before going he was in the Corner Cigar Store, mingling with quite a crowd, and there may be a fresh crop develop.

Miss F. Nettie Rice, county treasurer, is able to sit up after a week’s vacation with the flu, but it will be several days before she is able to return to work. Mrs. G. M. Oliver is in charge of the work of making out and mailing tax statements, and [is] getting along splendidly.

County Auditor Bulfinch returned last night from the officers training camp at Louisville, Ky, Chicago and other small inland towns. He found his office occupied this morning by a couple of very ordinary looking clerks namely, DeWitt Brown and O. F. Crowley, who are substituting for the efficient help he left. Mrs. Hauscrildt, deputy auditor, and Miss Barber, recording clerk, have been having a flu vacation for the past week or more, and there is work piled up that will keep Mr. Bulfinch so busy for the next few days as to make him forget that he has had a nice fifteen-day vacation.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 29, 1918, Page 1


Schools to Remain Closed

The school board met Tuesday night to consider the reopening of the city schools. Superintendent Rand was present to recommend that the city schools remain closed a while longer, for, he said, he had been around among the townspeople to ascertain that 75 per cent of them favored the closing. The board acted accordingly. …
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Echoes of the Epidemic

Salmon churches were reopened with services last Sunday. In the evening there was to be a show at the Grand but the proprietor was disappointed in the failure of the films to arrive, so the house was not opened till Monday evening.

The city board has decided to keep the schools closed till all danger of spreading the epidemic be over.

The pool halls and card games were started up again Monday evening and a dance was an attraction at the opera house on the night of Thanksgiving.
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Flu Hits Bohannon Bar

J. G. England was in Salmon on Monday from Bohannon Bar and reports many of the people down with the influenza. In his family his son Roy was taken sick on Sunday. Mrs. Orville Wright and baby have been ill; the entire Stills family of five were taken at nearly the same time; only one of the Bohannon family of eight is able to be about. Miss Snodgrass, Mrs. Edith Mackay and son were visitors at the Bonhannons when they became ill with this epidemic. Mrs. Louis Bancroft and daughter Fern developed symptoms of the disease Sunday.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 29, 1918, Page 2

Idaho State News

The lid was shut down hard on Pocatello for ten days to kill influenza. Soda fountains were ordered closed, public funerals prohibited; many places of business classed as unnecessary were closed; all gatherings of more than ten people forbidden in public places, and private gatherings banned.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 29, 1918, Page 3

Northwest Notes

During the entire epidemic of influenza in Oregon the cases have totaled 17,924, and the deaths have totaled 632.

The influenza quarantine in the state of Washington was lifted last week, subject to the approval of town and city authorities for their own districts.

Miss My Trumper, state superintendent of public instruction of Montana, has announced that all teachers’ examinations have been postponed until December 5, because of the influenza epidemic.

The influenza situation in Baker, Ore, was so much improved that the ban on public gathering was lifted Sunday. The churches and moving picture houses were permitted to reopen, and the city resumed its normal status.

Affairs have reached a hot point in Custer county, Idaho, where bitterness has developed anew between the residents of Mackay on the one side and residents of Challis on the other as the result of complications growing out of an attempt by Custer county health officials to enforce a quarantine blockade in the Challis section against travelers.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 29, 1918, Page 5

Salmon Locals

The three children of the Alf Yearian family in Salmon are sufferers from influenza.

W. H. Shoup was able to be at the Pioneer store on Tuesday for the first time in two weeks, in which he was an influenza patient.

Charley Hardy, former teacher of the Forney school, who for the past year has been employed at the Ramsey munition plant in Montana, is just out of the Butte hospital from an attack of flue and a very serious attack it was too.

Mrs. James Mahaffey of Tendoy was brought to Salmon last Sunday in the hope that a change to a lower altitude might work benefit to her health. So it was proved, for her condition, which had been precarious from complications following an attack of influenza that had involved the heart, has steadily improved. Mrs. Mahaffey was brought to the home of her sister, Mrs. Dan O’Connell.

The public library reopens today so patrons may get books at Mrs. Murdoch’s millinery store where the books are now placed. Hours from 3 to 5 every Friday afternoon.

Leslie Redbetter, rancher up the Salmon river, is recovering from what was one of the worst cases of influenza yet reported in this city where the patient was brought for the care and attention he could not get at his bachelor home. L. D. England has had charge of the case.

Mrs. Charley Jones and Al Royce, well known residents of Gibbonsville, are suffering from influenza.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. November 29, 1918, Page 1


Local News.

The editor of the Republican, P. L. Orcutt, has been a pretty sick man this week and has been confined to his bed.

W. E. Stoddard came over from Gifford Saturday and took charge of the undertaking parlors during the absence of Arthur Shaw on account of sickness.

Mrs. Patrick Madden died in a hospital at Lewiston Monday evening with pneumonia. Mrs. Madden was the wife of Patrick Madden, of Madden brothers, the well known sheep men.

Thursday was a typical Thanksgiving day, with a light snow sifting down through the air, and it was so quiet that the best machine gun squad in the army had it been stationed in Orofino couldn’t have hit a human being.

The Misses Sweeney and Feeney, teachers in the Orofino schools, and who have been temporarily out of work while the schools are closed, have made themselves very useful, generously volunteering in nursing the sick, waiting on table, or otherwise performing any work that needs doing. And these ladies have thus far escaped the epidemic. It is possible that the best preventive is to forget it and keep busy.

Those in the hospital reported as having the pneumonia, following an attack of the influenza, are Messrs. Austin, Harry White and Alvin Small. Clarence LaForest is in the most serious condition with the influenza.

The Nez Perce Herald reported that the Misses Madge Miller and Nellie Ratcliffe went to Orofino Monday of last week in response to a call for help in nursing influenza patients in the hospital there.

Nearly every young man in this vicinity who come under the last war draft instead of getting into the war have been drafted into our hospital with the “flu,” and nearly all of them when they come out look as if they had been in the trenches for four years.
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When the “flu” tackled Sheriff Pete Shea “catch as catch can” about a week ago it grappled with a hard man to down. The genial sheriff had made up his mind to put up a fight, had himself inoculated with three shots of serum, but caught cold and went to bed. Then he was out again in again and able to tell a good story until the doctor caught him in circulation with a dangerously high temperature and took the law in his own hands and tucked him away in a bed at the hospital and told him to stay there and recuperate a few days, when he will be able to be on the job again. It was a sure bet from the first round that Sheriff Pete Shea would be too much for the “flu,” though the best men sometimes fall the hardest from an attack of the unknown “flu” bug.
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The Misses Mabel and Julia Brown are back in their positions at Hotel Orofino, after a ten days’ attack of the influenza. Mrs. Helgeson and Mrs. Brown are also on the road to recovery. Nels has been too busy thus far to fly off his job with the “flu.”
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Eureka Ridge.

Gladys King is getting over the “flu” in good shape.
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Andy Lee Williams.

Andy Lee Williams, who recently came to Orofino from Yakima, Wash., died Sunday last, Nov. 24, at the Orofino hospital from the effects of the influenza. He had been a victim of the prevailing contagion and suffered a relapse after coming to Orofino.

Mr. Williams was 23 years of age, and was born in Crescent City, California. His father, Milton Lee Williams, resides at Yakima, as does also a sister, Mrs. P. W. Recherzhagen, who was here caring for him at the time of his death and is now in the hospital with an attack of the influenza. …

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 29, 1918, Page 1


Kendrick Still Has Flu

There are now fifteen or more cases of the flu in Kendrick but none of them are serious at this time. Dr. Rothwell is working day and night to care for the flu cases and other sickness in this locality. There are a number of influenza cases in the vicinity of Kendrick so that the Doctor has his hands full these days.

Those to be added to last week’s influenza list are: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stanton, Mrs. Herres and two children, Mrs. Harvey Roberts and daughter, Edith Ivy, Luther Hampton and two children, Earl Hampton, Charles Keeler, Mrs. Stuart Compton, the Leonard Sturdevant family, L. Stevens.
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Flu at Orofino

It was reported last week that there were about 50 cases of influenza in Orofino but none of them serious. Both the school and the Methodist church were fitted up as emergency hospitals. It is believed that the efficient manner in which the situation was handled there is responsible for the fact that no deaths occurred. It is reported that the number of cases if growing less there.
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School Probably Not Open

While no definite decision has been reached up to the time the Gazette went to press, it was felt by those in authority that school would not start Monday. No definite time has been set for re-opening school as the matter will depend entirely on how soon the influenza epidemic abates.

School has not been opened at Moscow, Lewiston, Troy and a number of the rural districts in the surrounding country where the influenza is still prevalent.
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Dr. Rothwell: “If people would go to bed and stay there, when they get the flu, there would be very little danger and they would have it much lighter. Keeping the system in good condition is the important thing.
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It is reported on good authority that Troy had nearly fifty cases of influenza the first of the week.
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Christopher Byrne Dead

Frank Byrne was called to Lewiston the first of the week on account of the critical condition of his father, who was very ill with influenza, which resulted in death Tuesday morning. …

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 29, 1918, Page 2


Southwick Items

School opened here Nov. 25th.

There was not a very large attendance at Frank Nixon’s sale on account of the flu.

Lee McFadden, of Cream ridge, has been very sick with influenza.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 29, 1918, Page 4

Star Valley To Be Stringently Isolated

In an effort to keep the influenza out of the valley in the future those in charge have decided to place the valley under strict quarantine, and have ordered locked gates placed at the three different entrances to the valley. A gate will be placed on the Crow Creek, Cokeville and Snake river roads, and the men hired to act as gatekeeper, who will be paid by the county. Those who must come to the valley must be placed under a quarantine for four days immediately after their arrival. The schools in the district will all commence next Monday morning and it is thought by taking these precautions, no new cases will develop in our midst.

– Star Valley Independent
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Frank Lindsay of Nounan a Victim of Influenza.

Frank Lindsay died at his home in Nounan last Wednesday morning. Death was caused from influenza, with which he had been ill for ten days. On Tuesday his condition was apparently much better and it was thought that he had passed the critical stage, but during the night he suddenly took a relapse and the end came at 9:40 Wednesday morning. …

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 29, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Miss Anna Rhoner is convalescing from her recent illness with the influenza.

The last word received from Lloyd Lehrbas, who is ill with pneumonia at Ft. Bliss, what that he was getting along nicely.

Yesterday was the first Thanksgiving that has passed in Montpelier for many a year without a dance.

Charlie Kind and family of Cokeville, were over Sunday visitors in Montpelier. Charlie said the “flu” situation was rapidly clearing up at Cokeville.

Miss Marjorie Staley, we are glad to know, is about completely recovered from her recent severe illness caused by the influenza.

Carl Spongberg and family were released from quarantine this morning. All are feeling as well as could be expected after going through a siege of the “flu.”

Manager Norris of the Three Rule store was taken suddenly ill with an attack of the “flu” this week and is under quarantine at his home. His sister-in-law had just recovered from the epidemic when he came down with it. We are glad to report his favorable condition this morning and that he is rapidly recovering.

Aside from feasting on turkey and cranberry sauce in a quiet family way Thanksgiving Day in Montpelier was conspicuous for its unobservance.

Manager Brough has a thrilling picture on hand that he will put on the screen the night of the day the quarantine ban is raised. It goes without saying that a hungry people for a picture at the famous playhouse will give the opening show a capacity house.

Miss Gerturde Vibrans of Cokeville has proven that she does not know fatigue when an emergency exists. During the flu epidemic in Cokeville she stayed at the telephone switchboard for 18 hours each day without relief, the other operator, Miss Chelsea Kehoe, being required at home to assist in caring for her mother. – Kemmerer Republican.

Miss Annie Lauridsen, who had been rendering valuable services to the stricken people at the emergency hospital in the city hall for three or four week last past in the capacity of cook and nurse, became a victim of the influenza last Monday and is quarantine at her home. Louis Lauridsen, a brother, is also afflicted but both are progressing favorably, under the expert nursing of Mrs. Lauridsen and the medical care of Dr. Guyon.

We are pleased to be able to report that Miss Mable Foss, whose life was almost despaired of for several days last week, confined at the emergency hospital as she was with a most serious attack of influenza, is now on the rapid road to complete restoration of health.
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Influenza Situation is Greatly Improved

Although there is still a number of cases of influenza in the city, the situation is much improved over what it was a week ago. There is now only one patient at the city hall, and there are not more than two patients who were this morning considered by the doctors as being at all in serious conditions. There has not been a death since last Saturday.

Just when the quarantine will be raised against public gatherings and the opening of schools, we cannot say, but it will be done just as soon as the board of health feels that it can safely do so.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 29, 1918, Page 1



Mabel Phelps Goff was born June 7, 1889 at Morrison, Colo. …

She was married February 18, 1912 to Fredrick William Goff of Blackfoot, Idaho. The only child was born October 18, 1914. …

She was taken ill Thursday night, Nov. 21, with influenza, which rapidly developed into pneumonia and she passed away Monday morning, Nov. 25, at the family home on 386 South Shilling avenue. She was twenty-nine years of age. …
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Death of Percy H. Mathers at Mont Rose, Col.

At 1:30 Tuesday morning, Nov. 19, Percy H. Mathers, after a brave struggle for his life, battling against the ravages of pneumonia, breathed his last, the end coming quietly and peacefully at the Montrose hospital, where he had been receiving treatment since his return home on Saturday from Greybull, Wyo., where he went a fortnight ago to take charge of a store. He had just assumed his new duties when stricken with the fatal disease, and he immediately started home, his condition of course growing much worse as he pursued his journey alone.

When he reached the city Saturday he was in a very grave condition and it was feared then he could not survive. He was met at Cerro Summit by his brother-in-law, H. H. Heath, and on his arrival here was taken at once to the Montrose hospital. Everything that human hands and skill could do, was done for the sufferer, but all to no avail. and he passed to his reward shortly after midnight. …
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Death of Lars Peter Nelson

Lars Peter Nelson, age eighteen years, son of Mrs. L. P. Nelson, died Monday afternoon after suffering with influenza.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, and interment was made in the Grove City cemetery.

He leaves a mother, two sisters and four brothers to mourn his loss.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 29, 1918, Page 2



O. F. Freeman is recovering from an attack of influenza.

The little daughter of T. O. Sissions is very low with pneumonia.
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Many school teachers were anxious about their salaries as school has been closed for some time on account of the “flu,” but were greatly relieved when the school board issued their warrants last Friday.

Mrs. C. S. Forster received word from her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Galloway, who was visiting here this summer, saying that she was in the hospital and seriously ill with the influenza. She also stated that she was operated upon on account of complications setting in after the influenza.a Her husband write later that she was resting easily after the operation.

Five Mexicans out at the Riverview ranch have become stricken with the influenza.

There are reported to be many cases of the influenza in Woodville and three persons are said to have died of it there.

School is now expected to start a week from Monday last.

Miss Edna Hammer of Woodville, who has been ill for quite some time with the influenza, is now out and around again.

Dr. Packard and young daughter, Afton, who have been ill for over a week with the “flu,” are recovering nicely at the present writing.

The influenza situation here has not improved to any great extent, if any, but business houses will open up here at night again as usual beginning Monday, and if the “flu” becomes worse they will have to be closed up again.

A number of the Eterick Miller family have the “flu,” but not serious enough to cause any alarm as yet.

Miss Louise Grosbeck is now ill with the flu, but her case is not serious.

The doctors here try to emphasize that there is no danger of death from the influenza if people will take care of themselves properly if they get the disease. There are enough instructions in the newspapers every day about how to take precautions against the flu, that people should be able to wipe out this disease if they heed to such instructions.
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R. S. Kelley was quite sick on Saturday and Sunday, but is somewhat improved at this writing.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 29, 1918, Page 4


C. A. Taylor and family have recovered, after a severe attack of the influenza. The baby, who had pneumonia is now out of danger.

William Bruce has recovered from an attack of influenza.
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Death of Mrs. Oscar Rider

Mrs. Oscar Rider died at her home Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock, after suffering an attack of influenza.

Deceased is survived by her husband and five children. The infant child, which was born to them last week is doing nicely. …
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Idaho Tech Students Will Receive Credit For Full Year’s Work

The Idaho Technical institute plans, in order to make up the time lost during the influenza epidemic, to shorten both semesters so that the burden will not fall upon the first alone. This means that the first semester examinations will occur during the latter part of February [or] the first of March and full semester credits will be given to all those completing required work.

Students should return to school immediately upon its opening, the date of which will be announced as soon as possible. If students do not return after Christmas holidays they will be entering the middle of the semester and would secure credit with difficulty. The intention of the institute faculty is to cut short all holidays and by making the work more intensive permit students to receive full credit for a full year’s work.

Students planning to enter for winter semester of night school should also enter at the earliest opportunity.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 29, 1918, Page 5

Quarantine Proclamation

By virtue of the power and authority vested in me by sections 2195 and 2196 of Idaho revised codes and the ordinances of the City of Blackfoot, Idaho, I, W. A. Beakley, president of the council of the city of Blackfoot, do hereby announce the hereinafter named regulations to be observed within the City of Blackfoot, Idaho and also within a radius of fire (5) miles of the limits of said city.

That whereas, an epidemic is prevalent within the above named area of the disease known as Spanish influenza, and the citizens of the City of Blackfoot, have asked the undersigned to use the powers vested in him to assist in the prevention of the spread thereof:

Now therefore, the following rules are by this proclamation hereby promulgated:

Section 1. That is shall be unlawful to hold any public meetings, either churches, dances, motion picture, theatre and all pool halls shall be closed for business so far as pool or billiard or card games, and no more than four (4) people outside of the immediate family shall be permitted to attend any funeral, and all public meetings of any kind are prohibited, whether the same be indoors or outdoors, and the congregating of crowds on the streets, sidewalks or on the public roads within said area is hereby forbidden.

Sec. 2. All hotels and restaurants shall close at 9 o’clock p.m. and there shall be no chairs, benches or other places for people to sit or lounge in the lobby of any hotel, rooming house, or banks, and no rest rooms shall be maintained at any stores, banks or other places where the public are invited in the City of Blackfoot, except the ladies waiting room at the O. S. L. depot, and at that place the benches and other places, where the general public are invited to rest shall be so placed that they cannot be used by the general public, except in said ladies’ waiting room.

All stores shall close at 6 o’clock p.m., except drug stores for strictly prescription purposes only, and selling of only those drugs used in sickness.

All display lights and sign lights shall be turned off at closing time, that is at 6 o’clock pm. for all stores.

All stores are hereby required to make one free delivery per day to each family requiring the same within the limits of the City of Blackfoot and no merchant shall permit in his store at any one time more customers than he shall have clerks available ti immediately wait upon the aid customer and when the customer’s needs are taken care of, he should not be permitted to remain in the store.

All places where the people are known to have the above mentioned disease, shall be quarantined and the people in the place that has been quarantined shall be required to remain therein until the physician in charge, or if no physician be in charge, then the county physician shall discharge said family from the said quarantine.

All persons traveling the streets of the City of Blackfoot, Idaho, within the business districts, which for the purposes of this proclamation, shall be the same as the fire district of the City of Blackfoot, shall be and they are hereby required to wear masks.

Not more than six customers shall be permitted to be in any bank at any one time and all places for customers to rest shall be removed by said banks of the City of Blackfoot, which have been kept in the lobby.

Each case of Spanish influenza, known to any physician, shall be reported to the fire chief of the City of Blackfoot, Idaho, so that the hereinafter mentioned quarantine regulations may be carried out.

A quarantine card must be placed on the front and rear door of each house where the above named disease is known to exist, and it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to leave or enter said house, except the physician, nurse or other person delegated by the physician wile the quarantine id being maintained.

Any person violating any of the provisions of the above proclamation are hereby declared to be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by fine of note more than $100 or by imprisonment of not more than thirty days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Dated November 27, 1918
W. A. Beakley, President of the Council of the city of Blackfoot, Idaho.
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Local News

Guy Stevens, who has been ill with the influenza, is much improved. Mrs. Stevens is also doing nicely.

Harry Holden of Idaho Falls, who has been very ill with the influenza, is much improved.
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source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 29, 1918, Page 8

Organize Burn Wood Campaign.

Washington. — State fuel administrators were asked Monday by the fuel administration to organize “burn wood” campaigns to further the use of wood for domestic fuel this winter, the idea being to save coal.
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We are sorry to record the death of another of our young men, who died of the influenza. Joseph Poulsen, Sr., died Sunday night, Nov. 24. Funeral services have not as yet been made.
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Frank Gravatte, who has been working at A. J. and Luther Satterfield’s, came down with the flu Saturday. He had gone to Sterling and came down while at home.

The Satterfield family are all improving rapidly, Luther is out doors again.

William Hill seems to be getting along nicely.

The Johnson Family are getting better.

The Davis family are also improving.

Evelyn Wiltamuth came down with the flu Saturday and Glenn on Sunday.

O. E. Rice was a business caller in Grandview Saturday. Mrs. Rice has been nursing her daughter’s family Mrs. L. A. Satterfield during their sickness.

Mrs. In. Noyer returned home Friday from Ralph Davis’, where she was nursing the sick. Vivian was sick when she came home, but has recovered.
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Upper Presto

The R. P. Hansen family, who have been ill with the flu, have all recovered.

The Robbinson family are all very ill with the flu, Mrs. Milton Andrus is nursing them.

George and Dan’s and Sam Davis’ families have the flu.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 29, 1918, Page 1


Harry Howry Died of Spanish Influenza

The Times regrets to chronicle this week the passing of one of our best young men, Harry Howry, son of William Howry, who died Friday afternoon of influenza. He was 23 years of age, and was born in Missouri. …

His death, however, was more pathetic for the reason that his friends were denied attending a public funeral, as he deserved. Harry was a good boy, a loyal kind friend, who will be missed every day by those who would see his familiar face on the street. …
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Ralph Temple, Linotype Operator is Dead.

Ralph Temple, aged 26 years, died of influenza Friday night in a hospital at San Francisco. Word was received to this effect by friends in Boise the next day. His wife had started a few hours previous to this for his bedside, but reached there too late to see him alive. Mr. Temple enlisted in the navy in Boise in September and being a good machinist, was placed in the motor division, and was recently transferred to San Diego, and was en route to that city when stricken.

He is survived by his wife and baby daughter. …

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 29, 1918, Page 8

Meridian News Notes

Lewis Heikes is a recent name on the list of flue [sic] sufferers.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Howry and family, who have been so ill with influenza, are much improved.

The oldest son of Charles Williamson is quarantined at his home with Spanish influenza.

All the public institutions will be open, beginning with this Sunday, the flu seemingly being on the wane. Church services will be held in Meridian Sunday and the schools will start Monday.

As we print this issue of the Times we learn of the death from influenza of Ruben Howry, son of Rolly Howry. He died at noon Thursday. He was married several months ago to the daughter of William Howry.

Advice was received here Friday morning of the death of Newton Elam, a former citizen of Meridian, which occurred at Caldwell from the Spanish influenza. The body was shipped to Meridian for interment and funeral services were held for the deceased from the local cemetery, Saturday. Rev. C. A. Quinn having charge of the services.
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Schools of Ada County Will Open Next Monday

The rural schools of Ada county will reopen Monday, Dec. 2d. This statement was authorized Wednesday by Dr. Calloway, county physician and secretary of the Ada county board of health. She has made an investigation of conditions in the county and finds but a few cases of influenza now exists and believes the epidemic has run its course. As secretary of the county board of health, empowered with full powers to act, she has given her permission to have the schools reopened.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 29, 1918, Page 5

Local and Personal News

Schools Open Monday.

Walter White, who has been ill with the Flu, has recovered, but shows the effects of it by his reduced weight.

Mr. Gilbert J. White is quite ill with the influenza. He was taken with it Wednesday.

Edward Chrisman is a victim of the Flu this week.

Miss Tress McMahon is back from Richfield for the opening of school Monday.

The school Board held a meeting Tuesday evening at which it was decided to open schools Monday, Dec. 2.

Miss Stella McFall is rapidly recovering from an attack of the Flu.

The Charles Burgess family is suffering a severe attack of the Flu.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 29, 1918, Page 1


No School Next Monday.

There will be no school in Moscow next Monday. L. F. Parsons, of the school board announced this afternoon that school will not open next Monday as had been planned. Mr. Parsons could give no definite idea as to when it will open, but said that the health officers and other physicians deemed it unsafe and unwise to open schools in Moscow next Monday. This will be a severe disappointment to many teachers, pupils and parents, but it is believed that there is danger of loss of life if school should be opened while there is as much influenza in Moscow as at present. Lewiston has been hit hard and the situation there shows little improvement. Walla Walla lifted the quarantine, started school and opened all amusements and had to close them again. It is hoped to avoid such an experience here by not permitting school to open Monday.
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Florence O’Donnell Called By Death
Daughter of Well Known Family Near Moscow Gives Her Life For Others

Another act of real heroism equal to any shown on the battle field was recorded when Miss Florence O’Donnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George O’Donnell, one of the best known families of this section, living just across the line in Washington,m gave her life while nursing others through the influenza epidemic at Lewiston. The young lady gave up all that appeals to most women to become a Sister of Charity and was engaged in nursing at St. Joseph’s hospital, Lewiston, when stricken with the disease through which she had nursed many others to health. The Lewiston Tribune contains the following account of her sickness and death with the tribute of the Rev. Father Vincent Chiappa, which follows:

There were two deaths in Lewiston yesterday due to influenza, while new cases reported numbered 19. One of the dead is Sister Clement of St. Joseph’s hospital, the second sister of that institution claimed by the epidemic, Sister Evangelista having succumbed to the malady a few weeks ago. The second death yesterday was that of an infant girl, Neva Snead.

Dr. Bruce, in announcing the list of new cases yesterday as reported to her, brought out the fact that so far in November 386 cases have been reported to her office. The number reported in October was 150, making the grand total, 536. …
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Another Student Is Called Home
Ewing Albertson, of Albion, Idaho, Died Last Night After Long Illness

Another S. A. T. C. boy is dead from influenza followed by double pneumonia. The victim is Ewing Albertson, of Albion, Idaho. He was a member of the S. A. T. C., and had been ill for some time. The body will probably be sent to Albion for burial.

Only one new case of influenza is reported among the S. A. T. C. men of the University of Idaho and no new cases among other students. The quarantine against some of the girls who had been exposed, has been raised. The few cases of girls students who had the disease n a light form have all recovered and the girls have been released as cured. These were quarantined in the Aldrich house which has been thoroughly fumigated and renovated and it is believed the disease is stamped out in the university.

A few new cases are reported in town and country districts and there are several cases that are causing uneasiness, but general conditions are much better.
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Fenton Family Is Sorely Afflicted
Howard Fenton Dead, Wife and Child Ill, Funeral Waits Their Recovery

Elmer Grice of Portland was called to Kendrick by the illness of his little granddaughter, Eula Lee Fenton, who has had the influenza. She is the daughter of the late Howard Fenton who died recently at Kendrick. She is improving now and is regarded as out of danger.

Mr. Fenton returned to Portland yesterday morning with the body of his son, Howard, which has been at the Grice undertaking parlors since Friday of last week. The body will be kept at the Grice undertaking parlors in Portland until Mrs. Fenton and the children are able to go to Portland with Mrs. Fenton’s mother, who is with the family at Kendrick.

Mrs. Fenton is improving slowly and is able to sit up, but her condition is really pitiable. She and her husband were sick at the same time and she was not able to be with him during his last illness.

The death of Mr. Fenton is particularly sad. The young couple were married three years ago last Friday and started on their honeymoon from here. Mrs. Fenton was Miss Mabel Grice and was well known in Moscow. She has been a teacher in Latah county prior to her marriage.
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Court Adjourned Again.

Judge Edgar C. Steele today adjourned court in Clearwater county of which Orofino is county seat, until December 9. This is due to the influenza situation in Clearwater country. The Latah county term of court which had been adjourned until December 9, has again been postponed until Monday, December 16.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 29, 1918, Page 2


There is just as much real heroism shown by the devoted nurses who have cared for the sick during the influenza epidemic, facing death every day, as any of the nurses or the soldiers at the battle front. Scarcely a day passes without an account appearing in the daily press of some nurse laying down her life while caring for others. Two Sisters of Charity at Lewiston, have given their lives “that others might live” within the past few days. Miss Packenham, a veteran nurse of Pullman, who worked day and night through the thick of the epidemic there, nursed influenza cases up until two days before her own death. Surely these women deserve a monument and to have their names inscribed upon the roll of honor just as much as those who died in battle.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 29, 1918, Page 3

City News

The family of Jim Clifford on South Main, are ill with influenza.

Mrs. F. K. Moore left several gallons of fruit butter and pickles at the Inland hospital for the boys of the S. A. T. C.

Miss Mary Kinser, who has been very ill with influenza, has recovered sufficiently to return to her home in Lewiston today. Her mother, Mrs. E. R. Kinser, who has been in Moscow for two weeks, also returned to Lewiston.

The little daughter of Theo. Snead was buried at Garfield, Thursday. She died of influenza at Lewiston.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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1918 Train conductors in New York, like many residents at the time, wore masks for protection against influenza.Credit…National Archives

source: NY Times
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Nov 30

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 30, 1918, Page 1

Advises Keeping Children At Home
Dr. Adair Asks Parents to Keep Children From All Public Meetings

Permission was today granted the churches of Moscow to hold Sunday school for adults but not for children tomorrow. The regular church services will be held. Dr. Adair, city health officer, has issued an appeal to parents to keep school children, who are not permitted to attend public or Sunday school from all gatherings, including picture shows. He says there are many new cases, including four families with children of school age in Moscow, who have developed the disease in the past few days.

The disease is spreading through the country districts but in mild form. A farmer near Viola, who has a family of 11, came to town one day this week with two of his children and now five members of the family have the disease. Dr. Adair says that taken as a whole conditions show gratifying improvement in Moscow and vicinity and that with care being used next week he believes that the ban can be lifted by a week from Monday. There is one new case reported in university circles.
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Sunday School for Adults

The health officers have consented to the churches holding Sunday school for adults tomorrow but not for children. The Sunday school services for grown people will be held at the regular hours in all of the churches. The influenza situation is believed to be improving but much care is needed to prevent a recurrence of the disease, which has broken out in bad form in many towns where the quarantine was lifted and all restrictions were suspended for a time. In these places it has been found necessary to again enforce a rigid quarantine.
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Influenza Victims In Moscow Helped
Associated Charities Assisted Severn Families on Thanksgiving Day

Although the associated charities has not asked the public for money for more than two years and has, consequently a very much depleted treasury, it nevertheless used what it had on Thanksgiving to cheer and brighten the lot of seven families whom the influenza has rendered almost desperate. Where the people were too ill to eat substantial food, custards, soups and milk were sent. Bread, butter, fresh fruit, cooked meats and some dainties were sent where the physician in charge signified a desire to have them sent. One basket was sent nine miles into the country to a deeply afflicted family, and the basket was conveyed by a kind hearted Moscow citizen, who undertook the long cold drive in his buggy in the snow storm on Thanksgiving morning.

With each box was enclosed a little Thanksgiving card for the family and enough paper napkins in holiday designs to go around.
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Flu is Bad at Troy.

Word comes from Troy that the influenza epidemic is very bad there and that there are about 50 cases in the town and nearby country. It is said that the people have been lulled into a false sense of security by the belief that injections of the anti-influenza serum will make them immune to the contagion. It had been reported that all of the soldiers here were forced to take the serum injections and the people of Troy are said to have rushed for this preventative and many have been deeply disjointed to discover that they took the disease after having the treatment to prevent it.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 30, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mrs. Martha Shea and her two daughters, Idaho and Doris, are just recovering from the influenza.

Mrs. H. D. Martin received word by telegram today that her brother’s wife, Mrs. L. E. Foglesong, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away this morning as the result of pneumonia following influenza.

There are several people who have not yet returned books which were out during quarantine. Any which are not in my next Monday will have to be paid for according to the usual fine rate dating from Monday, December 2.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. H. Albertson of Albion, Idaho, have been in Moscow several days, called by the illness and death of their son, Ewing Albertson. They will return to their home tomorrow.

N. E. Campbell came home today from Jefferson barracks. Mr. Campbell had a severe attack of influenza and has been out of the hospital only two weeks. He is honorable discharged from the army.

Mrs. Elizabeth Yandel has been ill with influenza at the home of Rev. Goss, but is now improving.

Dr. Stevenson was called to Troy yesterday to attend a family in which seven members had the influenza. Dr. Stevenson tried hard to secure a nurse for this family today but was unable to do so.

Five of Mr. Geo. Chaney’s family at Viola are down with influenza. All other cases reported almost well.

The family of Tony Grendahl have been ill from attacks of the influenza. Mrs. Grendahl is quite sick.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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