Idaho History Dec 20, 2020

Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 36

Idaho Newspaper clippings February 28, 1919

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

The Rathdrum tribune., February 28, 1919, Page 1


From Over The County

Post Falls

Mrs. Martha Bennett was called to Rathdrum recently by the illness of her sister, Mrs. Satchwell.

County Commissioner McCrea says that we are due for some big taxes if the legislature passes a law for two mills state road tax and two and a half mills special county road tax.
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Spirit Lake

Mrs. E. W. Marshall, who has been very ill two months with heart trouble, has gone to Neillsville, Wis. She is a sister of Mrs. C. B. Kloph.
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Coeur D’Alene

Wm. Chilstrom is suffering with a fractured collar bone, severe shock and other injuries, as the result of falling a distance of thirty feet through a plate of corrugate iron roofing on the rear porch of the Graham post office building, from which he was shoveling snow.

source: The Rathdrum tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum tribune., February 28, 1919, Page 2

Town Board Meeting.

The trustees of Rathdrum met Monday evening and discussed various community problems at length. It was decided to take steps to close the armory and other buildings, which is alleged are becoming public nuisances. …
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The School Column
From The School

School Notes

The Board of Education decided at a meeting held last week, to extend the school Term for the Grade school three weeks, which would bring the term up to June 13th. An effort is being made to get the time for the State examinations for the Eighth grade changed so as to come later than usual because of this extension. Unless that change can be effected this grade will not be extended beyond the time of the examinations.

New state requirements in the Eighth Grade this year are Brosman’s “History of Idaho,” and Rose’s “Idaho Civics”. Both of these books have just recently been published.

The Rathdrum school board wired to the Kootenai county delegation in the legislature, Wednesday night, protesting against senate bill 94 and house bill 87, which provide for abolishing high schools of less than 75 pupils and putting the schools of the counties under county instead of district control. It was reported that house bill 87 had passed the house Tuesday. Lack of publicity, in news dispatches from Boise, concerning these bills, is the subject of much comment.
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Coeur d’Alene Items

Influenza is making its appearance again in Coeur d’Alene.

Wm. Chilstrom died of the injuries received from a fall of 30 feet at the postoffice building.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Rathdrum tribune., February 28, 1919, Page 3

Local Paragraphs

Rathdrum is again free of the flu, the two cases reported last week having recovered.

The Rathdrum school board at a recent meeting decided to extend the Grade School term to June 13. This was due to loss of time during the influenza epidemic.

The cold snap of Sunday night sent the mercury down several degrees below zero for a few hours.

The snowfall of Monday to Tuesday is reported to have broken the 24-hour record in Spokane. This has been the snow week of the winter. On Thursday the snow in Rathdrum and vicinity was over 18 inches deep. The rural mail carriers had a hard trip Tuesday on both routes.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Rathdrum tribune., February 28, 1919, Page 4

World News In Brief

Deaths during the war in the American expeditionary forces and among troops in the United States from all causes from April 1, 1917, to Feb 16, 1919, numbered 107,444. Of these 72,951 died overseas; 48,768 deaths were caused by battle. Disease caused 5000 more deaths than were caused by battle.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Oakley Herald. February 28, 1919, Page 1



Mrs. Emma Clayton has recovered from her illness.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cluff Little has been quick sick for a few days, but is recovering.

There is about a foot of snow on the level now.
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Golden Valley

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Shades have adopted the children of W. A. Keller, Esther and Bessie. A surprise shower was given at the home of Mrs. Shades Tuesday for the benefit of the children.
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Moulton News

The snow at Moulton is two feet deep on the level.
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Burley Notes

A number of Oakley young people took in the Firemen’s Ball. The ball was the social event of the season. the music was fine, the guests were happy, ad the fire-laddies shone as hosts to their many friends in Burley and vicinity.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. February 28, 1919, Page 3

Locals and Personals

Miss Nancy Holt has been confined to her home since Tuesday morning with a malady that seems to be the flu.

Pres. Wm. T. Jack went to Delco Sunday where he attended memorial services for thirteen people who have died of influenza there this winter.

We’ve licked the Germans, but the Jack Rabbits are still running at large.

(ibid, page 3)
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American Falls Press. February 28, 1919, Page 1


Death of Mrs. Herman Noth

Mrs. Herman Noth died at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. R. F. Noth Saturday, following an illness of about ten days. She is survived by her husband, two small children, four sisters, and a father, W. A. Nunnelly, of Arbon.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Ford, were held from the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Noth Monday afternoon at 1 o’clock. The pallbearers were selected from among the friends of the deceased when she was a resident of American Falls several years ago, …

The four sisters of Mrs. Noth, Misses Virginia, Mayme, Irene and Thelma Nunnelly, and her father, W. A. Nunnelly, were in attendance. The sisters are all nurses and assisted in the care of the deceased during her illness.

Mrs. Mattie Nunnelly Noth was 28 years of age and a member of the Baptist church. She was a resident of American Falls for several years prior to her marriage, and was very highly esteemed. For the past several years she had resided with her husband at Arbon on a ranch. The death of the young woman has brought sadness to her large circle of friends.
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Yankee Camp in France Is Burned

The American camp at Is-Sur-Tille has been destroyed by fire, according to a dispatch to the Havas Agency from Oijon. Despite the prompt and efficient work of the Americans, the entire camp was burned with quantities of clothing and equipment. The damage is estimated at one million francs.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. February 28, 1919, Page 5

People and Events

Mr. Will Abercrombie has been quite ill for the past few days.

Have gone to Chicago to take postgraduate work in surgery. Will be back about April 5th. — Dr. C. F. Schiltz.

Mrs. J. S. Miller returned Friday from Murietta Hot Springs, California, where she has been for some time taking baths in the mineral springs for her health and is much improved.

O. H. Barber is improving rapidly and expects to be on the job next week. He howls like a bear with a sore head because the doctor insists on him staying in bed when he says he feels as good as he ever did in his life. He was able to sit up a short time Sunday and has been gaining satisfactorily since.

Mr. H. B. Gessel went home Wednesday evening feeling somewhat under the weather. It is to be hoped it is nothing serious and that he will be able to return to his work in a short time.

(ibid, page 5)
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American Falls Press. February 28, 1919, Page 7

Boy Scouts

Scouts Run An Ambulance

The boy scouts of Richmond during the influenza epidemic performed a great service. The scouts voluntarily secured, equipped and manned an ambulance.

This ambulance carried more than 75 patients to the emergency hospital at the high school. The scouts took every precaution. They wore masks and bathed their hands and faces in bichloride solution.

As many as eight patients were brought from one home, each one carefully placed upon the stretcher by their trained hands, borne to the ambulance and taken out with skill not excelled by veteran ambulance drivers.

This ambulance was on duty night and day. At times it was necessary to carry as many as five patients at one time.

(ibid, page 7)
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Bruneau Hotel, Bruneau, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Evening Capital News., February 28, 1919, Page 2


Public Health Bill Causes Hot Debate In House
Measure Providing County Commissioners May Employ Physicians Passed – Sifting Committee Advances Bills.

The school medical inspection bill authorizing county commissioners to employ physicians to see to the health of students, met with strong opposition in the house of representatives Thursday afternoon during which there was a heated debate, but was passed and sent to the senate. It is one of the public health bills the women of the state are greatly interested in.

Hall of Oneida, led the attack against the measure and was supported by Adamson of Blaine, and others. Givens of Ada, championed the bill and in an address criticized Hall for going back on the stand he had taken and statements he had made about attempting to block progressive legislation. The bill was finally approved by a vote of 49 to 15.
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Prominent Citizen of Mountain Home Passes

Judge W. C. Howie, pioneer lawyer and United States commissioner, died Thursday following an attack of influenza. He was in his 59th year. He had lived here almost 30 years, during which time he was a prominent factor in the development of the industrial, educational and other phases of civic life.

source: Evening Capital News. (Boise, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Evening Capital News., February 28, 1919, Page 4

Another Idaho Hero

The recent death in Germany of Lieutenant Joseph H. Murray, of Nampa, adds one more name to the muster-roll of heroic youths whose souls have gone out in a foreign land. He was a native son of Nampa. Brilliant in intellect, manly, companionable, and stainless in character, he was one of the sunniest lads whose smiles have glorified our little valley. He had just been graduated from the University of California when he heard the voice of duty which called him first to the Mexican frontier, and later to three battle fronts of France. He had survived the terrors of the long ocean voyage, and the indescribable hardships of “dugout’ warfare. With the dream of a boy’s heart, he had looked forward to the happy home-coming time. Then came the sad news of his untimely death from pneumonia. He fell asleep without ever dreaming that he was a hero. The soul of “Joe” Murray has joined the heroic company of Idaho lads whose memories have added a new brightness to the annals of our young commonwealth. His modest, brave, dutiful, and unsullied life is a reminder that the days of chivalry are with us still.
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Ashamed to Die

A prominent dentist in speaking of the influenza epidemic said that if more people had paid attention to brushing their teeth thoroughly fewer would have died.

An editorial writer in commenting on it says: “Mercy! We shall get to that we are ashamed to die of anything.” …

(ibid, page 4)
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Evening Capital News., February 28, 1919, Page 7

Obie Wilson Dead

A telegram received at Wilson Bros. store here Thursday morning, announced the death of Obie Wilson, who is a cousin of Wilson brothers, and was employed in the store for five years. He died in Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, Ky., presumably from the effects of the “flu,” with which it is known he had been a suffered a month ago. It is presumed here that he died last Monday. He was buried yesterday at his former home in Puryear, Tenn. Mr. Wilson was about 25 years old and single. He lived in Nyssa for seven years and was very popular with all classes of people.

(ibid, page 7)
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Evening Capital News., February 28, 1919, Page 8

Around Boise Valley Loop


Mrs. Joe Cave who has been ill for some time has had a relapse and is seriously ill.

C. H. Burns returned Sunday from Portland where he took his wife to a sanitarium for treatment. Her daughter, Mrs. Care Rutledge, has gone now to care for her mother. Mrs. Burns is getting along pretty well.
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J. M. Anderson has recovered from an illness of several weeks.

Joe Marcum, who has been very ill, is reported to be recovered.
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The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Means is reported very ill.

Mr. Swalley who has been ill for some time is reported no better.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 28, 1919, Page 3


Idaho State News

The number of young people receiving training at the Idaho Technical institute is more than double the number [?] before the influenza epidemic.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. February 28, 1919, Page 5

Salmon Locals

Mrs. Laura Murphey was called to Wyoming last week to visit a sick sister. She returned Wednesday.

David Davies is back home at Ulysses after a session with Salmon’s cure for rheumatism at the springs.

A box social was given at the Shoup school when $120 was raise to be used for the improvement of the school. Miss Eva Collins, the teacher, had the affair in hand.
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(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 28, 1919, Page 8


Mid year examinations have been held in the high school, the last ones being given this week at the schoolhouse. A number were given during the quarantine vacation, in spite of loss of time th results have been quite satisfactory as a rule.

The Junior class of the high school give [sic] a party in the audtorium [sic] Friday evening in honor of the six members who have just entered from the grades.

We are glad to note that Ralph Burr is out again after a few days’ illness. Not the flu, however.

Our genial station agent was the victim of an unfortunate accident last week. Crossing a bit of frosty track he slipped and fell, breaking a bone of his right forearm. He went immediately to Salmon where Dr. Stratton cared for the broken bone. We are glad to note he is doing well.
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The dance held here Saturday night was well attended by Pahsimaroi valley people.

(ibid, page 8)
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Clearwater Republican. February 28, 1919, Page 1


Local and Vicinity

The flu ban is off and the Josephine Dominick Concert company of the Midland Lyceum bureau will be at the Rex theatre March 15 with a musical program that no one in Orofino can afford to miss.

Miss Alma O’Hara, who has been teaching school in the Teakean neighborhood, came home Wednesday on account of snow preventing her from going to and from the school house.

Considerable snow has fallen during the present week. Red’s Prairie reports between two and three feet and the Canyon Creek country has had a fall of about two feet.
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Eureka Ridge

Winter again, with a foot of snow.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. February 28, 1919, Page 2

Urge Health Insurance
Plan is to Provide Cash Benefits for Sick Workmen

New York. — Health insurance laws to provide medical and cash benefits for sick wage earners and their families, and to stimulate measures of prevention are urged as a foremost social and industrial need in the United States in the first number of a special bulletin on “Labor Laws in Reconstruction,” issued by the American Association for Labor Legislation.

“Health insurance laws,” it is declared, “will remove the great fear of sickness, just as workmen’s compensation has gone far to banish the fear of industrial accident.”
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The last of the war-time coal regulations of the fuel administration still in force will be suspended Mar. 1 if the present comparatively mild weather continues, said an announcement by Fuel Administrator Garfield. These include prohibition against the shipment of coal for reconsignment.

(ibid, page 2)
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Main Street Looking South, Buhl, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 28, 1919, Page 2


County Seat News Items

Victor Peterson is again able to attend to his duties at the Farmers warehouse after a week’s illness which is said to have been the influenza.

Wallace Scott, president of the First National bank, on Monday treated the pupils of the Grangeville public schools to a show at the Lyric theatre. “America’s Answer,” a patriotic picture was shown. In the afternoon pupils of the grades were guests of Mr. Scott and in the evening the high school pupils witness the show, Mr. Scott paying all the admissions.

source: Cottonwood Chronicle. (Cottonwood, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 28, 1919, Page 4

Do we want the daylight saving plan continued, abandoned or modified.. Now is the time to decide. Congressman McKinley of Illinois has introduced into the House of Representative a bill to repeal the so-called daylight saving plan law, under the terms of which the clocks are set forward a hour the last Sunday in March and back again the last Sunday in October. A similar bill has been introduced by Representative Ramseyer of Iowa, who claims that the farmers of his state object to the law on the ground that it is detrimental to their interests.

(ibid, page 4)
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 28, 1919, Page 6

Cottonwood and Vicinity
Personal Mention and Local Happenings of the Week

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strickfaden were Cotton visitors the past week at the home of Joe Gaul. They have been here with their little son, who is receiving medical attention and who is just recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia. The little fellow is well on his way to recovery.

Mrs. Anna Gaul of Lewiston who has been spending a few days visiting at the P. A. Gaul home and helping nurse back to health members of that family, returned to her home Monday morning. The Gauls are now all on their way to recovery and their friends will be glad to see them out again.

Mrs. Fred Drube, who has been a sufferer of dropsy for some time departed Monday morning for Clarkston, accompanied by her daughter Lena, and C. N. Noberg. She expects to receive treatment there and that they may relieve her sufferings is the wish of her relatives and friends.

Miss Jennie Orr, a trained nurse, who is graduate of St. Mary’s hospital at Minneapolis, Minn., and who has been visiting at the home of her brother, Dr. Orr, for some time, has decided to remain here permanently and will practice her profession here.

Mrs. W. A. Robinson, Mrs. Harold Harris and Miss Sadie Robinson, all of Grangeville, are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Johnson of this city. Mrs. Robinson recently returned from a visit with relatives in Detroit, Michigan. While in the east her relatives were taken down with sickness and she was engaged most of the time nursing back to health members of her family.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 28, 1919, Page 1


School Notes

Mary and Lena Bunger are absent from school this week, owing to influenza.

After an absence of three weeks on account of the flu, Miss Abrahamson is again able to resume her teaching. It is needless to say that her pupils as well as the whole school gladly welcome her return, as her sweet smile was greatly missed.

Curtis Bailey is back in school this week. He looks none the worse for an attack of influenza.

George Clem has returned to junior high school.

About fifty of the High School students were present at a party last Friday evening at the high school. It was planned by the teachers of the high school faculty. Various games were enjoyed by all and before departing for home refreshments were served. The evening was much enjoyed by all and we hope for a repetition in the near future.
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Southwick Items

Protracted meetings began here last Sunday evening.
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Big Bear Ridge

A very pretty and pleasing program was given at the Taney school last Friday afternoon in honor of Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays. The room was most effectively decorated in red, white and blue, forming an alcove over the stage and with a large flag in the background. Only the patrons of the school were present. Miss Tesch is the teacher.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 28, 1919, Page 8


The income tax blanks have now arrived and any assistance the banks can extend to their patrons will be gladly given. The income tax statements are due March 15.
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Leland News

The Potlatch has been seeing some real winter during the past two weeks. It has stormed every day during that time. At present the snow is 10 inches on the level.

Despite the storm there was quite a crowd at Henry Peters’ sale. Everything sold well except the horses. Nobody was very anxious about them.
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Fairview Notes

The T. H. Daugherty family are recovering nicely from an attack of the flu.

With from six to eight inches of snow we might enjoy a sleigh ride if the roads were made up of something besides foot-deep mud.

(ibid, page 8)
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Street Scene, Burke, Idaho ca.1910 (1)


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 1


Arena Valley Items

Albert Trent is on the sick list.
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Mrs. A. I. Steensland of Gooding has leased the building formerly used as a hospital, has furnished same and expects to run a first class hospital. Mrs. Steensland is a trained nurse, has had special training in some branches of the work and 20 years experience. Visitors will be received every afternoon from 2:30 till 4:30 o’clock, and every evening from 7 till 8 o’clock, beginning Monday, March 3rd.
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E. M. Hendon, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, returned Tuesday evening from Birmingham, Alabama, where he was called by the death of his brother who was a victim of influenza. Mr. Hendon states found the south flouringing [sic]. It is enjoying a wonderful degree of prosperity.
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[Idaho Legislature]

One of the most lengthy measures of the session is the new educational bill in the senate. It is said to present far-reaching changes in the classification of teachers and to conform to the laws of a number of eastern states where the rank of schools is higher than in Idaho. The bill was prepared by Dr. E. A. Bryan, commissioner of education. According to statements made on the floor of the house, Idaho ranks thirty-seven in the standing of its schools, while its sister state, Utah, ranks sixth.

source: The Caldwell Tribune. (Caldwell, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 2

Mrs. Warner, who has been quite sick the past week, is now reported much better.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 3

Local And Personal

John G. Flynn, who had a hard tussle with the flue [sic] after his return, is now able to be around again but still very weak.

C. A. Hanson, who suffered a severe attack of pneumonia, has full recovered and returned to his work at Oakes Bros., this week.

Will E. Derig was in the city from Barber, Tuesday. He was enroute to his work at Barber from Weiser where he went to attend the funeral of his father, John R. Derig.
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John R. Derig Died at Tacoma February 21
Father of M. J. and Will E. Derig of Caldwell Passes Away After Short Sick Spell.

John R. Derig died February 21 at Tacoma, Wash., after a week’s sickness. Death resulted from bronchial pneumonia. Mr. Derig was 64 years and 10 months of age at the time of his death. The funeral was held Monday last at Weiser, Idaho. …

(ibid, page 3)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 5

Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory


Miss Lettie Weymouth, who is suffering from a relapse from influenza, has gone to her home in Franklin. Miss Mable Robins is substituting in the primary grades.

The one year old child of Mr. and Mrs. Stratton of Dixie was buried Saturday in the Roswell cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Blinkerson were given a charivari by the Roswell young people Friday evening at the Thomas Rooney home.
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Deer Flat Items

Mrs. Charles Allen has been on the sick list.

Several members of the Rowen family are on the sick list.

Gilgerta Rose has been suffering the last week with an abscess on her neck.

There will be an entertainment and shower at the new Deer Flat school house this Friday evening, February 28th. Everybody is invited to come. Articles for the shower are to be of an individual size but not tin. Anything from spoons to small frying pans will be accepted. These articles are to be used by the domestic science class.

A committee from the grange met last Wednesday evening and voted to use the money in the treasury to furnish the community room in the new school house. A piano and lights will be purchased.
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Pleasant Ridge

On Wednesday night of last week a party of young people serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Springer with the usual tin pan instruments and in return were treated to candy and nuts.
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Lake Lowell

Word was received Saturday by Martin Derig that his father, John Derig, ha died of influenza at Tacoma, where he had gone to care for his brother who was ill. Will Derig arrived in Tacoma one hour after his father had passed away. The body will be shipped to Weiser for burial. …

Arthur Clark of the A. E. F., was a visitor Monday night at the G. H. Davis home. Young Clark left the U. S. July 12th, 1918, on the Olympic, fought three days in the Argonne Forest, was wounded by shrapnel on September 28; was returned home as a casual. Arthur is the first of our Deer Flat boys to have returned from overseas.
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John Green has been on the sick list for the past week.

Ernest Crawford is able to be out after an attack of the flu.

Mrs. Palmer is improving slowly.

Mr. and Mrs. Burnett were both on the sick list, but are able to be out again.

Word came over the phone Friday evening that Mr. and Mrs. Stratton’s 11-months-old baby had died suddenly. The little one had been having a cold for some time but was not considered dangerous. They have the heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 8

Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory

Marble Front

Mrs. G. W. Milliner who has been nursing flu patients at Richfield for several weeks, returned last Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Thomas returned Wednesday after a two weeks stay at Hot Lake, Oregon. They report Mr. Thomas’s health improved.

Mrs. W. H. Gorden has been staying with her daughter in Caldwell for the last week where she can be near the doctor and take treatments. Her health has been poor for some time. Her many friends hope that she will soon be well.

Miss Laura Beckstead left for Boise Monday where she will resume her nurses training course at St. Lukes hospital.
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Midway News

Mrs. C. A. Williams is on the sick list this week.

Mrs. F. W. Jordan has been suffering from a severe attack of tonsillitis for several days.

The Parent-Teachers association will hold its regular monthly meeting at the school house Friday afternoon, March 7. Everyone is cordially invited.
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Ten Davis News

Harry Penson has been on the sick list a couple of days this week.
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Briar Rose

Mr. Brown has been confined to his bed since Saturday by a severe attack of illness supposed to be ptomaine poison.

The Red Cross is out of material to sew on, but some is on the way and they expect to have it on hand by next Tuesday.

(ibid, page 8)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 9


It is reported that Mr. Walker is seriously ill with dropsy.

Red Cross meetings are held every Thursday afternoon at the home of Miss Pearson. Everyone is invited to attend.

(ibid, page 9)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 28, 1919, Page 10

To The People of Caldwell —

950 resident voters of Caldwell have petitioned the the City Council to permit the Motion Picture Theatres of Caldwell to operate on Sunday. These petitions were circulated and the number of signatures testify to the fact, in response to a public demand.

The petitioners feel that they too are entitled to have, as a matter of right, opportunity to rest, amuse and entertain themselves in the manner in which they desire. They do not seek to offend on interfere with others in their rest of recreation on Sunday, but they do feel that neither should they be offended or interfered with.

Other Forms of Rest and Entertainment —

In Caldwell, and by many who take offense at Sunday theatres, motoring, picnicking, base ball, concerts and recitals, meetings and open air band concerts are permitted and enjoyed. Last year the churches themselves closed their doors that their members might enjoy an open-air brass band concert furnished by the Ellison-White Chautauqua System. Every year the Chautauqua has been permitted with the full endorsement of the churches to conduct entertainments of various kinds on Sunday.

Will Not Interfere With Churches —

There are hundreds who have not an automobile, or who take no pleasure in out-of-doors amusements, and who in spite of the fact that no other form of amusement is permitted as a regular thing, refuse or fail to attend church. These hundreds as a matter of right, are entitled to their rest and recreation.

Experience has shown that closing the theatres on Sunday has not forced people to attend church. Opening the theatres will not keep a single member away from his place of worship.

Public Sentiment Expressed —

These petitions express the public sentiment of Caldwell. We, the proprietors of Motion Picture Theatres, feel that the City Council should grant the petitions of this of this overwhelming majority. We are convinced, that this action, cannot interfere with the churches or their prosperity. We feel that the character of pictures shown in this city are quite as edifying as other forms of rest and recreation permitted.

The Sunday Rest Law Not a Sunday Worship Law —

The American people can worship on the day that seems best to them. Every day to the religious is God’s. Sunday is a day of rest and recreation and is so recognized by the statute.

Wholesome recreation is the best rest known. We contend that the Motion Picture Theatre furnishes Caldwell people with rest and recreation.

R. T. Hurtt, Manager Huree Theatre.
I. H. Waters, Manager Bungalow Theatre.

The United States Government Recognized the Motion Picture Business as an Essential Industry During the War.

(ibid, page 10)
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Overland Avenue, Burley, Idaho


courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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Montpelier Examiner. February 28, 1919, Page 1


Improvement At Montpelier Hospital

The Montpelier hospital is undergoing improvement which will make it as strictly sanitary as any hospital in the inter-mountain region. All of the wood work, walls and ceilings are being enameled, six coats being put on in the operating room. A new apparatus of the latest design has been installed for sterilizing the water, instruments and dressings used in operations. The improvements represent an outlay of about $500, and shows a desire on Dr. Ashley’s part to keep up with the times.
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County Dads Grind Out Batch of Business

Commissioners Peterson and Wright held a two-day session this week and run quite a beach of busness [sic] through the hopper. Commissioner Howell was detained in Salt Lake and was unable to attend the sessions.

The bonds of several precinct officers were approved, bills were allowed, the jury list for 1919 was drawn, the application of Sheriff Athay for the appointment of a deputy was granted and the salary fixed at $100 a month. Auditor Rich was also granted a deputy at a salary of $90 a month.

Owing to the absence of Commissioner Howell, the appointment of a county physician was deferred until the next meeting on March 11.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. February 28, 1919, Page 2


(ibid, page 2)
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Montpelier Examiner. February 28, 1919, Page 3

Legislative Notes

Machinery for the eradication of the entire species of contagious and infectious diseases which afflict livestock is provided in a bill introduced in the senate by the upper house livestock committee.

(ibid, page 3)
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Montpelier Examiner. February 28, 1919, Page 4

High School Notes

The members of the faculty have been assigned to the different departments such as debating and dramatics. Each teacher is expected to encourage the students and help to get them started in this line again. There will be very little work done this year, but the fact that these departments have been organized will be a great benefit next year, as it will enable them to begin their work earlier.

(ibid, page 4)
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Montpelier Examiner. February 28, 1919, Page 5

Local News

The Montpelier public library is now open each Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 5 o’clock.

That was some snow storm which struck Bear Lake valley Wednesday night. “The beautiful” came down in gobs for an hour or more and then the wind got busy and piled it up in drifts.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. February 28, 1919, Page 2



We don’t hear much about the flu around Shelley any more, guess somebody must have run it out of town, or it has been worn out up in this neck of the woods.

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


Mrs. G. C. Parsons returned Friday from St. Anthony, where she had been to attend the funeral of her aunt Mrs. Singleton of that place, who is a victim of the flu. Mrs. Parsons went to St. Anthony last Monday.

Mrs. Hatcliff died here on Sunday night, from influenza. The remains were taken to Cherryville, Kan. for burial. Mr. Hatcliff has been farming the I. A. Johnson farm for the past year.

John Killian, who used to be a familiar figure in our parts is at the home of his brother-in-law, William Parsons, convalescing after a severe attack of the flu. He is still very, very weak.
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The flu is nearly a thing of the past in our community.

Harry Adamson has been very sick the past week.

Harry Adamson, who has been very ill, was able to be in town Saturday.

Mrs. Henry Zeck took her little daughter to Blackfoot for medial treatment Monday.

Uncle Jasper Bentley has been very feeble since he had the flu.

Louie McConnll [sp?] was in Taber Saturday and bore the sad tidings of Mr. Turner’s sudden death at the Marshall home Thursday.

Sleighing is fine now in about eight inches of snow.

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

Home Again

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Johnson, who have been visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Davis, for some weeks, left Tuesday afternoon for their home in Los Angeles, Cal.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson came here for a short rest and to recuperate from the after affects of influenza and were both feeling well and strong when they left.

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

Local News

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Hall left Wednesday morning for Salt Lake City, where Mr. Hall will receive medical treatment.
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One Hundred Per Cent Red Cross

The pupils of the opportunity room sixth grade and junior high at the Central school, have been working earnestly and diligently to attain a standard of 100 per cent in membership in the junior Red Cross, and it is a source of price to all concerned to know that they reached their standard this week and the three grades mentioned are now 100 per cent Red Crossers.
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Dr. Hudson Opens Office

Dr. H. B. Hudson, the dentist man, who closed his office last summer to enter the army, has opened up for business in his comfortable quarters over the First National Bank building. Dr. Hudson took a post-graduate course in the east before returning home, that he might learn the latest methods of his profession.
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A dance was to be given at the Wicks school house on Friday evening, Feb. 28, but this has been postponed on account of two flu cases in our midst.

Bertha Hansen was on the sick list for several days last week.

Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Miller were called to Salt Lake City last Monday on account of the serious illness of Mrs. Miller’s father.

Frank Spanbauer has been quite ill for the past two weeks and his many friends will be pleased to know that he is somewhat improved at the present writing.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Idaho Republican. February 28, 1919, Page 7


Lewie Tiechert and baby have been on the sick list this week.

Dr. McKinnon of Aberdeen was here on professional business Thursday evening.

The funeral of Dr. J. O. Mote, who passed away Tuesday evening at the family residence, after a long and painful illness of pulmonary tuberculosis, was held Friday at 12:30 at the L. D. S. Church, Bishop A. Ward officiating. After an impressive ceremony the remains were escorted to the Springfield cemetery, where they were tenderly laid to rest. The deceased leaves a devoted wife and two sisters, besides a host of friends to mourn his loss.
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Mrs. Pearl Landon is suffering with the flu.

All the friends of little Jodie Hansen are glad to see him back. He will stay with Mrs. Bell Hess and go to school here.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Meridian Times., February 28, 1919, Page 8


Meridian Local News

Richard Beam has recovered from a slight attack of influenza.

Mrs. Sarah Havner, who has been ill, is much better this week.

J. R. Bell residing 4 1/2 miles south of Meridian is seriously ill from a relapse following influenza.

Uncle J. Daly residing northwest of Meridian, who has been ill for some months, is slowly improving.

Harry H. Hudson died at the age of 28 at the home of his brother, Fred Hudson, at Eagle, Friday. He is survived by his wife, daughter and brother. The funeral was held Saturday at the Joplin cemetery. The Hudsons moved here recently from Kansas and Mr. Hudson was attacked with pneumonia while on his way west.
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High School Students Will Honor Soldiers.

What promises to be one of the most enjoyable social affairs of the year is the reception to be given by the members of the Senior class and the alumni of 1918 of the Meridian high school in the gymnasium of the high school building this Friday evening Feb. 28th. at 7:30.

The reception will be an invitation affair and is in honor of the returning sailors and soldiers who have been members of the high school.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. February 28, 1919, Page 1


Big Wood River News

No Big Wood River News on account of the writer assisting in the flu epidemic.

It certainly takes nerve for a visitor uninvited the first instant, to make a second visit without an invitation. Yet, this is what the flu is doing through the country.

Chas. Cleveland has been on the sick list for the past week.

Mrs. Arthur Horn is quite ill at her home.

Mrs. Chas. Baker was on the sick list for a few days last week.

Nadine the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burdette has been very sick of late.

Mrs. Harrison Ryan was visiting Mrs. Lester Cox last week while she was entertaining the flu.

The family of Joe Silva are all improving. Mrs. Silva had a very narrow escape from death caused by the flu.

The many friends of Mrs. Chas. Furniss will be pleased to know that Mrs. Furniss is able to be up some now after a terrible fight with the pneumonia followed by flu.

The family of L. F. Geisckis are all able to be up again after a severe siege of the flu. Little Margaret and Baby Elizabeth were dangerously sick.

Mrs. Gomes and Mrs. Ryan have been very busy the past five or six weeks helping with the flu and so far, neither of them have had it.

Mrs. Adams a nurse from Gooding who has been nursing at the Geiske home, returned to Gooding Wednesday.
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Anton Christensen, a farm owner of this precinct, died recently, on the coast from an attack of flu.

J. R. Smith is able to be about again after an 8 days wrestle with the flu.

On Tuesday, March 11, the people of Dietrich precinct will give a reception to our returning soldiers in the auditorium of the high school building. Orations, music and a bountiful supply of refreshments are on the program.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 28 Feb. 1919. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. February 28, 1919, Page 5

Local And Personal

Gottfried Gherig, of North Shoshone was in Shoshone Saturday. He reports that Mrs. Gottleib Gherig and family are all down with the flu.

Alvin Butler, of the Shoshone tract expects to move into town soon for the benefit of his little son’s health, who is slowly recovering from the effects of the flu. They intend renting the Stoner house across the river.

Frank Milsaps is on the sick list this week.

Miss Lura Jones returned to her teaching last Monday after a three weeks illness with the flu.

Rev. James left for Nampa Sunday evening to attend the funeral of his daughter who had died of flu.

(ibid, page 5)
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(ibid, page 2)

Further Reading

Influenza in Idaho

How the World’s Deadliest Pandemic Shaped the Gem State

source: Idaho State University Students, Idaho History, Summer 2020 June 25, 2020

Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 1)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 2)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 3)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 4)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 5)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 6)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 7)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 8)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 9)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 10)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 11)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 12)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 13)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 14)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 15)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 16)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 17)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 18)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 19)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 20)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 21)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 22)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 23)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 24)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 25)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 26)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 27)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 28)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 29)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 30)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 31)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 32)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 33)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 34)
Link to Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic (Part 35)