Idaho History Sept 27, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 24

Idaho Newspaper clippings January 8-10, 1919

School photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 8

The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 1


Report New Cases of Influenza
Health Officer Has Three Families On List Of Quarantined

D. W. A. Adair, city health officer, today brought to the Star-Mirror the names of three new families in which the influenza has made its appearance since Sunday.

At the Anderson home on East Sixth street there is one case.

At the Arnold Lyon home on Deskin Avenue, a case developed on Monday.

Yesterday, Mrs. Carrico, who lives on the corner of Jackson and 6th street, reported that nearly all of her six children were bedfast with the disease.
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Hospital Is Now Ready
University Has Equipped Private House for Emergency Cases.

The hospital which has been prepared for university students in the event of any of them showing signs of influenza is all ready, but tho the fires are laid, and the last smooth pillow placed upon the beds, there are so far no patients.

In order to protect the students, the university has rented the Aldrich house on the edge of the campus and has equipped it for emergency cases.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 2

Expert Testimony.

In the contagious diseases with which the American public has heretofore had acquaintance, no person afflicted with a given disease could “give” it to another until the progress of the disease was well marked, and in some cases not until recovery had begun. In the influenza, the opposite appears by all expert testimony to be the case. A person who is just taking the influenza and who has so little indication of illness that he himself does not yet even feel indisposed, can pass on the infection in a virulent form.

You may be sitting chatting this evening with a friend who to all appearance is in his usual health, and tomorrow he may be violently ill with the disease and you may have contracted it from him and also be laid up. Just such instances are on record.

This being the case, the point of quarantining houses instead of public assemblages is considerably blunted. It may be of service to quarantine a man in his home, but if he is allowed to go about until he is visibly ill, the damage he may already have done may well be incalculable.

Influenza may be a fear disease, but it is also a germ disease, and the germs appear to flourish and have their being where they are little suspected.

With a practically new disease among us, with the habits of the germ not yet fully established except for the fact that they act sooner and more viciously than any others, it is hardly safe for the layman to go up against the practicing physician who observes the germ every day and who keeps himself informed by reading the testimony of experts.
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New Tasks Assumed.

Now that the production of war supplies has ceased and a less strenuous program for the future was proposed, the Red Cross might naturally be expected to be willing to take a much needed rest. The contrary is the case, at lease in Boise, where the society has assumed full charge of the detailed conduct of the campaign against Spanish Influenza.

The ministerial association of the capital city has passed resolutions, asking the city authorities that the Red Cross be given the task of protecting the public against the disease. Boise, which raised its quarantine and opened its schools, has had to close them again, and the teachers are now instructing all grades in the public schools through lessons published daily in the papers.

The Red Cross in Boise is getting physicians to issue simply-worded bulletins of precaution and suggestion, and it is distributing these among the people. It is also reporting cases, and assisting in seeing that when homes are quarantined, the members of the household do not violate the quarantine but really are isolated from the rest of the community.
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Whereas, a state of sickness caused by contagious disease is now prevalent in the City of Moscow, Idaho, and

Whereas, such sickness is a dangerous menace to the general public health and welfare, and the medical health department of Latah county, Idaho, and the City of Moscow, Idaho deem that the holding of public or quasi public meetings, gatherings or assemblage of people or persons is fruitful to the spreading of the existing disease and sickness, and

Whereas, an emergency exists, therefore, in my opinion;

Now Therefore, I, Warren Truitt, mayor of the City of Moscow, Idaho, under and by virtue of the power and authority in me vested by the laws of the state of Idaho, do hereby proclaim and declare that until the further proclamation by me made and announced, there shall not be held within the corporate limits of the City of Moscow, Idaho, nor within one mile of the corporate limits of the City of Moscow, Idaho, any public or quasi public meetings, assembly, or gatherings of people or persons; (provided that this proclamation shall not apply to or include any school or schools, meetings or assembly of people, that are permitted to be conducted under the quarantine regulations of Latah county, and the City of Moscow, Idaho, health officers.)

Dated and done at Moscow, Idaho, this 4th day of January, A. D. 1919.

Warren Truitt, Mayor of the City of Moscow, Idaho.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 3

City News

The family of A. S. Lyon is quarantined for influenza. Miss Norma Morgan, who is staying there, is a victim of the disease.

Dr. Kotalek of the S. A. T. C. arrived in Moscow today on the noon train.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 08, 1919, Page 4

… Harvard Items

There has been about thirty cases of influenza in Harvard and vicinity during the past month. Though most of them were in mild form. The Harvard schools reopened Monday, after a two weeks quarantine, but the Woodfell school is still closed.

J. W. Axted and son, Wesley, and Clifford Crocker returned Friday from Tiger, Wash., where they have been working for the Goode Hopkins Lumber Co. All three are just recovering from influenza and on returning home found their families afflicted with the disease.
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News of Activities in Princeton Neighborhood

Forrest Thomas is on the sick list this week. He was not able to attend school at Potlatch, where he has been going for several winters.
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Schools Closed at Cora
Flu Situation Improved

Schools and Sunday schools are closed now on account of the flu which has been on the rampage here in great style, but is now practically in check. No new cases seem to be breaking out and all who had it are about over it.

Mrs. Mary Mewhinney returned to Viola to take up her school duties on Monday, having postponed going for a week to nurse Miss Becker, teacher at Burden, thru the flu.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 08, 1919, Page 1



Elvin Jones was born at Malad, Idaho, on January 2, 1887, and died at Challis, Idaho, December 30th of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish influenza, interment being made in the cemetery in this city on New Years day. …
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In the District Court of the Sixth Judicial District, of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Custer.

In the matter of the October, 1918, term of the District Court in and for said County.

The Judge of this Court, having heretofore, during the month of October, 1918, made an order postponing the regular October, 1918 term, called to sit on the 21 day of October, until the 9th day of December, 1918, and having thereafter made a further adjournment of said term until the 16th day of December, both of such adjournments having been made on account of the prevalence of an epidemic of influenza in the County of Custer, Idaho;

And it now appearing to the judge of the said Court that such epidemic has not entirely abated, and that certain quarantine regulations exist in the said county, making it difficult for parties litigant to attend at the county seat of said county;

And, further, that is is difficult for the officers of said Court to obtain accommodations at Challis, county seat of said county, while attending the said Court;

It is, therefore, ordered that a further postponement of said term of Court be made until the next regular term of Court therein to be held for the year 1919; and all cases now on the calendar of said Court, which might, or could be, heard during such term are continued until the next regular term of said Court.

Done at Chambers at Mackay, Idaho, this 16th day of December, 1918,

F. J. Cowen, District Judge.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 08, 1919, Page 5

Seems Under Control

There has not been a case of flu in a new place for 11 days and not a new case for seven days. Mrs. Ruby Moats and Mrs. Elvin Jones were taken ill with the disease one week ago today. Out of a total of 69 cases in Challis and Round valley there has been but one death that of Elvin Jones. A rigid quarantine was established on the inmates of each family where the disease appeared and the co-operation of the public with the health officers seems to have placed the epidemic under control. With the same carefulness exercised in the future we believe that no more cases will develop – anyway, it is better to be safe than sorry.
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Flu Patients Doing Nicely

All the flu patients are recovering rapidly now and a large number have been released from quarantine.
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Not Dead

Dr. J. W. Kelley, formerly of this city and now of Los Angeles, in a letter to friends here states that he is still alive and kicking, despite the fact that Dame Rumor and old Lady Flu tried their best to shroud him with death’s mantle.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 08, 1919, Page 7

Idaho Budget

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Brummett, who with Mrs. Brummett’s brother and her two tiny children, drove from New Mexico to Boise only to come down with the influenza after arriving in the city, died Saturday of last week, the mother dying in the morning and the father in the afternoon.

The news that casual company No. 105, consisting of nearly 70 Idaho boys, had reached Newport News from France, brought holiday cheer to many Idaho homes.

The local exemption board records show that 291 of the Gooding county men saw military service. From June 5, 1917, to September 12, 1918, a total of 1695 men were registered.

For the first time since a war emergency was declared more than a year ago, there are no no restrictions on the use of sugar.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 08 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Twin Falls Public School, Twin Falls, Idaho ca. 1910


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 9

The Grangeville Globe. January 09, 1919, Page 1

Prohibition Amendment Is Unanimously Ratified By Idaho Solons
… “Flu” Hits Lawmakers.

It was announced a second member of the house had come down with the “flu” and would be incapacitated for service for some time. He is Representative Greenwood of Minidoka county. The other member ill with the disease is Representative George L. McGowan of Custer.
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Council Meeting.
Board of City Fathers In Regular Session Monday Night.

The regular monthly meeting of the city council was held at the office of City Clerk H. Taylor, in the Bank of Camas Prairie building Monday night. The usual grist of monthly bills were allowed and no matters of any great importance came before the meeting.

Just before adjournment was taken however, it was moved and seconded that the monthly allowance given to the band leader be discontinued at the close of this month. Since the influenza epidemic the band has been unable to give their usual concerts.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. January 09, 1919, Page 8

Miss Mary McEmtee who is teaching in the Highland school district, is a sufferer with the flu this week. On Friday of last week a number of her pupils came down with the disease and she planned to come to town on Saturday, thinking that should she contract it she would be at home with her mother, but the flu is no respecter of persons, and in this case made it’s appearance promptly Friday night. Dr. Stockton was called, and Mrs. Lanningham was obtained as nurse, and at this time the young lady is doing nicely. Mrs. Heritage, with whom Miss McEmtee boards, who as also stricken with the disease, a day later, is also recovering nicely.

The influenza epidemic is so nearly played out in this community that the local hospital was forced to close its door for want of patients. Dr. Stockton states there is very little evidence of the flu in this community at this time.

Among the recent flu victims who have recuperated sufficiently to be out and around again are “Kid” Smith, Joe Ersch and Eck Ecker. With these cases recovering there are only a few who are still confined on account of the epidemic.

Chas. H. Goan of the Dewey Fruit farm, five miles east of this city, was in town Saturday. Chas. stated that his entire family had been down with the influenza, and that they had a very serious time. Mr. Goan wishes to extend their sincere appreciation of the generous assistance during their illness.

Robert Gill, prominent among the Salmon river cattlemen, is in the city having come out some time ago. Bob was recently afflicted with the influenza, the disease attacking him while he was at Wallace Jerret’s place, over near the Batty ferry. Mr. Jarret also had an attack of the disease while attending U. S. court at Moscow.

Dr. Scallon made a flying trip to Lewiston last Thursday.

Dr. Orr and family of Cottonwood were in town Tuesday.

D. B. Chipman, recently from Wyoming has decided to locate here and has secured the offices recently occupied by Dr. Scallon in the A. & F. block.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 09, 1919, Page 4


High School Notes

Monday morning Mr. Massey spoke to the high school and outlined some of the possibilities of students graduating or being promoted. It seem very possible that the work of the year can still be covered if nonessentials are omitted and if the students work more intensively, leaving out all foolishness, keep from going out evenings, attend school regularly and study regularly at home evenings and Saturdays. If any students cannot or will not do this they can not possibly do the work and can not be promoted. Parents expecting their children to pass this years must make it possible for them to do the work. Of course any one is welcome to come anyhow and do what he or she can without credit.

No talking in the study room of the high school is the rule now. Room 21 on the south side has been designated for those students who wish to visit. This arrangement gives any one wishing to study mornings, noons or evenings to do so in peace.

The main trouble in school seems to be that students do not know how to study and too many consider that glancing over lessons is learning them.

There is a marked improvement in the work of the high school since the enforced vacation. The students realize as never before that they much work hard if the work of the year is to be completed. The seniors especially, with few exceptions, are attending regularly and doing their work well.

We understand that a certain high school young man is looking for some one who has her lessons to accompany said h. s. y. m. to the show. He’s better be sure of his lessons too!

The principal claims that the boys and girls of the high school are mighty nice folks, but that they have some very bad habits.

Mr. Snodgrass is able to be on duty at school again this week. Of course we know the reason for the smile on his face.

The class in agriculture is experiencing some difficulty in their laboratory work until some of the needed apparatus is repaired. At present an experiment is on to determine the amount of organic matter in the soil in this community.

It is with the deepest regret that we are called upon to record the death of one of our high school boys, Aaron Cushman. Aaron was a member of the senior class this year and was in school until last October, when the school was closed. He was one of the best students and one of the best liked boys in school, ever ready and willing to work and help in every way that he could. As yet many of us can not bring ourselves to the sad fact that Aaron is dead.

Teachers and students alike were grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. Faye Vaughn, which occurred Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Vaughn was the teachers of the third grade in the city schools and reported for duty Monday of last week, but upon examination by Miss Nesbit, the nurse, was found ill and taken home. Her illness developed into influenza and later other complications prevented her recovery. Mrs. Vaughn was a conscientious worker and shall be sadly missed from our midst.

The attendance at school is slowly increasing again. There has not been any serious cases of illness originating in school. The rooms in the city building are all well ventilated. No one has been compelled or even asked to attend school but those wishing credit for work done will need to enter school now or not at all, this year.
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The Robinson and Powers families are recovering nicely from the “flu.”

Robert Marthis is in a critical condition at his home in Jerome, suffering a relapse of the “Flu.”
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Eldorado Heights

Word has been received by relatives here, telling of the death of Mrs. Edith Kyle, of Webber’s Falls, Oklahoma, on December 24. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fulkerson, and had made her home here for nearly two years, returning to Oklahoma with her husband last Thanksgiving. Besides her husband, she leaves two small daughters. Pneumonia, following influenza, was the cause of her death. The sympathy of our community is extended to the bereaved family.

The family of D. F. Tooley has recovered from their attack of the “flu.”

Mrs. F. D. Carlton has returned from California and has again resumed her duties in the Eldorado Heights school. Her husband has not received his discharge, though it is expected some time in February.
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Arcadia Valley

Little Betty Goemer has been quite sick for the past week but is doing nicely now.

Mrs. F. W. Peterson is on the sick list this week.

Jack Webster is sick with the “flu” and is in Jerome. We hope he will soon be all right.

There has been no preaching yet at Arcadia church. We’ll soon have to get a Sunday school missionary to start us up again. …

A number of young people from Appleton were callers in Arcadia Sunday.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 09, 1919, Page 5

Jerome Not Closed

In the Sunday issue of the Twin Falls Times a short article appeared, stating that Jerome business houses, etc., had been closed on account of an epidemic of small pox. Where this report started is not known and when Mr. Whalen, editor of the Times, was informed of the error of the report, the same was corrected in the Times issue of Monday. Jerome is one of the most open towns in this section at the present; schools, churches, pictures show and all business houses being open and, while there are a few cases of the “flu” here, the epidemic is not of such a serious nature as to warrant the health officers closing the town.
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Carl A. Steiner

At his home northeast of Jerome, on Saturday, January 4th, occurred the death of Carl A. Steiner from pneumonia, after but a few days of illness. … Besides his sorrowing widow he leaves a large family of children to mourn his passing. …
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Death of Mrs. Frank Emerick

At her home one mile east of Jerome last Friday occurred the death of Mrs. Frank Emerick, the result of pneumonia, following an attack of the influenza, from which the deceased had been a sufferer for several days. The visit of the grim Reaper to this happy home was made the more sad by the fact that there are left to mourn the loss of a dear mother, two baby children, a boy and a girl of tender ages, who will never know the tender care of a loving mothers. Besides the children decease leaves a sorrowing husband, who is also stricken with the disease and is now confined to his bed. …
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Death of Aaron Cushman

Last Sunday at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cushman, of the Grand View district, occurred the death of Aaron Prentiss Cushman from the effects of pneumonia, after an illness of several days. Aaron was nineteen years of age at the time of his death, having been born in Kansas in the year 1900 …
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Faye Hall Vaughn

Sadness was again manifest in our community when last Tuesday noon the word was passed out that Mrs. Fay Hall Vaughn, daughter of the late Clara Hall, had quietly passed away at her home here in Jerome. The deceased was a victim of influenza some time ago, but had apparently recovered from the effects, but during the recent Red Cross membership drive she contracted a severe cold which rapidly developed into pneumonia and resulted in her death.

Mrs. Vaughn was a graduate of the Lewiston Normal and up until the time of her illness was engaged as one of the instructors in the Jerome schools. …
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Card of Thanks

To our many friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved son and brother we extend out heartfelt thanks in this, our hour of grief.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cushman and family.
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The regular meeting of the town board was held on Tuesday evening, and aside from the passing of the usual monthly bills nothing of importance was brought before the board. A matter of interest to all residents of Jerome was brought up, that of a systematic cleaning up of the town as soon as the warmer weather will permit. Several complaints have been made with reference to cess pools, manure piles, outhouses, etc., and a plan is being worked out by the board whereby it will be compulsory for all such places to be thoroughly cleaned.
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Red Cross Notes

Those who have the “History Slips” of our soldiers and sailors to fill out will kindly put “place of birth” where it says “country of birth.” The council of National Defense would like to have a record of every one in the service, so those who have not filled out one of these slips, can get one from Mr. Jaycox. …

“Cease Knitting” was the order that went out from Red Cross headquarters last week to the three thousand eight hundred fifty-four chapters of the organization and as a result thousands of women who have turned out millions of sweaters, socks, mufflers, helmets and wristlets for our soldiers and sailors will stack their needles. Articles now started are to be completed.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Gem State Academy, Caldwell, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Payette Enterprise., January 09, 1919, Page 1


Personal and Local Mention

The City of Emmett has made an appeal to the people of Payette for help in taking care of their influenza cases. They report over 200 down with the disease and almost impossible to get doctors and nurses, they have closed their schools and have discharged the teachers for this term.

Mrs. Kay and sister received the sad news this morning of a relative being killed in action, also an account of the death of two Kansas friend caused from influenza.
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Called to Portland

Mrs. J. R. Brown left for Portland, Oregon, Tuesday evening in response to a message from Mrs. Mae Anderson formerly May Hutchinson which stated to come at once. A few days before Mrs. Brown ha received a letter from her sister Mrs. Lawrence Hutchinson saying that Lawrence was very sick, she at once wired to know if help was needed, and the above message was the reply. When Mrs. brown arrived she found both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson and the little girl all down with the Flu, but getting along fairly well as a trained nurse was in attendance.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., January 09, 1919, Page 5

Fruitland Department
Mrs. R. G. Wilson
“As ‘Twas Told To Me”.

Fred Hart, a brother to Mrs. Clarence Miller, died Thursday night of Influenza in the Vale hospital.

Paul Bowers has been sick for the past week.

Miss Gaye Bowers is home again her school being closed again because of the flu.

Mrs. Rose Snowberger, who lives alone on her ranch is now quarantined with diphtheria.

Mrs. Roy Bowers is again able to be around.

Linnie Cregor, who has the flu, is reported better. Nola Cregor now has it.

Samuel Smith arrived home Friday night from the Harper ranch in Oregon, where he has undergone a two weeks’ siege of flu.

Miss Myra Burnett left Sunday morning for her school near Caldwell.

The Baptist people are having prayermeeting every night this week. …

The Methodist Sunday school convenes at 10 o’clock, preaching at 11, Sunday morning.

J. H. Smith has a telephone installed at his home.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 1


Flu Situation Well In Hand
Peak of Epidemic Passed, It Is Believed – No New Cases Today

The influenza epidemic is under control; only a few cases are serious; no new cases are reported today. That is the situation in Emmett as summarized by the board of health. The county and city boards met Tuesday and decided to continue the closing order for another week – to January 19.

The peak of the epidemic is believed to have been reached yesterday when 38 houses were under quarantine restrictions. No new cases were reported today by Flu Inspector Parks. Ten cases are due to be released from quarantine tomorrow, leaving a total of 28. It is hoped people generally will continue to exercise care and caution and whether sick or well, cooperate fully with the efforts of the authorities to stamp out the disease.

The most desperate case is that of Duncan Hunter at Frozen Dog ranch. There a fierce battle is being fought with death. The tide ebbs and flows, but if the persistence of those in attendance, the skills of physicians, and the prayers of the sick man’s friends can turn the scale, then victory will crown their efforts. As this is written at 4:30, reports are encouraging. Mr. Hunter is a trifle improved, and E. K. Hayes and C. L. Gamage, who on Tuesday volunteered their services in taking care of the patient, believe he now has a fighting chance for life. The interest in his case is so general that this office has been besieged by telephone calls for several days for news of his condition. Mr. Hunter’s mother has been summoned from St. Louis and is on her way here.

Dr. Polly and Mrs. O. U. Chamers, who have been seriously ill, are reported on the road to recovery.
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B. P. Co. Takes Care of Employees
Lumber Corporation Employs Nurse and Assistants for Flu Victims

The Boise Payette Lumber Company is handling the influenza epidemic among its employees in a manner that is highly commendable. A trained nurse has been employed to look after the welfare of all employees who are afflicted with the disease, a man is on duty at all times to run errands and do chores, and nutritious broth is distributed daily from the kitchen of the company’s boarding house to those who are sick. In short, nothing is being left undone to care for those who are sick in a most efficient manner.

At the rooming house, while there have been only two cases, preparations had been made for the special care and comfort of patients, and this will be continued for cases which may develop. In the residence section Mrs. Hoyt is employed as supervising nurse. Her duty is to call at houses where advice and assistance is needed, give instructions to hose in attendance upon patients, and see that necessary medicines and sick room equipment is provided and, in short, keep in touch with those needing her aid. Under Joe Brown’s kindly interest, hot soup is being made several times daily and sent to houses where help is short. Several of the city school teachers are doing nurse service in this section of the town.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 4

Schools Closed for Another Week

Schools will be kept closed for another week at least; that is, until Jan. 20. If the influenza situation admits, school work will be resumed at that time. I hope all pupils will hold on to their school course and be ready to start into the work with renewed determination when school opens again. I think we can still do the most essential part of the year’s work. We will omit some of the course that is not so necessary for promotion to the next grade, do very little reviewing, and probably lengthen the school day slightly. By these means we can go forward quite rapidly and cover the major part of the year’s work. Let all students in the High school and in the grades watch for the time of reopening and be in school the very first day ready for good faithful work.

J. A. Goodwin, Supt.
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Mrs. Ora F. Cronk

Mrs. Ora F. Cronk, wife of Allen J. Cronk, died Sunday night at the Canyon Canal camp. She was born July 20, 1899. Her age was 19 years, 5 months and 15 days. About three weeks ago she and her husband went to the camp to help in the work there. She was ill about three days with the flu, and was seemingly improving when a sudden failure of the heart to act brought on death. Mrs. Cronk was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Salee, who came to Emmett from Midvale about two years ago. …
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Josephine Rockwell

Josephine Evaline Rockwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Rockwell of this city, died from pneumonia early on Monday, aged 2 years, 9 months and 12 days. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the residence, Pastor A. C. Lathrop officiating. In addition to the child’s parents, there are several brothers and sisters.
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Mrs. Margaret M. Oberlin

Mrs. Margaret M. Oberlin, wife of Al Oberlin, died last evening about 6 o’clock of heart failure following influenza, aged 28 years. She was the mother of two girls, aged 8 and 10 years. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, with services at the Bucknum chapel by Rev. F. E. Finley.
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Mrs. Ray Wallace

Mrs. Ray Wallace, living on the bench near Central Mesa, died this morning of pneumonia following influenza. She was a daughter of Mrs. Fulgham and the mother of five small girls. The husband has been for several days a sufferer from the same disease in a Canyon canal camp.
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Funeral of Oquinn Family

The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Oquinn and infant child arrived Saturday and the triple funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the Bucknum chapel, and was one of the most pathetic services ever held here. Within one of the two caskets lay the remains of the mother with the infant child in her arms. The services were in charge of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges and consisted of the beautiful burial ritual of those orders.

The following concerning the sad death of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Oquinn and infant is taken from a Salmon City paper:

“Distressful scenes have been witnessed during the awful ravage of the so called Spanish influenza, but few instances are more pathetic in the popular appeal that that which befell the Oquinn family at Salmon. With the approach of Yuletide, all were sick in bed. The night before Christmas a baby was born which died within 24 hours. Thursday morning, John Oquinn, the husband and father, passed away, and at 12:30 Thursday night, Mrs. Oquinn stepped out into the night to be with him. All transpired so suddenly and fatefully that neighbors and friends stood helplessly aghast. Only Pat Oquinn, and infant boy of 20 months, remains of that respected little family which until two weeks ago was so happy, so hopeful and so healthful. Little Pat is being cared for by Mrs. M. C. Manful, and is said to be getting on well.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 5

Emmett News

Miss Lucy Kieldson went to Boise this morning to spend the remainder of the school vacation. Miss Kieldson has been doing nurse service during the height of the epidemic.

Miss Mildred Selby of Boise is visiting at the home of her sister Mrs. Everett Barton during the vacation of the Boise schools. Another sister, Miss Airs, was here last week, enroute to McCall, where she will teach school.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Langroise motored to Payette Saturday evening taking Norma and Will and Miss Margaret Knipe, enroute to Moscow to resume their school work. Miss Ellen Waring was prevented from accompanying them by sickness in the family.

Miss Bessie Teed arrived last week from Chicago to take the position of stenographer in the First National Bank. Miss Teed is a former school friend of Mrs. Henry Obermeyer and comes under the best of recommendations. She has suffered an attack of flu since arriving in Emmett and is now fully acclimated.

C. A. West is again at his desk, though looking a trifle less robust since his illness.

Charlie Hedrick is on the streets again after a siege of the flu.

R. E. Shaw is able to be up town after a long and severe illness from the flu.

Leroy Wood, a recent arrival from La Grande, Ore., is nursing the sick at the Dr. P. W. Polly home.

Frank Chapin returned Friday from a week’s visit in Salt Lake and other points. Mr. Chapin states that the Montpelier country, where he spent a few days, is having a serious epidemic of the flu.

H. A. Pugh, member-elect from Gem county, was unable to report at the opening session of the legislature Tuesday on account of sickness in his family.

Dr. Wilderson, who has filled the position of Dr. Drysdale at New Plymouth during the latter’s absence in the service of his country, accompanied Dr. Drysdale to Emmett Tuesday to assist in relieving the flu situation. He remained here, and is considering locating.

The Red Cross has made up a number of pneumonia jackets and has placed them on sale at the two drug stores.

Mrs. and Mrs. L. N. Dillon returned Monday from an extended visit at their old home in Smith Center, Kans. Mrs. Dillon had a severe attack of influenza while away, but has fully recovered. The Dillon people are more delighted with their Idaho home than ever, and are fully decided that this is “the place.” They were accompanied home by Mr. and Mrs. Sam Cannon, who stopped here a few days to visit several families of former Smith Center people. Mr. and Mrs. Cannon were enroute to Tacoma for a short stay.

Don’t flirt with Flu. The Irish Washerwoman is still single.
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Mill News

Earl Seaman has recovered from his attack of flu and is again at his work.

“Scotty” Henderson, who has had a serious attack of influenza is reported improving. In fact, we learn that there are no dangerously ill ones among the mill employees at present. Mr. Woodstein, who has suffered a most painful affection of the ear accompanying influenza, is somewhat improved.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 09, 1919, Page 8

News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents

Haw Creek.
By Mrs. E. Tennyson.

Mrs. James Stippich is home from her school at Weiser, visiting her mother, Mrs. Grace Sanders.

Mrs. E. Tennyson called on Mrs. Ambrose Shorten Monday afternoon, who has been quite sick for several weeks, but is now recovering nicely.
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Central Mesa

Mrs. Wallace has pneumonia after an attack of the Flu.

Miss Josie Aston was out Sunday for the first time since having the flu.

Mr. Pass got moved just in time, for he took the flu and is up now. Mrs. Pass has it, too.

More flu than anything else, so it is hard to get news.
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By E. F. Wells.

The two Newman families are all up and around again from an attack of the flu.

The James Bonham family, who have been having a tussle with the flu, are about all able to sit up now.
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(Too late for last week.)

The holidays passed off rather quietly in these parts, most of the people staying close at home on account of the flu epidemic.

Our school has been closed since Monday evening on account of the flu.

The families of Elmer and Frank Newman all have the flu.

Two children of James Bonham are sick with the flu.

The sad news of the death of D. Sasser spread over the wires Monday morning. He passed away at the home of his parents in Caldwell about midnight Sunday, from pneumonia, following a case of the flu. He leaves a wife and two small children, besides his father, mother and one half brother to mourn his loss.
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On account of the low attendance at school and the fact that there were a number of cases of influenza in our neighborhood, the teachers, Mrs. Shane and Miss Bowers, volunteered to take a month’s vacation without pay, hoping that by Feb. 1 the epidemic will have run its course and the sick ones be able to return to school and the well ones will not be afraid to attend. This disposition on the part of the teachers to bear their share of the disadvantages the schools have experienced is certainly appreciated by the school board and the patrons of District 4. It is hoped by using every precaution now, by Feb. 1 we may resume out school work and continue up to the first of June.

The school trustees met in special session to transact necessary business connected with the special election to be held Jan. 18 to vote on the change of site for the schoolhouse. It is proposed to have the new site in Letha.

Dan Hansen is suffering with the flu this week.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sawyer and infant son are all victims of the influenza. They are being cared for by Mrs. Sawyer’s sister, who recently arrived from Minnesota to make the acquaintance of the babe. The brave little girl has her hands full and sympathetic neighbors are doing all they can to aid her.

Influenza has invaded the Robt. Howard home and several members of the family are ill.

N. D. Wentworth, who has been quite ill, is able to be about again.

R. B. Wentworth came home Monday from the Sisler ditch camp. He was fortunately one of those who did not take the Flu.

Many of our people are taking advantage of this nice freezing weather and preparing, by putting up quantities of ice, to keep things cool next summer.
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South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

Now that the Slope people have been generally attacked by the flu they are spending their time indoors getting rid of it as fast as they can.

The Will Tucker and Ed Tyler families are doing nicely and able to be around.

Several members of the Warden household are convalescent.

Miss Gertrude McSparran is recovering from pneumonia.

Miss Irene Jensen is spending this week at home, her school being closed on account of quarantine.

The Slope people are very solicitous for Duncan Hunter and sincerely hope for his recovery.
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By Mrs. R. E. Noland

Mrs. Cronk, a niece of Mrs. McRoberts, died at the ditch camp Sunday night. The remains were taken to Midvale for burial.

The family and brother of Ford [?ostic] are getting over an attack of influenza.

J. S. Robinson, who is employed at the dam, is getting to be quite an efficient nurse. He is at present taking care of the Clark Cox family, who are down with the influenza.
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Upper Mesa

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meier and son Melvin are having their turn with the flu, but all are getting along nicely.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

The Fulgham and Wallace families are having their siege of the flu. Mrs. Burdell is helping to take care of them.

Mrs. Bayston is on the sick list this week and is unable to teach school.

The Johns family are ill with the Spanish Influenza.

Mr. Wallace and Wilmer Buck, who have been working on the canal, also have the flu.
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Nazarene Church Notes

It takes something like an epidemic or quarantine to keep holy people from assembling together and when temporarily hindered God will make up to them these precious blessings in other means of grace. We rejoice in our pastoral visitation to find the saints rejoicing in the Lord and seeking practical ways to show their love for Him. Let us earnestly pray that the plague may be removed soon.

– W. H. Parker, Pastor.
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Baptist Notes

No church services next Sunday, as the Flu epidemic still continues. We can hardly expect to reopen before the 19th.

Now is the time we need to keep close to God and be much in prayer. Especially remember the sick in prayer to God for their recovery. If you are stricken look up to him in trust and faith. Let us not be frightened, but in confidence bear with what comes our way, and do whatever service we can. We can safely lean upon our God in these days of anxiety. Remember to read his word also. It has a message of good cheer and uplift for us all.
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source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 1


Strict Regulations On Public School Pupils
Forbidden To Attend Shows, Dances And Church Until January 19

Pupils of the Grangeville public schools have been forbidden to attend churches, theaters, dances and all public gatherings, by an order issued by the local board of education. the regulations will remain in force until Sunday, January 19, and may be continued at the option of the board. Purpose of issuing the order is to guard against spread of Spanish influenza, so that the schools, which had been closed for several months, will not again be interrupted.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 2


School opened here last Monday with a fair attendance.

Oliver Reynolds is dangerously ill with pneumonia.

Miss Lucile Sasse was home from Cottonwood last week. She was suffering from a mild attack of influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 3

The Oregon state legislature, scheduled to meet January 13, may not convene, because of seriousness of the influenza epidemic in Oregon. It is felt that the public health may be menaced by the gathering of the lawmakers. And many a time the public would be spared needless suffering were legislative sessions abandoned.
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source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 09, 1919, Page 6

Local News In Brief

Catholic Church Services

Regular church services will be held at the Catholic church at the usual hour.

Federated Church services

There will be preaching service at the Federated church Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. The Sunday school literature will be given to those who come for it at ten o’clock.

Takes Office Suite

Dr. B. Chipman, who arrived in Grangeville ten days ago, will establish his office in the suite formerly occupied by Dr. Slusser in the A. & F. block.

Flag at Half Mast

The county flag was at half mast in Grangeville Tuesday, out of respect to the late Col. Theodore Roosevelt.
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Joe Enger is able to be about, after having suffered for a week from influenza.

A. M. Ecker, clerk in the local post office, has recovered from ten days’ illness of influenza.

A. R. Wiley has recovered from a severe attack of Spanish influenza, and is again able to be about the city.

Dr. W. G. Law has arrived from Vollmer and will be located temporarily at the Imperial hotel. Dr. Law is a chiropractor.

Miss Hazel Calhoun was in Grangeville Tuesday from Cottonwood. Miss Calhoun recently recovered from a severe attack of Spanish influenza.

R. J. Gill, Salmon river stockman, was in Grangeville this week. Mr. Gill has recovered from an attack of influenza, which kept him from his work for some time.
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School Notes

The pupils have entered into their work with a great deal of enthusiasm, in spite of the fact that they are required to do more than the usual hour of home study.

For the first time in the history of the Grangeville high school school was held on New Year’s day.
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Fenn Items

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Weber, who have been quite ill, are now recovering.

Mrs. H. J. Von Bargen, who has been ill with pneumonia, is much better.
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Miss Olive Buchanan, school teacher here, while riding on skis Sunday, fell and sprained her ankle so badly it was necessary for her to have her pupils come to her residence for instruction.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 1


Regulations Made Severe
Special Officers Stationed to Break Up Crowds in All City Stores.

At the request of citizens who thought the health authorities should not permit crowding at special sales if they would not allow public assemblages for worship or entertainment, the mayor has appointed several extra policemen whose duty it is to keep the crowds in the stores from congregating in a small area. According to the new rules, not more than fifteen persons are admitted into any place of business at a time, and these are not permitted to gather in groups about a single counter. The public is told to make purchases quickly and leave the building. Stores report that they have never done so much business as during the past week of special sales, and that trade has never been so brisk or the people so eager to shop.
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Poultry Man Ill.

N. E. Luce, poultry husbandryman on the University of Idaho extension department staff, is confined to his home with a severe attack of influenza. He first developed the disease Sunday. – Boise Statesman

Mr. Luce was formerly instructor in the university and is well known here.
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Influenza Worse at Potlatch.

Potlatch, Jan. 9. – The number of influenza cases took a decided jump yesterday from 22 to 58 cases. The schools have again been closed until conditions are much improved.
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Flu Worse in San Francisco
623 New Cases and 35 Deaths in 24-Hour Period.

San Francisco. – Six hundred and eighteen new cases of influenza and 27 deaths from the disease were reported to the board of health last night for a 24-hour period ending at 5:00 o’clock.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 2

Live and Learn or Die and Learn.

After an experiment with lifting the influenza ban, many towns in Idaho have decided that the advantages of public assemblages do not outweigh the increase of victims of the disease. Wallace, Kellogg, Emmett, Caldwell, Boise, Nampa, and many other places have just passed ordinances by which the health officers require a stricter observance of the quarantine than ever before.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 3

City News

Miss Viola McCarter returned today from Portland, where she is teaching, the schools in that city being closed on account of influenza.

Miss Grace Mullaly of Genesee entered the high school Wednesday to take up the work of the term.

Mrs. Bert Crowe has moved to Moscow for the winter from their farm near Pullman, for the purpose of placing the children in school. Her sister, Miss Thelma Martin, of Stites, will be with her to attend high school.

Mrs. Anna Wiley of Palouse, was shopping in Moscow yesterday and visiting her son, who is in the high school.
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Dame Rumor is Busy

Notwithstanding her long life of uninterrupted activity, old Dame Rumor does not seem to be petering out very fast or showing even slight signs of exhaustion. Just recently she has been doing several marathons around town in an effort to spread the report that the university is a perfect hot bed of influenza cases. With her usual success the first report that there was one case in one sorority has speedily developed into an outbreak of 15 cases in Ridenbaugh Hall to say nothing of victims falling by the wholesale in fraternities and sororities.

It is too bad at this late date to question the veracity of the old lady, but truth compels the statement that up to the hour of going to press there is not one single case of influenza in the university; there are no suspects under observation; and there are no prospects that there will be any suspects.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 09, 1919, Page 4

Cornwall News

Most all the children are attending school now. No new influenza cases reported yet.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 1


Joe Baldus Returns With Bride.

Joe Baldus son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Baldus, pioneer and highly esteemed farmer family of this vicinity, went to Portland recently and on December 30 quietly closed a case in Cupid’s court which had been pending since Joe spent a season at work in that city about a year ago. The blushing bride was Miss Alma Brown, and the happy pair returned to the Baldus home here last Friday to take up their permanent residence.

Since their return Joe has been confined to his bed by an attack of influenza, though no serious complication have appeared and his condition today is reported as satisfactory.
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Red Cross Workers Wanted.

About ten sweater knitters and ten sock knitters are wanted by the Red Cross knitting committee. All work that is out should be finished by the first of February.

This call is urgent and those who will help, the committee will be grateful if you call by phone and notify them.

Mrs. J. G. Wright,
Mrs W. J. Smith, Com.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 4

Central Ridge News

Miss Davis of the Liberty school was ill and dismissed her school for three days last week.

Mrs. Galloway was on the sick list last week, but is reported to be able to be up again.

The many Central Ridge friends [of] Mrs. Mat Ransier are glad to know she is recovering from the influenza.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 6

What is The Flu Anyway?

Pneumonic plague, imported from China as a consequence of the world war.

“That’s the substance of the Spanish influenza,” explanation offered in a New York medical journal by Dr. James J. King of the United States army medical corps.

Three hundred and fifty thousand lives have thus far been lost in the United States since the epidemic reached “An Atlantic Port” in the summer of 1918.

Other explanations than that offered by Dr. King fail to take into account all the facts. The disease is independent of climatic conditions. It has raged in damp Boston, in moist Cleveland and Detroit, in windy Chicago, in dry Arizona, in balmy Los Angeles, in frozen Alaska and in warm Porta [sic] Rico with equal fury.

It took the open air sleeper and the man who seals his windows and covers his head o’nights.

It hit the riders in crowded street cars and the lonely rider in the luxurious limousine.

Preachers and bartenders fell victims alike.

“There is no known preventive,” says Dr. Rupert Blue of the United States public health service.

Dr. King tells us that pneumonic plague first appeared in 1910 in Harbin, Manchuria. It swept North China. It is yet prevalent. “The mortality,” he says, “Has been fearfully high.”

“In 1917,” adds Dr. King, “about 200,000 Chinese coolies, collected from the northern part of China, where pneumonic plague has raged at intervals since 1910, were sent to France as laborers.

In March, 1918, some of these Chinese were captured by the Germans. “Spanish Influenza” soon appeared in the German army and spread around the world in less than a year.

Dr. King believes pneumonia and bubonic plague germs mingled in the blood of some obscure Chinese coolie in Harbin and produced a new disease terror.

All great wars of history have been followed by disease epidemics.

The next war must be against this plague!

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 09, 1919, Page 7

Miss Esther Smith returned this morning from Winchester, where she has been assisting as nurse during the flu epidemic there.

The information was received here this week that Grover C. Cunningham, the second son of Veterinarian Cunningham, who moved from this place to Windham, Montana, some eight years ago, had died of influenza on Nov. 12 at Camp Mills N.Y., aged 33 years. He was a private in the 23rd Machine Gun Battalion.

Chas. F. Thomas last night received word that his son, Bernice, had on Monday successfully undergone an operation at the hospital at Camp Lewis for the removal of pus formation on the left lung, following a recent attack of pneumonia. The young man is said to be getting along satisfactorily, and his mother is still at his bedside, so he is assured of the best nursing.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 09 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Irving School, Moscow, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 10

The Rathdrum Tribune., January 10, 1919, Page 1


From Over The County

Spirit Lake

Bonnie, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Snook, passed away Tuesday morning with the influenza.

Mrs. E. F. Conklin is recovering from influenza.

Mrs. Agnes Sizemore died at the home of her parents Jan. 5. She was stricken with influenza on Christmas day and apparently recovered, but pneumonia developed.

The citizens of Spirit Lake took up a collection of $500 for Mrs. Hamacher and children, and $200 for Henry Oldenburg, who were recently bereaved by death from influenza.

Fire complete destroyed the Cozy theatre at 2 o’clock Sunday morning. The loss is estimated at $3000, covered by insurance except as to the fixtures.
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The Harrison schools re-opened Jan. 2 after being closed two months on account of influenza.

The influenza ban in Harrison has been lifted from all public gatherings excepting dances.

Ice up the St. Joe is delaying the boats.
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Coeur D’Alene

Clarence S. Sowder, age 20, son of County Auditor-elect C. O. Sowder, died of pneumonia at Washington, D. C. He was in the student army training corps in George Washington university, and contracted influenza there.

Ice is nine inches thick on Fernan lake.
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Post Falls

Mrs. Schinzel of Cedar Creek received a telegram informing her of the death of her son, Leo, in France. He had been wounded in battle but had recovered and died of spinal meningitis after the armistice was signed.

A lynx is believed to be stealing Will Ness’ chickens.
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A year ago voluntary food control was a daring adventure in democracy; during the year an established proof of democratic efficiency.
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Gold production in the United States in 1918 fell to 3,313,000 fine ounces, worth $68,493,000, the lowest in 20 years, and the silver production dropped to 67,879,000 fine ounces, worth $67,879,000 at the standard government price of $1 an ounce, the smallest record since 1913.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., January 10, 1919, Page 2

School Notes

School opened last Monday with an 80 per cent attendance.

Because of conditions an attempt is being made to secure the services of a school nurse. Miss Papendick as at hand on Monday and Tuesday in this capacity and we are sorry she could not continue the work. A surprisingly large number of pupils were found to have inflamed throats and bad tonsils, and a few had a temperature above normal and high pulse. Teachers are watching pupils closely and particular attention is paid to ventilation and the temperature of the rooms.

All unnecessary meetings in school, such as parties, inter-high school athletics, etc., will be prohibited indefinitely because of the imminence of influenza.

During our forced vacation all desks and seats in both buildings have been planed, scraped and varnished. The furniture presents a fine appearance and is as good as news. The cost amounts to less than one-fifth the cost of new furniture.

It has been the habit of some pupils in the primary grades to bring their younger brothers or sisters, who are not yet of school age, to spend the afternoon with them in the school room. Naturally this interferes somewhat with the work. We need to make all possible progress during the remainder of this year and would suggest that parents discourage this habit.

We wish to acknowledge our indebtedness to Miss Elise Papendick for the liberal donation of several reference texts; and especially for a collection of native butterflies, all mounted and classified.
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Doings of Legislature.

The Idaho legislature has ratified the prohibition amendment to the federal constitution.

The first bill introduced called for an appropriation of $75,000 to meet the expenses of the legislature, including salaries of members.

Two members of the house were taken ill with influenza.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., January 10, 1919, Page 3

Local Paragraphs.

Rathdrum was again free from influenza Thursday, the two cases recently reported having recovered. No new cases have been reported since.

About 20 young people from Spirit Lake attended the roller skating at the armory in Rathdrum last Saturday and gave rise to fears that the influenza might again be spread to this community by such visitations, causing an order to be issued closing the rink. A dance that was to have been given New year’s eve, was cancelled in order to obviate this danger of contact with other communities where the influenza situation was serious.
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Personal Mention.

Miss Marian Laird returned last week to Ione, Wash., to resume teaching.

Miss Grace Hulsey of Spirit Lake, returned this week to resume her studies in the Rathdrum high school.

Miss Stella Hurrel has returned from Spokane and has resumed her studies in the Rathdrum high school.
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Oscar G. Sheffield

The body of Oscar Sheffield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Sheffield, arrived Tuesday from Newport News, Virginia, where he died of influenza-pneumonia while in the military service. …

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. January 10, 1919, Page 6



19190110AFP3Mexico Hit By “Flu”
Most Fatal Epidemic in History of Country.
Shortage of Necessary Drugs One of Reasons for Heavy Death Rate.

Laredo, Tex. — According to reliable information brought here by arrivals from various portions of Mexico, the present epidemic of Spanish influenza in that country has been the most fatal epidemic in the history of Mexico, the death rate exceeding that caused by any previous epidemic of typhus, yellow fever or smallpox. The undertakers of Mexico were caught in the influenza epidemic without practically any supply of coffins or caskets on hand, and even the old custom of renting caskets for burial purposes only, after which the body is removed at the grave and placed in a pine box, had to be abandoned, as some of the wealthier class were buried in caskets that were formerly used for rental purposes only.

In Mexico City it is estimated that at least 40,000 cases of influenza were in that city the middle of October, many cases developing into pneumonia and causing several thousand of deaths, these latter being mostly among the poor people who contracted the disease and were compelled to lie down on the dirt floors of their jackals and there contracted pneumonia and died. A big death rate also occurred among the better class, despite the care given them. In Guadalajara, Gunnajuato, Torreon, Tampico, Saltillo and Monterey the number of cases of influenza were heavy, while the death rate was likewise heavy. In Vera Cruz over one-third of those stricken with the influenza are said to have succumbed to subsequent pneumonia. In many places the heavy death rate in Mexico was due to the shortage of aspirin, quinine and other necessary drugs used in the cure of influenza.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. January 10, 1919, Page 8

People and Events

Maurice M. Myers left for California last Sunday to be at the bedside of his father, who is critically ill with pneumonia.

The home of Rev. George Sprattler in Prosperity has been invaded by the flu. Mr. Sprattler is recovering from a siege of the illness and now three of his children are down with it.

Miss Ella Chipp is confined to her home with an attack of the flu.

Paul Bulfinich was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon a victim of the flu.

J. P. Mehlhaff has recovered from the flu and is again on deck at the Leader Hardware company’s store.

Mrs. Maurice M. Myers was taken to the Bethany Deaconess hospital on Tuesday evening, suffering from an attack of the flu.

Ralph Wheeler, brother of Mrs. O. F. Crowley, is ill with a light case of the flu. He is at the home of his sister, who is taking the best care of the lad.

Mrs. C. Lee French was up for the first time Thursday since being laid low by the flu. Mrs. French is gradually recovering her former strength and health.

The local chapter of the Red Cross is doing all it can to assist those who are in need of help through the sickness befalling them. While it is impossible for the Red Cross to send out trained nurses for the reason that none are available, the organization is sending out practical workers to help the sick whenever they can be obtained. The local chapter of the organization of mercy is anxious to learn the names of any women who are ready to go to the homes of those where several members of the family are down with illness, either in the city or in the country. Notify or call on Mrs. R. F. Noth or Mrs. R. B. Greenwood, American Falls.

Before the flu embargo was placed on picture shows here Manager Crowley of the Auditorium had booked the “Crisis” for presentation. Recently he was notified that the film would be here and ready to be shown Friday evening, but through a misunderstanding somewhere it will be impossible to show the film on that night. Later in the season Mr. Crowley hopes to be able to present this famed film to an audience.

It may be well to state now and then that it is good practice to keep plenty of fresh air circulating in every indoor place, be it sleeping or dwelling room or work shop. If the germs of influenza have invaded a room they are just as apt as not to escape through an open window. And then influenza will have become out-flew-enza.

The weather holding forth here this week is the sort that can be fittingly called nice winter weather. While it is rather nippy, yet the air is full of refreshing ozone. Get plenty of that fresh air into your dwelling, working an sleeping rooms and there is no legitimate reason why any sickness should befall you.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. January 10, 1919, Page 4


Official Proceedings Of County Commissioners.

Orofino, Idaho, Dec. 13 1918.

Board of Commissioners convened in regular session at 9 a.m. this date pursuant to adjournment of December 12 1918. …

Following miscellaneous claims allowed and warrants ordered drawn on current expense fund for same.


Application for $40.00 burial expense, Ed. Best, indigent, having been authorized by the Probate Judge, same is hereby confirmed by the board.

Application for $40.00 hospital expense, indigent, Nora Carr, having be authorized by the Probate Judge, same is hereby confirmed by the board.

Board of County Commissioners hereby confirm arrangement made at meeting of board of health, November 15, 1918, attended by Commissioners C. A. Pittwood and Fred Choate and County Physician E. W. Horswill, whereat, upon representation and request of Mrs. M. B. Britan, chairman Clearwater County Red Cross, a Clearwater county Red Cross hospital service was temporarily established for the care of influenza patients. Claims for medical attention and nursing, supplies and other hospital expenses, when properly approved by the proper hospital officers, will be considered an allowed by the board, in regular way. Hospital expenses for patients to be charged for an corrected, as provided by law for the maintenance of temporary hospital service. …

After further consideration of Red Cross hospital claims, board adjourned at 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. January 10, 1919, when regular business will be resumed.

Fred Choate, Chairman.
Attest, Joseph Kauffman, Clerk Board Co. Commissioners.
By W. H. Gillespie, Deputy.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 10 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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