Idaho History Aug 16, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 18

Idaho Newspaper clippings December 10-12, 1918

Photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 10

American Falls Press. December 10, 1918, Page 1


Harvesting Nearly Over In Rockland Valley
Labor Shortage and Influenza Epidemic Put Back Harvesting of Several Thousand Acres Until Time for Winter to Begin.

Power County farmers have “gone over the top” again. They are through harvesting their 1918 grain crops. There may be a field now and then that is not harvested, but such are few and far between. At the beginning of November there were several thousand acres remaining to be harvested, most of it in the foothills of the Rockland Valley.

Shortage of labor during the harvesting season made it impossible to do the work at that time. Seeding time came, and it was impossible to both harvest and seed, and the harvesting went over. Then came the flu, and it was so prevalent that half the working force in the vicinity of Rockland was prostrated, and there was a halting of all kinds of work, and only that which was imperative was done. Short spells of bad weather have interfered since the crest of the flu epidemic passed, and prevented the work being done sooner. …

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. December 10, 1918, Page 4

People and Events.

The reports from Aberdeen are that the flu situation there shows little improvement.

Frank Boldt, a farmer west of town, was brought to the hospital yesterday suffering from the flu.

Both Drs. Noth and Schiltz have been so busy the past week as to require the services of drivers. H. R. Wallis is chauffeur for Dr. Schlitz and H. F. Fitzpatrick is acting in a like capacity for Dr. Noth.

Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Wiens are ill with the flu, but are getting along nicely.

The entire family of six members of H. F. Conmick, is down with the flu.

The city board of health will not raise the ban for the appearance of “My Soldier Girl” company which had arranged to play here the 13th.

Mrs. George Tussing received a wire yesterday announcing the death of her father. Mr. and Mrs. Tussing are both recovering from an attack of influenza.

Carl Bauer was in from Prosperity yesterday, and reported the prevalence of flu in his locality. The schools are running there, but some of the children are being kept at home.

The flu has struck the American Falls Milling company, catching both the day and night millers, and two others. Those afflicted are Leslie Hicks, night miller, August Erickson, day miller, George Becksted and Ike Wiens.

The family of Ben Adolf, which was all down with influenza the last of the week, is improving.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bickel School, Twin Falls, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Idaho Republican. December 10, 1918, Page 3



Miss Louise Verbeck is very sick which is reported to be the influenza.

All of the Frank Parr family are down with the influenza, but are getting along nicely.

Owing to the prevalence of the influenza here school will not open until after the holidays.

Dr. Mote is very low again, after several months of illness.

All of the Gravatt family who are ill with the influenza are getting along nicely, except Clyde and the baby, who have contracted pneumonia.

Mrs. M. A. Driscoll is ill at the present time.

Frank Gravatt is out again, after a week’s illness.

“Buster” Driscoll had to return to his bed, after too early a convalescence, after the flu, but is getting along nicely now.

Dick Driscoll is on the sick list.
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J. R. Robinson died of influenza-pneumonia Friday, after a short illness.

Terry Young is very much improved.

The flu is very bad here. The afflicted families are Mrs. Bell Hess, U. H. Jackson, Erwin Jackson, L. U. Hansen, P. D. Sessions and Ezra Sessions.

Mrs. Willard Monson is on the sick list.

Bill Brookbrush is on the sick list.
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Mrs. Joe Akers Ill.

The many friends of Mrs. Akers will regret to learn of her severe illness of influenza at her home in Weiser.

Her sister, Mrs. Frank Whitten, of town, who is with Mrs. Akers, writes that she is now convalescing nicely tho very weak.

Mrs. Akers was before her marriage Miss Lillie Anderson, living in Blackfoot, but well known thruout [sic] the county as a teacher in the public schools.
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Russell Sewell Improving

Russell Sewell, who has been dangerously ill with influenza is doing nicely.

The other members of the family, who had the same disease, are rapidly improving.
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The family of Oscar L. Rider have recovered from the influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 10, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Mrs. Hans Von Lostiwicka was taken to the hospital in Pocatello Saturday, after two weeks illness.

J. E. Hopkins of the Three-A garage has been ill for a few days.

Mrs. W. F. Kowlden, who has been ill for several days is able to be out and around.

Mrs. Nofear Davis, who has been very ill, is now convalescent.

Jane Mays, who has been ill for several days, is now somewhat improved.
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Aloys Spanbauer Passes Away

Aloys Spanbauer, age 30 years, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Spanbauer, died at his home east of Blackfoot Saturday night, after suffering for some time with influenza-pneumonia. …

Deceased is survived by his wife and one child, his parents, two brothers and one sister. …
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Big Increase in Chicago of Spanish Influenza Cases

Chicago. — Four hundred and four new cases of influenza and 89 of pneumonia, with a total of 39 deaths from both diseases, were reported in Chicago Thursday. This was nearly double the number reported Wednesday. The health authorities announced that the situation was more acute than at any time since the epidemic as at its height several weeks ago. Nearly a score of motion pictures houses have been closed again for failure to provide sufficient ventilation.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 10, 1918, Page 8

Picture Houses Are Again Opened

St. Anthony, Ida., Dec. 6. — The picture show houses reopened Thursday evening. At a recent meeting of the board of health and city council it was decided to permit the playhouses to reopen and see whether the influenza epidemic would again break out.

All amusements and social activities have been under a ban, and there have been no social activities of any kind since the quarantine went into effect two months ago.

A hospital has been fitted up, with Mrs. F. C. Henry in charge. There had been a total of 247 cases in the two months’ time up to Wednesday, with seventeen deaths. Some of these patients were outsiders who came here for medical treatment.
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D. A. Wiltamuth Dies

D. A. Wiltamuth, age forty-two years passed away at his home in Sterling Friday afternoon, after suffering for the past week with influenza-pneumonia. … Besides his parents he is survived by a devoted wife and a family of three children. …
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Albert Bell is recovering from an attack of the flu.
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No definite plans have been set for the opening of the schools here yet.

The influenza situation surrounding Shelley has not improved to any degree yet, but it is not serious enough to cause alarm. The doctors say that if a strict quarantine is enforced the number of new cases reported should steadily decrease.

The Virginia theatre opened its doors here last Friday evening, after having been closed ever since the flu ban has been on. A fair crowd attended the first night.

William Soucie has been ill with the flu, but at the present writing is out and at work again.

Miss Grace and Floy Johnson are ill with the influenza.

The flu is very prevalent among the Mexicans here and several deaths have been reported among them.

A. C. Quigg went to Denver a short time ago with five carloads of hogs which will bring him a round sum of cash at the price pork is at present. While there Mr. Quigg became ill with the flu and when last heard from was recovering nicely under the care of a doctor and a nurse and expected to be well enough to come home in a few days.

Mrs. Lee Patchin is ill with the flu.
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Strict Quarantine

An agreement was reached by a committee of five business men and the city trustees, whereby a strict quarantine will be maintained over any family having a case of the influenza until the attending physician thinks the tine opportune for said quarantine to be lifted. Also any person found on the streets of this city under suspicion of having the flu will be put in the pest house or taken to a local doctor for examination. Any person breaking quarantine will be subject to fine or imprisonment. The general opinion among the well thinking men of this town is that if a strict quarantine had been enforced when the disease broke out here, the community would have been free from this terrible disease at the present time. Business houses will resume their general routine of business as usual before the disease broke out in this community.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln School, Twin Falls, Idaho ca. 1915 (1)


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 10, 1918, Page 1


Influenza Is On The Wane
Health Officers Reports That There Have Been Nearly 1,000 Cases Here
Have Been Eighteen Deaths
Early History of Spanish Influenza Epidemics Is Given

The opening of the schools of the county and the lifting of the ban on public gatherings has had no apparent effect on the influenza epidemic in this county and for the week ending today, County Health Officer Dr. Fry, reports that there have been but two new reported cases of Spanish influenza and that if the people take reasonable precautions there will be but little if any more spreading of the disease.

In this county the mortality percentage was 1 3/4 which is far below the estimated percentage for other parts of the United States of four to seven per cent.

During the epidemic in this county a total of 538 cases of Spanish influenza were reported and the local doctors know of 138 cases which were not reported. Health Officer Dr. Fry therefore estimates that in the past seven or eight weeks there have been at least 1,000 cases of the influenza in Boundary county. Todate there have been 18 deaths resultant from the disease.

The following article in reference to the disease, Spanish influenza, is of interest just at this time:

“Although the invasion period of the present epidemic has most probably passed, we shall undoubtedly experience sporadic outbreaks of the disease during the coming winter and probably through two or three successive winters. This, at least, has been the history of past epidemics. Not a year has elapsed since the great pandemic of 1889-90 without local outbreaks of influenza in some parts of the world. In the winter of 1907-08 a wide-spread epidemic occurred in the United States, confined chiefly to the large centers of population, but nearly one-third of the inhabitants of Chicago were attacked.

Throughout the history of civilization there has been a large number of epidemics of influenza. Very little is known about the earlier epidemics, but we do know that in 1287 A. D., a severe pandemic of influenza was spread by the Crusades. About the middle of the 18th century, John Pringle, founder of modern medicine and originator of the Red Cross idea, named influenza. Pfeiffer, during the pandemic of 1889-90 discovered the bacillus that bears his name and claimed it to be the cause of pandemic influenza. Contrary to his observations this bacillus has been found by numerous investigators with or without clinical symptoms of influenza and bacteriologists have been unable to isolate Pfeiffer’s bacillus in only a small percentage of the cases during the present pandemic. It is to be hoped that much valuable information regarding etiology and immunity may be learned from the present pandemic and that by the application of new principles of hygiene and protection, outbreaks of influenza may be controlled.

The outstanding feature of the present pandemic is the very high mortality. In former epidemics the mortality has been 0.1 percent to 0.4 percent of those stricken. The mortality of the present epidemic is many times greater. It seems as though it will be from 4.0 to 7.0 percent. A mere glance at these figures shows what a terrible death dealing scourge influenza can be and the absolute necessity for the use of urgent and stringent precautionary measures on the part of the public and the medical profession.

The death rate for tuberculosis has been doubled for the year following the epidemics of the past, although in succeeding years the rate usually fell below the normal which seems to indicate that influenza causes a flare-up of latent cases of tuberculosis and merely hastens fatal termination.

Past epidemics have been followed in a large number of cases by chronic cough, loss of weight and other symptoms stimulating tuberculosis but without the presence of tubercle bacilli in the sputum. Past epidemics have also been followed by a tremendous increase of disease of the middle ear, mastoid and meninges.”
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Postpone Farmer’s Convention

The annual convention of the Farmer’s Union was to have been held at the Masonic temple in Spokane today, but on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic restrictions in Spokane against public gatherings, the convention will be held at a date to be announced later.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 10, 1918, Page 2

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

Whether to close Moscow tight, stopping all public meetings, including churches, lodges and picture shows, or permit these to continue to operate, while the public schools are closed, are questions that are agitating the minds of the health and school boards and the Moscow city government.
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U. S. Labor Head Foresees Grave Danger
Thousands of Soldiers Are Being Discharged When Jobs Are Few – Many Idle and Broke

New York. — Unemployment is the greatest danger confronting the United States during the next four months the labor reconstruction conference of the Academy of Political Science was told at its meeting here this week by Nathan A. Smyth, assistant director general of the United States employment service.

Thousands of soldiers are being discharge daily, he said, at the beginning of winter, when outdoor jobs are few; war-time plants are being closed because of army cancellation of contracts and manufacturers are hesitant in employing more labor because of uncertainties of taxation, high prices of materials and “timidity of credit.”
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Poor Swede.

Duluth, Minn. — Four weeks a millionaire after a life of hard work and near poverty, Max A. Anderson died Saturday at Two Harbors of pneumonia following influenza. Anderson was overcome by his sudden prosperity when notified some weeks ago that a relative in Sweden had died and left him a fortune in excess of $1,000,000. He received several liberal advances on the estate and spent it rapidly. Physicians said that the change in his mode of living undoubtedly contributed to his death.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 10, 1918, Page 6

Sisters Are Influenza Victims
Mrs Chauncey Guthrie and Mrs. Nellie Harrigan Die of Spanish Influenza

Mrs. Chauncey Guthrie died Friday at the home of her mother, Mrs. Volney Washburnm, at Copeland, of pneumonia contracted from Spanish influenza. .. She is survived by three sisters and four brothers and her mother.

The deceased came here a few weeks ago with her sister, Mrs. Nellie Whitney, to visit with their mother. A sister of the deceased, Mrs. Bertha Harrigan, died in Spokane Saturday of Spanish influenza. Another sister, Mrs. Eva Pierson, of Copland, is also seriously ill with the same disease. …

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 10, 1918, Page 7

Local News

Word was received here Sunday of the serious illness of Miss Vivian Chisholm with Spanish influenza at the Deaconess hospital in Spokane where she has been taking a course in nursing. Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm left for Spokane yesterday.

Many Boundary county citizens received calls last week to report at Coeur d’Alene on December 9 to serve as jurors in the federal court. Saturday these were notified that the term of the federal court had been postponed on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic.

Ed Moran was arrested on Friday by Town Marshal Knight on the charge of being drunk in a prohibition district. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace King and was fined $10 and costs.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 10, 1918, Page 12

Local Pick-ups

Regular Sunday school services will be held at the Methodist church each Sunday, at the usual hour, 10:00 a.m.

J. A. Mulaney who died at Klockmann a week ago Sunday of pneumonia following an attack of the Spanish influenza, was buried in the Bonners Ferry cemetery Thursday. Undertaker Stookey was not able to communicate with any relatives of the deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. George R. Gray had planned to leave the middle of this month for California, to spend the winter but owing to the Spanish influenza epidemics in many parts of the country they have decided to postpone the trip for a while as “Capt.” says if he must catch the influenza he wants to be home while he is sick.

Supt. M. S. Fisher, of the Kootenai Indian Mission, reports that a number of the Kootenais have had the influenza and that two have died of the disease. The epidemic is about over, however, and there is little likelihood of any great danger of the disease spreading.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Whittier School, Boise, Idaho ca. 1919 (1)


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 10, 1918, Page 1


Shall Homes Be Quarantined Here?
Suggestion That Influenza Cases Be Closely Quarantined At Home

The question of what shall be done to stop the influenza is agitating the people of the entire United States. The suggestion often made that the quarantine has been worked “backwards” and that, instead of closing schools and all public gatherings, the cases of influenza should he quarantined in the homes has frequently been made, but has not been accepted any place. If it were smallpox, or any other contagious disease that were raging and taking hundreds of thousands of lives, the business houses and public meetings would not be closed, but those having the disease would be quarantined in their homes. The following suggestion by the Rev. W. H. Bridge. rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal church, is a timely one and is worth considering. It follows:

“Moscow, Idaho. Monday night.
“Dear Sir: Is it too late in the day to suggest, what to many people is obvious common sense, in this ‘flu’ treatment — namely, the quarantining of the houses in which a case is developed? Is there not at least a little sense in the suggestion that the whole blessed household should be placarded? Easier and saner, surely to shut up the few who have it or are in necessary contact with it, than the masses who haven’t got it. Seems so.
“Yours, “W. H. BRIDGE.”

That this method has proved successful in other places is shown by the following dispatch from Great Falls, Mont., where the number of new cases dropped from 100 to 1, daily, in less than a week after the quarantine of the afflicted homes began. The story is told in the following Associated Press dispatch:

“Great Falls, Mont. — One week ago yesterday the city board of health and a committee from the Merchants’ club and the Merchants’ association joined with the county board and planned a campaign to check the influenza. There were about 100 cases being reported daily by the doctors then. Today there was just one case of influenza reported and every doctor was heard from. The plan adopted was to quarantine every case at the source, placard the house and keep the case in until released by a physician’s order. Physicians were required to give the address of every case. The slump started and Friday the number fell to 20 with one today.”

Close Whitman County Schools.

Pullman, Wash. — All the schools of Whitman county will close tomorrow and remain closed until the influenza situation is under complete control. Orders to this effect were issued this afternoon by the county school superintendent following a conference with the state superintendent. The pupils will be apprised of the order tomorrow morning and will be immediately dismissed.

The influenza situation in Pullman, while still menacing, is not considered alarming, but the orders of the county superintendent will be followed to the letter.

Health Officer Issues Order.

Colfax, Wash. — Due to the increase in the number of influenza cases all schools of Whitman county have been ordered closed indefinitely by County Physician R. J. Skaife.

Kittitas County (Wash.) Closed.

Ellensburg, Wash. — All schools, churches, dances, poolrooms, card tables. theaters, all places of amusement and all social gatherings in Kittitas county were closed at 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon by the county board of health. The reason for the action is because of the breaking out of scarlet fever and smallpox, as well as the number of cases of influenza.

The exact number of cases of any one of the diseases is not known, as Dr. H. J. Felch, county physician, stated that the doctors had not time to report cases, as they were working night and day caring for the sick.

Three cases of scarlet fever are reported, two in the Kittitas schools and one in Denmark district, the latter patient being stricken in school, exposing many of the patients. The two in Kittitas had been in regular attendance when they were taken ill.

There are three or four cases of smallpox in Ellensburg, and the influenza has never been so prevalent, according to Dr. Felch.

There are more cases by far than when the county was quarantined previously. A number of these are serious. There are many who have urged closing the schools before this and others have opposed it, but the seriousness of the situation made the county health hoard take action when scarlet fever was reported.
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K. T. Myklebust of Troy was in Moscow yesterday. He reports his and his brother’s family all recovering from the influenza.
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Conditions at Kendrick Show Much Improvement

Dr. J. J. Herrington returned today from Kendrick where he has had charge of the influenza situation during the illness of Dr. Rothwell, the local physician, who is getting better and is now able to sit up a little while at a time. Dr. Herrington had some cases here that needed his attention and came up this forenoon but will go back to Kendrick tonight. He expects to be there a week or 10 days, until Dr. Rothwell gets able to care for his patients, when Dr. Herrington will return to Moscow to remain permanently.
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Osteopathic Treatment in Influenza Cases

Dr. W. M. Hatfield, local osteopath, who has been doing a great deal of work in the influenza epidemic, claims to have not lost a case under his treatment and to have had many cases since the epidemic struck Moscow. Dr. Hatfield showed the writer a report of an osteopath physician in Chicago who has treated 106 cases of influenza and 27 cases of pneumonia during the epidemic there, without a single death. Dr. Hatfield, like every other doctor in Moscow, has been working hard since the influenza first stuck Moscow. Few will ever know of the great work done by Moscow physicians in this trying period.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 10, 1918, Page 2

Influenza Kills Six Times As Many As War

Calculations made by the national health officials at Washington indicate that influenza and resulting pneumonia have killed between 300,000 to 350,000 people in the United States since September 15. The entire death roll of our overseas armies, from the time the first men landed until a few days ago, was only 53,000. Influenza has taken six times as many American lives as have been taken by war. An impalpable foe has swept away more American lives than have all the death-dealing agencies of the German army.

Reports of war correspondents picturing the placid contempt of death and danger shown by civilian populations in the battle areas have filled us with amazement. It seems incredible that untrained civilians could so school themselves to peril. But the same people who wonder at the self-possession of French and Belgian people when under fire have schooled themselves already to reckless disregard of even greater though less spectacular peril. The flock to the places of public assemblage where the darts of the invisible enemy are known to be thickest. After the first little flutter of fear they forget prudence and walk calmly into needless dangers. So hard it is to wean us away from our accustomed avocations and our pursuit of pleasure and entertainment.

– Spokesman-Review.
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The Influenza Situation

All schools in Whitman county, Wash., just across the state line from Latah county, Idaho, have been closed for an indefinite period. After consultation with health officers and physicians, County Superintendent Shinkle ordered all schools closed. The order went into effect today.

Tekoa, Wash., with 300 cases of influenza and a serious shortage of nurses, has issued quarantine regulations forbidding outsiders to visit the town and people are not allowed to leave the train there.

Oakesdale, a town with 1000 inhabitants, has 250 cases of the disease. Almost every town in the country reports an increased number of cases and is closing public meetings as a preventative measure.

Spokane had 14 deaths Saturday and 13 Sunday. Spokane has ceased to publish a statement showing total number of cases and total number of deaths, but the last statement published, several days ago, showed 7,500 cases and 254 deaths since the epidemic struck that town.

Butte is closing stores and Seattle is considering again closing all places of business except the drug stores and stores selling food.

The fact is the epidemic which has cost the United States in lives from six to seven times as much as the war, is unconquered and is growing worse in many places. Moscow has a record of which she may feel proud, but we must not “crow” for the danger is by no means past. We need the utmost care and vigilance and strict compliance with all rules and regulations to prevent a spread of the disease.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 10, 1918, Page 3

City News

G. N. Lamphere was called to Colfax today by the illness of his daughter, Gladys, who is suffering with influenza, but it is regarded as improving. Miss Lamphere is employed as pharmacist in a Colfax drug store.

S. Peiffer left yesterday for Dixie, Wash., where his people are sick with influenza.

Miss Charlotte Lewis left last evening for Lewiston to supervise the diet kitchen of the emergency hospital for influenza in that city. Miss Lewis did such excellent work for the soldiers of the S. A. T. C. who were sick in Moscow; Lewiston is fortunate to secure her services.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 10 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Public School, Kellogg, Idaho ca. 1912


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 11

The Daily Star-Mirror., December 11, 1918, Page 1


Why Moscow Homes Have Not Been Quarantined

There have been nine cases of influenza reported so far this week, as compared with 11 cases reported for all of last week. The cases reported to Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, are all in Moscow and not in the university, where conditions are very gratifying. The new cases reported in town are mild and there have been no serious cases for several days. It had been feared there would be a marked increase in the number of new cases as a result of the rally Friday night and the football game Saturday, but it is hoped now that there will be but little spread of the contageon [sic] as a result of those events as enough time has elapsed to bring a showing if they had resulted in spreading the disease. “If we get by today and tomorrow with no large number of new cases from those crowds we may begin to breathe easier again,” said Dr. Adair.

Lewiston reports the lightest number of new cases in one day for the past two weeks, yesterday, when 14 new cases were reported there. This is larger than any week’s number of new cases for several weeks and is equal to the largest number reported in Moscow in a single day during the very worst part of the epidemic here. Dr. Adair gave the following statement in reply to the articles in Tuesday’s Star-Mirror as to why homes where the disease is located are not quarantined. His statement follows:

“There seems to be a query in the minds of many as to why the quarantine has been ‘worked backwards,’ that is, why has the public been quarantined instead of the individual having the influenza, as in the case of smallpox, scarlet fever, measles and other contageous [sic] diseases. Smallpox is a well known disease, and vaccination, the best preventative known at present. Most adults have been vaccinated and are immune. When smallpox develops in schools, the health boards immediately require the vaccination of those who have not been vaccinated and certificate of successful vaccination from all others, or the withdrawal from school of those not complying until the epidemic is over.

“It is not necessary to quarantine public assemblages so strictly against scarlet fever, measles. etc., as they are mostly diseases of childhood and one attack makes the individual immune for the remainder of his life.

“Influenza is a crowd disease, one attack does not, as a rule, make one immune for more than six or eight weeks. It is a comparatively new disease, and no reliable preventative has as yet been discovered. Consequently crowds must be prohibited, and the individual having the disease should stay at home, as I have warned before, and not allow others to enter their homes until they have fully recovered. The placard system seems to have worked wonders at Great Falls, but it should not have all the credit for other measures that were being enforced had as much to do with the success.

“Lewiston, Ida., has had the card system from the beginning of the epidemic and has had four or five times as many cases as Moscow. I believe if people would be honest and report all cases, instead of hiding behind the pretense of a bad cold, or call a physician and have him diagnose their case, then the placard system would materially help. If we have another outbreak of the disease in Moscow we will most likely try it here as they are trying it in Spokane.”
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Husband and Wife Called by Death
Dora Bradley, Nee Rawson, Follows Husband Who Died Last Monday

Two very tragic deaths have just occurred near Farmington, where influenza claimed as its victims, Mr. and Mrs. Otis D. Bradley. Mrs. Bradley was formerly Miss Dora H. Rawson of Moscow, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rawson. … She was 22 years of age at the time of her death. … She was married last June to Otis D. Bradley, a young, prosperous farmer, and they have since made their home on Mr. Bradley’s farm near Farmington. ..

Her Mother, Mrs. Harry Rawson, went to Farmington to assist in her daughter’s and son-in-law’s care, just a few days ago, but was immediately taken ill with influenza and had to return to Moscow where she is still sick, but it is hoped not seriously.

The young husband died Monday and this morning his wife followed him. …

Philander Rawson, a brother of Mrs. Bradley, has been assisting in their care, as it is almost impossible to secure help in such emergencies.
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Minnie Peiffer Died Monday.

Word has just reached Moscow that Miss Minnie Peiffer, the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sol Peiffer, died of influenza Monday at Sautes, Wash.

Mrs. Peiffer and Minnie had gone to Sautes about 10 days ago where Minnie had planned to take up the study of telegraphy. They were both taken sick, but Mrs. Peiffer is recovering. Mr. Peiffer went to their aid Sunday and returned today.

Mr. and Mrs. Peiffer live north of Moscow near Idler’s Rest. Minnie was a bright girl of 15 and had graduated from the eighth grade at the Hunt school last spring. …

Mrs. Peiffer will not return until her other daughter at Sautes has recovered from the influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 11, 1918, Page 2

Red Cross Work Is Not Done.

… The influenza epidemic in this country has been largely met by the Red Cross, and as that plague is not yet stamped out but seems in some places to be at its height, it is to be expected that the civilian population of the country will still require a very considerable amount of assistance from the treasury of the Red Cross. …
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Princeton Pickings – Much Sickness Reported

Mrs. James Brigham has been on the sick list for several weeks, but is recovering.

Mrs. Pearl Gustan came over from Moscow Friday to see her brother, Eldon, who was sick.

Mrs. Lottie Lachner received a telephone message Monday evening telling of the death of Miss Edna Luesing of Parlouse of influenza.
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Cora Clippings

Sunday school was resumed at the Welcome Home Union Sunday school last Sunday.

Friends of Irene Burton, now Mrs. Harold Beals, were sorry to learn of the death of her husband at Tekoa, Sunday. Mrs. Beals and baby were also sick with the influenza.
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Ban On Dances Still Holds.

The ban has not been lifted from dances at the university or elsewhere, as was reported. It had been planned to have a little dance of university students, only, who are associated together every day and would be in no more danger at a dance than in the class room, but when requests for dances and entertainments at other places began to pour in to the health officer, the university following the advice of Paul to “void the very appearance of evil” decided that the dance would not be held. Much as the university authorities and the health officers would like to make the last days of the S. A. T. C. men here as pleasant as possible, it is thought best to take no chances by raising the ban on these social functions.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 11, 1918, Page 3

City News

H. D. Hadden returned yesterday from Lapwai, accompanied by his son, James, who is just recovering from a serious illness of influenza.

Miss Agnes Bailey, a teacher of Kendrick, has been visiting since the closing of the schools with Mrs. Waterman of Moscow.
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Potlatch Personals.

Potlatch. — Miss Lillian Compton, Miss Mamie Gehrke and Mrs. C. H. Nelson all of Potlatch are at the Bovill hospital nursing flu cases.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 11, 1918, Page 4

Few Stray Cases Of Flu Among The S. A. T. C.

Last week there was a return of the influenza among the S. A. T. C. men. There are two cases in Section B and three in Section A. There have been no new cases reported since Saturday, so it is hoped that these are just a few stray cases, rather then a full return of the epidemic.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Sand Point, Idaho. Public School Building ca. 1907


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 12

The Grangeville Globe. December 12, 1918, Page 8


Master Garnet Krakau has recovered sufficiently from an attack of the flu to be around again.

Robert Ambler has recovered from his recent attack of influenza, only being confined to his home for a few days.

Paul Atwood is assisting with the work at the First National bank during the period in which school is suspended.

C. E. Bonstrom has been critically ill for the past week with the prevailing trouble, but is reported to be much better today.

Harold Harris, deputy clerk of the court, resumed his duties at the court house today, after an absence of a little over a week, being housed up with the “flu.”

Many of the sufferers from influenza are now able to be about again having fully recovered from the disease. There are so many of them it is impossible to secure all the names.

Thomas Thompson is again able to attend to his work in his jewelry store after being confined to his bed for several weeks past. He was out Wednesday for the first time.

The John Schmadeka family, residing on the farm north of town, has been undergoing a siege of the “flu” for some time past and early this week requisitioned a nurse through local Red Cross channels. They are on the mend, however, at this writing.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Peterson and son Johnnie are well on the road toward recovery from severe attacks of the influenza. Mr. Peterson was taken down first and was followed within a few days by Mrs. Peterson and little son. Their second son, Jimmie, escaped the malady.

There are only a few patients at the local hospital at the present time and it begins to look as though the second spasm of the epidemic is about to go over the top. Those that are confined there will be out within a few days. Billie Williams, of the local postoffice force, who has been confined there for the past ten or twelve days, was down town today and it is expected he will soon be his former self. He has had a very severe time.
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Appeal For Children’s Home.

One charity that finds a place in everyone’s heart is the Children’s Home Finding society. It was the intention of the Federated Sunday school to have a “White Christmas” program for the benefit of the Lewiston home, but on account of the influenza conditions the plan will be modified. Everyone who will is asked to leave gifts for the home with Frank Sims or with Rev. H. J. Wood not later than Friday, December 20. If you cannot conveniently bring your donations phone us. Vegetables, apples, feed for the home’s cow and chickens, almost any kind of usable clothing, children’s shoes, toys, towels, linen for single beds, are all acceptable, but most of all the need is for money. War and epidemic conditions have hit the home as hard as the rest of us.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Wade School, Caldwell, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Lincoln County Times., December 12, 1918, Page 1


Short Course in Forestry at University of Idaho

Date of opening the short course in forestry at the University of Idaho, postponed from November 4 on account of the influenza epidemic, has now been definitely fixed as January first, and the course will continue 12 weeks. This course is planned to meet the need of forest rangers and guards; also of woodland owners and others engaged in some branch of the lumber industry, who wish to acquire a knowledge of the general principles of forestry. It prepares for the civil service examination for the position of forest ranger in the U. S. forest service. Admission is without examination and anyone may attend who has the equivalent of eighth grade preparation. The work is intensely practical and is given by lectures in the laboratory and by actual field demonstrations. A special effort will be made to adapt the course to meet the requirements of returned soldiers wishing to take advantage of it. For further particulars, address School of Forestry, University of Idaho, Moscow.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., December 12, 1918, Page 4

North Appleton

Mr. Mattus has given up driving the north Appleton school route on account of having lost so much time waiting for school to open.
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Eldorado Heights

Mr. D. W. Salladay on Sunday received word from his son Ross telling of the death of his wife from influenza, leaving four small children motherless. Ross Salladay formerly lived in Eldorado Heights farming for his father for one year, returning later to railroad work in Illinois.

Elmer Frost is convalescing from a severe attack of influenza.

Ruth and Marion Varnum have the influenza.
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We are glad to report the flu situation is improving. Several of the De Board family are again able to attend to their duties and other members are improving.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., December 12, 1918, Page 5

Dr. Parker, of Boise, who was assisting here during the “flu” epidemic, and who was at the time seriously considering locating here, has advised friends that he finds it to his best interests to remain in Boise.
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High School Notes

Mr. Snodgrass is able to be up again after a siege of the flu.

The teachers as well as the students are anxious to get to work. It is expected that a definite announcement concerning the opening of the schools can be made soon.

At the school board meeting Monday evening a committee was appointed to co-operate with the city council in the matter of the influenza epidemic and the opening of Jerome schools. Universal vaccination was favorably considered.

Miss Alice Hunter, teacher of the Bruner school last year and of a school near Burley this year, died of influenza last week. She was working in the laboratory of the Burley beet factory during the enforced vacation and there became ill.

Mrs. Dora Handy Carlton, teacher of Eldorado school, is expected home this week from California, where she went to see her husband who is ill in a military hospital.

The Traill building down town has been arranged with seats and blackboards to accommodate the overflow of the second and third grades of the city school. Mrs. Bower has been secured as teacher.
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Methodist Episcopal Church.

On account of our not having public church services, please note the following information.

Members of the Sunday school may call at the parsonage and obtain Sunday school papers.

The finance committee has ordered that all offerings for the Sunday school and church be deposited with Miss Hazel Ross at the Racket. …

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Longfellow School, Boise, Idaho ca. 1912


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Payette Enterprise., December 12, 1918, Page 1


Little One Called “Home”

It is with a great degree of sadness that we make the announcement of the death of little Mary Eleanor McKinney, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McKinney, who passed from this life into the great beyond at 2:30 Wednesday morning. The little one was taken with Spanish influenza about a week before her death which soon developed into Pneumonia and while she received the tenderest care and constant attention of the best of physicians it was to no avail and death came to relieve her suffering at 2:30 Wednesday morning, being just 2 years, 11 months and 4 days old at the time of her death. This is one of the saddest occurrences this community has ever witnessed, as the mother at the time and is now lying very low with the same disease and the body of her sister Mrs. L. C. Kelly of Columbus, Ohio, who died of influenza last Tuesday morning is enroute for interment at this place, accompanied by the husband and infant child.

On account of the prohibiting of public gatherings no public funeral was held, just a short service conducted by Rev. Thomas Ashworth at the Riverside cemetery where the little body was laid to rest. …
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Shall the closing order of the City Council, in-so-far as it affects the Public Schools, be enforced.

The City Council and the Board of Education jointly request an expression of Public Opinion on this vital question.

In your judgement as a patron of the schools and as a citizen of the community, do the conditions warrant the closing of the Public Schools.

Vote by checking the circle opposite Yes or No.


Mail this vote immediately to the City Clerk.

The City Council and the School will meet jointly Saturday evening at 8 o’clock to canvass these expressions of Public Opinion.
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Difference in Judgement.

The City Council met in special session Monday night and after considering the influenza condition decided to quarantine and close all public places including the schools.

The School Board at its regular monthly meeting Monday night also considered the conditions and decided that inasmuch as eternal vigilance was being observed and that the number of cases as shown by the Health Officer’s report was on the decline, conditions did not warrant the closing.

Each body took action entirely ignorant of the fact that the other was also taking action and no doubt both acted in good faith with a view to conserving the interests of the community both in the matter of education and health.

As a result of this difference in judgement the two Boards held a joint meeting Wednesday morning and decided to ask for an expression of public opinion. People are asked to cut out the form of ballot published in this paper and mail it without delay to the City Clerk.

The two Boards will meet jointly Saturday night to make final decision.
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The new cases of Influenza within the City of Payette as reported by the health physician from October 12 to December 10 giving the number of new cases each week.

Week ending October 12, 2 cases.
October 19, 5 cases.
October 26, 1 case.
November 2, 12 cases.
November 9, 12 cases.
November 16, 13 cases.
November 23, 4 cases.
November 30, 4 cases.
December 7, 6 cases.

The State Board of Health placed the ban on public gatherings Oct. 10 and raised the ban on November the 24th.
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Personal and Local Mention

The Bettebenner family are quarantined, four of the family are down with the influenza.

Jessie Musgrove was taken with Influenza Wednesday morning and the home was placed under quarantine at once.

Mrs. V. G. Earp and son Herald are both improving nicely from an attack of influenza. They are still under quarantine and being unable to get help V. G. is pretty busy as chief cook, house-keeper and nurse.

Attorney Reibling has been confined to his bed for several days and will not be at his office for perhaps week or more.

Dr. L. P. McCalla of Boise came down Monday to council with Drs. Woodward & Woodward in the influenza cases at the McKinney home.

It is officially reported that from the first outbreak of the Spanish Influenza there has been five hundred thousand deaths from the disease.

Miss Alice Perry, our linotype operator, has been on the sick list this week which has rather handicapped the Enterprise force this issue.
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Council Again Lowers Ban

Several new cases of Influenza have appeared in Payette in the last few days and some of them have been very severe, and one death and it was thought advisable to again put on the ban and discontinue schools and all public gatherings and accordingly the Council met Monday evening and the ban put on and took effect Tuesday at twelve o’clock noon. There are a few who seem to be enclined [sic] to take exceptions to this action by the Council but in our opinion it is a wise thing to do. Our business should not be considered when the lives of our people are at stake and there is no real reason why business with a few exceptions should be effected.
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Laura Wilson-Kelley.

Word was received by the Wilson family that Mrs. Laura Wilson-Kelley had passed away as the result of Spanish Influenza at an early hour Tuesday morning. They had previously received word of her serious illness, but when news of her death was received it came as a shock to the entire community, as both Mr. and Mrs. Kelley were well and favorably known to the people here. Mr. Kelley with his baby daughter less than one year old left Columbus, Ohio with the body of the wife and mother Wednesday evening and will arrive in Payette Saturday evening on No. 18. Mrs. Wilson left this morning on the early train and will meet them at Cheyenne. …

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln School, Boise, Idaho ca. 1909 (1)


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Emmett Index. December 12, 1918, Page 1


Flu Quarantine Is Adopted
Strict Measures Taken to Stamp Out Epidemic in City and County

The city and county health boards held a meeting last Friday to consider the best measures to be adopted in the prevention of the Spanish influenza epidemic. It was decided to be advisable that all public gatherings be again closed, and that cards of warning be used on houses known to contain cases of flu. Accordingly printed rules and regulations were gotten out and posted, prohibiting all meetings except the schools; this later being left to the decision of school authorities.

It is hoped by the adoption of these precautionary measures to quell the disease in this country.

The most recent reports from local physicians are quite encouraging, there being a very slight increase in the number of cases and but one or two cases are anywhere near serious. Schools generally in the country, districts have been closed, not because of alarming conditions, but as precautionary measures. The regulations of the county board are strict and positive. Absolute quarantine of all cases is required under penalty of a misdemeanor. In this the board requests, and should have, the fullest co-operation of every citizen. Then the stamping out of the disease will be quickly accomplished, and the restrictions placed upon business and public gatherings can be safely removed. Parents should closely watch their children and keep them at home if their condition is not normal. Adults should confine themselves to their homes if indisposed. In that way the spread of the disease will be eliminated.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. December 12, 1918, Page 2

The flu is very much like love in that it keeps a fellow sick a long time after he is well.

Next year, we are promised, there will be plenty of sugar. Well, then, there will be a shortage in the grape crop.

“The public has gained in health by food conservation,” says an expert. Yes, but hang it, when you gain health, your appetite generally improves too.


source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. December 12, 1918, Page 5

Emmett News

Miss Ruth Potter, who has been very ill with pneumonia, is reported somewhat improved.

Miss Agnes Wagner returned Sunday from her home at Elburton, where she went to spend the vacation caused by the closing of the city schools. While there she contracted influenza and was unable to return at the reopening. Mrs. G. W. Maxfield has been substituting in her Eighth grade work.

Ellis Harris is absent from his duties in the Clerk’s office this week, suffering from an attack of flu. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis went to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elias Aston, to help in caring for members of the family who were afflicted with the disease, and Mr. Harris contracted it. He is reported as doing favorably.

Friends of Miss Shea, who for some time held the position of bookkeeper with the Pioneer Furniture Company, this week received a letter from a nurse in Butte stating that Miss Shea has been seriously ill with spotted pneumonia, following a siege of influenza. She is recovering nicely now.

If the influenza ban is lifted, special services will be held in the Episcopal church Sunday.

Dave McGowan returned Sunday from Portland, where he was called by the illness of his sister Mary. Miss McGowan has recovered from an attack of the flu. She is a stenographer in the employ of a motor company.

The Go-Get-Em Club enjoyed one of their popular dancing parties last Friday night just ahead of the clamping on of the prohibitive “ban”. Their long pent up spirits gave occasion for a most delightful outburst of fun and a thoroughly enjoyable time is reported. The party was chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Bowen.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. December 12, 1918, Page 8

News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents


Owing to the prevalence of Spanish Influenza in near districts our school closed again, not to open until the first of the year. At present there are no cases in the district nor have there been so far as known.

The health officer sent notices about the flu to R. L. Battan and all cases must be quarantined. This must be enforced to the letter.

Mr. Hale received the sad news of the death of his son Alma, who was serving his country on the border. Death resulted from pneumonia following Spanish Influenza, the body was brought to Letha, arriving Tuesday. Interment was made at Bramwell. The community sorrows with them.
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By Mrs. R. E. Noland

Allen Gatfield, of the Emmett country, is up helping to care for his relatives who have been victims of the influenza.

Charlie Whitney is able to come to town again and tells us his family have all recovered.

Rex Hoseley and family and Arthur Gifford and family are having the influenza. Mrs. Charlie Shuler is assisting with the work in their home and they also have a trained nurse to care for them.

Mr. Vaughn and four children, who were quite ill with influenza are able to be up at this writing.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jones and the family of Lew Idle have been on the sick list.

Mrs. R. E. Noland is at home again after nursing four cases of the influenza for ten days.
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By E. F. Wells.

School did not start here Monday, as was reported last week, on account of the new cases of influenza in adjoining districts. We will not attempt at this time to say when it will start, but an effort will be made to get word to the pupils in time to attend.

Miss Driver, whose school on the bench is closed again, is spending the week at the Wells home.

Funeral services were held at Letha at 10 o’clock Tuesday over the body of Alma Hale, who died in a camp in Texas, from pneumonia. Interment was made in the Bramwell cemetery. Alma was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hale, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their sad bereavement.
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Bissell Creek
By Mrs. Ward M. Fuller

Tom Irving is a victim of the influenza.

Ward Fuller called at the Tim Irving home Tuesday evening.
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Upper Mesa

School was closed again Tuesday on account of the flu epidemic.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

Elias Aston, Josephine and Russell and Mr. and Mrs. Almstead have the Spanish influenza.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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High School, Boise, Idaho ca. 1913


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Idaho County Free Press. December 12, 1918, Page 1


Influenza Situation Is Much Improved Declares Dr. Stockton

The influenza situation in Grangeville and vicinity is decidedly improved asserted Dr. G. S. Stockton, county health officer, this afternoon. “Of course,” said the doctor, “several serious cases exist, but few new cases have developed within the last few days, and I can say that conditions are becoming satisfactory.”
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Mrs. Cleve Hollenbeak died at 3 o’clock this morning in her home in Pollock as a result of pneumonia, following Spanish influenza. Her death is the first to be attributed to Spanish influenza in the Salmon river country.

Mrs. Hollenbeak is survived by her husband and by two children. The family had long resided in the Salmon river country, and is well known in that section of Idaho county. …
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Auger Ill; Spanish Influenza

B. Auger was taken to the hospital tonight. He is suffering from influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. December 12, 1918, Page 3

Quarantine For Influenza

Enforcement of a rigid quarantine on patients suffering from Spanish influenza would appear to be the only effectual way of eliminating the disease from the community. Spanish influenza is known to be a contagious disease and, while it proves fatal in only a small percentage of cases, nevertheless the disease is spreading, and unless additional precautionary measures are taken more and more persons will be taken ill.

While it is probable that the disease is not increasing in this vicinity, so far as the number of prevailing cases is concerned, the number of those recovering being sufficient to offset new cases, still action should be taken to prevent infected persons from appearing in the streets and spreading the contagion broadcast.

It is believed that, though the disease may be temporarily erased from a given community, it will recur at intervals, but to fail to segregate persons afflicted can not help but work to the disadvantage of those who have not been stricken.

Quarantine regulations are rigidly enforced in cases of scarlet fever, diphtheria, small pox and other contagions. Influenza is a contagious disease, yet those afflicted are permitted to mingle with the well.

In the absence of a city ordinance providing for isolation of influenza patients, it would seem not inopportune for the city council to meet and pass such ordinance, and provide rigid penalties for failure to comply with the quarantine regulations.

Business in Grangeville has been depressed for almost two months because of fear of the disease, yet no effectual measures are taken to eradicate the malady. Are we to permit this state of affairs to continue all winter, or are we to isolate for a few days persons afflicted, and permit business to resume?

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. December 12, 1918, Page 4

Letters To Santa Claus
From Idaho County Boys and Girls

Lorine Wilkin Writes
Grangeville, Idaho. Dec. 6, 1918.

Dear Santa Claus:

I read your letter in the Free Press and thought it was very kind for you to have a gift for every girls and boy in Idaho county. I would like to have you send me a real nice wrist watch that would keep good time always. I would rather not have it be a cheap one.

I hope, Santa, that you will not get the influenza while you are filling stockings, because then maybe you would not be well enough to go all over the world, when some children need you so badly.

I will hang my stocking near the chimney so it will be ready for you to drop the wrist watch into. I will certainly have the chimney good and clean so you will not get all sooty when you come to bring me a wrist watch. I will now close so you will have time to read the letters that many other boys and girls will send you this Christmas, which I hope will be a merry one for you.

Yours sincerely,
Lorine Wilkin.
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From Esther Ayers.
Grangeville, Ida. Dec. 6, 1918.

Dear Santa Claus:

I read your letter in the Free Press, and was so glad to know that you were still alive. I have not heard from you for a long time. You sure are a dear old chap to remember all the dear girls and boys in the world. But Santa, I want to tell you want I want so bad for Christmas, a pair of skates. I hope you won’t forget me, because so many girls my size are always going skating and I have to stay at home.

I sure have terrible big feet and so of course I wear an enormous big stocking so I don’t think you will have any difficulty in getting the skates in them.

Dear Santa, I sincerely hope you won’t catch the Spanish influenza while you are distributing your gifts for that certainly would be a terrible thing, and what would all of us boys and girls do without you? I hope you will remember those poor little Belgian girls and boys also, for I am sure they need Christmas worse than we American children do. I have written a long letter to you and it is drawing near Christmas time, I will say good-bye until next Christmas.

With a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, I remain your friend.

Ester Ayers.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. December 12, 1918, Page 5

No Whitebird News

The Free Press regrets its inability to print the customary budget of Whitebird items this week, owing to the fact that Miss Laura Smith, correspondent at Whitebird, is ill with Spanish influenza. Fifteen cases of influenza are reported in Whitebird.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. December 12, 1918, Page 8

Local News In Brief

Catholic Services – There will be services in the Catholic church on Sunday at 10:30.

Seriously Ill – Charles Nail is seriously ill of pneumonia, following Spanish influenza. He is in his home in Grangeville.

Bonstrom Better – Clarence Bonstrom who early in the week was critically ill with influenza, is improved, and is on the way to recovery.
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Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Zuver have recovered from attacks of Spanish influenza.

Harold Harris is again at work in the court house after an enforced absence of several days, due to Spanish influenza.

William T. Williams has recovered from an attack of Spanish influenza which kept him from his work in the postoffice for two weeks.

Mrs. Joe Sorrow departed Tuesday for Seattle, to which city she was called by reason of critical illness of her son, William, who is suffering from pneumonia.

Oren Fitzgerald departed this morning for Pocatello, to resume his studies at the Idaho Technical institute. The school had been closed for several weeks, but Oren on Wednesday received a telegram that classes would resume next Monday.
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Mrs. Roy Lyons died last Saturday of influenza.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brockman is seriously ill with influenza.

Jom Johnston is confined to his bed this week with the influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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State Normal School, Lewiston, Idaho ca. 1912


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 12, 1918, Page 1


Surgeon General Warns People of “Flu” Danger

Washington. — Warning to the country that the influenza epidemic is by no means ended and that all possible precautions against the disease should be taken, was issued tonight by Surgeon General Blue of the public health service.

Reports received by the service show a recrudescence of the disease practically from one end of the country to another, and in his statement Dr. Blue advised the closing of the public schools on the first sign of the reappearance of the epidemic. He said the disease apparently now tended to occur more frequently among school children.

“Our main reliance,” Dr. Blue said, “must still be the observance of precautions by the individual persons. He should cover up his cough and sneezes and insist that others do the same.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 12, 1918, Page 3

City News

Frank Clark, who has been very ill, is slowly improving.

Mrs. Lon Yockey, who is just recovering from the influenza, went to her home at Troy this morning.

M. L. Romig left yesterday for Boles, Idaho county, where his brother’s family are all sick with influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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High School, Caldwell, Idaho ca. 1916


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Nezperce Herald., December 12, 1918, Page 1


Influenza Claims Four More Prairie Victims.
Chas. S. McGee, Mrs. R. N. Lyons, Mrs. J. W. Bangs and Miss Helma Johnson Succumb During Week

The Influenza scourge has again laid its blighting hand on the homes of good prairie folk and robbed them of loved ones, though two of these contracted the malady and passed away at Lewiston.

Charles S. McGee, died at the emergency hospital in Lewiston Saturday, Dec. 7.

Mrs. Roy N. Lyons died at her home on the Walter Brockman ranch, east of Ferdinand, at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7th.

Mrs. J. W. Bangs died at the home of her mother, Mrs. L. J. Wright, on what was formerly the Ivan Jorgens ranch, southeast of Nezperce, at 7:25 a.m., Sunday, Dec, 8.

Miss Helma Johnson died at the home of Mrs. Looney in Lewiston at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 8.

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source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., December 12, 1918, Page 2

Nezperce is using the safe and sane policy in meeting the mysterious influenza situation, and the policy seems to be working successfully. At any rate, there was not a case of the dread malady in town the first half of this week and such few cases as had been recently reported got off mildly. The system here is, to go about the ordinary business routine and daily pursuits without unreasonable exposure to […] and each individual taking care of his own health condition, using the precaution taught by experience to ward off any symptoms – being careful and not getting frightened or excited. Amusements are permitted in a limited and mild way, and public gatherings go on as usual, but packing and overcrowding is not practiced. An ounce of prevention and common sense are the best panaceas yet discovered for meeting this particular brand of human trouble. Use them!

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 12 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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