Idaho History Nov 29, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 33

Idaho Newspaper clippings February 14-17, 1919

Photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 14

The Oakley Herald. February 14, 1919, Page 1


Local Schools to Re-Open Monday
Public School and Cassia Academy to Resume Work

The influenza has practically disappeared from our district and the School Board deem it advisable to resume our work.

We are not able, at present, to say just what we will be able to do regarding our courses, but this matter will have due consideration by the Faculty and the Board and will be announced later.

A full attendance is desired and no one need to fear of contracting the influenza from the fact that the school building was used for a hospital, as it has been thoroughly disinfected and fumigated and is as sanitary as it ever was.

– L. J. Robinson, Jr., Principal.
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Articles Loaned to Flu Hospital to be Returned

Those who loaned articles to the flu hospital may receive them back if they will go to the public school building Saturday morning, February 15, at ten o’clock. Mr. Price will be present to assist the people in finding their belongings.
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Burley Notes

Roosevelt Memorial exercises were held in all Burley churches last Sunday.
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Mrs. Emma Clayton is suffering from the flu.

Mr. Cluff Little is recovering from an attack of the flu.

It was reported that David Drussell was sick with typhoid fever, but instead it was Leonard Drussell. He has recovered and sufficiently to write home again, and thinks he will soon set sail towards home.
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Idaho Budget

Twenty-three counties in the state have been placed under quarantine for sheep scabbies by the state livestock sanitary board and no sheep will be permitted to be moved from them unless accompanied by an inspection certificate issued by a state or federal inspector.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. February 14, 1919, Page 1


Letters From Power County Soldiers

The following [excerpted] letter addressed to his mother, who died recently from pneumonia has been received from Guy Geesey, with the American occupation forces in Germany:

Neuweid, Germany, Dec. 18, 1918

I will try and write now that we have at last gotten to our journey’s end and am glad that the march is over with. We were fighting on the Meuse front when the armistice came into effect and stopped us but we were all glad to have it end as we had been fighting for two months without a day’s rest. We were badly in need of a rest, but we only had from the 11th to the 17th of Nov., when we started to follow the Germans back to the Rhine. It was some march, it took us just a month.

The Belgians gave us a great reception, had flags of all our allies flying. You ought to see the homemade flag of our flag. Some of them had the stripes running the wrong way, some had only thirteen stars, some were square and some were long. But every house had an American flag, even if they weren’t made right. We fellows know what is represented anyway and how these poor people appreciate what we had done for them. They called us their saviors and delivers. They took us into their homes and gave us nice beds to sleep on and made us feel at home. …

Well, I must close sometime as this is getting to be quite a long letter. I see by the papers that the influenza is pretty bad in the states. I hope none of you folks have it, as it is a bad thing. I had it and came near going west myself, so take good care of yourselves.

I got the American Falls Press today and enjoyed reading them. I read a letter from some fellow in a training camp in Washington and he was telling how well he was being fed and that he liked the army so well. Well, we are not getting fed very good and I don’t like the army. If he had gone thru some of the hell I have he would not like it either.

Thanks for the five, it will come in handy as I have not had a pay day since last April. I have gotten all the letters you sent me. You can’t buy anything here as all these people eat is black bread and potatoes, but maybe a Y will be around some day.

I must close wishing you, one and all, a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year from your loving son and brother.

– Guy Geesey

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. February 14, 1919, Page 6

Interrupts Funeral by Wiring “Widow”

Springfield, Mass. — When Charles Tifft, son of the city treasurer and a former broker of this city, was taken ill with influenza at Camp Zachary Taylor, the man on the hospital cot next to him died. Through some mistake the dead man was listed as Mr. Tifft and the body shipped home, following a telegram announcing Mr. Tifft’s death. The family was gathered at Mr. Tifft’s home to comfort his supposed widow when a telegram came from the real Mr. Tifft saying he was recovering from the “flu” and was coming home on a furlough.

(ibid, page 6)
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Evening Capital News., February 14, 1919, Page 1


Notable Jap Military Leader Seriously Ill

Tokyo, Feb. 14 — Prince Yamagata, it was officially announced today, is seriously ill from influenza.

Later it was learned pneumonia had developed.

Prince Yamagata is a marshal of Japan and one of the elder statesmen. He is president of the privy council.

During the civil strife that attended the restoration, he took a distinguished part.

Yamagata was commander of the first army in the Japan-China war, but soon compelled by ill-health to return home.

On the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese war he succeeded Marshal Oyama as chief of the general staff.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 14, 1919, Page 3

High School Notes

To Revive History Club.

The history club of the Boise high school is to be revived again this year if the plan now on foot mature, of which there is little doubt. Mr. Roberts, of the history department, called together a number of those interested in the renewal of the club at the noon hour Thursday. It was decided that the club should be composed of the honor students of the various history classes, as in the past, and that the club should meet on Mondays every other week. No definite place has been decided on for the first meeting, but it will be announced in the near future.

The history club was one of the most popular clubs in the school last year, and it is only because of the lateness of the school opening this term that it was not organized sooner.

(ibid, page 3)
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Evening Capital News., February 14, 1919, Page 9

Around Boise Valley Loop


Otis Kurtz returned home Wednesday morning from Colorado, where he was called by the illness of a brother. The brothers had not seen each other for 40 years.

Theron and Wilbur Robinson, of Boise, are staying here with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Nickerson during the illness of their mother.
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The Parent-Teachers’ circle was entertained last evening by the teachers of the town. The affair was featured by a luncheon which was served by the domestic science class of the high school.
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Former Engineer of the Short Line Dead
Carl Stradley Pneumonia Victim in Salt Lake Hospital; Supervised Construction of Lines to Emmett and Payette Lakes

Nampa, Feb. 14. — Carl Stradley of Salt Lake, assistant chief engineer, of the Union Pacific railroad system, and one of the best known railroad men in the west, died at the Latter Day Saints’ hospital in Salt Lake Tuesday from pneumonia, following the influenza. Mr. Stradley was for a long time the chief engineer of the Oregon Short Line Railroad company and it was under his direction that the lines north of Emmett to the Payette lakes were constructed. He was well and favorably known in this city, having been very prominently identified with its principal railroad development. In commenting upon his death the Salt Lake Tribune in its issue of Wednesday said;

“Stricken with pneumonia following a brief attack of influenza, Carl Stradley, assistant chief engineer of the Union Pacific system, and widely known railroad man in the west, died at the Latter-day Saint’s hospital yesterday afternoon. He accompanied his wife to Portland last week and was taken ill on his return last Friday. Pneumonia developed and he grew steadily worse, succumbing yesterday.

“Mr. Stradley, while one of the comparatively younger railroad engineers of the west, was a man of wide experience, and had been associated with the Oregon Short Line in various construction and engineering capacities since 1886. He began his work with the Oregon Short Line on surveys on the Montana and Idaho divisions, and in 1901 was made locating engineer of the company. Upon the resignation of William Ashton, April 15, 1911, he was made chief engineer, which position he held until the government began the operation of the railroads, when he was appointed assistant chief engineer of the Union Pacific system, including the Union Pacific, St. Joe & Grand Island, Oregon Short Line and Los Angeles & Salt Lake railroads under Federal Manager E. E. Calvin.

“Mr. Stradley was highly esteemed by associates and employees in the railroad service, many of whom mourn his passing as a personal loss. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jessie Stradley, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Stradley, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Dudley and Miss Dess Stradley, of Longmont, Colo.”

(ibid, page 9)
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Evening Capital News., February 14, 1919, Page 12

Little News of Boise

Physician Given Pin

Dr. I. J. Bond, physician for the Loyal Order of Moose, was presented with a handsome Moose pin Thursday night by a committee from the Boise lodge of the order. The lodge voted to present the doctor with the pin to voice the appreciation they felt for this faithful services to members of the order and their families during the influenza epidemic.
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To Fight Disease

David Robinson, law enforcement director of the social diseases divisions of the Untied States public health service, is in the city to ask the co-operation of the state in fighting social diseases. He will show a film entitled “Fit to Fight” to members of the legislature.

(ibid, page 12)
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Clearwater Republican. February 14, 1919, Page 1


Local and Vicinity

The family of W. R. Affleck is stricken with the Flu. Mrs. Affleck has had a high fever for some days, but is now improving.

The Red Cross workers are now installed in room 12, up stairs, in the Burns and Brown building, their former room now occupied by the Clearwater Timber Co’s. surveyors.
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The Orofino Schools in Need of Gymnasium

A bill has been passed recently introduced in Congress appropriating $100,000,000 annually to the support of the public schools. Under the terms of this bill the states are to appropriate an equal amount. The bill specifies what the money shall be used for and a large per cent of it must be used for the purpose of giving proper physical training. This means that the schools will have medical supervision and physical exercise, under sanitary conditions.

A committee was appointed several years ago, by the national Teachers Association, to study and report on the real object to be obtained by the public schools. In this report they gave six objects of an education, and the first and most important one of these, is health. This report coming at a time when the large number of rejections from the army on account of physical disabilities, is fresh in our minds, should not fail to impress every thoughtful person with the great importance of every school providing a building where the school children may receive the proper training for health. In the final analysis, heath is the big thing in life, and every parent should see to it that their children develop healthful bodies, because a “healthy mind goes with a healthy body” and the school is the place where both should be developed.

People generally have the wrong idea of the purpose and use of a gymnasium. They think it merely a place for the larger boys to play basket-ball. In this climate, there is generally only a short period in the early fall and late spring, when the weather permits the pupils to play out of doors, without being in the rain, snow or mud. If the school has a gymnasium it is used every hour of the day by the grade children under the supervision of the teachers, or if it is a large school, the physical director has charge of this part of the school work. At some period during the day the high school girls are given regular systematic physical training, and after school hours, the high school boys have basket ball or military training, while in the evening the town people use the gymnasium for whatever form of exercise they wish to engage in.

Really no high school can pretend to be serving the community interests unless it has an auditorium where all the community gathering such as parent-teachers meetings, political speaking, lyceums, etc., may be held, and a gymnasium where the children may receive the proper training for health.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 14, 1919, Page 1


Flu On Potlatch Ridge

Potlatch ridge in Leland and vicinity is now experiencing a very severe epidemic of the flu. It is estimated that there is in the neighborhood of forty cases on the ridge. Until a week ago there were but very few cases but it is spreading rapidly and is now as prevalent there as it has been in any of the communities in vicinity of Kendrick at any time since the epidemic started. It was thought that as spring approached the disease would gradually die out, but this does not seem to be the case in this instance. It is to be hoped that the epidemic on the ridge will subside as rapidly as it started.
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School Notes

The attendance in high school is very good, the total number enrolled this week being sixty-two.

Last Friday ended the school month. The latter part of the week was given over to examinations.

The pupils of Miss Long’s, Miss Byrne’s and Miss Abrahamson’s rooms are all busy making Valentines this week. They intend to have a Valentine box.

Mrs. White is teaching Miss Abrahamson’s room this week. Miss Abrahamson is recovering from an attack of Spanish Influenza. The enrollment for that room totals seventeen this week.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 14, 1919, Page 2

Fairview Notes

Some of the Fred Becker family are ill with the flu.
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Linden Items

Mrs. Edgar Bohn who has been ill at the home of her father, H. V. Garner for several months died Sunday morning. The funeral was held Monday at one o’clock at the Gold Hill Cemetery.
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Life insurance companies have been hit by the influenza epidemic, particularly fraternal societies. One prominent order which had a reserve of about ten million dollars estimates that this reserve will be exhausted by May 1. The death claims in October, November and December amounted to $9,937,000 against a normal death loss during the same months of the year before $3,856,000.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 14, 1919, Page 8


The fourth and fifth grades in the Kendrick school again resumed work in the class room the first of the week, after a week’s vacation on account of the flu. Mrs. D. R. White took charge of the classes until Miss Abrahamson could again resume her work.

Miss Clarice Abrahamson went home Tuesday to spend a few days until she has regained her strength sufficiently to resume her school work.

Three members of the Charles Chandler family are ill with the flu. These are the only cases that have developed since early last week. All the others who contracted the disease have practically recovered.
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Southwick Items

Dr. Stoneburner reports that out of one hundred cases of flu, he has lost but one, which case was a relapse. At present he has forty-six new flu patients.

Mr. Wm. Hewett was sick for a few days last week.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 14, 1919, Page 1


A Child is Taken

Anie Marie, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Jacovac, died at the home of the family in Salmon February 8 and was buried on Monday following. The child was nine years old.
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The snow is so deep in Tendoy that the street cars have quit running and people are riding in sleds.
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Dr. William C. Whitwell, The Good Physician of Lemhi

Mrs. Mertia J. Melvyn, grand secretary of the Order of Eastern Star in Idaho, has sent out to all the subordinate chapters a beautiful testimonial in honor of the late Dr. William Carroll Whitwell, in which it is said of the lamented physician that “for over thirty years he had gone about among the people of Lemhi county, healing the sick, sympathizing with those in trouble and trying to better mankind. No one ever called upon him in vain for assistance, and even upon his sick bed he prescribed for those in need. He was a man of high ideals and exemplified in his daily life the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.”

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. February 14, 1919, Page 4

Salmon Municipal Band.

The Salmon Municipal band is starting out with zeal in preparation for the year’s work after a long season of sequestration from the epidemic. There are now fifteen active and constant members in the organization, numbering permanent residents who cheerfully give their time to the necessary practice and to public appearances. …

(ibid, page 4)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 14, 1919, Page 5

Salmon Locals

Out of abundant caution against the reappearance of the flu the regular band dances did not start again last Friday but will start this evening at the band hall.

Masks are interdicted by the health regulations, so the dancers at the coming ball by the W. R. C. will wear their right faces. The date is February 21 and the place the band hall in the Pioneer Mercantile building.

The Dr. Owen T. Stratton home has been re-established in Salmon, Mrs. Stratton and son Pete having returned from Litchfield, Illinois, where they had been staying while the husband and father was in army service. Dr. Stratton was released from duty as an army surgeon early in the year upon a request at his old home in Salmon and since his return he has been busy as usual in his profession. In the community generally he is regarded as a man of great ability and skill.

W. H. Shoup arrived home last Monday from San Diego, where Mrs. Shoup remains with their son Richard, a recent hospital patient, who expects to come home with his mother within a few weeks. Mr. Shoup thinks his son’s life was saved by the presence of his mother at the critical stage of his illness.

Misses Anna Wright and Frances Greene, whose birthdays had come along some time before but could not be celebrated in the midst of the flu, had a score of their young friends to dinner at the Wright home last Friday evening, the function being greatly enjoyed by the little ladies who are soon to take their places in Salmon society.

The auto stage from Armstead succeeded in getting through last Tuesday, in spite of deep snow.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 14, 1919, Page 7

Northwest Notes

According to a bulletin of the state board of health, there were 37,567 cases of influenza in Montana during the last three months of 1918 and 2486 deaths from the disease during October and November.

A base hospital will be maintained at Camp Lewis, according to the opinion of Captain W. F. Howard of the medical corps.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 14, 1919, Page 8


School reopens next Monday. The pupils are urged to be ready when the bell rings. Intensive work will be necessary to make up for lost time.

The flu seems to have run its course in Leadore. All who have had it have recovered.

Dr. G. H. Marshall has been in Gilmore the past ten days doing dental work.
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Fourth Of July

Al White has been laid up with the Grippe for a few days.
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Paris O’Niel, our deputy sheriff, came up from Leadore a few days ago and will make this his abiding place for some time.
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Pahsimaroi Valley

The weather here is perfect but – there’s a front somewhere.
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Mr. and Mrs. I. R. Wilson and daughters are expected back from Salt Lake this week. All the family excepting two had the flu while there.

The Acro stage has changed time owing to the heavy snow fall which necessitates the use of horses.

Dick Proctor made a trip to Salmon last week. He reports that owing to work on the highway the road will be closed for the next two weeks for through travel except by transfers.
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(ibid, page 8)
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Montpelier Examiner. February 14, 1919, Page 4


Public School Notes.
By Jean Groo

School began on Monday, Feb. 3rd, with an enrollment of sixty-two per cent. At the end of this week there is an attendance of approximately ninety per cent, and the majority of the students certainly are “hitting the ball,” as they express it. Many are making up the back work for which full credit will be given.

Mr. Dawson reported for duty Wednesday morning, and all of the students were very glad to see him back. He will have charge of the English department in the Junior High School.

Due to the shorter noon period a number of students have found it difficult to go home for lunch, especially during stormy weather. To relieve the situation the Domestic Science department has started a cafeteria which has proven very popular with the students.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. February 14, 1919, Page 5

Local News

Most of the schools throughout the county opened last Monday.

Miss Adele Gillihan, the nurse who was employed by the school board to look after the health of the pupils in the three school buildings, informs us that there is practically no sickness among the children. Only a very few, who had bad cold, have been sent home. Miss Gillihan has been trying to impress upon the minds of the children that cleanliness is not only next to godliness, but is also essential to good health. As a result of her efforts she says that a marked improved condition can already be noted in the personal appearance of a number of the children.

Clarence Hess and family returned last Sunday from Logan, where they had been for several week. Their stay was prolonged owing to the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Hess both had the flu soon after arriving there.

Mrs. E. Burnett opened the dining room of the Messerlie hotel to the public last Monday and serves good home cooking meals. Only a limited number of regular boarders can be accommodated at present. Prices the lowest consistent with good board.

Jack Cornish arrived Wednesday night to take over the dining room of the Burgoyne hotel, which he expects to open to the public in a week or ten days. Mr. Hillier, the lessee of the hotel, will arrive here next Thursday to assume management of the hotel interests.

Bishop and Mrs. E. A. Austin came up from Salt Lake last Thursday to attend the funeral of their son, Roy, which was held at Liberty last Friday afternoon. They were accompanied by Miss Victoria Grandshaw, fiancée of the deceased.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. February 14, 1919, Page 2



The flu situation here has improved to quite an extent as more than 50 per cent of the people in the city limits have had the disease.

The seventh grade held a party and dance in the high school gym last Friday evening and all present had a god time.

Coach Peterson expects to develop a good basket ball team from the boys who are now attending high school.

Regular church services are being held in all churches every Sunday. …
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The eighth grade, under the supervision of Mr. Bartlett, are having their class on Saturday until noon in order to complete their grade.

Miss Mittun, one of the public school teachers, has been ill for the past week. Consequently there has been no school for the fourth grade pupils during that time.

The little infant of Mrs. Myrtle McKnight is convalescing.

Grandmother England is on the sick list at this time. We hope for her early and complete recovery.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Anderson is suffering with influenza.

Jannett McKnight and her father have both had the flu, but it was in a light form and they recovered nicely.

Edward Benson has been looking after the post office work during the illness of his father.

Miss Edna McKnight is in receipt of a letter from Miss Fern Estby, formerly a resident of this place, but now living at Weiser, Idaho, saying that they have all had the flu, and also the Watts and Spicer families, who were also former residents of this place. They have all recovered nicely.

Mrs. Dosh Baldwin, once a resident of this place, but now of Arimo has had a bad attack of the flu, but is improving rapidly.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. February 14, 1919, Page 4


The Rupe children, who have been driving a team to school left it standing Wednesday after school, while the children were in the house the team started up and Vernal Corbridge and Lynn Wiltamuth, who were on horses took after the team, but before they succeeded in catching it Lynn fell from his horse and broke his arm. Dr. McKinnon of Aberdeen was called to attend to the little one’s arm and Lynn expects to be going to school again in a few days.

Quite a heavy snow fell here Wednesday evening and the young folks of this locality and Sterling are enjoying themselves with sleighing parties. …

A light rain fell Sunday spoiling the sleighing which the many folks were beginning to enjoy.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Idaho Republican. February 14, 1919, Page 5

Local News

Mrs. Ellen Jones was ill a few days last week and confined to her home.

Margaret Keller was on the sick list Wednesday and unable to attend to her clerical duties at the Golden Rule store.

Ray Crabtree, manager of the Beachy shoe store, has been ill the past week and unable to attend to his duties. Mrs. Carr has ably taken care of the concern during his absence.

Mrs. Elnora Hammond went to Idaho Falls Tuesday afternoon to be with her niece, who is ill at that place.

Mrs. Uther Jones left Wednesday morning for Ogden, where she will receive medical treatment.

Mrs. C. E. Moone left Thursday morning for Salt Lake City to be with her mother who is very ill at that place.

District court convenes again on March 3 and a number of cases are set for trial from the third to the thirteenth.
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Buried Cousin

Mrs. H. F. Peck, who has been in Kaysville, Utah for several days, returned to her home here Tuesday afternoon.

She was called to Kaysville to bury a cousin, who passed away the last of the week from pneumonia following influenza. Burial took place Sunday.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. February 14, 1919, Page 6


The J. H. Merrill family are suffering from a light attack of the flu.

Miss Fern Watson underwent an operation for appendicitis Thursday evening, and is doing nicely thus far. Her brother Arthur is also sick with a severe attack of influenza, but is now thought that he is out of danger. Mr. Watson has his hands full taking care of the sick folks at a Pocatello hospital.

Mrs. Simmons, mother of Dr. Simmons, is teaching temporarily in the Thomas school, during the absence of Miss Grace Womack, whose mother is ill.

(ibid, page 6)
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Shoshone Journal. February 14, 1919, Page 1



Mrs. Susie Crothers, wife of Delbert Crothers, died at Richfield Feb. 6, 1919, of pneumonia following the influenza. Mrs. Crothers was born in Arkansas, Oct. 20, 1887. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and three children, also her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. T. P Thomason, two sisters and a brother. Interment occurred last Saturday.
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Miss Myrtle Borden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Borden, arrived home last Saturday, and is now convalescing under the affectionate care of her parents. Miss Borden’s battle with pneumonia, following the influenza, has been one of the bravest fights for life of any of our people here. An inmate of the Pocatello hospital for two months, undergoing many operations that can rarely be borne by those stronger than she, her life many times despaired of yet she is spared to enter upon the humanitarian work to which she has dedicated her life.
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Wood River Center Grange

Everyone in this neighborhood has recovered from the flu so as to be up and around again.

On account of there having been so much sickness news items are scarce.

Clarence Butler, who has been down to Gooding for some time under care of Dr. Lamb, is able to be up and around some now. Clarence has had a very severe attack of the rheumatism along with the flu.

Hattie Peck visited with the school children of district 29 all day Friday.

Miss Steiner and the school children of district No. 29 took advantage of the little snow we had and went for a ride Saturday.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 14 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. February 14, 1919, Page 2

Doleful Prospects.

“I suppose the people of Chicago are particularly liable to the influenza epidemic.”

“Why should they be?”

“Because they are constantly in an Ill. state.”

(ibid, page 2)
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Shoshone Journal. February 14, 1919, Page 5

Local and Personal News

The school Board met in regular session last Monday evening.

Mrs. Brown, the nurse in charge of the emergency flu hospital thinks the flu situation such that it will not be necessary to continue the hospital more than another week.

Miss Racor, the trained nurse in charge of the emergency hospital at Richfield during the epidemic, has returned to her home at Twin Falls.

Miss Lura Jones, one of our city school teachers has so far recovered from the flu as to be able to be removed to her home at the Hail Horne residence.

Hail Horne is able to be out again after a siege of the flu.

Mrs. Guy Fowle has been suffering a relapse from the flu the past week.

Mrs. [?rectz?] and son Bobby have fully recovered from their flu stunt.

Ed. Merrifield has been on the sick list for the past week but is now able to return to his duties as superintendent of the highway district.

Under the direction of Frank T. Disney the Armenian relief fund campaign was successfully closed Thursday. This matter has been delayed in Shoshone by reason of the flu epidemic.

(ibid, page 5)
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Bay Horse, Idaho ca. 1914


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 15

Evening Capital News., February 15, 1919, Page 5


Around Boise Valley Loop


Mrs. E. M. Dahlberg is confined to her bed with the grip.

Mrs. F. A. Swanson is ill at her home at River’s Crossing.

Mrs. James Mead of Appleton City, Mo., is quite ill at the J. S. Smith home.
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B. F. Leavel, the local insurance man, who has been quite ill has recovered and is able to be at his place of business.

County Attorney Curtis Haydon is reported ill.
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Mrs. H. G. Williams and Mrs. V. Fishback spent Wednesday afternoon with Grandma Snell at St. Luke’s hospital.
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School Directors Meet.

Caldwell, Feb. 15 — The annual meeting of the school directors of Canyon county was held in this city yesterday under the direction of Miss Margaret Knowlton, county superintendent of education. The meeting was featured by discussions pertaining to health problems and to school tax procedure.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 15 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 15, 1919, Page 8

Oakland Man Dies of Pneumonia in Boise

Clarence S. Wilson of Oakland, Cal., died Friday night at a Boise hospital of pneumonia after an illness of five days. He was 30 years of age and is survived by his wife and child of Oakland, and a father of Topeka, Kas.

Mr. Wilson came to Boise a little over a week ago in company with E. J. Harwood to put up the exhibit of the Menasha Printing & Carton company’s display at the Western Dairy Products show and was stricken shortly after his arrival. Mr. Harwood believes his friend contracted influenza while enroute here and that the pneumonia followed. The body is at the Schreiber & Sidenfaden parlors and is to be taken to Oakland for burial.

(ibid, page 8)
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Birds Eye View of Bellevue, Idaho


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

Evening Capital News., February 16, 1919, Page 3


Fear South Boise Man Was Drowned
Joseph A. Burke Wanders Away from Reclamation Camp Near Bliss Jan. 26 and Is Still Missing

Did Joseph A. Burke of South Boise fall from the siphon across the Snake river near Bliss and drown in the swift waters of that stream, or is he wandering aimlessly around the country in a dementia or sick at some home?

These are the questions being pondered by his wife and friends, who have been searching for him since he disappeared from reclamation camp four, near Bliss on January 26.

G. F. Bell, who lives on Burke’s ranch near Kuna, and who spent some time in hunting the missing man, tells the following story of his mysterious disappearance:

“Mr. Burke had been in the employ of the reclamation service at Camp four, near Bliss, more or less during the winter. Some three weeks before he disappeared he resumed work there, and was stricken with influenza. Leaving the camp hospital, he started to breakfast on the morning of January 26, and that was the last seem of him at the camp. He was reported missing the next day, after the camp men had tried to locate him.

“Investigations conducted by me gave the information that he was seen by two Spaniards standing on the siphon across the Snake river at Bliss, about in the middle. That was on the morning he disappeared, and while I have followed every possible trail away from there and made numerous inquiries, have been unable to learn anything further.

“Mr. Burke was a man about 50 years of age, weighed about 180 pounds and stood 5 feet 10 inches high. He was dark complexioned, wore a moustache and had gold teeth in front. The thumb and fore finger on his left hand are missing, and he had a French accent.”

Mrs. Burke and their one child live in South Boise, on rural route 5, and while hopes of finding Mr. Burke alive have been practically abandoned, it is hoped his body may be located.
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Clyde Shanks was called to New Plymouth the latter part of this week to take charge of the postoffice there during the absence of Postmaster H. H. Hamilton, who has called to Chicago on account of the illness of his son.

Mrs. C. A. Crisp has received word from her daughter, Mrs. Lillian Foster, that she and the other Idaho nurses who are with hospital unit No. 20, are due to arrive in New York this week.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 16 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 16, 1919, Page 4

Pierce Park – Collister

Mrs. Harry Miller has been sick the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Wood of Riverside who have been ill are much improved in health.

E. H. Heller is still in the hospital but is recovering his health. He is expected home Monday.

S. S Tappan received word Wednesday of the death of his father, David Tappan who had a serious operation performed at the Mayo brothers hospital at Rochester, Minn., about a month ago.

Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Tappan went to Emmett Thursday after having received word of the death of Mr. Tappan’s father. Mr. and Mrs. Tappan, Sr., have resided in Emmett for several years.

(ibid, page 4)
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Evening Capital News., February 16, 1919, Page 9

Around Boise Valley Loop


Mrs. Clark Smith has been employed as probation officer by the educational board of the city. Through the recent influenza Mrs. Smith served the city schools as a trained nurse and she will also continue the duties of the position with her new position.

The many friends of the First Presbyterian church will be delighted to hear it is to be re-opened for service. …
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County Attorney Curtis Haydon, who has been quite ill, has recovered.
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J. M. Anderson, who has been quite ill, is reported to be much improved.

W. S. Mateer, the local undertaker, was a business visitor to Nampa today.

(ibid, page 9)
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Black Bear, Idaho ca. 1911


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 17

Evening Capital News., February 17, 1919, Page 2


Leaves Many Vacancies

Paris, Feb. 17. — American headquarters at the Hotel Crillon was slightly less crowded today, owing to the departure of the presidential party, several members of the American commission and scores of correspondents. Most of the commissioners and newspaper men left for the southern provinces to recuperate from the effects of grip and influenza.
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McBratney & Co., Undertakers.

Our auto hearse is for hire whether we have charge of the funeral or not. Only undertakes in Boise who own an auto hearse. Price $7 in city.

– Adv.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 17 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 17, 1919, Page 3

Gives Life To Country’s Cause.
Fred Arthur Gracey

Fred Arthur Gracey, who was well known in Boise, gave his life in defense of the cause of his country. He died at Fort Warden, Wash., October 22, 1918, from influenza. At the time he was in the truck service, 40th company, coast artillery.
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Mountain Home

C. E. Corker is again on the streets after several weeks’ illness.

C. H. Stewart, who has been ill with flu at his home for the past few weeks, is again able to be out on the street.

Mrs. William Minkler, who has been quite ill for the past week, is rapidly improving.

Sergeant Ralph Gregory, of Lewiston, recently returned from France and visited a couple of days this week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Collins. He was “over the top” 42 times during his 18 months’ service and was cited for bravery nine times.

(ibid, page 3)
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Evening Capital News., February 17, 1919, Page 5

Around Boise Valley Loop


Former Nampaite Dies.

Advice was received in this city yesterday of the death of Mrs. Ross Williams, which occurred Saturday at her home in Gooding. Mrs. Williams was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. H. W. Parker of this city, and was but recently married. The funeral occurred today at Twin Falls.
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Mrs. Lee Smith is at Star caring for flu patients.

Mrs. W. C. Watt is confined to her home on account of illness.

Mrs. E. E. Corn has been absent from bank on account of illness.

Mrs. S. P. Baker came home from the hospital in Boise last Friday much improved.
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James Pack Jr. is recovering from an attack of influenza.

The Roosevelt school will give an entertainment Saturday evening, which will be followed by a box social.
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Charles McDowell is on the sick list.

John Buckmaster is on the sick list.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyl and children are ill with the flu.

Mrs. Jim Breschears who has been very ill with pneumonia is reported much improved at this writing.

(ibid, page 5)
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Evening Capital News., February 17, 1919, Page 6

Health Notes.
By M. S. Parker

Idaho’s heath conditions are very good, comparatively speaking, but they might be made far better. Nothing is more important than the health of our people and we should earnestly strive individually and as a state to throw around our citizenry every possible health safeguard. Let us spread a little more money to protect our people than to protect our animals.

A dirty cook, waiter or waitress should not be allowed in a public eating place. A person of that character should hasten to get right in the matter of personal hygiene, change his or her occupation or be forced out and into some other kind of business. The health of the people is entitled to first consideration always.

The modern health crusade being conducted through the schools of this state under the direction of the Idaho Anti-Tuberculosis association is gaining momentum rapidly and splendid results are looked for. Mrs. Catherine Athey, executive secretary of the association, has received a large number of requests for supplies from schools over the state to be used in connection with the crusade work and she is very much gratified over the outlook.

The day will come when it will be generally considered a positive disgrace to maintain dirty premises, either at the home or at the business place. In fact a large percentage of the people in practically every community look upon the matter in about that way now. Civilization is advancing rapidly in that direction.

The surest way to prevent tuberculosis as a result of influenza is, in fact, not to get influenza. It is feared that much tuberculosis will result from the influenza epidemic through which we have just passed and those who have had that disease should exercise every precaution.

The Idaho Anti-Tuberculosis association is not only doing a humanitarian work but it is accomplishing tremendous results from an economic standpoint – in helping to save human lives and increase human efficiency.

A hemorrhage of the lungs means tuberculosis without exception; a subnormal temperature (by the thermometer) in the morning and a rise of temperature in the afternoon means tuberculosis 99 times in 100, and often the other time, too; a low blood pressure, taken with the proper instrument, is very suggestive of tuberculosis; a cough that last more than three weeks should ordinarily suggest tuberculosis and should call for an immediate examination by a competent physician. The tubercle bacillus in the sputum is a positive sign of that disease. The earlier the diagnosis of tuberculosis is made, the greater the chance of recovery. The later in its course the disease is found, the less are the chances for recovery. Take a survey of yourself and see if your health needs attention.

Foodstuff that are susceptible to dust and other elements but that are not protected from such elements while being exposed for sale or kept as reserve stock may have on them the germs of disease and you should refuse to buy them. Demand clean wholesome foods at all times.

People generally over Idaho are becoming much interested in the great work being done by the Idaho Anti-Tuberculosis association and are expressing a willingness to help in the campaign that is being waged by said association for better health conditions. The need of such an association in this state is becoming more and more apparent as time passes and the results of its labors are more clearly seen and understood.

I desire to say with emphasis that a dirty public eating place is a positive menace to health and no one who has any regard for his health will patronize a place of that character. Such a place should clean up or be closed up.

It is a monumental shame to allow over 200,000 children to die annually in this country from preventable diseases when most of them at least could easily be saved. There should speedily come an awakening among the people everywhere concerning this intensely important matter. Conservation of human lives should be the slogan all along the line.
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Little News of Boise

Five Arrested

Three young men and two well known young ladies were arrested Sunday night on a charge of immoral conduct, and have been confined in the city jail since that time. The police declined to divulge their names.
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Karl Hapsburg Flu Victim

London, Feb. 17 — A news agency dispatch from Amsterdam today reported that former Emperor Karl of Austria is ill with influenza and heart trouble.
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Ely’s Cream Balm

19190217ECN3(ibid, page 6)

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