Idaho History Oct 11, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 26

Idaho Newspaper clippings January 15-16, 1919

School Photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 15

The Daily Star-Mirror., January 15, 1919, Page 1


Influenza Worse In Many Places
Portland, Spokane and Vancouver Have New Outbreaks – No Cases Here

With no new cases of influenza reported in Moscow for six days up to last night; without a single case among the hundreds of students in the University of Idaho, the high school and the seventh and eighth grades, conditions here are better than at any time since the epidemic first reached Moscow. But it is worse in many places. Portland established a new record yesterday with 422 new cases in one day and Vancouver reports 27 deaths in two days. Spokane had 62 new cases Monday and 54 Tuesday and the death lists in these places are growing rapidly. Spokane reports people having the second and even the third attack of the disease, thus showing that people do not become immune by having the disease once. In fact the Spokane health officer in his report intimates that people who have had the disease once are more apt to take it later.

Spokane’s Last Report.

Spokane. – Fifty-four cases of influenza and two of pneumonia were reported yesterday to the city health department. Influenza has shown a slight increase during the last two days, but does not yet give cause for alarm, Dr. J. B. Anderson, city health officer, stated. He says that there has been a third revival of influenza in various cities adjacent to Spokane and that some of this is bound to enter the city.

“The danger in influenza is the walking carrier, or the person in the early stages who thinks he has not

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Influenza Worse At Many Places

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got it, or the person in the convalescent state who thinks that he is well,” said Dr. Anderson.

“I would again suggest that people avoid crowds and unnecessary gatherings. Club meetings and other assemblages that can be dispensed with should be allowed to go over for a time.”

Since the beginning of the epidemic in October 10,820 cases of influenza have been reported to the city health office. Three deaths were reported yesterday, making a total of 446 since the beginning.

The emergency influenza hospital was closed Tuesday night, when one patient remained and was sent to a hotel. The hospital management requests that all claims against the institution be sent in at once in order to close up its affairs.

Portland’s New Record.

Portland. – Influenza set a new high mark in Portland today with 442 new cases and 15 deaths. The city council will take up a mask ordinance tomorrow and passage with an emergency clause making it immediately effective is expected.

Vancouver Deaths 27.

Vancouver, B. C. – Deaths in Vancouver Monday and Tuesday, resulting from Spanish influenza, totaled 27. There were 72 new cases of the disease reported today.

Put Ban On at Davenport.

Davenport, Wash. – Following a meeting Monday at which a large number of business men attended, the flu ban was again placed on public meetings. The action followed another outbreak of the epidemic from which 55 persons in Davenport are ill.. The number of cases reported last week was 25.

The public schools will be kept open at least for a few days, during which a nurse will be in constant attendance looking for ailing students. Operation of the schools is seriously handicapped by the illness and quarantine of eight of the teachers.

Rathdrum Schools Closed.

Rathdrum. – After one week and a day the Rathdrum public schools were closed again today on account of a new outbreak of influenza among the pupils. Ten cases have appeared since last Saturday. The school closing order is indefinite but lessons will be assigned weekly for home study.

The schools at Athol and Rimrock have been closed on account of influenza.

Dr. Adair says there have been no new cases in Moscow in six days, and that of the three families who were afflicted last week, two have entirely recovered and been released from quarantine. But Dr. Adair warns that the danger is not over and the present enviable conditions in Moscow are due to the fact that the people have obeyed the quarantine regulations and have cooperated with the health officers in observing the rules.

Mayor Truitt has issued the following order in regard to dancing in Moscow and attending dances in other places. The police powers of the city will be used to enforce this order, which follows:

“Dancing is now prohibited in this city and hereafter if any person or persons residing or sojourning in Moscow shall attend any dance or dancing party outside of Moscow and return here they shall be quarantined for four days, after their return, and only released then on the certificate of a physician.”
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Women Want Quarantine Laws.

The two women members, Mrs. Drake and Mrs. White, introduced a bill in the house providing that the health board or chairman in an emergency can make rules to guard against or stop contagion and enter quarantined cities and towns. The bill gives the board power not held heretofore.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 15, 1919, Page 3

City News

Mrs. Jacob A. Hoke is still critically ill at her home on S. Jackson street.

The funeral services of Jacob A. Hoke were conducted today at the grave, on account of the quarantine.

Mrs. Chas. Howard of Los Angeles, a former resident of Moscow, has recovered from a recent attack of the influenza.
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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 as formerly instructor in the university and is well known here.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 15, 1919, Page 4


Chambers Flat school was closed Friday evening on account of influenza, several cases having broken out in that district during the past week. All of the cases are in a mild form.
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Personal Mention of Cove Precinct People

Kenneth Southworth is recovering from an attack of influenza.
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Deary and Vicinity Have Much Influenza

Wm. Whyback and family are severely ill with the flu.

Miss Emma Nelson was a guest at the Whyback home Sunday.

The flu situation on American ridge is alarming. Twenty-three cases reported since the first of the week.

Mrs. Gus Alson is critically ill.

Bovill also has many cases of the flu. Twenty cases were reported there since Sunday.

The dance to be given Saturday evening was postponed.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 15, 1919, Page 2


1299 American Troops Reach New York Port

New York, Jan. 15 – The United States cruiser St. Louis arrived in New York harbor today carrying American Troops.

On board were 45 officers and 1254 enlisted men. Of this number 200 were sick or wounded.

Twenty-two cases of influenza were reported during the trip across.
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Record Number Influenza Cases at Portland, 422

Portland, Ore., Jan. 15. – The highest number of influenza cases ever recorded here, 422, was reported yesterday. The deaths totaled 15.

The city council is expected to pass an ordinance today making the wearing of masks in public meetings, department stores, theaters and churches compulsory.
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Solons Get “Shot In Arm”

Salem, Ore., Jan. 15. – The most definite thing on the program when the legislators opened their session today was something outside the regular of business – a “shot in the arm.”

The members of the senate and house as well as all attaches were vaccinated against influenza at 10 a.m. today.

[Note: A good paper from Stanford University, “The Medical and Scientific Conceptions of Influenza” on the search for the cause and vaccine. (link)]

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 15, 1919, Page 5

Knights of Columbus Engage Physician to Aid in Fighting Flu

The local council, Knights of Columbus, in addition to their personal efforts to alleviate suffering and distress in influenza cases have secured the services of a prominent first class doctor who had given up general practice in order to devote his time to surgery, but who now feels duty bound to devote his time to those stricken with the prevailing epidemic. He will give his whole time and attention to ministering to influenza sufferers without charge. Any one needing the services of a physician in influenza cases where they cannot command their family doctor, if they have one, or cannot procure medical assistance, are invited to communicate with the grand knight of the organization at telephone No. 972, or call up Captain Barnes of the Salvation army at telephone No. 1465 and their calls will meet with a hearty and immediate response if needed.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 15, 1919, Page 7

Two Nampa Women Dead of Influenza

Nampa, Jan. 15. – Mrs. W. F. Parkinson, residing near the city, died yesterday from the influenza. Her death is mourned by her husband and two children. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Nampa, Jan. 15. – Mrs. Beatty E. Goff, wife of Albert E. Goff of this city, died yesterday from the influenza. Her husband, parents and five brothers and sisters, who reside in Illinois, survive. Funeral services were held from the Kohlerlawn cemetery this afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. J. H. Graybill conducting the services.
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Mrs. Joseph McKinney is ill of influenza.
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Out of a student body of 110 enrolled in the High school, 90 students are now in attendance.

Class games are under full force at the Rural High school. In games of basketball played yesterday the seniors won over the sophomore by a score of 22 to 6, and the freshman over the juniors by a score of 13 to 12.
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Attorney Ralph B. Scatterday has returned from Pontiac, Ill., where he was called last week by the illness of a brother who had been stricken with the Spanish influenza and who has since died.

Mrs. Ed L. Bryan has been called to Independence, Oregon by the illness of a brother and a sister. The brother has died since her arrival from the Spanish influenza and the sister is in a very serious condition.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 15, 1919, Page 10

Condition Better.

Guy Flenner, managing editor of the Capital News, ill at his home with pneumonia, is holding his own and was better this morning, his temperature dropping one decree during the night. Mrs. Flenner, ill with influenza, is also improving.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 15, 1919, Page 1


Appealed to Supreme Court

We are informed that an appeal has been taken from the decision of Judge Terrell in the case of the ouster proceedings brought against W. K. Huntington, ex-sheriff, in which he was removed from office and fined $500.00.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 15, 1919, Page 5

Items About People You Know

There, there, little Thrift Stamp
Don’t you cry;
You’ll be a War Bond
Bye and Bye.

School Opens Monday – After another forced closing of our public schools by the prevalence of an epidemic of flu, which has now abated, there not being a case in the valley, school will reopen again next Monday, the 20th.

Flu at Fishers – Dr. C. L. Kirtley was called to the Fisher ranch near Clayton, the fore part of the week, by the illness of Mrs. Fisher and daughter, Frances, who were found to be suffering with the flu.

Attending business Again – F. L. Hudlow and Ralph Baxter are looking after their hardware business again after an absence of several week, occasioned by their illness from the flu. Mr. Baxter was pretty sick for a while and looked rather “peeked” when he again appeared on the scene of Challis’ business activities.

Deputy Resigns – James Mavity, deputy sheriff under W. K. Huntington, resigned his position when Mr. Huntington was retired from office. Custer county was without a sheriff for five days. Mr. Mavity has been named deputy under Sheriff F. W. Cummins.

Cummins Here – Frank W. Cummins, our new sheriff, arrived from Mackay last Thursday and went in quarantine the required four days in the Wm. Peek house which he has rented. Mr. Cummins will move his mother to Challis early in the spring.

Hooper School Re-opens – Miss Mary Coryell of this city, who is teacher at the Hooper school in Pahsamaro [sic], left last Sunday for that place to resume teaching on Monday. The school had been closed for some time on account of the flu.

Burnham’s Here – Mr. and Mrs. [?] M. Burnham arrived from Mackay last Friday and went into quarantine in one of the buildings at Jose’s.
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Purely Personal

Mrs. Thos. Jose, Sr., is reported on the sick list.

Mrs. Emmett Hosford has been on the sick list the past week or so.

C. V. Hansen arrived Sunday to attend the Commissioners meeting. Mr. Hansen was made chairman of the Board.

B. D. Fox received the appointment of deputy clerk and recorder and Frank Dearden received the appointment of deputy assessor.

The management of Dodge Hall is planning a big military ball in honor of the returned soldiers. Watch for the dates and program when the quarantine is lifted.

Hon. George L. McGowan, who left here week before last to be in attendance at the session of the legislature as representative from this county, was taken ill with the flu soon after his arrival in the Capital City.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 15, 1919, Page 8


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 21st 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 country, making it difficult for parties litigant to attend at the county seat of said county;

And, further, that it is difficult for the officers or 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 there in to be held for the year 1919; and all causes 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), 15 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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School House, Shoshone, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 16

Evening Capital News., January 16, 1919, Page 5


Little News of Boise

Jackson Ill.

Andrew Jackson, porter at the Grand hotel, is confined in St. Luke’s hospital with an attack of influenza. He was for years employed at the hospital, and says it feels just like home to get back again even if he had to get sick to do it.

Fine Office Rooms.

Dr. F. A. Pittenger, who recently returned from army service, has leased a suite of five rooms on the fourth floor of the Overland building which he is having remodeled for offices. He has already resumed his practice and will be quartered in his offices in a few days.

To Take Course.

Miss Queen Emery left Wednesday night for New York city, where she will enter St. Luke’s hospital and take a three-years’ course of training for nurses. Miss Emery is a daughter of the late Mrs. L. W. Emery, former superintendent of S. Luke’s hospital in this city, and will live with her aunt, Miss Saunders, while in New York.

Takes Southern Trip.

Dr. W. L. Fraizer, who is recuperating from a severe attack of influenza, left Wednesday for southern California, where he will spend several weeks.

Clean-Up Time.

According to the city board of health the condition of the back yards of this city is something frightful – they little realizing their condition until the recent “flu” investigations. They wish to urge upon the people to at once get their ashes carried away and their back yards cleaned up of garbage and rubbish, as it is believed that such action would minimize the danger of catching disease.
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Deaths of Struthers Came as Shock to His Many Friends

The following taken from the Press-Times, Wallace, shows that the death of Charles Struthers, former state representative, was a shock to his many friends:

After an illness of but a few days, having been stricken soon after his wife was found to have contracted the disease, Charles Struthers, aged about 40 years, federal labor agent for the five northern counties of Idaho, former member of the 1917 legislature and for 12 years a resident of Wardner, died of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish influenza. Death took place yesterday morning. His wife is a patient in the same hospital. There are no children.

The death of Labor Agent Struthers came as a distinct surprise as few knew that he had been ill, let along in danger of death. It was noted that his office on Cedar street was closed and on Thursday it was stated he had been removed to the hospital as both he and his wife were very sick. His condition grew steadily worse and despite his strong constitution he failed to rally and death came to him.
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There will be no sewing for the Red Cross at the Immanuel Methodist church during the influenza epidemic.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 16, 1919, Page 6

Firms Not Living Up To Quarantine Order
Investigators Find Many Business Houses Violating Them; More Than Limit Being Allowed In.

According to reports that have been made by private investigators of interests in this city which have been closed by the recent influenza quarantine, the places that were ordered to not allow more than eight customers inside at one time, are reportedly violating the regulation.

Investigators working quietly last night around the city found that certain places had considerably more than eight persons in their places of business at one time; one store having 52 people, and another one 23, a third 31, and a fourth 18.

Those who are interested in seeing that discrimination is not practiced will demand that the special police [?] on by the city board of health keep a close watch on the places involved, and put the offenders under arrest if they are found to be ignoring the order as was found last night.

The serum* for distribution to those in the city who wish it has not arrived yet, but is expected in on any train. Just as soon as it arrives, a meeting will be held, a decision reached as to how best to distribute it, and the final plan announced to the public so that they may take advantage of the inoculation privilege.

[*The serum was a “convalescent plasma”: blood plasma extracted from an animal or human patient who has “convalesced” or recovered from infection with a particular disease. (link)]

Rebate Wanted

At a meeting of the city council Tuesday afternoon in the council chambers, Mayor Hays stated that a committee of the Red Cross had insisted that the quarantine closing movies and pool halls be put in force at once. Roy Marcroft, president of the Motion Picture Operators’ union, appeared before the council and made a plan for a square deal to the working men involved by the closing order; claiming discrimination was being practiced in the enforcement of the order. Herman J. Brown, manager of the Inland Amusement company, operating the two picture shows here that have been closed, asked for a rebate of his moving picture license during the time which he is closed. The request was granted.

When asked by Councilman Herrington if he thought it fair to close picture shows and let the Pinney theater run, Mayor Hays replied that he did not. Councilman Davis advised that he was not present at Saturday’s meeting when the order was made, and that he would have modified the order if he had been present.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 16, 1919, Page 7

Around Boise Valley Loop

Deer Flat

W. W. Deal and family are sick with the influenza.

Don and Mrs. Odle died last week with the influenza. No arrangements will be made until they hear from the boy who is stationed at a camp in Virginia.


Johnny McGill is reported ill.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Leininger are rapidly recovering from the Spanish influenza.


The schools will open next Monday morning since there are no cases of influenza in this district so far as known.

The Ustick Baptist church will resume regular services next Sunday.

Francis McKee has recovered from an attack of chickenpox.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 16, 1919, Page 8

Red Cross Plans A Vigorous Campaign
Home Service Section of Organization to Do All Possible to Stop the Spread of Influenza, and Curb the Disease Here.

Rev. Willsie Matrin presented to the county council of defense at a meeting Wednesday night, various suggestions outlining work the Red Cross is asking the council to do along the lines of combating the influenza epidemic.

Captains and workers of the council will visit every home in the city Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 and 18. Cards will be left in the homes with the name and phone number of Red Cross workers for the block in which the home is located. Families will be asked to get in touch immediately in case of sickness with the home service section in order that assistance may be brought to the stricken family at once. Cards of instruction have been printed in English, Spanish, Greek and Croatian, and these will be distributed.

General rules for the welfare of all have been gotten out and the people of Boise are urged to follow them in order to treat possible cases of influenza intelligently and prudently. A visiting nurse will call at every home that has influenza, and practical help will be furnished in homes stricken by the “flu” if needed. In case hospital service is needed, the Red Cross will bear the expense of such hospital if the family are unwilling or unable to stand it. They will also see that laundry is sent out if necessary, and will furnish food to sick and convalescent if such service is asked.

The Red cross will bear room rent expense for a man or woman quarantined away from the family, if the person feels unable to bear it personally, and if one who depends upon his daily wage stays at home for nursing purposes, they will pay the wage loss if the man is unable to do so. Arrangements to cover these exigencies must be made with the Red Cross at the beginning, however.

Cases should be reported by calling 378-M at the office of the organization, 219 Mode building; office hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. After that hour, use phone 945.
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Boise lodge, No. 60, Knights of Pythias, will not meet until further notice, because of the influenza quarantine.

(Signed) Dr. C. S. Allen, C. C.
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Errol L. Webb is seriously ill with pneumonia following influenza. Wayne Bell has suffered a relapse and P. J. Gregory, editor of the Herald, is among the latest victims. There will be no issue of the paper this week.

Dr. Coleman received word recently of the death of his father at Wayne, Neb., at the age of 86. The doctor was unable to attend the funeral on account of the large number of critical cases among his patients.

Mrs. W. L. Harvey is assisting in the telephone office during the illness of Mrs. Nettie Bell and son Wayne.

A daughter was born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Beckdolt, Mr. Beckdolt is convalescing from a severe attack of pneumonia and his mother Mrs. J. W. Beckdolt, is ill with the same disease.

Don Odle and his mother, Mrs. F. R. Odle, died of influenza last week. A double funeral will be held when the absent children arrive, Mrs. Howard Forrey from Camp Lewis and a son from Camp Lee, Virginia.

Phillip Larson is assisting at “George’s place” during the proprietor’s convalescence.

M. L. Russell, who lives north of town, is very low, having suffered a relapse from influenza. R. L. Huskey is also a late victim.

Miss Winnie Ross is home from Boise caring for the family during their illness. All are improving.

Mrs. Jennie Collins is in Boise taking care of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Martin and family, all of whom are ill with influenza.
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Miss Gracia Robinson returned to Boise Tuesday to resume nursing influenza patients.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 16, 1919, Page 9

19190116ECN4To Safeguard Students If School Open Monday

Relative to the possible opening of the Boise schools Monday, O. O. Haga, president of the school board of the Independent district, stated today:

“The opening of the schools will be thoroughly gone into at a meeting of the school board this evening at 7:30. Should the schools open patrons may rest assured that every precaution to safeguard the health of the students will be made. Students with colds or having symptoms of influenza will not be permitted to attend. Care will be exercised to see that the school rooms are all properly ventilated and heated and special hygiene rules observed and under such a method there should be little danger, if any, of the schools resuming.”

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. January 16, 1919, Page 1


Club Resumes After Ban Removed
Good Attendance at Mid-Week Luncheon; First Gathering Since Flu Epidemic.
Highway Discussion
Desire Retention of State Highway Engineer H. C. Allen; Telegraph Governor.

At the Commercial club luncheon Wednesday, the first held for several weeks owing to the prevalence of the flu, expressions of good will were heard from several guests, and a portion of a letter received by Harold Harris from Senator N. B. Pettibone, relating to the North and South highway project was read. …
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Cancel trip For Cowboy Players
Influenza Knocks Out Proposed Visit to San Francisco Stock Show.

For the third time during the present winter the flu epidemic has precluded the possibility of a trip for the Cowboy band and the boys of that organization are strictly “agin” the flu with a vengeance. The proposed trip to Chicago in December was called off when the flu began raging in the north west and the flu later caused the abandonment of a stock show at Portland at which the Cowboy band was scheduled to appear. After the Portland disappointment the boys received a communication from the management of the San Francisco show which had been scheduled for February 8 to 15, and they in turn submitted an offer to the Frisco people. This offer was all but accepted and the boys would have had the pleasure of a trip to California’s metropolis had not the flu again interfered. Edgar J. DePue, president of the California show died last week and owing to the increasing epidemic the show was called off. …
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School Board Meeting.
Usual Routine Business and Influenza Situation Reviewed.

At a meeting of the school board of Grangeville Independent district No. 2 last Monday evening, the usual round of business and bills were attended to and the progress of the school since the influenza vacation reviewed.

Superintendent Case reported that work in all grades and the high school had been highly satisfactory and that all pupils were doing extra work on account of the time lost. Teachers and pupils are working in harmony and there has been a minimum of time lost during the last few weeks.
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Passed Away At Vancouver.
Clarence Watson, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Watson, Died in Service

On the eve of being mustered out of the government service at Vancouver barracks, Clarence Watson, aged 29 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Watson of Joseph, was called by the grim reaper after an attack of influenza.

The deceased left here with the first June draft for Camp Lewis, where he was assigned to service as head packer in taking supplies to the government spruce camps. A few weeks [ago] he was called to Vancouver to be mustered out of the service, and was there stricken with influenza and pneumonia from which he passed to the great beyond on Jan. 11th. …

He is survived by his parents, one brother, Thomas H., at Camp Fremont, Cal., and four sisters, Mrs. Virgil Smith, Boise, Mrs. H. R. Knoda, Portland, and Luree and Essie, at home.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. January 16, 1919, Page 2

High School Doings.

The order for sixteen senior class rings went out last Wednesday morning. They will be of a very nice quality and the entire allotment will cost about $84.00, or about $5.25 each.

Alvina Meyer and Hazel Miller who have been absent are back in school this week.

Lyal Sherwin is absent from school this week.

The students are working very diligently and all seem determined to make up for lost time. Mr. Case reports that at their present rate of progress the back work will all be covered.
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Recovered From “Flu.”

Miss Mary McEntee has so far recovered from the flu as to be able to return to her home in this city. She, in company with Mrs. Lanningham, was brought in by auto Monday evening, and though very weak, is gaining as rapidly as could be expected. Mrs. Lanningham, who has been nursing all through the epidemic, confesses to being somewhat tired.
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Returned From Portland

Mrs. M. A. Batty returned from Portland on Tuesday evening’s train. She states that Mr. Batty, who has been confined to a hospital for quite a spell, is now visiting a cousin in Portland and is very much improved, though the flu came near getting him. He is feeling fairly well now, and hopes to be able to be in Grangeville among his old friends in the near future.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Mace High School, Mace, Idaho ca. 1914


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Lincoln County Times., January 16, 1919, Page 1


Effort To Be Made To Stamp Out Epidemic

The county commissioners, city council, school board and Red Cross held a joint meeting on Monday evening at which it was decided to start an emergency hospital on account of the influenza epidemic.

The local Red Cross was given entire charge of the hospital and the Eagles’ hall has been secured and committees are already at work so the hospital will be ready for patients very soon. A trained nurse will be in charge and all care possible will be given the patients.

The co-operation of the community is asked in stamping out this epidemic, and families in need of assistance should be reported to Mrs. churchman.
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Flu Situation Serious

The “flu” epidemic seems to have taken a fresh hold on our community the past ten days that has become quite alarming and has resulted in a number of deaths here. At a joint meeting of the county commissioners, school board and Red Cross officers it was decided that some measures should be taken and at once to combat the disease, resulting in an order to close all dances. But why stop here? If the disease is contagious and a quarantine will stop the spread of the disease why not close the entire town for a period or until the epidemic is over, as has been done in our neighboring towns? A half-hearted quarantine, such as was inaugurated here last November, where the home was quarantined, and the only inmate to observe the order was the patient confined to his bed, the others going and coming as they pleased, is not the right sort of a quarantine, as we see it. If a quarantine is to be a help in the stamping out of this epidemic let us make it a drastic one and with officers enough to see that the order is enforced to the letter, and every one do his part.

Speaking of the “flu” and the successful serum treatment by the Lloyd anti-influenza remedy**, the current issue of the American Medical Journal treats as follows of results obtained at the Bremerton navy yard at Seattle:

At this navy-yard, according to the article, 4212 men were vaccinated and not one of these men died. Among 111 Filipinos isolated and vaccinated early and later exposed, there occurred only two cases, both patients recovering. Among 361 marines vaccinated early with no attempt to control exposure there occurred two cases, both patients coming down after the first injection and both recovered. Among 62 marines at the ammunition depot who were vaccinated early there occurred three cases, two after the first injection and one after the third; there were no deaths.

Among 82 of the aviation corps there occurred 32 cases, 31 of the patients coming down within a few hours after the first injection and one after the third injection, and there were no deaths. Altogether, the article states, there were 1279 men who were vaccinated either before exposure or about the time they were exposed, and of these 94 developed the disease before vaccination was completed and 11 afterward. All recovered. some of the cases in the vaccinated were fairly severe.

We are informed at the time of going to press that the situation regarding Jerome and vicinity has shown a vast improvement in the past twenty-four hours, with no serious cases reported.

[** Many vaccines were developed and used during the 1918–1919 pandemic. The medical literature was full of contradictory claims of their success; there was apparently no consensus on how to judge the reported results of these vaccine trials. (link)]

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 16, 1919, Page 4

Orchard Valley

Mrs. Coffall has been on the sick list the past week.

The entire Klages family were sick with the “flu” last week, but are all able to be out now.

Mr. H. deSchepper took Mrs. Riley, who has been ill for some times, to the hospital at Twin Falls Sunday.
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Arcadia Valley

We are glad to note that the Webster family is improving. It made quite a hospital, with Mrs. Webster and all the children ill at one time.

We are indebted to Mr. and Mrs. Clark for the use of their organ Sunday night. Our church organ has suffered greatly from the dampness and cannot be used at present.

Owing to the dampness of the church floor and walls, there will be no services Sunday night.
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High School Notes

There is to be no school on Saturdays, but the teachers in high school are assigning longer lessons Fridays to be studied on Saturdays and reported each Monday.

Mr. Massey has been substituting for Mr. Snodgrasss in high school and Miss Avant for Miss Nagel, and Miss Stewart for Mrs. Gardner in the grades. Mr. Snodgrass and Mrs. Gardner have been waiting on patients.

The students of the high school are progressing rapidly with their work. The authorities believe that by diligent study in school, two hours extra of solid concentration each day and five hours on Saturday the students will have a chance to complete the work of the school. It has been decided to put off all excitement until the Fourth of July.

Mabel Sinclair, Violet Noble, Helen and Charles MCuley, Raymond Linke and Elsie Gill are back in school again.

A very little mouse caused a great deal of excitement among the group of teachers one day last week, and for a time some of the school furniture was in danger of being broken.

The attendance in high school has been better this week than before, and the students are taking more interest in their work. There are “new” students coming in nearly every day while some have dropped out for good. There are students that have been or still are ill; others fear to come, but some do not care to attend school.

A large majority of the patrons of the school are anxious to do all the can to make the school a success even to the extent of closing places of possible exposure if by so doing the schools can continue and so give students a chance to do the work of the year, as it means much to many of the young people.

The big fan in the basement draws pure air from the outside and renews the air in the rooms every ten minutes. The school building is really a safer place for children than any other public places in town, and better than many of the homes. Miss Nesbit, the school nurse, has gotten acquainted with conditions and is now the “boss” of the institution in her kind and quiet way.

One of the juniors thinks that times are changing, as the freshmen are so well treated – so much nicer than when he was a freshie.

The first year English class recently wrote a composition on “When I heard my name announced I made my way to the platform with my heart in my throat.” Now what have the freshmen been up to again?

A nice little freshmen girlie thinks that those who intend to make their credits had better hurry back to school.

Teacher – An atom of oxygen has two arms and is not satisfied unless something is on each arm. Student – It’s just like a certain young man I know.

The school wagon on route one has been taken off as there are no children in the locality covered, going to school.

School was dismissed Thursday of last week on account of the funeral of Mrs. Vaughn, one of the grade teachers.

Miss Walkington, the teacher of Domestic Science, has introduced certain chapters of physiology which the girls are to study.

The seniors and freshmen have had the best attendance so far. The seniors are working hard for the prized diplomas, which perhaps may be theirs in the springs.

The class in Economics spent last week in the brief study of the Federal Reserve Act and the money system of the United States.

A certain sophomore is especially pleased that his teacher in agriculture thinks people who do well any work that comes to hand are the best people, and that no one need to be ashamed to admit that he or she has to work.

Last Sunday Kennedy and Malcolm Stuart, two Jerome high school students, lost their father by death, and Lyle Lind, another student, her sister, Margaret, who was a graduate of the high school class of 1915, and this year teaching at Kimama. These young people and their relatives have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire school in their sad bereavement.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 16, 1919, Page 5

Owning to the quarantine the Eagles’ lodge has postponed their social indefinitely, which was to have been held this (Thursday) evening.


Mrs. Hannah M. Traill

Our community was considerably moved last Sunday, when word was passed out that Mrs. Hannah M. Traill, beloved wife of R. H. Traill had been called to the Great Beyond over but a few days’ illness of influenza, followed by complications that could not be baffled. …

Margaret Doris Lind

It is with regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death of Margaret Lind, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnstone Lind, which occurred at Rupert last Sunday morning.

Miss Lind was teaching at Kimama until the schools were closed there on account of the flu epidemic early in December. The first of the year she was advised that schools was to open again and left at once for her duties. Upon her arrival there the opening of the schools were postponed and instead of returning home she at once entered into the work of nursing and assisting those who were sick. She soon contracted the disease and although everything possible was done it soon turned into pneumonia and resulted in her death. Owing to the location of Kimama and with no resident doctors to administer relief to the unfortunate girl constantly at hand, the father had her removed to Rupert in the hopes that care and attention would restore the fast ebbing life, but to no avail. …

Alexander T. M. Stuart

At his home in the Grand View district on last Saturday evening occurred the death of Mr. Alexander T. M. Studart from pneumonia, following an attack of the flu, with which the deceased was sick but a few days. …

Newell Patterson

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Patterson was saddened on last Sunday, when their second son, Newell, passed to the Great Beyond after a few days’ illness, the result of influenza. …

Zera Hubert Batty

At the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Batty, occurred the death of Zera Hurbert Batty from influenza, on last Sunday, at the age of nineteen years. The funeral was held Tuesday morning, with interment at Jerome cemetery.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., January 16, 1919, Page 1


19190116PE2Personal and Local Mention

We wish to make a correction in a statement in our last issue, regarding the influenza condition at Emmett. The schools have not been closed only temporarily, and we now understand they will open on next Monday.

Miss Finney is absent from her school work at present and Mrs. L. M. Lyon is teaching in her place during her absence, L. M. Jr. is in the care of Miss Vivian Ensign while his mother is in school.

Jack Short is recovering from pneumonia which followed a siege of the flu.

Alwood Timpe has been having a very severe attack of influenza at his home in Seattle, however the last report showed he was improving.

Mrs. J. O. Bowker who is spending some time with a brother in Illinois, who recently lost his wife, writes to Mrs. A. Wells who has been confined to her bed for several weeks. She says the influenza is very bad there, and many deaths, also the weather is very cold and the snow quite deep.

Mrs. E. L. Davis of Fruitland was called to Seattle Wednesday on account of sickness in her son’s family at that place.

Dr. McDonald returned from training camp last Sunday, being discharged from the service of the government, and on Monday morning opened up his office in the Creighton building.

Jack Frost got the best of the heating plant at the Christian church during the cold spell – the boiler froze and bursted. Services are now held in the basement until the plant can be repaired.
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Flu Claims Estella Stark

This community was greatly saddened when it was learned that Estella Stark who has been [the] teacher on upper Crane creek, had passed away at the William Walker home, last Saturday, a victim of influenza. She had been ill with the disease for several days and seemed to be improving, but took a relapse and passed away at three o’clock Saturday afternoon, Jan. 11th, 1919. Estela was one of the most popular and highly esteemed young ladies of Payette, having spent the most of her life in this community. She was a graduate from the Payette High school, a member of the Presbyterian church, and a friend to all who knew her. She was 32 years, 2 months and 13 days old at the time of her death. The body was brought to Lauers undertaking parlors at Payette, a distance of about 65 miles by auto truck on Sunday. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Riverside cemetery conducted by Rev. M. D. Mead, pastor of the Presbyterian church. …
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Employment for Soldiers.

Boise, Idaho, – Governor Davis in his message recommended that returning soldiers be given employment, not only their old places back but that they be considered whenever jobs were open. So far, however, such little consideration has been given returning soldiers in official circles as to cause considerable comment here.

Several legislative positions, and departmental as well, have been filled with married women whose husbands are making good salaries, one of them holding a responsible position in a Boise bank.

Quite a few capable young soldiers have been turned down. There is a move on foot to bring about a change. It is pointed out that the example set to private employers is not wholesome.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., January 16, 1919, Page 5

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

Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Powell are quarantined with the flu and with them are quarantined Miss Kline and Mrs. McNeely, two of the teachers. Gladys McKeown is taking Miss Kline’s place at school and Miss Velma Spaulding of Payette is taking Mrs. McNeely’s place.

Mrs. A. M. Carpenter, who has been very bad with the flu, is reported better. Her mother, Mrs. Petzuick of crescent, Iowa, and a brother arrived Sunday.

Monday afternoon Doctor Drydale quarantined the Silas Carpenter home. Wilbur has the flu.

L. D. Carpenters have heard from a room mate of Miss Lola at Gooding college, and she stated that Lola had gotten up too soon, and had taken a backset.

Mrs. John Driscoll received a message Monday from Boise stating that her brother, Arthur Scholes had died of “flu”. He was a young man of 21 years of age. The mother, Mrs. Sarah Driscoll, and daughters are just recovering from the same disease. It seems almost every home has lost some loved one, either from the war or this dreadful epidemic.

There was no Mothers’ meetings last Friday on account of the flu.
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Pleasant Valley News
Mrs. G. S. Fee.

E. Jones was on the sick list last week, but is able to be out again.
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North Payette

Owning to the prevalence of the influenza in Boise, Walter Matteson has not returned to Link’s college.

The pupils in District No. 1 gave $3.75 for relief work in the Near East.

Mrs. McFarland has returned from Boise, where she was called by the illness of a daughter.
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Little Willow

The flu is something dreadful on the Emmett bench, many families are down and no help to be found. How fortunate our little valley is, that not a single case exists at the time.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., January 16, 1919, Page 6

Onion Taken Off Pedestal.

Another old-fashioned medical superstition has been exploded. The odorous onion can never again be used as a therapeutic agent in tuberculosis. Old timers who have sworn by the virtues of this tear-producing product have humbugged themselves, for the onion has been investigated, classified, analyzed and everything else has been done to it that the learned men of science could think of, and in the end it was found to be only an onion – pleasing to the palates of some, however displeasing to the noses of their friends, but absolutely and unqualifiedly without any medicinal qualities or properties that make it an aid in the treatment of tuberculosis. The white plague victims may as well used boiled potato peelings or beet tops for all the good it will do them.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Public School Building, Mountain Home, Idaho ca. 1909


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Emmet Index. January 16, 1919, Page 1


Restrictions to Continue
No Let Up on Influenza Fight – Ban to Continue to February 1

The city and county health boards and the school board held a joint meeting last night to consider the advisability of reopening schools and public gatherings. It was decided that owing to the improved condition it would be wise to continue the ban until February 1st, hoping thereby to forestall any further outbreak of the disease.

There are at present only six cases on record, Flue [sic] Inspector Parks announced this afternoon, and these will very soon be released. It begins to look as though the flu inspector could soon be out of a job. Here’s hoping!
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I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge.

The Emmett Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges have received notice that the postponed session of grand lodge and assembly will be held in Boise January 20. There will be several delegates from here, conditions permitting.
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Death Claims Duncan Hunter
Stricken by Influenza – Held Large Place in Life of Emmett Community

Duncan Hunter, whose condition, was watched with deepest anxiety by the entire community for many days, died at his home on Frozen Dog ranch Sunday morning, January 12, at 2 o’clock. He had been ill with pneumonia following influenza, but his splendid physique and iron constitution had fought a desperate struggle with the grim reaper, and his attendants and friends clung to a hope for his recovery until the very last. …

In the passing of this man, Emmett deplores the loss of one of her leading citizens. Mr. Hunter, with his wife and little son, came to Emmett about two years ago, and established his home on the famous Frozen Dog ranch, at the desire of his parents the late Colonel W. C. Hunter and Mrs. Hunter, whose great pride in the “Frozen Dog” has accomplished so much development of this tract. These young people entered upon the furtherance of Colonel Hunter’s plans with a vim, and became in a short time a live factor in community interests. …
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Death cast its dark shadow over another home on the bench when it called home a precious wife and mother. Mrs. Ray H. Wallace, daughter of Mrs. S. L. Fulgham. She was sick but a few days with flu, which developed into pneumonia. She leaves a husband and five little boys, a mother, five brothers and four sisters, and many relatives to mourn the loss. …
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Clint Brown, a well known former resident of Emmett, is here from Oregon for a visit with friends and to recuperate from a recent six week’s siege of flu and pneumonia. Mrs. Brown remained in Eugene.

source: The Emmet Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmet Index. January 16, 1919, Page 2

Tales of Town

The difference between common grip and the Spanish influenza is that influenza lets go with both barrels.

The surest sign that the war is over will be when the postage stamps turn pink again.

After we have beaten our swords into plowshares, the next thing will be to straighten our corkscrews – if we have any – and bend them into safety pins.

source: The Emmet Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmet Index. January 16, 1919, Page 4


Mrs. John Wilton is quite ill again, being confined to her bed.

Both Hale families are ill with influenza. Only one person is very ill, the rest are all doing nicely.

Alex Cornwall’s baby died of pneumonia following the flu. The child was buried Tuesday. Mr. Cornwall is also ill, but is doing nicely.
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Central Mesa

The Fulgham and Wallace families are getting along nicely at this writing.
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East Emmett

Mrs. Kasperson, who has been quite ill the last two weeks, is improving.
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Baptist Church Notes

No services Sunday. We hope to reopen on February 2, if conditions continue to improve. The church will be fumigated and everything will be made as sanitary as possible.

Most of our sick are recovering nicely, and some are already out.
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Eighth Grade Examinations

The Eighth Grade examinations for January will be held on the 22rd, 23rd and 24th. …
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Emmett News

Mrs. Ed Beal of the High Valley who has been at the local hospital taking treatment some little time, is reported doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Burr arrived this morning to attend Mrs. Burr’s brother, Roy Keithly, during his illness.

George Tregaskis, living down the valley, is dangerously ill with pneumonia.

John Liebold, occupying the Amelia DeClark residence on Johns avenue, received a telegram from their daughter-in-law in Nebraska stating that her husband had died of pneumonia in France. Sympathy is extended these people in their sorrow. Last week a baby grandchild died at their home, and the father of the babe has been dangerously ill, but is recovering.

Harry Hazelton is in Boise receiving medical treatment at St. Alphonsus hospital.

Mrs. Zoa Brown, who formerly conducted the Brown rooming house, is ill at Quartzburg, where she went a couple of weeks ago, having given up her place here.

The condition of Senator J. W. Tyler who is ill in Boise is reported as much improved.

source: The Emmet Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmet Index. January 16, 1919, Page 5

Emmett News

The John Mills family are recovering from the “flu” and doing fine.

Vern Munday is again at his duties in the McNish store after a week’s absence in quarantine.

Harry Carmichael, who has been absent from his desk at the court house for a week with a case of flu, is much improved and will probably be on deck next week. Mrs. Carmichael has escaped with a very mild attack.

James Kesgard was in town from Letha on Monday, having just recovered from a run of flu with the whole family as victims.

LeRoy Wood went to Boise Monday, after a week spent in caring for Dr. and Mrs. P. W. Polly during their illness. Both are recovering nicely, though greatly weakened by the siege.

Mr. and Mrs. Houston Hitt returned home last week from Boise, where they had been in a Boise hospital while suffering from an attack of influenza.

Miss Gary, who has been employed as a nurse in the family of E. C. Rundstrom during their siege of influenza, returned Monday to Boise. The patients in the Rundstrom home are well on the way to recovery now.

J. H. McSparran was down from Montour last week to visit his wife and daughter, who are at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Warden. In the Warden household, there were four cases of influenza, the one, Miss McSparran, contracting pneumonia. All are well recovered now, and Miss McSparran expects to accompany her mother home the last of the week for a few days’ rest before resuming her school duties.

Miss Rebecca Jones, teacher of the Lincoln school, is recovering from the “flu” at her home in Boise.

Mrs. James Steward returned last week from Denver, having been disappointed in her anticipated trip east by an attack of the flu. She was confined to her room in a Denver hotel almost two weeks, and decided it would be inadvisable for her to continue the journey, so her brother, Max Jackson, was obliged to proceed without her.

Mrs. Bogardus was called to Boise last week to attend her daughter, Mrs. Melvin Bogardus, who is quite ill.

D. J. McGowan was called to Mountainhome [sic] on Wednesday to attend the funeral of C. W. Whitson, twin brother of Mrs. George McGowan. He died of influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Will Sickert have been enjoying a visit from their sister, Miss Claire Dill Sickert. Miss Sickert is a chiropractor at Blackfoot, and during her visit here she consented to do her bit in the shortage of nurses and went into the O. U. Chambers home, where Mrs. Chambers was very ill with pneumonia. Mrs. Chambers is well on the way to recovery, and hopes to be about very soon.

Mrs. Laura Kelley was in town this week enroute to her home in Cascade returning from Boise, where she has been caring for her daughter who was ill. Mrs. Kelley conducts a rooming house at Cascade, and is making a success of the venture. she has the only heated establishment of the kind in that part of the country, and is greatly appreciated by the traveling public.

Carl Brown, lumberman of McCall, spent a couple of days this week in Emmett.

source: The Emmet Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmet Index. January 16, 1919, Page 8

19190116EI3News of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents

By E. F. Wells

Mrs. and Mrs Alex Cornwall are mourning the loss of their baby boy, Robert Lee, who passed away early Sunday morning from pneumonia following influenza. The little one was laid to rest Monday morning in the Emmett cemetery. The parents have the sympathy of their many neighbors and friends in their sad bereavement.

South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

Now that no new cases of flu have developed within the last two weeks, the neighbors are enjoying an exchange of afternoon calls.

The “shut-in” season has been faithfully observed, and people in general will welcome a resuming again of the usual customs and duties alike in city and country.

Miss McSparran is gradually getting back her strength, after pneumonia, and is looking forward to accompanying her mother to Montour to spend the week end with her father. Mrs. McSparran has been assisting Mrs. Warden in caring for Miss McSparran and the other members of the family who have been ill this month.

The death of Duncan Hunter, which occurred Sunday morning, is a severe blow to the residents of the valley. Their sympathy goes out to the wife and mother so suddenly bereaved.

Ed Tyler received a message Monday stating that his brother, Senator J. W. Tyler, was ill with the flu and in a Boise hospital, although resting quietly with hopes of readily controlling the disease.

The Slope bean thresher is scheduled to resume this week its left over work, caused by the appearance of the flu epidemic. Will Tucker and Mart Clopton will keep the bean vines hustling into the thresher, however, C. W. Cook continues unable to assume active work, as a severe grip cough has been keeping him confined for three weeks, and which looked quite serious for a time.

The cheery little presence of Nadine Tucker was seen this week at several near-by homes. Nadine had quite a siege with the flu and is certainly happy to be enjoying the outdoor air.

Mr. Lyman has been detained at the home of his parents in Rupert by illness, he having gone there to assist in caring for his mother and in turn is now convalescent from the same illness – flu.

Mrs. Hazel Barnum and children, who went to Wendell to spend the Christmas holidays with Mrs. Clara Barnum, are detained there now by the flu illness in the family.

Bissell Creek
By Mrs. Ward M. Fuller

James Stephens of Miles, Wash., a nephew of Ward Fuller, arrived last Thursday. On his way here he met Old Flu and has been quite ill since his arrival.

Little Philip Quentin Fuller is seriously ill with the influenza.

Dr. Cummings was called to the Fuller home Wednesday morning.


The school opened again last Tuesday after being closed for ten days.

Dan Griffiths, who has been quite low with pneumonia, is reported to be improving at this writing.

Mr. Baldwin’s family have the flu this week.

William Saxton is able to be out again after a siege of the flu.

There are a few cases of chickenpox at this place.

(From another correspondent.)

The Baldwin family, are all down with the “flu” at this writing.

Dan Griffith, who has had a very severe attack of pneumonia, is able to sit up and is expected to be out soon.

Frank Holbrook received a message that his son Elmer, who is attending the institute at Weiser, was ill with pneumonia, but is improving.

Ray Sacks of Baker City who came to nurse the Saxtons who were ill with the “flu” taken sick himself and other relatives from Boise came to their assistance.

Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

Ward Fuller is having his turn with the flu.

Mrs. Ellis Walters is taking care of the flu victims at the Ben Howard home.

Chris. Hansen has the Spanish influenza.

About two inches of snow fell here last Saturday morning.

source: The Emmet Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. January 16, 1919, Page 6


19190116ICFP2Local News in Brief

Emmett Mulhall Ill – Emmett Mulhall, of Grangeville, who has been spending the winter in Lewiston, is ill with influenza, according to the Lewiston Tribune. Mr. Mulhall recently was honorably discharged from the army.


M. L. Ayers has recovered from a mild attack of influenza.

Mrs. Fen Batty returned to Grangeville Tuesday evening from Portland, where she left Mr. Batty much improved in health. He had been in a hospital at The Dalles, but was sufficiently recovered that he was able to go to Portland to transact business, and hopes to soon come to Grangeville.

Lucile Items

Word was received here Monday that William Neil of Riggins, who has been quite ill with influenza, but who as recovering, had suffered a relapse.

Mrs. Arrinda Sewell, who was quite ill at her home at Cow creek, is reported recovering.

The winter has been very mild in this section of the country and spring plowing has begun in the vicinity of Lucile.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 16, 1919, Page 1


Business College Has No Influenza Now

There has not been a single case of influenza developed from the case that was under investigation in Creekmur’s business college 10 days ago. A young man who had been attending the school felt badly and went to a doctor after he had quit school and was found to have the “flu.” He has recovered and no other cases developed from it.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 16, 1919, Page 4

Red Cross Will Pay For Blankets Lost

All of those who loaned blankets to the Red Cross during the influenza epidemic and have not had them returned, are requested to call at the federal building Saturday afternoon when Mrs. William Staples will be in charge and pay them for the blankets. It will be necessary to have a bill, describing the lost property and its value in order to get payment. Those who lost blankets and expect the Red Cross to pay for them are requested to not overlook the time and place, Saturday afternoon at the federal building.
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Princeton Pickings
Many Have Influenza

Edgar Adair’s family are sick with the flu. C. Hodge does his chores.

Mrs. C. P. Howell received word from the hospital at the mission that her son. Oscar and family, were in the hospital at that place with flu. Her son was operated on by Dr. Gritman of Moscow and is in a critical condition.

Charlie Peckover is on the sick list.

Mrs. C. Bunny’s mother, Mrs. Zogger, who makes her home with her daughter, has been very sick. Dr. Thompson was called.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 16, 1919, Page 1


Local News.

Bernice Thomas is said to be so far recovered from his recent serious illness at Camp Lewis that he was allowed to sit up Tuesday.

County Auditor Schnell was called to Grangeville Saturday by the serious illness of his father, whose condition is reported somewhat improved at this time.
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New County Officers Don Working Harness

All the newly-elected county officials on Monday morning went thru the required formula which clothes them with the “full powers” of their several positions, except Miss Norma Wilson, of Kamiah, county superintendent of schools-elect, who is convalescing from an attack of influenza and could not be present; though she hopes to report for duty before the board adjourns at the end of next week. In the meantime, Miss Martin, the retiring incumbent of the office, is taking care of its duties. …

Karl C. Franke, the tomb stone man, was up from Kamiah Friday, en route to Cottonwood.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 16, 1919, Page 4

News Of Our Neighbors.

The number of cases of influenza is diminishing rapidly in Kamiah, there having been very few new ones the past week, and it seems that the epidemic has about made its run so far as this place is concerned. – Progress.

Miss Beatrice Sasse departed for Lewiston Sunday morning, where she went to attend school at the Normal. – Ferdinand Enterprise.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., January 16, 1919, Page 5

Local and Personal News Notes

Miss Gertrude Greabener, teacher of the Rowe school northeast of town, is suffering from an attack of the flu and her school was closed the first of the week.

T. F. Jacobs is recovering from a mild attack of the flu, as are several other members of this estimable family.

James Hartnett returned Monday from Camp Lewis, where he received his discharge from the service. he entered the service at the army training school at Moscow last summer and was sent thence to Vancouver barracks, where a serious attack of influenza held him in the hospital several weeks. He is hale and hearty now, however, and ready to resume his place in civil life.

Mrs. and Mrs. John Harris and Dr. E. Taylor took the 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harris to Spokane yesterday for special medical treatment.
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source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 16 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

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