Idaho History Sept 26, 2021

Idaho 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic

Part 73

Idaho Newspaper Clippings February 6, 1920

Idaho photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 6

The Rathdrum Tribune., February 06, 1920, Page 1


Idaho State News Items

A total of 2488 cases of influenza in Idaho, most of them in the southern part of the state, were reported to the department of public welfare at Boise for the week ended Jan. 31. Eighteen influenza deaths and 16 pneumonia deaths were reported for the same period, a marked increase over the previous week.

Wm. J. Hall, state commissioner of public works, promises the governor that a finished capitol building will be delivered to the state this fall, the legislative halls completely furnished for business.

There are 600 silos in Ada county.
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From Over The County

Post Falls

The picture show was closed on account of the flu.

Coeur D’Alene

A few cases of influenza were reported in Coeur d’Alene last week.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., February 06, 1920, Page 3

Personal Mention

Mrs. H. A. Knox is reported recovering from a severe illness.

Mrs. R. E. Young and children are ill with influenza.

Miss Linda McCoid was able to attend school again last Friday, after two weeks’ illness with pneumonia.

Miles F. Egbers is ill at his home, but expects to be out again in another day or two. Rumors that he had influenza are erroneous.

Jas. H. Wright, who has were from Hauser Lake, Tuesday, reported his family ill with influenza. His daughter, Miss Corinne Wright, a student in the Rathdrum high school, went home to spend Sunday and was unable to return to school this week.
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Local Paragraphs

Four cases of influenza were reported in Rathdrum the first of the week, the first appearance of the infection here this year. These cases are confined to one family, and no other cases have been reported up to the time these forms were closed.

Precautions to avoid spreading influenza were urged by Chairman Geo. W. Flemming of the board of village trustees in a brief speech at the Star theater Saturday night, in compliance with a request from the state medical advisor. Persons ill with colds are advised to consult a physician before going out and mingling with others.

The Rathdrum school district received some red fir wood from the Welch place last week, contracted for some time ago by R. E. Young. It cost the district over $8 a cord delivered at the heating plant.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 06, 1920, Page 1


Influenza Cases Still Decreasing
Only Five New Cases Reported For Thursday – Lowest Record Yet

Still more encouraging is the report of the influenza situation in Moscow. With only five new cases reported Thursday, the lowest number since the disease began, and many times that number released as cured, the outlook is indeed much brighter.

There was one more death, that of Mrs. Duffey, who was among the first to be stricken with the disease and whose death has been expected for some time. But so far as known all other cases show improvement and it is believed there will be no more deaths from the disease.

Weather conditions are much more favorable. The bright sunshine of Thursday afternoon and the warmer weather Friday replacing the cold damp fog of the previous three days, is welcomed by all.

An encouraging sign is the rapid disappearance of influenza quarantine cards from Moscow homes. A few days ago it seemed, in driving over the city, that almost every third house had a quarantine sign, but these are rapidly disappearing and the patients who have been “holed up” like squirrels during the winter season, are seen on the street, somewhat emaciated, but cheerful and very glad to be out.

Judge and Mrs. W. G. Barge, who had the disease at the same time and were both quite sick, are able to be out and Judge Barge says there is no joke about the “flu” being a disagreeable disease.

Better At Lewiston

Lewiston reports conditions much better than at any time since the epidemic struck that town. There are a number of cases throughout Nez Perce county but in Lewiston few cases are reported and there have been no deaths for several days.

No Deaths At Grangeville

Grangeville reports yesterday as the first day in six in which there were no influenza death in the city. General conditions in Grangeville are reported much improved.

Decreasing At Seattle

Seattle. — Influenza has reached its crest in Seattle and is now on the decline, according to City Health Commissioner H. M. Read, who announced tonight that 168 new cases of influenza had been reported today as compared to 190 yesterday. A total of 1,056 cases had been reported up to tonight, Dr. Read said, with 12 deaths, four of them occurring today. Five deaths have been reported from broncho-pneumonia.

Fewer Spokane New Cases

Spokane. — A marked decrease in the number of new influenza cases were reported here tonight, 134 being the total as against 308 yesterday. There were 106 releases today and four deaths, leaving 1,574 cases prevailing. Cooler, dry weather is given as cause for the decrease.

Three Portland Deaths

Portland. — Three deaths from influenza were reported today to the local board of health, making a total of seven deaths in Portland since the disease first was discovered several weeks ago. Eighty-six new cases were reported today, making the total 520 thus far reported. Fifty cases were released from quarantine yesterday as cured.

300 New at San Francisco

San Francisco. — Three hundred new cases of influenza were reported here today.

Decrease at Chicago

Chicago. — A continued gradual decline in influenza and pneumonia cases was recorded today. New cases of influenza numbered 570; pneumonia, 237. There were 61 deaths from influenza and the same number from pneumonia.

Many in Atlanta

Atlanta Ga. — Five hundred and eight new cases of influenza were reported here today.

Increase at Denver.

Denver, Colo. — Deaths from influenza and pneumonia are daily increasing according to records at the bureau of health. A like condition prevails at the state board of health. Twenty-one deaths occurred here today.

Three Deaths At Pullman

Pullman, Wash. — Three deaths growing out of influenza was the toll of the epidemic at Pullman within the last 24 hours, although the general situation is improving. Baker Wilson Gilbert, prominent farmer, of Johnson; Mrs. Harry Young, wife of a Pullman farmer, and Olphus Howard were the first deaths directly attributable to the influenza epidemic here.

Baker Wilson Gilbert died this morning at 7 o’clock from pneumonia following influenza. He was 33 years of age.

Mrs. Harry Young died from complications due to heart trouble during an attack of pneumonia following influenza. The deceased was 30 years of age and had been afflicted with heart trouble for seven years. She leaves a husband and two children, a boy and a girl. The death occurred last evening.

The first death among the students of the state college was that of Olphus Howard, second year student in the elementary science department and 18-year-old son of Mrs. and Mrs. T. A. Howard of Union Flats. He died last night at the Northwest sanitarium, following pneumonia and influenza. The funeral will take place tomorrow noon, with interment in the South side cemetery. He was a member of the Pullman camp of the Woodmen of the World.
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19200206DSM3Schools Open Monday

Moscow schools will open Monday and it is hoped there will be a full attendance of every one who is well. No persons who is not well will be admitted. Nurses will be on hand to make examinations and ascertain if pupils are well enough to attend school. It is urged that all pupils who are not sick attend school, beginning Monday, in order that they may make up for the time lost since the schools closed. This request is made by the school board.
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Mrs. Joseph Duffy Joins Her Husband
Woman Loses Brave Fight For Life – Double Funeral To Be Held

Mrs. Joseph L. Duffey, whose husband died more than a week ago after a brief illness with influenza, succumbed to the dread disease Thursday night and the body will be shipped to Centralia where a double funeral will be held Sunday. Mr. Duffey’s body had been shipped to Centralia and the funeral was scheduled for Sunday, but a telegram was sent Friday morning asking that the funeral be postponed until the body of Mrs. Duffey would be sent to be buried with that of her husband and the funeral will be a double one.

The little daughter, Eva, aged 13, is left alone, being the sole survivor of the family of three. Two weeks ago last Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Duffey and daughter took dinner with Mr. and Mrs. R. C. West. Since that time three of the five at the dinner party, Mr. and Mrs. Duffey and Mrs. West, have died and only Mr. West and Eva Duffey are left of the happy diner party, all of whom were in perfect health less than three weeks ago.

Besides her daughter Mrs. Duffey leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Enos Byers, of Troy, four sisters and two brothers. The parents and two of her sisters were with here when the end came.

Mrs. Duffey was 32 years old. For 11 years the family had lived near Orofino but came here last September to send the daughter to school.
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Pigeon Brings Accident News

Los Angeles. — One man was killed and 20 were injured, five seriously, yesterday when a heavy truck returning from field maneuvers to the army balloon school at Ross field, near here, overturned on a grade near Mount Wilson. Ambulances with surgeons were rushed to the scene after a carrier pigeon, released from the wreck by a soldier, arrived at Ross field with news of the accident.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 06, 1920, Page 3

City News

Several of the First National bank force have been ill of influenza. F. D. Hawley and Mr. Lenhard have returned to their work after several day’ absence and Mr. Heckathorn and Mr. Reufrew are still confined to their homes but expect to be out in a few days.

Mrs. David Greear returned to her home today at Troy. Her son, Jas. Greear and his family are improving from the attacks of influenza.

Mrs. Andrew Olson of Troy has been in Moscow to care for her daughter, Miss Edith Olson, student at the business college, who has been ill of influenza. Miss Olson is much improved and Mrs. Olson returned to her home today.

Laxative-Aspirin Cold Tablets might keep off the flu. Owl Drug Store [Adv.]
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Mrs. Wade Keen’s Mother Dead

Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Keene have received word of the death of Mrs. Wade Keene’s mother, Mrs. Douglas Hunter, at Spokane. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter, who house is at Peck, Ida., had been visiting four months in Missouri, returning last Saturday to Spokane to visit their daughter, Mrs. Wade Keene. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were both stricken with influenza, Mrs. Hunter passing away Wednesday evening. The body passed through Moscow today to be taken to Peck for burial. She leaves eight children, all of whom are gown but two, a daughter 11 years of age, and a son of five years. Mr. Hunter is unable to leave Spokane yet. Mrs. Hunter was a sister of Martin Thomas of Juliaetta.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 06, 1920, Page 4

Firemen Are Thanked

Judge W. G. Barge, veteran member of the Moscow fire department, extends his thanks to the firemen for beautiful flowers sent to the Barge home when both Judge and Mrs. Barge were sick with the influenza. “The flowers, certainly brightened the sick room and we feel very grateful to the firemen for their kindness,” said Judge Barge, who is again at his office, looking after business.
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D. W. Miller Is Better

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Patten received a telegram today from their daughter Mrs. D. W. Miller, who is on her way to Chicago, where her husband is ill of influenza, stating that she had heard from Mr. Miller’s father that her husband is getting along nicely and is in no immediate danger.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 06, 1920, Page 1


Flu Still Continues

There are quite a number of influenza cases in Kendrick at this time, a number of new ones having developed since last week. Fortunately, however, none appear to be serious at all. Among the business men Mr. Lutz and Mr. Joday Long are the only ones to date who have had to desist from their labors until they had had their chills and remained in bed the required length of time.

It seems that most of those who have contracted the disease failed to have it last year. The writer is one of those who was passed up last year and it is needless to say that he is knocking wood at every opportunity, crossing his fingers ever time he passes a white horse and making a detour of the block every time a rabbit starts across the road ahead of him, which causes considerable pedestrying [sic] in this bunny infested town.

Fortunately the people of the community are taking the situation calmly and are taking care of themselves as soon as they contract the disease. Both doctors are going day and night to handle their many patients in town and surrounding country.
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Closed Schools Monday

By order of the health officer the Kendrick schools were closed Monday for a period of two weeks. This action was taken on account of the prevalence of scarlet fever and influenza in town. Several cases of scarlet fever developed among some of the younger children and it was thought best to take every precaution by forbidding all public gatherings. While neither scarlet fever nor influenza had developed serious cases, as those who were ill were not in a dangerous condition, but was thought best to use precautions before the epidemic had gotten beyond control.
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Over The County

Genesee News

While the flu has spread considerably the past week, the situation seems to be well in hand and there is at present no cause for alarm. From its inception here but a few cases have been reported that have taken a serious turn and these are now reported as on the road to recovery.

All public gatherings of whatever nature have been forbidden, and the people have willingly complied with the order. The school has been kept open, but the attendance is very poor. This is due only partly to the flu, as many children are kept at home on account of it being in the family and in many cases they are kept at home as a precaution. Extra care is being taken at the school to have the rooms well ventilated and children who show any symptoms of illness are asked to remain at home. Two of the teachers have been slightly ill, but they are not ill with flu.

Juliaetta Record

A call meeting of the Red Cross was held at the home of Mrs. T. O Green Wednesday. Quite a number of the members were present and the time was occupied in making a supply of pneumonia jackets. Owing to the rapid spread of the flu and the development of pneumonia in some of the more severe cases the Red Cross wants to be prepared to meet the situation and the ladies made a number of the jackets to have them ready for use in case they are needed.

Troy News

The news is rather devoid of local news this week, owing to sickness in our family. The “flu” has had us down this week and it is only through strained efforts that we are getting out this issue. We hope there will be no occasion for such apologies in the future.
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Mrs. Frank Thompson

Mrs. Frank Thompson, a pioneer resident of Potlatch ridge, died at her home in Southwick, Sunday evening. Death was caused by influenza and was quite sudden. Her death seems particularly sad on account of the fact that her husband was in a Moscow hospital at the time, where he had undergone an operation, one of his feet having been amputated a few days prior to his wife’s death.

Mrs. and Mrs. Thompson have resided in and around Southwick the greater part of the past twenty-five years, during which time they were engaged in farming.

The funeral service was held at the Methodist church at Southwick last Tuesday.
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Mrs. A. D. Hunter

Mrs. A. D. Hunter of Peck, sister of Mrs. Ben Callison and M. V. Thomas, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Keen in Spokane, Wednesday night. Death was caused from pneumonia resulting from influenza. [age 48] …
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Death of Ellen Emmett

Ellen Emmett, the twelve-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Emmett, died at the White hospital in Lewiston, Sunday morning. She had been taken to the hospital some time ago on account of serious illness and a short time prior to her death contracted influenza which resulted in death.

The funeral service was held on Bear Ridge at the Wild Rose cemetery. No church service could be held because of the influenza epidemic. Rev. Hood had charge of the service.

Ellen Emmett is survived by her father and mother, four sisters and two brothers.

The deepest sympathy has been expressed for the family in their hour of bereavement.
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Viola May Nichols

The funeral of Viola May Nichols, age 13, a victim of pneumonia, following influenza, was held Tuesday afternoon at the Merchant chapel at Clarkston and interment took place in the Clarkston cemetery. Rev. N. J. Holm, pastor of the Norwegian Lutheran church had charge of the services.

Viola was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H. Nicols, who moved to Clarkston from Texas ridge a few weeks ago. Mrs. Nichols is said to be very ill with pneumonia. …
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Influenza Victim at Moscow

John H. Rich, city superintendent of schools at Moscow, died Saturday night from pneumonia resulting from influenza. Mr. Rich was stricken about a week before his death and both he and his wife were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Mr. Rich was about 38 years of age and had been at the head of the Moscow schools for the past three years, having served three years as principal of the high school, prior to that time.
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City Fathers Meet

At the regular meeting of the Town Council held at the hall Tuesday night, the general routine of business was transacted. A number of matters concerning the welfare of the town were discussed but no definite action taken. …
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The Flu Patient

At the last meeting of the American Public Health Association men from all parts of the country were present to deal with the “flu” problem in a scientific way. The “I know it is all spirit” was not present, for all were anxious to learn. It was generally conceded that the epidemic as the result of a disease of extreme communicability; furthermore, that it was not possible to tell when a person having the disease ceased to be capable of transmitting it to others.

Our greatest concern at the present moment is closing the door of communication, but for those who have been unfortunate enough to contract the disease the feeding of the patient is of common interest. The patients usually can be classed as follows:

1. Fever patients require – Liquid diet.

2. Normal temperature patients require – Soft diet.

3. Convalescent patients require – Light diet.

Miss Katherin Jensen, Professor of Home Economics, suggests the following foods as typical for each class.

Liquid Diet — Feed 3 hours from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Milk (hot or cold), cocoa, milk, chicken broth, egg nog, gruels, beef froth, lemonade, egg lemonade.

Soft Diet 3 meals a day — Light lunch forenoon and afternoon. Cereals (well cooked), toast, butter, milk, eggs soft cooked, poached custards, cream soups, rice, baked potato, cornstarch pudding, baked apple.

Light Diet — Cereals (well cooked), toast, bread, cocoa, tea, coffee, soups, eggs, potato, rice, squash, roast chicken, fresh or stewed fruits, puddings (tapioca, rice, bread.)

For the fever patient it is necessary to give easily digested food in small quantities that there may be no disturbance of digestive or absorptive functions. One cup of any one of the foods named in the liquid diet list is sufficient for one feeding. There is a great tendency also of overfeeding the patient who has been placed on soft diet list (temperature normal).

Typical menu for patient on soft diet:

5:30 a.m. — Cream of wheat, 3/4 cup; top milk, 1/3 cup; toast 1 slice; butter 1 pat; milk cocoa 3/4 cup.

9:45 a.m. — Cream tomato soup, 3/4 cup; crackers 2; toast, one slice; soft cooked egg 1; Brown Betty 1/2 cup; tea, 3/4 cup.

2:45 p.m. — Gruel, 1 cup.

5:30 p.m. — Pea puree, 1/2 cup; baked potato 1; toast, 1 slice; butter, 1 pat; apple tapioca; milk, 1 glass.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. February 06, 1920, Page 8


It is a good idea during the flu and scarlet fever epidemics to be careful not to exaggerate conditions. The first of the week a young lady phoned to a party in the country and stated that the town was alive with scarlet fever. When she hung up a man who overheard the conversation asked how many cases there were in town. She said there were three that she knew of. At present there are four homes quarantined for scarlet fever and the quarantine is being rigidly observed, so there is not very much danger of a serious increase of the epidemic. So far as influenza is concerned it seems to make little difference what precautions are taken. The main thing is to keep in good physical condition so that if you contract the disease you will have it in a light form.

Will Stump of Southwick was reported seriously ill yesterday. He contracted influenza but did not use the proper care while recovering and had a relapse. His mother, who was caring for him, is also quite ill from an attack of the disease. Allen, Will’s brother, arrived from Lewiston Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Thomas returned from Spokane last week. While there they both had the flu but recovered before returning home.

The funeral of Samuel Sletto, the barber at Troy, was held Tuesday. Mr. Sletto’s death was caused by influenza.

John L. Waide went to Troy the latter part of last week to take charge of the business of the Idaho Bean & Elevator Co., during the absence of Frank Green who was ill with the flu. John had to remain at home this week as his family all contracted the disease.

The public school at Juliaetta was closed the first of the week until the flu situation there shows decided improvement.

The flu in and around Cavendish and Teakean is going the rounds and there are a number of severe cases. Gorden Harris and family have all been taken ill with the disease. Mrs. Ed Choate is just recovering from an attack of pneumonia. All schools and public meetings have been discontinued until further notice. Mrs. Claude King is quite ill from an attack of the disease as are all of the Fred Daniels family.
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Big Bear Ridge

The Steele, Taney and Fern Hill schools are closed temporarily on account of the flu epidemic.

Miss Della Wilson has gone to her home in Lewiston to remain until her school will be opened.

Mrs. A. Kleth and children are home from Kendrick until the school reopens there.

Dr. Faust of Deary was called to the Rufus May home Sunday, their little daughter, Gertude, being seriously ill with the flu which had developed into pneumonia.

There are numerous flu cases on this ridge and all are recovering at this writing.

Miss Flora Nelson spent last week in Deary, with her brother Albert who is recovering from a severe attack of the mumps.

Tom Whybark is at the home of his sister, Mrs. George Eacker on Texas ridge, and is recovering from a relapse of the mumps.

Miss Mayme Slind is ill with the mumps.

News items are scare articles of late as people do not venture very far from home.

(ibid, page 8)
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 06, 1920, Page 1


Public School Closed

The public school has been closed the past week owing to illness among a large number of the pupils and teachers. Superintendent Lustie who was taken down last week is again able to be out. In all probability school will again resume next Monday if conditions continue to improve.
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Flu Appears To Be On Decline
Grangeville Has Been Hit Exceptionally Hard

Influenza, the most dangerous and treacherous disease, that has taken the country as a whole in many years, appears to be on a decline in Cottonwood and vicinity at the present time. While Cottonwood is far from being free from the malady most of the cases here have been in a mild form with the exception of perhaps some four or five cases. At the present time in Cottonwood, T. C. Keith, manager of the Cottonwood Mercantile Co., is the only one effected with the disease who is in a critical condition. Mr. Keith has been hovering between life and death for the past four days and it is hoped that he may be able to withstand the attack of the disease. Mrs. Keith, who has been taking care of her husband is also ill with the flu, but in no critical condition.

12 In One Family

The Keuterville section, has not been as fortunate as the Cottonwood section and while there has been but one death there. Mrs. Charles Mader, there are several homes where the entire family are bedfast with the disease. The Foresman family has 12 members of its family in bed and the Mader family some 8 or 9.

County Seat Hit Hard

Grangeville has lost some of its most prominent citizens, the past week from the flu. Among those who died there are: Mrs. Roy Nail, Mrs. Geo. Manning, John Howard, George Stanbery, and Mrs. Henry Kurthuis. The obituary of the deceased are given by the Idaho County Free Press as follows:

Mrs. Addie Alice Nail

The first victim of the present influenza epidemic in Grangeville was Mrs. Addie Alice Nail, wife of Roy E. Nail. Mrs. Nail died Saturday morning in her home, after an illness of but a few days. [age 33] …

Mrs. Ethel Manning

Influenza claimed another victim at 7:15 Sunday morning when Mrs. Ethel Manning, wife of George W. Manning, died in her home in this city, after an illness of ten days’ duration. She was 37 years old. …

John Grant Howard

John Grant Howard, 48 years old, a well-known Camas Prairie rancher, died of influenza-pneumonia, Monday morning in the Alcorn hospital, in Grangeville. Mr. Howard was stricken a week before he died. …

George David Stanbery

George David Stanbery is dead. Big hearted, jovial Dave Stanbery is no more. He has fallen victim to influenza. Death came to him at 2 Tuesday morning in his home in this city, after a brief illness of influenza-pneumonia. [age 49] …

Mrs. Trientje Kurthuis

Mrs. Trientje Kurthuis, wife of Henry Kurthuis, died early Wednesday morning in her home, two miles north of Grangeville. Death was caused by pneumonia following influenza. [age 35] …
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Death Of Mrs. Mader

Mrs. Charles Mader, the mother of eight children, died at her home in the Keuterville section Wednesday from pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. Mader, as well as her entire family were down with the flu, and owing to this fact, we have been unable to obtain little of their family history. She was about 45 years of age and is survived by her husband and 8 children. The Mader family are old time pioneers of the Keuterville section. The funeral was conducted from the Catholic church at Keuterville Thursday morning. A. H. Nau supplied the funeral furnishings.
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E. Pfennebecker Dead

Elmer Pfennebecker died at the Hotel de France from pneumonia following influenza. He was first stricken with influenza about a week ago and pneumonia developed a few days later. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for the greater part of the winter.

Mr. Pfennebecker was about 28 years of age and is survived by parents in Iowa, his father now being en route to Lewiston to take charge of the remains. An uncle and cousins reside in the Greencreek section. He was employed in the timber during the summer and fall and had been about Lewiston much of the time during the winter. He was a young man of pleasing personality and had made many friends about the hotel. – Lewiston Tribune.

The remains of the young man were shipped to his old home in Iowa for burial.
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Died At Lewiston

W. R. Dixon, a former resident of this section died at Lewiston Tuesday at the home of his son-in-law John Evans, the cause of the death being kidney trouble and influenza. The funeral services were held at Clarkston Wednesday.

source: Cottonwood Chronicle. (Cottonwood, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 06, 1920, Page 2

County Seat News Items

Owing to prevalence of Spanish influenza, Judge Scales has postponed for one week the opening of the February term of district court in Lewis county. Court was scheduled to convene in Nezperce next Monday.

Quite a number of people are absent from their usual places of business this week on account of sickness. Some have contracted the “flu” and others who have slight colds are remaining inside to administer the proper treatment and to avoid contact with the disease while in a receptive mood. A good idea.

(ibid, page 2)
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Cottonwood Chronicle. February 06, 1920, Page 6


Travel on the Grangeville – Lewiston train has been exceptionally light the past week, due perhaps to the influenza epidemic which is prevailing in various sections of the country.

The Orpheum Theatre was forced to close this week on account of Grangeville and Nezperce having cancelled their pictures during the flu epidemic. As Cottonwood is on the same circuit with the above named towns it was almost prohibitive in a financial way for the Orpheum to continue to run.

Sheriff Wiliam Eller who the first of the week was reported to be critically ill at Grangeville with the flu is reported to be greatly improved and considered to be out of danger at the present writing, which is welcomning [sic] news to his many friends in Cottonwood.

Leo Simon who has been attending an auto school at Spokane for the past three months returned home Saturday evening. Leo intended to remain for about three weeks longer but owing to the fact that he contracted the flu he decided to come home to recuperate. He had a very hard tussle with the malady.

John Rooke departed Saturday morning for Lewiston to act in the capacity of nurse for his brother Will, who while at Lewiston was taken down with the flu and for several days was very sick. Bill is now out of danger and his brother John is now afflicted with the malady. Both gentlemen are now at the St. Joseph hospital.

Miss Leasel Hussman and Miss Beatrice Calhoun, 2 of the Pacific Telephone Co’s operators in this city were called to Grangeville Sunday evening to do relief work at the Grangeville office, the county seat operators all being ill with influenza. Mrs. Bert Schroeder and Miss Hattrup are filing the vacancies of the two regular operators.

Another six weeks must elapse before spring can come to Cottonwood Mr. Groundhog waking lazily Monday from his long sleep, stalked forth to see what he could see. All day long the sun shown forth and the groundhog saw a long, lank, lean shadow and forthwith he scampered back into his hole for another nap.

For prices on chickens see T. Clarke, the junk man.

(ibid, page 6)
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Hoban’s Cabins, Osburn, Idaho


Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Idaho Recorder. February 06, 1920, Page 1


Health Officer Reports Total Flu Cases Are 53

Dr. Hanmer, health officer, reports the reappearance of influenza in remote localities of Lemhi county.

Shoup is the worst sufferer, with a total of 32 cases in two families but representing almost the entire population of the community.

Ulysses comes next with 13 cases in six families, while at Northfork there are eight cases in three families.

Dr. Hanmer was summoned to the Pashimaroi valley this morning to meet with Dr. Kirtley, health officer of Custer. The two physicians will act jointly in taking whatever preventative measures may be necessary to protect that community.

[?] … reported that flu has broken out at Patterson.

Dr. Hanmer tells The Recorder that he has already quarantined both Shoup and Ulysses as communities and also as to dwellings where the epidemic is known to exist, while at Northfork the same action has been taken with respect to the dwellings and individual cases.
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19200206IR3Ready To Combat Flu Epidemic If It Comes

The historical committee members were hostesses to the Woman’s Club at the home of Mrs. Wm. Osborne, the chairman, on last Thursday afternoon, the regular meeting day. Mrs. Stringfellow, club president, was in the chair for the transaction of business. Miss Laura Shoup of the Red Cross reported plans for taking care of the flu patients in case the epidemic returns to Salmon. The cooperation of the Woman’s club is asked in fitting up an emergency hospital, in supplying bed linens, etc., and volunteer nurses in case the need arises.

… Just fifty ladies enjoyed the hospitality of the afternoon, forty-six of whom were club members, the other four being invited guests. …
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A Meteor On Its Way

An illumination in the sky, above the brightness of an arc light, flashed through the heavens last Sunday night. Apparently the light shot downward from the zenith with a tail half as long as the whole space traversed. The same occurrence is reported in the Leadore column of this paper. Nobody has found where it landed if it landed anywhere. But wherever it was going it reached its stopping place in a mightily little space of time.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. February 06, 1920, Page 2

19200206IR4Confiscated Booze Is Needed To Fight Flu
Many Deaths Reported From Chicago – Six Hundred New York Policemen Unable to Work

Chicago, Jan. 29. — Influenza caused 87 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health department announced. New cases of influenza during the same period numbered 1,472 and pneumonia cases 400.

United States District Attorney C. F. Clyne announced last night that an effort will be made today to have hundreds of cases of liquors seized by the government in recent raids distributed to the hospitals for use in fighting the epidemic.

New York. Jan. 29. — Six hundred policemen and between 200 and 300 firemen were unable to report for duty yesterday because of influenza.

Topeka, Kan., Jan. 29. — Seven hundred and seventy-eight new cases of influenza were reported to the state board of health yesterday from all parts of the state, bringing the total so far reported to 2,982. The disease is prevalent in 77 of the 105 counties.

Halifax, N. S., Jan. 29. — Three thousand Chinese coolies bound home from France are being held on board the steamer Minnekahda here until the military authorities and the chief health officers of the port settle their dispute as to whether the illness of some of them is influenza or colds.

Bremerton, Wash., Jan. 29. — Influenza at the Puget sound navy yard has sent 180 men of the battleship division, Pacific fleet, to the hospital during the last few days, it became known yesterday. One death was reported.

Omaha, Jan. 29. — Ninety-seven new cases of influenza were reported at the city health office Tuesday, with 34 yesterday. No additional deaths were reported.

St. Paul, Jan. 29. — One hundred and fifty-two cases of influenza and six deaths were reported to the health department yesterday.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Idaho Recorder. February 06, 1920, Page 3

Idaho State News

A mild form of influenza has appeared at Lewiston and the authorities are taking precautions to keep the disease checked. No serious cases are reported.

In a week’s work in Madison county, 345 cattle were tested for tuberculosis and no reactors were found.

Idaho and Utah are to be allotted regiments in the regular army, according to information received by the Boise recruiting station.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Oakley Herald. February 06, 1920, Page 1



Milford Bates, son of E. L. Bates, died at his home in Basin Tuesday, Feb. 3, after a short illness of influenza.

Mrs. W. T. Jack and son Calvin each suffered a relapse and have been quite sick for some time. Calvin was near the point of death for several days but both are now reported to be improving.

Mayor Geo. A. Day experienced a serious illness while in Salt Lake City to attend the Wool Growers meeting last week. After his return home he suffered a slight relapse but is now up and about again.

The Herald force craves the indulgence of its readers this week. The Editor has been ill, and unable to take any part in the editing or publishing of this issue.
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Vipont News

By The Kitten

A few bad colds among the people at the mine, but owing to the diligent efforts of Dr. Thorn who generously dispenses pills and painkiller all are on the improved.

All are well at the mill with the exception of Jackson who is suffering with a young case of La Grippe. But Jack says it takes more than La Grippe to kill a marine. We hope so.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. February 06, 1920, Page 6

Local Mention

L. A. Critchfield and Dr. Neilson have rented the old postoffice building and fitted it up for a flu hospital in case conditions become so critical that patients cannot be cared for in their homes. Quite a number of cases have developed the past week. The quarantine is being rigidly enforced, show houses have been asked to suspend for a time, and every effort is being made to prevent the further spread of the disease.

(ibid, page 6)
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Montpelier Examiner. February 06, 1920, Page 1


19200206ME2Death Angel Calls At Many Homes
Ten Deaths in the County the Past Week – From One Home the Father and Mother are Both Taken, Leaving Six Children

The Grim Reaper has been exceedingly busy in Bear Lake county during the past week, there having been ten deaths since the last issue of the Examiner. Of these, eight have been caused by the flu or pneumonia resulting from the disease.

The deaths in their order, as near as we have been able to get them are as follows: Mrs. Amos Grimes of Paris, Wilson Blaine of Georgetown; Mrs. Edward Bischoff of Geneva; Stanley, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Shepherd of Paris; Pearl, nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Birch; John Williams, Mrs. George A. Sparks, Mrs. John Williams, Ester Schmid and the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Graff. The last six deaths occurred in Montpelier.

Besides these deaths two former residents of Montpelier have died within the past week. They were Mrs. Wm. H. Stanton of Salt Lake, who died last Friday morning from pneumonia. The deceased was formerly Arline Rose, daughter of the late F. W. and Amelia Rose, who were residents of Montpelier for a number of years. She was 28 years of age. She is survived by her husband and one child.

Wednesday afternoon Mrs. Josephine Driver received a telegram announcing the death of Mrs. Chas. Sweet at Hollywood, Cal., where Mr. and Mrs. Sweet and the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hutchins, were spending the winter. Death was caused from pneumonia. The deceased will be remembered by all of the old time citizens of the city and county, as Ethel Hutchins. She came here with her parents when two year of age, and lived here until ten years ago when the family removed to Salt Lake.

She is survived by her parents, one brother, one sister, her husband and one daughter eighteen year old. Her funeral services will be held next Sunday morning and the remains will be buried at Hollywood.

Mrs. Edward Bischoff died at her home in Geneva last Monday morning at 11 o’clock. Death resulted from hemorrhage following child birth. Deceased was the daughter of George and Anna Blechert and was 35 years of age. She had lived in Geneva practically all of her life. Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, one son and three daughters, including the babe of a few hours for whom she gave her life. Her funeral services were held at the Geneva meeting house yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Pearl Arline, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Birch, died at 3 o’clock last Tuesday morning. Last year Pearl was the only member of the family who escaped the influenza. She was taken down with the disease about a week prior to her death, and although she had been very ill for several days, it was thought she had passed the danger period, when the end came unexpectedly, the disease having suddenly affected her heart. She is survived by her parents, two brothers and one sister. Her funeral services were held from the Third ward meeting house this morning at 11 o’clock.

The dreaded flu claimed another victim Monday afternoon in the person of John Williams, who died at the Montpelier hospital after an illness of less than one week.

Another extremely and features in connection with his death was the fact that Mrs. Williams was at the point of death at her home, and four of their six children were also ill with the flu. In less than 48 hours after Mr. Williams’ death, the spirit of Mrs Williams’ took flight to join that of her husband in the Great Beyond.

Mr. Williams was the son of Jacob Williams. He was born at Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 26, 1881, but had been a resident of Montpelier since boyhood. He had been in the service of the Short Line at various times, and was working in the car repair department when taken down with his illness. …

Mrs. Williams was 31 years of age last December. She was the daughter of John Jewett, who survives her, together with her step mother, under who casr she was raised. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. George Hunter of this city.

By the death of Mr. and Mrs. Williams six children are made orphans. The oldest are twin boys nine year old and the youngest is only 16 months.

Short funeral services for the husband [and] wife were held at the cemetery yesterday morning at 11 o’clock and the remains were consigned to their final resting place side by side.

Never in the history of Montpelier has a sadder affair occurred. The relatives, and six children none of whom are old enough to fully realize that they have for all time been deprived of the care and love of their father and mother, have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.

Tuesday afternoon another extremely sad death occurred when Mrs. George A. Sparks passed away after a week’s illness with the flu. She was the daughter of Joe Lewis, one of the pioneers of the county and was born at Paris 27 years ago. The family later moved to Dingle. There she grew to woman hood and about ten years ago was married to George A. Sparks. They have resided in this city for the past year.

Besides her husband and four little children, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mary Lewis, two brothers and three sisters.

Her funeral services will be held at the Second ward meeting house this afternoon.

Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock Miss Ezda Schmid died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Jake Jensen. Death was caused from pneumonia following the flu. Deceased was a native of Montpelier, having been born here 22 years ago last January. She is survived by her mother, two brothers and two sisters.

Miss Schmid was a very popular young lady and a great many of the young people of the community join with the bereaved mother, sisters and brothers in mourning her early and untimely death.

Her funeral services will be held at the Second ward meeting house this afternoon a 2 o’clock.

William the four-year-old son of Mrs. and Mrs. Gustave Graff, died from pneumonia Wednesday night. Funeral services will be held some time tomorrow.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. February 06, 1920, Page 4

[Editorial Page]

19200206ME3The Flu Situation Is Greatly Improved

The Examiner is please to state that the flu situation in Montpelier is greatly improved. Yesterday only one home was placed under quarantine and ten or more were released. This morning there were only 34 homes under quarantine as compared with 45 a week ago.

The thing for people to do now is to go about their business in the usual way and think and talk about the influenza as little as possible. Be normal and sensible, but take good care of yourself and in another week business will be going along as tho the disease had never struck Montpelier.
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Card Of Thanks

We desire to extend more sincere thanks to those who rendered assistance during the illness and after the deaths of our beloved son, daughter and brother. Words can only feebly express the gratitude we feel to all.

Jacob Williams and Family
John Jewett and Family.
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Paris, Feb. 4. — A sad death occurred here Sunday morning when the young wife of Mr. Amos Grimes died after an illness of but a few hours. Mr. and Mrs. Grimes have made many friends during their short residence here, and the sudden death of the young woman came as a distinct shock. The body was taken to Missouri for burial.

Another home was saddened Monday morning, when the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin T. Shepherd passed away. The little boy had been suffering from a severe cold and cough for a month and complications which caused his death finally set in. Open air funeral services were held Wednesday at the home. Smith Hoge and Arthur Pendrey were the speakers. Both spoke consolingly to the bereaved family. Music was furnished by Russel Shepherd, Alfred Shepherd, Elva Law, and Veda Low. Bishop Morris D. Low took charge of the services.

Priesthood meetings which were held here last Saturday were largely attended in spite of the influenza scare and bad roads.

All public gatherings have been prohibited here pending further action next Monday. The spread of influenza throughout the valley and the number of cases reported in town have made this action seem imperative. About half a dozen cases are reported in Paris.

The meteor which lit up the valley and fell in Bear Lake last Sunday evening caused much interest and some excitement. Scores of people were interested spectators in the phenomena.
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Fielding Academy

Owing to the spread of the influenza, and the Paris order closing all public gatherings, the Academy has been forced to close down at least until Monday. Many students have returned to their homes while many are still in town awaiting further decisions as to the opening of the school again.

(ibid, page 4)
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The Idaho Republican. February 06, 1920, Page 1


Maurice Watson Dies of Influenza

Maurice Watson departed this life at the Blackfoot hospital on Wednesday afternoon, February 4, after a brief illness with influenza. He is survived by his wife and a host of friends who have known him from boyhood.

Mr. Watson’s parents came to this locality when he was a child and he has been a resident of the county practically all of the time. He has buried his father, mother and sister here, the mother having passed away only a few months ago.

Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been announced.
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19200206TIR3Volunteer Nurses

In a number of influenza cases in Blackfoot and surrounding territory nursing service is needed, and available nurses are asked to list their names with Mrs. George Holbrook at the city hall or with W. B. Goodnough at the Goodnough Cleaning & Tailoring Co. if they desire to volunteer to take cases where help is required.
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Musical Postponed

The L. D. S. Glee club which was to have appeared here in the near future has postponed its performance on account of the flu epidemic. The club will probably be heard in March according to W. B. Goodnough.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. February 06, 1920, Page 1


19200206AFP2Red Cross Wants Volunteers For Call During Flu Season

Mrs. R. F. Noth, acting for the Power county chapter of the Red Cross, has issued a call for volunteer workers to assist during the influenza epidemic. All who can devote any of their time to helping families or cases in distress are asked to give their names to Mrs. Noth who will call them only when urgently needed. The Red Cross is straining every effort to meet all its obligations during the present situation and will appreciate every form of assistance given.
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Back To School Drive Postponed Indefinitely

The visit of E. A Bryan and President Lindley of the University of Idaho, and their party was indefinitely postponed early in the week because of the severity of the influenza epidemic in other cities of the valley. Many towns forbid public meetings and the tour will be conducted at a later date when the situation is more favorable.
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19200206AFP3Woman’s Club Suspends During “Flu” Rampage

Mrs. R. E. Austin announced today that the Woman’s club will not meet again until there is less illness in the town. The influenza epidemic has spread to every section of the city and attendance at meetings it is believed will increase the danger from the contagion.
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Influenza On The Wane

Present indications are that the peak of the influenza epidemic has been passed over. The city schools are operating on a more nearly normal basis and calls for assistance seem to be diminishing daily. It is estimated, however, that there are still 200 cases of “flu” in town with the prospect that it will be several weeks before the epidemic is completely cleared away.

Almost the only exception to the general mildness of the cases thus far, is the case of Mrs. R. L. Ross, wife of Rev. Ross of the Baptist church. She was in a very critical condition yesterday afternoon and had shown no improvement over the day before.

Public meetings scheduled for the southern counties of Idaho have been postponed indefinitely. Rupert, Burley and other towns on the branch lines have cancelled dates making it necessary for the cancellation of other dates from American Falls north.

The city council in regular meeting Tuesday evening declined to take any action that would restrict activity among the schools, the theaters or churches. The danger from public gatherings was not deemed of sufficient importance to warrant any action.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. February 06, 1920, Page 5

School Notes

by Alvin Reading

The high school play has been postponed owing to the illness of some of those who are to take part in it.

About half of the school has been absent this week owing to the “flu.” None, however, are very serious.
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Miss Edith Alvord went to American Falls when the school closed and returned after the ban was lifted to resume her work in the school room.

(ibid, page 5)
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McCammon State Bank & Investment Co’s Store, McCammon, Idaho


Photo courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 06, 1920, Page 1


Widely Known Youth Answers Final Call

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Peckam chapel for Bazel Gurwell, one of the well known young men of Caldwell who died Sunday following an attack of pleural pneumonia. The Rev. G. C. Runciman conducted the services. Interment was in Canyon hill.

Mr. Gurwell was born in Gem, Kansas, August 20, 1899. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Gurwell who have made their home here for a number of years. Besides his parents, Mr. Gurwell is survived by Mrs. Ellen Brody, Mrs. Nellie Spencer and Mrs. Hazel Swedland, three sisters, all of whom live in Caldwell.

source: The Caldwell Tribune. (Caldwell, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 06, 1920, Page 3

Local And Personal

The local emergency hospital, for which the Palace rooms are being utilized, is almost taxed to capacity with influenza patients. Miss Djupe, county school nurse with the farm bureau organization, has charge of the work being done there. She has issued a call for additional volunteer nurses.

Miss Louise Riddle, county home demonstration agent, is among those who are ill with influenza.

A. E. Oman, assistant county agent is ill with the influenza.

Mrs. Joe Erwin is ill at her home on Chicago street.

Word was received in Caldwell last Tuesday of the death of Mrs. R. C. Pasley of pneumonia following influenza. Mrs. Pasley has been spending some time in Arizona while her husband is in the east on a purchasing trip. They left Caldwell together some time ago, Mrs. Pasley accompanying her husband a portion of the way east before leaving for the south. Mr. Pasley is the local manager of the Golden Rule store.

Mrs. J. L. Streets has been spending some time in the Riverside community caring for members of the McCluskey family, several of whom have been ill.

Several employees of the Commercial bank are ill with influenza.
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County Agent Asks Help To Fight Disease
Farm Bureau Makes Appeal For Nurses To Care For Increasing Number of Cases

Appeal for help in combating the influenza epidemic which is rapidly spreading throughout the county, has been made by the farm bureau for such persons as can aid in caring for victims. No especial training is necessary to volunteer for this work since the plan is not so much to provide expert nursing as it is to see that every person ill with the disease has some sort of care. At present there are many comparatively mild cases of influenza which may not result seriously but it is believed that by giving such patients reasonable care, any possibility of serious effects will be eliminated. It is pointed out that there are many such cases in need of care, even of the simplest kind.

Services of both men and women will be entirely acceptable. Red Cross funds will probably be used to further this work. Those who would be willing to carry on this work are urged to get in touch with the local farm bureau office.

Following is a letter that has been sent from the farm bureau office to all project leaders:

Dear Friend:

The policy of the farm bureau is to render assistance to the farmers within the county. Aid in the case of sickness and want is of a higher order than any heretofore rendered by our organization.

During the present influenza epidemic which is rapidly increasing, entire families are afflicted and are with out assistance in the house or in caring for stock. The spirit of helpfulness within our community which reaches out to those in trouble will do more towards developing the genuine community spirit than years of toil and propaganda.

This letter is being sent to all community project leaders, you should take it upon yourself to see that there are no families in your section suffering from lack of neighborly attention.

Doctors and nurses are badly rushed and the supply of available nurses is getting short. Information as to the names of nurses and where they may be secured will be of value to the farm bureau office in our mission of helpfulness.

The many new families which have moved into our communities and are without friends should be given special care and attention. In case any family is in need of help which can not be supplied by your neighborhood, the farm bureau office will endeavor to see that aid is supplied.

Let us do unto others as we would that they should do unto us and do it first.

Yours for a strong campaign against the common fore.

G. W. Dewey, County Agri. Agent.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 06, 1920, Page 5

Interesting Items from Surrounding Territory

Pleasant Ridge

Mr. George Springer was called to the C. A. Bartch home near Middleton last week to assist in caring for the Burtch family who were all down with influenza.

Basil Gurwell died of pneumonia Sunday night at ten o’clock at the home of his sister, Mrs. Brody in Caldwell after a brief illness. The Gurwell family and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Lake View

Mr. S. R. Tucker has been very ill with influenza but is somewhat better now.

Dr. Montgomery was called out to the H. S. Salisbury home last Saturday.

The Orville Shaw family have all been down with the influenza but are better at this writing.

Marjory Kendall was home from school on account of sickness Tuesday.


Miss Bertha Rock was called to Twin Falls last week by the illness of her sister and family.

Supt. W. E. Goodell and Miss Vannie Lister who were ill last week with the epidemic are now able to be back at their school duties.

Mrs. Anna Laude was quite ill early in the week with the influenza.

Lester Green who was seriously ill with influenza and complications is slightly improved.

Miss Rowena Hammond of Boise came Sunday to help care for her sister, Mrs. E. W. Rockwood and family who are all ill with the influenza.

Miss Winnie Fouch who was nursing influenza patients at the Lawrence Wamstead place is now ill with the epidemic.

Mrs. Tom Rooney, who has been seriously ill, is slightly improved.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 06, 1920, Page 7


There is much sickness in Wilder and the vicinity from influenza and small pox.

Miss Hazel Foley, the efficient postmistress is confined to her home with the influenza.

Old Time dance which was to have been given on Friday evening was postponed for two weeks.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 06, 1920, Page 10

Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory

Marble Front

Most everyone in this community is suffering from the influenza.

Mrs. J. L. Baker has gone to Wilder to care for her two daughters who are seriously ill at that place.

Roy Livesay have taken a relapse after the influenza and is very ill at this writing.

Miss Luella Painter is nursing in Caldwell this week.

Mrs. A. D. King has gone to Caldwell to help care for the sick.

The entire community was shocked Tuesday to hear of the death of little Archie Lee White, who passed into the great beyond last Monday evening. The remains were laid to rest in the Star cemetery Tuesday. This entire neighborhood extends Mr. and Mrs. Ira white and family their sympathy.

The many friends of Ira Vassar will be sorry to learn that he is still very ill at this writing.

Miss Ethel Bales spent Tuesday evening with Mrs. Emery Bales. The school Miss Bales was teaching at Meridian was dismissed on account of poor attendance only about 50 per cent were present.


The influenza seems to be rapidly disappearing from this district. Mr. Houdyshell and family are much improved, Mr. Long and Mr. Grubb are better, and all, so far as heard from are gaining.

This visitation of the dreaded disease brought out many manifestations of the friendly feeling among the neighbors. Carl Hammar made himself especially useful in caring for the Harmon family and the Fitts family. With his own stock to care for his time was completely occupied from six a.m. till eight p.m.

School opened on Monday.


There is several cases of influenza in this vicinity now. The Landreth family have it, Mrs. Thompson has had a severe case, one of the Hulbert children went home from school last Friday night sick and there are several cases in lower Dixie.

Mrs. Conklin was in Central Cove the first of the week caring for her daughter Mrs. Vanslyke who has the influenza.

W. W. Vails whole family are down with the influenza, also M. Gales family.

(ibid, page 10)
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The Caldwell Tribune. February 06, 1920, Page 11

Items of Interest From Surrounding Territory

Lake Lowell

Mrs. G. C. White went to Boise Sunday morning in response to a message stating that her little brother Roland had died of pneumonia.

There were no services Sunday at the M. E. church on account of so much sickness in the neighborhood.

Lois Coon missed school several days on account of sickness.

Roy Gibbons and family have the influenza.

Harry Coon has been on the sick list the past few days.

Mrs. McAdams is staying at the Arthur Vogt home and caring for the influenza patients.

W. L. Gibbons returned home Saturday from Meridian where he has been helping care for a brother, Mr. Gibbons was called there again on Sunday.

The weeks family are recovering from their recent illness.

Grandma Kimes came over from Boise to help care for her son and family who have been suffering with the influenza.

Maple Grove

We like all other localities are having our full share of sickness. We all will rejoice to see “Old Sol” shine out again with his brightness and his warmth and drive away this fog.

J. H. Chambers’ family are entertaining small pox, influenza and the mumps. Mrs. Chambers has been very sick.

Five of the Northroup family who have been having the influenza are convalescing.

Our hearts were saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Fillimore due to pneumonia following the influenza. The sympathy of the community is extended to the family.

The Woodhouse home is quite a hospital as all the family are ill. Geo. Smith is helping them.

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Smith are getting better after both being ill.

Alden Garvin has been confined to his home several days due to sickness.

Lifelet Simpson has been numbered among the sick the past week, but is improving.

The whole Sarratt family are reported as being down sick.

There is a new case of small pox at the S. Hill home.

Has any one seen a census enumerator out our way?

Ten Davis News

There was no Sunday school and church Sunday on account of the sickness on the neighborhood.

George McNicol who has been quite ill with the influenza was well enough to go to Eagle Sunday.

The influenza seems to be about the same in Ten Davis. Mrs. Evans is the only one who is quite sick now. The Iverson family have it, Little Nova Dunn also has it. All the other victims seem to be improved.

School started Monday morning after a weeks vacation on account of the influenza. Several of the children were not able to come back. Miss Miller has the influenza and will not be able to teach this week. Miss Veda Jones from the college is substituting for her.

Mr. Waterman is staying at the F. C. Hertig home this week. La Verne and Winston Miller are not fully over the influenza yet and the Dr. thought it wouldn’t be safe for the teacher to stay there for a week.

Arena Valley

The influenza situation is quite serious here. Almost two-thirds of the families in the valley have had one or more members ill. No pneumonia has developed and it is hoped the epidemic will soon be on the decline. This last week of foggy weather has been very conducive to the influenza.

A number of friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Blayney Saturday evening at their new home. Owing to so much illness, many were unable to go who wished to do so. A most enjoyable evening was spent by all present.

The literary met Friday evening and the largest crowd of the season enjoyed the program including the debate. The next meeting will be one week from Friday night February 13, if the influenza has flown by then.

Rev. Welch did not preach here Sunday and there was no Sunday school for the first Sunday in more than a year.

(ibid, page 11)
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The Meridian Times., February 06, 1920, Page 1


How To Keep The Flu At A Distance

Copies of a bulletin on “Influenza” are being distributed by the government health bureau. How to guard against influenza? The bulletin says:

“In guarding against disease of all kinds it is important that the body be kept strong and hale to fight off disease germs. This can be done by having a proper proportion of work, play and rest, by keeping the body well clothed, and by eating sufficient, wholesome and properly selected food in connection with diet it is well to remember that milk is one of the best all-around foods obtainable for adults as well as children.

So far as a disease like influenza is concerned health authorities everywhere recognize the close relation between its spread and overcrowded homes. While it is not always possible, especially in times like the present, to avoid such overcrowding, people should consider the health danger and make every effort to reduce the home overcrowding to a minimum. The value of fresh air through open windows can not be over emphasized.

“Where crowding is unavoidable, as in street cars, care should be taken to keep the face so turned as not to inhale directly the air breathed out by another person.

“It is especially important to beware of the person who coughs or sneezes without covering his mouth and nose. It also follows that one should keep out of crowds and stuffy places as much as possible, keep homes, offices, and workshops well aired, spend some time out of doors, each day, walk to work if at all practicable – in short make every possible effort to breathe as much pure air as possible.”

What can you do when you get the flu?

“It is very important that every person who becomes sick with influenza should go home at once and go to bed. This will keep away dangerous complications and will, at the same time keep the person from scattering the disease far and wide. It is highly desirable that no one be permitted to sleep in the same room with the patient. In fact, no one but the nurses should be allowed in the room.”

When death occurs it is usually the result of a complication.

The bulletin states that the highest medical authorities agree that a person who has once had influenza may contract the disease again.
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Death Tuesday Of Mrs. John Voorhees

The community was shocked Tuesday morning when they learned that at 4 o’clock Mrs. John Voorhees had passed away. Mrs. Voorhees was a victim of influenza, but it was hoped she would recover. Pneumonia set in and no power on earth could save her. Helen Edith Dunkin was born in Putnam county, Missouri, Jan. 31, 1886. She came to Idaho with her parents in 1904. In 1905 she was united in marriage to John Voorhees, and to this union was born seven children, six living. Her father, one sister, one brother, beside the husband and children already mentioned and a host of friends to mourn her going. She was a mother and helpmeet [sic] in every sense that term implies. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved.

Funeral services took place from the M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. C. A. Quinn conducting it. The remains were buried in the local cemetery.
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The Meridian Grade Scholars Can Spell!

Despite the prevailing sickness there was a spelling match at the Meridian high school last Friday evening, at which the third, fourth and fifth grades from the grade building participated. …

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 06 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., February 06, 1920, Page 8

Meridian News Notes

Joe Daly is reported ill with pneumonia.

Frank Baldwin has returned from a Boise hospital.

C. F. Arzt was among those on the sick list this week.

Guy Remington is quite ill at a hospital. Report yesterday said he was much improved.

Floyd Adams, grandson of Mrs. Hannah Turner, is very ill with pneumonia.

Wm. Florence of the Shorthorn farm is in the hospital with the influenza.

The ground hog did not see his shadow in Meridian Monday.

(ibid, page 8)

Further Reading

1919 Idaho Capitol

By Internet Archive Book Images – Image from page 381 of “What to see in America”; (1919), No restrictions, Wikimedia Commons

Construction of the first portion of the capitol building began in the summer of 1905, fifteen years after statehood, and the architects were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. Tourtellotte was a Connecticut native whose career began in Massachusetts and continued when he moved to Boise. Hummel was a German immigrant who partnered with Tourtellotte in 1901. The final cost of the building was just over $2 million; it was completed in 1920. The architects used varied materials to construct the building and their design was inspired by Classical examples. Its sandstone exterior is from the state-owned quarry at nearby Table Rock.

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Idaho Capitol History

In 1905, the Idaho legislature passed the bill authorizing construction of the Capitol Building.

The architects of the Capitol Building were J.E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel.

The dome and central parts of the Capitol were built first—from 1905-1912.

The wings (House and Senate chambers) were constructed during 1919 and 1920.

Most of the superstructure is made of sandstone taken from Table Rock (near Boise).

Convicts from the old Idaho Penitentiary were responsible for transporting the 10-ton sandstone blocks from the quarry.

more info: Idaho Department of Administration Capitol Commission

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