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Idaho 1918-1920 Influenza Pandemic

Part 76

Idaho Newspaper Clippings February 12-13, 1920

Idaho photos courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection, History of Idaho
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February 12 (continued)

The Daily Star-Mirror., February 12, 1920, Page 1


Flu Conditions Show Improvement
But Health Officer Has Not Modified Restrictions On Meetings

The influenza situation is much improved, but no modifications of restrictive measures heretofore issued, have been made nor will they be made until the situation is far better than at present.

Our late Superintendent Rich, just preceding his fatal illness, told me that the pupils were so badly crippled in their grades on account of closing school last winter, that if they had to be closed for any length of time again, but few if any of the pupils could be graduated this year. And he therefore pleaded that I make the closing of the schools a last resort only.

The expense for books and clothing necessary to maintain a pupil in the school is so great that if the schools had to be closed for any length of time and pupils failed to graduate many of them might not be able to continue in school for another year, and even if they could go on the expenses to both the parents and the public maintaining teachers for an extra year would be very great. Therefore it will be my supreme effort to keep the schools going if I have to order every other business in town temporarily closed.

Only about 10 per cent of the population of Moscow have so far had the influenza. In my opinion, should the restrictions heretofore maintained be cast aside now, a far worse epidemic that that just coming under control might result with many deaths following, as later cases are much more severe than the first were and cases of pneumonia are becoming more numerous.

It has been my endeavor not to close lodges that meet only for a short time in small numbers for transaction of ordinary lodge business and until further notice said policy will be continued, but must be confined strictly to the local home office. No lodge will be permitted to bring in candidates from outside points for initiation in any Moscow lodge until public safety is further assured.

I regard the public welfare as superior to any social organization and as far as lies in my power, public interest will be my first consideration.

All social activities of [the] University have been forbidden, nothing but strictly University work will be permitted.

Dr. Leitch, City Health Officer
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Elks’ Initiation To Be Postponed
Legion Dance Is Also Cancelled At Request Of Health Officer

Much disappointment is manifested in Moscow today by a request that the Elks postpone their initiation of 40 candidates from Tekoa which was scheduled for Saturday night, and that the American Legion dance scheduled for Friday night. Both requests have been granted but there is considerable disappointment manifested.

Judge Edgar C. Steele, exalted ruler of the Elks lodge, said: “The Elks always bow to authority and have no wish to violate any rules or orders of authorized officials.” The date of the initiation will be announced later, for it is understood the Elks will not give up the big program planned for next Saturday night. It will simply be postponed.

The American Legion also announce that the request (it was not an order) will be complied with, but several members made it known in no uncertain terms that they feel that an injustice has been done and that while churches and schools and theatres are permitted to run it is an injustice to stop the Elks and the American Legion. An official of the Legion said:

“We could have held regular dances every week up to this time. We were the very first to cancel our dance after the hall had been paid for and the music secured. We did this voluntarily and held no dances while the situation was thought to be grave, but now that it has cleared up we felt there was no harm in having a dance. We know from whence the opposition came and will not forget it.”

That conditions are much better in Moscow is generally understood and there is almost a normal attendance at the schools and it was generally understood that the danger period had passed. The Elks had been preparing for six weeks for their big program for next Saturday night and it will be a big disappointment to many to have to cancel it at this late hour.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 12, 1920, Page 5

City News

Dr. G. M. Miller is ill at his home of influenza, as is also his son, Morey. Mrs. Miller’s mother is ill also but not with influenza. Little Morey has been quite ill for several weeks and has recently had an increased temperature.

Mrs. W. N. Elliott left today for Clayton, Wash., where she was called by the illness of her son’s family.

Mrs. M. Sprouse, who has just recovered from an attack of the “flu” left today for Spokane to visit her son, Carl.

Rev. L. W. Goss was called to Garfield yesterday on account of the illness of some of his parishioners.

Mrs. Ralph Brownlow as been seriously ill but at latest reports was improving.

Mrs. H. D. Smith, who has been seriously ill at her home on west A street is now reported as gradually improving in health.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Goetz of Viola are recovering after an attack of influenza.

Mrs. A. E. Foot, proprietor of the Pleasant Home, is very ill of pneumonia, following influenza. Her condition at present is slightly improved.

Mrs. C. L. Von Ende and two children have been released from quarantine after a siege of influenza.

A telegram was received yesterday from Caldwell, Idaho, stating that John Shepherd was very ill of influenza. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Shepherd of Howell, left at eight o’clock this morning to take care of their son. John Shepherd was a former student at the university.

Mrs. J. L. Miller, who left Moscow the last of the year and is visiting her daughter, in Seattle, writes that the weather is delightful on the coast with very little rain or fog. The early crocuses are in bloom and other early flowers are coming on. The “flu” has been bad there also but Mrs. Miller is well and enjoys receiving the Star-Mirror for the news from home.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Daily Star-Mirror., February 12, 1920, Page 6

Busy Blaine Precinct’s Weekly News Budget

Miss Anna Christenson returned to Moscow last Sunday to take up her school studies after a week’s vacation on account of the schools being closed.

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Kroesing returned home last Wednesday after being in Moscow taking care of Gust Paulson and family who were all down with the flu. Olaf Paulson also took down with the flu while nursing his brother and family. He returned home last Saturday.

The Blaine vicinity has been very fortunate so far in not having any flu.
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Exalted Ruler Steele Addresses Moscow Elks

Brother Elks: — The Order of Elks always bows to constituted authority. We always support and defend the laws of our country. More than six weeks ago in order that applicants for membership from Tekoa who are engaged as conductors, engineers, brakemen, etc., on the railway might arrange for others to come from Portland and other points to resume their work while they were absent, the meeting for the initiation was arranged for February 14th. This arrangement was made long before any influenza was heard of. It now appears that the initiation can not be held. The next meeting will be on February 28th. Remember, however, that at our next meeting the exalted ruler will request the lodge to construct and maintain a swimming pool for the welfare of the men, women and children of Moscow.

Edgar C. Steele, Exalted Ruler.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Nezperce Herald., February 12, 1920, Page 1


Lid Is Lifted Activities Normal
Schools Resume Monday; Churches, Lodges, Picture Show, Public Gatherings as Usual — Flu Subsides

After two weeks under the ban as a precautionary measure against an influenza outbreak, the Nezperce community was yesterday released by order of County Health Officer Dr. E. Taylor, of Kamiah, who vised out city and expressed himself as well satisfied and gratified at health conditions as he found them here. While outside districts have suffered severely from the recent recurrence of influenza in the northwest, this community has been fortunate in the limited number of cases it had, which, with a few exceptions have been mild, and but one fatality resulted – that of Fred Maher, a well known young farmer of northeast of town – for which favorable condition the prompt elimination of public gatherings and attendant precautionary measures here are largely responsible.

The local doctors report all their flu patients recovered or nearly so and no new ones being heard from.

The Temple Theatre will open its doors tomorrow, Friday, night with a good bill and continue on its usual schedule of nightly shows and Sunday afternoon matinee. The lodges will resume regular meetings with the Odd Fellows’ opening tomorrow night. Regular services will be resumed at all of the churches next Sunday morning, and the schools will open Monday morning with a good prospect of a full attendance.

All lines of business are running as usual, and immediately after the lifting of the ban yesterday an increase in general activities was at once apparent.
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Local News

The Temple opens to-morrow night with a thriller.

The postoffice and the Nezperce phone have both been working shorthanded the past week, because of the Misses Rena and Clara Dahler having been called to their home at Stites by the serious illness of the home folks, who have the influenza. – Ilo Register.

Friday night’s bill at the Temple will help you forget the flu ban.

The ban has been lifted. Can’t the roads be dragged now? Yes, in town especially. What!!

The ban is off, the Temple opens Friday night with “The Moonshine Trail,” a picture you’ll remember.

Last week’s Free Press reported five deaths from influenza at Grangeville and vicinity in five days, but stated that though the malady had spread rapidly the preceding week, an abatement was then apparent and the outlook was steadily growing brighter.
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Central Ridge News

Mrs. Powell, the teachers, returned from Lewiston Saturday and school will start Wednesday at the Central Ridge school house.

Claude Parsons is reported quite sick with the flu.

Mrs. Longeteig was called to Southwick the latter part of the week to be at the bedside of her mother and brother, who have been quite ill with the flu.

Mrs. A. D. Hunter passed away Feb. 4 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wade Keine, in Spokane, following an attack of influenza. Mr. Hunter and son, Burton have been quite sick with the same ailment, but are reported to be much better now.

– Reporter.
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Liquor For Medical Purposes

The Bureau of Internal Revenue has just issued a statement relative to the regulations governing the use and procurement of intoxicating liquors for medicinal purposes.

Both the physician who prescribes the and pharmacist or druggist who sells liquor for medicinal purposes much have a permit. Application for the permits should be made to the Federal prohibition director. In states where prohibition directors have not been appointed, application should be made to the collector of internal revenue. In the case of residents of the District of Columbia application should be made to Collector of Internal Revenue Joshua W. Miles, Baltimore, Md.

Blank forms – 1403 – for prescribing liquors are being printed and distributed among Federal prohibition directors assistant directors and collectors of internal revenue. Where such blanks are not yet available, physicians holding permits may issue prescriptions on blanks regularly used by them.

Following is the Bureau’s statement:

“Any physician duly licensed to practice medicine and actively engaged in the practice of such profession may obtain a permit to prescribe intoxicating liquor and may then issue prescriptions for distilled spirits, wines or certain alcoholic medicinal preparations for medical purposes for persons upon whom his in attendance in cases where he believes that the use of liquor as a medicine is necessary. In no case may spirituous liquor be prescribed by one or more physicians in excess of one pint for the same person within any period of ten days.

“No specific limitation is placed upon the quantity of wines which may be prescribed for medical purposes. The regulations merely require that no prescription be issued for a greater quantity than is necessary for use as a medicine. Physicians who do not hold permits to prescribe intoxicating liquor are under no circumstances permitted to issue prescriptions.

“All prescriptions for intoxicating liquor are required to be written on prescription blanks prescribed by the regulations (Form 1403), and to be provided by the Bureau, except that in emergency cases physicians may use their regular prescription blanks provided the same contain the date of issue, amount prescribed, to whom issued, and directions for use, stating the amount and frequency of dose.Pending an adequate supply of the official blanks being printed and distributed to directors and acting directors, physicians holding permits have been authorized to issue prescriptions on blanks regularly used by them.

“Prescriptions for intoxicating liquor may be filled only by registered pharmacists who hold permits authorizing them to do so, or who are employed by retail druggists holding such permits. Pharmacists and druggists holding such permits will procure their supplies of intoxicating liquor from manufacturer or other persons holding permits authorizing them to sell liquor.

“Persons to whom prescriptions for intoxicating liquor are issued by physicians may procure the liquor prescribed through pharmacists or druggists holding permits without obtaining a permit.

“Physicians may also obtain permits entitling them to procure not more than six quarts of distilled spirits, wines or certain alcoholic preparations during any calendar year for administration to their patients in emergency cases where delay in procuring liquor on a prescription through a pharmacist might have serious consequence to the patient.

“Provision is also made in the regulations for issuing permits to hospitals and sanatoriums to enable them to procure intoxicating liquor to be administered for medicinal purposes to patients at such institutions and also for issuing permits to manufacturing industrial, and other establishments maintaining first aid stations, authorizing them to procure liquor for administration to their employees for medical purposes in emergency cases.

“All applications for permits above referred to should be made on Form 1404 in triplicate and forwarded to the local Collector of Internal Revenue.

“Section 27 of the National Prohibition Act provides that any intoxicating liquor seized under section 25 or section 26 thereof, and subject to be destroyed, may upon application of the United States Attorney, be ordered by the court to be delivered to any person holding a permit to purchase liquor. All liquor seized under such sections of law may be diverted through regular channels for medicinal purposes under the procedure above described.

“Any intoxicating liquor seized under Federal Law prior to October 28, 1919, if not claimed within sixty days from such date, may likewise upon order of the court be delivered to any person holding a permit to purchase and be diverted to medicinal or other non-beverage purposes.”

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.


“A prescription from December 1918, in [the] middle of Spanish Influenza pandemic. This doctor/drug store was in Malad, Idaho. But this was common across the U.S. at this time. Also, was a legal way to get alcohol during prohibition.”

courtesy: the Mike Fritz Collection
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The Nezperce Herald., February 12, 1920, Page 7

Local and Personal News Notes

Miss Ruth Denny, who is attending school in Winchester, is visiting her grandparents and other Nezperce relatives this week, while the Winchester schools are closed because of influenza.

(ibid, page 7)
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Idaho County Free Press. February 12, 1920, Page 1


19200212ICFP2Ban On Public Gatherings Will Be Lifted Saturday

Believing danger of spread of Spanish influenza is past, the city board of health will, effective probably Saturday, rescind the order which for two weeks has kept pool halls, the schools, and picture show closed and has forbidden all public gatherings in Grangeville.

With not a death from influenza in Grangeville or vicinity in more than a week, and with a gradual release of individual families from quarantine, as cases are discharged by physicians, the board of health decided closing order no longer is necessary. The public schools, it is announced, will reopen on Monday. The matter was discussed at a meeting of the board of education last Monday night, and it was decided, if the situation continued to improve, the schools would resume the first of the week.

Physicians report there are few cases of influenza in Grangeville. The epidemic has reached its crest in the country districts, and now is on the wane.
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Peterson Improving

J. A. Peterson, acting postmaster who has been confined to his home for two weeks by severe illness, is improving, and now is able to be about the house.
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Funeral For Mrs. Seay; Hold Service At Grave

Funeral for Mrs. Mary Edith Seay, wife of Thomas H. Seay, of Winona, was held last Friday morning from the Maugg parlors, with services, in charge of the Rev. H. S. Randall, at the grave in Prairie View cemetery. Mrs. Seay died in Clarkston, Wn., of pneumonia, resulting from influenza.

Mrs. Seay, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Barton, of Winona, was born on May 12, 1890 near Gravette, Ark. When she was 6 years old she removed with her parents to Oklahoma, where she resided until 1910, when the family came to Idaho, locating near Winona.

She was married on Jan. 17, 1912, to Thomas H. Seay. To them were born two children, Thomas Champ, age 7, and an infant son, 3 days old at the time of his mother’s death.

Besides her husband and children Mrs. Seay is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Barton; three sisters and five brothers, Mrs. H. P. Leonard, Winona; Miss Bertha Barton, Lewiston; Rodney, Albert, Ervin, Arlie, Melvin and Ailene, all at home, and by two half-brothers, William Barton, of Oklahoma, and John Barton, of Winona.

Her sister, Miss Bertha Barton, was with Mrs. Seay at the time of her death.
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Mrs. Charles Mader, Keuterville, Dead

Mrs. Charles Mader, aged about 45 years, died on Wednesday of last week in her home in the Keuterville section. Death was caused by influenza. Mrs. Mauder is survived by her husband and eight children. Funeral was held Thursday from the Catholic [church.]

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. February 12, 1920, Page 5


(Special Correspondence)

Otto Nail and family have returned from Lewiston, where Mr. Nail had been seriously ill with influenza for the last two weeks.

Mr. Dumond who has been nursing influenza cases here for the last month has accepted a job as a ranch hand on the farm of Seth Jones.

Mr. Hughs, the new superintendent of the Whitebird schools, will be here as soon as he receives word that the school will start, which will perhaps be on February 16.

The influenza epidemic is dying out here.

(ibid, page 5)
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Idaho County Free Press. February 12, 1920, Page 6

Local News In Brief

Catholic Services — No services in the Catholic church in Grangeville until Sunday, February 22.

Federated Church — After consultation with several, that we may be absolutely safe, with all fear gone, it is decided not to begin services until Sunday, February 22. Let us all be ready and see that everybody is out one week from Sunday. Sunday school papers can be obtained by calling at Mrs. Morris’ home. H. S. Randall, pastor.
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Card Of Thanks

We wish to sincerely thank our friend for the kindly and sympathy extended to us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.

We wish to especially thank the Odd Fellow lodge at Winona.

Mrs. G. D. Stanbery and children.
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John Pulse, who was confined to his home for ten days by an attack of influenza, is again able to be about.

Israel Harris was called to Burbank, Wn., owing to illness in the family of his daughter, Mrs. H. C. Gee. Mr. Harris had just recovered from an attack of influenza.

Bert Decker was in town Wednesday from his ranch on the prairie. Mr. Decker has just recovered from an attack of influenza, which kept him at home for two weeks.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Emmett Index. February 12, 1920, Page 1


Epidemic Subsiding

Indications are that the so-called influenza epidemic here has spent its force and is subsiding. The two patients in the Red Cross emergency hospital are convalescent and were discharged today. The rooms were turned back to the Masonic lodge this afternoon. The nurses were augmented yesterday by Mrs. R. E. Noland and daughter of Montour. Mrs. Noland was assigned to take care of an appendicitis patient at the Russell hotel. Mrs. Noland had just returned from nursing her son Eugene and Tom Patten, who were stricken with the flu, at Deer Flat. They are both well now.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. February 12, 1920, Page 5

Maybe the Next Batch of Pets Will Be Skunks

Portchester, N. Y. — It will not be possible to keep goats in tenement houses hereafter if the board of health has its way. After pigs were barred from dwellings during the influenza epidemic last fall, families adopted goats as pets. According to Sanitary Inspector Bitz, the animals are kept on second, third and even fourth floors. He suggests that they be licensed, the same as dogs.

(ibid, page 5)
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The Emmett Index. February 12, 1920, Page 7

News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents


Mrs. Will King and two children, Mrs. Storey and Sarah, have had the flu in a mild form, but are all better at this time.

Mrs. Will Bethel went to Caldwell last Thursday to help care for her sister, Mrs. O’Donald, who has been very sick with the flu. Mr. Bethel says there will be more sickness if she doesn’t return soon; that he has eaten his own cooking about as long as he can stand it. The sick one is improving.

Bissell Creek

Mrs. Helena Muzzy of Payette is helping with the cooking at the James Howard home.

Central Mesa

Wendell Seaman has the flu.

Mrs. Henry Conrad spent several days of last week at the Fager home nursing flu patients.

Mrs. B. L. Limbaugh is on the sick list this week.

The Fred Sherwood baby died Saturday of the flu, was buried Sunday afternoon. The child was only four weeks old.


Mrs. L. S. Park is recovering from a hard siege of the grippe.

Joel Potter is just recovering from the flu.

Mrs. Richardson and daughter Elsie are on the sick list this week.

Harry Foster is on the sick list this week.

There have been three mad dogs killed here this winter, at least they acted like they had rabies.

South Slope

Mrs. Frank Shinn, Sr., formerly of the Slope, now a resident of Seattle, Wash., is reported very low with pneumonia with very little hope entertained for her recovery.

The Ed Modin family will soon be out of quarantine, having a light form of smallpox.

Mrs. Bert Wright is one of the grip victims this week.


The Ed Beutler family on the Big 4 have been quite seriously ill for the past week.

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Norwood has been quite sick for several days.

The program which the teachers and pupils have been planning to put on Friday evening has been postponed for a few weeks, hoping by that time there will be less illness prevailing and consequently less danger in calling a crowd together.

Little Wayman Guthrie has been quite ill the past week with an attack of pneumonia, but is improving nicely.

(ibid, page 7)
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The Emmett Index. February 12, 1920, Page 10


A. E. Pomeroy is having his turn with the flu. Dr. Polly is attending him and he is better.

The school teacher and children have been greatly annoyed by a smoking stove which finally drove the children and teacher home Wednesday. After several attempts it has finally been put into shape.

U. S. Census Enumerator Mr. Wells was working in Letha Wednesday.
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Mryl Frank Washburn, the 5-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Washburn, died Saturday night of pneumonia. The funeral was held at the Bucknum chapel Sunday afternoon and services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Lathrop.

Mrs. Thelma Wilbur Holm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Wilbur, died Saturday at her home at Carbarton, aged 18 years. Death was caused by mumps with influenza complications. Mrs. Holm spent the greater portion of her life in Emmett, attended the Emmett high school and was a member of the Christian church. She was united in marriage to Mr. Holm last August at the home of her parents in Long Valley. She is survived, beside her parents, by two sisters, two brothers, and two grandmothers, Mrs. Wilbur and Mrs. Callendar Corbin. The body was brought to Emmett for burial and the funeral was held Tuesday from the chapel, the services being in charge of Rev. A. C. Lathrop.

Mazie M. Marker, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Marker of 604 South Fifteenth street, died at a local hospital late Saturday evening following a prolonged illness. She is survived by her parents, five brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. — Statesman.

(ibid, page 10)
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The Filer Record., February 12, 1920, Page 1


19200412FR2Influenza Shows Little Increase In Past Week

The influenza situation locally remains about the same as last week. Several new cases have been reported but there have been no fatalities here.

W. A. Doyel, superintendent of the grade schools reports that attendance is regaining normal figures and that the epidemic among school children is much better.

The influenza situation throughout the country is very much the same as last week, there being about 20 new cases reported every day.
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Club Dinner Postponed

The Filer Womans Club dinner scheduled to be held tomorrow (Friday) evening has been postponed indefinitely on account of the health situation.
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Robbers’ Loot Makes Rich Haul For Rancher

W. A. Snyder has made a deposit at the First National bank of a rather unusual nature – unusual for this period in this section.

The deposit is in the nature of eight small bars of silver bullion representing an accidental discovery of what is presumed to be robbers’ buried loot and a reminder of old stagecoach days in Idaho.

Snyder is a farmer in the district about Antelope Springs, west of Rogerson, and not far from the Salmon dam. He had occasion to build a residence at Antelope Springs and while digging for the basement encountered the booty almost four feet below the surface.

Telling of the discovery Mr. Snyder says he was picking and the implement suddenly sank into a hole, revealing the presence of two silver bars. Investigation revealed the presence of six other similar bars and a quantity of decayed wood, suggesting that the bars had at one time been enclosed in a box and buried.

Mr. Snyder is of the impression that the bars form a part of the loot from a stagecoach holdup, the robbers burying the treasure and failing to locate it when they wanted it or perhaps being captured before they could return to the cache. The value of the bars has not been fully determined. The represent a neat sum but not a fortune. — Twin Falls News

source: The Filer Record. (Filer, Idaho), 12 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Filer Record., February 12, 1920, Page 11

Death Rate Highest in 1918

Washington. — The highest death rate on record in the United States census bureau, 18 per 1000 population, was recorded in 1918, according to a bulletin issued Saturday. The total was 1,471,367 deaths.

(ibid, page 11)
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Fred’s Place, Warm River, Idaho (4)


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

The Rathdrum Tribune., February 13, 1920, Page 1


Flu Ban Pending
Rathdrum People Must Help Fight Epidemic

The Rathdrum trustees, at their meeting Tuesday night, considered and took under advisement the request of the school board that an influenza ban be declared.

However, the board voted to immediately warn, by means of dodgers, all persons in town to take such precautions as common sense and good citizenship dictate to prevent the spread of influenza. In this dodger it is insisted that while the epidemic is so prevalent in neighboring communities, unnecessary visits out of town must be discouraged, that no dances be given, and that persons sick with colds or influenza must remain at their homes and report their illness without delay to the village board or the doctor. Parents are urged to keep their children under restraint in cooperation with the school teachers. Dances are prohibited. Failure to observe these precautions will cause a strict ban to be put on with police employed and severe quarantine penalties invoked.

The chairman suggested that the school board consider a plan to have the teachers report to the clerk the names of absent pupils so that the cause of absence might be investigated and homes quarantined if necessary.

It developed during the meeting that one or two cases of influenza in town appeared to have been kept secret and that callers, unwarned, were exposed to possible infection.

Other business transacted included authorizing a notice to dog owners to pay the 1920 license to the clerk on or before March 1.

A number of citizens were present at the meeting and manifested a pleasing interest by joining in the discussion of civic matters. It was made evident that a movement is on foot to fence the park.

A few bills were allowed:

E. W. Cady, care of smallpox patients $14
Tribune, water receipts $15
F. G. Hart, bandmaster for Jan. $10
Rathdrum Elec. Co. Jan. light $79 50
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From Over The County

Post Falls

School was closed last week on account of the flu, 100 cases being reported one day. The Hauser Lake school was closed for the same reason. Church services in Post Falls were dispensed with last Sunday.

Families around Hauser lake reported last week as being ill with the flu were the Andersons, Wrights, J. Bauers and Lansings.

The East Greenacres school board has combined the two rooms instead of hiring a new teacher, and Miss Martin is in charge of all grades.

Spirit Lake

Dances announced for Feb. 12 and 16 were postponed as a precaution against the spread of influenza.

On account of colds and the epidemic, about 65 pupils were absent from school last week.

Spirit Lake high school defeated Newport in a game of basket ball.

Up to the close of last week the census enumerator had not appeared in Spirit Lake.


No cases of flu up to the close of last week. However, the city health board placed a ban on dances and public gatherings except such as are necessary to complete programs under way. Church services continue as usual.

Coeur D’Alene

George H. Freedlander, age 45, died Feb 8, of pneumonia following influenza. Mr. Freedlander, who was ill about a week, occupied a prominent place in the business community, being city clerk, president of the St. Joe Boom company, secretary treasurer of the log owners’ association and manager of the Coeur d’Alene Lumber company. He was a resident of this city for the last 16 years, except for a short time when he was in charge of banks at Harrison and St. Joe. He leaves his widow and two sons.

The board of health Feb. 8 issued an order, effective Monday morning, forbidding all public gatherings and closing motion picture houses, lodges, churches and pool halls and discouraging the congregation of people at any place. The order is due to the spread of influenza. The order also closes the city public schools.

The influenza placard is not in the future to be a useless warning, but that any person quarantined in the house must remain there and anyone entering the home must remain there until the card is removed by the proper health officers and any infraction of this ruling will meet with severe punishment.

Saturday the county physician ordered that no more public dances be held in Kootenai county until further notice.

Mae Hodge, wife of Claude Hodge, who died in Spokane of pneumonia, following influenza, was buried at Coeur d’Alene Tuesday.
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Idaho State News Items

The school at Hope were closed on account of the smallpox epidemic.

The public schools of Lewiston reopened Monday after an intermission of two weeks because of the influenza epidemic.

Announcement that there will be no general extension of time for filing income tax returns has been made by the bureau of internal revenue. Complete returns, accompanied by at least one fourth of the amount of the tax due must be in the hands of collectors of internal revenue on or before March 15. Extensions will be granted only in specific cases where urgent need for additional time in preparing the return is shown.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., February 13, 1920, Page 2


However lightly some may be disposed to think of the influenza epidemic, its ravages in neighboring cities and towns fully prove that it is not a disease to which any citizen should needlessly expose himself or which he should carelessly communicate to others. While Rathdrum has been, so far, surprisingly free from the scourge, its virulence in Spokane and its sudden outburst in Coeur d’Alene after smoldering apparently harmless for two weeks, should give ample warning that no individual here should neglect such precautions as he may be able to take to avoid infection. For the time being the local authorities have placed the control of the situation in the hands of each individual citizen. It is the hope of all that the trust will not prove to have been misplaced.
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Under federal prohibition, spirituous liquor may be prescribed by the physician in attendance only “in cases where he believes the use of liquor as a medicine is necessary.” To the further sorrow of the erstwhile bibulous, the statute limits the prescription to one pine in point of quantity and ten days in point of time.

(ibid, page 2)
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The Rathdrum Tribune., February 13, 1920, Page 3

Personal Mention

Mrs. H. A. Knox was pronounced ill with influenza several days ago.

Nels Nelson and family are about again after a week’s tussle with bad colds or lagrippe.

Mrs. C. I. Sage was called to Lewiston by the illness of her mother.

W. S. Gill was confined to his home a few days last week with a severe cold which he caught while pruning an orchard.

Miss Edna Stoddard, teacher in the school at Denver, was released from influenza quarantine yesterday morning.

Earle R. Bosworth was absent from his work in Farnsworth’s garage several days last week while engaged in fighting off a threatened attack of pneumonia.

Dewet Bradbury has returned from the University of Idaho and states he will not resume his course there until fall. He says the flu has interfered a little with the work at the U.

Dr. F. Wenz, who is kept unusually busy on account of the epidemic, has been attending patients as far west as Moab, Wash., and east as far as Bayview, despite the bad condition of the roads. He has used a railroad speeder to reach Bayview.
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The Odd Fellows lodge will have a regular meeting this evening, Feb. 13. Third degree to confer and routine business to transact.

The usual Saturday picture show will be given at the Star theatre tomorrow night, with a feature film to lead the program. There will be no dance, the management announces, and efforts will be made to have the theater well ventilated.

The McAlberts show, of Spokane, had to cancel its engagement at the Star the last three nights of this week because of the sudden illness of a leading performer, according to a telephone message from Spokane Wednesday morning. Mr. McAlberts expects to bring his show to Rathdrum in the near future.

An airplane coming from the east circled over Rathdrum last Saturday afternoon and headed into the clouds towards the south.
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School Board Meeting

At the regular meeting Monday night the Rathdrum board of education placed restriction on teachers and school students visiting out of town while influenza is prevalent in neighboring communities. It was ordered that teachers or students leaving town be required to remain away five days before returning. The board also appointed a committee to convey to the village trustees the recommendation of the school authorities that a ban of two or three weeks be placed on all unnecessary public and social gatherings in Rathdrum, until danger of spreading influenza shall have passed.

Some routine business was transacted including the allowing of the expense bills to the amount of $266.41, including $132 for wood.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Oakley Herald. February 13, 1920, Page 1



Mrs. Alma Butler of Basin died yesterday morning from pneumonia following influenza.
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A Few Announcements

We want to explain why certain articles were not printed last week. The reason is that the editor was sick in bed and his assistants did not have time to set up all the good articles that were received.

We hope the correspondents will keep on sending in the news. The editor promises not to get sick again if he can help it.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 13 Feb. 1920. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. February 13, 1920, Page 3


Henry Tanner is out again after an illness with lagrippe.

The family of Clarence Tanner has been sick this week.

Principal Joseph Mills is improving after and attack of lagrippe.
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Paul Yacoby has been very sick, but is much better.

H. P. Nelson and four of his children are recovering from an attack of flu.

The school has been closed the last week on account of the illness of the teacher and pupils.

Mrs. Albert Anderson has received a telegram, saying that her brother-in-law at Cascade has died of the flu.

Miss Nancy Frost has returned from Paul to help take care of the sick people at her home. The entire family has been sick.

(ibid, page 3)
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The Oakley Herald. February 13, 1920, Page 6

In The Gem State

In “wet” days Boise numbered on her police force from twenty to twenty-five men. The present force is an exact dozen.

Institution of a meat and abattoir inspection department, as part of the municipal administration, has been authorized by the city council at Twin Falls.

Equipped with apparatus of the latest design, a hospital is to be instituted in Burley, according to authoritative information. It will occupy the entire upper floor of the new Pixley building.

An ordinance which will be voted upon at the next meeting of the Nampa city council will provide severe penalties for the people living in the city who permit debris to accumulate on their property.

Employers of child labor must pay 10 per cent of their net income to the federal government. Sam J. Hindman, chief field deputy in the officer of Lewis Williams, revenue collector announced last week.

The Central Idaho Antlers’ association, made up chiefly of members of the B. P. O. E. of southern Idaho, will transfer before spring forty elk from the Jackson Hole country to the Copper Basin near Mackay. The transportation will cost approximately $1000 which cost will be born by the association.
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Senator Johnson Flu Victim

Washington — Senator Hiram Johnson of California is ill at his home here from influenza, it has been learned. The senator has been confined to his bed, but it is not believed his condition is serious.

(ibid, page 6)
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The Oakley Herald. February 13, 1920, Page 8

Vipont News

Lagrippe or Flu epidemic has slowed up a bit in camp lately – about 30 cases so far.

An order was issued Feb. 1st, placing Vipont on the map.

The question is: Who is to be our post master or post mistress?

(ibid, page 8)

Further Reading

What Was ‘La Grippe’?

Andre Lorenz Oct 05, 2015 Wittenberg University


“La Grippe” was the name used for the Spanish Flu. This flu had three waves in the United States and led to 50 to 100 million deaths across the globe. Not only that, but it is also estimated that the infectious disease infected one in every three people at the time, or around 500 million.

One of the big problems with the disease was that it was highly virulent, meaning that it had a high capability of causing disease. In America alone, there were half a million deaths. Compare that to World War I, when the U.S. only had 116,516 casualties. The disease had enough of an impact that the kids made up a rhyme to go with their jump-rope game for it:

I had a little bird,
Its name was Enza.
I opened the window,
And in-flu-enza.

Even the president could not escape the disease, although it is not for certain that this was the pathogen he contracted. It was during the Peace Conference for World War I that Wilson became sick with the pathogen and would need to sit out of the negotiations.

Although the name has “Spanish” in it, it was not believed to have originated in Spain, but that was where a lot of deaths happened. However, there was an early beginning to the disease reported in U.S. military camps. One physician at Fort Devons said in September 1918:

“This epidemic started about four weeks ago and has developed so rapidly that the camp is demoralized and all ordinary work is held up till it has passed. … These men start with what appears to be an ordinary attack of LaGrippe or Influenza, and when brought to the Hosp. they very rapidly develop the most viscous type of Pneumonia that has ever been seen. Two hours after admission they have the Mahogany spots over the cheek bones, and a few hours later you can begin to see the Cyanosis extending from their ears and spreading all over the face, until it is hard to distinguish the coloured men from the white. It is only a matter of a few hours then until death comes, and it is simply a struggle for air until they suffocate. It is horrible. One can stand it to see one, two or twenty men die, but to see these poor devils dropping like flies sort of gets on your nerves. We have been averaging about 100 deaths per day, and still keeping it up. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a new mixed infection here, but what I don’t know.”

The disease began in 1918 and ended in 1919, although there have been variants of the pathogen since then. In such a short time, the disease had a large impact and created a lot of fear in the world. People had just ended an attack on themselves, and soon this was replaced by a disease that would instill fear and bring a devastating amount of death again. The Spanish Flu had a large impact compared to its relatively short time in the news and how little information there truly is on the disease. In 1998, pathologist Johan Hultin told Time magazine the way to survive another such epidemic is to “isolate yourself in a mountain hideaway until the outbreak subsides.”

source: The Odyssey Online

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