Idaho History Nov 8, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 30

Idaho Newspaper clippings January 28-31, 1919

Photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 28

The Idaho Republican. January 28, 1919, Page 1


Wilford Chapman Succumbs to Influenza
Was Employee of Boyle Hardware: Suffered With the Malady Nine Days
Interment Made at Ogden

Wilford Chapman, age twenty-six years, died at his home early Monday morning, after nine days hard suffering from pneumonia following influenza.

Mr. Chapman has been in the employ of the Boyle Hardware for the past three years and his ambitious nature and willingness to do and learn were fast leading him to success.

He leaves to mourn his loss a devoted wife and little daughter, six brothers, three sisters and a mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. James Chapman of Logan.

The body of the deceased will be taken to Ogden for burial Wednesday.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 28 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. January 28, 1919, Page 3


School opened here Monday with a good attendance.

Zinas Norman has been very ill with influenza.

Wayne Stevenson is working for U. W. Taylor and Louis Stevenson is working for Zinas Normal.

U. W. Taylor has recovered after a slight illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Norman received word from their son John to the effect that their daughter who has been receiving medical treatment at Salt Lake is getting along nicely.
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Another sad death occurred at Goshen Friday, Jan. 17 when George Monson died one week after his son Hubert. Short funeral services were conducted January 20 by W. R. Young at the home. The caskets were brought out on the lawn to permit as many friends of the deceased to look for the last time on the faces of their neighbors and friends. The profusion of floral offerings had seldom before been equaled here. The bodiees [sic] were laid to rest at the Goshen cemetery.

The family of Orson Landon are suffering with the flu.

Little Nelda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Jolley has been very sick with pneumonia, but is slowly on the improve.

Alfred Peterson died at his home Monday, Jan. 20 of influenza followed by inflammation of the bowels. He was a good citizen and will be missed in our town. He leaves an aged mother and sister at home and one married sister.
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Recuperating at Hospital

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bowling are in receipt of a telegram stating that her brother Prescott Burrel, has arrived safely in Newport News, Va., from France.

He is in a hospital at Newport News, recovering from the after affects of pneumonia following influenza. He says he is feeling fine and anxious to get home. …
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Charles Underwood has recovered from his recent attack of the flu.

Keith Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, died Monday night, Jan. 13, at the family residence after a two weeks illness of influenza-pneumonia. Keith had been in ill health for the past two months going thru countless operations and battling with the Grim Reaper for life only to be swept away by the ravages of the influenza. Keith was a young man of about twenty-six years who was patient in his suffering and kind to his loved ones.

Mrs. Rosa Nugent is very ill at the present writing. It is not known whether she has the influenza.

Charles Nugent is on the sick list this week with what is reported to be influenza.

The family of John Gough are ill with the flu. All are getting along nicely except the oldest daughter, Sarah, who is quite sick.

Park Nelson is still very low with pneumonia following influenza.

Zehn Nelson, who arrived home from Camp Fremont Monday to be at the bedside of his brothers and father, who were ill, has contracted pneumonia.

The people in this small community are again called to mourn the loss of one of its most respected citizens when death entered, saddening the second home here this week, when H. R. Chappel passed away at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday evening, Jan. 15, after a very serious two weeks illness of influenza-pneumonia. All the care that loving hands and medical aid can bestow were given, but to of no avail. …
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Called to Kansas

J. A. Stewart, the active executive secretary for the Snake River Plains Development association, with office at Blackfoot, received a telegram just before train time Friday morning, calling him to Haynes, Kan. on account of the serious illness of his wife.

Mrs. Stewart was returning to Blackfoot, after an extended visit with relatives in Kansas when she was taken ill.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Idaho Republican. January 28, 1919, Page 4

Red Cross Meeting

To the members of the Bingham county chapter, American Red Cross, Notice is hereby given that on Friday afternoon, Jan. 31, 1919, at 4 o’clock the annual meeting of this chapter will be held in the court room in the county court house, Blackfoot, Idaho. …

This annual meeting for the consideration of the above matters should have been held in October, but on account of influenza it was not considered advisable to hold the meeting, therefore the old officers have continued to act in their respective capacities. …
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Charles Pelkey, who has been ill with influenza, is getting along nicely at last reports.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Idaho Republican. January 28, 1919, Page 5

Local News

Miss Emily Kelsy was called to her home in Shelley Friday to care for relatives who are suffering with influenza.

Miss Edna Olsen visited at Blackfoot last week and left Friday afternoon for Camp Lewis, where she is working as a nurse.

Mrs. Louis Robbins was called to Idaho Falls Friday night on account of the serious illness of her mother Mrs. Nelson.

Miss Zelma Simmons, who is teaching at Shelley, spent the week-end with her parents here.

Miss Ruth VanBlaricom, a teacher at the Jameston school, was a week-end visitor with friends and relatives here.

H. K. Loomis, a former resident of Blackfoot, is reported dangerously ill at Soda Springs.

Mr. Waldron at the France hospital is suffering very severely with hemorrhage of the lungs.

The Archer family, who have been suffering with influenza are all getting along nicely and on the high road to recovery.

Miss Vada Thompson is on the sick list this week.
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19190128TIR3Another Young Man Victim of Influenza
Henry Cotton, a Native of Blackfoot passed Away at France Hospital Suffered Very Severely
Interment To Be Made Here

Henry Cotton, some of Mr. and Mrs. John Cotton, age twenty-seven years passed away at 6:30 Sunday morning, Jan. 26 at the France hospital in Blackfoot from pneumonia following influenza.

The father arrived a few days ago from Nampa to be with the son whose condition was very serious.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the undertaking parlors and interment made in the Grove City cemetery.

Blackfoot had been Mr. Cotton’s home all his life and he has a wide circle of friends who will mourn his loss.
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Mrs. Ennor Laid To Rest

Mrs. Lydia Huntley-Ennor, age seventy-two years, died at the home of her son in Elko, Nev. Wednesday, Jan. 22 from pneumonia.

The remains were brought to Blackfoot for burial and funeral services conducted from the St. Paul’s Episcopal church Saturday afternoon. Rev. R. E. Lewis of Idaho Falls officiating. Interment was made in the Grove City cemetery at the side of her husband, who passed away about four years ago. …

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. January 28, 1919, Page 6


The little daughter of Orilla Farnsworth is on the sick list.

Henry the twelve year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Howell, formerly of this place, died at their home north of Blackfoot with influenza.

Mary Jordan is recovering from an attack of influenza.

Lee Farnsworth is suffering with influenza at this time.

Mrs. Maud Robbins was called to Idaho Falls on account of the illness of her mother.

The little baby of Mrs. Myrtle McKnight is very ill at the present time.

Stanly Richardson, who has had a touch of pneumonia is much better now.

Wilford Jordan has been on the sick list for a few days.
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Mrs. Mary Askey is nursing influenza patients at the Peterson home in Thomas this week.

The Charles Kirk family are again suffering from illness. Mr. Kirk’s health is very poorly and George Kirk has been seriously ill with influenza-pneumonia.

George Kirk is still very low suffering with a severe case of pneumonia.

L. D. Fellows and son Devar are both on the sick list this week.
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Martha Winkler Called

Miss Martha Winkler, age twenty-two years, who has been staying with Mrs. Kirk for the past four months, died at the Kirk home early Sunday morning, after suffering for one week with a very severe attack of influenza. Miss Winkler’s home was in Taber and her parents were at the bedside at the time of her death. She leaves several brothers and sisters to mourn her loss.
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School Notes

Miss Ida Kallander of Kensington, Mich., as been employed as school nurse and is expected Monday, Feb. 3 to take up her duties. Mrs. Mackay has kindly filled the position of substitute until a regular nurse could be employed.

The present high school enrollment reaches five points past the 300 mark and the daily attendance is higher that at any previous time. The attendance is far greater than at this time in any previous year. This record holds good in the grades as well. Previous years the attendance has usually averaged about 85 per cent, but this year many of the reports from teachers indicate an attendance of 95 and 96 per cent. Taking scholars as a whole the health is found to be nearly perfect. There is an unusual amount of vigor and vitality in evidence everywhere which comes from the source of good health due to proper care in homes.

C. B. Wilson, a university man, who was here a few days last week in the interest of the agricultural building, returned to his home at Moscow and is confined to his bed with influenza. It is probable some other party will have to complete the inspection of the agricultural work and make the report.
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Upper Presto

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Higley are at the home of R. P. Hansen. They are just recovering from influenza.

Eddie Teeples has been on the sick list, but is improving at this writing.

The little two year old daughter of Irvin Jolley is much improved, after suffering with pneumonia.

The Charlie Lyons family are recovering nicely from their recent illness.

George Munson died at his home in Goshen Friday after suffering for some time with influenza. His son age twenty years, died just a week before. …

Alfred Peterson of Goshen died at his home in Goshen Monday from influenza. He leaves to grieve his loss an aged mother and two sisters, Miss Sarah Peterson, who made her home with her brother and mother and Esther Hansen, who lives in Goshen. The entire community send out their deepest sympathy to the grief stricken family.
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The Barlow family are reported ill with the influenza.

The G. A. Line family are all recovering from the influenza.

(ibid, page 6)
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Evening Capital News., January 28, 1919, Page 6


19190118ECN5Little News of Boise

Babies All Right

Two of the triplets of Corporal and Mrs. Thomas Moran are now well, having recovered from an attack of influenza, but the third, Katherine, is still ill, having developed pneumonia. Katherine is, however, on the way to recovery unless complications unforeseen set in. Mrs. Moran has had no word from Corporal “Tom” for some time, but believes he is on his way home with the 116th engineers.

No Symptoms.

The little child of Bruce Crawford whom it was thought would develop infantile paralysis Sunday, is reported to be much better, with no symptoms of the disease having appeared as yet. The case is being carefully watched.

Visits School.

With a view to ascertaining her advice on certain improvements of the school grounds and quarters for domestic science, Miss Lura V. Pain, county superintendent of schools, was called to Eagle Monday, and accordingly paid the school a visit.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 28 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 28, 1919, Page 8


Star school reopened Monday. Sergeant Taylor of Colorado has accepted the position as professor.

Mrs. Van Houver died from influenza Sunday morning at the McFerson home, north of Star.
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The local schools will open at 8:30 a.m instead of at 9 because of the new time.

Miss Price of Parma has been elected by the local school board to fill the vacancy in 6th and 7th grades.
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Mrs. Miller, principal of the high school, is reported quite ill.

Miss Alta Magner, of the grade school faculty, is reported ill.

Mrs. J. M. Stark and son Russell are ill with influenza.

C. E. Leininger, night operator at the local interurban depot, has recovered from an attack of the influenza and resumed his duties.
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High School Notes

The officers and the faculty advisor of the Forum Debating society of the high school have decided that no more of the regular bi-weekly meetings of the society will be held this semester. This action was taken as it was thought that the time taken to prepare the programs could be more profitably spend in making up the work lost during the influenza closing period. The meeting which was to have been held this Friday will, therefore, not be held until some time in February.

(ibid, page 8)
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Evening Capital News., January 28, 1919, Page 9


Miss Myrtle Mills has resumed her position as principal of the Fargo school.

(ibid, page 9)
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Evening Capital News., January 28, 1919, Page 12

Deaths – Funerals

Witterick – Leo Witterick, age 25, of Moscow, died at a Boise hospital Monday of pneumonia following influenza. The funeral will be held at the parlors of Schreiber & Sidenfaden Wednesday morning, and services will be held at St. John’s cathedral. Interment will be in St. John’s cemetery.

Van Hover – The obsequies of Mrs. Edna Van Hover will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the home of G. W. McPherson, six miles north east of Star. Burial will be in Star cemetery.

Treffry – The services for Robert Frank Treffry, who died Sunday, will be held at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon, 2 p.m., Rev. H. J. Reynolds and Rev. Willsie Martin officiating. Burial in Morris Hill.

(ibid, page 12)
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Bonners Ferry Herald. January 28, 1919, Page 1


Would Have New Cemetery

Many times in the past there has been talk in Bonners Ferry of trying to secure new burial grounds which could be kept up in good shape and which could be easily reached. …

In an interview with the Herald representative yesterday Mr. Stookey said: “There seems to be quite a little agitation among the different ones in favor of moving the cemetery and I am sure that a more suitable location could be found – one that is more accessible and where we could get water for the upkeep.

“We all know the difficulties which have been experienced in getting to our cemetery in certain seasons of the year and what I believe is more important, the trouble we have to get anything to grow in the present cemetery on account of lack of water.

“Any number of people have been after me the past couple of years to start some movement towards securing a new cemetery but owing to the uncertainty of conditions during the war I have hesitated in bringing the subject before the community. I think now that the war is over, we should do something and do it right away, before we bury any more of our relatives and friends in the present cemetery and then have to go to the expense of moving them.” …

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 28 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. January 28, 1919, Page 2

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

There are but few cases of influenza at Spirit Lake and unless conditions become worse the ban will be lifted February 1. Professor Breckenridge announces the opening of the school on February 3.

“The scarcity of teachers for public school work has reached serious proportions,” said President O. M. Elliot of the Lewiston state normal school. “The indications are that there much be a concerted action of all authorities or we shall face a decided shortage for the school year of 1919-20.”

(ibid, page 2)
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Bonners Ferry Herald. January 28, 1919, Page 7

Local News

J. W. Reid has been on the sick list for the past three or four days with an attack of the Spanish influenza. He was able to come down town yesterday for a short time.

Guy S. Helprhey, proprietor of the Pend d Oreille Creamery, of Sandpoint, was a business visitor in the city yesterday. Mr. Helprhey states that Harry Danforth who left here recently to enter the employ of the cedar firm of Hitchcock and Hitchner, at Sandpoint, has been seriously ill with Spanish influenza.

Everyone is coming and everyone will have a real good time at the big dance to be given at the K. P. hall on Friday evening.

(ibid, page 7)
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Bonners Ferry Herald. January 28, 1919, Page 9

Flu Takes 30.07 Per 1000.

Washington, D. C. — Some idea of the high mortality from influenza among troops in camps at home for the six months period ended December 27 was shown Monday in a report by the surgeon general of the army. The death rate for the six months rose to 32.15 a thousand a year from all causes. The rate from influenza and pneumonia was 30.07 a thousand a year.

(ibid, page 9)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 28, 1919, Page 1


Two New Cases of Influenza Here
Health Officer Reports Two Mild Cases Developed in Town Yesterday

We boasted too soon of Moscow being free from influenza, for two new cases developed yesterday and were reported to Dr. Adair, city health officer this morning. One case is at 210 S. Asbury street and the other is at 518 E. Seventh street. Both are very mild and are causing no uneasiness.

Dr. Adair says that these cases resulted from exposure of the patients to persons who had come from outside points, bringing the disease with them and that the gravest danger of a renewal of the epidemic here is from it being brought here from other points. Moscow is (or was) free from the disease, but it is bad in other places. Colfax, Lewiston, Pullman and other nearby towns have the disease in bad form while reports from Boise are that conditions there are very bad. Dr. Adair says that a man who recently returned from Boise says that there were 21 bodies in one undertaking parlor there, awaiting burial and that there were 480 cases in Boise. Dr. Adair said:

“The situation over the United States as per public health service report, published weekly, Vol 34, Jan. 11th shows an increase in the following states: Oregon for Portland, 993 cases, 44 deaths; California, 6,500 total to date, 240,800; Alabama, 1212; Connecticut, 1,619; Illinois, 3,004; Iowa, 1,658; Kansas, 4,139; Louisiana, 3,490; Massachusetts, 14,798; Michigan, 7,431; New Jersey 3,605; Vermont, 1,245 partial; Virginia, 914 for Bedford county. The following states also report an increase but no figures given: Minnesota, Arkansas, Indiana, New York, N. Carolina and Ohio. Surgeon General Blue testified to the fact that influenza is infectious at the very earliest stage of the attack, and further states “That it would see to be wise to give renewed emphasis to the importance of going to bed at the slightest indication of illness.”
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George Weber Died at Deary This Week

Mrs. Anna Weber of Nespelem, Wash., was in Moscow and Deary this past week, called by the death of her son, George Weber, aged 18 years.

George was in Moscow visiting when he was called to join the state militia at Wenatchee, Wash., which he had joined some time ago while working at Wenatchee. He was not feeling well when he left Moscow and when stopping overnight in Spokane at a lodging house, his illness developed into influenza. He was taken to the Sacred Heart hospital, where pneumonia followed and he died Jan. 17th. He was buried at Deary, where he had lived a number of years. …
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News of Probate and District Courts

In the probate court a petition of letters of administration in the estate of Chas. Ebel, consisting of personal property, was filed by the widow of the deceased, Mrs. Francisa Ebel, asking that she be appointed administratrix.

A petition was also filed for letters of administration to appoint Mrs. Francisa Ebel as administratrix in the estate of her son, George R. Ebel, who recently died of influenza at Genesee. This estate consists of real and personal property.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 28 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 28, 1919, Page 3

City News

Mrs. M. E. Newhall, one of the examining nurses at the public schools, left today for a short visit at Kendrick.

Mrs. H. Whaley arrived today from Tacoma, called by the death of her father, J. W. Randall.
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Harvard Happenings – Woodfell School Opens

Woodfell school reopened January 26th, after a five weeks’ influenza quarantine. There were about 25 cases of flu in that district during the latter part of December but all have fully recovered.

G. F. Morsching returned Saturday from Bovill where he has been in the hospital with influenza for several days. Mr. Morsching contracted the disease while working at Potlatch.

Miss Barre, teacher in the Chamben Flat school, is visiting relatives in Juliaetta for a few days while her school is closed on account of influenza.

Eighth grade examinations were held in the Harvard school last week under the direction of Miss J. Guy, teacher in the primary grades.
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19190128DSM3Quarantine Violated – Preacher Is Arrested

Murray, Ky. — Charging the Rev. H. B. Taylor with violation of influenza quarantine regulations of the state board of health, which has ordered services at the church temporarily discontinued, county officials Sunday invaded the pulpit of the Murray Baptist church and arrested him while he was delivering his sermon.

The turmoil created by this was accentuated when it was announced that every member of the church who had attended either morning or night services would be arrested.

(ibid, page 3)
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Grocery Store, Boarding House and Post Office at Albeni Falls, Idaho June 9, 1910


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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January 29

Evening Capital News., January 29, 1919, Page 5


High School Notes

Junior Class Dance.

A dance will be given this coming Friday evening, February 1, in the local high school gymnasium by several members of the junior class, supervised by the high school social committee. This dance was to have been held on December 20, but owing to the sudden closing of the school, it was indefinitely postponed. The dance will be given for the members of the junior class. Tompkins’ novelty orchestra will furnish the music, dancing to be from 8 to 11.

Club Meeting Thursday.

The high school Y. W. C. A. club will hold its regular meeting on Thursday afternoon at the Y. W. C. A. rooms. All members are urged to come, this being the first meeting for some weeks past. The regular program will be given.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 29 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 29, 1919, Page 8

Red Cross Work In Flu Epidemic Commendable
Report of Home Service Section Organization Shows Splendid Results

Rev. Willsie Martin, in a report of the work done by the home service section of the Red Cross in this city, which was read to the city council Tuesday afternoon, strongly recommended that this city have a trained visiting nurse whose duty would be to help care for the sick and assure proper observation of all homes in the city.

Mayor Hays strongly advocated the idea, adding further that he favored also rest rooms and parks. The matter will be taken up further at a future meeting of the city council.

In his report, Rev. Martin outlined the work of the service section of the Red Cross in the influenza epidemic, stating that visiting nurses had been sent to every reported case of influenza, followed by practical nurses when needed; that also clothing, bedding and other necessities were contributed and sent all over the city, and that all manner of service which covered taking up ashes, cutting kindling, thawing out frozen pipes, etc., was undertaken and carried out.

From Jan. 3 to Jan 25, 243 families were visited by the visiting nurses; 508 patients cared for, 1300 visits made and more than 1000 people served; four trained nurses being constantly at work. Help was furnished to 245 families. The committee employed 71 practical workers, and had the services of 10 volunteers and 15 automobiles. Food was sent to 195 places and a total of 545 persons were fed; 150 pneumonia jackets were furnished. …

Mayor Hays introduced a resolution thanking the Boise Chapter of the Red Cross and its home service section for the work done during the recent “flu” epidemic. It was suggested that the city take over the work of the Red Cross now, but at the request of Mayor Hays, Rev. Willsie Martin consented to carry the work on another week.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Challis Messenger., January 29, 1919, Page 3


Soldiers Over Peak of “Flu.”

Washington. — While Spanish influenza continues to spread among the civilian population, a continued decrease in the number of new cases at army camps has led army medical officials to believe the peak of the epidemic among the soldiers has been passed.
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Congressman Victim of Influenza.

St. Louis. — Congressman Jacob E. Meeker died here Wednesday morning of Spanish influenza, after his marriage at midnight Tuesday night to his private secretary. Congressman Meeker, a Republican, had served two terms in the house of representatives from the Tenth (St. Louis district). He was renominated in the August primary and was here in the interest of his re-election when he became seriously ill.
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British Official Flu Victim.

Washington. — With full military honors, the body of Captain A. A. Mackintosh, assistant military attache at the British embassy, who died recently from Spanish influenza, was buried Wednesday in Arlington National cemetery.
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Mrs. Willard Awarded Gold Medal.

Paris. — Mrs. Mary Hatch Willard, president and organizer of the surgical dressing committee of New York, has been awarded the gold medal for fighting epidemics, by the French government.
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Close Theatres, Schools Remain Open.

San Francisco. — All theatres and motion pictures houses in the state were ordered closed Friday by the state board of health, as a result of the Spanish influenza epidemic. Schools and churches will remain open.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 29 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., January 29, 1919, Page 5

Items About People You Know

To Salt Lake – I. R. Wilson and family of Pahsamaroi, were summoned to Salt Lake last week by the serious illness of a daughter, who was suffering with the flu. The young lady finally passed away and later advices are to the effect that Mr. Wilson and another daughter are now afflicted with the dread disease. The sympathy of all is extended to the family in their hour of trouble.

Flu at Bradshaw’s – Dr. Kirtley was called to Bradshaw’s near Clayton last Thursday afternoon where he found Mrs. Bradshaw suffering with the flu.
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(ibid, page 5)
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The Challis Messenger., January 29, 1919, Page 6

Doctors Called Without Cause
Imperative That Physicians and Nurses Not Be Summoned Unless Necessary.
Proper Care of Patients
Surgeon General Blue Tells What to Do for Persons Sick With Spanish Influenza – Use of Gauze masks Recommended.

Washington. — In an effort to reduce unnecessary calls on the over-worked physicians throughout the country because of the present epidemic of influenza, Surgeon General Blue of the United States Public health service calls upon the people of the country to learn something about the come care of patients ill with influenza. Physicians everywhere have complained about the large number of unnecessary calls they have had to make because of the inability of many people to distinguish between the cases requiring expert medical care and those which could readily be cared for without a physician. With influenza continuing to spread in many parts of the country, and with an acute shortage of doctors and nurses everywhere, every unnecessary call on either physicians or nurses makes it so much harder to meet the urgent needs of the patients who are seriously ill.

Present Generation Spoiled.

“The present generation,” said the surgeon general, “has been spoiled by having had expert medical and nursing care readily available. It was not so in the days of our grandmothers, when every good housewife was expected to know a good deal about the care of the sick.

“Every person who feels sick and appears to be developing an attack of influenza should at once be put to bed in a well-ventilated room. If his bowels have moved regularly, it is not necessary to give a physic; where a physic needed, a dose, of castor oil or Rochelle salts should be given.

“The room should be cleared of all unnecessary furniture, bric-a-brac and rugs. A wash basin, pitcher, and slop bowl, soap and towel should be at hand, preferably in the room or just outside the door.

“If the patient is feverish a doctor should be called, and this should be done in any case if the patient appears very sick, or coughs up pinkish (blood-stained) sputum, or breathes rapidly and painfully.

“Most of the patients cough up considerable mucus; in some, there is much mucus discharged from the nose and throat. This material should not be collected in handkerchiefs, but rather in bits of old rags, or toilet paper, of on paper napkins. As soon as used, these rags or papers should be placed in a paper bag kept beside the bed. Pocket handkerchiefs are out of place in the sick room and should not be used by patients. The rags or papers In the paper bag should be burned.

“The patients will not be hungry, and the diet should therefore be light. Milk, a soft-boiled egg, some toast or crackers, a bit of jelly or jam, stewed fruit, some cooked cereal like oatmeal. hominy or rice – these will suffice In most cases.

Comfort of Patient.

“The comfort of the patient depends on a number of little things, and these should not be overlooked. Among these may be mentioned a well-ventilated room; a thoroughly clean bed with, fresh, smooth sheets and pillowcases; quiet, so that refreshing sleep may he had; cool drinking water conveniently placed; a cool compress to the forehead if there is headache, keeping the patient’s hands and clean, and the hair combed; keeping his mouth clean, preferably with some pleasant mouth wash; letting the patient know that someone is within call but not annoying him with too much fussing; giving the patient plenty of opportunity to rest and sleep.

“It is advisable to give the sick room a good airing several times a day.

“So much for the patient. It is equally important to consider the person who is caring for him. It is important to remember that the disease is spread by breathing germ-laden matter sprayed into the air by the patient in coughing or even in ordinary breathing. The attendant should therefore wear a gauze mask over her mouth and nose while she is in the sick room. Such a mask is easily made by folding a piece of gauze four fold, sewing a piece of tape at the four corners.

Observe Cleanliness.

“The attendant should, If possible, wear a washable gown or an apron which covers the dress. This will make It much simpler to avoid infection.

“It Is desirable that all attendants learn how to use a fever thermometer. This is not it all a difficult matter, and the use of such a thermometer is a great help in caring for the patients. The druggist who sells these thermometers will be glad to show how they are used.

“In closing, and lest I be misunderstood, I wish to leave one word of caution: if In doubt, call the doctor.”

(ibid, page 6)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 29, 1919, Page 1



source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Cassia County Court House, Albion, Idaho ca. 1910


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

Evening Capital News., January 30, 1919, Page 2


Convention Western Retail Lumbermen Goes Over A Month

The annual convention of the Western Retail Lumbermen, scheduled for Feb. 19, 20 and 21, in this city, has been postponed until a year hence on account of influenza conditions prevailing in many states, according to E. B. Sherman, of this city, general chairman of the convention, who advised that the action taken was a result of a vote of the board of directors.

The thanks of the organization has been extended to all business men in the city who were co-operating to make the convention a success, and also to those who offered the use of the Shrine mosque to the lumbermen for their convention hall.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 30, 1919, Page 5

19190118ECN5Little News of Boise

Taken Suddenly Ill

Miss Edith Stubblefield, a well known young women of this city, who was apparently in the best of health Thursday afternoon, was suddenly stricken Friday morning and removed to St. Alphonsus hospital. Her condition is reported as being grave.

Fine Showing.

A total of $111.50 was collected from 436 pupils by the Longfellow school branch of the junior Red Cross during the recent campaign; a fine showing which gives the school a hundred per cent membership.
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Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Gainer returned yesterday from Portland; being called home by the illness of their son-in-law, Frederick Fielding.
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Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our many friends for their kind sympathy and beautiful floral offerings during the illness and death of our darling son and brother John W. Jr. Especially the six true friends, seventh and eighth grades of the Park school, U. S. R. S., and Ada circle and Mrs. Ash for use of cars.

Mrs. Minnie B. Edwards and Family

(ibid, page 5)
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Evening Capital News., January 30, 1919, Page 9


Charles Williamson has recovered from an attack of the influenza.

A. V. Talman who has been seriously ill with the influenza is reported to be improving.
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Lee Cook, who has been quite ill, is reported to be much improved.
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School opened Monday, Jan. 27, with a good attendance. By eliminating the non-essentials and careful supervision it is hoped the pupils will complete the grades this school year.

The Midway P. T. A. will meet at the schoolhouse on Friday afternoon, Feb. 7, at 2:30 o’clock. Each member is urged to be present and all ladies in the community are cordially invited. Members who have not paid dues for this year are requested to come prepared to pay them; also for a contribution to the flower fund.
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School opened Monday with about an 80 per cent attendance.

The influenza epidemic seems to have run its course in and near town. One death occurred recently, that of Mrs. Frank Bruno.

The county commissioners of Valley county last week appointed F. L. McCauley, coroner and county officer. The doctor was formerly of Kuna.
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Mrs. L. D. Carpenter went to Gooding, Idaho, Monday where her daughter, Miss Lola, who has been attending college, is very ill.

(ibid, page 9)
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The Grangeville Globe. January 30, 1919, Page 1


Visitors From Seattle

E. W. Lingo of Seattle, gave his brother O. T. Lingo of this place, a most pleasant surprise when he and family arrived here unexpectedly on Tuesday evening’s train for an extended visit. Mrs. Lingo will remain until the close of school so that the son may have the benefit of our educational facilities. The Seattle schools remain closed on account of the flu epidemic. Mr. Lingo will remain for two or three weeks.
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Church Social Held

Last Friday evening the first church social held since the flu ban was raised was held at the Christian church for the purpose of electing the year’s officers and to renew the old custom of the church. …

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. January 30, 1919, Page 5


(ibid, page 5)
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The Grangeville Globe. January 30, 1919, Page 8

Mrs. W. F. Schmadeka is this week recuperating from a two-weeks sickness with the flu.

Mrs. Lloyd Brotherton has been confined to her home for the past ten days on account of sickness.

Mr. Andy Oliver an nephew, T. Oliver, arrived from the former’s ranch near Green creek Monday afternoon the former recently recuperating from a two-weeks siege of pneumonia. After spending several days with his father, Andy returned to his ranch Thursday, while the nephew departed for his father’s ranch on Kidder ridge the same day.

Mrs. Geo. M. Schnell is ill at her home in this city. Being in constant attendance on Mr. Schnell, who has been an invalid for some time, she is rather worn out and has contracted a severe cold, which we all hope will not result in anything more serious.

Arthur P. McBoyle departed the first of the week for San Diego, Cal., where he was called by reason of critical illness of his mother.

Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cone of White Bird, arrived in the city this afternoon and will leave on Friday morning for Lewiston where Mrs. Cone will seek medical treatment. They came up from their home with Ed Smith.

Geo. M. Reed of Portland, was an arrival on Sunday evening’s train, coming here to assist his local manager, Sheldon Stubbs in looking after his extensive business in this section. Mr. Reed stated that Mrs. Reed had recently suffered a very serious illness but was now able to be about.

Ira Kerlee, one of our former high school boys was an arrival from Camp Lewis Saturday evening. Ira departed with the draft boys from this county the latter part of August and has spent his entire time while in the service at Camp Lewis, serving in the light artillery. Ira before getting his red discharge stripe stripe was an unfortunate flu victim, his case ending in a serious attack of pneumonia, but we can notice nothing amiss now as his personality is as ever liked by all who know him, and he is as husky as ever. Ira states the demobilization is progressing at a rapid pace at Camp Lewis and that several weeks will find many more of our soldiers at home.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Wallace Miner. January 30, 1919, Page 1


Big Hospital Bill.
County commissioners Shy at Assuming Obligation.

The influenza epidemic has raised an interesting question regarding the payment of hospital expenses of a large number of mine employees who have been paying $1 per month for hospital service and who naturally assume that medical and hospital service in cases of flu are included in the contract. As apposed to this view the doctors and hospitals working under these contracts take the position that flu is contagious and that the care and treatment contract expressly excludes “contagious diseases,” which frees them from handling flu cases under the terms of the contract. They have herefore passed the matter up to the mining companies and the mining companies have in turn “passed the buck” to the country commissioners. The combined bill from the several hospitals amounts to over $4000. Managers of the mines met with the county commissioners yesterday afternoon and discussed the subject, the commissioners reserving a decision until they could secure an opinion from the county attorney. The hospital contract has the approval of the industrial accident board, and under its terms each employee pays $1 per month for hospital service, to which is added 50 cents per month by the employing companies for each employee.
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Richard Daxon, manager of the Tarbox, left the hospital yesterday, where he had been confined for a couple of weeks. After a few days for recuperation at home he expects to be able to take up his work again.

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 30, 1919, Page 1


Jerome Hospital

At a meeting of a few of our citizens and resident doctors held last Tuesday evening the matter of a hospital for Jerome was discussed and active steps taken along this line.

Briefly stating the plans are to incorporate for $50,000, the funds to be raised from the sale of stock to the extend of $25,000 to $30,000, with which sum it is planned to erect a hospital, modern in every respect as to equipment, etc. …

During the past six months, as never before, it has been demonstrated to us the necessity of such an institution here and other times, with the roads impassible, life has been despaired of because of lack of facilities to be found in a modern hospital. Medical authorities predict the return of Spanish influenza during the next two years, so let us now prepare for the handling of the situation in a proper manner.

Several of our neighboring towns already have their own hospitals, Gooding being one of the recent towns to finish and equip such an institution. …
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Grand View Red Cross Auxiliary Makes Report

… No meetings have been held since the prevalence of influenza, and entertainments planned to raise money have necessarily been postponed. When meetings are again considered safe the question will arise as to continuing the auxiliary and as to raising funds with which to meet our few liabilities. …
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Death of Jean Favier

Last Monday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Bishop occurred the death of Jean Favier from the effects of pneumonia. The deceased was ill but a few days and when first confined to his bed he was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bishop that he might be given the best of care.

Mr. Favier was a young man in the prime of live, being 31 years of age at the time of his death. …
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Flu Takes 30.07 Per 1000
High Mortality in Army Is Shown In Last Report

Some idea of the high mortality from influenza among troops in the camps at home for the six months period ended December 27 was shown in a report by the surgeon general of the army. The death rate for the six months rose to 32.15 a thousand a year from all causes. The rate from influenza and pneumonia was 30.07 a thousand a year.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., January 30, 1919, Page 4

Eldorado Heights

Frank Bruckner returned home about a week ago from his visit in Pennsylvania. He had been summoned home to assist in the care of his family, five of whom were sick with the “flu.” We are glad to say that all are recovering satisfactorily.

Mrs. Elmer Frost and two children are convalescent after influenza. Mrs. Clinton Smith has been nursing the family through their sickness.

James Fulerson is able to be at his chores once more, after a lingering case of influenza.
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Arcadia Valley

It looks natural to see the school wagons arrive each morning.

Little Harland Pratt was sick last week.

Mrs. Gobel is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. Harry is still on the sick list.

The Morris children went to Jerome to be inoculated Monday.
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North Appleton

School began Monday with Mrs. Jas. Whobrey driving the wagon for this end of the district. A number of children started to school, though some were unable to do so on account of sickness.

The Carsons are much improved, although Marie is still in a critical condition at the hospital in Wendell. Mrs. Blair and Miss Emma Thompson, of Wendell, have been helping care of the sick ones at the farm.

Mrs. Arno Johnson, who was ill with the flu last week, is able to be up again.
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Orchard Valley

Mrs. Edison McLaughlin went to Appleton Sunday, where she will resume her work in the school which opened Monday.

Mrs. J. C. Foote, who has been nursing in Jerome for the past two months is home for the present.
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Gooding College Notes

Fifty pupils have registered since December 30, and still others are coming in each day for the practical winter courses, the commercial branches and the regular college and academic work of the second semester. A summer school will also be held for the benefit of grade pupils, high school students, teachers and others who wish to do special work or to make up time lost by sickness, work or war, so they can go on with their regular classes next fall.

(ibid, page 4)
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Lincoln County Times., January 30, 1919, Page 8

The Lincoln County Board of Health

Shoshone, Idaho, Jan. 15, 1919.

The Board of Health of Lincoln county, Idaho, convened this day with Anders Anderson, chairman; John W. McFall, and W. T. Patterson, members; C. W. Dill having been appointed secretary. All members were present:

Notice of Quarantine

Notice is hereby given that owning to the serious conditions now existing in Lincoln County, Idaho, the Board of Health in consideration of the fact that Spanish Influenza and other contagious diseases prevail in said county, for the purpose of declaring a quarantine does hereby order that all public and private dances of any nature or description be prohibited. That homes or buildings in which is situated persons suffering from Spanish Influenza or other contagious diseases shall be strictly quarantined, and no person shall be permitted to go to and from said building, except physicians and nurses or persons authorized by a competent physician, and only then after being properly fumigated.

Further, that the quarantine can only be raised upon a place wherein exists Spanish Influenza except by a member of the Board of Health of the county or a physician.

It is further ordered that no casket containing the corpse of any person who died of Spanish Influenza shall be opened at the funeral of said person except when an order from a member of the said Board of Health or a physician.

It is furthered ordered that it is the duty of any person ill to notify or cause to notify a physician of such illness, and if such physician does not attend said ill person then he shall notify the local health officer of the same.

This order shall remain in full force and effect until further order of this Board.

Whereupon the Board adjourned until further notice.

Anders Anderson, Chairman.
Attest: C. W. Dill, Secretary.
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Commissioners’ Proceedings

Jerome, Idaho, Jan. 13, 1919.

Anders Anderson, chairman; John W. McFall, W. T. Patterson, commissioners, and J. W. Lundin, clerk, met at 8 o’clock in the village of Jerome, with the trustees of School District No. 33, trustees of the Village of Jerome and and representatives of Jerome Red Cross chapter to discuss ways and means in which to combat the epidemic of Spanish influenza now raging in Lincoln County, Idaho.

It was agreed that the local Red Cross chapter have full charge of fighting the same and that Lincoln county would pay one-fourth of the expenses necessary to subdue and stand off the disease. It is understood and agreed that the other organizations would pay three-quarters of the expense.

Anders Anderson, Chairman.
Attest: J. W. Lundinm Clerk.

Third Day Session

It is ordered that Dr. C. W. Dill be appointed county physician and secretary of the Board of Health. The salary per year as county physician is $100 and $100 per year as secretary of the Board of health. That his duties as county physician will embrace the territory of Shoshone, North Shoshone and the vicinity of Shoshone, and that he is to furnish medical aid and treatment to the inmates of the county poor farm and the jail.

The Board met with representatives and trustees of School District No. 12 of the Village of Shoshone and also the local Red Cross chapter to discuss methods of fighting the spread of Spanish influenza. After the discussion it was agreed that the Red Cross chapter have charge of the same and that the county furnish one-fourth of all necessary expense incurred.

The county ordered enough serum* from D. E. C. Rosenow of Rochester, N. Y., to inoculate one thousand persons, and upon receipt of the vaccine the same will be given to any resident of Lincoln county free of charge.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Emmett Index. January 30, 1919, Page 1


Open School, Theater and Churches
Influenza Ban Lifted on All Public Gatherings Except Dance Halls

The board of health this morning lifted the ban on all public gatherings, except dances, and Ideal theater will open Saturday night, the churches on Sunday and the city schools on Monday morning. The ban on dances is to be continued one week longer. The program for next weel’s attractions at the Ideal is given in another column. After being shut in for nearly six weeks, people generally are hungry for entertainment and will welcome the opportunity to once more enjoy themselves.

Superintendent Goodwin makes the following announcements:

Emmett schools will reopen Monday. Let all pupils be present and ready to do good, faithful work.

Parents and pupils notice especially the change in the time schedule. The morning sessions will open at 8:30 and close at the usual time. The afternoon session will open at 1 and close at 4 for the higher grades, but some what earlier for the lower grades.

It is now planned to make the year’s promotions. All those pupils who will work hard and be present all the time have a good chance to pass to the next grade. On the other hand, those who do not start in promptly, and who do not attend regularly will have very little chance to pass.

Those parents who expect to start children in the First grade the second term will please start them now – next Monday. All children who will be 6 years of age before school closes in May are entitled to start in at the first of the second term. If they do not start at the first of the term they must wait till next year, as we cannot begin another class later in the year. My advice to parents as to starting children to school in the middle of the year is this: If the children are large and strong and healthy and are 6 years old, or nearly so, it is very well to start them; otherwise it is better to wait till next fall. As a rule it is better to begin at the first of the year. The pupils seem to be stronger, especially in the lower grades.

Teachers’ meeting for next Saturday as follows: Junior high school at 10 a.m. All other grades at 2 p.m. High school teachers at 3 p.m.
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Minstrel Show

The influenza epidemic has played hob with the proposed minstrel show, but Jay Stoner says it will come off this spring, will be better than ever and worth waiting for. Mr. Stoner has received the latest repertoire in this line and is planning to start practice in a short time.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. January 30, 1919, Page 4


Mrs. John Wilton is improving after her recent illness, we are glad to note.
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By E. F. Wells.

David Tappan underwent a surgical operation about ten days ago, in the Mayo Bros.’ hospital at Rochester, Minn., and his many friends here are hoping to see him home soon and that this health will be greatly improved.
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Upper Mesa

School began again Monday at No. 19, with a good attendance.

The Charles Smith family are afflicted with the flu this week.
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By Mrs. R. E. Noland

After another month’s vacation our school is again in progress.
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Haw Creek
By Mrs. E. Tennyson.

B. C. Davidson, who went to Seattle with stock, was taken sick with the flu on his way home and is in a hospital at Portland.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Emmett Index. January 30, 1919, Page 5

Emmett News

Miss Millie Howard went to Caldwell on Saturday to resume her work in the schools there, which have been closed since October on account of influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Rundstrom and little son Edwin, Jr., departed Monday for Monrovia, Calif., to spend a few weeks with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cooke while recuperating from the flu.

Add Simons was down town for a few hours Monday. He is still weak and will remain in his rooms until he regains his strength. Nathan Alexander, son of the governor, is here looking after the store.

Miss Hazel Stilson is absent from her duties at the Golden Rule store, taking a much needed rest.

The familiar figure of Hiram Katz who has suffered a serious illness, is again seen on the streets. Mr. Katz is quite weakened, but hopes to regain his strength with these fine days of warm sunshine and invigorating air.

Miss Roseberry, commercial teacher in the High school, went to Boise yesterday to spend the remaining days of vacation with Miss Margaret Cupp.

Walter Nusbaum and B. B. Davis motored to Boise Wednesday. While there they visited the legislature and called on Senator Tyler, whom they found looking a trifle worse for his recent illness, but in fine spirits and glad to be at his duties.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Emmett Index. January 30, 1919, Page 8

News of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents

South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

Mrs. Modin, who has been taking care of her sister, who was ill in Boise, returned to Emmett Wednesday, leaving the sister much improved.

Miss McSparran writes she is gaining strength rapidly and will be able to assume her school duties next week.
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Central Mesa

Mrs. Burdell is home now after nursing the flu about two weeks.

Mr. Wallace went up on the canal to get his wagon on Tuesday. His family are all able to be up now after an attack of the flu.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

There will be Sunday school next Sunday at the Central schoolhouse at 2 p.m. Preaching at 3 p.m. by Rev. A. C. Lathrop.
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By Mrs. J. I. Guthrie

School will open February 3. our influenza patients have recovered and we know of no new cases in the neighborhood, so with the improved weather conditions we anticipate a good attendance at school.

Mrs. Groves, father of Mrs. John Newman, is very ill at his home near New Plymouth.
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Bissell Creek
By Mrs. Ward M. Fuller

Tom Slone returned home from Boise Saturday. While there he went to the hospital and had his tonsils and adenoids removed.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 30, 1919, Page 1


No New Influenza Cases.

There have been no new cases of influenza for several days and conditions are about as satisfactory as they could be. Dr. Adair, city health officer, is greatly pleased with the results secured by the observance of the latest rules and hopes that in a few days normal conditions will reign in Moscow. Only two mild cases in 15 days is a record that is indeed encouraging.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 30, 1919, Page 3

City News

While Prof. C. B. Wilson of the university was making a trip through the southern part of the state, he contracted influenza and is now at Pocatello, where he is slowly recovering from quite a serious attack of the disease, followed by a touch of pneumonia.

The high school band has resumed its organization with Elmer Davis as leader. They expect to practice at least once a week and hope soon to be able to produce some good music.
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High School Ban Lifted

The ban has been lifted on high school students attending picture shows and last night a goodly number of them were in attendance at the “movies.” It was a rare treat to the young people who had been prohibited from attending the shows for many weeks. The ban has not been lifted from pupils of the grades yet but it is hoped it will be lifted next week.
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Princeton Pickings

Grandma Bunny is still on the sick list, but is improving.
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Cora Clippings

The flu seems to be over with for this time. Burden school is in session again, Mountain Home school did not close.

Mrs. A. D. Wilcox came home Saturday from Garfield after a week or two at the home of her mother. Her uncle, John Dicus, aged 86, is ill with pneumonia.

Rev. Miss Pinnell has returned home after several weeks in a Palouse hospital with the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. Banks were called to Tekoa Thursday last by the seriousness [sic] illness of their son and his wife and child with influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Clark are home again after an absence at the home of Mrs. Clark’s parents where they both had a tussle with the flu.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Nezperce Herald., January 30, 1919, Page 7


Local and Personal News Notes

A big time at the school house Friday evening, Jan. 31. Everybody’s going.

Rev. Martin is handling gym classes at the High School gymnasium, and invites the public to participate in these classes Mondays and Thursdays: Ladies from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.; men, 4:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Mrs. Adeline Campbell, nee Daggett, arrived last night from Spalding to be the guest of Mrs. Paul Blake in this city. Mrs. Campbell was formerly a member of the Nezperce public school faculty and has many friends here. She is engaged in teaching at Spalding this winter, but the Spalding schools are closed for the present on account of an influenza epidemic there.

Don’t forget the Big Time at the School House Friday night.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 30 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Albion Mercantile Co. Store, Albion, Idaho


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

The Rathdrum Tribune., January 31, 1919, Page 1


Idaho State News Items.

The influenza disappeared from Moscow Monday and the schools reopened.

One dozen Idaho counties have finished their quotas in the campaign for funds for the relief of starving Armenians and Syrians, notwithstanding the influenza epidemic. The drive will continue in those counties which have not yet raised their allotments until the full amount of Idaho’s quote of $75,000 for relief in the near east is raised.
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From Over The County

Post Falls

Jasper smith, who served as ambulance driver at Camp Lewis, has received his discharge and arrived home.
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The flu has almost disappeared.

The Kingston school closed on account of the flu.
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Spirit Lake

School is to open Feb. 3, if the flu ban is lifted in time. The situation is greatly improved.

Suspicion has been raised that the fire in the Cozy theatre was of incendiary origin and the village trustees offer $100 reward for the guilty party.
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Coeur D’Alene

The district court convened Tuesday.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., January 31, 1919, Page 2

The School Column.

School by Proxy.

We are continuing to conduct school by “proxy”, and will do so at least thru another week. This experiment has proven far more successful than was hoped when first attempted. Teachers have been at their desks every day and a majority of the students have been coming to them for individual help. Many others who have been unable to come to school for help have written or telephoned their troubles.

The assignments for the most part are mailed to pupils. The work assigned must be completed, and is required to be in the hands of teachers, by a designated time.

Examinations in the work covered during these weeks will be conducted later – so that there can be no superficial work for which full credit is given.

The scope of this work has been extended to, and including the 3rd grade. To include the lower grades was not at first considered advisable, but the demand by parents who wished to cooperate in the work at home was such that the work was undertaken. The teachers try to keep in close touch with the homes of the younger pupils so as to direct as far as possible the work done under the supervision of parents.

Those pupils who are not doing faithful work now can hardly hope to be promoted. The year’s work has been planned and that work must be covered. Intensive work is necessary to cover the ground, and only those who do the work required during these weeks according to schedule can hope to get thru.

We are grateful for the sympathetic cooperation of parents and guardians that has been so evident in this undertaking.
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Priest River, with a population of 600, has lost 21 by death due to influenza.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Rathdrum Tribune., January 31, 1919, Page 3

Personal Mention.

Lester L. Satchwell has been here a few days from Cabinet to see his mother, who is ill but who is reported improving.

Earl Goss of East Greenacres is seriously ill at Camp Lee, Va., where he is stationed, according to a telegram received by his mother and sister.

Ernest Reiniger of the firm of Reiniger Bros. has been quarantined at his home the past week with a mild attack of influenza.
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Local Paragraphs.

Only one case of influenza is now quarantined in town and no new cases have been reported since last Friday.

The town board did not have a meeting Monday night, owing to lack of a quorum.

The village trustees met last night to consider the advisability of partly lifting the influenza ban, and after consultation with the school board an adjournment was taken until next Wednesday evening at 7:30 to further consider the matter.

(ibid, page 3)
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American Falls Press. January 31, 1919, Page 1


Health Rules For Schools.
American Falls, Idaho Jan. 28, 1919


The work of the Junior Red Cross in the public schools for February consists in conducting a Health Campaign in which the principle is followed that the child must learn by DOING no less than by verbal instructions.

Among the many lessons taught us by the war is the fact that disease and other physical defects, which caused the rejections of over thirty percent of our men at the age of greatest strength, were diseases and physical defects that were preventable. On the other hand, the admiration of the world was shown our soldiers in the field after they were taught in the camps to grow strong and to keep well by systematic exercise, proper food and sleep, cleanliness and regular habits.

Can the public schools afford to miss this opportunity of applying this one lesson? Is it not infinitely more important to train the children in health habits than to try to have them learn the names of the bones and follow the course of the flow of the blood? If a boy does the chores of duties in this health program faithfully for one week he will be taught valuable lessons, but if he continues them for four weeks he will likely for health habits for life.

After carefully explaining to the children the need for the performing each of the following eleven health chores, I would suggest that you keep on the blackboard or on a large card, a record of each child for each day of the month of February.

1. I washed my hands before each meal today.

2. I washed not only my face by my ears and neck and I cleaned my finger nails today.

3. I tried to keep fingers, pencils and everything that might be unclean out of my mouth and nose.

4. I drank a glass of water before each meal and before going to bed, and drank no tea, coffee or other injurious drinks today.

5. I brushed my teeth thoroughly in the morning and in the evening today.

6. I took ten or more slow deep breaths of fresh air today.

7. I played outdoors or with windows open more than thirty minutes today.

8. I was in bed ten hours or more last night and kept my window open.

9. I tried today to sit up and stand up straight, to eat slowly, and to attend to toilet and each need of my body at its regular time.

10. I tried today to keep neat and cheerful constantly and to be helpful to others.

11. I took a full bath on each day of the week that is checked (X).

If you do not have a copy of “Common Sense in Health,” write to your Supt. for one.

Many schools are not yet enrolled as a Junior Auxiliary. Wouldn’t you help to make Power County 100 per cent in this membership?

H. R. Wallis, Chr. Chapter School Com.
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Death Angel Calls Two Prominent Young Men

George M. Angelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Angelly, died January 30, at 9:30 a.m., aged 19 years. The young man was a high school student, talented and with an apparently bright future. He had resided with his parents in American Falls for the past ten years or more, and attracted all to him by his manly bearing and unimpeachable conduct. No young man in the city was more universally esteemed, and his death brings sadness to all. His family is heartbroken. Death was caused by pneumonia following influenza. For the past week the condition of Mr. Angelly was known to be critical, but it was hoped he would pull through. He is survived by father, mother and sister. Funeral services were held at the family home at 11 o’clock today.

William A. Vance, aged about 30 years, died at his home near Rockland Wednesday morning of pneumonia following influenza. He is survived by a wife and babe a month old, and mother and sister.

Mr. Vance was well known in American Falls, where he resided for several years, being an employee of the American Falls Milling Company. He enjoyed the confidence of everyone with whom he came into contact, being industrious and honorable in his dealings. It is only a few months since he left the mill to move to his homestead seven miles from Rockland. Few of his American Falls friends know of his illness until his death was announced.

The mother and sister of Mr. Vance who make their home at Lava Hot Springs, arrived Wednesday evening to attend the funeral.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. January 31, 1919, Page 4

Notice to Parents and Guardians.

The second and third inoculations* against the Influenza and Pneumonia will be given on the afternoons of Feb. 3rd in the Lincoln school, Feb. 4th in the Washington School, Feb. 10th Lincoln School and Feb. 11th Washington School.

No child will be given the inoculation except he presents a written request for it signed by his parent or guardian.

H. R. Wallis, Supt, Schools.

(ibid, page 4)
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American Falls Press. January 31, 1919, Page 6

Scouts Aid The Hospitals.

The Spanish influenza struck New Bedford, Mass., with the suddenness of a bolt from the clear sky. The disease spread like wildfire, and the chairman of the emergency medical relief committee appealed to the boy scouts scouts for assistance.

Eight emergency hospitals in that city and three in Fairhaven were opened to take care of the influenza patients. The headquarters of six of the scout troops were taken as emergency hospitals.

(ibid, page 6)
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American Falls Press. January 31, 1919, Page 7

Boy Starts A “Sneezefest”
Box of Pepper Placed on Hot Stove Interrupts Church Services at Jerseyville.

Springfield, Ill. — Services had just been started in a small country church at Jerseyville, near here, on Sunday recently, following the influenza epidemic restrictions, when somebody in the congregation let go a vociferous “kachoo.” He braced himself, shook his head and fired again. Then some one else started and in less than a minute a volley of sneezing reverberated through the room. With a look of consternation and fright the officiating parson raised his hand to dismiss the gathering, but before he could do so he had to reach for his own handkerchief to stifle a sonorous “who-is-she.” Perplexed, he gazed about. Suddenly his eyes rested on a hot stove where he perceived a small box of pepper peppering away from the heat. Prankish boys had placed it there. On its removal services were resumed.

(ibid, page 7)
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American Falls Press. January 31, 1919, Page 8


No new cases of flu have been reported the last week and it is hoped the disease has been checked at last.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Martin and family, who have been very sick with influenza, are improving rapidly.

Mr. John Blair and family, who have been very ill with the flu for several weeks, are all reported much better, and they are now able to let the trained nurse go, after having had her employed for some time.

Dave Severet, who was very low with the flu, has fully recovered.

Mrs. Cyra Burwell is taking care of Mrs. L. V. Hampson during her illness. Mrs. Burwell is an excellent nurse.

After being confined to the house for several days with the flu, the John Bryant family are out again.

Mr. and Mrs. Owen Marley are both very ill with pneumonia, which they have contracted following a long illness of the fly.

Vivetta Buckley is better after having suffered several weeks with the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bradley are both down with the flu, but are improving slowly.

(ibid, page 8)
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Evening Capital News., January 31, 1919, Page 5



Miss Idris Flack, teacher in the Ashton, Idaho, school, who has been living here during the time the school was closed by “flu,” left to resume her school duties again Monday morning.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., January 31, 1919, Page 9

Popular Boise Girl Dies From Unknown Malady At Hospital

Miss Edith Eliza Stubblefield, a well known and popular Boise girl, passed away this morning at a Boise hospital. Miss Stubblefield was taken suddenly ill last Friday, and was rushed to a hospital in an unconscious state in which she remained until her sad death. Physicians who were in attendance were puzzled as to the malady which had attacked her, and are not sure as yet what caused her death.

… She was the office nurse of Dr. Maxey for several years. She is survived by her father, R. W. Stubblefield, and one brother, D. A. Stubblefield, of this city.

… The casket will be closed during the services …
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Deer Flat

Mrs. Howell, who is visiting at the home of C. W. Lawrence, has been having a very sick child with pneumonia, but is better at this writing.

Miss Dilla Tucker returned to her home in Greenleaf Saturday, her school having been closed because of the influenza.
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Mrs. William Mooreland and children who have the influenza are reported to be progressing nicely.
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The little son of Mr. Tracy who has been quite ill of pneumonia is improving.

Willis Skeen has recovered from his recent illness.

Earl Coleman is on duty as a juror this week.
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Mrs. Randall is reported ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butts returned from St. Joseph, Mo., last evening, where they were called on account of the serious illness of Mr. Butt’s father.

The regular church services will be resumed next Sunday. An Armenian will speak in the Methodist church after Sunday school.
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H. F. McKee returned to his work at Anderson Tuesday.

(ibid, page 9)
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Clearwater Republican. January 31, 1919, Page 1



The Clearwater County Board of Health hereby declares Spanish Influenza to be an infectious and contagious disease and is therefore quarantinable. All cases within the County of Clearwater, either of Spanish Influenza or even suspicious of Influenza, are therefore ordered to be reported to the County Health officer AT ONCE under penalty of the law.

E. W. Horswill, M.D. Health Officer.
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Local News.

The board of health, composed of the county commissioners and health officer E. W. Horswill, held a meeting last Tuesday to consider the question of making a strenuous effort to control the recent outbreak of the influenza. Health Officer Dr. Horswill was instructed and authorized to enforce a rigid quarantine and endeavor to stamp out as quickly as possible this prevailing epidemic.

All scholars in the high school who have not had the influenza have been quarantined this week on account of a few cases having developed in that department of the schools.

Miss Carrie Henager returned from Camp Lewis Tuesday, to nurse the “flu” patients at her home here. Miss Carrie is the smallest Red Cross nurse in the hospital service of Uncle Sam at Camp Lewis, and is familiarly known as the “Little One.” She certainly deserves the commendation of Clearwater county for her loyalty to the “cause,” having volunteered to nurse Uncle Sam’s soldier boys if necessity requires.
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Red Cross Confers With The County Board.

Mrs. M. B. Britan, chairman of the Clearwater County Chapter of the Red Cross, and other prominent Red Cross representatives, conferred with the county commissioners last Monday regarding the payment of Red Cross hospital claims. The board has been compelled by lack of necessary legal authority, to pay Red Cross hospital claims contracted for prior to November 15th. The authority of the board of county commissioners establishing a temporary Red Cross hospital was ordered November 15, 1918, and all claims prior to that date were necessarily disallowed by the board. The members of the Red Cross explained the burden that would be placed upon the organization were they compelled to collect and pay these disallowed amounts. The board, being anxious to assist the Red Cross in this financial dilemma, agreed to take the matter up with the county attorney and, if possible, arrange the legal authority to consider and allows claims contracted by the Red Cross emergency hospital prior to November 15, 1918.
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Interesting Meeting of Fire Department.

The meeting of the Orofino Fire Department held last Monday evening at the city Council chambers, was well attended by the members. …

On account of the ban still being on on public dances, on account of the influenza, it was decided to postpone the annual firemen’s ball, which has always been held on February 22. …

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Cottonwood Chronicle. January 31, 1919, Page 1


Memorial For County Boys
Services to be Held at the County Seat for All Boys Who Have Died for their Country.

Public services in memory of all Idaho county soldiers and sailors who have died of wounds or on the battle field will be held at Grangeville, Sunday, February 2.

Grangeville is making preparations to make this memorial service one of the largest and most impressive ever witnessed in the county seat. Speakers of prominence from various sections of the county will speak.

On account of the influenza epidemic these services have been somewhat neglected all over the county and as the flu ban is lifted in various sections of the county these services have been carried out in honor of the boys in the respective communities from which they came. Grangeville now is planning on having a county memorial service in honor of all boys who have died for their country.

Many Cottonwood people have already made plans to attend and those to attend perhaps will witness a scene that does not happen in every man’s life. …
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News Around The State
Items of Interest From Various Sections Reproduced for Benefit of Our Readers.

The health officer at Kellogg, has issued the following regulations during the influenza quarantine: Public schools to be open Monday under supervision of school nurses, three to be employed. Churches may resume services, only every other pew to be occupied and buildings to disinfected before and after each service; pool halls and cigar stores may open and also the moving picture shows, the latter to use only every other seat in every other row; no person under 21 to be allowed in pool halls, cigar stores, theaters, or other public places; all dances, social gatherings, public meetings and lodge meetings are prohibited.

source: Cottonwood Chronicle. (Cottonwood, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Cottonwood Chronicle. January 31, 1919, Page 5

Cottonwood And Vicinity
Personal Mentions and Local Happenings of the Week

Mrs. J. V. Nash is spending a few days in Lewiston this week with her sister, Mrs. A. L. Creelman. Mrs. Creelman has just recently recovered from a severe attack of influenza.

Miss Hazel Calhoun, trained nurse, of Cottonwood, has informed the Free Press that she has been obliged to go to south Idaho to recuperate from the effects of Spanish influenza, and will temporarily be unable to answer calls in this locality. She will return in about a month and locate in Grangeville. – Free Press.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Kendrick Gazette. January 31, 1919, Page 1


No Flu in Moscow

The last two flags denoting influenza quarantine of homes in Moscow were hauled down Monday. For the first time since early last October, it is believed the town is free from the dread disease which has cost more than a score of lives here and more than six millions of the lives in the world.

But the ban has not been lifted. In fact the regulations are to be enforced more rigidly than ever for a time. Churches and theatres must observe the rule providing that every alternative seat be vacant, and Lodges and other organizations will not be permitted to hold banquets. Dancing is positively forbidden either in public halls or private homes and anyone going from Moscow to other points to attend dances or other public gatherings or entertainments will be quarantined in their homes as soon as the facts become known.

Dr. Adair, city health officer, announces that there will be no “let up” in the regulations and that the rules will be rigidly enforced until all danger is past. He calls attention to the fact that the disease is very bad in other towns and some places have had a third recurrence of the disease which was worse than the first or second.

Since writing the above two new cases developed in Moscow.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. January 31, 1919, Page 2

School Notes

Miss Long reports a new pupil in her room this week. He is Wallace Brammer from Harrington, Wash.

Miss Brynes reports an attendance of fifteen this week, Miss Long, seventeen and Miss Abrahamson twenty-two.

The number at present enrolled in the high school is sixty-two. About thirty reentered on Monday.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Kendrick Gazette. January 31, 1919, Page 8


The Pine Creek school will open a week from Monday if influenza conditions are still favorable. Miss Ellen Brown of Lewiston has been engaged to teach the school.

Dr. Rothwell returned last Saturday to resume his practice here after an absence of several weeks. He has been resting up at Lewiston since recovering from his attack of influenza, and while he is very much improved in health, he has not entirely recovered. Owing to the exceedingly heavy work which he was required to do prior to his illness, his recovery has been slow on account of the weakened condition of his system. Dr. Kelly returned to Lewiston on the night train Saturday and does not expect to return unless a recurrence of the epidemic makes his presence necessary. Dr. Rothwell is now handling his practice alone.

In spite of the fear of the flu there was a fairly large crowd at the picture show last Saturday night. It takes something worse than the flu to queer the movies.
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Big Bear Ridge

Rufus May is recovering from an attack of influenza.

Misses Agnes and Opal Jones have gone to Kendrick to resume their school work.
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Linden Items

School opened Monday after being closed for four weeks on account of influenza. There are no new cases at this writing.

Mr. I. E. Foster is able to be out again after a severe illness of the flu.

Mrs. DeNoyar who has been nursing at the Foster home returned to Moscow last week.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Idaho Recorder. January 31, 1919, Page 1



Ed Dillon has been on the sick list for the past two or three days.

The Caren dance hall has been turned into a garage which will be run by John Steel.

The Carmen people were glad to welcome home Arthur Niemann, who is just back from the army.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. January 31, 1919, Page 8


Dr. Hanmer and Commissioner Briney made a trip to May Saturday to appoint Dr. Gillman health officer for the Pahsimaroi.

Mrs. John Ostrem left for Salt Lake Sunday evening in response to a wire to the effect that her daughter, Miss Marjorie Ellis, was ill with influenza.

Messrs. Owen, Will Lynn and [Lorin?] Wilson arrived home Monday evening from Salt Lake where they went to attend the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Carlson.

Charles Matley and son Fred were in town yesterday. Fred has very recently recovered from the flu.

James Quinn has been ill.
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While our quarantine was on we led such a quiet life up here in our corner that there seemed nothing happening of interest to our friends in other localities.

Nothing exciting occurred until Christmas when a cache must have been uncovered for spirits were light and hands active. The bruises, black eyes and skinned faces are all right now and only a memory remains of a story book Christmas of the west.

We learn with real regret that the flu has invaded Leadore. We were sometimes peeved at Leadore during the quarantine but I suppose it was for the best. Some of us wish ours was still on.
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Dr. Hanmer is taking care of the influenza cases in and near Leadore. He reports numerous cases.

Miss Burns, one of the Leadore teachers, is helping care for some of the flu patients.

Mrs. M. V. Mulvaney, mother of Mrs. W. F. Stone has just received word that her son, Gunner Leo Mulvaney, is recovering from the flu and pneumonia in a base hospital in England.

(ibid, page 8)
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Montpelier Examiner. January 31, 1919, Page 5


Local News

All of the public schools in Star valley, which have been closed for several months on account of the flu, reopened this week.

The public library will re-open tomorrow, the usual hours prevailing.

John Mattson writes us that the flu struck St. Charles hard last week, there being something like 50 cases at one time. Mr. Mattson and his entire family were down with it at the same time, but by good nursing he says they are all now out of danger.

Mrs. David Minson died from influenza at her home in Paris [Idaho] last Monday. She is survived by her husband and four small children, the oldest being only eight year of age. Short funeral services were held at the Paris cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. and Mrs. Mose Lewis returned Tuesday from Salt Lake. Both have recovered from the influenza, which they had while there, but Mr. Lewis is still bothered with rheumatism in his hip and is hardly able to get around. Mrs. Gillihan, who was called to Salt Lake to nurse Mr. Lewis, returned with them.

Mrs. Mary Scarlet left last Monday for Riverside, Cal., where she will remain for several months in the hope of obtaining relief from bronchial trouble in the lower altitude and warmer climate. At Soda Springs she was joined by Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wetzel, who will also spend several months at Riverside.

Tom Hartman is confined to his home, nursing a case of mumps. Tom says it is a hec [sic] of a note to thin that he escaped the mumps, measles, flu and everything else while in the training camps, and then to get the pesky mumps after coming home. Guess Tom must have had a mump germ or two stuck away in his uniform when he came home.
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Geneva Rich of St. Charles a Victim of Influenza.

St. Charles, Jan. 29. — Funeral services were held here last Saturday for Miss Geneva Rich, who died from the influenza on Jan. 24. She had been down with the flu and was somewhat improved, but the disease had made such an inroad on her condition that it affected her heart and the end came suddenly and unexpected. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Rich and was born in St. Charles in March, 1897. Her death brought deep sorrow to every home in St. Charles for she was a most estimable young lady and loved by all. …
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Lovers of the Movie Welcome Good Shows

Around 300 people witnessed the first moving picture show at the opera house last Monday night since that play house closed four months ago at the instigation of the board of health … And it is already patent that the lifting of the ban on public meetings are to have no ill effects in the way of bringing about an outbreak of the flu epidemic. True, there were some people who remained away Monday night thru fear of contracting the disease, but with the approach of each night this fear is seemingly entirely passing to the skeptic dump heap. …

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. January 31, 1919, Page 5


19190131CT2Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory

Midway News

School opened Monday after a vacation of over three months. The teachers report a good attendance in all rooms, and by eliminating some of the non-essentials, and by careful supervision, it is thought the pupils will complete the year’s work.

Several from this neighborhood attended the funeral of Mrs. F. R. Odle and son Donald, which was held in Nampa, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Odle and son died over two weeks ago, the son dying two days before the mother, both victims of the influenza, but the funeral was postponed awaiting the arrival of a son from an army camp in Virginia.

Mr. and Mrs. John Cotton received word Saturday that their son, Henry, at Blackfoot, was seriously ill with the influenza. Mr. Cotton left at once arriving there Saturday night, but the son died Sunday morning.

The Midway P. T. A. will meet at the school house Friday afternoon, February 7, at 2:30. …

The Midway Red Cross auxiliary will meet at the school house, Tuesday, February 4, from 10 to 4 o’clock. All ladies please come and bring your own lunch. There is a large quota of refugee garments to be made and we need everyone’s help.
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Deer Flat

No Flu cases in the neighborhood at present.

Friends and old neighbors here are sorry to hear that Mr. J. D. Clark’s health is such as to make it necessary for him to enter a Boise hospital for treatment. Arthur Clark arrived in Camp Merrit January 20 from overseas and expects to be home soon.
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The old Fisher school house has been dismantled and there will be a sale of the lumber, windows, brick and cement blocks, Saturday afternoon, February 1st, on the school house ground, 1/2 miles north of Huston. – Adv.
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Marble Front Items

Mr. John Thomas, who has been very ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Chaney of Middleton, is reported as improving at this writing.

G. H. Fuller is reported on the sick list this week.
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Lake Lowell

Will Derig is staying at his brother Mart’s, convalescing from his late illness.

Mrs. B. M. Altizer is very sick at their ranch in West Lake Lowell.

Miss Nellie Howard has returned to her school at Lake Lowell.

The Lake Lowell auxiliary of the Red Cross met and elected new officers for the coming year. ..
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The Wilder auxiliary of the Red Cross will meet in the Red cross room Wednesday, February 5, for sewing. All members are urged to attend.

The first of a series of dances given in the I. O. O. F. hall Friday night was well attended and was voted a decided success.
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Pleasant Ridge

Services were held in the church Sunday night for the first time in a good many weeks. …
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Brier Rose

The ladies of the Home Culture club expect to do quilting at the Crew home on Thursday and Friday of this week.

source: The Caldwell Tribune. (Caldwell, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. January 31, 1919, Page 7

Ten Davis News

School Stared in Ten Davis this week. The attendance on the whole is fairly good. The teachers are Clinton Bay of Iowa; Lew Jewell, Nebraska; Ruth Mead, Caldwell; Ruth Miller, Nampa; Mrs. Earl Conners of Caldwell.

The Gillum family has been ill with the Flu, but are now nearly recovered.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Evans received word a few days ago saying that Emily, who is in Salt Lake, was ill with the Flu.

The Red Cross held their meeting at the Grange hall Friday. The ladies are sewing garments for the Belgians. There were nine ladies present.
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Attendance in the public schools since they opened last Wednesday has been very good.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Zehner, their son-in-law Eugene Harper and his cousin who have been ill with influenza, are somewhat improved.

Mrs. C. V. Cottier and two sons have been ill with influenza since their arrival at Astoria.

Earl Power has had influenza since his return from Portland.

Lee Wohlschlegel, who has been ill at his home in Boise since Christmas, was a guest Saturday and Sunday of Joe Dilley. He left Sunday for Moscow to continue his studies at the university.

Mrs. Ruth Remsen, wife of Edward Remsen, died Friday morning at a Boise hospital. The funeral services at Parma Sunday afternoon were conducted by Rev. J. B. Story. Mrs. Remsen was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Munson and leaves besides her husband and parents, three sisters and two brothers and four children.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Caldwell Tribune. January 31, 1919, Page 8

Local and Personal

County and City Physician T. D. Farrar states that influenza has almost disappeared from Caldwell and environs. The disease never got the hold in Caldwell that it did in some other Idaho cities, but for months it was very bad. At present there are but few cases in this section says Dr. Farrar.

Mrs. E. H. Plowhead has recovered from an attack of the Flu.

C. G. Baker is around and about once again after a week’s tussle with the Flu.

F. E. Rotter, publisher of the Homedale Empire Press, was in the city Saturday. Mr. Trotter is just recovering from the Flu. In this case the Flu settled in the head instead of affecting the lungs. Mr. Trotter had a very disagreeable experience but not so bad as a case of pneumonia.

Harold Johnston has returned from Boise where he was for several weeks receiving medical treatment for complications arising from Spanish influenza. Mr. Johnson will be fully recovered in a short time now.

Funeral services were held from the family residence Friday last for Walter Coberly, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Coberly, who died the day before of pneumonia following Spanish influenza. Deceased was about 20 years of age. He was a student at the Gem State Academy.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson were called to Meridian Friday evening last by the serious illness of Mrs. Anderson’s mother.

The first dance of the season will be given Monday evening at 9 o’clock K. P. hall, bu the last year’s Caldwell dancing club. Members with their guests are cordially invited.
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Fargo News Items

The Fargo school opened Monday, the 27th of January.
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Walter Rollin Coberly, the eldest son of Elder R. B. and Mrs. Coberly, was born in Euyart, Missouri, December 4, 1898, and died at Caldwell, Idaho, January 23, 1919, being 20 years, one months and nineteen days of age. Water was stricken with the influenza which developed into bronchial pneumonia and this resulted in his death. …

(ibid, page 8)
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The Idaho Republican. January 31, 1919, Page 1


19190131TIR2Blackfoot City Council and Citizens Meet and Consider City’s Problems

… Dr. Patrie, the county physician, was present and on being asked if he had something to present relative to his work first said that as to what should be done about influenza quarantine, and that so long as public sentiment runs counter to the quarantine it is hard to enforce it, and since the ban had been lifted from everything but the dances, and since a good many of the young people go to other towns up and down the line where dancing is permitted, he proposed that the ban be lifted entirely.

When asked if the board of health cannot enforce its rules, Dr. Patrie said that if cases were put to a jury and the jury was against the quarantine or the ban, the jury would find a way to carry out its wishes, even if a good case were presented.

Ernest Pearson, who is on the school board, said they had left the ban on dancing for thirty days because it had been shown that dances seemed to have been responsible for the spread of the disease, and the board wanted to test it, and had asked the pupils to obstain [sic] from dancing for that period.

Dr. Patrie said the ban applied to roping off every alternate row of seats in the pictures shows, as a preventative of people coughing at those in front of them, and it might as well be lifted. If people have not the good manners not to impose their breath and their coughs and sneezes in people’s faces it doesn’t do much good to take it out on the picture show man. If there comes a new wave of influenza the doctor said, the lid ought to be clapped on tight for a definite period.

A good many people had been influenced by the army test of flu germs being thrown into the faces of soldiers, none of whom had taken the disease, but there were hardy men with high vitality and resistance due to the rigid training and out door life of the army, and the same test tried on the average civilian might have resulted very differently. The doctor said the council’s jurisdiction was a subject to the county board of health, but he would like an expression from the council; a vote showed three in favor of lifting the ban, two opposed and two not voting because they were on the school board and had voted to sustain the ban thirty days as stated.
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Local Rancher Dies

William H. Walton a rancher of this locality, passed away at the France Hospital Monday evening at 5 o’clock, after suffering very hard with hemorrhage of the lungs. …
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Canadian Soldier is Visitor Here

A. C. Chapman, a Canadian soldier who has been serving with the Canadian forces in France since last spring, returned to his home at Idaho Falls Monday. Together with his wife and little son, he came to Blackfoot Tuesday and will visit here for a short time. …

Mr. Chapman saw five months of active service with his company in France and was very fortunate until he contracted influenza which developed into a serious case of pneumonia and his condition was considered very dangerous for some time. …

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. January 31, 1919, Page 3


Mrs. Mary Jordan has just recovered from a serious case of influenza.

Lee Farnsworth has recovered from a bad attack of the flu.
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The quarantine flags are now lifted from this vicinity for the present and as there are no more new cases we hope we have seen the last of the flu.
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The influenza situation in Taber [is] much better now, with no cases of flu.

School is progressing nicely. Miss King keep close watch for flu symptoms and any child having such [is] dismissed.

Some people believe in settling disputes with rocks and beer bottles or at least such was the case in Taber Saturday.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Idaho Republican. January 31, 1919, Page 5

Local News

Fort Hall public school re-opened Monday with Miss Bessie Potter and Mrs. Ruth Ragan in charge. Attendance is quite good now with a promise of better soon.

Miss Minnie Halberg is on the sick list this week.

Miss Katherin Locke was on the sick list one day this week.

Mrs. J. R. Jones was called to Pocatello Tuesday afternoon on account of the serious illness of her father Mr. Owen, who is visiting at that place.

The Sova family of near Ferris are ill with influenza this week.

John B. Davis and family of Rexburg, but formerly of this city, are quite ill with influenza at this writing. Mrs. Davis’ brother Henry Cotton died here Saturday of the same disease.

Miss Carrie Sutton, who is teaching at Burley passed thru Blackfoot on her way to Arco Monday to attend the funeral of her sister, who died there.

Mrs. Bell Hess of Goshen came to Blackfoot Tuesday morning to care for flu patients.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. January 31, 1919, Page 6

Idaho Budget

Not a single case of influenza has developed at the university at Moscow since the opening of the winter quarter, January 6. A physical examination of every member of the student body has failed to reveal even a suspect.

During the recent epidemic of influenza at Albion and vicinity 300 cases were reported at one time. As there was no resident doctor in that section, the conditions were unusually difficult for the people to meet. However, few deaths occurred.

The influenza situation in Pocatello is reassuring according to the health board. But few homes are quarantined, and the cases seem to be less malignant. The ban was removed from public and private dances.
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Inland Northwest

All teachers in Nevada are entitled to their full salaries for periods when schools were closed because of sickness, according to an opinion handed to the superintendent of public instruction by Deputy Attorney General Robert Richards.
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The flu situation here has not improved to any great extent in the last two weeks.

Everything is being done to keep a strict quarantine on all flu cases in the city limits.

Mrs. William Siefert has recovered from a light case of the flu.

James Jensen is recovering from an attack of the influenza.

Mrs. James Hamilton died in Salt Lake City with a severe attack of the flu and complications following.

The funeral of Mrs. A. C. Quigg was held last week, the remains being placed in the Idaho Falls cemetery.

No dance in Ensign hall last Saturday on account of the poor crowds, who have been attending lately.

Quite a number of Shelley boys attended the dance at Firth last Wednesday evening.
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The John I. Watson family are all recovering from the flu. Some members of the family have been very sick, especially Arthur, who is in Pocatello and who has had pneumonia.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Idaho Republican. January 31, 1919, Page 8

Ostentatious Words.

Why cannot scientific persons who undertake to be informing to the public learn to display their learning less ostentatiously and to convey their meaning more intelligibly? One health authority tells us profoundly that “anorexia” also is present with Spanish influenza. We take this, from the dictionary, to mean loss of appetite, which really would not be a bad thing these days; but unless it is assumed that nobody but medical men are to have the disease, it might be well to give the miscellaneous lay public a chance to know what may ail it.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Meridian Times., January 31, 1919, Page 2


News Of A Week In Condensed Form
Record of the Important Events Told in briefest Manner Possible.
Happenings That Are Making History – Information Gathered from All Quarters of the Globe and Given in a Few Lines.

A decision of the superior court held the ordinance closing theatres at Stockton, Cal., as an influenza preventive measure is legal. Theatre owners and members of the Churches of Christ Scientist, brought the legal action.

Two soldiers out of every thousand who fought with the American army overseas lost an arm or a leg.

Three American mine owners of Chihuahua – Holmes, Mathewson and Deavitt – were captured recently by Pancho Villa and released after they had given up a supply of powder and listened to a lecture from the bandit on better pay and shorter hours for their employees.
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In The Gem State

The Twin Falls county board of health has adopted a resolution prohibiting public and private dances until further orders. The action was taken as a means of coping more successfully with the influenza epidemic and at the same time of permitting public schools to remain open.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., January 31, 1919, Page 8

Meridian News Notes

Mrs. Hannah Turner has recovered from an attack of influenza.

Mrs. Mary Adams is substituting for Miss Magner during the illness of the third grade teacher.

(ibid, page 8)
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Shoshone Journal. January 31, 1919, Page 1


Red Cross Column.

The latest Red Cross Bulletin gives some interesting history in connection with the influenza situation at Denio, Oregon, where a monument has been erected by the sheep herder residents to the memory of Mrs. Alice Nellis, a Red Cross nurse who was sent from Seattle to help fight the disease. She contracted influenza and died at Denio Dec. 9th 1918. Following are some extracts from letters written by Mrs. D. Johns who, with Mrs. Geiger, another nurse, was sent to the relief of Mrs. Nellis:

“This is a sheep country. The sick are families of sheep herders living in miserable cabins scattered in most inaccessible places a house to a hill 12 to 50 miles apart. Mrs. Geigen goes every other day 24 miles to a family of 7, all down, and mother expecting another in January. Nothing to work with, no food, even for the babies. This case is typical.”

The machine which carried Mrs. John and Mrs. Geiger from Winnemucca, Nevada, broke down two miles from the “summit” at midnight. They spent the rest of the night on the mountain side and early next morning they walked 12 miles to Denio, where they at once set to work to care for Mrs. Nellis. In closing, Mrs. Johns says: “Don’t save any lady like jobs for me. Send me somewhere else like this where I can nurse real men.”

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. January 31, 1919, Page 5

Local and Personal News

Mrs. Ed. Newman and daughter Alta Ruth are ill this week with the flu.

Charles Anderson, son of Harry Anderson, is down with the flu this week.

Attorney Frank T. Disney has so far recovered from the flu as to be able to return to his office and pretend to be busy with real business.

Miss Fern Noble, who has been seriously ill with the flu, at the Dill hospital has recovered sufficiently to be removed to her home for a convalescent period.
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Card of Thanks

We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness during the sickness and death of our beloved little girl, Blanche.

Mr. and Mrs. David Rands and family.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., January 31, 1919, Page 3


City News

Special policeman, H. Hayes, was run over yesterday by the hind wheel of a dray, during the rush to the fire. He sustained injuries on the head and ear, but is rapidly recovering.

Mrs. A. G. McWreath, who lives east of Moscow, has received word that her father, Rueben Black, who visited here last summer, is very seriously ill at his home in South Dakota.

Earl C. Hall, once science teacher in the public schools, is a junior in the medical school at Minneapolis.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 31 Jan. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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* Serums and Vaccines – Further Reading:

“The Medical and Scientific Conceptions of Influenza” on the search for the cause and vaccine.
source: Stanford University

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.

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. … The most widely used, and historically the most interesting, was the vaccine produced by Edward C. Rosenow of the Mayo Clinic’s Division of Experimental Bacteriology.48,49 Rosenow argued that the exact composition of a vaccine intended to prevent pneumonia had to match the distribution of the lung-infecting microbes then in circulation. For that reason, he insisted that the composition of his vaccine had to be frequently readjusted. … The Mayo Clinic distributed Rosenow’s vaccine widely to physicians in the upper Midwest. … McCoy arranged his own trial of the Rosenow vaccine produced by the Laboratories of the Chicago Health Department. He and his associates worked in a mental asylum in California where they could keep all subjects under close observation. They immunized alternate patients younger than age 41 on every ward, completing the last immunization 11 days before the local outbreak began. Under these more controlled conditions, Rosenow’s vaccine offered no protection whatsoever. McCoy’s article appeared as a one-column report in the December 14, 1918, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
source: The State of Science, Microbiology, and Vaccines Circa 1918

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