Idaho History Sept 6, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 21

Idaho Newspaper clippings December 26-31, 1918

School photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Public School, Moscow, Idaho ca. 1916


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 26

The Grangeville Globe. December 26, 1918, Page 1


School Opens On Monday Dec. 30
Influenza Died Down, Thought Safe to Permit Opening; Churches to Follow.
Not To Enforce Law
Superintendent Luther Case Busily Engaged in Calling Absent Teachers.

The influenza has about become a thing of the past in this immediate section, and conditions will soon be normal again. Health Officer Dr. Stockton states there are very few cases in the city and only one or two serious ones in the country surrounding.

At a special meeting of the school board held Thursday morning it was decided to open school as soon as possible. The date has been set for Monday, December 30. The teachers will attempt to notify by telephone all pupils who live outside the district.

At present public sentiment seems to indicate that the school patrons are unanimous in the wish that school be resumed at once. Although there will be, no doubt, a few cases of influenza with us at different times all winter, the officials feel that pupils will incur no more danger in school than elsewhere. If any parent, however, feels that it is unsafe to send his children, he will do so at his own risk. The school board will not attempt to enforce the law regarding school attendance until the last echo of influenza has died out.

Every effort will be made to safeguard the health of the children. The physicians have kindly consented to direct the parents of families suffering with influenza not to send their children to school; also they have consented to report the names of such families to the school office. The teachers will exclude all such pupils from school during the period of sickness, and they will take the liberty to ask any child who is apparently not in good health to remain at home until the nature of his illness can be determined.

Of course, every thoughtful parent has been anxious for the time to arrive when school could be opened with safety. They will not be impatient, however, if a child is sent home, and his ailment proves to be only a cold instead of influenza. A friendly, good-natured feeling of cooperation is the spirit of Grangeville.

Superintendent Case sent messages to the teachers who returned to their homes at the time the epidemic was at its height, and it is expected a full complement will be on hand when studies are resumed next Monday.

The Federated and Christian churches will also resume services the following Sunday, it is announced.
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Dr. Scallon Recovering

Dr. P. J. Scallon is still confined to his home with an abscess which formed in his ear when afflicted with the influenza several weeks ago, at which time the abscess broke. The doctor was permitted to attend to his practice for a very short time, but the ear would not heal and he was compelled to return to confinement. The abscess broke again today and the doctor is confident he will soon be able to attend to his labors. His friends sincerely hope. so.
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School House Burned.
The Von Bargen School, District No. 21 Destroyed Last Thursday.

Last Thursday forenoon at about 11 o’clock, while school was in session at the Von Bargen school, District No. 21 located near Fenn. Fire broke out in the upper part of the building from a defective flue and in a short time the building was completely destroyed. Nearby residents were soon on the ground to assist the teacher, Mrs. Lansing, and the pupils, and considerable of the equipment was carried out to safety.

A building in Denver was secured an on the following Monday sessions were continued with the loss of one day and a half. As soon as possible a new structure will be erected.
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His Brother Murdered.
Fred Gilmore Off to Castle Rock, to Investigate Brother’s Death.

Fred Gilmore, one of the young stock men of this section departed late last week for Castle Rock, Wash., on receiving information that his brother John, of that place had passed away, presumably from influenza, and on reaching Lewiston learned that his brother had been murdered. The correspondent of a Spokane newspaper at Castle Rock, under date of Dec. 16, sent his paper the following:

“John Gilmore, a farmer living near Sightly, was shot and killed some time Friday, while working in the woods near his home. The body was found by a son, who alarmed at the continued absence of his father, went to search for him. Gilmore had been shot five times, twice in the head and neck and three times in the breast. Martin Swift, a neighbor, was taken into custody pending an investigation. A son of Swift was also arrested.

Swift declared when arrested that he had not taken his rifle from his home for several weeks. This his son denies, charging that his father was absent with his rifle Friday when Gilmore was killed. Gilmore leaves a family of eight children.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., December 26, 1918, Page 1


High School Notes

Besides the teachers of the Jerome school mentioned before, Mrs. V. V. Bowers wrote on the teachers’ examination at Shoshone last week.

The annual conference of superintendents and principals will be held at Boise Friday and Saturday. Some of the topics to be considered are Americanization Program, Reconstruction of Public School Curriculum, Rural School Reconstruction and Educational legislation.

The Jerome schools are scheduled to open on Monday after Christmas December 30, provided the influenza remains under control. A nurse will be in attendance to look to the inspection of children each day. It is the day schools and the Sunday schools that have complied with the quarantine best but that is of no help since other public places are open and crowded.

On account of the shortage of teachers, the federal government has requested that teachers and school boards register their needs. No recommendations, however, will be made by the government, but teachers and school boards are to be brought in touch with each other. Some states are establishing regular teachers’ agencies similar to labor bureaus, and making charges just enough to defray expenses.

It is most frequently the student who is late to bed and last to rise that is hard to get along with at school. This applies to teachers also. Besides, so they say, late hours are not conductive to good looks.

“Let better men, better farming, better living be the aim of rural education rather than passing an eighth grade examination or on [entering] some other school. We must educate for leisure as well as for work, for living as for getting a living. The most dangerous moments are not those of work but those of leisure.” – Teachers’ Handbook.

The influenza epidemic has made conditions in regard to school work very serious indeed, but there is no call for exaggerations that have been made as to the number of cases and the severity. The alarmists are the best allies of the flu. They are usually those who take the least care of themselves and of the rights of others.

Many books belonging to and needed at school have been in the homes in the district, some perhaps for years. Students, patrons and teachers should see to it that all books are returned.

There seems to be a great furor about the evils of the primary law. Students of politics have long ago pointed out the weakness of such laws as the primary and the recall. Taking this or that “out of politics” will also eventually prove a delusion and a snare. The fact remains that there still are many questions of government to be studied out. Those who are so very certain just what ought to be done merely show they have not done much thinking. Present laws, after all, are only stepping stones to better laws.

The Jerome school has been cited as the only school in Idaho that has raised the wages of grade teachers in proportion to the increased cost of living. If, however, low wages were paid at the time of the wages taken as the basis the statement is misleading. There is a great difference between the increase in percentages and the increase in wages.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. December 26, 1918, Page 1


Sleep A Foe To Influenza
Live Normally and Stay Home at Night, Doctors Advise

While no one of the hundreds of health experts attending the American Public Health Association’s sessions in Chicago recently claims to have found the active agent in the influenza epidemic; while it has been admitted by the highest authorities the medical profession is fighting in the dark, certain rules for the individual, to prevent contraction of the disease have been tacitly agreed upon.

The rules came from different sections of the country and developed through individual experiences of health officials. They were gleaned from papers covering the experiences of army and navy health officials and practicing physicians.

Briefly, the rules recommended unofficially are:

Get plenty of sleep – nine hours every night if possible.

Live normally, meaning for each person to live his normal life; to do nothing that would have a tendency to change his physical resistance.

East moderately – enough, but not more than is necessary.

Stay at home at night.

Avoid crowds as much as possible, in or out of doors.

Avoid worry – it reduces physical resistance.

Don’t fear the disease – that has the same effect as worry.

Keep the hands away from the face and mouth.

Eat from dishes that have been steamed or washed in boiling water.

Avoid raw milk.

Avoid the use of medicines that contain opiates.

Keep the intestinal tract open.

Take every precaution to prevent a cold.

Virtually every authority has placed stress upon the matter of rest as a preventive measure, also upon normal living.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. December 26, 1918, Page 5

Emmett News

The schools had but one day’s holiday vacation, on Christmas day.

Miss Helen Love arrived from Albion, where she is attending school, for a two weeks’ vacation.

Mrs. Walter Emard has been confined to her home by illness about ten days.

C. A. West, who was yesterday attacked by pneumonia, is reported in a serious condition.

Miss Ella Breshears went to Boise today to attend a meeting of state superintendents of schools, which convenes there Dec. 27-28-28.

In speaking of the influenza, few have greater reason to fear the disease than J. C. Dewey, as since October 9 he has lost by death one son 27 years old, a brother aged 28, brother-in-law 35, sister-in-law 30, niece 26, two nephews 26 and 22. All were married and leave small children to be cared for.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Wallace Miner. December 26, 1918, Page 4, Page 4


Important Changes At State University
To Accommodate Men Returning From The War – Form New Classes.

Important changes in University of Idaho regulations have been made by the faculty in order to prepare the way for the big reconstruction program that is being planned by this institution.

The date of opening the new quarter has been changed from December 30 to January 6, in order to make it possible for the men in training camps and in service to get to Moscow in time to begin work. It was believed by the faculty that many men were unaware of the quarter system and that this change would give the university time to acquaint all prospective students of the opening date.

Credit For War Service.

Arrangements to give university credit to university men who have been in the service of the government were also made. The exact nature of the credit has not yet been determined, but it is known that all military training that has any educational value will be recognized by the university officials. …

The 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 6, and the course will continue twelve weeks. …

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Roosevelt School, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Idaho County Free Press. December 26, 1918, Page 1


Yule Festival is Typical, Plenty of Snow
Sleigh-Bells Jingle Over Hill and Down Dale on Christmas Day.
Reunions Are Numerous
Holiday Trade Much Better Than Anticipated Declare Grangeville Merchants.

It was a typical Christmas day. With all Camas Prairie covered with snow, sleds were much in evidence on country roads and city streets. With sleigh-bells ringing out their joyous holiday music, many were the merry parties that glided here and there across the prairie to the homes of friends to spend Christmas day. And many were the family reunions held on that day, with relatives from near and far, including numerous returned soldiers and sailors, who once again surrounded the old home fireside.

Customary Christmas exercises in the churches and schools were not held, because of the influenza epidemic, and there were no Christmas services in the Protestant churches of Grangeville. In the Catholic church a Christmas mass was said on Christmas morning.

Local business men declare that the Christmas trade was far in excess of their expectations. Many lines of Christmas merchandise were exhausted several days before Christmas day. Because of the war, local business men were reluctant to purchase heavily in Christmas goods, fearing that they would be unable to dispose of their purchases.
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19181226ICFP3Schools Are To Open Monday
Truancy Laws, However, Will Not be Enforced.

The Grangeville public schools, which have been closed for two and one-half months because of the epidemic of Spanish influenza, will be opened Monday. This decision was reached at a special meeting of the board of education, Tuesday morning. …
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Churches to Reopen.

The Federated and Christian churches plan to reopen Sunday, January 5.
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19181226ICFP5Mother and Her Son Die Same Day From Spanish Influenza
Mrs. Henry Wasmund and Child of Green Creek Victims of Malady

Mrs. Henry Wasmund, wife of a rancher residing in the Green creek section, and her son, a boy about 8 years old, died last Friday in their home, as a result of Spanish influenza.
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Dance on New Year’s Night
First Ball of Season to be Given in Dreamland Hall.

A new year’s ball will be given New Year’s night in Dreamland hall by the Cowboy band orchestra. This will be the first dance in Grangeville since the ban on public gatherings was lifted and it is expected that the attendance will be large.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. December 26, 1918, Page 5


Mrs. F. Kelly, who has been a patient at the hospital, left this week for Kamiah.

Miss Nellie Bas returned Monday from Grangeville where she took the teachers’ examinations.

Mrs. Blanche Martin is an influenza patient at the Alcorn hospital.

W. J. Adsley is confined to his home this week with influenza.
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Miss Martha Edwards passed through town Saturday from Riggins where she attended the teachers’ examinations.
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Donall Morrison of Montreal, Canada, arrived at the home of Mr. Glatigny late Monday evening. Mr. Glatigny has been seriously ill, but is able to be out of bed once more.

Mrs. Lyle of Lewiston is here nursing her daughter, Mrs. A. D. Kennedy, who is quite ill with the influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. December 26, 1918, Page 8

Local News in Brief

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

Over The Flu – Attorneys M. R. Hattabaugh and B. Auger have recovered from the influenza, which kept them from their office for ten days, and are now able to be at work.

Johnston Recovering – C. A. Johnston, proprietor of the Cottonwood hotel, and formerly of Grangeville, is recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, following Spanish influenza. For a time but slight hope was entertained for Mr. Johnston’s recovery. His son, Norville, who is in the army, was summoned to his bedside. Mr. Johnston is in Cottonwood.
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William C. Graham, bookkeeper for the Bank of Camas Prairie, has recovered from Spanish influenza, and is again at work.

Miss Bess Eimers returned the first of the week from Cottonwood where she had been for a week in charge of the Nezperce telephone office of that town, the entire force having been stricken with influenza.
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Infant is Dead

The 18-month-old son of August Subert died of pneumonia, following influenza, in the family home in Cottonwood Friday morning of this week. A. J. Maugg of Grangeville was called to Cottonwood to care for the body. The funeral will be held Saturday.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 26, 1918, Page 1


Mrs. F. Theriault Back From Alaska
Former Moscow Woman Brings Body of Husband Who Died in Far North

Mrs. Fred Theriault, who has lived in Alaska over two years, and returned last week to Moscow, says the thermometer in Anchorage, where she lived, has registered 40 degrees below zero, but it is such a dry cold it is not disagreeable, unless a wind is blowing.

Anchorage has numbered about 5000 inhabitants, but most of the population has returned to the states, so now there are not more than 800 in the city and most of them are with the Alaskan Engineering Commission of the railroad. …

Probably half of the 800 residents of Anchorage have had influenza and there were about 30 deaths.

Mr. Theriault, who was chief clerk in the transportation department of the railroad, was ill about two weeks with the influenza and pneumonia. He was taken ill while at work and immediately hurried to the hospital, but pneumonia followed and he died November 29. …

The natives, many of whom live around Anchorage, were very susceptible to influenza, whole tribes being wiped out, although the Red Cross hospital tried to take care of them.
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Associated Charities Did Splendid Work

The associated charities have remembered many individual families this Christmas and sent a fine big box of presents to the Lewiston home containing 22 pairs of new shoes, a pair for each child in the home and a lot of new toys for the children, besides candy, nuts and oranges. On account of the hard times caused by the influenza epidemic, the home felt it could not afford to give the children the usual Christmas presents, so our association remembered them.

The old folks at the county home were sent candy, nuts, oranges, pipes, tobacco, handkerchiefs, stockings and warm capes. These were all done up in pretty “Christmasy” packages to carry the spirit of the season.
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Sam Hall, of the post office force, is again at work today, having entirely recovered from a slight attack of influenza. There were seven members of Mr. Hall’s family down with the disease at one time, but they have all recovered.
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Releases Strange Acting Englishman
Man Who Claims To Be A Detective And Doctor Is Given His Liberty

Charles Harreman, a native of England and subject of Canada, who was arrested a week ago on a charge of insanity, was discharged today by Judge Adrian Nelson of the probate court, after having been held in the jail a week. Judge Nelson decided the man is not insane, or had recovered from his mental delusions and he was released with the understanding that he leave town.

The man was employed by the Mark P. Miller Milling company of Moscow, and claims to have hurt his back while working in the mill. He has had influenza and after his recovery claimed to be a doctor and went about Moscow, calling at private homes and demanding to take the temperature of the women.

His strange actions have been under the surveillance of the police force for six weeks. It is charged that he was in the habit of getting a lot of boys around him and then frightening them by making threats. He claimed to be a detective and tried to “throw a scare” into a number of the S. A. T. C. men here. It is believed by many that he is unbalanced mentally.

The man is said to be a giant in size, standing six feet and four inches in height, and has a powerful frame. The police force will feel relieved if he leaves town as he is said to have agreed to do. So far as known he has no relatives here.

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

City News

Miss Goldie Munson returned Tuesday from Winona, Idaho, where she has been teaching. Miss Munson has just recovered from an attack of influenza.

Burton L. Munson, who is working at Bovill, is recovering from an attack of influenza.

Miss Charlotte Lewis is convalescing from a light attack of influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., December 26, 1918, Page 2


Items not intended to hit or miss anyone in particular, but just to remind you —

That it is almost 1919 and still life is just one darn thing after another.

That the turkeys were mostly gooses this year.

That the spotted-livered turkeys caused many a chicken to answer for the Christmas dinner.
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Mostly About Our Neighbors.

The flu quarantine in Clearwater county was raised last Friday.

After being confined to his home for practically two weeks with influenza, Judge Wallace N. Scales was able to be down town Tuesday afternoon for the first time. The judge shows the effects of his enforced confinement and appears slightly wobbly in his pedal extremities. The entire population was gratified to see him out, however. – Grangeville Globe.
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Passing of Chas. G. Nail.

Charles G. Nail, for the past 20 years a resident of this section, died at his home in this city Saturday morning from pneumonia following an attack of influenza, at the age of 53 years. Mr. Nail had been sick for about a week before his death. He is survived by his wife and five children, three sons and two daughters. – Grangeville Globe.

Mr. Nail was a cousin of C. Q. Farrar of Nezperce and was known by a number of our readers.
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Three Die at Winchester.

Alexander Stevens, aged 73 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D. McLaughlin, Wednesday, December 11, his death being caused by an acute attack of Bright’s disease following influenza.

Donald Mathews, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mathews of the Cold Springs district, passed away Monday, he being a victim of the prevailing epidemic. – Winchester Journal.

Mrs. Robert Gray, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. English of Kooskia, died Monday evening at Winchester as the result of typhoid fever. … she had been taking care of her sister’s family which was afflicted with the influenza. …

That there are not many things in Ilo which feel gleeful over Nezperce and the greater part of Lewis county being jobbed out of the north and south highway. Influenza epidemics are not the only means of bring out the yellow in yellow people.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 26 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Park School, Boise, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 27

The Rathdrum Tribune., December 27, 1918, Page 1


Idaho State News Items.

Until Jan. 6, Boise children under 18 are not permitted to attend public gatherings nor appear on the streets down town.

The Canyon county health board passed a resolution Thursday closing all public places until January 6. The ban becomes effective at once.
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World News In Brief

Influenza has caused the death of 1000 Eskimos of Seward peninsula, Alaska, say health authorities.
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From Over The County

Post Falls

Post Falls had an unique community Christmas. The flu ban prohibited gatherings and to circumvent the regulations Santa Claus arranged to visit every home in town, leaving packages of nuts and candy for the children. He was followed by an auto carrying singers of Christmas carols.

Miss Ruth Schick will teach in the eastern part of the county.

Prof. Chas. R. Carr succeeds the late Prof. Baughman as principal of the school at Rose Lake at $150 per month.
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Spirit Lake

Twelve families in Spirit Lake were under quarantine the last week with influenza.
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The flu situation in improving, altho there are still many cases.
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Coeur D’Alene

Leslie Overjorde, age 16, died of influenza. Twenty-five homes in Coeur d’Alene were under quarantine with influenza this week.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. December 27, 1918, Page 1


Locals and Personals.

The Burley Schools have been in session the past week except on Christmas day. There is still hope of keeping up the grades by intensive work upon essentials.

The regular meetings will be held in the wards Sunday.

Dr. Jones of Burley spent Christmas with friends in Oakley.

Miss Teressa Anderson of Delco is back attending school at the Academy.

Mrs. Ezra Barrus of Willow Creek, has recovered from an attack of influenza.

Sheriff Pratt was ill for a day or two during the week. He caught a very bad cold while chasing the jailbirds last week.

The families of Moses Smith and Sera Whittle have the flu.

Mrs. H. C. Haight has been very ill but is slowly improving.
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School Notes.

School is again in session and I want to appeal to the parents to see that the attendance of their children is regular.

We will do our best, by the elimination of non-essentials and by more intensive work on the basic principles. to make up for lost time and any student whose attendance is not regular cannot hope to make his grade and thus they will be one year behind, while those who are present all the time will be able to pass their grade providing they study hard.

I trust that parents and students will see the wisdom of the above request and that their hearty co-operation will be assured.

L. J. Robinson, Principal.
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Nurse Returns

Miss Reva Dummer returned Sunday from Pocatello where she was called some time ago to help take care of the influenza patients at the General Hospital. There are still many cases at Pocatello but the regular force at the hospital can now take care of the patients.

Miss Dummer graduated as trained nurse from the Boyd Hospital at Twin Falls last September. She is spending the holidays at her home in this city.
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19181227OH2More “Flu” At Oakley

It is reported there are several cases of influenza in and near Oakley. Several members of the families of Moses Smith and Zera Whittle have it.

There are said to be a number of others cases in the district.
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source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. December 27, 1918, Page 4

19181227OH3U.S. Health Service Issues Warning
Increase in All Respiratory Diseases After the Influenza Epidemic Probable.
Influenza Expected to Lurk for Months.
How to Guard Against Pneumonia.
Common Colds Highly Catching – Importance of Suitable Clothing – Could Save 100,000 Lives.

Washington, D. C. – With the subsidence of the epidemic of influenza the attention of health officers is directed to pneumonia, bronchitis and other diseases of the respiratory system which regularly cause a large number of deaths, especially during the winter season. According to Rupert Blue, Surgeon General of the Untied States Public Health Service, these diseases will be especially prevalent this winter unless the people are particularly careful to obey health instructions.

“The present epidemic,” said Surgeon General Blue, “has taught by bitter experience how readily a condition beginning apparently as a slight cold may go on to pneumonia and death. Although the worst of the epidemic is over, there will continue to be a large number of scattered cases, many of them mild and unrecognized, which will be danger spots to be guarded against.” The Surgeon Genera likened the present situation to that after a great fire, saying, “No fire chief who understands his business stops playing the hose on the charred debris as soon as the flames and visible fire have disappeared. On the contrary, he continues the water for hours and even days, for he knows that there is danger of the fire rekindling from smoldering embers.”

“Then you fear another outbreak of influenza?” he was asked. “Not necessarily another large epidemic,” said the Surgeon General, “but unless the people learn to realize the seriousness of the danger they will be compelled to pay a heavy death toll from pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.”

Common Colds Highly Catching.

“It is encouraging to observe that people are beginning to learn that ordinary coughs and colds are highly catching and are spread from person to person by means of droplets of germ laden mucus. Such droplets are sprayed into the air when careless or ignorant people cough or sneeze without covering their mouth and noise. It is also good to know that people have learned something about the value of fresh air. In summer, when people are largely out of doors, the respiratory diseases (coughs, colds, pneumonia, etc.) are infrequent; in the fall, as people begin to remain indoors, the respiratory diseases increase; in the winter, when people are prone to stay in badly ventilated, overheated rooms, the respiratory diseases become very prevalent.”

Suitable Clothing Important.

“Still another factor in the production of colds, pneumonia and other respiratory diseases is carelessness or ignorance of the people regarding suitable clothing during the seasons when the weather suddenly changes, sitting in warm rooms too heavily dressed or, what is even more common, especially among women, dressing so lightly that windows are kept closed in order to e comfortably warm. this is a very injurious practice.”

Could Save 100,000 Lives.

“I believe we could easily save one hundred thousand lives annually in the United States if all the people would adopt the system of fresh air living followed, for example, in tuberculosis sanataria. There is nothing mysterious about it – no specific medicine, no vaccine. The important thing is right living, good food and plenty of fresh air.”

Droplet Infections Explained in Pictures.

“The bureau of Public Health, Treasury Department, has just issued a striking poster drawn by Berryman, the well-known Washington cartoonist. The poster exemplifies the modern method of health education. A few years ago, under similar circumstances, the health authorities would have issued an official dry but scientifically accurate bulletin teaching the role of droplet infection in the spread of respiratory diseases. The only ones who would have understood the bulletin would have been those who already know all about the subject. The man in the street, the plain citizen and the many millions who toil for their living would have had no time and no desire to wade through the technical phraseology.”

Copies of this poster can be obtained free of charge by writing to the Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service, Washington, D. C.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. December 27, 1918, Page 1


Local News.

The Orofino schools will open Monday, Dec. 30, after a three months’ vacation caused by the influenza epidemic. Teachers who have been out of town have returned ready to resume their work.

There was a good attendance at the dance Wednesday evening.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. December 27, 1918, Page 1


School Starts Monday

Prof. White states that the Kendrick schools will be resumed next Monday, December 30. The Moscow schools will re-open on that date also.
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Death of Alfred McIver

Alfred McIver, son of Mr. and Mrs. John McIver of Canvendish, died at his home Tuesday morning at five o’clock from an attack of influenza. He arrived here last week from Alberta, accompanied by his father, and was taken ill while at Spokane. As soon as the seriousness of his illness was learned, Mr. McIver wired for the boy’s mother who arrived a few days before death occurred. While in Alberta, Alfred had recovered but a short time ago from pneumonia and in a weakened condition he was an easy victim to influenza.

Chester McIver and family are all ill with the disease.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. December 27, 1918, Page 4

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

The influenza epidemic is becoming serious at Genesee.

Miss Estella Hofstetter has resigned as teacher in the St. Maries schools. She will be married on January 15 to Frank Vincent of Seattle.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. December 27, 1918, Page 8


Roy Skeels was in Kendrick last Saturday, the first time for two months. He has had the flu and says he does not believe in anyone running around exposing others to the disease. He has been staying home until he was sure he and others of his family had completely recovered.

Three members of the M. O. Raby family have recovered from a siege of the flu. Mr. Raby, Oscar and Grace were the unfortunate ones but they are all out and will soon have regained their strength.

They say those who have had it call it influenza, instead of the flu.

Mrs. Hollida and daughters became ill the first of the week with influenza. Mrs. Stuart Compton took Mrs. Hollida’s place at the Kendrick Store during the Christmas rush.
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Leland News

Christmas here was observed in a quiet way, owing to the prevalence of smallpox and the flu. Both of these maladies are still asserting themselves. The three cases of flu which developed recently is confined to the home where it originally developed. Four of Henry Peter’s children are down with the malady, so we are informed.

Church services as yet are very meagerly attended, as everyone is afraid of the contagion. But services of a high order are being missed by those who stay away. Leland has a preacher who is certainly worthy of the name and the people generally manifest their good will toward Rev. Roberts and family.

The boys who so recently returned from Moscow where they were under military rule seem to enjoy their freedom. How about it, Walter and Myron?

The school has been closed for the week, to resume work after the holidays.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 27, 1918, Page 1


Death Toll Is Still Growing
Influenza Epidemic Reappears in Salmon
Fatalities and Numerous Serious Cases in This City, While Disease Breaks Through Challis Quarantine.

The epidemic appeared last week in the stoutly quarantined community of Challis, where it was said more than a score of cases in pronounced form were reported. It was said that the disease was conveyed to the town by an enterprising traveler who forded the river in order to get by the quarantine guards; who the traveler was not being stated.

The situation in Salmon again became alarming with the breaking out afresh of the malady last week, when between thirty and forty cases were reported. These include Dr. Whitwell, who had been active in fighting, the disease for two months. Until yesterday morning, when he began to mend, there were anxious hours spent at the bedside of the beloved doctor. All the other cases except those of Jack O’Quinn, John McKinney, Harry Hagen, Mrs. Arthur Greene, her son Lawrence and two daughters, Florence and Frances, the Rhodes family, the Gavers and some others were in mild form. Editor E. K. Abbott was also numbered among the afflicted ones, now mending, however.

There are only two physicians left in Salmon to look after the sick with Dr. Hanmer away at army service and Dr. Whitwell numbered among the sufferers from the scourge. Dr. Wright telegraphed for the valuable help that Dr. Stratton might be able to give if he could come here from Litchfield, Illinois, and the Salmon physician received word Wednesday that Dr. Stratton was not well at all but would come if possible by the first of next week. The only present help that Dr. Wright has is afforded by Dr. Pippenger, woman osteopath, who has been exceedingly successful in treating influenza among a large number of sufferers.

Edward Tichner, well known rancher near Salmon, was critically ill at the stricken home of the Dwight Smiths where he was taken down along with Mr. Smith and other members of his family all now happily on the mend. Dr. Pippenger was their dependence as physician with the willing help of others including a neighbor who came at the call of distress. One of these applied homely remedies to help out the osteopathic treatment by the physician and saved the life of Mr. Tichner, according to the report of the physician.

Mrs. Julia Kennedy Oliver

The death of Mrs. Julia Kennedy Oliver, wife of George W. Oliver. came as a shock for the city last Sunday afternoon. She had been ill a few days only and was staying at the Lemhi hotel The death came under must distressing circumstances to take by its call a fine type of young woman who was highly esteemed by the community.

Besides her husband she is survived by a young son of seven years. The little fellow was taken from the room before the end and cared for at the home of Dr. Wright, not being told of the death until the next day. Mrs. Oliver was the victim of influenza with complications. Mr. Oliver was with her, having been called from a trip east to her bedside.

She was less than 30 years of age. …

Young Man Succumbs

Charles F. Dow, aged 17 years, a young friend of Robert McBride, died December 23 at the home of the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray S. Kinsey. H. F. Dow is the father of the young man and he has a brother, Bert Dow, who is at a training camp in Virginia. The family came from New England, a week before the deceased was taken down with influenza, which involved the heart at the last and caused death. An hour before the end Mr. Kinsey found the sufferer apparently feeling well and even later when Mrs. Kinsey looked in the suffer was all right, but a few minutes later he was found lifeless in bed, the end having come, it was thought, without the least struggle.

Mrs. Charles W. Temple

The Carmen home of the Charles W. Temples was stricken by the death of Mrs. Anna A Temple, the wife and mother on December 20. The age of the lady was 57 years. Influenza was the cause with an attack that proved fatal within a few days. The burial took place the day after at the Salmon cemetery. …

At the time of the illness of Mrs. Temple or soon after her attack, Mrs. Thomas Palmer, Jr., a daughter, became ill also. Mr. Palmer and his father were on their way to California, the son going along as a traveling companion for the old gentleman, whose health is somewhat impaired. Mr. Palmer could not be located for some days for the distracted wife.

One son of this lady is a soldier at Camp Meade, Maryland. This is W. Temple. Another son, David, is at home, while there are two daughters, Mrs. William Hoffman and Mrs. Palmer. Benjamin F. Goliher is a brother of the deceased. She was a fine woman and will be greatly missed in the community where her useful and beautiful life was spent.

Jack O’Quinn

This well known member a the Salmon forest service staff, whose work was in the field at Forney died in Salmon yesterday just before noon, another victim of influenza. He was about 30 years of age. He came here from Emmett. His original home was in Missouri where his relatives still live. In the house at the time there had just been born baby but it did not survive.

Mother and Baby Too

Mother and new-born baby in the same family were taken also, the child a few hours before the father and the mother this morning just after midnight. Mrs. Madge O’Quinn’s former home was near Boise where her people still live. She was a Rebecca and her husband an Odd Fellow, the latter belonging in membership to the lodge at Emmett. There is one member only of the stricken family left, Pat O’Quinn, who is a year and a half old, the child being a patient also suffering from the same scourge. The family home was on St. Charles street, in one of the Kingsbury houses. Neighbors and friends gave them all care and attention, but the virulence of the disease was beyond human help, as seen from its very start.

Mrs. Murphey of the Red Cross has placed the surviving child under the care of Mrs. Manfull till such time as relatives may claim the custody of the little orphan.

William Staudaher

William Staudaher, a young man employed in a Salmon garage, son of George Staudaher who came to this city from Butte, died Tuesday morning at the Salmon home, another flu victim. Other members of the family have also been afflicted. The son was aged 20 years and generally liked in the community.
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Judge Cowen Not to Resign

Senator Whitcomb brought down from Challis a direct statement from Judge Cowen* to the effect that the jurist denies any intention of resigning. It was said that Judge Cowen intended to leave the bench to devote himself to the care and attention of a fine farm he owns near Blackfoot.

[*Judge Cowen had requested that the Governor send troops to Challis because of the quarantine. The Judge charged the Challis Sheriff with contempt.]

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 27, 1918, Page 2

Idaho State News

Reports coming to the county board of health indicate that the influenza epidemic has about run its course [in] Minidoka county. Orders have [been] issued permitting a resumption of activities.

The city board of health of Pocatello at a meeting has raised the ban [?] influenza, permitting theatres, [movies,] pool halls, soda fountains and schools to resume. The public schools will open December 30. The Idaho Technical institute opens regular and [?] and winter courses.

“Experiences in other states [seem?] to indicate that we may expect a recrudescence of Spanish influenza [in] Idaho, but so far reports to this [?] fail to indicate any increase in [?] disease,” Dr. E. T. Biwer, secretary of the state board of health, stated a few days ago.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. December 27, 1918, Page 5

Salmon Locals

Miss Dora Schultz is in Salmon from her Big Flat school because of flu quarantine. Her home up the Salmon river is also quarantined because of two or three members of her family having the disease.

It is reported that there are several cases of flue in Challis. John McKinney was brought home from that place, having been seized with the disease symptoms while on a business visit, after riding there on horseback. Harry White brought Mr. McKinney down.

Louis of the Palace restaurant was taken ill from influenza on Sunday night and closed the place to give himself and his employees a rest till he gets well. That plagued disease is no respecter of persons, celestials or ordinary mortals in its attacks.

One instance of the shortage of labor in Salmon is demonstrated by the fact that the Chinese laundries will not accept a special order for delivery in less than two weeks. Here is a field for relief work in the field of sanitation. In the good old days it used to be considered necessary to change your linen at least once a week.

Mrs. C. W. Sherwood and Mr. and Mrs. William Sherwood returned from Camp Fremont on Monday. Mr. Sherwood has just recovered from pneumonia following influenza and is now mustered out of army service with honorable discharge.

Eggs are still at 75 cents per dozen in the Salmon retail market.

The New Year dance which was to have been given by the Royal Neighbors has been postponed because of the prevailing epidemic.

Mrs. George Clark was called from Leadore on Monday to the P. J. Dempsey family to care for Mrs. Dempsey who is ill with complications following an attack of flu.

Among the afflicted families from the prevailing malady has been that of the Rev. Mr. Stringfellow for the past week, the father, mothers and their four young sons all having been kept indoors at the same time.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. December 27, 1918, Page 1


Influenza Causes Death of Henry Barrett.

The deepest sorrow that ever enshrouded any home in Montpelier came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Barrett on Christmas Eve, when their son Henry died from the influenza with which he had been ill less than a week. His death, coming just a month and three days after the death of his brother Richard, coupled with the fast that Mr. Barrett and the youngest daughter, Lorena, were ill with the dreadful disease, made the grief for the mother and other members of the family almost unbearable. From every home and from every person in Montpelier on Christmas Eve there were offered silent prayers for the recovery of the afflicted members, and could they have heard the words of sympathy that came from every tongue, it would, in slight measure, have relived their sorrow.

We are glad to state that the father and daughter are doing as well as could be expected under the trying conditions.

Henry was 34 years of age. … Besides his venerable parents he is survived by one brother and four sisters.

Short open air funeral services were held at the Barrett home yesterday at noon and the body was consigned to its final resting place in the city cemetery, by the side of those of his two brothers who preceded him to the Great Beyond.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. December 27, 1918, Page 4

Influenza Claims Seven Victims in Star Valley

Information received over the telephone last night from Afton is to the effect that the flu is raging in Star Valley with unabated fury, says the Kemmerer Camera of Dec. 26. It is estimated that there are nearly three hundred cases in the upper and lower valley, the epidemic being worse in Afton than in any other section.

Seven deaths have occurred within the past four days, the victims being Mrs. David Wililamson, Miss Vera Call, and an infant child of Milton Barrus, all of Afton, Roscoe Roberts, a son of Charles Roberts, the merchant, of Etna, Angus Hilliard of Auburn, Vernon Astle and Mary Peterson of Grover.

The Wyoming Hotel, conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Kib Cook, has been converted into an emergency Red Cross hospital in charge of a trained nurse from Denver. Several trained nurses from the L.D.S. hospital of Afton are turning their attention to the care of flu patients and are assisted by a large number of volunteer nurses.

There are only two doctors in the entire Star Valley country, Drs. G. W. West and Byron Reese, but they are doing heroic service in caring for the sick and are working night and day. The doctors are of the opinion that the worst of the epidemic has been passed and are hopeful that conditions will gradually improve.

Sheriff-elect Oakley is busy most of the time bringing patients to the emergency hospital, using a large truck which has been donated for the work by Ed Lewis, one of the Afton merchants. All of the fatalities thus far, it is reported, have resulted from pneumonia following the flu, and with the people now taking every precaution it is believed that the situation is well in hand.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. December 27, 1918, Page 5

The Influenza is Still in Our Midst

Although there have been two deaths from influenza in Montpelier the past week the situation remains about stationary. This morning there were nine homes under quarantine, but two are to be released today, which will bring the number under quarantine down lower than at any time during the past month. All of those who are now ill are getting along nicely.

The situation in the county we are sorry to say, is not as good as it was a week ago. Despite the strict precaution that has been taken, the disease has made its appearance at Fish Haven, Paris and Bennington. At Fish Haven there are a number of cases, but at Paris we believe there is only one family under quarantine. The health board there is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the disease. At Bennington there are three or four homes under quarantine.

How the disease was carried to these places, no one can justly say, for it has made its appearance in some of the most isolated places possible and in the remote sections of the world.

The Idaho penitentiary is an illustration of how the disease makes its appearance in the most rigidly quarantined places. When the flu first made its appearance in Boise, Warden Dekay placed the strictest quarantine possible on the prison, and had the prison doctor keep close watch on the inmates. When the disease had practically run its course in Boise, Mr. Dekay was congratulating himself that his institution had escaped, but last week it suddenly appeared among the inmates and three have died with it.
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Local News

Many of the Bear Lake boys are home from the various cantonments. Some have been mustered out and others are home on short furloughs. Their home-coming brought joy to the hearts of the parents, as well as to some of the young ladies.

Sergeant Maxey, who accompanied the body of Russell Whitman here from Camp Dodge and went on to Salt Lake to see his family, arrived at his home to find his four-year-old son at death’s door with pneumonia. The lad died a few hours after his father’s arrival.
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Mrs. Howard Huff Falls Victim of Influenza

The influenza claimed another victim in Montpelier in the person of Mrs. Howard Huff, who died at 11 o’clock last night after a week’s illness. She was 37 years of age. Besides her husband and baby boy, seven months old, she is survived by one sister and a half brother. Short funeral services will be held at the cemetery tomorrow.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Lincoln School, Twin Falls, Idaho ca. 1909 (1)


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Idaho Republican. December 27, 1918, Page 1


The Influenza Situation

Dr. C. A. Hoover, chairman of the county board of health, says new cases of influenza are developing right along, but that they are of the mild form mostly.

The Standrod bank is working short handed, but not all of the sick ones have influenza. Edward Neider, the janitor, has it, and his son took charge of the heating plants for the bank and the Brown-Hart store. Then the son took the flu and C. W. Berryman became janitor in chief, with George F. Gagon and others aiding. W. F. Berryman, W. D. Gagon, T. J. Johnson and Mr. Mosher are absent from their desks, and C. W. Berryman and George F. Gagon are said to be serving as ex-officio cashiers, whatever that is.

The Republican office is working short handed, Miss Jones, Miss Dunn and Miss Gunderson, having gone home ill. Mr. Maxwell, the foreman, is spending Christmas at his home at Glenns Ferry, and Cowell Davis is taking his place insofar as he can.

At the county clerk’s office, Miss Ruth Hilliard’s place is vacant, due to about all the rest of the Hilliard family having the flu.
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Would Not Close at Nine

E. J. Nogus, proprietor of Frenchy’s cafe, has rebelled against the order of the board of health to close eating places at 9 p.m., and he would close at nine but immediately open again. He was arrested Tuesday morning charged with violating the law, and the case was tested out in court with the result that Judge Cowen ordered his release, saying there was no law to justify prosecution.
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Modern Technical School Building is Now Completed
Affords Wonderful Advantages to Educational Interests of Blackfoot and Vicinity, Everything Modern and Convenient
A Credit To Our Town

In spite of the great disadvantages in carrying out building operations during the past year, the progressive spirit of the citizens of Blackfoot has been successfully expressed by the erection of a fine technical school building located on the high school grounds at the corner of Francis street and University avenue and the school trustees deserve high commendation for their persevering efforts which is considerably to their credit.

During the past quarter of a century there has been a marked advance in the design and planning of school buildings. The methods of education have changed and this has necessitated a complete transition of the building to keep pace with the changed methods of teaching, resulting in more convenient planning, better lighting and ventilation and other improved standards of design.

The severe forbidding aspect of the schools of thirty years ago, depressing in appearance and stereotyped in design, which reflected in their jail-like aspect, and the harsh discipline of those times is now happily a thing of the past. We have substituted a saner method of teaching which allows greater freedom for developing the initiative of the pupil and eliminates the feeling of fear and the monotonous routine which was common in the past. Advanced educational methods have also reduced the number of pupils taught by each teacher, giving greater individual instruction and for developing individual initiative.

More subjects have been added to the school curriculum and this has necessitated a group system of planning so that the various departments may work harmoniously without interfering with each other. …

The public spirited residents of Blackfoot will not regret the expenditure on such a building, which will tend to give us better ideas of citizenship and serve to stimulate the spirit of progress and democracy.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 27, 1918, Page 3


R. Riske and Harry Adamson were in Taber Wednesday. They report the flu a thing of the past.

Mrs. H. F. Siesser has been very sick the past week.

The sad news of the death of Mainord Morgan reached Taber this week. He succumbed to influenza. Mainord was a model young man and well known in Taber. The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved parents and family.

There is some snow in the Taber country now.
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George Andrews was on the sick list this week.

The eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Atkins is very ill with appendicitis, and influenza, but cannot be operated on for fear of complications of the influenza.

The funeral of little Emma Loveless, the two-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Loveless, was held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the residence. The L.D.S. church had charge of the funeral and after the services the little one was laid to rest in the Springfield cemetery. The deepest sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved ones in their sad hour.

Mrs. C. G. Loveless and daughters are quite ill with the flu.

Earl Taylor was on the sick list this week.

Mrs. R. A. Ward is ill at the present writing, which is reported to be the influenza.

Four of the Christensen family are ill with the flu.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 27, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Mrs. Grace Foulconer, county superintendent of schools, is attending the convention of county superintendents at Boise this week.

Mrs. H. R. Boice is on the sick list this week.

Miss Gerturde Gill of the Golden Rule store is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. John Kent of this city and Arco is visiting her sister at Downey. The sister lost her husband recently from influenza.
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The influenza is on the decrease in this neighborhood at present.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 27, 1918, Page 7


If it was the flu that the Bell family had, they had the best of it all the time and all are well now.

Quite a number of Rich and Pingree families have been stricken with the flu. All three of the Jackson families have had it and Alma Clough has been in a critical condition, but is reported better and no deaths have been reported from there.

Julius Noak has been quite sick with influenza but is now convalescing.

It is reported that Will Wilkins and his daughter Annie, all that are left of the family after the deadly work of the flu, have moved to Pocatello where Mr. Wilkins, who is an old railroad man, has secured a position.
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It has not been decided definitely when the schools will open here.

The J. L. Moore family has recovered from slight cases of the flu.

The Woodward family is recovering from the influenza.

The merchants here report the Christmas trade very good despite the flu regulations.

The stores here will probably not resume their regular routine of business until the first of the year.

F. M. Davis expects to conduct a picture show New Years day.

Many young people of this place attended the dances at Idaho Falls last week.

Many Shelley soldiers have come home during the last few weeks, and they all have interesting experiences of army life to relate. None of the Shelley boys that have been in France have returned as yet. It is much more pleasant to see the boys coming home that it was to see them leaving.
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source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., December 27, 1918, Page 1


19181227MT2Advice to “Flu” Convalescents
Spain and England Report Increase in Tuberculosis After Influenza Epidemic.
U.S. Public Health Service Warns Public Against Tuberculosis, One Million Cases Tuberculosis in United States – Each a source of Danger.
Influenza Convalescents Should Have Lungs Examined – Colds Which Hang On Often Beginning of Tuberculosis. No Cause for Alarm if Tuberculosis is Recognized Early – Patent Medicines No to Be Trusted.


Washington, D. C. (Special.) – According to a report made to the United States Public Health Service, the epidemic of influenza in Spain has already caused an increase in the prevalence and deaths from pulmonary tuberculosis. A similar association between influenza and tuberculosis was recently made by Sir Arthur Newsholme, the chief medical officer of the English public health service, in his analysis of the tuberculosis death rate in England.

In order that the people of the United States may profit by the experience of other countries Surgeon General Rupert Blue of the United States Public Health Service has just issued a warning emphasizing the need of special precautions at the present time. “Experience seems to indicate,” says the Surgeon General, “that persons whose resistance has been weakened by an attack of influenza are peculiarly susceptible to tuberculosis. With millions of its people recently affected with influenza this country now offers conditions favoring the spread of tuberculosis.”

One Million Consumptives in the United States.

“Then you consider this a serious menace?” was asked. “In my opinion it is, though I hasten to add it is distinctly one against which the people can guard. So far as one can estimate there are about one million cases of tuberculosis in the United States. There is unfortunately no complete census available to show exactly the number of tuberculous persons in each state despite the fact that most of the states have made the disease reportable. In New York city, where reporting has been in force for many years, over 35,000 cases of tuberculosis are registered with the Department of Health. Those familiar with the situation believe that the addition of unrecognized and unreported cases would make the number nearer 50,000. The very careful health survey conducted during the past two years in Framingham Mass., revealed 200 cases of tuberculosis in a population of approximately 15,000. If these proportions hold true for the United States as a whole they would indicate that about one in every hundred persons is tuberculous. Each of these constitutes a source of danger to be guarded against.”

What to Do.

In his statement to the public Surgeon General Blue points out how those who have had influenza should protect themselves against tuberculosis. “Any who have recovered from influenza,” says the Surgeon General, “should have their lungs carefully examined by a competent physician. In fact, it is desirable to have several examinations made a month apart. Such examinations cannot be made through the clothing nor can they be carried out in two or three minutes. If the lungs are found to be free from tuberculosis every effort should be made to keep them so. This can be done by right living, good food and plenty of fresh air.”

Danger Signs.

The Surgeon General warned especially against certain danger signs, such as “decline” and “colds which hang on.”

These, he explained, were often the beginning of tuberculosis. “If you do not get well promptly, if your cold seems to hang on or your health and strength decline, remember that these are often the early signs of tuberculosis. Place yourself at once under the care of a competent physician. Tuberculosis is curable in the early stages.

Patent Medicines Dangerous in Tuberculosis.

“Above all do not trust in the misleading statements of unscrupulous patent medicine fakers. There is no specific medicine for the cure of tuberculosis. The money spent on such medicines is thrown away; it should be spent instead for good food and decent living.”
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Death of Miss Eva Stevens, Former Teacher

The angel of death has visited the sacred precincts of many homes during the past few weeks, and one call made this week will bring a feeling of sadness to the many pupils and older friends of a former well known high school teacher. Miss Eva Stevens died at a Boise hospital Monday, December 23, 1918, of tubercular trouble, after a lingering illness. …

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., December 27, 1918, Page 8

Meridian News Notes

Mrs. H. J. Boyer and children are quarantined with the prevailing influenza.

I. B. Laing has been ill with the flu but is much better, and will soon be out of quarantine.

A. C. Laster, living southwest of Meridian, on the state highway, is very ill with pneumonia, contracted after a siege with the influenza.

Logan Grice, residing east of Meridian, is ill with Spanish influenza.

Harry O. Summers, little child of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Summers, living two miles south of Meridian, died Wednesday morning, December 24th, of influenza, at the age of three months and 21 days. The burial was on Thursday afternoon, at the Morris hill cemetery. Rev. C. A. Quinn officiating. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community, in their loss.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 27, 1918, Page 1


High School Opens Monday Churches and Shows Close

It has been officially decided to reopen the Moscow high school next Monday, December 30, and the public schools the following Monday, January 6, but to do this the health officers have decided to close everything else, including picture shows, pool halls, churches and lodges. The quarantine will be put on tighter than ever before in Moscow and every home where the disease is known to exist is be quarantined. It is believed that by this action the disease can be stamped out within the next few days and the lid can be taken off on Monday, January 6, the date on which the university opens for the second quarter.

The influenza situation in Moscow is much better than it has been at any time since the epidemic first appeared here. In the past week there have been cases reported in three families, several cases being reported in some of these families, but the new cases are all confined to the three homes. There is one case at the Mrs. Hunter home on C street; and the other cases are in the homes of professor Wright and Ed Christianson. All of the new cases are mild. Nearly all of those reported last week have recovered and been released from quarantine.

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, has begun the use of placards for the homes where the disease is located and these are being posted. This had not been done previously. More rigid quarantine rules are being enforced. There are fewer cases in Moscow now than at any time since the disease first appeared here and it is believed that by enforcing the regulations from now on the city will be free of the disease when school opens at the university and the city schools on January 6.

It is now planned to open the high school next Monday, December 30, and to keep a trained nurse employed at the high school to watch all symptoms of disease and to see to the enforcement of health rules. The public schools will not be opened until one week later, January 6, when the university opens for the second quarter, having closed for the holidays.

It is hoped that the ban can be lifted in Moscow by January 6 and that all restrictions may be removed at that time. It is almost necessary to open the high school next Monday in order to permit the seniors to graduate next June. If it is postponed longer they will not be able to complete their school work which will mean a wait of another year before they can enter the university.

All parts of Latah county report greatly improved conditions, Genesee, where the disease was bad a week ago, is almost normal again. There have been eight deaths in Genesee, but none since last Saturday and there are few cases there that are regarded as serious. Kendrick, Troy, Juliaetta, Potlatch, Bovill and Deary all report conditions greatly improved and school will open in many districts in the county next Monday and a week later it is believed that every school in the county will be open. With the opening of the public schools in Moscow the ban will be lifted from Sunday schools and all public gatherings.

Health Board Announcement.

Upon the under signed, members of the school board, and the county and city health officers, rests the responsibility of saying whether or not it is safe to open the schools of this city, owing to the prevalence of the influenza. This responsibility is a grave one. We have seen other communities open their school and lift their quarantine regulation when they consider their community practically free of the disease, but the disease again became prevalent and a considerable number of lives lost.

A joint meeting of the school board and health officers was held yesterday afternoon and a thorough survey of the situation had, and the matter discussed. The situation in Moscow has gradually improved. The number of new cases has decreased during the past several weeks, but there are still in the city several homes where one or more cases exist. By efficient work on the part of the health officers and the hearty cooperation on the part of the majority of the people, Moscow has been extremely fortunate and has not suffered to the extend of most communities of like size. The reason for the unfavorable results in other communities following the opening of the schools is believed to be due to the assumption on the part of the public, that in opening the schools that the danger is past and the quarantine lifted. The people become careless and at once proceeded to have their usual social gatherings and general commingling.

The question of opening the schools was presented to not only the health officers, but also to the other physicians of the city, and it was the unanimous opinion of all that the present situation in Moscow would warrant the opening of schools provided that extreme caution and care was used on the part of the pubic in the prevention of any further spread of the contagion; and that the people were impressed with the fact that the opening of the schools did not mean the lifting of the quarantine.

It was also the opinion of the physicians that if concerted actions and cooperation could be had on the part of all of the citizens, that the disease could …

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be entirely stamped out in the community in the course of ten days, if all would lend their assistance to the health officers and the doctors in an endeavor to do so.

This cooperation means the minimizing of commingling of the people of the community to the greatest extent possible. It is recognized that the ordinary business of the community must go on and that in carrying on of the same, there is some risk of the transmission of the disease, but that the risk of the community can be greatly minimized by each and every individual agreeing to refrain from any and all unnecessary commingling in the way of social gatherings of every form and description, and by having a strict house quarantine, in the same manner that smallpox, scarlet fever and like infectious diseases are quarantined.

In conformity with the opinion of the health officers and the physicians of the community, the school board voted to open the high school on Monday next, and to let the grades remain closed until Monday, January 6th. The school board and the health officers were of the unanimous opinion that it would be to the best interest of Moscow, that a strenuous endeavor be made to stamp out the disease prior to January 6, and to that end hereby request that each and every individual and resident of Moscow, consecrate themselves to that purpose, by conforming to the following quarantine rules which are promulgated and are now placed in effect by the city and county health officers:

1st. All social and unnecessary gathering are prohibited. Necessary gathering may be held by obtaining permits from the health officer.

2d. No meetings of lodges, churches, or other organized bodies shall be held, Picture shows, card rooms and billiard halls shall remain closed. No special sales by the merchants which will attract large gatherings shall be permissible.

3d. All houses in which the influenza may occur will be placarded and quarantined, together with the residents therein. Any unafflicted persons may elect whether or not he or she will remain in said residence during the period of the quarantine or take up temporary residence elsewhere. No individual shall enter or leave the quarantined premises, except upon permit granted by the attending physician and approved by the county or city health officer.

Any persons violating the above rules may be prosecuted under the general statutes of the state, provided for the protection of the public health which makes such violation a misdemeanor, and punishable by fine or imprisonment.

It is not the desire of the health officer to be compelled to use the drastic penalty provided by the statute in enforcing the quarantine.

It is the hope and wish that the public will recognize the serious responsibility placed upon the members of the school board and the health officers in handling the situation. That they are acting for and in behalf of each and every resident of the community and their only purpose is acting is to protect the life of the children and the people of the community and that each and every individual will recognize the desirability and necessity of cooperating with their officers in stamping out this menace in our midst.

The school board has arranged for the services of a nurse, who will devote her full time to the detection of the disease in the schools and render her service to the patrons of the schools to prevent the spread of the disease.

Supt. Rich and the whole teaching corps will cooperate with the nurse and the health officers and every safe-guard will be thrown about the pupils attending schools.

D. F Rae, County Health Officer.
W. A. Adair, City Health Officer.
H. D. Martin,
L. F. Parsons,
T. A. Meeker,
H. Melgard,
A. H. Johnson,
Members of School Board.

We, The undersigned physicians of Moscow, heartily endorse the rules as herein promulgated by the health officer.
J. W. Stevenson,
J. N. Clarke,
Chas. L. Gritman,
F. M. Leitch.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 27, 1918, Page 2

Influenza Is Bad In Illinois Town

James Bumgarner, of Moscow, is in receipt of a letter from his son-in-law, a physician at Aurora, Illinois, telling of the influenza situation there. He says the number of deaths there has been appalling and that the doctors are unable to attend to all of the cases. The deaths have been averaging about six daily and the undertakers are unable to bury the dead as fast as they die. One undertaker had 16 bodies in his establishment at one time, awaiting burial.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 27, 1918, Page 3

City News

Miss Mary Clark, who has been teaching at Woodland, Idaho, has returned to Moscow to spend the holidays at home.

Miss Linda Rae and Miss Helen De Bus Left yesterday for Kalispell, Mont., where they are teaching. They expect the schools to open Dec. 30th.

James Hoskens of Coeur d’Alene who has been assisting in nursing in Moscow, left for his home this morning.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. December 27, 1918, Page 1


Big Wood River News.
(Last weeks items.)

Our school is still going, but most every body is afraid to send their children on account of the flu.

There are several cases of flu on the river at present.

On account of the flu every thing will be quiet on Big Wood during the holidays.

Since the war is over Gen. Santa Claus will be allowed a heavy pack and a free hand in America.

Little Opal Sparks is able to be out at play again after a severe spell of sickness.

Joe Gomes who has been seriously ill for some time with pneumonia is slowly improving.
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Our public schools closed Wednesday afternoon for the holidays and will remain closed for the remainder of this week. They will open again Monday, thus making a shorter vacation than usual at this season. The entertainment and [?] decorations of each room were admired by [?] large numbers of visitors at the closing [scenes?].

The [?] E. Borden family is a sorely afflicted one at the time. Mrs. Borden and her son Rupert, are down with the influenza and are under the care of Dr. Dill. Myrtle is still in the hospital at Pocatello, where she has been hovering between life and death for several weeks. Mr. Borden is rendering all the assistance he can, both at Pocatello and Dietrich.

Wesley Kepford is sick with the flu, which still persists in attacking a good many people of the Dietrich tract.

Christmas was duly observed by all the people of Dietrich and vicinity. All our people are rejoicing over the cessation of hostilities and are looking for the coming of that glorious time of peace on earth and good will towards all mankind.

A red Cross dance was given at the Dietrich hotel on Christmas eve. A large number attended and the entertainment was regarded as a pleasant and successful affair. The music was furnished by Mrs. F. C. Smith at the piano; W. O. Hamilton, trombone; Glen Kershner, violin and Carl Beach, the drums.
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Wood River Center Grange

Miss Stiner gave the pupils of school district No 29 a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning with a nice Christmas tree filled with candies and nuts.

Florence Butler received a German helmet from France, last week. Anyone wishing to see it are welcomed to call. It is worth looking at.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 27 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Public School, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 28

The Daily Star-Mirror., December 28, 1918, Page 1


No Church Service Tomorrow.

The new quarantine rules go into effect at midnight tonight. The picture shows will be open tonight, as usual, but after tonight there will be no shows and there will be no services in the churches tomorrow. Whether or not there will be church services one week from tomorrow (January 5) will be announced before that time.. It is hoped that this one week of close observance of the quarantine rules will rid Moscow of influenza and that on January 6 the ban can be lifted from all schools, churches and other public gatherings.
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Moscow Ministers Enter a Protest
Are Displeased With Closing of Churches and Say So in Plain Words

We desire to issue a solemn protest against the action of the city health officers in closing the churches at a moment when there is no potent reason for so doing. We feel that the action shows a frivolous attitude towards the worship of Almighty God in that, at a moment when there are fewer cases of influenza that at any previous time since the disease appeared the worship of God should be forceably discontinued. We point out that all through the Christmas season gathering of large parties in private homes have taken place with no adverse effect upon the situation, that such parties have been in many cases larger than the church congregations neeting in far more spacious buildings. We also point out that large numbers gather continuously in the stores and other business places and that the discrimination against the churches is as unjust to the churches as it is detrimental to the morale of the community.

We believe that the churches should have remained open; that the people should have been encouraged to assemble and unite in prayer to the end that the scourge be exterminated. When the destinies of the world were held in the balances the president of a great republic called upon all the people to assemble in their places of worship and pray. The congress of the United States joined heartily in this request.

We urge upon the authorities consideration of the spiritual and moral effects of the cessation of divine worship and would point out that the condition of nervousness and fear produced by their action far out weighs any possible beneficial effect.

In submitting to the present ruling of again closing our churches we do so upon the understanding that they shall open on Sunday, the fifth of January, but that the policy of quarantining the homes in which influenza prevails from now on shall be vigorously enforced.

H. O. Perry,
W. H. Bridge,
J. Quincy Biggs,
Wayne S. Snoddy.
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Lewiston Normal to Train Nurses
Pre-Nursing Courses To Be Taught At This School During Coming Year

Lewiston. – In cooperation with the American council on education, the Lewiston State Normal school has made plans to establish intensive pre-nursing courses with the purpose of not only preparing young people in the academic subjects for more advanced courses in military and civil hospitals, but also to develop a basis for preparation for community health service. The proposed courses have been submitted to the surgeon general of the United States army, and Lewiston has been designated to do this training work. …

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 28 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 28, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mrs. L. Hagstedt went to Kendrick last evening to act as nurse.

Miss Amanda Hagstron returned from Garfield Thursday evening, where she has been helping nurse influenza patients.

Mrs. James Bumgarner has just recovered from a week’s illness of influenza.

Miss Winifred Edmundson and Miss Adaline Hupp went to their schools today at Grangeville.

Miss Clara Abrahamson of Blaine went to her school today at Kendrick.

Miss Theo Smith returned to her school near Deary.

Miss Rose Hawks returned yesterday from Nampa. Her sister, Miss Nettie Hawks is improving from an attack of influenza and leaves the hospital today to convalesce at the home of her sister at Nampa.
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First Christian Church.

We regret very much that we are to have no services Sunday, but there will be all services for Sunday week, open to all classes.

While we do not agree with the plan that has been adopted, yet we submitted to the ruling in order to get the house quarantine as we have wanted all during the epidemic. It is our desire that all use great caution during the next week and assist in eliminating the disease.

May you have a happy and prosperous New Year.

J. Quincy Biggs

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 28 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Washington School, Caldwell, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 30

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


Only Eight New Influenza Cases

Only eight new cases of influenza are reported in Moscow in the week ending last night, as compared with 24 the previous week. This is an encouraging reduction and Dr. Adair, city health officer and other physicians believe that with strict observance of the quarantine regulations the disease will be stamped out. The report of Dr. Adair for today follows:

Dr. Adair wishes to state that under the new regulations there will be no change in the requirements of obtaining and leaving health certificates with the chief of police, or at the Corner Drug Store, that they may be approved by the health officers. For the week ending last night there have been eight cases reported to the city health officer for Moscow. Just outside of town there are several cases, but they are confined to two or three families.

It is certainly hoped that by our added restrictions we will soon be rid of the disease. I have no doubt but that there will be an occasional sporadic case develop, so we are not out of all danger, even though there are no cases at the end of this week. We must keep up every precaution and will probably have a modified quarantine for some time.

Whether the “churches shall” and other places now closed, open up on the 5th most certainly depends upon the developments this week. So far today there has been but one new case reported.
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Juliaetta Has Raised the Influenza Ban

Juliaetta, Dec. 29. – The ban against the influenza has again been lifted in Juliaetta, and Sunday schools and church services were held today. The schools will reopen again on Monday, and it is hoped there will be no further interruption in the school work.

At Kendrick, owing to several new cases of the flu, school will not open there Monday.
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For Farm Bureau Reorganization
Influenza Preventing Meeting For The Work In Many Parts Of County

Influenza has prevented the holding of a number of meetings in Latah county for the purpose of furthering the reorganization campaign for the farm bureau, and O. S. Fletcher, county agent, is sending out many letters and trying to do much of the reorganization work by correspondence. It became necessary to cancel several meetings in the Genesee district because of influenza, but two meetings will be held this week and after this week it is planned to hold two or three meetings a week. It is hoped to have every farmer in Latah county becomes a member of the farm bureau for it has been shown that the bureau is doing a great work in assisting in crop production wherever it has been thoroughly organized and not only does it help in crop production but in securing better prices for the products of the farm. …

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

City News

Mrs. Anna Colby, who has been nursing influenza patients at Palouse, returned to Moscow Saturday.

Miss Mary Clark left Sunday to begin her school at Woodland, Idaho.

Mrs. W. D. Stinson of Troy was in Moscow Sunday to visit her husband, who is sick at the hospital.

Miss Eva Kimberling left for Spokane today to begin a course of training as a nurse in the Sacred Heart hospital.

Miss Sadie Skattaboe, who has been visiting at her home here during the holidays, will return tomorrow to Seattle, where she is teaching.

Mrs. O. F. Roos, who has been nursing at Gritman’s hospital, went to her home today at Joel.

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


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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December 31

The Idaho Republican. December 31, 1918, Page 1


19191231TIR2Influenza at Blackfoot
Epidemic in Lighter Form. Many Business Men Suffering; the Bankers Main Victims

T. B. Dahman of the Brown-Hart company is at home ill.

George Anderson, cashier, Miss Ruby Hilliard, bookkeeper at the Blackfoot City Bank, are still off duty.

E. M. Kennedy of the First National Bank, gave up his work Thursday, but was back on the job Saturday, declaring it was a false alarm about his flu. His was a bad cold.

Miss Eula Palmer is much improved after a severe illness with the influenza.

Miss Mabel Molden is somewhat improved at this writing.

Frank Berryman is still confined to his bed, but is very much improved.

Albert Miller was dangerously ill with the influenza Saturday and Sunday and is much better.

J. E. Estensen is ill and confined to his home and it is reported he has influenza.

Wendell Gagon is still confined to his home, altho not able to resume his duties at the bank, he is able to be around.

John R. Jones was sick one day last week.

Frank Mozer resumed his work at the Standrod bank Monday morning after a week’s illness.

W. F. Martin, who has been ill for several weeks with the rheumatism, is about to be around again.
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Quarantine At Mackay

A quarantine has been established at Mackay and persons desiring to go into the town are required to show a doctor’s certificate of health.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 31, 1918, Page 2

Soldiers’ Letters


Medical Department, 163rd Depot Brigade, Infirmary No. 1, Camp Dodge, Iowa. [from Sgt. O. O. Kasel.]

… I have been wanting to write long before this time, but Uncle Sam has been keeping me so busy that I couldn’t help neglect my correspondence, and over a month ago when the “flu” swooped down over this camp, we had twice as much work to do as under normal conditions. When it first broke out we were short of help and for one whole week I worked eighteen hours a day. I had charge of one of the sick and drug rooms of one of our infirmaries and to make matters worse, three of our best clerks fell victims to the epidemic and died within a week.

There were few deaths caused by influenza direct, but most deaths were caused by flu-pneumonia. During the siege nearly 10,000 cases of influenza were sent to the Base hospital, out of which, according to an official record, 702 died. I myself, was fortunate in being immune. A record of every patient has to be made and forwarded to Washington, D.C. So you can imagine how busy we are. We expect to finish this work within another week. According to statements in the newspapers more people died of flu-pneumonia in this country than were killed on the battle field during the same period. Those were some dark and dreary days up here, and I can truly say, that even though I don’t get to go to France, I was in one great battle, “The Battle of Influenza.” …

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 31, 1918, Page 4


C. G. Loveless is recovering from influenza.

Kenneth Loveless is improving after a very severe attack of influenza.

Mrs. Oscar Rice, Jr., is reported to be very ill.

Earl Taylor, who is ill with the flu, is getting along nicely.

Mrs. R. A. Ward is getting along nicely with her recent attack of influenza. Almost all of the family have contracted the disease.

Vanice Marriott and family are all ill with the flu.
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We are sorry to report that Mr. Spanbauer is still quite ill, but his many friends hope for his speedy recovery. His son Joe is expected to arrive here this week and will have charge of the ranch for the coming year.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 31, 1918, Page 5

No School Yet

The opening date for schools has been postponed and no definite date fixed as yet. We shall try to inform our readers in the Thursday issue.
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Local News

Dewey Baron of Power’s pharmacy is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. Jacob Gushwa is on the sick list this week.
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The number of influenza cases are decidedly on the decrease in Jameston. They also seem to be in a lighter form than when the epidemic first started.

John Clark is still very weak from his recent illness. His many friends are indeed glad to have him with them again and hope for his speedy recovery.
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Mrs. Hosea Berg is ill with influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. December 31, 1918, Page 8

Dies at Boise

A message was received here last Friday stating that Mrs. Clara Nielson died in Boise after an attack of influenza. Mrs. Nielson went to Boise some months ago to take a business course at the Link’s Business college. She was formerly Clara Thornton, daughter of Mrs. E. H. Thornton. Mrs. Nielson has lived in Shelly most of her live and has many friends will be shocked to hear of her sudden death.
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Many of the young folks of Shelley attended the dance in the Odean hall at Idaho Falls Christmas night.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 31, 1918, Page 1


Report Xmas Business Fine
Bonners Ferry Merchants Are Well Pleased with The 1918 Holiday Trade
Far Better Than In 1917
Receipts at the Local Postoffice About the Same as Last Year

According to all reports at hand from the various merchants of Bonners Ferry who cater in any manner to the holiday trade, the business this season was a good and considerably better in most cases than it has been for years. The Christmas trade did not start early but when it did start the merchants had more than they could do and most of them cleaned up entirely on their Christmas stocks. …

Postmaster Viley informed the Herald reporter Saturday that this year’s Christmas business was on par with last year as far as receipts were concerned. The out-going mail fell off about one-fifth while the in-coming mail increased about one-fifth. These figures were for the month of December and when it is considered that a great deal of Christmas mail was sent in November it will be seen that the lost percentage in out-going mail is accounted for.
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Died of Pneumonia Last Friday

Mrs. Francis Rebekah Bone, wife of W. J. Bone, died Friday at her home south of town, of pneumonia contracted from Spanish influenza. …

The deceased is survived by her husband, a son and two daughters. … She was a second cousin of the late Queen Victoria.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 31, 1918, Page 3

Local News

Miss Louise Aldreidge, one of the teachers of the Priest River schools, is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Aldridge. The Priest River schools are again closed on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic.

The Altar society of St. Ann’s Catholic church will meet on Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. R. Draves. The meeting was to have been held at the home of Mrs. G. W. Bush but she is now ill with the influenza.

Miss Verna Bruce left Saturday for Spokane where she will resume her duties as nurse at the St. Lukes’ hospital. She came home several weeks ago to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Bruce and to recuperate from an attack of the Spanish influenza and remained to nurse her sister Miss Dollie, through an attack pneumonia.

The members of the Frank Cuddy family have been confined to their beds this week with Spanish influenza.

Miss Kate Rosebaugh, nurse at the St. Lukes’ hospital in Spokane, arrived here last week to spend the Christmas holidays with her mother, Mrs. S. Rosebaugh.

Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Rowe are the latest victims of the Spanish influenza. While Mr. Rowe is sick H. A. Allen is taking charge of the mechanical department of the Herald.

A large crowd attended the Red Cross dance given at the K. P. hall Friday night in honor of the returned and visiting soldiers and sailors and all had a delightful time. During the evening the Red Cross ladies served refreshments of doughnuts and coffee. The music was furnished by Mrs. Emery, at the piano and “Lum” Bush, at the drums.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. December 31, 1918, Page 6

Local Pick-ups

Mrs. O. S. Davis and son, Orval, have been on the sick list the past week with Spanish influenza.

H. H. Howard, telegraph operator at the Great Northern depot, resumed his duties Tuesday and after having been sick for a couple of weeks with the Spanish influenza.

Christmas services were conducted at the Lutheran church Thursday by the Rev. Oscar Bakke, of Libby, Mont. Rev. Bakke will conduct services here every other Sunday until arrangements can be made to secure a resident pastor.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., December 31, 1918, Page 3


City News

W. H. Beardsley is confined to his home by a siege of illness.

Mrs. Harry Rawson is slowly improving from a severe attack of influenza. She is able to sit up part of the time now.

The majority of the stores will close tomorrow noon, New Year’s day. ….
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 31 Dec. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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1918 Williamson’s General Merchandise Department Store Moscow, Idaho.


courtesy: Dave Etchie‎

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