Idaho History Nov 22, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 32

Idaho Newspaper clippings February 7-13, 1919

Photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 7

The Rathdrum Tribune., February 07, 1919, Page 1


From Over The County

Post Falls

John D. Anderson, a civil engineer, died of Influenza in the Deaconess hospital, Spokane, to which he was taken of last week.
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Mrs. Harriett Fish of Kellogg, sister of C. M. Trigg of Stateline, former county commissioner, died and was buried at Kellogg last week.
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Spirit Lake

The schools reopened Monday.
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Coeur D’Alene

City Health Officer Dr. Barclay Monday raised the ban on picture houses, Sunday schools, and all public gatherings, believing that the influenza situation warranted the action but still warning people to practice caution in taking advantage of the situation.

Bruce Bowman, apprehended in Seattle for complicity in the theft of Dr. Busby’s automobile, was brought back by Sheriff Quarrels. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Judge J. M. Flynn to one to 14 years in prison.
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In The Legislature
Some Bills Up For Consideration by Idaho Solons.

H.B. No. 87, by Hall – Making each county a school district, and abolishing present districts; creating county boards of education, to consist of one member from each of five constituted precincts in each county; and prescribing duties of county superintendent.

H.B. 117, by the committee on public health – Providing for erection of two tuberculosis hospitals by the state, one in North Idaho and one in South Idaho, levying a general tax to support them.

Among the bills passed by both houses is H.B. 15, by Tyer – Authorizing county commissioners to employ a trained nurse to act as consulting expert on hygiene in the county schools.

The senate killed H.R. 17 by indefinite postponement. The bill proposed a direct tax levy to raise relief funds in all counties for the assistance of indigent soldiers and sailors and their families. The senate held that the measure would not accomplish the result sought.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., February 07, 1919, Page 2

19190207RT3Schools to Reopen Monday.

The town council last Wednesday evening amplified the ban so as to prohibit hereafter only the most unessential meetings. The schools accordingly will reopen next Monday morning.

Owing to conditions, the school authorities will not pretend to enforce the compulsory education law, which requires the children of school age to attend school. The board of education, however, must keep school in session unless the local board of health, which is composed of the town council together with the local physician, prohibits public meetings because of an epidemic. If the school board fails to do this, according to the ruling of the state attorney general, no moneys can be apportioned from state funds.

While parents will not be required to send their children, it is hoped that we may have as nearly a full attendance as possible. We have no influenza here at present. There is little if any in the surrounding communities, and we feel that we are less beset with danger than heretofore. The present prospect, if we may continue thruout [sic] the remainder of the school year, is that about 75 per cent of the pupils might be promoted. The substantial work done by the students under the plan in effect during the last month warrants this prediction. The First and Second grades have lost more time – it seeming impracticable to include them in that plan. The lengthening of the term in these grades is under consideration. We therefore urge that the pupils in these grades continue in attendance. Do not depend on these children making their grades by home study alone. Not only is it impossible for a mother to devote four or five hours daily to the child, but the facilities, such as charts, cards, etc., are not at her command.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Rathdrum Tribune., February 07, 1919, Page 3

Flu Ban Lifted.

At the adjourned special meeting Wednesday evening the trustees of Rathdrum lifted the influenza ban excepting on parties, dances and roller skating and voted to dispense with the services of the marshal as quarantine officer.

The action taken permits the schools, churches, lodges and clubs to resume; also public gatherings with the exception of dances and roller skating and parties, which are still prohibited.

The last case of influenza in town was released from quarantine Sunday and there have [been] no new cases reported in town or vicinity for about two weeks.

Lifting of the local ban only effects the town, the surrounding country districts being under the jurisdiction of the state board of health and county health authorities.
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Personal Mention.

Ernest Reiniger has been back at his post in the store since Tuesday.

Paul Reiniger has been confined to his home a week or more with a severe attack of tonsillitis.

Howard Powell writes from Presidio, California, that he is in quarantine there, some of his company being ill with influenza.
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Local Paragraphs.

Rathdrum Independent school district No. 2 has received about $4200 from the county treasurer, representing the January tax apportionment.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Oakley Herald. February 07, 1919, Page 1


Basin Items

All the sick are improving.

School will reopen next Monday.

Niel Sagers has been very sick for several days.
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Moulton News

The flu ban has been lifted from our community, and church services are again being held.
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There are no cases of flu here now.
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Church Notice

Meetings, Sunday Schools, and all church activities will begin again Sunday, Feb. 9. Therefore Bishops, and organization officers will make the necessary arrangements for the successful progress of the church work.

– Cassia State Presidency, By Wm. T. Jack

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. February 07, 1919, Page 3

Schools Will Not Open Next Monday

Both the Public school and the Academy will remain closed next week. The Public school will probably open [February] 17.
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Locals and Personals

Odell McMurray has the flu.

Ray Curtis is able to be back on the job again after entertaining the flu.

Douglas McBride is at his place in the Max Shoe shop again after an illness from influenza.

Miss Ella Jack has been ill this week with influenza.

Albert Drake, who lives four miles north of Oakley, died Sunday from pneumonia following influenza.
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Get your Life Insurance before the Flu gets you. L. J. Robinson, Jr., agent of Mutual Life. The oldest Insurance Company in America.


(ibid, page 3)
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American Falls Press. February 07, 1919, Page 6


Pleasant Valley News

Robert Radke has been suffering from the second attack of influenza.

Mr. M. L. Adolf, Louie Adolf and John Tiede are at Lava Hot Springs taking in the baths to gain their strength again so they will be in good shape by spring.

John Tiede has been suddenly called home on account of the illness of his son.

Fred Gehring says it is a fine feeling to be able to escape the influenza epidemic.
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Arbon Items

Mrs. Heber Woods and baby daughter left Thursday for a visit with her parents at Lewiston, Utah, to recuperate from a sick spell. Heber Woods is still in the Logan hospital, slowly recovering from a long siege of pneumonia.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Evans went to Pocatello last week and while there Joe had his tonsils removed and is feeling much better.

Mrs. Herman Noth is visiting in American Falls at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Noth. Miss Virginia Nunnely a sister of Mrs. H. Noth, is at the home of Dr. Noth recovering from a long and serious spell of flu.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. February 07, 1919, Page 7

People and Events

Frank Parr Sr. has recovered from a light attack of influenza.

Wm. Allen, residing northwest of Rockland, is ill with pneumonia, following an attack of flu.

The members of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joe May of Rockland valley are recovering from a siege of flu. They are residing in Rockland this winter. One or two of the children had pneumonia.

The babe of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Fitzpatrick which was very ill last week, is much improved.

Miss Myra Angelly has been ill with tonsillitis this week, but is much improved.

Mr. and Mrs. Farr Whiting and the kiddies, accompanied by Mrs. C. R. Butterfield, mother of Mrs. Whiting, were in American Falls last Saturday. They made the trip down from Crystal by auto, the roads being in the finest possible condition for auto travel. Mrs. Butterfield said that her husband had been ill ever since his return from this city a couple of weeks ago.

The Red Cross is in urgent need of ladies in American Falls to do sewing. The auxiliaries are nobly doing their part but we must do our share.

Now that the Red Cross is not requiring the ladies to spend so much time knitting, it leaves more time for sewing, of which there is an abundance to do, and it must be done. …

Handbills circulated through the schools Tuesday, and placed in business houses, warning owners of dogs to keep them tied up at home, as a precautionary measure against rabies. A dog afflicted with rabies has been at large in American Falls and may have bitten many other dogs.

It will be well for all to observe precautions until the danger of rabies is past. The city health officer has ordered all dogs tied up at home until further notice. This is a precautionary measure, as it is impossible to know how many dogs have been bitten and may develop rabies at any time.

(ibid, page 7)
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Evening Capital News., February 07, 1919, Page 9



Mrs. F. S. Kibbler has returned from California, where she was recently called by the illness of her sister, Mrs. C. J. Blake, who died after her arrival.
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Bert Helembolt is confined to his home on account of illness.

Willis Wing is reported very ill at this writing.

E. Snodgrass is ill at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jim Butts.
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Funeral services were held from the Nazarene church this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock for Mrs. Frank Hudson, who died Wednesday. Internment was in the local cemetery.

Funeral services were held from the Mateer funeral parlors at 9 o’clock this morning for Mrs. Allen Jones, who died Tuesday, Rev. H. B. Pomers conducting the services. Interment was in the Kohlerlawn cemetery at Nampa.

The death of Mrs. Frank Hudson which occurred Wednesday, did not occur from influenza as was erroneously stated, but from puerperal convulsions, leaving an infant a few hours of age.

Dr. Kinney has rented the Marcom residence for a year.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. February 07, 1919, Page 5



The Clearwater County Board of Health hereby declares Spanish Influenza to be an infectious and contagious disease and is therefore quarantineable. 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.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. February 07, 1919, Page 6

Judge Frees Man With Flu
Court Joins in Rush for Doors When Prisoner’s Condition is Discovered.

Pittsburgh, PA. — Walter Sanowski went into the criminal court recently as a prisoner and came out scot free and without the regular process of law.

Sanowski was sitting in the prisoner’s dock when attention was called to his physical condition. A doctor was called.

“What’s his ailment?” asked the judge.

“Influenza,” replied the medical man.

Immediately there was a rush for the doors, in which the court joined. His case was dismissed and Sanowski was taken to a hospital.

(ibid, page 6)
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 07, 1919, Page 1


News Around The State
Items of Interest From Various Sections Reproduced for Benefit of Our Readers.

Charles Cammack, who formerly resided on a ranch near Riggins, Idaho, died at the state hospital at Orofino.

Fred Lott, age 61 years, and Indian citizen of Stites, Idaho, died recently at his home from an attack of influenza. He was a government scout during the Indian war of 1870.

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

Thirteen thousand eight hundred and seventy five soldiers were discharged last month at Camp Lewis. One million men have been discharged throughout the various camps in the United States. 1,400,000 are slated for early release.

source: Cottonwood Chronicle. (Cottonwood, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 07, 1919, Page 8

Cottonwood and Vicinity
Personal Mention and Local Happenings of the Week

Miss Elsie Uhlenkott was a passenger for Ferdinand Monday. Miss Uhlenkott will visit at the Clem Frei home in Ferdinand and try to nurse back to health members of the Frei family who have had severe attacks of the influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. James Blackburn and daughter left Saturday morning for Seattle where they will spend a month. The trip is made on the advice of Mr. Blackburn’s physician in hopes that the change of climate will improve his health. Mr. Blackburn has just recently recovered from a severe attack of influenza which left him in a very weak condition.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 07, 1919, Page 2


Fairview Notes

J. L. Glenn’s entire family have the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. Gottenburg and Mrs. Mel Miller are down with the flu.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 07, 1919, Page 5

Southwick Items

Harvey Faris has been on the sick list for a few days.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Southwick and family of Cream ridge have been sick with influenza. Reports say there are all better.

Wilma McClelland is still improving slowly.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 07, 1919, Page 1


Mrs. Dempsey is Better

Mrs. P. J. Dempsey is reported today as showing improvement from the after effects of an influenza attack. She has been ill for a period of more than five weeks.
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The report has come from the parents of Richard Shoup at San Diego that the young man is considered entirely out of danger from the flu attack that called Mr. and Mrs. Shoup to his bedside.
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The flu sufferers are all better.

Mrs. Christensen is recovering from the complications following the flu. Miss Fry is taking care of her.

Mrs. Alred is recovering from a very severe attack of pneumonia.

Albert Pierce and Wilbur Marshal are using their school vacation in going upon a trapping expedition.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. February 07, 1919, Page 1


Public Schools Opened With Good Enrollment
By Supt. Cummings

Schools opened last Monday with an excellent enrollment considering the mental attitude of so many of the patrons. The high school had 62 per cent of its former enrollment and the Lincoln school 55 percent. The patrons of the Washington school seemed to be more timid and sent only 37 per cent. We attribute this to the fact that several parents with large families who own ranches in the country have kept their families on the ranches, hoping by thus isolating themselves to escape the epidemic. Others living in sparsely settled parts of the city attribute their escaping the disease to that fact and therefore continue to keep their children isolated. Be this as it may, there has been a steady increase in attendance daily since school opened and we feel confident that within the next week or ten days, we shall have very nearly a full enrollment.

The school board has employed a trained nurse, Miss Gillihan, who spends all of her time in the schools. She is very skillful in detecting any sort of ailment among the children. She not only keeps a careful eye open for the “flu” but also notices other ailments. We hope the parents will appreciate this and when she sends a child home with instructions for its care the parents should try to follow them for the welfare of the child. One parent manifested a lack of appreciation and good judgement in resenting this proffered aid. We feel that her kind is rare and that parents generally will co-operate with us in our efforts to protect the childrens’ health.

So far as we know there has been no tendency for the epidemic to spread since the town has been thrown open and we are positive that the schools will in no way aid in spreading it. Do you give your children better care at home than we do in school under the care of a vigilant teacher and a trained nurse? We doubt it. We feel that no parents should hesitate to send their children to school. If you keep them out you are robbing them of just that much educational opportunity.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. February 07, 1919, Page 4

Influenza Case At Bennington.

We have all had the flu. Six members of the family were down at one time; also three of Ed Munk’s children, who were at our home. Thru efforts of Dr. Hinkley and B. F. Small as nurse, we all pulled thru. For ten days Mr. Small took care of the nine patients. He did wonderful work and we join in expressing our thanks to him for his services. We recommend him as a nurse to all who may become afflicted with the flu.

– Horace Weaver and Family, Ed Munk and Family.

(ibid, page 4)
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Montpelier Examiner. February 07, 1919, Page 5

Local News

The opening dance at the pavilion will be held Monday night, Feb. 10. The regular Saturday night dances will start Feb. 15.

There will be regular services in the Second ward next Sunday, beginning with Sunday school at the usual hour. …

Mrs. Mary Burgoyne came up from Salt Lake last Friday, where she had been since her granddaughter, Louise Cruickshank, was so seriously inured while coasting. She reports that the young lady had completely recovered from the effects of the injuries. Mrs. Burgoyne had the flu while in Salt Lake, but is now feeling very good for one of her age. She has returned to Ogden, where she will remain for a couple of months.

Word was received from Salt Lake this week that Robert McDonald was convalescing from a severe attack of the flu, followed by pneumonia. Three weeks ago while at work in the shops here Robert received a severe injury to his right eye. He was taken to the L. D. S. Hospital for treatment. The following week he contracted the flu and when pneumonia developed, his condition became serious. For several days but little hope was entertained for his recovery. His young friends here will be glad to learn that he is now getting along nicely and will not lose the sight of his eye, as it was at first feared he would.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 07, 1919, Page 1



Miss Della Tucker who has been teaching near Lakeview, is now home as her school is closed on account of influenza.

The Will Winslow family excepting Mrs. Winslow, have the influenza. They are now in California where they went a few months ago.

source: The Caldwell Tribune. (Caldwell, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 07, 1919, Page 4

19190207CT2U. S. Health Service Issues Warning
Increase in All Respiratory Diseases After the Influenza Epidemic Probably.
Influenza Expected to Lurk for Months. How to Guard Against Pneumonia. Common Colds Highly Catching – Importance of Suitable Clothing – Could Save 100,000 Lives.

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

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

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

Common Colds Highly Catching.

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

Suitable Clothing Important.

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

Could Save 100,000 Lives.

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

Droplet Infections Explained in Pictures.

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

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

(ibid, page 4)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 07, 1919, Page 5

Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory


Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Moberly motored to Eagle Sunday to visit Mrs. Moberly’s son, Blaine Brown and family who are ill with the flu.
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Arena Valley Items

John Bauman is recovering from a severe attack on influenza.

T. J. Cope is still among the sick in the valley.

Frank Jones was quite sick the last of the week but is now able to be about again.

… Mrs. Jones has been on the sick list for the past two weeks.

Dr. Mitchell of Parma was a professional caller at the Z. B. Barker home Monday, Mr. Barker being quite ill.
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Mrs. Ritsema is very ill at her home in Wilder.
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Canyon Hill

Everybody is on the mend here.

Mrs. Murphy is slowly recovering from a relapse of the flu.
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Brier Rose

Miss Bennett is in Vale, Ore., nursing the sick.

Marena Greenfield commenced her school work again on Monday in the Red Top school house after a vacation of several weeks.
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Marble Front Items

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Grove who has been quite ill is much improved.

Mrs. W. T. Gordon of Caldwell spent last week with Mrs. W. H. Gordon. Mrs. Gordon has been quite sick but has recovered sufficiently to be about again.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 07, 1919, Page 7

Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory


The primary grades in the public schools were closed four days last week owing to the illness from influenza of Miss Weymouth. Agnes Rooney was ill from the same trouble later in the week and as a precautionary measure the six upper grades were closed. All grades opened Monday morning.

Miss Mable Robbins is substituting in the primary school for Miss Weymouth.

C. L. Zeliner is critically ill.
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Ten Davis News

There is no influenza in this district now.

School has started again and all the pupils are showing much interest in their work. The first literary program was given Friday.

Mrs. O’Connor of Caldwell was visiting the school one day last week.

Word has been received from Mr. and Mrs. Gray saying they would be unable to return here as their son is in a critical condition and they think it best to stay with him. The whole community are very sorry they will have to lose Rev. Gray as every one thought lots of him as a minister.
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School commenced a week ago with a fair attendance.

Mrs. Anna Spencer, who has been nursing during the flu epidemic, was home Friday for the first time in several weeks.

Mrs. W. D. Spencer has been on the sick list the past week but is improving.

Joe Rowland was calling on the sick Thursday.
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Lake Lowell

School was dismissed Wednesday in deference to Mr. J. T. Smith, whose funeral was held on that day. Mr. Smith taught two years in our school.

Will Derig has sufficiently recovered from his recent illness to return to his work at Barberton.

We are glad to report Mrs. B. M. Altizer recovering from her late illness.

The Lake Lowell Red Cross was well attended last week and a great deal of work is being accomplished.
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Pleasant Ridge

Some of the Hayes family are the latest victims of the flu.

Miss Carleen Dougherty left for Albion Sunday to resume her school work.
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Midway News

Thomas Waters was seriously ill last week, but is much improved now.

David Mishner is seriously ill at his home on the Boulevard. His father arrived from Oregon Tuesday.

Miss Gracia Robinson left last week for American Falls near which place she is engaged as principal of a school.

Mesdames E. M. Wine and I. M. Peterson of Nampa, attended the Red Cross sewing at the school house Tuesday.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 07, 1919, Page 8

Local And Personal

Mrs. Fern Hart, county treasurer, who suffered a severe attack of influenza, and was unable to take the oath of office the first of the year, is now much better and will soon be fully recovered.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Idaho Republican. February 07, 1919, Page 5


Local News

Lon Cone of the Rowlles-Mack clothing store, has recovered from his recent illness and is back at his work.

Mrs. Dora Fox of Idaho Falls was called to Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon on account of the serious illness of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Dave France.
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Former Blackfoot Girl Called

Word was received here the first of the week of the death of Margaret Bennett at her home in Dillon, Mont., Sunday morning, Fe. 2, following an attack of influenza.

Mrs. Bennett was Margaret Wieand before her marriage and spent most of her life here with her parents in west Blackfoot. She is survived by her husband, a little daughter three years old, father, several sisters and brothers, one brother who is in France.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. February 07, 1919, Page 6


Lee Farnsworth, who has been ill with influenza, has recovered.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Chapman are recovering from the flu, but their two children are suffering with it now.

William McKnight has been on the sick list for the past few days.

Farrell and Tompkins, the carpenters, are busy erecting a place on top of the school house for the bell.

The L. D. S. Sunday school opened Sunday, Feb. 2. All meetings of the day were well attended.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Idaho Republican. February 07, 1919, Page 8

Returned to Logan

Mr. and Mrs. James Chapman of Logan, who were called to Blackfoot on account of the illness and death of their son Wilford, returned to their home Wednesday morning.

A son, Frank, went home with them to visit for a while and a daughter Mrs. A. H. Kruse also accompanied them and will remain indefinitely while her little daughter receives medical attention.

Mr. and Mrs. Chapman were former residents of this locality, having operated a farm in the Rose precinct.
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Lumbermen’s Meeting Postponed.

The Western Retail Lumbermen were planning on holding their annual convention at Boise, February 19, 20, and 21, but the gathering has been postponed until next year because of influenza conditions prevailing in many of the states in which many of the members live.
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Secretary Stewart Home

J. A. Stewart returned Thursday afternoon from Hays, Kan. and reported that his wife had nearly recovered from her illness. She had influenza and is now in Denver.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Meridian Times., February 07, 1919, Page 3


In The Gem State

Senator J. W. Tyler of Gem county, who has been kept from his duties for more than two weeks by an attack of influenza, has resumed his seat.

The school children of Idaho will enter the lists of the great modern health crusade for the fifteen-week period beginning February 9 and ending May 24. This is a national tournament in which the “Crusade Leagues” of every state in the Union will joust for the trophies offered by the American Red Cross and the National Tuberculosis association.

Two boys died at Boise last week from spinal meningitis, and a rigid quarantine has been ordered as a result.

The total expenditure for the Idaho educational institutions the past biennium was $1,791,557.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. February 07, 1919, Page 1


The Red Cross Hospital

A trip through the Red Cross hospital discloses such neat and comfortable quarters and such competent help as to take away a large portion of the usual dread of going to a hospital. In fact Mrs. Brown almost makes it a pleasure to be sick with the flu. The hospital is now prepared to handle all cases of flu in the most approved manner and it would seem the duty of every one afflicted with the malady to go at once to the hospital. It saves the precious time of our overworked doctors. It prevents infecting the rest of your own family, and the hospital is prepared to handle your case so much better than any possible home care that it is certainly the part of every one afflicted with the flu to go at once to the Red Cross hospital. It is free to all citizens of the county. If the editor of this moral guide gets the flu you will find him headed for the Red Cross hospital, pronto.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. February 07, 1919, Page 3

Idaho State News

Since December, 1917, when state and federal livestock inspectors cooperated in the work of tuberculosis eradication in Idaho, there have been 93 cows out of 1740 animals tested which were found to have been infected with tuberculosis.

Numerous compliments to the city of Pocatello have poured in to various organizations, chiefly the Red Cross and city government, from soldier boys in all parts of the country, expressing their thanks for the royal welcome and kind treatment accorded during the stop there while passing through.

Do Frugoll, a Pocatello boy, returned from France last week. Frugoll was one erroneously reported killed in action at Belleau wood, but instead was seriously wounded.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 07, 1919, Page 1


School Board Meets Next Monday Night

The Moscow school board will meet next Monday night to canvass the financial and other situations. The apportionment will be made by that time and the board will know how much money it will have for the school work. It will also take up the question of holding school on Saturdays and continuing the term until June to make up for the time lost by the influenza quarantine which closed the schools for many weeks.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 07 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 07, 1919, Page 2


No standard treatment of the epidemic has yet been agreed upon in cities where it is still severe. Charleston, S. C., decides for shutting things up just as Savannah, Ga., goes in for quarantine and the placarding of houses. On the Pacific coast faith is still pinned to masks, and in several cities more rigid enforcement of the ordinance requiring their use is being applied. But no statistics are yet available by which the relative value of these three systems can be tested.

– Springfield Republican.
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If the groundhog did not see his shadow Sunday it was because the sun shone so brightly it blinded him.

(ibid, page 2)
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View of Ashton, Idaho ca. 1920


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 8

Evening Capital News., February 08, 1919, Page 5



Mrs. Niels Christensen is ill with the flu.

Miss Alice Kline has been unable to be at her school at Fruitland this week because of illness. She came home to spend the week end and took sick and has been unable to return to her school this week.
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All members of the Ustick Red Cross are requested to meet at the Baptist social rooms next Thursday afternoon to decide whether to resume work or not and to elect officer.
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Mrs. Frank Hudson died at her home 3 1/2 miles from McDermott Wednesday from a complication following influenza. She leaves her husband and infant daughter here and her parents and several brothers and sisters at Emmett, besides a host of friends here to mourn her loss.

Mrs. and Mrs. Rex Carter, formerly of this place, have had the misfortune to lose two of their children from pneumonia following influenza.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 08 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Church, Athol, Idaho ca.1911


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

Evening Capital News., February 09, 1919, Page 17


Golf Preventative Against The “Flu”
Those Who Followed the Prescriptions of Old Dr. Golf Escape Ravages of the Spanish Disease; Excellent Exercise.

According to statistics roughly compiled in this city by those who follow the little white balls over the knobs and grassy levels of the country and the Boise Golf clubs, the prescriptions of old Dr. Golf are most efficacious in warding off disease, especially influenza.

During the recent epidemic, oxygen and sunshine were recommended by every physician – “All the fresh air you can get” – and lovers of the links were keen enough to discover a new excuse for absence from their offices in the afternoon.

In San Francisco for two or three weeks the links were as dotted with players every afternoon as on a Saturday or Sunday, and the smallest percentage of influenza sufferers was recorded among the golfers.

The Spokesman-Review recorded that in Spokane there are over 700 golfing men, maids and matrons, and that only 10 of them surrendered to the Spanish invader. A dispatch from Portland provided even more convincing evidence:

“Six hundred members of the Portland Golf club and a like number of members of the Waverly Golf club, and perhaps the same number from the Tualatin Golf club, have thus far escaped influenza. Members of the clubs mentioned declare their immunity from the disease is because golf tends toward health. Officials of the clubs say that not one of their members has so far been stricken, because the playing members have taken advantage of links and the open air.”

It is true, also, of the local golf club that those who made it a practice to get their daily exercise on the teeing green were free from any signs of influenza; but a few members of the club coming down with the “flu” and they being golfers who did not leave their hot offices during the winter to get out in the air.

Golf is not only most healthful, but an excellent sport and the best of exercise for the man who cannot stand the more strenuous varieties of physical pleasure.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 09 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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School House, Taken March, 1921 in Athol, Idaho


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

Evening Capital News., February 10, 1919, Page 5


Around Boise Valley Loop


Mrs. A. J. McDonald and son are driving the mail route during the absence of C. H. Burns.
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Mrs. John D. Bloomfield who has been quite ill is rapidly recovering.
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Mountain Home

Mrs. E. C. Berg, returned from Boise a few days ago where she has been for several days with Mr. Berg who is in one of the city hospitals receiving medical treatment.
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Mrs. A. F. Swanson is confined to her bed with influenza.

The Junior Red Cross has received their certificate and expect to undertake some sort of work along that line soon.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 10 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Atlanta, Idaho, Mount Greylock in the distance (1)


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

Evening Capital News., February 11, 1919, Page 5



Mrs. P. J. Gregory is ill with influenza.

Mr. Rogers, of Avalon, is on the sick list.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 11 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 11, 1919, Page 8


The Philomath Bible class of the Presbyterian church will meet with Mrs. E. C. Pfaffle at Twelfth and Hays streets, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. As this is the first meeting of the class since the influenza ban was placed on meetings, it is desired that all members be present. …

Division No. 3 of the Baptist Ladies’ Aid will meet with Mrs. Davil Williams, 1610 N. 8th St., Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. A full attendance is desired.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Idaho Republican. February 11, 1919, Page 3



Zehn Nelson is ill with an attack of the flu, however, the case is light.

Dr. Mote, who was very low all last week is slightly improved this week.
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James Hern returned Wednesday from Idaho Falls. He contracted influenza while he was away.

Delbert Robbins has been suffering for some time with pneumonia.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 11 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. February 11, 1919, Page 4

Inland Northwest

The Oregon state board of health, giving a record of the influenza cases reported to that office, including those who had used vaccine* treatment and those who did not, makes a good showing for the use of the vaccine, but advises that the effects do not last long.

Butte physicians who recently raised their rates are to be called before a committee of the legislature, at the request of the local labor unions, to explain their action.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 11 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. February 11, 1919, Page 5

Local News

Miss Vada Thompson, who has been ill with influenza is able to be about once more.

W. F. Martin is at home quite seriously ill. The seriousness of it is [from?] the fact that he has been ailing for several weeks and does not recover.

Frank Spanabuer was in Blackfoot Saturday, looking quite well, after her serious illness from influenza.
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C. F. Hendrie Improving

C. F. Hendrie, who has been very critically ill with influenza, is slowly improving.

His condition was more hopeful Monday morning than it has been all thru his sickness.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. February 11, 1919, Page 6

Upper Presto

School started here Monday, Feb. 3, after having been closed for several months.

Mrs. Will Womack, a sister of R. P Hansen, has been very ill at her home at Firth for some time. Mr. Hansen has been with her a good deal of the time.

Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Hansen motored to Blackfoot Wednesday to visit Mrs. Womack, who is ill at that place.

Peter Hansen is on the sick list this week.

Loren, the little son of George Hansen is recovering after having suffered with influenza.

Loren, the little son of George Hansen, who has been ill, is able to be out of bed now.
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Zinas Norman and family are again out after having had influenza.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Idaho Republican. February 11, 1919, Page 7


The Kelley family has about recovered from the influenza.

Remember the post master still has war savings stamps for sale.

The price of gasoline lowered slightly here last week. The motorist is now able to get three gallons for $1 or one gallon at 33 1/3 cents.
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Stake Meeting

On Sunday, Feb. 16, 1919, the following meetings will be held in Blackfoot.

… It is hoped that all the meetings will be fully attended by the people of the stake, but if there are any homes in which the influenza prevails it is hoped that those residing in such home will refrain from attending any public gatherings. …

(ibid, page 7)
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The Idaho Republican. February 11, 1919, Page 8

Local News

Miss Stewart, the nurse, spent the week-end in Idaho Falls.

Mrs. Grace Faulconer, county superintendent of schools, was confined to her home last week on account of illness.

Miss Anna Powell was ill last week and unable to attend to her duties as assistance at the county superintendent’s office.

(ibid, page 8)
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Bonners Ferry Herald. February 11, 1919, Page 1


Lyceum Number Monday Night

The second number of the Bonners Ferry Lyceum Course is the Warwicke Male Quartette which will give an entertainment at the K. P. hall next Monday evening, February 17th. This company presents one of the best attractions of the course and should draw a crowded house. Every member of the company has made special preparation to fill his place with credit and the program offered has been high commended in every town the quartette has made.

At the time of the first lyceum number the city had just been through an epidemic of Spanish influenza and so the usual number of tickets were not sold for the course. The lyceum committee figures that it will take at least $100 more to cover the expenses of bringing the lyceum attractions to the city and it is therefore very important that large crowds are secured for the next two numbers. The lyceum attractions are worthy of the patronage of every citizen of Bonners Ferry rand vicinity and if these entertainments are to be brought to us another year it is imperative that the people rally to the support of the lyceum committee. Come out next Monday night and hear a first class musical entertainment. Tell your friends about this entertainment and try to help to get out a good crowd. You are assured that the program will be well worth the money.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 11 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. February 11, 1919, Page 3

Local Pick-ups

According to word received here recently, Mrs. C. T. Laschinger, of Orient, Wash., and her two daughters Margaret and Mary, and recovering from attack of the Spanish influenza. Mrs. Laschinger was seriously ill for some time.

Mrs. J. T. Lawless left Wednesday for Spokane, having received word of the illness of her daughter, Mrs. B. G. Rediger.

Miss Anna Nelson returned home Thursday from Ronan, Mont, where she was called a couple of weeks ago by the illness of her brother who succombed [sic] to an attack of pneumonia. Mr. Nelson was formerly a resident of this city.

Mrs. C. W. Flood, county superintendent of schools, spent several days last week visiting the schools of Copeland; Porthill and Valley.

(ibid, page 3)
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Bonners Ferry Herald. February 11, 1919, Page 8

Boys Write From Germany

On December 20th Alonzo Osborn, U. S. M. C., 75th Company, 6th Regiment, stationed at Honnigen, Germany, wrote the following letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Osborn:

“Dear Mother and Dad:

Well, I have at last gotten to where I can get writing paper and a chance to write. I don’t how how long we will be stationed here but I hope long enough to rest up a bit. You can guess about what kind of a trip it was when I tell you that I got weighed yesterday with a full uniform on and tipped the scales at 136 pounds and I haven’t been sick any of the time either. I sure would like to hear from home as I haven’t had a word from you since I came across the pond and I have been quite worried since hearing so much about the Spanish influenza epidemic in the U. S. I have often wondered if you ever got any of my letters. I tried to send you a cablegram right away after the armistice was signed but couldn’t make it stick.

We have a pretty easy routine new. We only drill about two and a half hours a day, just enough to keep in condition. I was sure surprised at the way the German people treated us on the trip: they were as friendly as could be and seemed glad to see us coming through. We slept most of the time in barns and haymows and the people would take us into their houses and have us sit by the fire. At one place where we stopped three of us ate dinner at the house of a German and he said he had a brother who had a homestead at Nesperce, Idaho. I have his name and when I get home I am going to write him a letter. I think the reason they are so friendly to the Americans is because so many of them have relatives in the States. …

(ibid, page 8)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 11, 1919, Page 1


Moscow Young Man Influenza Victim
Emil H. Bjorkland Died in Naval Hospital at Brooklyn Last Sunday

The community will be saddened to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Nils Bjorklund of 601 East Eighth street received a telegram Sunday morning announcing the death of their son, Emil Henning Bjorklund, of pleurisy at the naval hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

Emil has served in the navy four years before the beginning of the war on the ship Colorado, and after the war started he endeavored to enter the army at Camp Lewis, but was rejected on account of a wound received previously while hunting. Not willing to keep out of the great struggle, he went to Bremerton where he was accepted in the navy, where he served as machinist on the transports to and from Europe. He crossed the Atlantic a number of times in the service of his country.

Mr. Bjorklund owned a hardware with his brother Alfred, at Winchester, Idaho, but had lived practically all of his life at Moscow, where he was born. He was ill several weeks at the naval hospital before he died. The body will be brought to Moscow where he will be buried. One more of our noble boys sacrificed to the great cause.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 11, 1919, Page 3

City News

During the influenza epidemic there were left a number of utensils at the A. K. E. hospital and these are now at the home of Mrs. M. E. Lewis. They include two dozen glass jars, a casserole, several pans, including a large bread pan and an aluminum cooking pan. Mrs. Lewis will be pleased to have the owners call for them.

Mrs. Freeman Philbrick of Spokane arrived to visit Mrs. M. E. Hatfield and Mrs. L. E. Brooks. Mrs. Philbrick formerly lived at Avon and Deary and recently lost her husband at Spokane of influenza. She is now on her way east.
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Baptist Women to Meet

The Women’s Union of the Baptist church will hold its monthly social at the parsonage, Wednesday afternoon. As this is the first opportunity for a social meeting since last October, it is hoped there will be a large number present. Every women in the church and congregation is invited and an interesting program is arranged.

(ibid page 3)
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Avery, Idaho


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

The Challis Messenger., February 12, 1919, Page 1


Quarantine Bills Are Appealed

An appeal has been filed in the District Court from the action of the board of county commissioners in allowing certain bills for services rendered in maintaining the quarantine against Spanish Influenza in this county.

The appellants are: C. C. Davidson, Floyd Swauger, Charles Morrison, J. B. Hunter and Alex Burnett, with George L. Ambrose acting as their attorney.

Should the bills in controversy be decided illegal, then such decision would either automatically act as a judgement against the payees or suit would have to be brot [sic] to recover said moneys.
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Appeal Taken From Action

An appeal has been filed in the district court from the action of the board of county commissioners relative to the claim of Harry Holden for legal services in the establishing of the quarantine.

The appellant is W. W. Adamson, who is also attorney for Mr. Holden.

The appeal is taken to recover from Custer county the sum of $1000.00 for services rendered the county, the board of county commissioners having disallowed the claim.
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Think Straight

This is a time for straight thinking. Make sure the other fellow is not talking drivel. Analyze his thought, don’t follow it. He may be suffering with phraseologic hemorrhage. It is epidemic now-a-days like influenza and much more serious. …

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., February 12, 1919, Page 5

Items About People You Know

New Stage Schedule — The Salmon stage, which resumed operations again the first of this month, has made a slight change in schedule. Instead of laying over here Sunday it returns to Salmon that day and lays over there on Monday. Otherwise, the schedule remains the same.

Suffers Relapse — Mrs. Thomas Jose, Sr., who has been ill for some time, suffered a relapse the fore part of the week and is in quite a serious condition. Her many friends hope for her speedy recovery.

Badges or Buttons — Attention, Custer County Chapter workers, men or women. If you have, either sewing or knitting, or in any way, worked 800 hours you have won the right to wear the Red Cross official general service insignia. Please send or give your name on or before March 15th, to the secretary, Mrs. Ethel Hovey, Challis, Ida.

Returned Home — Sheriff Cummins returned home last Wednesday from a business trip to Mackay.
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Purely Personal

J. R. Sanders was on the sick list last week.

Mrs. K. D. Wiliams has been on the sick list the past few days.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Challis Messenger., February 12, 1919, Page 6

Merchant Marine Seeking Firemen.

Washington. — A call for 2000 men to work as firemen on the American merchant marine, to make good a deficiency in the normal supply of volunteers caused by the influenza epidemic has been issued by the shipping board.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 12, 1919, Page 1


Only Three Eighth Grade Pupils Pass
Closing of Schools During Influenza Epidemic Blamed for Failure

In the state eighth grade examinations given January 22, 23 and 24 by County Superintendent of Schools Lillian Skattaboe, many pupils took only a few subjects, expecting to take other subjects at later dates. The closing of the schools on account of the epidemic of influenza has made it particularly hard for eighth grade pupils who are trying to finish their work.

May pupils who passed in all other subjects failed to obtain the passing grade of 70 per cent in arithmetic. But as other examinations will be given during April and May, no doubt many will be able to make up the work and then secure the coveted certificates.

Those who passed in all subjects are Hilda Fredrickson of district No. 46, of Troy, with an average grade of 86; Helen Thompson of district No. 48, of Harvard, average 85 and Mildred Hennen of district No. 19, of Joel, average 86.

The Moscow eighth grade did not take the examination. Several other towns and many districts in the county also failed to hold examinations.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 12, 1919, Page 3

Clinton Clippings – Mostly Social News

W. W. Roberton has been ill with influenza. Ward Haynes is doing his chores.

Mrs. Archie Haynes who has been nursing at Gritman’s hospital, has returned home.

Marie Wiley is visiting at the W. H. Wolf home while her mother is in the hospital.
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H. J. Mollenhauer died at the family home at nine o’clock Friday night, after an illness which had extended over a period of many months. A great part of the winter he had been kept in a sanitarium in California where everything possible was done to relieve his condition.

Mr. Mollenhauer was 39 years of age.

He leaves a wife and seven children ranging in age from 10 months to 14 years. …

(ibid, page 3)
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Main Street, Bancroft, Idaho ca. 1916


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 13

Evening Capital News., February 13, 1919, Page 1


Measures Passed.

The following measures were passed:

House bill No. 83, by Gough – Amending health laws so that cases of Spanish influenza may be isolated.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 13, 1919, Page 5

Around Boise Valley Loop


Thomas Poole, the local pharmacist, is transacting business in Twin Falls.
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Dr. Beck of Boise was here Wednesday on professional business.
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Dr. J. W. Gue was a Boise visitor yesterday.

Judge J. A. Elston has returned from Hot Lake, Ore., where he spent several weeks for the improvement of a rheumatic trouble.
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Sam Webb is reported quite ill.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Grangeville Globe. February 13, 1919, Page 5


High School Doings

Owing to the sudden illness of Miss Isbell, the seventh grade teacher, Miss Esther Telcher took charge of the seventh grade last Wednesday and Thursday. She reports that the good behavior of the pupils made her two days stay a pleasant one. Miss Inez Callen, the new teacher began Friday morning with her new work.

At the regular weekly assembly last Friday, Rev. Pine informed the student body of the vocational work that is being taken up at the Christian church and invited everyone to attend. After a few announcements by Miss Brooks, the remaining portion of the period was spent in singing.

Marjory Griffith gave a very interesting reading, “The Defense of Xanthippi,” in the ancient history class last week.

The school has had very little trouble with the influenza since opening. This is largely due to the fact that the pupils are kept separate during recesses. The only time that they intermingle is in the morning just before school opens while on the outside.

The manual training department has been furnished with a new set of saws which adds greatly to the improvements of their course.

Miss Lowrie reports that about half of the eighth grade students took the final examinations in physiology and geography, and a majority received passing grades.

— Contributed.
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Fine Meeting At Whitebird

At Whitebird on Saturday, February 8, the Trustees met for their annual meeting with the County Superintendent. Roads in that section are good and the attendance was more than satisfactory. Many subjects were discussed during the afternoon. The difficulty of holding teachers to their contracts, and the questions brought up by the quarantine during the present school year, were among the most interesting topic. Trustees from ten river districts were present.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. February 13, 1919, Page 8

[Local News]

Ed Abramson was taken ill last Wednesday week and was confined to his home until Tuesday when he returned to his duties at the barber shop.

Mrs. A. J. Holsclaw arrived last Friday evening from the Oliver ranch near Greencreek, where she was called a few days ago to attend her brother Andy, who was stricken to his bed with an attack of pneumonia. She states the condition of her brother is greatly improved and that a few days would find him up and around again.

The funeral of Howie Taylor, son of Frank Taylor occurred at Freedom last Friday. On account of the illness of the father the funeral was private. Father Phelan of this city conducted the services and on his return here reported that Mr. Taylor was improving and that the other son, Everett, at Weiser, who for a time was not expected to survive the ravages of the flu, was said to be out of danger.

V. Ray, who resides on his farm seven miles this side of Stites, was a business visitor in the city yesterday afternoon. At the present time Mr. and Mrs. Ray’s 11 month’s-old son is suffering from an attack of pneumonia and is in a serious condition, but hopes are held not to them that the little man is holding his own. Mr. Ray stated that stock in his section was coming through the winter in fine shape and that the recent rains and snowfall were very pleasing to the farmers.
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Was Buried Friday.
Sylvester Winifred Chamberlain, Born in Grangeville, Died Wednesday.

Influenza claimed another victim last Wednesday morning when Sylvester Winifred Chamberlain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Chamberlain, now residents of Lewiston, was called to the great beyond after a few days illness from influenza and other complication.

Funeral services were held at the home in the north part of the city on Friday afternoon, Rev. J. A Pine officiating, and Undertaker E. S. Hancock directing the funeral.

The deceased is survived by his widow and 9 month old son, his parents, three sisters and three brothers …

Before her marriage in 1916, Mrs. Chamberlain was Miss Carrie Vialas daughter of Mrs. Geo. Altman. The bereaved lady has the deepest sympathy of the community in her bereavement.

(ibid, page 8)
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Lincoln County Times., February 13, 1919, Page 1


Gooding College Notes

Gooding — Since the enrollment at Gooding College has more than doubled since December 20, student activities have taken on a new life. The glee club and the public speaking classes are both preparing programs that will be given in public. The basket ball boys have organized with Frank Bennett as captain and arrangements are already being made for a series of games and contests with a number of outside schools. Application has also been made for entrance into the Southern Idaho Conference which already includes the Idaho Technical Institute at Pocatello, the College of Idaho at Caldwell and the State Normal at Albion.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., February 13, 1919, Page 4


School started Monday, January 27. Mrs. McLaughlin was absent the last of the week on account of her husband’s accident.

Miss Myrtle Journey visited our school last Friday. She was accompanied by Miss Holt, who has charge of the boys’ and girls’ clubs.

The county division bill has been of interest in this community. It is quite an idea of cutting the district by the county line, leaving the school house in one county, and the greater part of the district in another. …
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Arcadia Valley

The Gobel family has recovered from their sickness and the children will start to school.

Mrs. Wilcox has been on the sick list for the past week.

On Wednesday, February 26, there will be a meeting of the Missionary society at Mrs. Oliver’s. We trust every lady in the valley will be present. This is the first meeting since church closed and it will require an effort to start in after these months of idleness along these lines; but it will pay, so let us all be there. January should have been election of officer so that will also take place at this meeting.
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North Appleton

All of the Carson family, who have had such a long and severe siege of the flu, are now recovering, four of whom had such excellent care at the Wendell R. C. hospital, being home again.

(ibid, page 4)
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Lincoln County Times., February 13, 1919, Page 5

[Local News]

Mrs. Phena Sidwell returned to Jerome this week after a short visit with relatives in Pocatello. During the visit of Mrs. Sidwell with her daughter the latter contracted influenza with fatal results and the sympathy of friends here is extended to the mother.

There will be a Valentine party at the Falls City school house February 14, at 8 o’clock. A valentine box, refreshments and a general good time will be the order of the evening. Ladies bring the cups and spoons. Everyone come and help us enjoy a good time.
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The recent “ban” on dancing occasioned by the influenza epidemic is hereby ordered raised.

– Committee.
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Death of Fred D. Morrison

Last Wednesday, February 5th, at the home of his uncle, A. W. Atwood, occurred the death of Fred D. Morrison from influenza. The young man, accompanied by his wife and one child, arrived here but a short time ago for a visit at the Atwood home when he was taken sick with influenza, from which he never recovered.

The remains were taken, to Washington, the home of the deceased, for burial.
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Jerome Hospital Activities

Another interesting meeting of our business and professional men was held Monday evening to further discuss matters pertaining to a hospital for Jerome. At this meeting reports were heard from the various committees appointed, including quite a lengthy report from the finance committee, who have spent considerable time in working out suggestions as to the best means to raise funds. No definite plan was agreed upon at the time.

In order that more publicity might be given to his movement a publicity committee was appointed to this end, and that every one might learn and know of the purpose, plans of conducting the hospital, etc., a big mass meeting and free dance is to be held at Amusement Hall Tuesday evening, February 18th, to which everyone is invited. Able speakers will be present at this meeting to discuss the Jerome hospital. Every one interested is requested to be present at this meeting, as the hospital can not be built by a few, but will require the concerted action of every citizen of Jerome and vicinity.

(ibid, page 5)
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Lincoln County Times., February 13, 1919, Page 8

High School Notes

About a hundred and fifty students attending the city schools have been inoculated* the last two weeks. The greatest number of pupils treated in any school in proportion to attendance is at Grand View.

The seniors are making up for lost time. In one instance they are studying two classics and a text at the same time.

It seems that the domestic science class has discovered a new recipe for cream puffs in which salt is used instead of sugar.

Blessed are they who can solve algebra problems – but perhaps many of us are great sinners.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Emmett Index. February 13, 1919, Page 1



Mrs. Mary Etta Hudson, wife of Frank Hudson, died February 5 at her home near Meridian. She was born August 22, 1898, aged 20 years, 5 months and 14 days. She had been sick with influenza about three weeks and was apparently getting better when a complication set in. Mrs. Hudson was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Needles of Emmett. About a year and a half ago she was married to Frank Hudson of Meridian. The deceased is survived by her husband and an infant daughter, parents, five brothers and five sisters to mourn her loss. …
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Meeting for Women

The women of Emmett and vicinity will have an opportunity to hear Mrs. Bennett, a trained nurse from Boise, Friday afternoon, when she will address a meeting, under the auspices of the Farm Bureau. This is the annual meeting, and will be full of helpful information. The men’s meeting will be held at Commercial Club rooms.
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Dates Changed
Next Number of Lecture Course Comes February 19

Get out your lecture course tickets and change the dates as follows: Miss Mac Laren, February 19; Dr. Gillihan, March 13: Gen. D. Alden, March 17.

The influenza epidemic and the consequent quarantine interfered with the filling of the engagements as set forth on the tickets, and necessitated making new arrangements.

The next number, Gay Zenola Mac Laren, is a stellar attraction, and will be her second appearance here. She is just back after a summer spent in entertaining the men in the cantonments, where she was given enthusiastic greetings.
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Band Meeting Sunday

Director Jay Stoner is planning to hold regular band practice from now on, and has called the players to meet Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Commercial Club rooms. Mr. Stoner invites any one who wishes to join the band to be present.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. February 13, 1919, Page 4

Emmett News

Mrs. C. L. Burt, who went to Portland a few weeks ago to attend Mrs. Kirkman during an operation for goiter, returned recently. She visited her daughter Mrs. Gove while there, and states that Mr. and Mrs. Gove have escaped the flu which is still raging in Portland. Mrs. Kirkman, who returned a week ahead of Mrs. Burt, has made a fine recovery from her illness and is regaining her strength.

Miss Clara Peterson was confined to her home several days last week with quinzy.

Mr. and Mrs. John Glennon came down from Garden Valley for a few days. Mr. Glennon is receiving medical treatment for quinzy.

The minstrel show has been called off on account of the lateness of the season.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Emmett Index. February 13, 1919, Page 5

Emmett News

The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Adams, who suffered a relapse after influenza, is reported as improving.

Mrs. J. L. Reed will leave on Wednesday for Portland and other coast towns to visit relatives for a few months until she regains her strength after the flu. …

Miss Louise Monroe is absent from her school duties this week with an attack of tonsillitis.

Mrs. Frank Carpenter advises those owning bottle openers not to throw them away, even though national prohibition is a fact, as they are handy tools for opening fruit jar lids.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Emmett Index. February 13, 1919, Page 8

News of Gem County

South Slope
By Mrs. C. W. Cook

The Slope people were shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. Frank Hudson of McDermott last week. Mrs. Hudson was the oldest daughter – Etta – of our esteemed neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Needle. The sympathy of the Slope people is extended to this family in their sorrow.

H. B. Baker has been supplying [?] at the South Slope school for Miss McSparran, who is convalescent from pneumonia.
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Services were held in the Baptist church Sunday morning for the first time since the flu became prevalent. There will be services again Sunday, also in Central Mesa, …
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By Mrs. R. E. Noland

Mrs. J. H. McSparran has been ill for several days. Her daughter Miss Gertrude is caring for her.

The Aid society will hold their annual election of officers Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. L. W. Stoddard. Owing to the ban the society has not had meetings for over four months and is now anxious to get started again with renewed interest.

Sunday school has again opened and everybody is invited to attend. It’s good to send the children, but it’s better to bring them.
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R. H. Baldwin is recovering from pneumonia and will soon be out of the hospital.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

The Parent-Teachers association will meet at the Central schoolhouse Friday afternoon, February 14, at 8 o’clock. Everybody is urged to be present.

(ibid, page 8)
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Idaho County Free Press. February 13, 1919, Page 1


Alfred Garland Is Dead.
Funeral Held Wednesday Under Auspices of Woodmen.

Alfred Garland, 72 years old, died suddenly Monday morning in his room [in] the Arnold plumbing shop. Mr. Garland had suffered from Spanish influenza, and had not entirely recovered. It is thought that death was due to complications resulting from influenza.

Mr. Garland was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a plumber by trade, and had resided in Grangeville for a number of years. His only known relative is a niece.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Hancock parlors. The Rev. J. A. Pine officiated, and the funeral was under the uspices [sic] of the Woodmen of the World. Burial was in Prairie View cemetery.
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A. P. Mitchell Dead

A. P. Mitchell, who spent several months in Grangeville last fall and early winter, is dead of influenza. L. M. Harris has received word of Mr. Mitchell’s death, which occurred at Cedar Rapids, Ia.
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Local Undertakers Fight Over Body; Threaten Law

A fight between two local undertakers to determine which should bury a corpse, developed in Grangeville Monday, and did not end until Wednesday morning, after threat of legal proceedings had been made.

According to a version of the affair, an undertaker was called to take charge of the body. He was absent from the city, but nevertheless the body was conveyed to the undertaking establishment of the man who had been first summoned.

Friends of the deceased, reports say, decided another undertaker should bury him. It was the wish of the deceased, they said, that when he died he should be buried by a certain man. In an effort to comply with the request of the dead man, an effort was made to gain possession of the body. This was denied for two days, and finally, on Wednesday, the undertaker to whose establishment the body had been removed delivered the corpse to the other undertaker, who interred it.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., February 13, 1919, Page 1


Public School News

Monthly examinations are in order this week. Next week we will see who have the highest averages.
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Superintendent John Howland of the Children’s Home at Lewiston is in Nezperce to-day in the interest of that most worthy institution. In the efforts to keep the overhead expense of the Home at the minimum, he is filling the positions of both superintendent and financial agent, and the record shows that despite war and influenza drawbacks more children have been cared for and placed in the past year than ever before and with equal efficiency.
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Will Sell These Articles.

There are still several articles used at the local hospital during the influenza epidemic that have not been called for by their owners, and final notice is hereby given that unless such articles are called for and removed at once, they will be sold and the proceeds given to the Red Cross. Apply to C. W. Ketterman, secretary of the Nezperce Red Cross Branch, or Mayor S. D. Stoufer.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 13, 1919, Page 1


Add Two Weeks Of School Teachers Consent To Work

Moscow city school will close June 20th. This means that extending of the time of this school year two weeks later than it would have been the case had the school not been interrupted by the influenza epidemic.

The epidemic caused a loss of almost two months of school time, and caused a situation which was hard for the school board to solve. Contracts with the teachers called for their services to June 6th, and it was not known by the board whether the personal affairs of the teachers would permit their employment later than that date. Again to make up the full time lost during the epidemic would cause an increase in the financial cost of operation for the year of approximately $700,000. Not to complete the full year’s work, would mean a serious loss to the students and taxpayers of the district. It was deemed essential by the board, therefore, that arrangement should be made whereby this loss to the taxpayers, patrons and students should be saved as far as possible.

It was figured out by the board tat the financial income of the district would permit the expenditure of approximately $2000 over and above the usual yearly expenditure.

At a regular meeting of the board on Monday evening it was voted that a committee of the board meet with the teachers and lay before them the problem that confronted the board, and ask their cooperation and assistance in solving the same. This committee met with the faculty on Tuesday evening, and the teachers were asked whether or not their individual affairs would permit their staying and teaching after the usual time of closing the schools. They were advised that the board had under consideration the problem of how to complete the school year for the students with the finances available; that at the present time the board could see its way clear to expend $2000 which would pay approximately one-half month’s maintenance, however, that a further study of the finances of the district might make it possible to keep the schools open a full month if necessary. To keep the schools open a month, would mean that they would close about July 1st which would not be desirable, owing to hot weather, and the fact that a large number of the students were dependent up by their parents to assist them on the farm; approximately the same amount of schooling could not e obtained by having six-day school week, teaching on Saturdays, and that is this policy was adopted, that the schools could close on June 13th, and it was suggested that inasmuch as they had receive two month’s pay without being called upon to render service, and that the patrons and taxpayers had not received value therefore, that possibly they could see their way clear to teach this additional time for the amount of money that the board could see available.

They were asked to take the matter under consideration, and advise the board, what their opinion, was the best procedure for all parties concerned.

The matter was discussed by Superintendent Rich and the faculty, and a second meeting was held yesterday afternoon. It was the sense of the faculty that approximately the year’s school work could be completed if they would teach five Saturdays, and extend the school year to June 20th instead of the 13th as suggested by the board. It was recognized by them that the percentage of failures would probably be higher than usual, but by concerted effort on their part and the students, with cooperation on the part of the parents, a fair year’s work could be accomplished.

In the discussion it was the sense of the faculty that they would prefer to extend the school year a week and decrease the number of Saturdays to be taught, feeling that the interest of the children would be hard to hold and the six day school week during the warm weather would be both trying to themselves and the pupils. Therefore, it was voted that they suggest to the board that his plan be adopted.

The suggestion of the teachers was heartily concurred in by the board and its tanks extended to the teachers for their spirit of cooperation and assistance in this matter. It was recognized by the board that the teachers are sacrificing considerable time and pay for the interest of the school district.

Superintendent Rich announced that school will be held on Saturday next and continue for the next four weeks.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

* Further Reading on Serums and Vaccines

“The Medical and Scientific Conceptions of Influenza”

The search for the cause of “Spanish Influenza” and vaccine.

source: Stanford University,
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Some “serums” were “convalescent plasma”: blood plasma extracted from an animal or human patient who has “convalesced” or recovered from infection with a particular disease.

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* 1919 Serum

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. His initial vaccine consisted of killed bacteria … He later dropped Pfeiffer’s bacillus entirely. 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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