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Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 13

Idaho Newspaper clippings November 15-19, 1918

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One Oregon newspaper clip reads: “We appeal to your civil patriotism to co-operate with us in our effort to stamp out the Spanish Influenza or “Flu” Plague in Portland by wearing a mask.” A newspaper clip from January 1919. University of Oregon

source: Katie Canales Jul 2, 2020, Business Insider
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Nov 15

The Rathdrum Tribune., November 15, 1918, Page 1

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Celebration In Rathdrum
Victorious End of the War Proclaimed
Awakened Holiday Spirit.

Rathdrum celebrated the end of the war Monday with manifestations of gladness that crystallized into an organized street parade and stated program of music and speeches, a bonfire and barbecue. From the time the joy bells announced the signing of the armistice that brought a cessation of hostilities, about 3:30 in the morning, until the barbecue was over and the bonfire had burned low, the holiday spirit pervaded the entire town and vicinity.

The ringing of the bells, honking of auto horns and firing of guns got out a large crowd before daylight, and sunrise found the town in gala attire with its flags and bunting displayed in profusion down both sides of the main street. Early in the day O. G. Farnsworth, chairman of the local advisory committee started arrangements for the evening celebration. Committees were appointed and speakers secured. Forty-two dollars were raised and a trip made to Spokane to purchase fireworks. Another committee was assigned the work of preparing the barbecue, and another to gather fuel for the bonfire at the school grounds and to install the necessary lights on the stairway and porches.

In the afternoon a large crowd assembled down town to receive and give vociferous welcome to some twenty-six auto loads of Coeur d’Alene citizens who came over to return the visit made to their town by people of Rathdrum and vicinity the evening of Nov. 7.

The evening parade consisted of a long line of autos appropriately decorated headed by four individuals on horseback, Miss Edna Layton, representing the Goddess of Liberty; Art Foster, soldier; Clark Hill, sailor, and Miss Stella Hurrell, Red Cross nurse. The line of the parade started at the bank corner, east to Idaho street, thence to Crenshaw’s addition, back to First street by Coeur d’Alene street and thence to the school grounds. The band played prior to the starting of the parade and also had a part in the program at the school grounds.

H. H. Mitchell had charge of the program in front of the high school building. Speakers were Frank A. Morris, County Sup’t R. C. Egbers, Professor W. E. Chandler [?], E. G. Greenup and M. B. Layton. The speaking was interspersed with selections by the Liberty chorus, the band, and the male quartet which consisted of Superintendent L. O. Swenson, L. J. Hartlerode, N. H. Taylor and O. G. Farnsworth.

Mr. Morris, In his address, referred to the event being celebrated, as the harbinger or forerunner of peace to be followed by a difficult period of reconstruction work. The peace treaty, he reminded the audience, has yet to be drawn up and signed. In the meantime hostilities have ceased and America is to be congratulated for having escaped the horrors visited by the Germans upon the unfortunate inhabitants of Belgium, France and other European countries.

Mr. Egbers referred briefly to the fact that since the American army stopped the Germans at Chateau Thierry last July the allies had been winning on all fronts.

Mr. Chandler made humorous references to the kaiser’s vaunted versatility and omniscience and the disaster to which his talents have brought him. He also spoke of this as the first great international or world holiday that the world has ever knows, that, will be celebrated by every liberty loving people henceforward.

Mr. Greenup also made a hit with the crowd by his witty remarks concerning the kaiser’s downfall and his flight to Holland in an effort to escape punishment for his crimes. He said the present peace marks a new phase in the world’s progress, the overthrow of autocracy and the ascendancy of government by the people.

Mr. Layton devoted his remarks chiefly in behalf of the united war work campaign, reminding his hearers that, although peace had come, the boys would be in Europe and in the camps for many months and would need the helpful work of these good agencies as much as ever.
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Idaho State News Items.

Boyd Kelly Frazier, the Jerome young man who died three days after he had returned home from the S. A. T. C. at Moscow suffering from lack of medical attention for a severe case of Spanish influenza, failed to report to officials at the university that he was sick, although he had every opportunity to receive medical attention, according to a letter written [by] Dr. E. A. Bryan, commissioner of education, by E. H. Lindley, president of the university, explaining the results of an investigation by two Jerome citizens, one of them the boy’s father.
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From Over The County

Harrison

Earl Wark returned from Camp Jefferson on account of the flu. He had lost twenty pounds.

Influenza caused one death at Medimont.
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Coeur D’Alene

Judge Alfred Budge canceled the session of the supreme court of Idaho which was to have been held in Coeur d’Alene beginning November 11.

The third member of the Knute Swanson family to succumb to influenza was Theodore, age 21, who died Nov. 9.

A forth member of the Knute Swanson family, Iona, age 12, died of influenza Sunday.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 15, 1918, Page 3

Local Paragraphs.

Twenty-seven autos loads of Rathdrum people joined in the trip to Coeur d’Alene Thursday night of last week to celebrate. They were well received and the Liberty chorus made quit a hit.

The first of the week Rathdrum was free from influenza, but on Wednesday two new cases were reported, coming from other communities. Many cases are reported in Spokane, Spirit Lake and Coeur d’Alene.

The teachers of the Rathdrum schools were granted leave until after Thanksgiving and several of them have done to their homes. It is expected that school will be resumed about Dec. 1, if not sooner.

The abdication of the kaiser was celebrated in Rathdrum last Saturday afternoon and evening. The fallen potentate was hung in effigy by a hilarious crowd. Bells were rung and the Liberty chorus sang stirring selections on the street in various parts of town.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 15, 1918, Page 1

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Blackfoot Sure Did Celebrate
Announcement of War’s End Aroused Local People to Intense Activity on Monday.

There was shouting and singing and jubilant ringing in Blackfoot early Monday morning when word was received that the armistice had been signed, which meant that the world war was over. As soon as the glad tidings were received the bells of the city were set to ringing and loud, shrill whistles let open so that the early morning air was a confusion of joyful sound. At the early hour of 4:30 the city fire engine, loaded with men, wild with enthusiasm, all shouting, raced up and down the residential streets waking the slumbering townfolk. It reminded one somewhat of the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere on the eighteenth of April, 1775, only it was realized that it was world wide.

At early dawn many autos decorated in national colors and flags had fallen in line behind the fire engine and a parade formed. Business people tried to collect themselves sufficiently to take their respective places, but in most cases upon arriving at headquarters found doors locked and their managers decorating the buildings in flags and bunting – so business houses remained closed all day to more fully do justice to the occasion.

At 2 o’clock in the, afternoon a parade of some 250 citizens carrying flags, marched thru the business district, over to Judicial street and to the court house grounds, where they assembled to listen to addresses by the Rev,. Colver, Judge Anderson and J. T. Carruth. The festivities lasted until dark.

November 11 will go down thru the ages as perhaps the greatest day in history for this old world of ours, and it would seem fitting to always observe it as the real Thanksgiving day.
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Miss Dorothy Belville and her friends had a fine looking coyote in the celebration Monday. He was kept on a chain, and was as busy celebrating as anybody.
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War Summary

November 12

Greater portions of U. S. army to remain for the present overseas. Much naval work yet to be done. Will take over, and guard all of the enemy’s warships.

Calls to army are cancelled. All draft work cancelled. No more inductions, will return men who have been entrained, but not yet reached training camps. …

November 13

Teutons to surrender all divers. Starvation facing the German people.

… The danger of famine in Germany was the reason for early peace negotiations.

U. S. needs four billion dollars yearly to carry on the reconstruction work… AcAdoo taxes will be high for many years. More loans are also required to pay off the war debt.

November 14

… President promises Germany food aid. Everything possible will be done.

… U. S. forming plans for future of army.
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Died at Camp Lewis

Richard Phillips of Aberdeen died of influenza at Camp Lewis about three weeks ago, after a four days illness.

The body was sent to Aberdeen for burial.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 15, 1918, Page 2

The influenza epidemic caused a ban to be put upon public gatherings of all kinds, hence the oratory of the different candidates was lost to the Idaho citizenry. But there was no lack of interest in the campaign. Being denied the privilege of addressing the voters of the state in person, many of the candidates resorted to newspaper publicity, and many columns of campaign arguments were published in the press of the state, to the gratification at least of the publisher. How the public appreciated the innovation is a question open to debate.

The prevalence of influenza was responsible for a much lighter vote than would have been cast had health conditions throughout the state been normal. Many did not vote because they were confined to their homes with the disease, while others doubtless did not go to the polls because they desired to avoid coming in contact with some who were probably afflicted with the disease.
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Moreland

Miss Revella Wray, the clerk at the Lindsay store, is staying at the home of Mrs. Blanche Wray, because her folks have the influenza.

Miss Blanche and Locloe Ribbins have been ill for a few days, it is reported that they have the flu.

Joice Hudson, the eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hudson, died Saturday night. The little girl had the Spanish influenza.

All the members of the John Hall family are ill with the influenza except one small boy.
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Sterling

The Holmquist family are down with the influenza.

Claude Parsons is confined to his bed with the influenza.

The Tanner family, who are ill with the flu, are improving.

Miss Adeline Nelson came home Saturday from Provo to stay until school reopens. She has been ill with influenza.
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Grandview

Luther Satterfield is the latest victim of the flu.

The Quigley family are reported a great deal better this week.

Joe Cosgrove returned from the hospital [in] Pocatello Saturday.
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Rose

Alma Jackman and family are going to move to their new home in Aberdeen as soon as they recover from the influenza.

Mrs. J. G. Waring had word that Willie Johnson has been quarantined on board a ship for five weeks, but thought the company would be able to sail soon.,

John Norman is slowly improving, after his second attack of the influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 15, 1918, Page 3

Wanted Contraband Booze

A body of three or four hundred men gathered at the court house Monday forenoon and asked to be given the contraband booze then in the custody of the sheriff.

The request was refused and they were told to have as good a time as they could, but not to bring any booze into play.
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Ill With Influenza

Miss Gertrude Kinney, who has been seriously ill with the influenza at her home in Pocatello is now much improved.

During Miss Kinney’s illness her sister Miss Whilden Kinney has charge of the Kinney Art Studio …. (page cut off)

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 15, 1918, Page 5

Local News

Fisher Hearing Postponed

On account of the illness of the county stenographer Mrs. Maurine White, the Fisher preliminary examination was postponed until some time next week. Announcements will be made later.
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Infant Baby Dies

William, the seventeen months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Quigley passed away Monday morning after a few days’ illness with pneumonia. …
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Stores No Longer Close at 6 O’clock

On account of the subsidence of the influenza epidemic locally, the ruling for stores closing at 6 o’clock was lifted today, Thursday.

This, however, does not apply to the state order pertaining to public gatherings, school and picture shows.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 15, 1918, Page 8

Influenza Situation.

The influenza situation in Blackfoot is much improved, and there are only a very few cases.

However the disease is more prevalent in Shelly and Presto, than any other part of the county.

And with people still taking precautions it is though that the epidemic will soon be wiped out.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 15, 1918, Page 1

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In The Gem State

Ralph Gouchnour of Burley, son of D. M. Gouchour [sic?], a member of the vocational section, died at Moscow of typhoid pneumonia.

On account of there being no slackening of the influenza epidemic in the Pocatello district, it was decided to postpone the date of holding federal court there to November 18.

Owing to the influenza epidemic, and a drizzling snow during the entire day, less than 50 per cent of the vote was cast at the election at Idaho Falls. The new style of ballot also made it tedious in making the count.

The Caldwell general hospital closed last week for good. Those in charge of the hospital refused to say anything in regard to the closing, but it is known that it has had a stormy financial career because of the lack of cooperation it deserved.

The influenza epidemic has been making rapid strides in Idaho Falls and Bonneville county and stringent measures are being taken to overcome it. Every person has been ordered to wear a mask over the nose and mouth and all business houses, except drug stores and cafes, are closed at 6 p.m.
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Locals and Personals.

Benjamin Judd is ill this week.

Rosel Hale is back again on Route 1 after a brief illness.

Miss Violet Cummins, who is at Camp Lewis, has recovered from an attack of ‘flu’.

Leland Peterson has recovered from a severe attack of ‘flu’ and is ready to assume his duties on Route 2 again.
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Joseph H. Boren

The funeral of Joseph H. Boren who died last week from influenza, was held Friday. He was 52 years of age and was born in Provo, Utah.

His mother and six brothers attended funeral services. He is survived by his wife and six children: Mrs. Dell Chipman of Provo, Utah, Jesse, Wesley, Estella, Etta, and Addie Boren.
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Churchill

There are no new cases of ‘flu’ in Churchill.

Lloyd Oldham received word last week of the death of his brother with the ‘flu’.

Eugene Berrell who recently moved from Churchill to Burley is very ill with the ‘flu’.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 15, 1918, Page 4

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People and Events

Mrs. Sailing is reported to be ill with influenza.

Miss Walsh, who has been ill for the past two weeks with influenza, is able to be about once more.

Ernest Jones came up from Rockland yesterday. He is not strong yet, but his appetite indicates that he is making a good recovery.

The family of P. A. Friezen, who were reported ill with influenza last week, have been brought to the hospital here. They are reported to be quite sick.

Miss Hazel Lower of Roy is recovering from a siege of influenza and pneumonia. For a time the young lady was very ill and it was doubtful if she would recover.

The influenza epidemic appears to be checked in American Falls and the near vicinity. It is also reported to be less frequent in outlying parts of the county. However, the ban on public meetings and on schools has not been raised. The state board of health has decided to be slow about raising the ban, believing that a little caution is the better policy.

A. A. Friezen was in from cedar Creek settlement Wednesday and reports an experience that was common to many people in all parts of the county. Seven members of his family were down with influenza at the same time, leaving him the only one to be up. He had their care and the care of the family as well, as it was impossible to get anyone to assist at that time.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 15, 1918, Page 1

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One Quarantine Made Effective

A letter from Challis describes how the citizens of that locality determined to make an effective quarantine against influenza, as follows:

The court and the county board of health and council of defense have clashed in the Challis or Salmon river watershed section of Custer county over Spanish influenza quarantine. To prevent carriers taking the disease into the Challis section, all road and highways leading thereto were picketed. In the night, however, parties passed the pickets, and when discovered, were placed in quarantine. They applied to the courts for help, and Judge F. J. Cowen issued a writ for the release of the parties so detained and cited Sheriff Huntington and Dr. C L. Kirtley, chairman of the Custer county board of health, to appear before him at Arco on November 11, to show cause why they should not be punished for contempt of court for refusing to release them.

Resolution Explains Situation.

The Custer county council of defense met and passed the following resolution, which was forwarded to Governor Alexander, the state board of health, the state council of defense and Judge Cowen:

“Whereas, a dangerous and infectious disease known as the Spanish influenza has become epidemic through the United States, and has infected many places within the state of Idaho, and the affliction often causing death, and the Custer county board of health under the authority and rules and regulations of the state board of health, have quarantined the Salmon river watershed in Custer county against infected district, said Salmon river watershed being free from said epidemic by reason of such quarantine, and proper stations and guards having been placed on roads and ways of ingress to this section, and one of them being placed on the public road between Mackay and Challis at Willow creek summit, the Lost river and Salmon river divide, and

Run the Blockade.

“Whereas, persons from an affected district did willfully and unlawfully in the night time and after being instructed by Dr. C. L. Kirtley, chairman of the county board of health, not to do so, steal by such guard and quarantine station and expose people in this district to said disease, and under the direction of said board of health, such persons were arrested and detained under quarantine by W. K. Huntington, sheriff of Custer county, until time for the development of the disease and danger of the infection had passed, and

Court Steps In.

“Whereas, F. J. Cowen, judge of the Sixth judicial district court, did, on the fifth day of November, 1918, issue a writ directing the sheriff and health board to immediately release said persons so quarantined and also make an order appointing T. R. Jones to serve said writ and for Chase A. Clark to accompany him, both of said persons being from an infected district, armed with such order and writ, willfully passed said quarantine station and guard and came to Challis and served said papers, said judge directing that they be not interfered with in making such service; that said judge had issue an order directing W. K. Huntington, sheriff, and Dr. Cl. L. Kirtley, chairman of the Custer county board of health, to appear before him at Arco, Idaho on the 11th day of November and show cause why they should not be punished for contempt of court for refusing to release parties from quarantine; that we are reliably informed that said Judge F. J. Cowen has issued further orders to permit other persons from affected district to pass quarantine station and guard and thereby permitting them to expose persons in this district to infection, although said judge has been fully informed as to all conditions recited there in.

Uphold Officials.

Therefore, be it resolved that each and every act of W. J. Huntington, sheriff, and Dr. C. L. Kirtley, chairman of Custer county board of health, in enforcing said quarantine is hereby approved and they are assured of the united support of this council of defense and are directed and requested to instruct all quarantine guards to permit no one to pass such guards from infected districts unless they are supplied with order to do so from the state board of health or the Custer county board of health, and to disregard all orders coming from any other source; that said Judge F. J. Cowen is respectfully requested to issue no more orders or writ for persons to violate the quarantine regulations of the Custer county or state board of health; that Honorable M. Alexander, governor, the state council of defense, the state board of health, th Honorable F. J. Cowen, district judge, be appealed to and requested to give this council of defense and the Custer county board of health their support and co-operation in using all necessary force to maintain said quarantine; that a copy of this resolution be mailed to Honorable M. Alexander, governor, the state council of defense, the state board of health and Honorable F. J. Cowen, district judge, and that this resolution be signed by the chairman and secretary of this council and members.”
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Posse Resists This Federal Agent

A secret service agent in soldier uniform was forcibly ejected from the Pahsimaroi valley by an angry bunch of citizens for running the quarantine blockade at the line between Custer and Lemhi counties last Sunday night.

This agent had run the blockade on the Willow creek summit between Mackay and Challis Sunday morning and was escorted back without legal proceeding. He associated himself with a cattle buyer and took the first branch road to the Pahsimaroi. As soon as the occurrence was reported to the citizens the exposed community assembled 50 strong and rounded up the intruding pair and afforded transportation and escorts to the county line. There a Custer county escort took the army officer and the cattle buyer and delivered them to the guards at the Double Spring pass.

That army officer stripped his soldier coat and challenged the crowd to battle, but he could find no vulnerable spot in the column of 50 that advanced to use force in the process of ejectcment. He cussed and pleaded tho, but he wet along just the same as a common man would go in response to unanimous sentiment. This army officer evidently had Uncle Sam behind him, but too far behind just then.
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More Victims of Prevailing ‘Flu’

A. Roy Buchanan

A. Roy Buchanan died at the Tendoy home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Kirkham, on Monday last, November 11, after a week’s illness from complications that usually follow influenza. From the beginning his case was considered a bad one. He was a giant in strength yet the disease quite mastered him within a short time, when one of his lungs became involved in pneumonia. …

William Humphreys

William Humphreys, known as “Smokey Bil, died in Salmon, at a city hotel, on Sunday. His case was another of the influenza attacks. In the community Mr. Humphreys was well known as a successful angler.

Mrs. Billy Withington

Mrs. Maggie Richardson Withington died at the Hamner hospital last Sunday morning. She was the wife of William Withington of Sandy creek. This entire family was stricken with attacks of influenza at the same time, Mr. Withington also having been extremely ill. He reached the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Thirlkill in Salmon where he has received the all needed care and attention. … Their home is at the Harry Hover ranch, further up Sandy creek. This lady hovered between life and death for several days. All of the other Withington family except one who still remains at the hospital have been cared for in the homes of relatives.

Mrs. May Withington Hill died at the Hoover farm on Sandy creek early Wednesday morning from the influenza. She left a babe which was born in the midst of the young mother’s fatal illness. The child is living. The father and husband, Herbert Hill, was very sick and it seemed, hardly probable at one time that he would recover. Mrs. Hill was the daughter of Mrs. Withington who died at the Hanmer hospital last Sunday morning, and whose father is recovering from the same disease at the Salmon home of Mr. and Mrs. Thirlkill.

Harry Yost

Harry Yost died yesterday at the works of the Drilling Development company where he had been employed as foreman. His fellow workmen knew him as a man of fine character and among all who knew him he was highly esteemed. He had suffered from influenza twelve days. …

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 15, 1918, Page 5

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Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Hart were called to Butte by the illness of their son, Frederick Shenon.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Smith and their children are all recovered from their attack of the epidemic, Mr. Smith being out and around this week.

The regular teachers’ examination has been indefinitely postponed y order of the state board of education, according to notice published by the county superintendent.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Harris arrived on Sunday last by special stage from Armstead. They had visited Chicago, where Mr. Harris stayed, the epidemic raged with terror to the people until the fall rains came.

Joe Moodie has been home in Salmon from the sheep camp for two weeks nursing an attack of the prevailing malady from which he came off all right. Mr. Moodie is associated with L. T. Ramsey in business at Lemhi.

The G. H. Monk family expect to leave Salmon next week for California. Mrs. Whitcomb, who expected to go along, will defer her trip on account of the effects of an attack of influenza, from which, however, she is recovering.

Seth Ball, prominent rancher of the Lemhi valley, was in Salmon Wednesday for the first time in a month. He returned from the east last week. He was disabled for a little while with a tussle with the influenza while away from home but pulled out of the encounter without difficulty.

Decidedly better conditions prevail among the sick and afflicted from the visitation of influenza, as reported by Salmon physicians. The change seems to have started with a rainfall on Saturday night. Travelers say that wherever in the stricken localities there has been rain a falling off of the disease has been noticeable, particularly where a drought has prevailed. The ravages of the epidemic are reported exceedingly alarming, however, in Portland, where rains are frequent, possibly a daily occurrence in some seasons of the year.

Numbers of the afflicted people of Salmon will remember as long as they live little John Keyes, who, though not yet 12 years of age, has been the help of many a home besides that of his mother, where every member of the family but himself was on the sick list. John as been doing chores for everybody who needs his help – feeding chickens, emptying slops, starting fires, bringing water, washing dishes, chopping wood, cooking food and doing pretty good nursing besides. Talking about busy people that little fellow is one of them.
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Dan Chase was able to be out of the house yesterday morning for the first time since his influenza attack.

Art Simrs, the divorced husband of Ethel Fowler, died at Stockton, Utah, last Friday of the flu.

Gert Goodell was taken sick with the flu at the pope-shenon mine Monday night and was brought to Salmon Tuesday.

Dr. C. F. Hanmer goes to Ft. Arden, Washington, next Tuesday, for training as an army surgeon. Mrs. Hanmer and their son Ferguson will accompany Dr. Hanmer as far as Butte, stopping enroute t Dillon to visit Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pierce, who have been ill in a Dillon hospital with influenza.

In the alarm over the ravages of the epidemic many erroneous reports were circulated. Two of these came from Idaho Falls according to Mrs. N. O. Ward in Salmon from her mother, Mrs. A. H. Boomer, in that city. The mother writes that neither Harry Holden nor Mrs. Milt Stover succumbed to the disease as reported but are now well on the road to recovery, the writing having met them both on the street.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 15, 1918, Page 6

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World News In Condensed Form

Since October 1 there have been 204,639 cases and 32,398 deaths from influenza and pneumonia, reports of the Pennsylvania state health department say.

Home products only on the Thanksgiving dinner table this year is the program of the food administration. Hotels, restaurants and other eating places have been asked to save transportation by using only food produced locally and the administration has issued an appeal to households to observe the same rules.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 15, 1918, Page 7

Around The Mines

Western oil fields have been hit hard by the prevailing disease. It is declared that the spread of the Spanish influenza among the workers caused many drilling operations to be suspended, and also handicapped the handling of the leases.

Most of the Alta mines have had a double handicap to contend with the past few weeks. Added to the frequent storms’ with their consequent muddy highways comes the inroad of the insidious little influenza germ. Already some of the husky miners have succumbed, and many others are down with the disease.
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Inland Northwest

Seattle’s stores may be closed in an effort to prevent the spread of Spanish influenza, City Health Commissioner J. S. McBride has announced.

Arrangements have been made whereby nutritious soup and other food will be taken to homes in Lewiston, Mont., where the influenza has made the preparation of good food for any patient difficult.

Druggists will be permitted under certain restrictions to refill prescriptions calling for morphine, codeine or heroin, written by registered practitioners for patients suffering from influenza and any pulmonary or bronchial afflictions, according to notice received at Helena.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 15, 1918, Page 8

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Leadore

Miss Irene Yearian, who is teaching in Albany, Oregon, and Will Yearian at Ft. Warden, Wash., are both recovering from an attack of influenza.

C. H. Benson, Lee Reamy, Harry Pierce and John Edwards, who have been delivering stock in the east returned to their homes in Leadore last week. All are well but precautions were taken for a few days that no influenza germs should be scattered.

Horace Ecker, who is quite well known here, has been transferred from Camp Dick, at Dallas, Texas, to the Flying Field near Lonoke, Arkansas. He has just recovered from a severe case of influenza.

Friends of the Carlson family will be glad to learn that the cases of influenza in that home are improving rapidly.
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Leesburg

Miss Lewis, who came over from Salmon to visit at the Caples camp, is recovering from an attack of influenza. Miss Rovers is also a guest of Mrs. Caples.

The O’Conner family have all been ill with influenza but are now on the convalescent list.

Hilliard Grieber is also another influenza patient in this district sick with influenza. He is at the Italian mine.
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Gilmore

We are still very fortunate, no case of influenza has put in an appearance. We have our masks ready, our signs out that we are in quarantine against the outside world and profoundly hope to come forth unscathed. We were all sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Geo. Johnson at Salt Lake this past week. Mrs. Johnson spent the summer in Gilmore and had only recently gone to Salt Lake to live for the winter.

The Weirs, who went a couple of weeks ago to Idaho Falls to attend a funeral, are held there by the quarantine.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 15, 1918, Page 2

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Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers

The epidemic of influenza is on the increase at Elk River.

If no further cases of influenza develop the Sandpoint schools may resume Nov. 18. The ban on picture houses and public gathering will probably be removed at the same time.

Miss Catherine Lansing, age 42, died recently at Lewiston from the “Flu.” Miss Lansing was among the most devoted of Red Cross workers, and for the last year had given practically off of her time to this work.

The influenza epidemic has run its course in Lewis county, no new cases having been reported for nearly two weeks. In all 23 deaths occurred in Lewis county from the epidemic, 15 being at Nez Perce and eight at Ilo-Vollmer.

One doctor in Kellogg reported 400 cases of Spanish influenza. In some families six and seven members are in bed from the disease – all regulations are closely followed, but it seems to be on the increase. Eight have died Friday and Saturday.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 15, 1918, Page 3

Leland Items

Leland people gathered on Monday evening in an impromptu manner, rang bells, fired guns, exploded dynamite, in fact they made use of anything that would make a noise to celebrate the canning of the Kaiser.

The Fred Wegner family, who have been quarantined with influenza are all well again.

Linden Items

Word was received that Mrs. Granvill Wall is recovering from the influenza and that Granvill just got out of the hospital in California.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 15, 1918, Page 8

Gleanings

Howard and Dick Fenton were taken suddenly ill with influenza last Saturday afternoon. A. E. Wilcox was away on a hunting trip at the time and had to be called home to take charge of the depot here. Until his arrival H. P Hull looked after the interests of the N. P. here. Howard and Dick are getting along very well and it is believed will soon be entirely recovered.

Mrs. J. B. Helpma arrived Wednesday from Northport, Wash. She came to take care of her daughter Helen, who is ill with influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fentron and two children and Dick Fenton were taken ill with influenza the first of the week. All are getting along nicely except Howard who has a very severe attack. He has had a high fever for several days but it is hoped that his condition will improve very soon.

There are a number of cases of influenza in Kendrick this week but no serious cases except Howard Fenton, who has been very ill. An accurate list is rather hard to procure as there are a number of cases that have not developed decided symptoms. …
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Big Bear Ridge

A large number stopped their various kinds of work Monday to join in celebrating the long-to-be-remembered day of Peace, in Kendrick and Deary. The ring of church bells was heard far and near.

The A. W. Jones family have been on the sick list but are improving at this writing.
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Southwick Items

The sick people of this neighborhood are reported to be improving.

Edwin Wetmore and Marion McClelland are stationed at Mare Island, Cal. The boys say they have not caught the “flu” yet.
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Night Work Discontinued

Nineteen out of twenty night trips made by the doctor could be avoided if people show the proper consideration for his welfare. It is also a great advantage to the sick person to begin treatment before night comes on.

As a matter of personal protection, I have discontinued night work, excepting confinement cases.

— Dr. R. C. Faust.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 15, 1918, Page 5

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Local News

Dr. King is confined to his home with a mild attack of the influenza. Mrs. King also has it in mild form.

On November 1st Bear Lake county stood 23rd in the sale of war savings stamps. That is, 22 counties in the state had a better record than Bear Lake.

If any one thinks it an easy matter to get out a newspaper with the town quarantined “tighter than beeswax” we will gladly give them a chance to try it.

The body of John Olson who died in San Francisco last Saturday, was brought here for burial Monday. Death was caused from pneumonia. Deceased was a son of Mrs. B. Olson of this city. For some time past he had been employed as a brakeman on the Southern Pacific, and was a member of the B. of R. T. He was buried on his thirty-second birthday.

A daughter was born last Tuesday to Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Myers of this city. Mrs. Myers is ill with the influenza at the Montpelier hospital but she and the babe are getting along nicely.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 15, 1918, Page 8

Fish Haven Notes.

Fish Haven, Nov. 13. – Funeral services were held at the Fish Haven cemetery on Nov. 7 for Henry Smith, who died at Aberdeen, on Oct. 31. Death was caused from diphtheria, following the influenza. The loving sympathy of the entire community goes out to the widowed mother in her terrible bereavement.

The news that “the war is over” was received here with cheers and rejoicing, firing of guns and driving decorated autos through the street with the boys and girls waiving hats and handkerchiefs. At night a great bonfire was built and the kaiser was burned in effigy at nearly every home as well as in public. A number of autos drove up from Paris, all decorated with flags and bunting. Loud cheers and greetings were exchanged with the people of Fish Haven and the visitors raced back as thought they were afraid they would not get a chance to fire a shot at the kaiser if they didn’t hurry. The frolic kept up until a late hour, when all retired with hearts filled with joy that the terrible was was over and suspense ended at last.

Mrs. L. S. Coley received word this morning that her daughter, Mrs. O. L. Schenck, who lives near Randolph, was very low with influenza and that other members of the family were also ill with it.

So far, there are no cases of the “flu” here, for which we are truly thankful.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 15, 1918, Page 1

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Editorial Mention.

According to reports from health officials the Spanish influenza is under control in Ada county. It is said that the quarantine will be lifted, if all things are favorable, in two weeks unless there is an increase of cases in the meantime. Crowds gathered to celebrate the end of the war and up to date there are no bad effects noted.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 15, 1918, Page 8

Meridian News Notes

Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Holman have received word that their son William is recovering from an attack of the Spanish influenza at the Moscow state university.

Arthur Grrett [?] has received word from his sister Miss Vivian, who is teaching at the state agricultural college at Pullman, that she is just out of quarantine from the Spanish influenza.

Ward has been received from Miss Winnie Baird, who is teaching at Spokane Wash that she is recovering after two weeks illness with the Spanish influenza. She says there are many cases, some fatal, in Spokane, but that the situation looks better this week.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 15, 1918, Page 1

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O. H. Truman Victim of Influenza

O. A. Truman received the sad news a few days ago of the death of his twin brother, at Long Beach, Cal., Monday, November fourth. Mr. Truman left Shoshone but a few weeks ago. Recently he contracted influenza, which developed into pneumonia, which resulted in his death. The body was shipped for burial to Mr. Truman’s daughter at La Cross, Kansas, the old family home. …
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Wood River Center Grange

Will Ivie is very ill at the present writing.

The Fawn Mills’ are all ill with the influenza. They are getting along as fine as can be expected.
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Big Wood River News

Every one on Big Wood river rejoices because the war is ended.

Mrs. Burdett has been quite ill with the flu.

The family of A. M. Gomes have all recovered from the Flu.

Master Ward Mills is suffering with the Flu at present.
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Dietrich News

The force of Idaho Irrigation Company workmen engaged in concrete work were badly left out when the flu struck all the restaurant people and left the workmen short of provender. Some good Samaritans came to the rescue and are filling the place left vacant by Mr. and Mrs. Bailey in good shape.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Gage and two employees on the big Gage farm are sick with the prevailing epidemic, greatly to the interruption of much work now on hand there.

This week Dietrich has been receiving its share of influenza. So far the disease has been rather light in its form here. The big hotel is put to a good use after several years of rest, and is now doing good work as an improvised hospital. L. P. Mustard, James W. Patterson, R. J. Soper, Homer Turner, Mrs. Crist and Mary Crist are all well taken care of there. At the restaurant building J. A. Bailey, Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Bailey’s sister and her father are sick with the disease. So far there have developed no cases of pneumonia, and all the sick people are said to be prospering. Dietrich is, however, exceeding slow on business and news just now.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 15, 1918, Page 3

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University Will Open Next Monday
Quarantine To Be Raise Tomorrow – No County Schools Next Week

Permission has been granted the University of Idaho to resume its work next Monday and, unless more cases of influenza develop in university circles the quarantine will be lifted tomorrow and school work will be resumed Monday. Students living in the dormitories and at the barracks will be permitted to attend classes. Students living outside of these will have to have certificates from the city or county health officers and Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the university, has requested all Moscow students who live at home to see Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer before Monday and secure certificates. He is anxious to have as nearly a full attendance as possible at the university classes Monday.

No new cases have developed in the university circles in two days and only two new cases had developed in the two preceding days, and the situation is regarded as very favorable for university people.

Conditions are not so good in town. It is believed that the disease was spread in Moscow as a result of the victory celebration Monday. The people gathered on the streets in large crowds, regardless of influenza, and it was predicted that many new cases would result.

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, says “More new cases have developed in Moscow in the past 24 hours than in several days prior to that time. People are clamoring to have the schools opened but I think it is dangerous. I know of influenza developing in the homes of four families in Moscow who have a number of children who would have been in school had school been open and this would have given the spread of the disease a new start. There are many new cases among children in town and I think it would be dangerous to open the schools in Moscow before a week from next Monday.”
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City News

Mrs. Emma Peterka of Republic, arrived this morning to visit her son, Frank Peterka of the S. A. T. C., who is ill of influenza. Mrs. Peterka is a sister of O. H. Swartz of this city.

Dr. McBryde has been quite ill this week.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 15, 1918, Page 4

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Armed Mob Holds Up District Judge
Refused to Permit Judge to Enter County to Hold Term of Court

Boise, Idaho, Nov. 14. – Judge J. F. Cowen of the Custer county district court today telegraphed to the governor an appeal for state troops to help him force his way into Custer county, which is closed by a quarantine regulation designed to debar Spanish influenza.

Citizens of the Challis section of the county have barricaded all highways and are on guard with shotguns and rifles. The attorney general has held that the quarantine is legal, and that court dates are not of sufficient importance to justify calling state troops to aid the judges and court attaches to enter the county. The court is seeking to serve removal papers of the sheriff for failure to enforce what he claims are the civil laws.

Judge Cowen asserts that the citizens are thwarting law enforcement and bloodshed was feared.
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Prepare to Reopen the University

Capt. Luther B. Felker, university commandant, issued orders today that since the danger from influenza is decreasing, strict military discipline would be put into effect.

All men will be required to report to formation unless they have a written permit from the surgeon general. Any indisposition is to be reported to medical authorities at once.

The influenza situation continues to improve. Capt. Felker expects to lift the quarantine Saturday. This will apply only to the university. Moscow’s quarantine will not be lifted until ordered by the state board of health.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 15 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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A man wearing a mask in 1918. Western Neighborhoods Project OpenSFHistory.org

source: Katie Canales Jul 2, 2020, Business Insider
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Nov 16

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 16, 1918, Page 1

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Another Death From Influenza
Young Soldier Lays Down Life This Morning After a Brave Struggle

Frank J. Paterka, of Spokane, a member of class A, of the S. A. T. C., at the University of Idaho, died this morning of pneumonia, following influenza. He had been in a critical condition for several days. His mother, Mrs. I. J. Paterka, was with him when the end came. He will be buried at Moscow tomorrow afternoon. …

Word reached here today that Howard Fenton, of Kendrick, died there last night of pneumonia, making the first death in Kendrick as a result of the “flu.” He was well known here, his wife, formerly Miss Mabel Grice, having lived in Moscow several years.

There has been a new outbreak of influenza in town, believed to be a result of people massing together the day of the celebration, last Monday. More new cases have been reported in town during the past 48 hours than in the previous week. There are several quite serious cases in town.

The first girls to develop the disease in the university, were quarantined in the Aldrich house today. Three girls, who show symptoms of the disease in a very mild form were taken from their boarding houses, where they have been quarantined and placed in the Aldrich house.

They are Manilla Reed, and Marie Freehafer, of Boise, and Ernestine Rose, of Salmon, Idaho.

The quarantine at the university was raised at noon today and more than 1000 young men and women who have been in quarantine were released. The men will be permitted to come down town but will not be permitted to loaf in pool rooms or any place where a crowd is likely to gather. All of the S. A. T. C. men and many girls were out to see the foot ball game this afternoon and enjoyed it immensely.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 16 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 16, 1918, Page 2

Peter Swenson, Farmer of Near Deary is Dead

Peter Swenson, a farmer living on Little Bear ridge, died Wednesday from influenza. His wife and daughter, Miss Mable, had just returned last Tuesday from a visit at Spirit Lake. It is thought she brought the disease home with her. Three other children are in bed with the flu.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 16 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 16, 1918, Page 3

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City News

Miss La Vern Savage returned home yesterday from Pullman suffering from an attack of influenza.

Miss Sabra Hardy, a Red Cross nurse, died in France, Nov. 4, of influenza. Her father, Rev. Hardy, was for several years pastor of the Baptist church at Moscow.

The Aldrich house, near the university, is being used as a hospital for the girls of the university.

Miss Helen Long left this morning for Spokane to assist in the care of her sister, Mrs. John Drury, and family, who are ill of influenza.

Miss Pearl Heise arrived today from Colfax to assist in nursing at the Inland Hospital.

Otis Smith is sick of influenza at his home in southeast Moscow.

Mrs. D. M. Scott has gone to the Armstrong home east of Moscow to relieve Miss Suma Hall, who has been nursing the family during a siege of influenza.

Isaac Spitler, age 18 years of age, son of O. M. Spitler, who lives near Cornwall, died at Lewiston yesterday of pneumonia. The body was brought to Moscow today for burial.

Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Wood of South Almond street are just recovering from attacks of influenza.

The family of J. Jabora are ill with influenza.

Miss A. H. Lampert, one of the nurses from Potlatch, is sick of influenza at the Idaho hotel.

Lloyd Bassett, who has just recovered from the influenza, went to Canada yesterday on account of the illness of his father.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 16 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 16, 1918, Page 4

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Influenza Calls For More Nurses
Situation in Moscow Worse Than Several Days Ago – Nurses Are Needed

Can you nurse? Will you nurse? That is the question which every conscientious woman in Moscow is invited to ask herself at once. Will it be possible for you to devote the next few days or even a part of them to the task of nursing some new cases of influenza? If you can make a favorable answer to this urgent appeal for volunteer nurses, notify Mrs. E. T. Baker, Telephone 243, at once. You are needed. And you are badly needed. Unless some help is forthcoming immediately there is grave danger that the influenza situation will again be a serious menace to the health of the community.

To those in charge of the nursing problem for the civilian population, it does not appear that the disease has by any means been stamped out. There are a number of families where deaths will surely occur unless nurses can be furnished. In one family eight are down with the disease. If these patients have to get up to wait on themselves or on other members of the family, cases which are now mild will surely be changed into dangerous ones.

Mrs. William Hunter, who has been working tirelessly for the past few days to obtain nurses for influenza cases, stated last night that she was at the end of her resources and had not been able to find volunteers who would help out the families now so much in need of assistance. “If we can get this help and get it right away,” said Mrs. Hunter, “we can reasonably hope to save the lives of all the patients. But if they do not expect anything else than fatalities. The crisis so far as the nursing problem is concerned has not passed in Moscow, and if any woman can respond to this appeal to meet a public necessity, she will earn the gratitude of the people at large as well as of the Red Cross and the particular families who are down with the disease.” It is not necessary that the women have a nurse provided, we can hardly who respond should be trained nurses, with diplomas. Any practical woman who has any skill at all at the bedside will he very welcome in the ranks of the volunteer nurses.

Having done her part so nobly for the past few weeks, Moscow, it would seem to those in charge, should not fall down now and neglect to do her full share of merciful work for the benefit of those recently stricken.

It is hoped that as soon as this notice is read tonight a number of women will offer themselves as nurses to meet the impending crisis.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 16 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Photo contributed by the Indiana Historical Society, P0173
An unidentified woman wears a face mask during the 1918 flu epidemic.

source: What Indianapolis was like during the 1918 pandemic April 8, 2020 – by Noah Crenshaw
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Nov 18

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 18, 1918, Page 1

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University Exonerated for Death of Boyd Frazer

Shortly after school opened at the University of Idaho, Boyd Frazer of Jerome, who had applied for entrance into the S. A. T. C., was discharged owing to a minor physical disability, he being unable to pass the physical examination. He returned to his home at Jerome, Idaho and soon after died. It was thought at the home of the young man that he had been released from the university and sent home while sick. Much indignation was expressed there and there was much talk and ill feeling. When Dr. Lindley, president of the University of Idaho, learned of this he requested that a committee be sent from Jerome to investigate the matter.

A. C. Alexander, publisher of the Lincoln County Times, of Jerome, and R. S. Frazer, father of the young man, came to Moscow to make an investigation. On the train they met F. A. David, who was returning from southern Idaho, and he accompanied them to Moscow and assisted them in getting at the facts. They made a thorough investigation, going into every detail of the matter, visiting every place information might be obtained, and were fully convinced that no blame attached to any one. While in Moscow Mrs. Alexander called at the office of The Star-Mirror and wrote a statement showing that the investigation had proved that no fault could be attached to any one here. Upon his return home he published in his own paper, the Lincoln County Times, the following report, which completely exonerates every one in Moscow with any responsibility for the death of the young man. …
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University of Idaho is Again Holding Classes

The University of Idaho opened today in a limited way, after being closed three weeks by the influenza quarantine. All S. A. T. C. classes and work has been renewed, but the classes for girls were not resumed owing to the fact that there are a few very mild cases of influenza among the girls students. These are being carefully watched and guarded. If no new cases develop the girls’ classes will be resumed within a few days. Individual instruction in music has never been stopped at the university as the girls were taught individually and not in classes.

There have been no new cases of influenza reported among S. A. T. C. men for several days and the situation in the university is regarded as very good. The men came down town Saturday evening for the first time since the quarantine was ordered, but they were given rigid instructions not to congregate in large numbers in store or other places. The privilege of coming down town will not be granted to the men from now on until the quarantine is raised.

President Lindley insists upon a rigid observance of this rule for several reasons, the chief being that he does not want to add anything to the situation in town, which is not as good as it should be. There are many new, although mild, cases in town. The students will not be permitted to mingle with the towns people. …

The siege has been a long and hard one and everyone is worn out. President Lindley is especially anxious to prevent any further spread of the disease in town, owing to the marked shortage of nurses. Many nurses who volunteered to take care of the sick when the epidemic was at its worst, have been taken down with the disease or are so worn out with continued work that they could not stand another siege. Appeals for nurses have been sent out every where, but none can be had. Every community is short of nurses and appeals continue to come to Moscow from other places, but Moscow has not enough nurses to care for her own sick if there should be any increase.

Schools will open in Latah county next Monday. Mrs. R. B. Knepper, county school superintendent, today received a telegram from the state board of health notifying her that the quarantine will be raised next Sunday, November 24, in Idaho, and that schools may open on Monday, November 25. Should local conditions be such that it is thought not advisable for the opening of schools at that time, the situation will be handled by the county or city health officers. Moscow churches are expected to hold services next Sunday.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 18 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 18, 1918, Page 2

Carey Smith Comes Home.

Carey Smith, who is attending the naval unit of the Washington State university at Seattle, came home Saturday evening to spend a week’s furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Smith. Carey and Orval Garrison, who is in the same school from Moscow, have just recovered from attacks of influenza. In the entire school of several thousand men there was a small percentage of deaths from influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 18 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 18, 1918, Page 3

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City News

Mrs. Howard Frazee and daughter, Maxine and Kathleen, arrived Sunday from Spokane to visit Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Frazee. Mrs. Frazee is just recovering from quite a severe attack of influenza.

Mrs. Worth Rogers, who lives east of Moscow, is sick with influenza.

Mrs. Andrew Hagan went to Spokane Sunday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Urton, who are just recovering from the influenza.
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Miss Genevieve Davis Dead.

Word has come to Moscow that Miss Genevieve Davis died at Pocatello, Nov. 14 with influenza. Miss Davis was a former student of the university and a sister of J. D. Davis and Ellsworth Davis, who are well known in Moscow. Mrs. J. D. Davis is now in Moscow visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Bratton. She was teaching school at Pocatello.
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Women Work at Bremerton.

Frank Burch returned Saturday from Bremerton. Mr. Burch says Bremerton is a busy place. In the Puget Sound shipyards, where he was employed, there were 6300 persons on the payroll and 1000 of these were women. The women drove trucks, drove cranes, were machinists’ helpers, besides being employed in office work.

The influenza at Bremerton has been quite serious, the fatalities being largely among the sailors.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 18 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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A family in Dublin, Calif. wears masks during the novel influenza pandemic that ranged from 1918 to 1920 (Courtesy City of Dublin, Calif.)
(click image for larger size)

source: COVID-19 mask recommendations echo 1918 orders, By K. Cathey, Lodi News Apr 14, 2020
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Nov 19

American Falls Press. November 19, 1918, Page 1

19181119AFP1Flu Is Increasing.
Relaxing of Precautions Results in Unexpected Spread of Epidemic – Help Needed to Care for Sick.

There has been a material increase in the number of flue cases within the past four days. Among them are the family of A. O. Garten, eight members; children of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Claassen, S. L. Upham, Mrs. C. W. Dahlberg, J. S. Abercrombie, Mr. Wilcox and G. S., Wennstrom at the First National Bank, Pat Field, Mrs. A. H. Barton, the Kennedy family, Waren Grothe, and Mrs. Soell.

There are said to be a number of others, who are caring for themselves and have not reported. The Red Cross is seeking aid in the care of some of the sick. Anyone willing to nurse the sick, to go in and straighten up the homes, or to prepare food, are requested to phone Miss Florence Barber at the county offices during the day or at 115J evenings.
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The influenza epidemic has been checked in army camps.
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Pleasant Valley.

Andrew Neu has been on the sick list for several weeks and is improving very slowly.

Some of our patriotic farmers are selling their wheat and buying barley to feed their stock, thus going to lots of trouble to save wheat for human consumption.

After a serious work of nursing in Rockland, Grandpa Hetch has returned safely and is ready to take up his duties in the Pleasant Valley school house.

Misses Sophia and Emelia Radke have been looking after the farm of their mother while she was nursing her son Emanuel in the hospital, who has been very sick. Much to the joy of his friends, he passed through the danger zone and arrived home Saturday last.

Influenza has almost left the valley. The worst cases were at the homes of Robert Radke, Jacob Neu, John Tiede, Mrs. M. Radke, Louie Adolf and Emmanuel Radke.

Dan Rast is enjoying health again after a week of illness,
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Arbon News.

Fred Richards is quite ill with the influenza at the home of E. H. Davis.

The two oldest boys of L. B. Evans are very ill with pneumonia following influenza. All of the family had the flu but are getting along fine.

Bert Noble, the 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Noble, died at the family home of pneumonia due to influenza, after a few days’ illness. Interment at the Pauline cemetery. This is the third child in the Noble family to die in a little less than two years.

John Bowen is ill at Malad with influenza. He was returning home from his daughter’s funeral when taken ill.

Mrs. Albert Poppie is sick with influenza.

Mrs. Heber Woods is still very ill.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 19, 1918, Page 4

People and Events.

Mrs. A. H. Barton is confined to her home by an attack of influenza.

Mrs. C. W. Dahlberg has been quite ill with influenza but is improving.

G. A. Brahmstadt was here from Arbon Monday. He reports the flu situation there somewhat better.

The families of D. J. Wiens and Peter Boldt of Pleasant Valley, have been victims of the flu epidemic.

Emanuel Radke left the Bethany Deaconess Hospital last Saturday, fully recovered from an attack of influenza.

Warren Grothe, Jesse Smith, Mrs. P. A. Friesen, Miss Ida Tracy and Mrs. Butler of Arbon valley, are influenza patients at the hospital.

The family of Charles Johnson have recovered from the flu with the exception of Mrs. Johnson, whose lungs are affected. She has been ill for three weeks.

There seem to be quite a number of new influenza cases this week, and there is a prospect that the opening of schools and churches will be delayed a little while.

Reports from Pocatello yesterday were that there were 1500 cases of influenza. Furniture has been removed from hotel lobbies so that people are not encouraged to congregate and loaf.

Herman Barnard, 11 years old, who has been at Bethany Deaconess Hospital nearly seven weeks suffering from typhoid fever, has so far recovered that he will be able to return home this week.

People who have dishes which they do not know where to return, are requested to leave them at the Red Cross rooms. During the recent epidemic many dishes were sent to the homes of the sick, and in many cases the recipients do not know where they came from.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rudeen were in town from their Sunbeam ranch Monday. Mr. Rudeen stated that the flu epidemic out his way had come to an end. Nearly all his neighbors, as well as his household, were afflicted with the disease. …

Peter A. Friesen, a resident of the Cedar Creek locality, in Bingham county, died at Bethany Deaconess Hospital last Friday of influenza. He had been an inmate of the hospital for five days. He and Mrs. Friesen and their little child all had fallen victims to the disease. When they were visited by neighbors Mr. Friesen was in a delirious state and as quickly as it was possible, the family were removed to the hospital. Attention was attracted to the Friesen home by a message over the phone from Mr. Friesen. The party to whom he phoned noted an unnatural tone of voice and queer expressions, and feared there was something wrong. A telephone call was sent to Dr. MacKinnon at Aberdeen, and word soon was received that the fears were justified. For a time the life of Mrs. Friesen was despaired of but she is now out of danger. Mr. Friesen is survived by his wife and child and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Friesen, who reside in the same locality. The family of A. A. Friesen were all down at the same time. Funeral services were held at the place of interment, the Mennonite cemetery west of Aberdeen.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 19, 1918, Page 2

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source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 19, 1918, Page 2

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Upper Presto

The Howel boy was taken ill with influenza at Brush Creek, and was brought to Basalt for treatment.

Everything was closed yesterday and everyone took the advantage of celebrating the good news, of the war being over.

The Tolmie family report that Mrs. Hans Hansen and John Vasatkia are getting along nicely, after having the flu.

The two children of R. P. Hansen, Alta and Ammos, have the flu.
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Grandview

Marvin Thompson came down with the flu Monday morning.

Miss Hazel Quigley came home from the Crystal Springs ranch Monday. The family have all recovered from the flu.
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Sterling

Luther Satterfield and all of the family are confined to their beds with the influenza.

Mrs. Morrison is quite ill with the influenza.

The Smith and Cornforth families are victims of the “flu” at present.

The news of Germany’s downfall was joyfully, and enthusiastically received here Monday morning, and there was much cheer and as much celebrating as could be carried out on account of the “flu.” Everyone that could went to Blackfoot to join in the fun, while those at home celebrated a more sound thanksgiving. Far into the night blasts could be heard thundering and crashing off like the cannon shots fired at sunrise on Independence Day. It was indeed a happy day.

The Larkin Club meeting was indefinitely postponed on account of the influenza epidemic.

Miss Hazel Quigley returned home Sunday from the Crystal Springs ranch, where she has been for some time. She is just convalescing from a severe attack of influenza and pneumonia.

The Holmquest family are recovering nicely from their attack of the “flu.”
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Shelley

Shelly People Celebrate.

Everybody here was hilariously happy when news was received last Monday morning that the war was over All sort of effigies of the Kaiser were displayed, he was hanged, drug over the streets, etc. Firewater seemed to be in abundance and the majority of people who were celebrating seem to have had a taste of it. Whistles blew repeatedly here for several hours. All stores and business houses were ordered closed by the mayor. Te sugar factory closed down for the day to let its employees celebrate the most important day in all history. Cars rambled thru town all day with joy-mad occupants, yelling at the top of their voices. Extremely loud blasts were heard here all day Monday and far into the night. Many people here attended the celebrations both at Idaho Falls and Blackfoot. Last Monday could be said to be the liveliest day that Shelley has seen in years.

Many of our boys who were called by the local draft board were notified that their calls had been cancelled.

Mrs. R. B. Waller is reported ill with the flu, her condition being reported as not serious.

Two of H. L. Malcom’s girls who have the influenza are recovering nicely at the present time.

The influenza is reported to be slowly subsiding in Shelley, few people are now wearing masks as it is thot [sic] that they are of no particular advantage in avoiding the flu.

Farmers should be reminded that all stores here close at 6 o’clock for the present time.

It is not definitely known yet when the schools will be re-opened here.

So completely did some of the people here celebrate last Monday, that they have hardly gotten over their celebration yet.

Now that this great war is over, the Shelley people should receive their boys when they come with the greatest of enthusiasm and with the greatest of honor. It is reported that up to present date there has not been a Shelley boy killed in battle in France. Several of our boys have been wounded in action, but not seriously. Two Shelley boys who were wounded in the big spring drive were Joseph Patterson and Earl Schureman, the latter is reported on his way to Shelley. Two Shelley boys died of the influenza in training camps; they were Barney Johnson and Piercel Humphreys.

May all our boys who are in France come safely home.

Continue to buy War Savings Stamps for the money is needed for our boys over there.

Give with a whole heart to the Y. M. C. A. and the Red Cross.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 19, 1918, Page 3

Families Ill With Influenza Now Recovering

The influenza seems to affect certain localities more seriously than others.

In Moreland the disease was more prevalent, but the afflicted families are now out of danger and on the high road to recovery. Some of the families are the following: Brig Robinson, O. C. Johnson, Hyrum Grimmit Jr., J. H. Hall and A. J. Akers.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 19, 1918, Page 5

Influenza Ban Lifted in the State of Idaho

The influenza ban will be lifted in the state of Idaho, Sunday, Nov. 24.

On that date all public assemblages such as churches, picture shows, schools, etc. will be opened.

School will start Monday, Nov. 25.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 19, 1918, Page 7

Idaho Budget

The University of Idaho, at Moscow, celebrated the peace rumors Thursday by a military parade, in which all the members of both sections of the S. A. T. C. participated and by the firing of military salutes just outside of town.

The validity of the state and county boards of health closing order during the present influenza epidemic as against business colleges, is questioned in a suite filed by M. S. Hoover, proprietor of the Gregg Business college, Twin Falls.

While participating in the celebrations taking place over the ending of the world war, Mrs. J. O. Marquess was thrown from an automobile driven by C. Smith and instantly killed on the road between Meridian and Nampa, about four miles from Nampa.

Indiscreet peace celebrations caused raids on two stills in Latah county. One of them was in the basement of a building in the center of Moscow business district, the other in the timber between Troy and Avon. Steve Weller and Charles Thrys were arrested.

Judge J. F. Cowen of the Custer country district court telegraphed to the governor an appeal for state troops to help him force his way into Custer county, which was closed by a quarantine regulation designed to debar Spanish influenza. The attorney general held that the quarantine was legal and that court dates are not of sufficient importance to justify calling state troops to aid the judge and court attaches to enter the county.

Health conditions are not such yet as to justify and relaxing of precautions against the epidemic of Spanish influenza, and reports being circulated in some parts of the state that the order against holding of public meetings is soon to be lifted are false.

The influenza situation in Pocatello reached a point where Mayor A. B. Bear asked the citizens to subscribe to a $5000 fund to be used in caring for the numerous victims who are suffering with the disease. The money will be disbursed by the civilian relief committee.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 19, 1918, Page 8

Olive Evans Passes Away.

Miss Olive Evans died at Kellogg, Idaho, Thursday, after suffering an attack of the influenza.

Miss Evans was an employee of the Mountain States Telephone Co. here about three years ago. She was working for the same company up to the time of her death.

The remains were shipped to Moore for burial.
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Taber

A dozen cases of flue are reported in Taber.

Dr. Patrie was called to Taber Monday to attend Miss Mary King, who is very ill with pneumonia.

Taber people celebrated until a late hour Monday over the glad tidings of the war.

Herman Stuffins and family and the Delzer family are quite sick with the flu.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 19, 1918, Page 1

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Ban In Idaho Will be Raised
State Board of Health Will Lift Influenza Ban on November 24
May Continue Longer Here
Local Schools Will Probably Not Open Until December 2nd

The Spanish influenza ban which has been in force and effect in Idaho since Oct. 10 for public gatherings and Oct. 21 for the public schools, will be lifted on Sunday. Nov. 24. A decision to this effect was reached by the state board of health Thursday and the order so directing was issued to all the county health officials of the state by Dr. Biwer, secretary of the board.

After reviewing the returns from the various counties on the spread of the disease as they came in Thursday the board came to the conclusion that it would be safe to set a date when the influenza ban could be lifted. This was accordingly authorized. The officials are convinced that the epidemic is on the wane and that while it is severe in some spots in a majority of the sections of the state hardest hit, the serious stage of the epidemic has been passed.

In the event the epidemic should take a sudden change for the worse and should spread, Dr. Biwer states it will become necessary to suspend the date set for lifting the ban, but he does not believe that such a situation is likely to occur.

The order of the state board of health in regard to lifting the Spanish influenza ban gives the county health officer full authority to maintain the ban in localities where in his opinion there is danger of the disease spreading. In this county the Spanish influenza epidemic has abated somewhat but is yet serious and it is a question whether or not Health Officer Dr. Fry will raise the ban and permit the schools to open on Monday, November 25th. Many members of the school board of Independent School District No. 4 do not think it advisable to try to open the schools of the city until Monday, December 2. The long, enforced vacation will mean that school will continue later this coming spring. There will be no Christmas or New Year holidays and it is probable that the teacher’s institute week will be done away with.

Following is the order of the state board of health lifting the Spanish influenza ban in the state:

“You are hereby advised that all restrictions of the state board of health for the control of the epidemic of influenza, are to be removed at 1 a. m., Sunday, November 24, insofar as is safe within your jurisdiction.

“Reports received by this office indicate that for the state as a whole, the incidence of influenza is rapidly diminishing, which explains the foregoing order.

“While sporadic cases will doubtless develop for a considerable period, and while in some isolated sections influenza may still attain epidemic proportions, we believe that the present stringent requirements may be done away with.

“You are directed, however, to use all care in handling the situation within your jurisdiction and if in the judgment of the local board of health the time Is not ripe for removal of restrictions, you are authorized to maintain them for the present.

“I wish to thank you, and through you, the public generally, for the splendid cooperation which has been given the state board of health during this abnormal situation.”

During the past week there have been many new cases of the Spanish influenza develop and there have been two deaths resulting from the disease.

In various parts of the county there are those whose condition is serious. Most of the influenza cases are convalescing nicely.

The percentage of new cases of the influenza in the county this week is considerably less than for the past four weeks.

Mrs. E. Boileau and Miss Edmire Boileau are, confined to their beds with Spanish influenza. Miss Eva Boileau, nurse at the Wallace city hospital, is expected here today to take care of the sick folks.

Miss Dollie Bruce is seriously ill with the influenza. Other members of the Bruce family who have been sick with the disease, are recovering.
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Virginia Worley Passes Away
Died Monday Morning of Pneumonia Following Spanish Influenza

Virginia Worley, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Worley, residents of the Cow creek district, died Monday morning of pneumonia contracted following an attack of the Spanish influenza, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. McNichols. Funeral services where held at the cemetery this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. G. H. Wilbur conducting the services. The funeral was attended by a large company of the friends of the deceased and her family and many beautiful floral tributes were banked on the grave of the deceased. …

She is survived by her father and mothers and four brothers and two sisters. She is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Worley. …
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War Work Campaign Moves Slowly in Boundary

According to all reports now in the hands of T. S. Kerr, secretary and treasurer of the United War Work campaign, less than $1,000 of Boundary county’s quota of $2,700 has been subscribed. About $600 has been subscribed in Bonners Ferry but not more than half the population of the town has been solicited. But few of the country districts have made reports to-date. Most of the camps of the county have been visited by Chairman Kent and his committee of solicitors and the men have, in most cases, given freely.

Most of the counties of Idaho have more than raised their quotas and they did this early last week. Some counties, like Boundary, are way behind in their subscriptions. In this county the campaign for United War Work funds has been seriously hampered on account of so many being ill with Spanish influenza. It has not been possible for the workers to solicit in many homes and half or more of the workers themselves have been sick. …
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Kathleen, Three Years Old, Died This Morning of Influenza

Kathleen Marie, the three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. McNichols, died this morning of Spanish influenza and whooping cough with which she had been sick for about a week. The funeral will be held at the cemetery tomorrow at noon and Rev. Fr. Kelly will conduct the services.

The deceased was three years and three days old. She is survived by her parents and two brothers. …

Both Mr. and Mrs. McNichols have been very sick with the influenza for several days and both their boys are sick with the disease and have the whooping cough besides. Both Mr. and Mrs. McNichols are convalescing. Mrs. G. A. Elliott, of Coeur d’Alene, a sister of Mrs. McNichols, arrived here last night and is taking care of the sick folks. She has been taking care of her son Robert, for several weeks in his sickness with influenza and pneumonia.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 19, 1918, Page 3

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Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers.

There has been a new outbreak of influenza at Moscow.

Howard J. Fenton died recently at Kendrick of pneumonia following an attack of influenza.

Per Svenson, early settler, recently died at his farm home two miles south of Deary from influenza.

The funeral of Dr. Alexander Cairns, who succumbed to pneumonia, was held at Coeur d’Alene Sunday.

Judge Wallace N. Scales announces that the fall term of the district court will be postponed until Monday, December, because of the influenza epidemic.

Fred George, alias Gruber, and harry Hinton, escaped from the Idaho penitentiary at Boise Sunday morning by scaling a 20-foot wall with the aid of a 24-foot rope braided from yearn furnished the inmates by the Red Cross for knitting sweaters for soldiers. George is under a life sentence for murder, and Hinton a five to 15-year sentence for robbery. They have not been captured.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 19, 1918, Page 4

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Local News

Pend d Oreille Review, Sandpoint, Idaho – Mrs. Cleam Gorsline and babies are at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Whitaker, parents of Mrs. Gorsline. They came down from Porthill the first of the week, accompanied by Mrs. Whitaker who had been at Porthill nursing the Gorsline family through a siege of influenza.

S. E. Henry received a telegram on Sunday telling of the serious illness of his wife at Grafton, N. Dak., with Spanish influenza. Mrs. Henry was called to Grafton a couple of weeks ago by the serious illness of her parents. She was accompanied by her brother H. S. Swanson and he has also contracted the influenza.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 19, 1918, Page 5

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Local Pick-ups

Mrs. F. E. Murray was called to Spokane Thursday by the serious illness of her sister.

Frank Ferraro, who has been sick for several weeks with the Spanish influenza, is back at work in his barber shop, the Pastimes.

Stookey’s Furniture Store was closed several days last week and this on account of the illness of the proprietor with Spanish influenza.

The First National Bank was doing routine business Saturday after having been partially closed up for several days on account of the officers and employees having the Spanish influenza.

Mrs. Dell Collins was arrested Sunday by Town Marshall Knight on the charge of being drunk and disorderly. The defendant plead guilty yesterday morning before Justice of the Peace King and was fined $25 and costs and was given a suspended jail sentence of 60 days.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gleed has been a regular Spanish influenza hospital for some time, Mr. Gleed, Miss Laiurel Gleed, Miss Ruth Lozier and Miss Kevill, all being sick with the disease at the same time. All the influenza patients are now able to be up and around again.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 19, 1918, Page 1

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Idaho To Raise Quarantine Sunday Morning, Nov. 24

We can all go to church next Sunday. The announcement comes from Boise that the quarantine in this state will be raised Sunday morning. The state board of health, which declared the quarantine, makes this statement, which leaves no doubt of its authenticity. It is planned to hold regular services in all churches next Sunday at the usual hours.

Schools will open at 9 o’clock Monday morning. Every school in Latah county will be opened at that hour, unless a district develops influenza to such an extent that it is deemed unsafe. The county health officer will have authority to close the school if he deems it unwise to permit the holding of school in that district.

We can all go to the “movies” Monday night. There will probably be a rush to these on that date, for the people have been so long without this form of popular amusement that they will relish a good, clean show once more.

But we are cautioned against being careless when the quarantine is raised. The danger will not be over. Raising the quarantine does not kill germs of the disease that may be lurking, nor prevent contagion under favorable conditions. Physicians predict that we will have influenza for weeks to come and urge that the utmost care and diligence be used to prevent another outbreak of the epidemic here. They say that it is likely that persons living in the country, who have not been exposed may become exposed and contract the disease and others may have opportunity to spread it. It is urged that upon the first symptoms of the disease appearing the person afflicted retire from association with the public and that voluntary quarantine be established in every home where the disease appears. It is especially urged that children who may develop symptoms of the disease be kept out of school until it is ascertained whether they really have the influenza or merely a cold, as the early symptoms of both are quite similar.

We are prone to look upon the war as horrible and the long death list as terrible and shocking, yet we are told by the authorities that twice as many persons have died in the United States from influenza since it made its first appearance about two weeks ago, as have been killed in the American army since it began fighting Germany. This has been the worst scourge the United States has ever had and has resulted in a greater number of fatalities.
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All Classes At University Will Be Resumed Tomorrow

No new cases of influenza among either the S. A. T. C. men or the girls of the University of Idaho have developed. If Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, reports favorably all classes at the university will be resumed tomorrow.

Dr. E. H. Lindley, president, will require that all students living in Moscow, who have not been under quarantine at the university, will be required to bring certificates from the city or county health officer dated not earlier than today. The situation is very encouraging, but the greatest care will be used to prevent any spread of the contagion, either in the university circles or in town. The university people have asked to be permitted to co-operate with the town people in fighting the disease in town, as the town people did with them when the disease was so bad among university students.

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, has consented to the opening of the university for all classes tomorrow, and will grant certificates to all students living in Moscow who are entitled to them. Without these certificates they will not be admitted to classes. Certificates dated prior to today will not admit them.

Dr. Adair will be in his office after 7 o’clock tonight and will examine all applicants and grant them certificates so they can enter school at the university tomorrow. He requests that all desiring certificates call this evening, if possible, as he will be waiting for them at his office tonight.

Dr. Adair says the situation in Moscow shows much improvement. Only two mild cases have been reported since last Friday and he thinks that with care and diligence the situation will soon be, under complete control.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 19, 1918, Page 3

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City News

Russel Knapp has been on the sick list for a few days, but is improving.

J. W. Wilson is on the sick list with a slight attack of influenza.

Mrs. Audrey Herington, cashier of the Washington Water Power company, is ill of influenza.

Mrs. and Mrs. Chas. Rosnagle, who have been six weeks in Elk City visiting their daughter, Mrs. Otto Giles, came home today. Otto Giles is well again after an attack of influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 19 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Part 12

Idaho Newspaper clippings November 9-14

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Boundary County serviceman pictured in downtown Bonners Ferry in 1918 Photo courtesy Boundary County Museum

source: Boundary County, Idaho News
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Nov 9

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 09, 1918, Page 1

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Tells How Conrad L. Ostroot Died
Was Taken Ill With Influenza on Shipboard – Had Best of Care

Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Ostroot, whose son, Conrad, a bright young man well known in Moscow, died some time ago, are just in receipt of the following letter giving detailed information about his last illness. The letter follows:

“London, Oct. 20, 1918.

“Mrs. E. E. Ostroot, Moscow, Idaho.

Dear Madam: It is with great regret that I have to confirm the news of the death of your son, Conrad L. Ostroot, at sea on Oct 10th, 1918.

“He sailed early in October for Europe for important duty under my direction.

“Shortly after leaving port he developed Spanish influenza which later turned into pneumonia. He received the best of care from the ship’s doctor and it looked for a long time as if his strong constitution would pull him through, but it was not to be. Other deaths occurred but I saw to it that he had better treatment than most.

“You may feel that you son died in line of duty just as much as if he had fallen in battle. He was an excellent man who did his full duty – evidenced by his selection from a considerable number for duty of special importance.

“Very truly yours, N. H. Heck, Lieutenant U. S. N. R. F.”

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 09, 1918, Page 3

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City News

The Cornwall Red Cross sent a nice lot of fruit for the Moscow soldiers today. The fruit goes to the hospitals and convalescent wards.

Mrs. Frank Mix sent to the soldier hospitals today a lot of cream, fruit, cookies and puddings which were thankfully received by those well enough to eat them.

Homer and Howard David have now fully recovered from the attacks of influenza for which they have been housed for the past two weeks. Howard David is able to be down town. Mrs. Homer David has also recovered from a similar attack.

W. T. Wilkins left for his home today at Blackfoot, Idaho. Mr. Wilkins will return to Moscow in a few days, as his son is still ill of influenza.

Mrs. Chas. Thomas of Champion, Alberta, arrived in Moscow, called by the illness of her daughter, Miss Ona Thomas, of influenza. Miss Thomas had been working at Plummer’s cafeteria and now at the home of Mrs. O. W. Beardsley.

Miss Joy Newman, typist at the university, has a slight attack of influenza and was taken today to the home of Mrs. Roberts.

Mrs. Cyrus Roberts returned to her home in Kendrick, her son Cecil having recovered from the influenza.

Mrs. F. I. Lindgren went to her home at Orofino today, leaving her son Paul, of the S. A. T. C., practically well of influenza.

Arlie Decker, Dean of Forestry at Pullman College, has recovered from his attack of influenza and arrived in Moscow today to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Decker.

Mrs. Geo. Daugherty of Estes is in Moscow today. Mrs. Daugherty has been assisting in collecting fruit for the soldiers, having brought in last week an automobile load of canned and fresh fruit.
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Influenza Situation in Moscow is Better

The influenza situation still shows improvement in Moscow, both in the city and in the university and the S. A. T. C. There were eight new cases among Class A men of the S. A. T. C. admitted to the hospital today and nine were released as cured. There have been no more deaths, but one case is regarded as almost hopeless. Otherwise the situation is regarded as much better than it has been for some time. Nearly all new cases are very mild.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 09, 1918, Page 4

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W. E. Wallace Tells Of The Influenza
Moscow Man Returned From San Francisco Says Epidemic Terrible There

W. E. Wallace returned last evening from San Francisco where Wallace and Cooper have the jobbing rights of California and Nevada for the I. L. C. automobile lens. Mr. Wallace says the Inland Empire has escaped wonderfully easy from the dread epidemic. In San Francisco there are 20,000 cases of influenza with about an average of one hundred deaths a day. The terrible disease is no respecter of persons, taking the rich and poor, the old and young; occasionally a victim drops dead on the street, and in instances entire families.

Several of the prominent physicians and nurses of San Francisco have been victims of influenza. The ambiances are going day and night. It is compulsory for every one to wear masks except in the privacy of one’s own home or hotel room. Business is at a stand still, having fallen off from 60 to 70 per cent in many cases, and yet they cannot secure the necessary help. Of course no crowds are allowed to congregate; even war bulletins being removed from the windows; the mass of some churches is given on the church steps; no courts are are permitted; no music is allowed in restaurants.

Coast cities are conserving on lights; no lights are allowed in show windows except at certain times; cluster lights are reduced to one late in the evening; no electric signs as usual, except on certain nights; in fact, it is a gloomy city where it was once bright and gay.

Mr. Wallace come home by way of Portland and Seattle, where stores are closed all day Saturday and open other days from 10 to 3 p.j. All along the way the sad sights of caskets and boxes were exhibited at most stations.

Sixteen bodies were on the train as they pulled out of Oakland, that city being badly stricken also. So Moscow can well be thankful that her population has so far suffered so few tragedies.

Mr. Wallace will remain with his family until about the first of January.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 09 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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A naval unit in Pullman, Washington, on Nov. 11, 1918, celebrating the end of World War I. Courtesy of the Franks Collection, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

source: Northwest Public Broadcasting
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Nov 11

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 11, 1918, Page 1

World War Is Over

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Moscow Holds Greatest Celebration In History

The greatest celebration in the history of Moscow was held today. The celebration began at 2 o’clock this morning when word came over the telephone that the armistice had been signed. It started with the ringing of church bells and the sounding of whistles, with shrieks by the few who were up at that unseemly hour.

Early this morning special bulletins began to reach the office of The Star-Mirror telling of the signing of the armistice and that the was is over. As the bulletins were posted great crowds gathered around the bulletin boards and read with deep interest.

When it became known that is was not a hoax – that Germany had actually surrendered and that the war was actually over a celebration that would do honor to the occasion was arranged. It was decided to close all stores at noon and devote the afternoon to celebrating.

At 2 o’clock the parade, the largest, best and most thrilling ever seen here, started. Let by the band, President Lindley and the army officers, the S. A. T. C. men from the university, 500 strong, nearly all in uniform, and singing “‘Twill not be over till it’s over over there,” led the great parade. Then came the university cannon. Then the vocational training corps, a sturdy bunch of real soldiers commanded by real army officers and looking like a young army, Company C, Idaho National Guards, the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, old soldiers, members of various lodges, the fire department and civilians afoot, on horseback, in carriages and automobiles, formed a parade that would have been an honor to a city 10 times as large as Moscow. The streets were thronged with a glad, happy, cheering mob of men, women and children.

It was a “perfect end of a perfect day.” It was an event long to be remembered in Moscow. The influenza was forgotten and everyone seemed joyously, almost hilariously happy.

Miss Isabelle Richards was the Goddess of Liberty and Little Vern Sturm represented “Uncle Sam and the Allied Nations” on the fire truck.

George Creighton took Mayor Truitt, Judge Steele of the district court, and George G. Pickett, city attorney, in his car, which carried the American and the Allied flags, and made a fine showing in the parade.
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American Casualty List Nearly Seventy Thousand

Almost 70,000 American soldiers have been killed, wounded, taken prisoner or died from accident, disease or other causes, since the United States began war with Germany. The total up to this morning, was 68,451, and 969 were added in today’s list. This does not include causalities in the marine corps. …
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Influenza Causes Two More Deaths In Moscow

Two more deaths, due to influenza, have occurred here, bringing the total since the influenza epidemic struck Moscow up to 12.

Earl S. John, whose wife died just one week ago, followed her today. Mr. and Mrs. St. John were stricken two weeks ago and both were critically ill from the start. Her death occurred just one week before that of her husband. Mr. St. John was 22 years of age and had been employed as a window decorator in David’s department store. Mr. and Mrs. St. John had no children. …

Leland Eddy, of Sandpoint, a member of the S. A. T. C., class B, the vocational training corps, died this morning after an illness of two weeks. His condition has been critical for more than a week and hope of his recovery was abandoned several days ago. His mother arrived in Moscow before his death, reaching here Saturday evening. …

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 11, 1918, Page 2

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City News

Mrs. C. A. Christenson of route 5, gave a sack of apples and four quarts of cherries to the soldiers’ mess fun.

Robert Cozier of the S. A. T. C., who is a victim of the influenza at his mother’s home, is improving.

Miss Grace Ball, commercial teacher of the university, has received news of the serious illness of her father and sister.

Mrs. Geo. W. Shepherd, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hill, was called to Great Falls, Mont., by the illness of her husband, who had taken a relapse from an attack of influenza.

Miss Helen Savage, who has been in Pullman for the past year, has been quite ill of influenza and pneumonia, but is now recovered. Her mother, Mrs. Savage, of Moscow, is with her and both expect to return to Moscow the latter part of the week.
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Troy Has Monster Celebration Today

More than 2,000 persons joined in the wildest celebration the town of Troy has ever known today. All business was suspended and the afternoon given over to celebrating the close of the war. The finest parade ever seen in Troy was headed by “uncle Sam” with “General Pershing” dragging the kaiser through the streets and the effigy was burned later wile 2,000 enthusiastic people yelled themselves hoarse. Although business is closed the merchants and citizen are feeding everybody who will accept, popcorn, peanuts and other confections and every man who wants to smoke has a free cigar. Troy never does anything in a half-hearted way and the celebration today is a record breaker. The Star-Mirror furnished the people of Troy with the terms of the armistice which were read at a great meeting where patriotic speeches were delivered and patriotic music played and patriotic songs were sung.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 11 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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1918 Armistice Day Parade. Troy, Idaho. Donor Clyde Spencer

source: Photo Group 5 University of Idaho Library Special Collections & Archives
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Nov 12

The Idaho Republican. November 12, 1918, Page 2

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Shelley

The influenza has not started on the decline in Shelley yet, but instead many new cases are being reported. There has been only one death in Shelley from the flu that of Mrs. Frank Hiatt. The cases seem to be much lighter because people are now taking better care of themselves when they have the disease. A stranger at the sugar factory succumbed to an attack of the flu. The people of Shelley should consider themselves lucky for not having conditions more serious The main thing is to take care of yourself when you get this dreaded disease, go to bed when you feel ill and call the family physician.

The Dean Drug store and Roger’s Cafe are the only business houses open here at the present time after 6 o’clock. The drug store is open after 6 for the sale of medicine only. Roger’s Cafe stays open until 9 p.m. Other business houses will not open again at nights until notified that they may do so by the board of health.

Edley Hampton is recovering from a slight attack of the flu.

Election day was much quieter here this year than the last congressional election; due partly to the flu and partly to the war conditions, but the big majority of citizens here turned out to vote.

Miss Clara Dolder is up and around again, after having recovered from a severe case of influenza.

Edgar Thornton has returned from an attack of the flu, as has Guy Mallory also.
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Firth

The flu has reached Firth. A. G. Robbins, Mrs. M. D. Andrus and several of the family and possibly others not reported are or have been afflicted, but all seem to be convalescing nicely.

On October 22 at four o’clock in the afternoon, occurred the death of Emil J. Ekedahl of Firth. He had been stationed at Camp Fremont and became ill with pneumonia. Within ten days he passed away and was brought home for burial. He was only twenty-one years and eight months at the time of his demise. …

The Mentor club which was to have met with Mrs. L. F. Ramsey has post poned its meetings spending the abatement of the flu.
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Upper Presto

Mrs. Ila Grover passed away Sunday morning, after suffering from an attack of influenza. …
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Jameston

Miss Elda Fielding, who has been very ill with the influenza is improving.

Word has been received that Glen Andrew, who has been ill with the influenza at Camp Sherman, Ohio, is improving.

Use plenty of camphor as a preventative for the flu. A little bag of camphor tied around the neck is very good.

Election day was very quiet in Jameston.
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Death of George Bailey

George Bailey, age eight years, son of George Bailey of Groveland, died Thursday night, after suffering an attack of influenza and pneumonia for the past four weeks.

His mother and brother Glenn proceeded him, both dying from the same disease. …
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Idaho Budget

Citizens of Jerome are aroused over the treatment accorded Boyd Kelly Frazer, 19 years old, at the S. A. T. C school at Moscow and an investigation into circumstances attending his discharge when suffering from Spanish influenza and his death three days after his arrival home, has been started.

Last week an order was issued at Idaho Falls that every person must wear a mask while anywhere associated with other persons, and that all business houses except drug stores and restaurants and hotels should close at 6 o’clock p.m.

Dick Donovan, deputy director of the state farm markets bureau, who has been sick for almost a month in a Pittsburgh, Pa., hospital with Spanish influenza, has entirely recovered.

Because of the influenza epidemic the state board of agriculture announced last week that the Lewiston livestock show, scheduled for November 7 to 13, will be postponed until the latter part of November or some time during December.
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Back on the Job

P. H. Whitiger, head mechanic at the Service garage, resumed his work Saturday morning, after being confined to his home for several days, on account of sickness.
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Able to be at Work

Charles Kinney who has been confined to his bed for several weeks past is much improved and now able to be around. Mr. Kinney has accepted a position with the Smith Bakery company.
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Influenza Reaches Alaska.

Nome, Alaska – Nome has been stricken with influenza. About 300 white residents are reported suffering, and Eskimos in near-by villages are said to be dying by scores. The weather has been below zero for several days.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 12, 1918, Page 4

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Grandview

Two Grandview citizens, victims of influenza, Mrs. Will watts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A,. J. Satterfield passed away at the hospital in Pocatello early Tuesday morning. She had been called to Pocatello two weeks before to help care for the sick in her brother’s family. A few days later she contracted the disease, follow by pneumonia, which resulted in her death. She was very sick from the first. Her mother had been with her constantly for ten days. Her husband, to who she was married just a year ago, was called to the colors several moths ago, and she had been expecting to visit him. They were unable to reach him with a message, as word reached them from Washington D. C. that he had sailed for France three days before. …

Ralph Quigley, a young man about twenty year of age died November 5, after an attack of influenza-pneumonia. He had been working in Blackfoot, but came home, after contracting the influenza. … Several other members of the family are still sick.

Mrs. Patton is reported very ill with influenza.
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source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 12, 1918, Page 5

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Local News

J. W. Ezell, who has been very ill, is now improving.

Miss Lyn Thompson is much improved from her recent illness.

Miss Eula Palmer was on the sick list the last of the week.

Mrs. E. J. Benson was on the sick list the last of the week.

Mrs. Roy Clifford is very ill at her home.

C. C. Hayes of Idaho Falls was in Blackfoot Thursday and purchased twelve caskets from D. H. Biethan.

Fred Weber, who has been ill with the influenza, is now somewhat improved.

Miss Nell Crenshaw has fully recovered from a few days’ illness.

Miss Clara Schofield resumed her work at the Blackfoot Mercantile Friday, after a week’s illness.

Miss Delphia Montgomery has recovered from a severe attack of the influenza.

Miss Milbury Pew resumed her work at the Racket store Friday having fully recovered from her illness.

R. W. Adair was on the sick list the last of the week, but is doing nicely at present.

Word has been received that Mrs. Guy Priest, who is in Bainebridge, Ind., is ill with the influenza.

Mrs. L. C. Rockwood was on the sick list a few days the last of the week.

Mrs. Carilone Warren went to Pocatello Saturday to stay with her daughter who is ill.

Gordon Thompson has fully recovered from a severe attack of the flu.

Miss Meria Weise resumed her duties at the Pearson grocery, after being confined to her home with sickness.

Mrs. W. C. Sollenberger went to Pocatello Friday to visit with her daughter Mrs. Drollinger, who is ill at the present time.

Mr. Clifford arrived in Blackfoot the last of the week from Moscow, where he has been taking military training. He was called home on account of the illness of his wife.
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Dr. Simmons Leaves

Dr. and Mrs. Simmons left Friday for Pocatello, from there Dr. Simmons left for Fort Riley, Kan., where he will be in the service.

Mrs. Simmons returned to Blackfoot Saturday morning to remain some time before joining her husband.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 12, 1918, Page 1

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Death of Mrs. Nathan Perry.

Mrs. Nathan Perry died at Rockland last night, of influenza. A husband and two small children survive her. At her bedside when death came were Mr. and Mrs. McCulloch of Rigby, father and mother of the deceased.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 12, 1918, Page 4

People and Events.

The family of P. A. Friesen, who live just over the line in Bingham county from Cedar creek, are reported to be down with influenza.

Charles Johnson and family are ill with influenza. The children of Mrs. Muehien [?] came down first, and had barely began to get well before other members began coming down.

Dr. Noth is gaining very fast and will soon be able to go on a vacation which he has earned several times over during the past ten years. He began learning to walk again Saturday, and made fair progress.

Mrs. Webb, mother of Mrs. Frank Barnard, who is seriously ill is reported slightly improved.

M. J. Unger and Bob Elisberry made a trip to Aberdeen Saturday. They found the “no admittance without a mask” sign up and working. The flu is getting a good start in Aberdeen.

James Frodsham was a visitor from Rockland yesterday, bring news of the death of Mrs. Nathan Perry, from influenza. Mr. Frodsham reports the situation much better than it has been for a month past.

Mrs. A. B. Altree is recovering from an attack of pneumonia, contracted while she was taking care of sufferers from influenza in Rockland and American Falls. Mrs. Altree has without doubt done her part since the epidemic began, and her friends will be glad to hear that she is recovering her health.

Elmer Drummond died at the hospital Monday morning at 2 o’clock, after suffering with influenza for a week. Deceased is survived by his wife and three children, aged four months, four years and six years. …

Miss Gweenty, the nurse who came from Burley to assist in caring for the influenza victims at Rockland when the epidemic was at its height there and who fell a victim to the disease herself within a few days, returned to her home yesterday. Miss Gweenty left realizing that she had fallen among friends during her illness and is profuse in her tans for the way she was cared for. Miss Gweenty is the only one of nine nurses who were headed for Power county who ever reached their destination. What became of the others is one of the mysteries. They may have been taken off the train before they reached here to assist in other localities, or may themselves have fallen ill.
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Arbon News

Raldo Woods, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Heber Woods, died Tuesday of pneumonia induced by influenza. The young man had been ill only 11 days. The remains were laid to rest at Valley View cemetery.

Newell Leishman and Frank Turner are both recovering from a serious siege of pneumonia. Both had to be operated on to better their condition.

Richard Bandy is now able to sit up a little after several weeks illness with pneumonia.

Flu conditions locally are on the mend. All cases are very light now and only a case now and then breaking out.

Mrs. John Lusk came over from Malad Monday to help care for her son, Dave Lusk, who was quite ill with influenza, but is improving. Dr. Epson of Malad was the attending physician.

Election day was quiet here, due to the flu situation and cold weather, many losing their votes on account of illness.

source: American Falls Press. [volume] (American Falls, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 12, 1918, Page 1

19181112BFH1Several New “Flu” Cases
Everybody Getting It – Serious Cases Are Rapidly Improving

County Assessor W. C. Reid is confined to his home with Spanish influenza as is also County Clerk Elder, Prosecuting Attorney Frank Bottum, and Deputy County Clerks, Miss Peterson and Miss Bruce. Consequently the court house is not the scene of many activities. E. M. Flood is acting county clerk in the absence of Mr. Elder and Miss Reid is taking her father’s place in the assessor’s office.

Yesterday morning, the First National bank was unable to take care of its customary business as Cashier Shultis, Assistant Cashier MacNamara, and Teller Thomsen are all “flu” victims. Many of the stores of the city are seriously handicapped by the illness of employees with the Spanish influenza and the disease seems to be claiming new victims every day although there are few serious cases and all the old cases are improving rapidly. Drs. Fry and Keller are on the go day and night but have found it almost impossible to attend to each and every call as promptly as usual.

In the Porthill and Copeland districts there are many “flu” cases but all are reported to be getting along nicely.

It is not likely that the schools will be allowed to start again for another week or two. The opening of the schools will be ordered by the state health board upon the recommendations of County Health Officer Fry.

Dr. Fry states that he has reported 79 new cases of the influenza this week to the state health department; last week he reported 84 cases and the week before that 88 cases. He has reported a total of 355 cases but of course there are many mild cases that the physicians have not heard of and Dr. Fry estimates that in this county there have been, counting the present cases, about 700 Spanish influenza victims. There have been a total of nine deaths from the disease.
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Mrs. Van Etten Passes Away
Victim of Pneumonia – Funeral Services Held Sunday Afternoon

Mary Josephine Van Etten died at the Bonners Ferry hospital Saturday morning of pneumonia following and attack of Spanish influenza. Interment was had Sunday afternoon in the local cemetery, funeral services being conducted by the Rev. E. R. Henderson. …She is survived by her husband, a day and a half old son, her father and mother and sisters and brothers.
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Little Bernice McGarvey Dies

Bernice, the little four and a half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McGarvey, of Naples, died at her home Thursday night of Spanish influenza. Funeral services were conducted at the local cemetery Saturday afternoon at two o’clock. Rev. Fr. Kelly officiating. …
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Postpone Supreme Court

Attorneys of this city were notified last week that the term of the supreme court which should have convened in Coeur d Alene yesterday, would be indefinitely postponed on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 12, 1918, Page 2

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Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers.

The epidemic of influenza is on the increase at Elk River.

Miss Catherine Lansing, age 42, died recently at Lewiston from the “Flu.” Miss Lansing was among the most devoted of the Red Cross workers, and for the last year had given practically all of her time to this work.

The influenza epidemic has run its course in Lewis county, no new cases having been reported for nearly two weeks. In all 23 deaths occurred in Lewis county from the epidemic, 15 being at Nez Perce and eight at Ilo-Vollmer.

One doctor in Kellogg reported 400 cases of Spanish influenza. In some families six and seven members are in bed from the disease – all regulations are closely followed, but it seems to be on the increase. Eight have died Friday and Saturday.

If no furthers cases of influenza develop the Sandpoint schools may resume Nov. 18. The ban on picture houses and public gatherings will probably be removed at the same time.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 12, 1918, Page 6

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Local Pick-ups

Tom Martin, of the Kootenai Valley Times, is seriously ill with Spanish influenza.

R. McPherson is confined to his home with an attack of Spanish influenza.

Mrs. and Mrs. O. F. Howe are confined to their beds this week with Spanish influenza. Mrs. Gray, mother of Mrs. Howe, is taking care of the sick folks.

Mrs. J. Bert Cowen and two children are sick with the Spanish influenza.

J. L. Leach, proprietor of the Golden Rule Transfer, is sick this week with the Spanish influenza.

The H. B. Carratt family have all been victims of the Spanish influenza. At last reports the family were on the road to good health again.

Bryon N. Hawks, proprietor of the Brody Drug Store, who has been seriously ill with Spanish influenza, is on the road to recovery and will be able to attend to his business duties in a day or so.

Miss Verna Bruce, nurse at the St. Luke’s hospital in Spokane, arrived here Saturday to spend a few days visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Bruce. Miss Bruce has just recovered from a severe attack of the Spanish influenza and Sunday, her sister, Miss Dollie, was taken ill with the same disease. Mrs. Lillian Smith, a cousin of Miss Bruce, accompanied her here from Spokane, but returned home Sunday on account of the sickness of Miss Dollie Bruce.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 12, 1918, Page 8

H. B. Wilson of Bacon & Wilson, Plummer druggists, died last week of influenza.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 12, 1918, Page 1

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Only One New Case Of Influenza Here

The influenza situation in Moscow is better today than at any time since the epidemic stuck Moscow. There have been no deaths since Sunday night and in the report issued today but one new case had been admitted to the hospital while eight had been discharged as cured. The new case is very mild. The patient belongs to class A of the S. A. T. C. Of the men released four are class A and four are class B men. The general situation in Moscow is regarded as very favorable. It is hoped that schools may be reopened in the near future if the situation continues to show improvement.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 12, 1918, Page 5

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City News

Mrs. T. A. Meeker is improving nicely since having the influenza.

Winnifred Edmundson has been very sick with the influenza for over two weeks at Grangeville, where she is teaching in the city schools. She is now able to be up.

Roy Handlin of the S. A. T. C. is just recovering from an attack of influenza and is now at the Elks’ temple.

Frank Neely is ill of influenza and pneumonia, but is improved today.

Frank Griffith, who lives near Moscow, has received word that his son Elza Griffith at the camp at Eustic, Va., died of influenza.

Emer Keiber of Wallace came home Sunday to assist in the care of his father, Geo. Keiber, and two sisters, who are ill of influenza.

Prof. H. B. Reed of the psychology department at the university received word yesterday that his brother A. A. Reed, died of influenza last week in Saskatchewan.

Judge and Mrs. W. M. Morgan arrived at noon today from Coeur d’Alene where the judge had expected to hold a term of court, but on account of the epidemic of influenza, the session was postponed. Judge and Mrs. Morgan expect to return to Boise tomorrow.
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Yesterday Was A Legal Holiday In Idaho

Few people knew that yesterday was a legal holiday in Idaho. Governor Alexander issued a proclamation declaring it such, as soon as he learned that the armistice had been signed and the war was over, but the telegram announcing the proclamation did not reach Moscow until late yesterday evening after The Star_mirror had gone to press and it was not made known until today. But Moscow people made it a holiday, whether legal or illegal, and they certainly enjoyed it, even though they had only half a holiday when they might have had a full day. But they had part of a holiday last week when the United Press fake report of the signing of the armistice was received, and are not complaining.
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Juliaetta Celebrated Signing of Armistice

Juliaetta. – The people of Juliaetta gave vent to their joy in the new of peace yesterday, by a most enthusiastic demonstration. All the bells of the town rang continuously for six hours. Business houses were closed. A parade was formed, and speeches were made by prominent citizens. All day the people were finding new ways to express their patriotism and joy. In the evening a huge bonfire was built, around which gathered several hundred citizens and people from the surrounding country. Under the flags of the allied nations, an impromptu program was rendered. The Reverend Mt. Nelson, Mr. Columbus Clark, Mr. Earl Crum, and Mr. E. W. Porter were the principal speakers. The crowd joined in singing patriotic songs. The demonstration lasted far into the night.
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Oscar Roos Died at Lewiston Today.

A. Langdon was called to Lewiston today by the announcement that his son-in-law, Oscar Roos, had died of pneumonia, following influenza. Mr. Roos married Myrtle Langdon, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Langdon, and was well known in Lewiston where he was engaged in railroad work. He had recovered from influenza enough to be up and around when he took a relapse and died today. Mrs. Langdon was with her daughter when death came to her husband. …

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 12 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Members of the St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty on five ambulances during the 1918 flu pandemic. Via Library of Congress

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Nov 13

The Challis Messenger., November 13, 1918, Page 1

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Citizens Maintain Quarantine

Wednesday evening, word reached town that District Judge F. J. Cowen, together with T. R. Jones, Clay Vance and an attorney from Idaho Falls had passed the quarantine guards on Willow creek summit and were on their way to Challis.

At about seven o’clock a large number of our citizens met and proceeded down the road to a point about 100 yards below the school house and erected a barricade to stop the entrance of the car carrying the party named above into town.

An offer was made the visitors to the effect that if they would go to the Challis Hot Springs for the night the Council of Defense would meet with them the following morning. Judge Cowen said he would consent to this arrangement provided he was guaranteed an entrance to town the next morning. This could not be assured him and after some further parleying, the Judge and his party returned to Mackay.

There was no violence offered nor disrespect shown to the party. The assemblage was simply a body of determined men and women to enforce a quarantine which our health officers deem is necessary to protect the lives of our citizens against a disease that proves fatal in many cases.

Should Spanish Influenza enter our town it would be a serious blow to the community and there is no question but that some of our citizens would lose their lives as a result. We have but one physician and no nurses here and our situation would be extremely dangerous.

The State Board of Health and the Governor have given us all assurances of their support in maintaining the quarantine. The people therefore, believe they are standing on their rights as American citizens and have resolved to back our health officers in maintaining the quarantine.
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To Maintain Quarantine
“The ‘Flu’ Will be Mild in Comparison to What We Will Get if We Do Not Change Our Ways”

On the 11th or November, 1919, Judge F. J. Cowen called E. J. Michael, Clerk of the District Court on the ‘phone and asked hint to call a meeting of the citizens and see if they would not make some changes in regard to the quarantine situation here. The meeting was called and the following message was ordered ‘phoned to Judge Cowen:

“The County Board of Health, consisting of a majority of the Board of County Commissioners have established quarantine but not prohibited travel along the public highways, and only require people coming from infected districts to submit to reasonable regulations so as not to spread the disease. If any person will submit to these reasonable regulations they can freely enter the quarantined district and travel unrestricted to any place therein.

We are supporting the law and our quarantine regulations and protecting as best we can our people against the affliction of Spanish Influenza. We have no desire to violate your orders and believe the facts have been misrepresented to you. We have always had the greatest respect for you and your orders as to judge and believe when you get all the facts you will appreciate our stand and until then we ask you to withhold judgment and stand with us in protecting the lives of our people and to not issue further Court Orders until our side is represented.”

Upon receiving the above message the Judge replied that the people were not receding from their position in maintaining the quarantine and that if we did not change our methods we would get into a worse condition than Spanish Influenza could possibly put us.

Citizens of Custer County and Idaho, what do you think of this?

Is torture and punishment in store for the law abiding citizens of this district, just because they are trying to protect their wives, their children, themselves and all that is dear to them from this terrible disease?

Judge Cowen has threatened to call on the Governor to establish martial law in this section, but the Chairman of the State Board of Health has ‘phoned that if martial law is established it will be to enforce our quarantine, not to break it.
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People of Pahsamaroi Enforce the Quarantine

In the early days of Idaho when the people reached a point where they could no longer tolerate unprovoked law breaking they took matters into their own hands and made a community a safe place in which to live.

Perhaps the pioneers who hanged law breakers to trees in those days were hotter headed than their decendants [sic] of today at any rate the SPIRIT OF SELF DEFENSE is not dead in the Pahsamaroi valley.

If the Citizens wished to have their lives protected and the quarantine enforced they must, they decided, act themselves: The Custer County Health Officers were doing their utmost to make the quarantine effective, but attempts were made by certain attorneys to make the quaranntine [sic] a legal farce by blocking every effort of our officers; as a result a number of people met together and formed a ‘Safety First Unit’ they decided the issue, found the solution required drastic action that they themselves must take that action, The Village of Mackay had set that example by refusing political organizers a hearing and drove their speakers from their community.

When parties who came to Pahsamaroi Valley were put under quarantine and then refused to live up to the requirements of the law, were going through the valley at will with the possible chance of spreading the contagious desease [sic] with a total disregard for Officials the law and the lives of their fellow citizens, the residents took prompt action, and the quarantine breakers were required to go into quarantine or leave the valley, they decided on the latter couse [sic] and the citizens accompanied them to see that this was done, this should be a warning to other transgressors generally.
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Pete Fourcade and wife are visiting friends here and enjoying the security of our quarantine.
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Bologna Bill Stretched Again
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source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 13 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., November 13, 1918, Page 2

Idaho Budget

Dr. J. D. Irwin of Caldwell was seriously injured when his automobile was struck by an interurban car.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 13 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., November 13, 1918, Page 5

Items About People You Know

Peter McKinney, of Salmon, after going into quarantine for four days, transacted business here the fore part of the week.

Floyd Carpenter returned to Challis the latter part of last week. He was quarantined for four days at the quarantine station.

Allan Williams returned from Idaho Falls last week. He went through quarantine before coming into town.

Mrs. M. A. Dillingham and children who have been ‘Flu’ sufferers at Salmon are almost completely over the disease and will return home in the course of a couple of weeks.

D. B. Drake has received word from his folks who are in California to the effect that they had had the ‘Flu’ with the exception of little Dorothy, who escaped the disease.

M. A. Brown has been on the sick list the past week.
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Sheriff Macbeth of Butte county, was here a short time Tuesday afternoon, serving an injunction on our quarantine officers, restraining them from interfering with or stopping C. V. Hansen from entering the quarantine.

Harry Holden of Idaho Falls, was in conference with a committee of Challis citizens Thursday afternoon. He has been employed as counsel by the local board of health.

Commissioner Hansen came up as far as the Harry Waters ranch this morning. Mr. Hansen stated that he was not intending to come into town and that a quarantine will be established at Mackay.

Clay Vance a representative of the department of justice was allowed to enter town this morning upon permission of the local board of health. Mr. Vance’s official duty was to be present at the canvass of the vote which is taking place today and had nothing whatever to do with the quarantine.

We are fortunate in having an established quarantine for we believe that it alone is responsible for no “Flu” cases in this district.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 13 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., November 13, 1918, Page 7

The prevalence of influenza was responsible for a much lighter vote than would have been cast had health conditions throughout the state been normal. Many did not vote because they were confined to their homes with the disease, while others doubtless did not go to the polls because they desired to avoid coming in contact with some who were probably afflicted with the disease.
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Bankers’ Meeting Postponed.

New York. – Indefinite postponement on account of influenza in St. Louis of the convention of the Investment Bankers’ Association of America, which was to have been held there this month is announced.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 13 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 13, 1918, Page 3

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City News

Tom Armstrong and wife and three children, who live east of Moscow about six miles, are all ill of influenza.

Mrs. Ethridge, of Viola, formerly Miss Fanny Murphy, is ill of influenza. Her husband and his mother, are also ill of he same disease.

Mrs. Jerry Gelwick and mother, Mrs. E. R. Dewey returned today from Seattle. Mrs. Gelwick has recovered from an attack of influenza. Mr. Gelwick will remain on the coast for the present.

Guy Penwell, whose eyes were badly burned by a premature explosion of gunpowder during Monday’s celebration, is rested easily today. Dr. Carol Smith of Spokane, has stated that unless infection sets in, the sight will be restored.

Elza Griffith, at Camp Eustis, Virginia, is ill of influenza but has not died as was printed by error in yesterday’s paper.

Dr. Carol Smith, who left for Spokane this morning, states that the masks for prevention of influenza are not required now in Spokane.

In order to reduce the stock to a minimum before the quarantine is raised, the Post Exchange at the assay building of the university, will immediately reduce prices on all goods now on hand. …
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19181113DSM1-headlineHead of University On Educational Work
President Lindley Makes Statement Concerning S. A. T. C. Status

The question of perhaps greatest importance just now with the S. A. T. C. and the vocational men is the possible effect of the forthcoming peace upon students here in military work.

In an interview with an Argonaut representative, President Lindley says:

“From the first I have believed the plan of vocational training for soldiers was designed by the government to meet the needs of the period of reconstruction as well as the demands of the war. This country has had an insufficient number of men trained in these crafts. The increasing role of machinery in modern life places an increasing premium on such knowledge and skill. What better knowledge could there be for a farmer than a course in general mechanics?

“As to the Collegiate Section, there is much evidence that the United States plans to provide for the education of young soldiers whose school work has been interrupted by the war. It is rumored that the S. A. T. C. is to be established in the American Army in France during the period of further service there and will continue until demobilization.

“It will be remembered that Senator Reed proposed an amendment to the Manpower Bill providing for two years training for all returning soldiers who desire it. Judging from the telegram above quoted, the government realizes a similar obligation to the members of the S. A. T. C. who are now in college. These students entered upon a course of collegiate training for government service. It is hoped and believed that they will be permitted to remain in school long enough to derive a real benefit from the experience.

“Courses of study may be modified to fit the new conditions, but the educational program, I trust, will be carried forward. The man who expects to compete successfully in the new era now dawning will find need for all the training possible. In other words, the man who expects to succeed without scientific training will find himself on the scrap heap.

“This program will not appeal to the men who have no ambition, but those who desire to win promotion and success in the world will appreciate this as a golden opportunity to get ready without expense to themselves for the strenuous days just ahead.”
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19181113DSM2Flu Situation Still Demands Caution
Guild Hall No Longer Needed as Hospital – Classes Resume Work

The influenza situations while not quite so encouraging this week as last, is not at present causing undue alarm here. One more death, that of Leland Eddy, of Sandpoint, occurred at 3 o’clock Monday morning.

The admissions for the last few days has shown an increase especially the admissions Friday and Saturday. But the discharges continue, and the hospitals are being emptied of influenza patients.

The guild Hall, which was used for a convalescent hospital, is no longer been closed. [sic]

Classes continue as per schedules. Girls from town are meeting the quarantine restrictions and are moving on to the campus so that they may take up their regular class work.
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Princeton Pickings
Many Have Influenza

Mr. Shook’s family are sick with the influenza. Dr. Thompson was called Monday to see Mrs. Shook.

John Lienhart family are all improving, John being the worst.

Mrs. Jock Graves was called to Bovill to see her son, Friday, who has influenza at Dr. Gipson’s hospital. He is improving.

Mrs. C. R. Hawkins has been on the sick list for several weeks, is improving.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 13 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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In Sydney, Australia, nurses leave Blackfriars Depot in Chippenedale during the flu epidemic in April of 1919. NSW State Archives / Tara Majoor

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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Nov 14

The Grangeville Globe. November 14, 1918, Page 1

19181114GG1Death Called Mrs. Soltman.
Young Matron Taken by Grim Reaper After Short Illness.

Mrs. William Soltman, aged 25 years and 21 days, passed away at the family residence last Saturday evening after a short illness from pneumonia which followed influenza. Funeral services were conducted in the open air at the residence Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock interment being made at Prairie view cemetery.

Clara Anna Knorr was born October 19, 1893, in Idaho county, Idaho. … On March 16, 1916, she was united in marriage with William J. Soltman. In addition to her husband and two children, Donald Jack, aged twenty months and Christine Clara, aged five months, she is survived by her aged grandfather, D. A. Borcherding, her father, C. B. Knorr, three brothers, Ben, Ed and Walter and five sisters…
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News of Close of World War Greeted With Enthusiasm.

On receipt of authentic information that the war had been brought to a close the citizens of Grangeville took a half-holiday and celebrated the event in appropriate style. All business ceased in the afternoon of Monday, the Cowboy band turned out and in addition to rendering patriotic music lead a hastily formed parade around the principal streets. American flags were profusely in evidence and as were also the allied flags.
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Influenza About Over.

Very few cases of the “Flu” have come to light since our last publication, and it is confidently believed here that the quarantine can soon safely be lifted. A few cases are confined to the emergency hospital, and all the real serious victims are on the road to recovery.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. November 14, 1918, Page 3

Nine enlisted men of the navy who volunteered to be inoculated with the serum of Spanish influenza to help medical officers gather specific facts regarding the disease and discover the means of combating it, have been commended by Secretary Daniels. The experiment was conducted during the prevalence of the epidemic in the first naval district, Boston, and the volunteers understood the danger to which they exposed themselves for the benefit of others.

The test indicated that the disease is not due to a filtrated virus, as the results were negative. None of the men inoculated contracted the disease. They were isolated for tend days after their inoculation.
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As a measure against the further spread of influenza, war workers in Washington, D. C., are taken to their duty every morning by automobile instead of in crowded street cars. The division of transportation of the governmental emergency commission worked out the plan which, it is estimated, provides for the accommodation of 25,000 of these workers every day in privately owned automobiles that volunteer to “give a life” to the man and women – especially the latter. The danger of traveling in crowded street cars is thus removed for them.
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Distribution of 20,000,000 food cards among American housewives will be made by the United States food administration on December 1, instead of October 27, as was originally planned. The spread of influenza and the consequent ban on all manner of public gatherings and activities, including patriotic work, prompted the postponement of the campaign.

The new card will contain no regulations regarding either “wheatless” or “meatless” days, but will urge as a whole the careful saving of all edibles, particularly wheat, meat, fats and sugar. It will be necessary for the United States to send 5,750,000 tons more of foodstuffs to the allies this year than last with an almost staggering total of 17,500,000 tones in the coming year in order that 120,000 000 people of these allied nations sitting at a “common table” with America may have stamina to bring th war to a conclusion if peace is not meantime obtained by Germany’s surrender.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. November 14, 1918, Page 8

Dr. W. G. Law, D. C., of Vollmer, who has been in the city for the pat two weeks assisting with the influenza cases, will return to his home on tomorrow morning’s train. The doctor assisted in some of the most stubborn cases in this community.

Al White of the Bradbury Cigar store, is able to be about his room in the Imperial hotel since he received a setback after combating the “Flu.” He has been a very sick man for quite a spell and his friends will be pleased to see him about again.

Dr. Scallon is still confined to his home from the effects of his recent attack of influenza. An abscess formed in the doctor’s ear and he has been having considerable trouble with that member. He expects to be able to attend to his practice shortly, however.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Wallace Miner. November 14, 1918, Page 1

Big Zinc Producer To Increase Output

Men are being put on at the Interstate-Callahan mine as rapidly as they can be obtained, and mine production has been resumed after a suspension of several months, during which period development work was continued steadily, resulting in large additions to the known ore reserves. It will of course require considerable time to secure an adequate force underground, the difficulty due to the general labor shortages being intensified by the epidemic of influenza. …

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 14, 1918, Page 1

Now that the fighting is over, the election is over, and the influenza is fast spending its force, we shall have time to give our earnest thought to bettering our farming here on the North Side. We have got to do it to maintain the value of our properties. …
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J. F. Sorrels Passes Away.

On last Friday night, in the temporary hospital established in the Eagles Hall, occurred the death of J. F. Sorrels from pneumonia following an attack of influenza. The unfortunate gentleman was sick but a few days and although all possible was done for his recovery, it was not so to be and he answered the call of the grim reaper.

Mr. Sorrels was among the early settlers in Jerome, coming here with his family at an early date to establish his home, and was quite well known over the tract.

The deceased leaves a wife and three sons, the youngest being only 18 months old, who will morning the loss of an affectionate father and husband.

The funeral was held Saturday with interment at Jerome cemetery.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 14, 1918, Page 4

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Appleton

The Humphrey homes have been under quarantine the past week. C. H. Humphrey has nearly recovered from influenza, but L. C. Humphrey is still quite sick.

Election passed off with little excitement. A good many voters stayed at home. Booths were placed outside the school house and votes passed in to the judges through the windows. L. C. Humphrey was elected justice of peace and C. H. Smith constable for the third term.

Wm. Sparks’ children were sick last week and placed under quarantine which was lifted Friday.
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19181114LCT2
Eldorado Heights

The Stevens and Fuliner families have all been sick with grippe, but are improving at present.

Reginald Bingham has been ill with Spanish influenza for the past three weeks in the hospital at Vancouver, B. C. The latest report is to the effect that he is able to be around again.

The two Lovingood families have ha a siege of influenza. All are improving.

D. Oliver Brown and family are also on the influenza list. They are much improved at present.
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Gooding College Notes.

According to the report of President Charles Wesley Tenney, Gooding College will start a number of practical courses for the benefit of those who have not been able to begin school before on account of sickness or of work at home. These courses will commence about Dec. 1 or as soon as the quarantine is raised and will include bookkeeping, shorthand, typewriting, spelling, penmanship, practical English and commercial arithmetic – just the subjects and just the methods for the young men and young women who are somewhat out of touch with regular school conditions and who wish to do as much as possible during the winter months.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 14, 1918, Page 5

Notice.
Teachers’ Examination Postponed

By order of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the teachers’ examination set for Nov. 21, 22 and 23 has been indefinitely postponed. Notice of new dates for holding the examinations will be published later.

Stella Cook, County Superintendent.
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Rolland McGuire.

On last Sunday evening at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. Newell in Arcadia Valley, occurred the death of Rolland McGuire, who was a victim of pneumonia. The young man was only 17 years of age and had made his home with his sister since coming to Jerome. The funeral was held Monday with services and interment at Jerome cemetery.
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Death of Wm. F. Crowder

On last Monday morning, at the local hospital established in the Eagles Hall occurred the death of William F. Crowder of Boise Ida., from the effect of Spanish influenza, which rapidly developed into pneumonia.

The young man was only 32 years of age and came to Jerome a short time ago where he was engaged with one of the ditch crews on the canal work. …
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Mrs. A. Newell.

The little community of Arcadia Valley was saddened on last Monday evening, when the death of Mrs. A. Newell was announced from her home on that day.

This little family have all been the victims of the flu, seven of them being down at one time, resulting in the death of Mrs. Newell and her brother, Rolland McGuire.

The deceased leaves five children, the youngest being only five days old, and the sympathy of the community is extended to these children who are called upon to our the death of a dear parent and one to guide their little footsteps through the pathways of their young life. …
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A Promising Career Ended.

On last Sunday morning deep gloom was again cast over our little community when the word was passed out that H. D. Maclear had passed to the great beyond.

Little Mac, as he was more familiarly known among his friends, was stricken about two weeks ago with influenza, which rapidly developed into pneumonia, and although the brave young man put up a most remarkable fight he was unable to withstand the ravages of the disease and answered the final call at noon on Sunday last. …

Harold D,. Maclear was born at Evanston, Ill., on Nov 13th. 1888, making him 30 years of age at the time of his death lacking 3 days. He as untied in marriage about four years ago to Miss Violet Boone of Twin Falls, who , with a little son, Billie of three tender year, is left to mourn the passing of an affectionate father and husband. …
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The Local Flu Situation.

Several new cases of flu have developed in Jerome and vicinity during the past week, none of a serious nature, however, and with another doctor in the field temporarily, and some of the nurses relieved from other cases, it is to be hoped that the disease can be brought under control in our midst.

Due precaution is urged on everyone to assist the local officers in their endeavor to stop the epidemic by keeping a strict quarantine and to avoid congregating in any great numbers.
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Memorial.

In Memory of Mrs. Stella M. Lawshe

That dread disease,
Sweeping o’er our land,
Has stopped in Jerome
And laid a hand
On one of our young folk, so dear.

A girl in our midst
For over ten years;
We learned to love her,
To comfort her fears
And to share her joys and sorrows.

Though ’tis hard to give
A chum of so long,
Friendly at all times;
We part with a song
In our heart and a tear in our eye.

The tear is there for sorrow,
Yet, through the heart’s pain,
Comes a thought of “Tomorrow”
Fore we’ll meet again
Beyond those Shining Gates.

There is little more to say,
And not much else to do,
But give our lives to God
‘Till He summons us too,
To dwell in the land
Where we live anew.

– By a Friend and Schoolmate, H. A. R.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 14, 1918, Page 1

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Personal and Local Mention

Dr. J. C. Woodward was called to Nyssa Sunday evening to attend several cases of Spanish influenza, and on Monday was called to Council to administer to a family who were al very bad with the same disease.

The local Draft Board has received word from the war department to discontinue inducting men for service, but to continue classifying and examining until further notice. men who were enroute to training camps were returned to their homes.

Grace Bowman, who recently came from Crane, Oregon, where she has been rendering valuable service in caring for the sick after the closing of the schools, has received her transportation and will leave today for New York city and from there will go to France where she will act as reconstruction nurse.

Mrs. and Mrs. T. O Mead arrived in Payette a few days ago from La Grande where they are employed as operators of a picture show which closed on account of influenza. After remaining in quarantine four days at the Blair home they received a telegram to return to La Grande as the quarantine had been lifted and the show allowed to run. This would indicate the epidemic had been stamped out at that place.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 14, 1918, Page 5

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North Payette

The United War Work Campaign is on this week and every one is eager to give to the limit to help our boys in the Camps here and over there.

Word came last Saturday that Denver Nichols was critically ill with influenza. Before the night the news of his death arrived. Denver had been in Camp Rosecrans about two weeks. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 14, 1918, Page 1

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Victory Celebrated With Glee
Emmett Citizens Turn Out En Masse to Rejoice in Allied Triumph.

The anxiously awaited news, officially confirmed, of the armistice, was announced to this community about 2 o’clock Monday morning, by the continuous blowing of the Mill whistle, and many a sleeping citizen wakened more readily than ever before in his life. Many sprang from their beds and with hasty and abbreviated preparations hurried to join in an impromptu celebration. Guns were fired and several energetic autoists honked out their elation. One car, bearing a bugler, made the rounds, sounding out the reveille, beautiful in the crisp morning air. Those in authority, however thought best to defer the real celebration until 2 p. m. that no one might miss the opportunity of arranging affairs to spend the rest of the day care-free.

Accordingly, in the meantime, floats were being prepared, flags and bunting flamed out from every available place and at 2 o’clock crowds of joyous people lined the streets eager to help celebrate the gladdest hour the modern world has experienced. The weather was ideal and the procession of gala cars, encircling a space of about nine blocks in the center of town emanated a deeper and keener appreciation of the good news than before, and the joyous mingling of band, honking and screaming of autos, shouting, ringing of bells and beating of any noisy instrument available, sent gladdest echoes sounding through out the valley and re-echoing from the hills. …
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19181114EE2
The “Flu” Claims Four.
Ralph Vanderdasson and Baby Succumb – Also Son of Dan Nielson

On Tuesday, James Vanderdasson received a message stating that the family of his son Ralph, whose home is on Smiths Prairie, had been stricken with influenza while en route to Emmett. Mr. and Mrs. Vanderdasson and Tom Davidson, a brother of Mrs. Ralph Vanderdasson, left at once to attend them. This message was soon followed by another urging them to make haste; that the baby had died and the father was steadily growing worse, with almost no hope of recovery. Ralph lived, however, until after the arrival of his parents, but soon passed away. The father and babe were buried there yesterday, and the mother is reported better. We are informed that they are being cared for at a ranger’s station where they had been forced by illness to discontinue their journey. The sympathy of the community will go out to the family and the young woman so sadly bereaved.
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Theodore Neilson.

Theodore Neilson, who suffered a relapse and pneumonia following influenza, passed away Wednesday morning. He leaves a wife and child about two years of age, and other relatives. His father, Dan Neilson, brother-in-law, Ray Castle from Boise and family came down from Sweet, and uncle Andrew Neilson from Nampa were here to attend the funeral which was held this afternoon.
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Thomas Hayes.

Thomas Hayes, the young man who was reported seriously ill last week, died Saturday evening of influenza. He was 17 years old. Undertaker Bucknum took the body overland to Jordan Valley, Ore., to the home of an uncle with whom the young man had made his home for several years. Interment was made Tuesday.
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Two Kessler Boys.

Word has been received by friends of the death of William Kessler, Oct. 21, and Nickolas Kessler, Oct. 23 from influenza at their home in Spaulding, Neb. They were sons of the late Peter Kessler and residents of Emmett until about three years ago.
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Calls Are Cancelled.

Judge Sutton has received instructions from the War Department to stop the classification of all men over 36 years, and proceed with the classification of all others. All calls have been cancelled.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 14, 1918, Page 2

Tales of Town

The influenza mask is a good tobacco cure, if it is worth nothing else.

According to our calculation, the proper amount of sugar to use is just not so much as you want.
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The War Is Won!

The kaiser wore a worried frown,
His under lip he bit.
And moaned: “Mine Gott in Himmel!
Do your women always knit?
No matter what, in rain or storm,
Your boys are always fit,
Because they’re warm in garments
Your women folk have knit;
Mine Gott, Yanks, I quit;
I can’t compete with armies
Whose women always knit.”

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 14, 1918, Page 4

News Of Soldiers

Mrs. Frank Knox this week received word from Portland that her son, Arnold Thommen, engaged in shipbuilding there, is quite ill with appendicitis and the Flu.

Word received this week from Joe Middleton and Ralph Skinner, who are in the special service branch of the army at Moscow, says that the former has been dismissed from the hospital and the latter is in the convalescent ward. Ralph was a very sick boy for three weeks, but though weak, is on the road to recovery. Both of them had influenza. Marion Knox, who accompanied them from here, has been so fortunate as to escape the epidemic.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 14, 1918, Page 8

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Letha

Mrs Pell Johnson was sick in bed with what appeared to be grip last week. She has fully recovered now.

Ralph Vanderdassen lost his baby the other day from Spanish influenza and his wife is very ill. They started out of Smith’s Prairie and were obliged to stop at a ranger station where the baby died.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 14, 1918, Page 1

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Grangeville In Celebration Over Signing of Armistice

Grangeville on Monday celebrated Germany’s signing of the armistice by a half-holiday in the afternoon. Stores were closed and business generally was adjourned, while townspeople congregated on Main street. After the Cowboy band had rendered several patriotic selections from the pavilion at the foot of the flag pole, a parade was formed, and headed by the band and followed by men, women and children in serpentine style passed up one side of the street and down the other. Later anvils were placed in the street and powder blasts set off.

The crowd, however was not nearly so enthusiastic in its demonstrations as it was two weeks previous, when word was received that Germany had accepted President Wilson’s peace principles, recognized as the beginning of the end. It seems that most of the crowd’s enthusiasm was spent at that time.

Grangeville did not celebrate the premature armistice report, circulated over the country Thursday of last week.
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Girl Dies At Cottonwood
Miss Myrtle Rhett, Aged 18, Succumbs to Influenza.

Miss Myrtle Rhett, 18 years old, died Sunday morning in her home in Cottonwood from Spanish influenza. She was teaching school in Clearwater when taken ill, and later was removed to her home. Surviving her are her mother, Mrs. Olive Rhett and two brothers, Chester, in the U. S. navy, and Wallace, at home. Funeral services were held Monday in Cottonwood, with burial in the cemetery there. A. J. Maugg of Grangeville was called to Cottonwood to assist.
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19181114ICFP2
Edw. Steinbach Is Laid Away With Honors
Grangeville Soldier Who Died From Spanish Influenza Buried.
Services at the Grave
Rev. Fr. Phelan Delivers Funeral Sermon in Prairie View Cemetery.

A military funeral was held in Grangeville Wednesday afternoon for Edward Steinbach, Grangeville soldier, who died on November 5, from Spanish influenza, at Camp Rosencrans, Cal. The body arrived in Grangeville Tuesday evening.

The funeral procession, headed by the Grangeville Cowboy band, which played a funeral march, left the Maugg parlor and passed through Main street to Prairie view cemetery. The soldier’s coffin was draped by a large American flag. While the procession passed, and until burial was completed, the municipal flag was flown at half mast. …

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 14, 1918, Page 8

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Local News In Brief

Gay Eimers to Return

Gaylord Eimers, son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Eimers, will shortly be given an honorable discharge from the army, because of physical disability, it is said. Gaylord enlisted last spring, and recently has been in camp in Kentucky. He suffered an attack of Spanish influenza, followed by complications from which he has not recovered.

Dr. P. J. Scallon, who has been confined to his home for the last three weeks by [influenza and] and abscess in the inner left ear, has sufficiently recovered that he is dressed and able to be about the house, but he has not yet ventured outdoors. Dr. Scallon, while in bed, prescribed to a number of patients over the telephone.
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Personal

Miss Florence Murray is again at work in the county auditor’s office, after having been ill with influenza.

The Rev. Fr. Phelan is able to be out, following a severe attack of Spanish influenza.

W. A. Lidquist, claim agent for the Camas Prairie Railroad company is suffering from Spanish influenza. He is in the Grangeville hospital.

Miss Dorothy Barker has recovered from an attack of Spanish influenza, and again is at her post as manager of the local Western Union office.
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Clearwater

Word was received here Tuesday of death of Earnest Gunter in Montana from influenza. The body will be sent here for burial. Mr. and Mrs. Ike Gunter, parents of the young man, will come from Lewiston to attend the funeral.
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Epidemic Now Is Subsiding
Only One Death During Week, and Few New Cases.

The epidemic of Spanish influenza, which has held Grangeville and vicinity in its grip for almost a month, is rapidly subsiding. But one death occurred here during the week, that of Mrs. William Soltman. Some new cases have developed, but none is pronounced to be serious. No definite action has as yet been taken towards opening schools, churches and theaters and other places of public gathering.
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Miss Hazel Calhoun Ill.

Miss Hazel Calhoun, trained nurse, is reported to be seriously ill with Spanish influenza. She is in Cottonwood. Miss Calhoun formerly resided in Grangeville.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 14, 1918, Page 3

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City News

O. A. Giles of Elk River is ill of influenza at Eureka, Mont.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rambo went to Lewiston last evening to take care of their son, Lawrence, 16 years of age, who is a recent victim of influenza.

Miss Inez Graham, who has been ill of influenza, is improving rapidly.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Silvey have received the sad news of the death of their daughter, Mrs. Mae Platz, of influenza, at Bigger, Canada. Mrs. Platz was well known here having been born 28 years ago near Viola, and living in Latah county most of her life. She leaves a husband and two small children.

Miss Judith Olsen and Miss Anna Sund, students of the university, returned today from their homes at Sandpoint, where they have been during the quarantine.

Mrs. Geo. H. Savage returned last evening from Pullman, leaving her daughter Helen improving slowly. Mrs. Savage was called home by the sickness of little Margery Griffith, who makes her home with Mrs. Savage.

Miss La Vern Savage went to Pullman to take care of her sister, Miss Helen Savage, who is ill of influenza.

Miss Alice Johnson, who is a nurse of the Sacred Heart hospital of Spokane, is home, while convalescing from an attack of influenza, to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Johnson, who live near the university. A son, S. E. Johnson, who is also recovering from a similar attack, returned today from Portland, where he haws been working in the shipyards.

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Clark have returned to Moscow after two weeks spent at the home of their son, Clyde who, with his wife, has been very sick with influenza, following by pneumonia. Clyde’s condition was so bad that for three days it was feared he would not recover. Both of the young people are doing much better and are regarded as out of danger. They are living on F. A. Clark’s farm in Clinton precinct, west of Moscow, on the Washington side of the state line.
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Moscow Ministers Hold A Meeting
Decide to Make No Protest Against Quarantine Rules of Health Board

The ministerial association discussed the quarantine question on Tuesday. Some restlessness was evident but the association resolved to abide by the regulations resolved to abide by the regulations without protest, feeling that the state authorities might be trusted to raise the quarantine at the earliest moment. The question at issue was, wither the state would be dealt with en masse and those places which had stamped the epidemic out by careful and self-sacrificive efforts be obliged to wait until more careless or less fortunate places had reached the safety line. A resolution was forwarded to the state authorities asking that whenever the quarantine be lifted, they would consider the week as commencing with Sunday rather than Monday and so enable the churches, whose week commences on Sunday, to hold services at the earliest possible moment. Sympathy was expressed for these businesses upon which the burden of the quarantine was falling very heavily. Special mention was made of the Creekmur College which has been put out of business and it was questioned whether the holding of its classes could be considered more dangerous than the holding of store sales.

And admirable paper was read by Rev. H. O. Perry on the “Theology of the Social Consciousness,” and the discussion following showed that the ministers were vitally interested in the social aspects of religion.

Mr. Chancy, the new “Y” secretary met with the ministers and arrangements were made for the co-operation of the Y. M. C. A. and the churches. As soon as quarantine is lifted classes for bible and religious study will be opened under the direction of the leading men in town and university and in connection with each church.

Details of the union Thanksgiving service will be published next week.
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Heart Failure Not Influenza Caused Death

It was heart failure, not influenza that caused the death of William Howe, S. A. T. C. man from Laramie, Wyoming, yesterday. The young man had been in usual health the day prior to his death and was working with the other men. He complained of partial blindness and trouble with his heart Tuesday evening and was taken to the hospital and died Wednesday morning. This reduced the number of deaths from influenza in the S. A. T. C. ranks, by one, from the published report.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., November 14, 1918, Page 5

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Local and Personal News Notes

Lost – from Nezperce hospital, heavy plush lap robe; borrowed to bring a sick person to the hospital. please return to Henry Sullivan.

Paul Frank, janitor at the Union State Bank building, went to Lewiston yesterday to take a treatment for the after effects of a severe influenza attack.

Borrowed from Nezperce Hotel during flue epidemic, tray and dishes. Any one finding surplus in their equipment will confer a favor by returning it.

John Conger, received a message Monday that the Washington University at Seattle had lifted its flu quarantine and would reopen Wednesday. He departed Tuesday to renew his studies there.

Among the other donations of food to the hospital during the influenza epidemic here, were several consignments of bread from our erstwhile big hearted bakeryman, Bert Lomax, who is new successfully engaged in the bakery business at Orofino. Nezperce thanks you very much, Bert.

In a letter, with remittance for another year’s subscription, “Jimmy” Kennedy says he will not move to his ranch near Nezperce till spring on account of so much sickness (presumably referring to flu epidemic here), but he will put in a crop here in the spring. In the meantime he is hold down a job at Morton, Idaho.

Adjutant General C. C. Moody departed last night for Boise. He was accompanied by Mrs. E. A. Chaney, clerk in the adjutant’s office at Boise, who has been at Nezperce adjusting records of the war registration there, which during the illness of County Auditor White, and influenza epidemic, had not been kept up to date.

– Lewiston Tribune.
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source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 14 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Further Reading:

It Came Without Warning

By Shelley Kuther Nov 21, 2018

It Came Without Warning is the title of a new book researched and compiled by the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society in Craigmont. It details the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and how it touched the lives of those in Lewis County, Idaho, resulting in 65 flu deaths in six months.

This book was undertaken as a 100-year remembrance of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which is said to have killed more people in the United States than died fighting during World War I.

It left a giant footprint in Lewis County, with Nezperce having the highest death toll followed by the Ilo and Vollmer areas.

Using newspaper accounts, death certificates, and documented recollections, the book follows the virus through the months of October 1918 till the end of March 1919, as it sickened a rural population caught unaware with no good means to fight it.

Records indicate that people didn’t necessarily die from influenza but rather from the pneumonia which followed. It was mostly the young, healthy adults who contracted the flu, possibly because they had jobs, chores, or family obligations that kept them from heeding the advice of the medical profession to “go to bed and stay there.”

Thinking about an illness with the power to cause so many people to become ill and many of those stricken to die led to thoughts of how this disease affected the people of this region.

Who were the victims beyond a statistic in the count? What effects, other than the loss of life, did this widespread event have in our small communities and rural areas?

The members of the historical society have compiled information that provides some answers to those questions. Copies of the book may be ordered from The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society, Box 61, Craigmont, Idaho 83523. For information contact emleachman @ q.com 208-924-5498.

source: Clearwater Tribune

[h/t Constance Reed Pentzer]
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Alaska Native children from the remote village of Nushagak survived the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic. Most of their parents and grandparents died of the virus, likely because they had not been exposed to an earlier H1-like influenza virus as a result of their geographic isolation. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Library

source: PBS
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Have Americans forgotten the history of this deadly flu?

Nov 16, 2018 PBS

In autumn of 1918, the largest military offensive in American history was raging on Europe’s Western Front. The battle concluded on Nov. 11, 1918, when the Armistice with Germany was signed, ending what was known as the Great War.

But more U.S. soldiers died of disease (63,114), primarily from the Spanish flu, than in combat (53,402).

Overall, 675,000 Americans were killed by the Spanish flu. This number surpasses the total of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War combined. Current day estimates put the death toll from the 1918-1919 outbreak of the Spanish flu between 80 to 100 million worldwide.

This “twin catastrophe” was not coincidental, author Kenneth C. Davis writes in his book, “More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War.

“Refugees crowding cities, malnutrition, and shortages of doctors, nurses, and effective medications all contributed to the pandemic’s rapid spread and high rates of death,” Davis writes. “But it was the movement of troops — with men crowded together in barracks, tents, and trenches and jammed onto railroad trains and ocean-going troop transports — that was most responsible for the spread of the Spanish flu.”

continued: PBS
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Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 11

Idaho Newspaper clippings November 5-8, 1918

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courtesy: Marcus Rogers, Idaho State of Mind
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Nov 5

The Idaho Republican. November 05, 1918, Page 2

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Springfield

Mrs. H. K. Wiley and son, Hugh, returned home Sunday from Boise. Mr. Wiley met her at American Falls with his car. Mrs. Wiley was unable to secure her house is Boise on account of the influenza epidemic.

The Bradford family is still seriously ill with influenza. Mrs. Thomas Blackburn is acting as nurse for the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Tanner are the proud parents of a baby son, born Monday morning. Both the parents are ill with influenza.

Word comes from Pocatello that the J. H. Isaac family, formerly of Springfield, are all recovering from the influenza.

Miss Hazel Quigley has been dangerously ill with the influenza, but is slightly improved at the present.
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Death of Miss Leach.

It is with deep regret that we write of the passing away Sunday night, of Miss Minnie Leach, daughter of W. M. Leach, as a victim of influenza. Miss Leach has suffered with spinal troubles since childhood, and in her weakened condition was unable to fight off the disease. Years of suffering had ennobled her character, and her sweet and patient disposition endeared her to all her acquaintances. Funeral services were postponed from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday at 3:00, to permit Corp. Norval Leach to arrive from Fort Riley, Kansas. Open air services were held at the Springfield cemetery. …
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Shelley

The schools will not reopen here until the number of influenza cases have greatly decreased.

E. C. Miller, our jeweler is still very ill, but his many friends hope that he will soon take a course for the better.

Harold Woodward, who is at Logan, Utah sick in the hospital with the flue [sic], is reported to be recovering nicely at the present time. Also that his condition is such that there is now no cause for alarm.

Mrs. Howard Young’s daughter Lilly, has been ill for a short time and it was thought that she was coming down with the influenza tho her condition is not at all alarming.

Dr. Cutler is very busy at the present time as he is taking care of all of Dr. Robert’s patients while he is ill with the influenza.
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Jameston

Died of Influenza

Two deaths in one family in a week resulting from influenza. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Anderson of Jameston have lost two sons, Frank age twenty-six died October 21, after a few days’ illness. He leaves a wife and two little girls, ages one and two years, besides his parents, six brothers and six sisters to mourn his death.

And Dewey, age twenty died October 27 He has been sick for two weeks, being the first one in the family to come down with the influenza, and just returned from the military school at Moscow, on account of the schools being closed there.

Both were prominent young men here and their many friends in the community extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Another Victim of Influenza

Virgil Fielding, another of our prominent young men died October 24 of influenza. He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Fielding. Besides his father and other he leaves six sisters and two brother to mourn his death. The community extends their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

There have been about thirty cases of influenza in Jameston in the last two weeks, taking a toll of three.

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Longhurst were in Shelley last Friday to see Mrs. Longhurst’s father who is just recovering from the influenza.
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Upper Presto

Mr. and Mrs. Berkley Larson attended the funeral at Shelly Wednesday for Frank Anderson, who died of influenza.

Mrs. Ila Grover, who has been out to Camp Lewis to see her husband has returned and is at the home of R. P. Hansen. She is very ill with influenza.

Mr. Seaman is down with influenza.

Dr. Roberts was down to see the two Jap families. He thinks they have an attack of influenza.
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Rose

About twenty-five people of this district harvested F. G. Hale’s potato crop Saturday. Mr. Hale and his family are ill with the influenza.

H. A. Gardner is on the sick list this week.

C. L. Ranstrum, wife and baby are ill with the influenza.
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Taber

The Influenza has struck out in our locality. Several families have it.

Marie Derfler was called to Arco Tuesday by Dr. Simmons to nurse a patient who is under his care.

R. E. Hughes, who has been helping with the potatoes near Idaho Falls, was called home Monday on account of the illness of his son, Arden.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 05, 1918, Page 4

Death of Charles Shafer

Charles Shafer, a former resident of Mackay, but for some years at Gooding, died of influenza the last of the week, leaving a wife and daughter.

Mrs. Shafer was a Miss Hulhull, and lived at Era and Mackay before her marriage.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 05, 1918, Page 5

Deaths From Influenza

Mrs. Fred Keifer of Idaho Falls passed away on Sunday morning, November 3.

Will L. Young of South Shilling avenue, Blackfoot, died on Thursday, Oct. 31 and his brother Wesley Young passed away at Pocatello on Sunday the third of November.

Miss Elvada Halford of Blackfoot went to some point in Utah to care for her sister, and herself took the disease and died. We are unable to obtain further particulars.

George B. Parkinson, son of F. C. Parkinson of this city died Thursday at the students training camp at the A. C. in Logan.
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Another Passed Away

Mrs. N. E. Montgomery received word Monday morning, of the death of her mother Mrs. J. W. Phillips, who passed away at her home in Humboldt, Kan.

On account of the Montgomery family all being sick, they will not be able to attend the funeral.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 05, 1918, Page 1

19181105AFP1Gave Life to Save Others.
American Falls Teacher Contracts Influenza While Ministering to Comfort of Others, and Dies.

Miss Lois Sargent, one of the teachers of the local schools, died Monday afternoon at the Hotel Remington, death being caused by pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Miss Sargent for a time assisted in nursing the victims of influenza at Rockland and later attended several sick people in this city. She was as much a soldier as the boys who volunteered for service on the battle front, and is as much entitled to honor and loving remembrance.

Miss Sargent was taken ill last Friday, and despite the best care given by physicians and nurses, the end came quickly. Miss Nunnelly and Mrs. Noth gave all care possible to the patient, as did Mrs. Soell of the Hotel Remington.

Miss Sargent came here last fall from Hopkins, Mo., to take up her work as a teacher in the city schools. She at once made a place for herself in the esteem of all who met her. On the closing of the schools at the outbreak of the influenza epidemic she volunteered to nurse the sick, and in doing so overtaxed her strength and fell a victim to the disease herself.

Miss Sargent was a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D. A. Sargent. Dr. Sargent will arrive in Pocatello tomorrow to receive the body of his daughter and take it to her old home for interment. The death of Miss Sargent has caused great sorrow among the teachers and others who had learned to admire her.
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Notice to the Public.

Owning to the influenza epidemic all persons are warned against congregating in groups within doors, and advised to keep in the open air and avoid mingling with the public as much as possible. The wearing of masks in offices where the carrying on of business brings those in charge in contact with numbers of people is recommended as a precautionary measure.

Convalescents from influenza are hereby quarantined within their homes for a period of one week after recovery, or required in lieu of quarantine, to wear a mask on the streets at all times when they are liable to come into contact with other people.

By Order of the City Board of Health.
W. J. Hanson, Chairman.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 05, 1918, Page 4

People and Events.

Miss Grace Reed has recovered from the flu.

Frank Barnard is out after a siege with the flu.

Mr. and Mrs. C. Lee French are both influenza victims.

Mrs. H. A. Lang has been on the sick list this week.

Rev. and Mrs. West are both reported to be down with influenza, but doing nicely.

L. L. Evans Jr. is very much better and is considered out of danger unless unexpected complications arise.

Many people have obeyed the suggestion of the city board of health to “wear a mask and help check spread of disease.”

O. R. Baum recovered a little too quickly from the influenza, and had to retire from activity, Saturday, after he concluded that he was well enough to go to work again.

Mrs. Martin Garn, who has been a real fairy to sick families here and at Rockland during the past two weeks is now a victim of the flu herself, but is reported to be getting along well.

William Soell, manager of the Remington, who has been confined to his room by illness the past week, has nearly recovered and will be attending to his duties again by the end of the week.

Miss Irene Oliver, who assisted at the hospital here when the situation was the most serious, answering the telephone and doing whatever she was able to do to assist the one nurse who was about, was forced to give up Sunday, and is a flu victim.

The flu situation at Rockland was reported materially improved Sunday and hopes were entertained that the worst is over.

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Bolton, flu victims, are much improved. So far non of their children have taken the disease. Mrs. McCool is caring for them.

Frank Moench, who has been a flu victim, was out Sunday and thought he was as good as new. Like many other who got out too soon, he had a relapse and he been quite sick since.

Herbert Wilskie, who has been ill at his home on Cold Creek with influenza, is recovering. He is taking the advice of competent authorities and is staying at home for a period of a week or more in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

At Bethany Deaconess Hospital the number of influenza patients has been reduced within a week from about twenty to four, and all of them are getting along fine. Considering the fact that four of the five nurses in the hospital have been down, the reduction in the number of patients has been gratifying.

R. O. Jones, who has been in Rockland for the past ten days or more, keeping the drug store open while Mr. Sheer was having his turn at the flu, came home yesterday. While four new cases were reported Sunday he states that general conditions are better then they have been by far, and a feeling of optimism that the worst is over is prevalent. Ernest Jones is better, but will not be able to do much if anything for a few days.

John T. Hughes, the harness man, has been at the hospital since the middle of last week, a victim of influenza. Last Sunday the report was circulated that he had died during the night, but Mr. Hughes insists that the report was very much exaggerated. Mr. Hughes insists on a “square deal” in the matter of being alive, and today is up and around the hospital and threatening to run down his calumniators before the close of the week.
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Arbon News.

Several members of the family of J. R. Bailey are down with the flu. There were seven down at once. They are getting along fairly well.

Mrs. William Matthews received word Thursday of her daughter’s illness, Mrs. Castle, at Pocatello.

Herman Noth was called to American Falls last week on account of the serious illness of his brother, Dr. R. F. Noth.

Mrs. John Noble went to Preston last week to attend the funeral of her brother, I. B. Evans, who died of pneumonia. The day before the funeral Mrs. Noble was called home by the illness of her children, who were at the home of Mrs. T. B. Evans.

William Affleck was called to Logan, Utah, last week. His daughter, Modenna, was sick with influenza. Mt. Affleck returned Saturday, his daughter being much improved.

C. D. Porter and his son, Orville, who have been ill with influenza, are able to be up now.

Richard Bandy is still very ill with pneumonia. He is still very weak but Dr. Schlitz says he has a chance for recovery.

Newell Leishman is quite ill with pneumonia. He is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Baker. Newell’s father was summoned from Wellsville, Utah, to be at his bedside.

There was no mail out of Arbon from Monday until Wednesday of last week, due to the illness of Heber Woods and family, who are all sick with influenza. E. A. Logan volunteered to take the mail out tree trips. Those who have not already had the flue [sic] or down with it, did not wish to go to Pocatello and expose themselves to the epidemic in that city. Mr. Logan stayed at the home of r. Rust, thus avoiding danger of staying at the hotels.

The family of David Roderick is reported to be much better.

L. B. Evans family are quite sick with the flu.

Mrs. Orville Affleck and children left Monday for Lewiston, Utah, [Cache County] where they will visit with relatives indefinitely.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Keeler received word from their son, Claude, in France that he had to enter the hospital the second time, influenza being the cause. He recovered from the first attack fairly well, and was given a furlough to recuperate, but was taken ill again.

Mrs. T. B. Evans is down with influenza. We hope that none of the other members of the family are taken down, as Mrs. Evans is the telephone operator here. Miss Connie Evans is now tending the switchboard.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bowen received a telephone message from their daughter, Mrs. Anna Smith, that her little two-year-old daughter, Wanda, had passed away at 5 o’clock Friday morning. Mrs. Smith’s children had had influenza and recovered, but the little child caught cold and died soon afterward. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen were driven to Pocatello Friday morning by John Payne.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 05, 1918, Page 1

19181105BFH1aMany Deaths The Past Week
Dreaded Spanish Influenza Proves Fatal To Many People Of The County
Soldier Boy Buried Sunday
Paul Peter, U. S. Soldier, and Brother, Interred In Same Grave Sunday

Paul Frederick Carl Peter, son of Mrs. Anna Peter Skaar, died at Hoquiam, Wash., on October 29 of pneumonia following an attack of the Spanish influenza. The deceased was a private in the United States army and at the time of his death was serving in the spruce division attached to Camp D, 1-A, Bay City, Wash. He contracted the disease from which he died on the way to camp after having spent a few weeks furlough here visiting with his mother.

The deceased was born at Menominee, Wis., January 22, 1891. With his mother he came to this district several years ago and worked for the Bonners Ferry Lumber company until he was called into the service of his country. He was a steady, faithful worker, was esteemed and respected by his fellow workers and his employees and was highly popular among a host of acquaintances. He was the first soldier of this county to be buried in the local cemetery.

Gottlieb Frederick Ferdinand Peter, a brother of Paul Peter, died at the home of his mother on the Island, on November 2, of pneumonia. He had been a sufferer with tuberculosis for seven years. Owing to being an invalid he was not well known but all his acquaintances accorded him their deepest respect and love for he was always courageous and uncomplaining in his afflictions. He also was born at Menominee, Wis., and the date of his birth was December 16, 1893.

The two brothers were buried in the same grave Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. G. H. Wilbur conducting a brief funeral service at the cemetery. Owing to the regulations in regard to public gatherings on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic. it was not possible to hold a military funeral for the deceased soldier. The funeral services were attended by a large company of the friends of the deceased young men and their graves were covered with many beautiful wreaths and bouquets, the tributes of true friends who are all sorrowing with the bereaved mother and brothers and sisters in this their hour of tribulation and distress.

Last Thursday Marion D. Atkins received a telegram from Washington, D. C., telling that his son, William H. Atkins, died in a hospital in France on October 5th of broncho-pneumonia. The war department will send all particulars available by mail.

The deceased was one of four brothers in the service of Uncle Sam, three being in France.

William H. Atkins was born in the state of Nebraska. He was 29 years old on May 22, 1918. He was called into the service of his country last June and after a short training here was sent to France where he was assigned to the forestry engineers. The deceased was popular among a host of acquaintances in this county. He was a hard working man who paid strict attention to his own affairs but was always willing to lend a hand to help a neighbor or friend. He made the supreme sacrifice for his country.

Loren William Turner, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Turner, of this city, died at the home of his parents, on Sunday. Interment was had Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock and services were held at the grave, being conducted by Rev. E. R. Henderson.

The deceased was born in the state of Minnesota on June 5, 1899. He is survived by his father and mother and six brothers and sisters.

The last illness of the deceased began with Spanish influenza. Every member of the family is sick with this disease, with the exception of Mrs. E. E. Harding, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Turner, whose home is at Ione, Wash. Mrs. Harding has been here taking care of the sick ones.

Mr. and Mrs. Turner and children have the deepest sympathy of all in this their sad bereavement of their son and brother.

Lillian Lenora Travis, wife of Clyde Travis, of Naples, died Monday morning of pneumonia. The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the cemetery and will be conducted by Rev. G. H. Wilbur.

The deceased is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Hill. She was born February 21, 1897. She was a native of Wisconsin.

The deceased was a highly respected young lady and numbered her friends by the score in all parts of the county where she was acquainted. The bereaved family have the deepest sympathy of all.

Ola Stockton, aged 16, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Stockton, of Copeland. died Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock of pneumonia, contracted following Spanish influenza.

The funeral was held at two o’clock Friday afternoon, short services being held at the cemetery by Rev. G. H. Wilbur.

The deceased had lived in this county with her parents for about two years. She was bright and cheerful, a great companion and help to her mother and a general favorite of all with whom she became acquainted. In their bereavement the members of the Stockton family have the deepest sympathy of their many friends and neighbors.

All the members of the Stockton family have been afflicted with Spanish influenza and at the time of the death of Miss Ola, her 13 year old brother, Boyd, was dangerously sick.

Barbara Ella Lindsey, wife of I. W. Lindsey, died November 1st at her home in this city of pneumonia resulting from Spanish Influenza.

Burial was had Sunday afternoon at one o’clock and services were held at the cemetery, Rev. E. R. Henderson officiating.

The deceased is survived by her husband and five children. She was born in Virginia on June 27, 1879.

The deceased had made her home in this district for many years and enjoyed the friendship and love and respect of many scores of people. She was a dutiful wife and a loving mother. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire district.

Relatives here of Fred Hoagland received a telegram Friday telling of his death on October 31 at the home of his mother at Astoria, Ore. Death was caused by pneumonia resulting from Spanish influenza. The funeral was held Saturday at Astoria.

The deceased, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Hoagland and was born at Minneapolis, Minn., on March 30, 1888. He came here with his parents in 1902 and lived in this district up until about four years ago. At the time of his last sickness he was working in the government ship yards. The deceased is well known here. He numbered his friends by the score in this city and these all join in mourning his demise and in extending to the bereaved relatives their deepest sympathy.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 05, 1918, Page 2

Idaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers

William G. Murray, age 38, former game warden of Pend Oreille county for four years, recently died of influenza at Camp Colt, near Gettysburg.

At Avery the influenza situation has assumed grave proportions. With a town of about 300 population 60 people are ill and new cases are appearing every day.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 05, 1918, Page 5

Local Pick-ups

Edwin Charles has been very sick with the Spanish influenza for several weeks. He was able to be up and around a bit yesterday.

Byron N. Hawks, proprietor of the Brody Drug Store, became a “flu” victim Saturday and is now confined to his home with a high fever.

Miss Goldie Cave, secretary of the Boundary County Defense Council, is a victim of Spanish influenza and is confined to her room this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Burns have been sick the past week with Spanish influenza and as they were unable to get help [and] had to close down their restaurant for a few days.

Charles Smith, one of the well-to-do ranchers and stock growers of the Porthill district, was a business visitor in town Thursday. Mr. Smith reports that his whole family is sick with the Spanish influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Kinnear have been quite sick the past week with the influenza, as has also, Miss Rawson, chief operator for the Interstate Utilities company. Mrs. A. J. Stauffer, of Sandpoint, sister of Mrs. Kinnear and Miss Rawson, is here taking care of the sick folks.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. November 05, 1918, Page 8

Local News

S. Okimo, a Japanese employee of the Great Northern railway at Troy, died at the Bonners Ferry hospital Monday of pneumonia. The body was shipped Wednesday to Seattle, Wn. for burial.

Word was received here Monday of the death of Ed Hood, formerly of this city, at a hospital in Spokane. Death resulted from pneumonia following an attack of Spanish influenza. The disease was contracted at Troy, Mont.

Mrs. A. A. McIntyre received a telegram Tuesday afternoon telling of the serious illness of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. D’Arcy, at Portland, Oregon. She left the same evening for Portland. Mrs. D’Arcy is ill with pneumonia.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 05, 1918, Page 1

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Influenza Situation in Moscow Is Very Favorable

Only three new cases of influenza are reported among the S. A. T. C. men since yesterday’s report and eight have been discharged as cured. This is the best day’s record since the epidemic struck Moscow. There have been no further deaths. The new cases are very mild and many of those who have been in the hospital for a few days are showing marked improvement.

This situation in town is not so encouraging. There are many cases widely scattered. None are regarded as very serious, although there are a number of cases of pneumonia. But the people outside of the university are not as easily controlled or managed as those inside where military rules govern and all must obey.

An error was made in reporting the deaths. It was stated that three of these were in class A, or the collegiate division of the S. A. T. C. This is an error. All of the six deaths of young soldiers have been in the vocational training or class B section. There are 300 of these men here and the six deaths mean a loss of just two per cent, which is regarded as very light. There has not been a death in the collegiate section where there are more than 500 young men enrolled.

Dr. Lindley, president of the university, has arranged to give a detailed report to The Star-Mirror every day. This is done religiously. Every death is reported as soon as it is learned at the university. Every new case is reported promptly. The full facts are given to The Star-Mirror and reported by it to its readers. There is no occasion for any of the sensational stories that are circulated on the streets without any foundation. There have been eight deaths from influenza in Moscow. Six of these were members of class B of the S. A. T. C. One was a soldier who had returned from California and the other was Mrs. St. John, whose death was reported yesterday. There are a few cases that are still doubtful, but these are being given the very best attention possible and strong hopes are entertained that all of them will recover.

The convalescents of the S. A. T. C. are being given the best of care. Many of them are cared for at the Elk’s temple. Others are cared for at other points, by Moscow people, the Red Cross, the civilian doctors and the people generally are responding to all calls for help for these.
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Convalescents Want Fruit.

The young men who are convalescing from influenza are in need of canned fruits. This has been prescribed for them but cannot be obtained. Persons who will give canned fruits for these young men are urged to bring the fruit to the office of The Star-Mirror; or, if they are unable to do this, if they will telephone to this office a messenger will be sent for the fruit.
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Council of Defense Wants Soldier’s Names

The council of defense will be glad to have press cuttings relative to Latah county boys who fall in action or die of influenza. Letters or signed accounts giving data of personal actions will assist also. The council desires to make a complete record of the actions of Latah county boys and earnestly invites the co-operation of the public. Address material to W. H. Bridge, Council of Defense office.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 05, 1918, Page 2

A local doctor told the writer last night that he has 12 well-developed cases of pneumonia following influenza in Moscow and he had been working since daylight yesterday morning until long after night. This is only one of the many physicians of Moscow who are working almost day and night to save the lives of the afflicted, but it brings home to us the seriousness of the situation and the absolute need to strict observance of every health law, rule and regulation laid down by these doctors who are fighting so hard to stamp out this dreadful contagion.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 05, 1918, Page 3

City News

Hunt Potter and family are sick of the lighter type of influenza.

Dean Poindexter of Farmington is here to assist the St. John family during their affliction of influenza.

The funeral of Mrs. Earl St. John occurred this morning at 10:30.

Mrs. Joseph of Salmon City, who has been visiting her son of the S. A. T. C. for the past 10 days, left for her home today. Her son had a light attack of influenza.

Mrs. H. A. Thatcher returned Monday from Lewiston, where she attended the funeral of her nephew, Linn Baughman, who died of influenza. Mr. Baughman was a fine young man, 20 years of age, and express messenger on the Northern pacific running through Moscow.
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Deary Neighborhood News of Past Week

Mrs. Josephine Taft accompanied by Miss Ruth Taft, who has been teaching at the Bear creek school and the Burt creek school have returned to their home at Iola, Idaho during the influenza siege.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 05 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., November 06, 1918, Page 5

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Items About People You Know

Mrs. M. A. Dillingham and two children, Harry Dale and Bonnie Jean, who went to Salmon some time ago to be in attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Dillingham’s brother, have each contracted Spanish Influenza. At the present time Bonnie Jean is entirely over the disease; Mrs. Dillingham is quite ill with it and Harry Dale is just coming down.

One of the Sandy family is ill, and although it is not known definitely just what the nature of the sickness is, Dr. Kirtley is taking no chances and the family has been quarantined.

Several Mackay men were arrested the fore part of the week by Sheriff Huntington, charged with violating the quarantine law. They were released Wednesday morning by order of Judge Cowen. Their case will be tried when the “flu” epidemic is over.

All children under 14 are requested to stay in their own yards until the ‘Flu’ is stamped out. This action is taken by the Health Board to prevent the spread of the disease should it appear in this locality.

Mrs. Dell Bartlett has taken the “Flu” at the home of her sister in Butte. Mr. Bartlett left for Butte Thursday to be at her bedside. Mrs. Bartlett’s sister and her sister’s husband have both died from the disease.

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 06 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Red Cross Making Masks (no citation given)

source: KRTV Great Falls, Montana
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Nov 6

The Daily Star-Mirror., November 06, 1918, Page 1

Influenza Situation Is Very Encouraging

The influenza situation in Moscow shows marked improvement today. There have been no deaths and some of the cases that were causing uneasiness are believed to now be out of danger. Only five new cases were admitted to the hospital for the S. A. T. C. men and two of those patients were released as cured and there are quite a number who will be released within a few days.
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Former Moscow Woman Dead.

Thressa Murdock, superintendent of the Spokane Influenza hospital, until her illness, and who died yesterday, was well known here. She was a nurse at one of the local hospitals several years ago and made many friends who deeply regret to hear of her heroic sacrifice. She was a graduate of the Spokane Deaconess hospital training school for nurses in 1912, and was a classmate of Mrs. E. T. Baker, of this city, who is recovering from a severe attack of the disease.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 06 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 06, 1918, Page 2

Now that the election is over and the war seems about to end, we have only the influenza epidemic to disturb us and that is being conquered, thanks to the efficient and untiring work of almost every one in Moscow, led by the university authorities and the army men.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 06 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 06, 1918, Page 3

City News

I. L. Osterhout of Collfax, who used to work at the First National bank in Moscow, has been in the hospital at Colfax over a week with an attack of influenza. He is recovering nicely. Mrs. Osterhout and little son is in Moscow with her mother, Mrs. Patterson.

The funeral of Clarke B. Jessup will occur this afternoon at 2:30. Mr. Jessup was a young man of 26 years of age, who entered the service at Cottonwood just a few weeks ago, and died of influenza in California. He is a brother of A. M. Jessup, with the Standard Dray company of this city.

Dr. Herrington was asked by Dr. Clark to visit Mr. C. W. Gregg at Viola. Dr. Herrington reports two of Mr. Gregg’s boys sick with influenza and a Mrs. Vanslicken, a daughter of Mr. Gregg, very seriously ill with influenza complicated with pneumonia.
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“This is true, BUT NOT DAMP AIR. Have plenty of fresh air in your room, BUT HEAT IT to a temperature so it will be DRY FRESH AIR, more like NATURE DEMANDS is for lung trouble. Do not be stingy by not having a stove to take care of your family and pay it out in doctor bills and funeral expense. Buy a stove and have it comfortable for yourself and children. We sell stoves and it does not take a fortune to buy one.”

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 06 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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An open-air barber shop. Public events were encouraged to be held outdoors to hinder the spread of the disease during the influenza epidemic. Photographed at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1919. National Archives

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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Nov 7

The Grangeville Globe. November 07, 1918, Page 1

19181107GG1Grangeville Girl Dead.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Walker Victim of Influenza.

Mrs A,. F. Wendorf, aged 23 years, 7 months and 28 days, succumbed to pneumonia following influenza, at Spokane last Sunday. The remains were shipped to this place and internment made in Prairie View cemetery yesterday afternoon at 2:30, W. N. Nox conducting the services at the grave and Undertaker A. J. Maugg directing the funeral.

Nellie Vivian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Walker, was born on the Walker ranch four miles north of this city, where she lived until she was 12 years of age. The family then moved to Grangeville where she attended grammar and high school. She was married to A. F. Wendorf April 3, 1915, and moved to Walla Walla, Wash., at which place a baby girls was burn to them on September 21, 1916. They recently moved to Spokane where she died of pneumonia last Sunday, November 3. Besides her husband and infant daughter, Ruth Allene, she leaves father and mother, two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Mann and Mrs. Gay Golvin, and three brothers, Fred, Hugh C. and James S. Walker.
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Cottonwood Soldier Dead.

A message was received last Saturday at Cottonwood from Camp Fremont, Cal., announcing the death of Clark Jessup, from pneumonia following influenza. The deceased left Cottonwood several weeks ago and had resided in the Cottonwood section three or four years. A brother, Ed Jessup, is engaged in farming near Cottonwood and other relatives reside at Moscow. The remains were shipped to the latter place for internment.
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Prof. Luther Case, superintendent of the city schools, is now most entirely recovered from his recent attack of the influenza and is able to be about the city each day. Like all others who have been afflicted with the complaint, it requires some time to regain the lost strength.
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19181107GG2Grover Myers Buried
Passed Away at Emergency Hospital at Lewiston Last Saturday

Grover C. Myers, a former resident of Grangeville, but of late residing at Lewiston, passed away at the emergency hospital last Saturday morning from pneumonia following and attack of Spanish influenza. The remains were shipped to this city on Saturday’s train and internment was had at Fairview cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. A. Pine of the Christian church conducting the service and A. J. Maugg directing the funeral.

Grover as aged 27 years, 11 months and 26 days at the time of his death and had resided in Lewiston for the greater part of the last 15 years. …

He was a popular young man and enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout the country. He was a member of the Lewiston band and his interest and activities in amateur athletics enlarged his acquaintance. He suffered a long period of illness during the spring and had not fully recovered his strength when taken with influenza. …

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. November 07, 1918, Page 4

19181107GG3Grangeville Soldier Dead.
Left for Camp Rosencrans Three Weeks Ago, Died Wednesday Morning.

Edward Steinbaugh, aged 22 years died at Camp Rosencrans, Calif., Wednesday morning, November 6th. The remains are expected to reach here Sunday evening and the funeral will probably be held Tuesday, announcement of which will be made later. Edward left here the 1st of October with a contingent of seven young men from this county, two of whom are now deceased, Clark Jessup, of Cottonwood, being the first one called. It is reported here that three others of the party are very ill and were taken off the train before reaching their destination. Influenza was the cause of death in both instances. …

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. November 07, 1918, Page 5

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Salmon River News

John Doumecq was transacting business in White Bird the first of the week. He reports that his brother Charlie, who is well and favorably known here, is in France and has been for some time. His brother, William, is at Camp Kearney, and was in the hospital with influenza, the last they heard from him.

W. E. Reed and children who have been suffering from an attack of influenza, are reported better and we hope will be able to be out before long.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. November 07, 1918, Page 8

Mrs. I. O. Blake is confined to her home this week with tonsillitis. It is such a relief to learn of a person being afflicted with something else than influenza.

The latest news from Portland states that the Harlan boys who have been very ill with the “Flu” are improving. Ray is about to be up for a short period, and Paul is still in a very weak condition.

Miss Bessie Elmers is back on the job as manager at the Nez Perce telephone office after being confined to her home for tend days or more. Miss Lovelace, her assistant, while considerably improved will not return to work until next week. While the young ladies have been taking their enforced vacation, Miss Alice Hawley of Cottonwood, had charge of the office, working both shifts. She will return to her home the first of the week.
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Obituary

Mrs. Emma Noyes was born at Pomeroy Wash. August 4, 1878. At the age of five years she came to Camas Prairie, where she has resided until her death, last Saturday, November 2, 1918. Her death resulted from pneumonia, following the influenza. …

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Wallace Miner. November 07, 1918, Page 1

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Tarbox.

Richard Daxon, manager of the Tarbox, who has been confined to his home for the past week or two with influenza, stated yesterday evening that a telephone message from the mine announced the crosscut from the winze had broken through the footwall and disclosed considerable lead ore. …

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 07, 1918, Page 1

19181107LCT1-headlineInvestigate Frazer Case.

The following article which deals with the death of Boyd Frazer last Tuesday week we take from the Sunday issue of the Boise Statesman:

Jerome — Citizens of this community are aroused over the treatment accorded Boyd Kelly Fraser, 19 years old, at the S. A.. T. C. school at Moscow and an investigation into the circumstances attending his discharge when suffering from Spanish influenza and his death three days after his arrival home, has been started to fix the blame for the seeming negligence on the part of the army officials in charge of the school.

Young Frazer was called to the colors by his local draft board on October 16 for entrainment to the Moscow school and from the statement of the boy to his parent on his return on Sunday, October 27, he was mustered into the service and had drilled with the other boys for two days. He was then taken ill with influenza and on October 24 was discharged from the service so ill that he was unable to take a train for his home until the following day. He arrived home on the 27th and died two days later from the effects of pneumonia following influenza.

Verdict of Physicians.

On reaching Jerome, the boys father called in two physicians and two trained nurses. The physicians were both agreed that the boy had been suffering from the dread malady for at least five days and informed Mr. Frazer that his boy could not recover.

Young Frazer turned in his equipment to the government on the 24th and it was receipted for by G. S. Marshall.

According to the conductor of the train on which he arrived in Jerome Frazer and another person occupied a lower berth in the sleeper from Pendleton although the boy is said to have had influenza at the time.

Boy’s Father Investigates.

R. S. Frazer, the boy’s father, and A. C. Alexander have gone to Boise to investigate the circumstances and will leave from there for Moscow to learn the details.

Carelessness is charged in the treatment accorded Frazer and it is understood that the local draft board is awaiting the investigation under way before sending any other draft men to Moscow.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 07, 1918, Page 2

Influenza on decline.

Washington. — Steady improvement in heath conditions at army camps and cantonments for the week ending October 25 is noted in the health report made public Friday at the office of the surgeon general of the army.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 07, 1918, Page 4

19181107LCT2Appleton

Miss Jennie Haun received word this week of the death of a nephew from influenza in California.

Mrs. Wm. Carver as on the sick list last week.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., November 07, 1918, Page 5

Dr. Boyd, of Twin Falls, was in Jerome Monday, being here to consult with the local physicians.

Dr. Parker, and eminent physician of Boise, is in Jerome helping the local physicians care for the unusual number of sick people.

The Eagle Lodge hall has been turned into an emergency hospital for the care of influenza patients. There are at present four cases confined at the hall.

Grover C. Newman, who has been very ill with pneumonia at the Inn, was removed to a Twin Falls hospital in an ambulance Tuesday. Reports from Twin Falls as to the condition of the suffering man state that he is improving.

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Trask has returned to Jerome after a visit with relatives at Dillon, Mont., and Mr. Trask will again tack charge of the Franzers-Pence garage. While away both Mr. and Mrs. Trask had a siege of influenza.

For thos [sic] who are to send packages to the boys overseas, it may be well to state that instead of taking the Xmas parcels to the post office to be wrapped, it has been decided that they should be taken to the L’Herisson Furniture store. This change was deemed necessary on account of the influenza epidemic.
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Death of Arch Stanger.

B. B. Stanger of Jerome, received word Tuesday morning that his brother, Arch Stanger, had passed away that morning at Idaho Falls, a victim of Spanish influenza.

Mr. Stanger made his home at Jerome for some time, being employed by the Franzers-Pence garage, and will be remembered by many Jeromeites. He left Jerome recently for Idaho Falls, where he was employed up until the time of being stricken with the disease.
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Baby Passes Away After Brief Illness

Master Dallas Edwin O’Rourke, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. O’Rourke, died Tuesday morning after a brief illness. The family resides seven miles west of Jerome on the old Chester brothers’ place. The infant took sick Sunday with the influenza, which developed into pneumonia. The remains were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock.
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19181107LCT3
“Flu” Epidemic Still Rages in Idaho

The Spanish influenza epidemic is still raging in Idaho. Although about ten days ago it seemed to be on the decline, the past week has showed an increase in the number of cases. In Idaho a great many votes were lost in the election on account of families being quarantined.

In Jerome, it has been estimated that there are between 125 and 175 cases of the disease and a few have developed into pneumonia. To date there have been about five deaths in this community from the effects of the disease.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 07, 1918, Page 1

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Death Visits Many Homes

Edna Elvira Johnson

Saturday morning death claimed one of Fruitland’s best young women when it called Miss Edna Elvira Johnson who was fitting herself to be of great use in this world of suffering. Vera, as she was called, was born February 1, 1898 in Santaguin, Utah, and came here with her parents where she has been educated and has grown to young womanhood. Three years ago she decided to become a nurse and entered St. Alphonsus hospital from which she would have graduated in June. She had enlisted for oversea service and was anxious that her life be one of usefulness. Last week she was stricken with influenza and on Thursday the family was called to Boise because of her serious condition. She seemed to be better and hopes were given, but pneumonia developed Friday. The disease had too strong a hold on Vera and she passed away Saturday morning. The body was brought to Payette Sunday morning accompanied by the mother, Mrs. J. O. Johnson and sister, Miss Iona. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Ford M. Burtch, pastor of the Fruitland Baptist church which Vera attended when at home. …

Miss Vera was the second student nurse to die in St,. Alphonsus Hospital in over 23 years, the first one having died just the day before with Spanish influenza.
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Mae Anderson Keele

The hearts of the people of this community were saddened when it was learned that Mrs. G. C. Keele who went to Boise about a month ago to work in St. Luke’s Hospital, had passed away on Sunday as the result of Spanish influenza. She had lived in Payette for many years and was loved and respected by all who new her. …

Mae Anderson was born in Tennessee abut the year 1889 and died at St. Luke’s hospital November 3rd, 1918 at the age of 29 years. …
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Mamie Reimers

Another young life was nipped in the bloom of youth when death entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Reimers November 6, at 10:30 a.m. and claimed the daughter, Miss Mamie, 18 years of age. Death caused from scarlet fever. The funeral was held this afternoon at two o’clock. As we were unable to learn the particulars an obituary will be published next week.
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19181107PE2
Personal and Local Mentions

The Board of heath of Payette County has secured the old Payette Hotel building as a hospital in case it should be needed on account of the Spanish influenza. We understand there is one patient there now.

Steve Clanton returned a few days ago from his old home in northern Iowa where he has been for the last three months. While Iowa crops in that part of the state are exceptionally good and every one seems to be prospering, Steve says Idaho looks best to him. He says land values in Idaho are much lower according to production than any place he has been. He reports the Spanish influenza as very bad back there. Doctors and all help for taking care of the sick are rushed beyond their capacity, and in many cases assistance cannot be had at all.
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Baptist Church.

To the members and friends of the Baptist Church of Payette:

With the quarantine still on we can pray and rededicate ourselves to Christ, meet in small groups, carry out the great movement inaugurated by the Laymen of the Northern Baptist Convention, go out two by two in team work as planned by the Convention, and particularly devote the Sunday School hour to the study of the Sunday School lesson in the home until the embargo is removed. …

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 07, 1918, Page 2

The Spanish Influenza which has put terror into the people of this country, has brought true the old saying, “Every dog has his day.” It must be gratifying to the canine to see his master going about wearing a muzzle.
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19181107PE3
North Payette

Several members of the Cheek family have had sever attacks of the grip, Ted Cheek now has the pneumonia.
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19181107PE4
Sand Hollow

Vera Fee is in the Alphonsus Hospital in Boise with the Influenza.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., November 07, 1918, Page 5

19181107PE5Fruitland Department
Mrs. R. G. Wilson

“As ’twas told to me.”
Personal Notes

A letter from Schuyler Royston states they have a good deal of pneumonia in his ward, and he is kept very busy.

Miss Ruth Whealdon who is taking nurse training in Spokane Hospital, has been having the influenza.

Ever Enberg was a Boise visitor Sunday. His sister, Miss Mabel, who is a nurse in St. Alphonsus hospital, was ill with the influenza. Monday she was reported much improved.

Allen Newell of Letha is convalescing at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. A. Stegner.

Miss Myrtle Stegner returned to Letha Monday to help in the Newell-Stegner store.

Chas. Boor of Ironside was taken ill at the home of his mother, Mrs. J. W. Boor last Tuesday. At first it was feared it was influenza, but proved to be pneumonia.

Mrs. Harry Taylor came home from Boise, Sunday. Her brother, Emery Stillwell is sick in Boise with the influenza.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 07, 1918, Page 1

Body Brought Home

The body of George Dewey, who fell a victim to influenza in Portland, was brought home for burial. The funeral was held Tuesday morning. Brief services were held at the grave, being conducted by Bishop George Smith. The bereaved wife and four children, who were also sick with the disease, are recovering and expect to come to Emmett next week.
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Epidemic Stationary.

Dr. Cummings reports that Flu in Emmett appears to be gaining no ground, there being very few new cases, and no deaths from this cause thus far.
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Caught!

In the city of Emmett, a lady flirting with the Flu by doing her own washing. Ask Mack.
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The Harry Stanley family, who have been very will with Flu, are all about well, excepting Mr. Stanley, who is still very sick.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 07, 1918, Page 2

19181107EI1
Tales Of Town

The Kiddies cannot see why anyone should object to a quarantine on the schools. But they will see why next June.

Better not throw aside your precautions against the influenza just yet. It is just as deadly as it ever was and – well, you don’t want to miss seeing the kaiser’s finish, do you, when it is drawing closer every day?

The health authorities have requested the barbers to wear masks when serving their clients, such should afford a great relief to the citizens who have opinions of their own about when the war is to end.

As usual, the farmer is the fortunate one in this influenza epidemic. Every time he steps out his front door he doesn’t have to duck back because some individual looking like a chicken with the roup [sic] and sneezing with the rapidity of a machine gun happens to be passing on his road home to hallelujah. If he takes the thing himself he can cough all over the calf lot at will or without fear. He can sneeze up one corn row and down another and the malignant bug ascending into the yellow circumambient of late autumn will get no further than the neighbor’s back forty, where, i contact with the sheep dip or the mortgage, it will languish unto death its malevolence merits. Between the farmers — blessed men – are those wide breathing spaces and that “elbow room” which some health of the human soul as well as writer declared were necessary to the body in which it resides.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 07, 1918, Page 4

19181107EI2
News Of Gem County
By The Index’s Correspondents

Letha

Mr. Kiggins has decided to remain here awhile because of the prevalence of influenza and danger of quarantine. He is doing some fresnoing for Mr. Bott.

A. W. Newell is getting along splendidly. His many friend will be glad to know it.

A brother of John Dewey died in Portland last week of influenza. The body was brought to Emmett.
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Montour
By Mrs. R. E. Noland

Otto Kinsinger, who has been ill so long at the rooming house, was able to call at the Schuler home Tuesday.

Mrs. Vaughn has received word from her son Victor that after a severe attack of pneumonia he is again able to be up and around. Mr. Vaughn is in a hospital at Vancouver Barracks.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones were very much pleased to hear that their son Vance had fully recovered from the influenza. Vance is still on the border guarding.
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Central Mesa
Regina Conrad

W. E. Buck has the Spanish influenza.
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Emmett News.

Henry Duberke received a telegram stating that his wife, who was enroute home from a visit East had been taken suddenly ill and had been removed from the train at Dubuque where she is being cared for. The little daughter is being cared for by members of the Red Cross of that place.

Word has been received from Portland that Joe W. Casper, who left about tend days ago to work in the ship yards, has been a Flu patient for several days. He is fortunate in having one of the successful physicians of Portland and was able to write home that he is doing nicely and hopes for an early recovery.

Mrs. Ethel Haylor-Smith is a Flu patient in Portland. She volunteered as an emergency nurse when the auditorium was converted into a temporary hospital, and after working four days was taken with the disease. She is recovering.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. November 07, 1918, Page 8

Emmett News.

W. H. Adkins returned Tuesday from Portland, where he had been working in the ship yards. He says the influenza has taken five out of 84 working in his department.

W. H. Shane a few days ago received the sad news of the death from influenza of his niece, the only daughter of his sister, Mrs. Burdella Zabitz of Chicago. The young lady was an accomplished musician.

Alton Ausch returned Monday from Portland, where he has been working in the ship yards. Like others, he feels that home is a mighty good place to be with Flu so prevalent.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 07, 1918, Page 1

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School On Saturdays and During Vacation To Make Up For Loss

Pupils of the Grangeville public schools who thought, because of the closing order, due to Spanish influenza, they would escape the entire nine months of school, will be disappointed, for it is planned to hold school on Saturdays and during the Christmas vacation, in order to make up for four weeks of school lost because of the epidemic.

The public schools will not be opened before November 18. If conditions continue to improve, it is thought that the schools can be opened on that day. This would mean the loss of four weeks, or twenty school days, and in order to make up for the loss, plans already are being completed.

The schools before closing were five days ahead of schedule, because the annual teachers’ institute was not held. This would leave the schedule only fifteen days behind, if the schools are not opened until November 18. School probably will be held on the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas and on the Thursday and Friday following New Year’s day, which would place the schools eleven days behind schedule. Five days in other vacations can be eliminated, it is pointed out, and if school is held on six Saturdays, the entire schedule can be made up.

Teachers, under the state law, are drawing pay during the time the schools are closed.
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Keuterville Woman Is Dead.
Mrs. Charles Beuttner Succumbs to Spanish Influenza.

Mrs Charles Beuttner, wife of a well known rancher residing five miles south of Keuterville, died Monday evening from complications following an attack of Spanish influenza. She leaves her husband and five children.
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Funeral For Grover Myers
Services Held in Grangeville Sunday Afternoon.

Funeral services for Grover Myers, former resident of Grangeville, who died last Saturday in Lewiston, as a result of Spanish influenza, were held Sunday afternoon from the Maugg parlors in Grangeville with burial in Prairie View Cemetery. The Rev. J. A. Pine, pastor of the Christian church, officiated. …
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Clark D. Jessup

Clark D. Jessup, a Cottonwood boy in the army, died on November 1 of Spanish influenza at Camp Rosencrans, Cal. Mr. Jessup who was 28 years of age, left Grangeville with the selective service contingent on October 21 to enter training for the military service. …
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Edward Steinbach.

Edward Steinbach, one of the last Grangeville boys to join the colors, died early Tuesday morning of Spanish influenza at Camp Rosencrans, Cal. He was 22 years old the day before he died. Mr. Steinbach left Grangeville with the selective service contingent on October 21. Previous to entering the military service, he had been employed in the Electric Laundry. …

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 07, 1918, Page 3

Grateful For Assistance.

The publisher of the Idaho County Free Press regrets inability to produce the customary amount of reading matter in the present issue of this newspaper, and hopes that the public will again be lenient in that respect.

With two members of the Free Press ill with Spanish influenza at one time, the working force of the office has been greatly depleted, and it was only due to the spirit of helpfulness displayed by Probate Judge Wilbur L. Campbell and the Globe Printing company, that it was possible for last week’s issue of the Idaho County Free Press to be printed. In the production of this week’s issue, also, the Globe force has been of most valuable assistance.

The publisher of the Idaho County Free Press promises the patrons of this newspaper that, barring the unforeseen, the paper next will will resume its regulation size.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 07, 1918, Page 5

General Health Regulations.

It is very important that every citizen cooperate with officials in the conservation and preservation of health and in preventing the spread of the influenza now going the rounds, and to prevent the fatilities [sic] which sometimes follow improper care of the person having the disease. A general survey and knowledge of these regulations will therefore be useful, in assuring complete and effective cooperation. With that purpose the following is printed:

The School District.

As to school districts the law is quoted:

“It is the duty of the owner or agent of a house in which a person resides who has any contagious or infectious disease dangerous to public health, and the physicians called to attend the person or persons so afflicted, withing 24 hours after becoming cognizant of the fact to give notice to the clerk of the board of trustees of the school district of the disease and of the person afflicted. Such person shall be kept away and apart from all other persons except those who may be necessary for the spiritual and physical well-being of such a person.

“it is the duty of a teacher when she feels that any child may be afflicted with any contagious disease, to send him home and to report to the clerk of the school district. Any child afflicted with a contagious disease shall be kept out of school for at least two weeks after the death, recovery or removal of any person in his house so afflicted, and no child may be allowed to return to school until after a certificate of permission has been given him by the attending physician. When the child has any textbook or books belonging to the school district at the time of his sickness they shall not be returned until they have been thoroughly disinfected under the direction of the attending physician.”

In case of quarantine, the ;aw very properly provides that no district shall lose its share of school money because it cannot maintain a minimum term of school and unless the contrary is stated in the contract that the teacher shall lose no part of her salary.

City Health Officer.

The city has the power to pass all ordinances necessary for controlling the question of cess pools, outhouses, sewer, collection of garbage, contagious diseases, construction of buildings and other safeguards for health. Every city, too, has a health officer, whose duty is is to enforce such ordinances and regulation for the maintenance of health within the city.

Every county in the state has a board of health, consisting of the county board of commissioners and a physician appointed by them. This board has power to quarantine any particular district or place so as to prevent the spread of any contagious or infections disease, and by this means it may quarantine any person or persons so afflicted.

In the case of persons so afflicted who are not able to bear the expense of medical attendance, medicines, the services of a nurse and so on, such expenses are sometimes allowed by the board of county commissioners, so it is possible for all to be provided with suitable care and medical attendance.

State Board of Health

There is a state board of health composed of five members, two of which shall be experienced and regularly licenses physicians of different parts of the state and appointed by the governor, the attorney-general of the state and the state engineer being ex-officio members of this board.

It was this board that closed all the schools of the state, churches, moving picture shows, pool halls and public gatherings. By this means a concerted effort of the entire state may be had for the stamping out of any epidemic affecting it. This board also has charge of the asylums, the soldiers’ home, penitentiary and certain other state institutions, making all the rules necessary for the safeguarding of the health of the inmates of these places.
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Whitebird

Mrs. Ed Wyatt of Joseph came to town Sunday to nurse her son, Glen Rice, who is quite ill with the influenza.

Recent rains and the influenza did not seem to hinder the election, as many of the country people were in town Tuesday.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. November 07, 1918, Page 8

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Local News In Brief

Al White Recovering

Al White, who suffered a severe attack of Spanish influenza, is recovering, and will be able to be out within a few days.

Critically Ill

Mrs. William Soltman is critically ill with influenza. Mr. Soltman, who has been suffering from the disease, is able to be out.

Sheriff’s Force Better

Sheriff Lafe Yates was at work in his office Tuesday after two weeks’ illness from Spanish influenza. Deputy Sheriff Quinlan also was at work, after a week’s illness. Deputy Sheriff Powell is recovering, but still is confined to his home.
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Personal

Mrs. V. Knapp has returned to her home in Lewiston, after spending a week in Grangeville caring for her niece, Mrs. L. A. Wisener, who was critically ill from Spanish influenza. Mrs. Knapp was accompanied home by Robert Wisener.
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Four Deaths From Influenza Here In Week
Epidemic, However, Believed To Have Been Definitely Checked
Few New Cases Developing
Contagion Spreads to Cottonwood – Two Deaths in Squibb Family Within Seven Days

Though four deaths from Spanish influenza have occurred in Grangeville and vicinity during the week and several cases remain serious, it is believed the epidemic has been definitely checked, and withing a short time will be entirely eliminated from the east side of Camas Prairie. At the same time, the disease has spread to Cottonwood, which heretofore has been free from the malady.

Few new cases are reported. Some however have developed in homes in which one or more members previously had been afflicted.

Those who have died during the week are:

Mrs. Fred Noyes, Grangeville.
Mrs. Sophia Gratton, Grangeville.
Mrs. William Squibb Jr., Grangeville.
Bernice Miller, Winona.
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Grangeville Girl Dead.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Walker Victim of Influenza.

Mrs. A. F. Wendorf, aged 23 years, 7 months and 28 days succumbed to pneumonia following influenza, at Spokane last Sunday. The remains were shipped to this place and interment made in Prairie View cemetery yesterday afternoon at 2:30, W. N. Knox conducting the services at the grave and Undertaker A. J. Maugg directing the funeral. …

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 07, 1918, Page 1

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Influenza Cases Growing Fewer
Only Three New Cases Reported in Moscow Today and Three Released.

The report of the influenza epidemic in Moscow today is very encouraging. Only three new cases were reported in the S. A. T. C. and three have been released as cured. There were no deaths and the old cases are getting better.

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, says no new cases have been reported to him in the town proper, outside of the S. A. T. C. men, and that conditions in Moscow are satisfactory. It is believed that the epidemic is under control and that from now on the number of cases will grow less daily. If people continue to take care of themselves and obey the regulations as they have the health officers believe that it will not be long before schools can be opened and everything move on as before the epidemic stuck Moscow.
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46 Die At Pullman.

Pullman, Wash., Nov. 6. — Clyde Richards, who recently came to Washington from Missouri, succumbed yesterday afternoon to influenza. He was a member of the S. A. T. C. This rings the total toll from the epidemic to 46 in Pullman, of which 40 were members of the training corps. Dr. J. B. Anderson, Spokane city health officer, and E. T. Coman of Spokane, president of the board of regents of the state college, visited Pullman yesterday and today, respectively, to survey the influenza situation.
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Genesee Red Cross Sends Soldiers Fruit

The Red Cross of Genesee, following the fine example set by Genesee people in every public enterprise, sent over literally “loads” of fruit to the sick and convalescent soldiers at Moscow. Sergeant Hatfield, who is supply sergeant for the hospitals, asks The Star-Mirror to convey the thanks of himself and every soldier in Moscow, to the Genesee Red Cross ladies for this magnificent offering. He said: “We have five big boxes of canned fruit here now and learn that two more automobile loads are on the way. It as brought direct to the hospitals and we have no words strong enough to express our appreciation.” Genesee has an enviable reputation for all public spirited work, having led in Red Cross, Liberty loan and other war fund drives and the people there are liberal, public spirited and very enterprising.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 07, 1918, Page 2

City News

Mrs. S. C. Williamson donated six quarts of fruit for the soldiers’ mess food, Mrs. Frank Kelly two quarts, and John E. Jernberg two boxes of fine apples.

Mrs. Nita Jester, who lives five miles south of Moscow, gave five sacks of apples and five fine squash to the soldier boys. The boys say the apples were delicious.

Miss Suma Hall, a nurse from Potlatch, has an attack of influenza, but is not seriously ill.

Mrs. T. A. Meeker and son Gerald are improving very well from their siege of influenza.

Mrs. L. F. Hare, who has been sick of influenza, is much improved.

Mrs. Roy Vansickle of Viola, who died of influenza, was buried this afternoon. Her two brothers by the name of Greeg are very ill.

The Christian Science lecture which was to be held here, with Mr. Graham of Boston as speaker, will be postponed until the quarantine is lifted.
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More Fruit for Soldiers.

The following have given canned fruits, preserves and jellies for the sick and convalescent soldiers; Perton Johnson, Mrs. James Nolan, Mrs. A. T. Mack, Mrs. H. B. Reed, Mrs Roise, Mrs. Garrison, Mrs. A. N. Coverdale, The Mokepohreca Club, Mrs. Frank Oberg, Mrs. C. C. Carpener, Mrs. Nellie Hall, Mrs. J. L. Naylor, Mrs. H. H. Simpson, Mrs. James Eggan, Mrs. S. C,. Williamson, Mrs. Langon.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., November 07, 1918, Page 5

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Local and Personal News Notes

H. W. Keith, on leaving for his home in Walla Walla last Sunday, asked The Herald to express his deep gratitude to the Nezperce people for their assistance in helping his son, Arthur, through his serious attack of influenza.

The Lewiston stock show is to be held Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, inclusive. The influenza epidemic necessitated the postponement from the earlier dates.

Mrs. H. L. Campbell who helped this community keep up the efficiency of its hospital during the two weeks when the influenza epidemic was at its height, returned to her home in Winchester Friday.

P. H. Sanger, of Mohler, who has heretofore contributed so liberally to the Red Cross War Funds, as well as to the local branch, has signified his desire to buy the local branch an electric sewing machine. The great volume of work which has been done locally by the Red Cross workers has been done with old machines, some of which are difficult to operate, and the addition of a new electric driven machine will be greatly appreciated by the ladies.

Rubens this morning reported the influenza in epidemic form at that place and asked for hep from Nezperce. Harry Cranke volunteered the services of his car, and took Mrs. Nina V. Lyon over. Mrs. Lyon was one of the most untiring and efficient helpers in the Nezperce epidemic and will render our neighbor town very valuable assistance.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 07 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Recovering soldiers watch a motion picture show wearing flu masks at U.S. Army Hospital Number 30 in Royat, France. U.S. National Library of Medicine

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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Nov 8

The Rathdrum Tribune., November 08, 1918, Page 1

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Idaho state News Items.

Cheesecloth face masks for the prevention of influenza are coming into wide use in Idaho. The regulations say that one mask should not be worn longer than three hours without boiling.

November 9 is Gas Mask Day in Idaho by proclamation of the governor. On that day all citizens are asked to make an especial effort to gather nuts and fruit pits and deliver them at central points. They are used in making carbon for gas masks used in the army.
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19181108TRT2From Over The County

Post Falls

The influenza cases are mild.
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Spirit Lake

Last week six new cases of influenza were reported daily.

The Red Cross room is being remodeled and kalsomined.

Mrs. William Barrett of Athol and 8-months old son died in Spokane and were buried Oct. 30 in the Spirit Lake cemetery. The husband and four small children survive.
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Coeur D’Alene

Simple and impressive services marked the funeral of Dorothy, the 8-year old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Wood, in Forest cemetery. This was the second death in Coeur d’Alene on account of influenza.

Three deaths in Coeur d’Alene due to influenza, reported Monday, are: Mrs. Plumb, Mrs. Knute Swanson and Ralph Eider age 17. John Carlson, age 74, and Camille Chappue, age 77, died of heart disease.

Despite precautionary measures the epidemic of Spanish influenza shows a steady increase in Coeur d’Alene. Notices were posted in all cigar stores notifying the public not to tarry after making purchases and not to congregate anywhere.

Dr. Drennan, county physician, and medical examiner on the Kootenai county exemption board, received orders Monday to report to the medical examiners at Fort Wright for induction into the medical corps of the Army.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 08, 1918, Page 3

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Local Paragraphs.

Only one new case of influenza is reported since last week. Practically all other cases are said to be convalescent or recovering satisfactorily.

A large crowd from Rathdrum was reported to have gone to Coeur d’Alene in autos last night to show the people of the county seat how to celebrate the surrender of Germany.

Reports from Connell, Wash., state that Louis and Van Richmond, sons of A. H. Richmond, have died of influenza, that Chas. Richmond, another son, and Mrs. Arter, a daughter, and Mr. Richmond, himself, are very ill. It is also stated that Perley H. Smith, who is also on Mr. Richmond’s farm at Connell, is ill with the disease.

Bells were rung in Rathdrum yesterday in celebration of the report that Germany had surrendered. Flags were flung and autos with cheering groups of jubilant citizens raced back and forth on the street. Everybody manifested gladness at the thought that the fighting was over and that it was now but a question of months or at most a year when nearly all the surviving heroes will come marching home. In the afternoon people paraded, the band played and the kaiser was dragged in effigy behind an auto.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 08, 1918, Page 2

Grandview

The meeting of the Domestic Science club, which was announced for November 6, will be postponed indefinitely owning to the influenza.

Hazel Quigley is reported much better this week.

Archie Jones is a victim of the flu.

Everything remains quiet as people are keeping pretty close at home to avoid the flu.

Mrs. A. J. Satterfield received a message Saturday that her daughter Mrs. Will Watts was very low with pneumonia at the hospital in Pocatello. She went over at once via automobile.

As far as we know there are no cases of influenza in Grandview, but Miss Hazel Quigley has been very low for several days at the Crystal Springs ranch, where she was employed. Her mother has been with her since Saturday.

Miss Leach passed away Sunday night. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family.

Miss Quigley was a trifle better Monday morning.

Grandview Red Cross has decided to postpone all meetings indefinitely on account of influenza.
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Thomas

With the death of our neighbor Mrs. Lucy Fackrell, who died on Monday from Spanish influenza, there passed away one of the kindest and most needed mothers of our community, and her passing away with many others, are causing many people to mourn. What are the health officers, who are responsible for the public health, doing to combat the enemy that is in our midst? And we feel with Dr. Middleton of Salt Lake that if these officials do not take a more determined course, that the condemnation of the public opinion is going to fall heavily in some quarters.

Paul Allred received word Monday from Idaho Falls of the death of his cousin, ex-Sheriff J. S. Mulliner, who died from the influenza. Mr. Mulliner served Bingham county one term as deputy assessor. He is well known to many people of this place and the surround towns. His two terms as sheriff on Bonneville county were strongly marked by his determined fight for the enforcement of the prohibition laws and his loss will be keenly felt by the public in his home town.

Andrew Anderson and his family have been stricken with influenza, but are reported to be on the way to recovery at this time.

Other cases in the community so far as we can learn are progressing satisfactorily.

The funeral of Mrs. Parley Fackrell was held on Thursday, there being but a small attendance. This fact being due to precautions on the part of the people to prevent the spread of the plague, and in no manner bespeaks the esteem in which Mrs. Fackrell was held in the community, for she was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. Her kind and motherly ways and courteous, obloging [sic] manners having long since won the esteem of her neighbors far and near. Mr. Fackrell is caring for his little ones and nursing his sick alone save for the help that neighbors can render occasionally.

Mrs. Hazel Goodwin, daughter of Mrs. Parley Fackrell and a war ride of only a few months was stricken with the disease when her mother died and is in a very critical condition at the present time. Her husband LeRoy Goodwin left for the training camp in September.

I. H. Allred, who was at the Leach and Berryman ranch at Springfield a few days ago, when the Leach family was stricken with influenza and when the daughter Minnie leach died, has reported that he himself is not yet stricken with the disease, but that Mr. Leach who was compelled to take the house work and care of the sick family and hired girl upon himself is now very sick with the disease.
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Upper Presto

Charlie White, while working at the sugar factory, was taken seriously ill with the typhoid fever. He is somewhat improved.

Mr. Seamen is able to be out again attending to his work.
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Wapello

Harry Blackburn is seriously ill with the influenza.

Mrs. Henry Felt is quite ill with the rheumatism.
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Sterling

Curtis Loveless is still very ill with influenza and pneumonia.

Mrs. Nathan Tanner Jr. and Mrs. Layman Tanner are both very seriously ill.

Arnold Nugent is very ill with typhoid fever.

Miss Hazel Quigley is still very seriously ill with influenza and pneumonia at the Crystal Springs ranch.

Dr. Mitchell of Blackfoot was called here on professional business this week.

Everybody in town is wearing a mask now since it became prohibitive on account of influenza.

Minnie Leach the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Leach passed away Sunday evening at 10 o’clock, after a week’s illness with influenza and pneumonia. The sympathy of this community goes out to the bereaved ones in their great hour of sadness.
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Jameston

Mrs. Will Ashment has been very sick with influenza, but is rapidly improving.

Little Millie Anderson has been sick with influenza that last few days.

Everybody has a gauze mask. But are they supposed to be worn around the neck? Many seem to think so.
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McDonaldville

Glen Baily, son of George R. Baily passed away Thursday morning at the age of four years, another member of the family is seriously ill and the mother passed away last week. Interment was made in the Groveland cemetery.

Sarah Gray is about to be around again, after being seriously ill with the influenza.
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Rose

Mrs. Samuel Norman received word that her niece Mrs. Hudson of Layton, Utah, died with the influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Amos Whitehead and two children and George Christensen, who has been staying with them, have the influenza.

Mrs. H. A. Gardner and son are on the sick list this week.

Miss Zina Norman has recovered from a slight illness.

John Norman is on the sick list again.

Samuel Norman is recovering from an attack of the influenza.
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Sterling

Curtis Loveless is slowly recovering from a severe attack of the influenza and pneumonia.

Norval Leach came home from Fort Riley, Kan. to attend the funeral of his sister Miss Minnie Leach. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neider motored to Pocatello to meet him. He reports there were 13,000 cases of the flu there, with approximately 1000 deaths. Mr. Leach returned to camp the next day.

The Neider family are reported to be the latest victims of the flu.

Mrs. Nathan Tanner Jr. has recovered from her recent attack of the flu.

Ralph Quigley died at the home of his parents Tuesday night, with influenza and pneumonia. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Mrs. Veda Watts died at a hospital in Pocatello Tuesday night with influenza and pneumonia. Mrs. Watts went to Pocatello to nurse her brother’s family who were ill and succumbed to the disease herself. Her husband is on his way to France.
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Springfield

The Grover Paul family are recovering from the influenza. Mrs. Paul and the baby were dangerously ill.

Mrs. Lyman Tanner is improving from a severe attack of the influenza.

Mr. Fouch, who has been living on his ranch north of town is very ill with the influenza.

The funeral of Minnie Leach was held Wednesday. The floral contributions were most beautiful. After a family prayer at home, and open air service was held at the cemetery. Rev. Peterson of Blackfoot conducted the services. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.

Corporal Norval Leach returned to Ft. Riley Friday.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 08, 1918, Page 3

Victim of Influenza

Jack Ryan, age fifty eight years, died at his home in Idaho Falls Monday, after suffering from influenza for several days. … He is survived by his wife, a mother and sister, who live at Detroit, Mich.

Funeral services were held at the Grove City cemetery Wednesday, Nov. 5, at two o’clock, under the auspices of the masonic lodge.
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Wicks

The influenza epidemic which [is] prevalent in this district is now on the decline and none of the cases have proved fatal so far.
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Taken to Hospital

Word was received recently that Mrs. Fred T. Dubois is very ill with the influenza in Boise and was taken to the hospital there.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 08, 1918, Page 5

Local News

W. F. Martin was very ill the fore part of the week with rheumatism.

Miss Minnie Park has been quite ill with the influenza, but is now improving.

Mrs. W. S. Richards and two children went to Salt Lake Monday to see her mother who is seriously ill.

Miss Eula Palmer was called home Tuesday on account of the illness of her mother.

Miss Milbury Pew has been on the sick list for several days and is now improving.

Miss Susa Gould resumed her duties at the Kinney Mercantile store the fore part of the week, after a few days illness.

Miss Marie Weise is rapidly recovering after her illness.

Miss Else Jordan of the Brosn-Hart store is slowly improving, after a serious attack of the flu.

Miss Grace Hoit has been ill for the past few days and is now improving rapidly.

Mrs. M. B. Butler went to Salt Lake Thursday to see her husband, who is in the hospital.

Bonnie Volpert went to Idaho Falls Tuesday to work in the Bybee grocery store there, during the illness of one of their clerks.

Mrs. Hilda Slater resumed her work at the Bingham County News office Thursday, after recovering from a several days’ illness.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 08, 1918, Page 1

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Locals and Personals

Kenneth Curtis has been ill this week.

Eugene Smith of Marion is seriously ill.

T. W. Workman has been very ill several days this week.

Pres. W. T. Jack was suffering with a bad cold the first of the week.

Miss Leona Bain is able to be out again after a season of mumps.

Dr. Neilson was in Burley this week in consultation on the case of Dr. Lowe.

Dr. Lowe, who recently moved from our city to Burley, has been very ill with influenza. Also his children have been sick, but are rapidly improving.

Friends of Mrs. Rosel Hale will be glad to know she is improving from an attack of influenza.

Joseph Boren died Wednesday morning of pneumonia. Obituary notice will appear in next week’s issue.

Dr. Nielson, the country health officer, reports 15 new cases of influenza in Oakley for the week ending last Saturday. Since Saturday there have been an improvement in the local situation as only two or three new cases have developed.

Halloween was rather quiet at Oakley, but it must be noted that a number of people had the privilege of seeing strange and wonderful faces peep in the windows.

Mrs. S. P. Worthington left Thursday for Nampa to visit her sister, Mrs. Viola Roman, who is very seriously ill.
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In The Gem State

Telephone service at Caldwell has been badly crippled due to the sickness of 11 of the 14 operators regularly employed.

The drive for the enrollment of student nurses, which was closed a month ago, and which was ordered reopened within a few weeks, is on in fore in Idaho again.

Money saved by people as a result of the closing of the movies by the state board of health would, if invested in war Savings Stamps, aid considerably in raising the Thrift Stamp quota of the state.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 08, 1918, Page 1

The Press force has not got the influenza, but it is all run down and is taking a half-holiday to recuperate. “Micky says” people are not interested in anything just now, anyhow, so it does not make much difference whether any news is printed or not.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 08, 1918, Page 4

People and Events

Six patients are at the hospital, five of them sufferers from influenza, and all of them are getting along nicely.

Mrs. P. H. Sheer of Rockland who has been a patient at the Bethany Deaconess hospital, a victim of the influenza, left today for her home, fully recovered.

C. Lee French is quite sick, but not in a dangerous condition. Mrs. French is getting along nicely.

For the first time in three weeks the family of Andrew May of Rockland are all able to be at the table at the same time. His case is but an illustration of many others in different parts of the county, and indicates how serious the epidemic has been.

David Walker, the 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Walker of Rockland, died in Lava Hot Springs last Tuesday. The funeral occurred in Rockland yesterday. The boy had been working at Lava Hot Springs and was taken down with influenza. On his recovery he ventured out too soon and quickly succumbed to a setback.

American Falls joined the other cities and towns of the state and nation in celebrating prematurely, the joyful news that the great way had come to an end by the unconditional surrender of Germany. A flash went out over the wires about 10:30 announcing that the war had come to an end. All over the town flags were raised, and shortly after the dinner hour several blasts of dynamite were set off. A large pile of boxes was erected in the public square in readiness for the celebration in the evening. As soon as darkness had set in crowds began to assemble on the streets. Everyone who owned or could borrow a firearm was busy adding to the noise made by the members of the tin-can band, which comprised about every person, large and small, in the community who was able to be out. When the time arrived to set ablaze the bonfire a truck filled with a shouting crowd drove to the residence of Governor-elect Davis and brought him to the square to address the crowd. In a brief talk he set forth the appreciation and the thanks due our boys in France who were the deciding factor in bringing about the abject surrender. He closed his address by calling for three cheers for our soldiers and sailors. Then the bonfire was set ablaze amid the cheers of the crowd and the cheers became a shout of derision when the effigy of the kaiser, which surmounted the pile, was quickly devoured by the flames. It was the first public assembly since the embargo was put on all meetings owning to the influenza epidemic, but the crowd was so cheerful and turned out in so cheerful a cause, that any old sort of a germ had no terrors.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. November 08, 1918, Page 1

Red Cross Notes

Any one having influenza masks that are not in use please return them to Red Cross rooms.

On account of the influenza epidemic work at the Red Cross rooms has fallen behind. This county has received an allotment of 75 suits of pajamas. The Red Cross rooms will be open every afternoon except Saturday. The following supervisors have been appointed. Monday, Mrs. Edwards; Tuesday, Mrs Herbert Ripley; Wednesday, Mrs. Canton; Thursday, Mrs. A. E. Holmberg; Friday, Mrs. Rodgers.
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Local News.

Elk River is reported to be suffering with a severe attack of the influenza, there being fifty-nine cases in that village yesterday. It is said that every available building in the town has been turned into a hospital.

Dr. Horswill is reported as improving nicely at the hospital in Lewiston and it is announced will return to Orofino next week. Mrs. Horswill returned home last Wednesday evening. Dr. Reese of Gilbert has been successfully looking after the afflicted in the vicinity during the doctor’s absence, and it was fortunate that his services could have been obtained.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 08, 1918, Page 1

Mrs. Marie Carmichael

Mrs. Marie Carmichael of Spokane, formerly Miss Marie Zimmerman of Crescent, died at the Sacred Heart Hospital Monday morning after a short illness from influenza. Her husband, W. D. Carmichael and son George, age ten, were also afflicted with influenza and it was through her unceasing care of her husband and little son that her strength gave out so that she was unable to recover from the first attack of the disease. …

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 08, 1918, Page 6

Gleanings

Nearly all of the voters in Kendrick came out of the election booth crying. This would no doubt be a very gratifying sight to the bystanders, that the election privilege should e taken so seriously. However, those who voted could tell the reason – formaldehyde. So far as known, all election officials survived the effects of the fumes but it is believed the flu died.

Dr. and Mrs. Smith received a message a few days ago that Dr. Patton while attending his patients at the hospital in Silverton, California, was taken with the “flu” which soon developed pneumonia. He was hurriedly brought back to Denver and a second message announces him to be improving.

Mrs. M. V. Thomas returned from Clarkston Thursday after spending a week there caring for her brother, who was very ill with influenza.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 08, 1918, Page 2

There is a noticeable disposition among the people here to comply with any demands which are made to advance the interests of the public in general. Before the war there was a tendency to argue any piece of legislation that took away privileges which had become customary. Today the people simply fall in line as a matter of course and carry out the wishes of the Government without complaint. This was particularly noticeable when the health department asked that all stores be closed at six o’clock in the evening. The order was carried out to the letter and no complaints were heard.
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Owing to the influenza epidemic the creamery directors did not hold their meeting Tuesday evening. However, in discussing the matters informally, they decided to continue the creamery in operation as long as they could secure patronage. They will not close down on November 1, and urged that the farmers bring in cream as usual, furnishing all that they can produce. There is an increase in cream receipts over that of a month ago, owing to good late pasture, and it is possible that the plant will operate all winter.
– Latah County Press.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 08, 1918, Page 5

Big Bear Ridge

Mrs. Rufus May and daughter, Miss Pearl are slowly recovering from a severe attack of influenza and pneumonia.

The other children are much improved as the flu was checked while in a mild form.
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Linden Items

Mrs. Addison Alexander who has been at her sister’s, Mrs. Dicks on Bear Ridge returned home Monday. She reports her sister much better but not able to be up and around yet.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 08, 1918, Page 1

Young Woman Taken

Miss Sabra Melvina Griffith, aged 18 years, died in Salmon November 4th of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza. Her step parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nels Croney, came here from Idaho Falls and she made her home with them in Brooklyn.

Mrs. Van Stratt

Mrs. Agnes Van Stratt, wife of Chris Van Stratt passed away at 7:30 this morning from the effects of influenza illness. She had been ill about two weeks. …

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 08, 1918, Page 2

Idaho State News

Under the direction of the state board of health the Albion State Normal school has been placed under quarantine in an attempt to prevent the Spanish influenza from obtaining a foothold.

Word has been received at Malad of the death of John Daniels at Camp Fremont, Cal. The young man has been at Camp Fremont for the past two months His death was cased by pneumonia, superinduced by Spanish influenza.
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Northwest Notes

Lifting of the quarantine at Camp Lewis will depend on the decrease of influenza cases in cities and town near camp, officers at headquarters announced last week.

Influenza seems to be gaining headway at Butte, Ekalaka and Eureka, but elsewhere in Montana the situation is unchanged, reports to the state board of health indicate.

Free entertainment on a large scale will be furnished the men of Camp Lewis while they are held on the military reservation because of the influenza quarantine and until further notice.

In a statement from the United States public health service, 2000 cases of influenza were reported at Billings, Mont. The federal authorities attribute the spread of the disease in Billings largely to the failure to close the schools.

A hotel building at Kalispell, Mont., has been secured as a detection hospital for influenza cases, through the efforts of the local health authorities and the Red Cross society, which have bee working in conjunction on the matter.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 08, 1918, Page 5

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The Sick List

Sheriff Frazier and Earl Gilbreath are both getting on their feet again after a siege with influenza. the family of W. C. Smith are kept at home but are not seriously ill, and so are the C. W. Snook family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Andrews. Numerous other patients are recovering, including Mrs. Frank Kirtley, who has been ill and Shirley Johnson, Dr. Ashley, Mrs. Keys and children, Mrs. Dan Chase and the Billbrey family, all on the sick list, besides a great many others.

In some parts of the county there are victims of the epidemic that count all the people or nearly all of them. One of these communities is Sandy creek where there has been great suffering. In other localities there is no influenza at all. A telephone message received from May yesterday afternoon said that not a single case had been reported there.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 08, 1918, Page 1

W. R. Johnson Dies From Influenza at Camp Fremont

Wm. R. Johnson, who went from this county to Camp Fremont last August, died there of influenza on Oct. 23. He was 27 years of age. In response to his request his body was taken to Alliance, Neb., for burial. Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother and one sister. Before entering the service he was employed as a fireman on the Short Line.
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Mrs. Wm. Graff Dies From Influenza in Pocatello.

Mrs. Wm. Graff died at her home in Pocatello on Thursday, Oct. 31. Death was caused from pneumonia, which followed quickly after she was stricken with the influenza. The body was brought to Montpelier on No. 18 lasts Friday afternoon and open air services were held at the cemetery. Mrs. Graff was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Closner of this city, and was a native of Montpelier, having been born here 18 years old. At the time of her death her husband and her brother, Edward, were also victims of the influenza but both are now convalescing. Besides her parents and husband, she is survived by four sisters and two brothers.
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Montpelier Again Hoaxed by Premature Paris Report

Montpelier went through the delirium yesterday afternoon when a report went over the wires saying Germany had accepted the peace terms of the allies at 10 o’clock a.m. and that fighting on all fronts would cease at 3 p.m. We were not the only celebrators, however, New York City especially becoming delirious with joy over the unfounded report, as did also the whole country. …

While Montpelier did not go to this extreme, yet everybody believed the report to be true in fact and the jubilant people were not interfered with in the least by the authorities who are dispersing crowds of people in compliance with the mandate of the board off health. In fact the people seems to forget that Montpelier had ever heard of a case of Spanish influenza in their midst, and no one wore a broader smile than did Chief Hillier. …

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 08, 1918, Page 3

Idaho State News

Robert Henry of Rigby, in the vocational section of the S. A. T. C., died in the Inland Empire hospital at Moscow from pneumonia. His death is the fourth in the vocational section.

The influenza epidemic has been making rapid strides in Idaho Falls and Bonneville county and stringent measures are being taken to overcome it. Every person has been ordered to wear a mask over the nose and mouth and all businesses houses except drug stores and cafes, are closed at 6 p.m.

A supply of vaccine for the prevention of pneumonia consequent upon influenza was received by a Idaho Falls drug firm from Seattle last week, and has been distributed among the physicians of the city. The first lot of the vaccine received was sufficient for the immunization of about 120 persons.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 08, 1918, Page 4

Sergeant G. W. Irving Writes From Camp Logan

… There has been no end to the Spanish Influenza here, but conditions are much better now. At its worst stage it has all the hospitals full and there were from 20 to 30 deaths every 24 hours. The “flu” has just about run its course here, there being very few new cases. Camp Logan has the health record for camps in the United States. …

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 08, 1918, Page 8

John Ishimaru Victim of The Spanish Influenza

Another sudden death occurred last night when influenza claimed another victim in the person of Mt. Ishimaru, proprietor of the Japanese store and head of the Montpelier Steam Laundry, who died at the emergency hospital at the city hall, where he was taken only a week ago and was reported as doing well and on the road to a rapid recovery only two days before his death. … He leaves a wife and two small children, one only a few months old.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 08, 1918, Page 3

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Inland Northwest

Seattle’s stores may be closed in an effort to prevent the spread of Spanish Influenza, City Health Commission J. S. McBride has announced.

Arrangements have been made whereby nutritious soup and other food will be taken to homes in Lewiston, Mont., where the influenza has made the preparation of good food for any patient difficult.

Druggists will be permitted under certain restrictions to refill prescriptions calling for morphine, codeine or heroin, written by registered practitioners for patients suffering from influenza and any pulmonary or bronchial afflictions, according to notice received at Helena.

Being peculiarly susceptible to pneumonia, the disease is wreaking great toll among the Cheyenne Indians on lower Tongue river, according to reports last week, and some 53 of them have died within the past two weeks between Kirby and Busby, Mont.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 08, 1918, Page 8

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Meridian News Notes

Word has been received of the death from influenza of George Beasley, formerly a well known farmer in this section. He died at Portland.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 08, 1918, Page 1

Died of Influenza

Mrs. Malheur, who was in from the ranch Monday, received the sad news of the death of her son, from influenza, on the eve of his departure for France, from a New York training station. The remains have been shipped to Shoshone. Mrs. Malheur will have the sympathy of all her many friends and neighbors in the sad homecoming of her soldier son.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 08, 1918, Page 5

Local and Personal News

Miss Wiggins and Miss Mabel Euhoim came up from Gooding Friday and Miss Edna Euhoim, who is well on the way toward recovery from influenza, returned with them to Gooding.

Miss Tress McMahod [?] is ill with influenza at her home in Richfield.

Mrs. William Thorpe is recovering from an attack of the “flu.”
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Died Of Pneumonia

John Speed, cook for a construction crew on the O. S. L., died Monday of Pneumonia at the Baugh rooming house. The remains were taken care of a Brennan’s undertaking rooms and relatives of the deceased notified.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 08, 1918, Page 1

19181108DSM1Fewer Influenza Cases in Moscow
Five New Cases Admitted to Hospital and Nine Discharged Today

The influenza situation here today is regarded as very favorable. No further deaths have occurred. In the S. A. T. C. of the university, five new cases were admitted to the hospital since yesterday’s report and nine were discharged as cured. The new cases are very mild. These are all in class A, the collegiate class of the S. A. T. C. There has not been a death among the collegiate students, of which more than 500 are in the S. A. T. C. and about an equal number of other students enrolled.

There are a few cases that are causing some uneasiness, but these are slightly better today. In class B, the vocational training corps, conditions show marked improvement. Many of the convalescents have returned to work and are entirely cured. There are no new cases reported in town, outside of the university and most of the towns people who had the disease have recovered. Taken as a whole the situation is regarded as more favorable than at any time since the disease struck Moscow. The total number of deaths from the disease to date remains at eight. Six of these were class B men in the S. A. T. C. The other two were Moscow people.
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Moscow Nurse Died From Pneumonia
Miss Fridley, Well Known Here, Died at Spokane Wednesday Evening

Callie L. Fridley, a graduate nurse, died at St. Luke’s hospital last evening. death was caused by pneumonia. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Fridley of Wasco Ore.

She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Clifford Fridley, of Lexington, Ore., and Clyde Fridley of Wasco, and by two sisters, Dora and Nettie Fridley, of Lexington. …

Miss Fridley was well known in Moscow, having worked in local hospitals for a long time She has many friends here to whom news of her death will be a sever shock.
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Another S. A. T. C. Man Influenza Victim

Herman Greaser of Laramie, Wyo., died today making the ninth death in Moscow as a result of the influenza epidemic and the seventh death in class B of the S. A. T. C. The young man came here with the Wyoming contingent and was taken with influenza soon after reaching Moscow. His condition has been serious from the start. He developed pneumonia and two slight operations were performed in hopes of saving his life. He rallied from the operations but could not overcome the pneumonia. His parents were notified several days ago of the seriousness of his condition, but have not reached Moscow A telegram telling of his death was sent to them this afternoon.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 08, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mrs. Lindgren of Orofino came up today to see her son Paul, who has been quite sick with influenza, but is convalescent and is now in the Elks’ temple. Mrs. Lindgren was very uneasy about her boy and feared she would not be permitted to see him. She rode up town in the automobile of a Moscow family, a member of who was on the train and made her acquaintance and was driven to the Elks’ temple. Her joy was almost overpowering when she saw her son standing out in front of the temple, apparently well and happy. She will return to her home tomorrow a very happy woman.

Mrs. J. E. Nessly, who has been at Greer, Idaho, taking care of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Matt C. Miles, formerly of Moscow, returned home today after an absence of 10 days. Mr. and Mrs. Miles are much improved and both are able to be out.

Harold Magnus of Denver, Colorado, who formerly worked with the J. C. Penny company of Moscow, died of pneumonia recently at Grace, Idaho, in the southern part of the state, where he was manager of a similar store. He leaves a wife and three children.

L. A. Dodge, who has had a very severe attack of influenza, is now able to be out again.

St. Mark’s church has kindly donated the use of Guild hall for the convalescent soldiers. The boys are very comfortable there with room for exercise and a phonograph for amusement.

Dr. Leitch reports Earl st. John’s condition of influenza as somewhat improved, but his is yet seriously ill. His mother is improving slowly.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 08 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Further Reading (S. A. T. C.)

1918 Spanish Flu didn’t forget the Palouse

By Mark O’English

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Red Cross volunteers hit the downtown Pullman streets for the Armistice Day celebration marking the end of World War 1. Courtesy of the WSU Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu swept across the globe, ultimately killing between 50 million and 100 million people, or about 1 in 25 worldwide. The Inland Northwest was not exempted, and as the flu peaked nationwide in October and November of that year, Pullman and Moscow found themselves visited as well.

With the United States involved in the war in Europe, both WSC and UI were part of the Student Army Training Corps program. Soldiers were transported by train to 500 colleges nationwide, where they’d receive military training and useful educations simultaneously. SATC training began here in June 1918; the second cohort arrived in August and was first to feel the effects, albeit slightly, of the flu.

Pullman’s third cohort of 600 began arriving in early October, to begin training on Oct. 15. As soldiers from all over the country came in on crowded trains, they inevitably carried the flu with them. With the influenza making its presence felt, by Oct. 10, Pullman reacted strongly. While no strict quarantine was put in place, all public gathering places were closed and sentries prevented SATC trainees from leaving campus. The sickest 150 of the earlier soldiers were asked to remain in Pullman, and, of course, college students were present as well. The travel and the compact housing conditions proved to be excellent incubators for the flu.

The college would close Oct. 21, though all the soldiers and most of the students remained on campus. Former WSC president E.A. Bryan reported that across all three cohorts, about 825 soldiers came down with the flu. When Pullman’s Northwest Sanitarium (today’s Kimball Funeral Home) and the small medical facility on campus quickly filled to capacity, some floors of the Ferry Hall men’s dorm were used as hospital space, as was the gymnasium, the ATO and the SPE fraternity houses, and the St. James Episcopal Church, the Federated Church and the Christian Church. Not enough can be said of the efforts of the staff, faculty, students and soldiers who volunteered as nurses, or who organized to provide as many as 900 sick meals per day.

Moscow, with a smaller SATC training corps, was not hit as hard or as quickly, but responded even more forcefully. While the school remained open, a strict quarantine was imposed between the town and the college. People wishing to come on campus were forced to spend four days in quarantine in a town church to ensure they were uninfected. For a short period, Idaho’s SATC soldiers were required to wear gauze masks when out in public. By Nov. 1, almost 37 were dead in Pullman – almost exclusively SATC trainees – while only 3 had died at the University of Idaho.

On Nov. 11, each town’s quarantines failed with the announcement of the armistice ending the Great War. Celebrants from town and campus mixed in jubilation over the course of the day’s parades, parties and dances, but apparently the worst of the flu had passed, and no large outbreaks followed.

In the following weeks, public schools resumed, public gathering places reopened and the colleges resumed full activity. While Moscow weathered this comparatively well, in Pullman, the flu moved from the college to the town, and by Dec. 9, the SATC soldiers were again banned from the city. And while Moscow and Pullman had been at the forefront of the flu in the Palouse due to the military influx, it had now moved into the myriad of smaller, more isolated towns; Tekoa in particular appears to have been hard hit, and was begging for medical help in early December. The state of Washington ordered the state’s entire public school system closed; it reopened a month later on Jan. 6 before closing again from Jan. 17 through Feb. 2.

While January marked the end of the serious flu for most of the region, Moscow, possibly as a side effect of their more successful earlier quarantines, suffered at least one late struggle with the flu, having to put a town quarantine in place for a few weeks in March.

The final death counts for the region are difficult, if not impossible, to calculate. At least 42 died on the WSC campus, while by Nov. 15, only six non-campus residents had died in Pullman. While that is believed to be the final campus number, more did follow in town in the succeeding weeks. Moscow and the UI fared better, with 10 deaths by Nov. 27, though more undoubtedly followed. With the flu having a reported worldwide fatality rate of about 4 percent, our region fared better, with something like 3 percent deaths in the SATC but probably less than 1 percent in the general populations in Moscow and Pullman. Nonetheless, those months remain some of the darkest in the history of the region.

** Mark O’English is the university archivist at Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections.

source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News Oct 8, 2018
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Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

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Idaho Newspaper clippings November 1 – 4, 1918

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A nurse takes the pulse of a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C., in November of 1918. Library of Congress via AP

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 01, 1918, Page 1

From Over The County

Spirit Lake

Dr. McCormick reports 10 cases of influenza, some of them developing into pneumonia. One is critical.

Coeur D’Alene

The first death in Coeur d’Alene resulting from the influenza epidemic was that of Frances Lucile Jessick, age 8 months, Oct. 29. On that date 59 cases were reported in Coeur d’Alene.

Dr. Drennan, county health officer is confined to his home with influenza.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 01, 1918, Page 2

Health authorities of Des Moines are quoted in the Christian Science Monitor as directing attention to the value of common sense and a calm attitude of mind in conquering fear of infection during the present influenza epidemic. Know the truth about disease and the laws of health and be calm and cheerful of mind. These suggestions are worth passing on.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., November 01, 1918, Page 5

Personal Mention.

E. W. Cady and family received word this week that Mr. Cady’s nephew, James Blair of the army spruce division, has died at Vancouver Barracks of influenza pneumonia. The young man’s home was in Montana. He visited in Rathdrum last summer while on furlough.
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Local Paragraphs.

On Wednesday Dr. Wenz, local health officer, reported 29 cases of influenza in Rathdrum and vicinity.

A report circulated here the first of the week that Forrest Metcalf of East Greenacres had succumbed to influenza at a naval station, is denied in letters received by his parents. He is recovering.
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Red Cross Shop Closed.

The chairman of the Rathdrum Branch authorizes the announcement that the Red Cross Shop has been closed until the influenza epidemic is over. However, donated articles will continue to be received and take care of. Red Cross Shop sales last Saturday amounted to $16.55.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 01, 1918, Page 2

Notice
Beware of Influenza, Resolutions

At a special meeting of the Board of Health of Bingham county, Idaho, held at the court house of said county, October 29, 1918, at 9:30 a.m., present F. T. Halverson, Chairman, W. C. Sollenberger, W. M. Christensen and Dr. C. A. Hoover, Secretary, after full investigation the following resolutions were passed:

Resolved, that owning to the spread of the influenza, and desiring if possible to prevent same, every person upon the public highway or in public places, like stores, etc, shall wear a protective mask, said mask to be not less than three or four layers of fine cheesecloth, or more layers of coarse gauze, where the coarsest is used, not less than ten layers.

Resolved, that all people are prohibited from remaining in any place of business longer than necessary to transact their legitimate business; no lounging or congregating of any kind shall be allowed at any point or place.

Resolved, that all meetings of whatever nature, either inside or outside are prohibited.

It is further ordered that all places of business, excepting such places as serve regular meals shall close at 6 p.m., all cafes and places where regular meals are furnished shall close at 9 p.m.

All county and local peace officers are instructed to see that these orders are enforced and observed.

All of the above to remain in force and effect until all restrictions as to influenza are removed by the State Board of Health.

The above resolutions are effective on and after November 1, 1918.

Board of Health of Bingham County, Idaho.
By F. T. Halverson, Chairman,
W. C. Sollenberger,
W. M. Christensen,
C. A. Hoover, Secretary.
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19181101TIR1-headlineSterling

School has been closed here indefinitely until the epidemic of the influenza has subsided somewhat.

Mrs. N. Tanner Jr. is very ill, which is reported to be the influenza.

All of the Leach family are confined to their beds with the “flue.” [sic] Claude Parsons, the only well one at the ranch is caring for the entire family.
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19181101TIR2-headlineSpringfield

Several families are reported ill with influenza. Among them are the Leach, Broadhead and Sullivan families. Minnie Leach is reported very sick.

Robert Wiley did not leave for Boise with his mother, but is staying here until the schools reopen. He has just recovered from an attack of the influenza.
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19181101TIR3-headlineMoreland

Miss Florence Wheeler who has been in Denver, Colo. since last spring on a mission for the L. D. S. church as returned to her home, where she will remain until the Spanish influenza epidemic has past. [sic]

Chester Grimmett has been sick with the Spanish influenza, but is now slowly recovering.

Everything is exceptionally quiet here. Everybody is staying close at home for fear of getting the Spanish influenza. But there are not so very many cases in this town now.

Medora Grimmett has gone to Blackfoot to take care of her sister’s family, who are all ill.
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19181101TIR4-headlineGrandview

Andrew Nelson of Sterling, was in Grandview Monday. He states they were quite uneasy about their two daughters as they were both ill with Spanish influenza. Adeline is in Provo, where she has been attending school and Hazel, the nurse, is stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. She wrote that there 1000 cases in the hospital, so many they could not be given proper care. One train leaving there carried 60 dead soldiers and 6 nurses.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. November 01, 1918, Page 5

19181101TIR5-headlineLocal News

Marvin Luton is about to be around again after a short illness.

Roy Bell is reported as having the influenza.

Mrs. Mae Sprague, who has been ill for several days is much improved.

Mrs. George Thompson has been very ill for several days but is now much improved.

C. Weaver, third trick operator at the O. S. L. depot, is suffering an attack of influenza.

Miss Laura Whittick, of the Brown-Hart company, was on the sick list the first of the week.

Miss Via Barton, who is in Pocatello, and very ill with the influenza, is now convalescent.

Ben Lyons has been seriously ill for the past few days. At last reports he was somewhat improved.

Carles Clark, who has been ill with influenza for the past few weeks is able to be out again.

James Martin, manager of the C. W. & M. Co., who has been very ill for the past several days, is now much improved.
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Glenn Bailey Passes Away

Glenn Bailey, son of George Bailey died at their home in Groveland Thursday morning at 2 o’clock, following an attack of influenza. Arrangements for funeral services have not been made.

His mother proceeded him only a few days ago, and he has another brother, who is seriously ill with the same disease.
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The R. B. Ferris sale advertised for Tuesday, Oct. 29 was called off in order to be in harmony with the Board of Health, prohibiting public gatherings of any nature. Another date will be set and the sale readvertised at some future time.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 01, 1918, Page 1

19181101TOH1-headlineIdaho Budget

The Idaho Falls school board on October 15, decided to close all departments of the school until the quarantine for Spanish influenza has been raised. Several mild cases of the epidemic have developed in the vicinity, two of them being transients. The country schools have not been closed.

Methodists held their church services on the lawn on the east side of the church at Boise last Sunday. A piano was moved on to the main entrance and the program was given over largely to singing. Automobiles were drawn up to the curb and were used for church seats.

Prof. Solen W. Cunningham, formerly head of the department of agriculture and director of athletics at the Albion state normal school, died Wednesday, October 9, of bronchial pneumonia, caused by Spanish influenza.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 01, 1918, Page 7

The last number of the Inland Empire reports that Idahome is still without a single case of Spanish influenza.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. November 01, 1918, Page 8

George Fairchild Dead

George Harvey Fairchild died Sunday night of pneumonia, superseded by Spanish influenza. He as the son of Mrs. August Fairchild. He was born in Oakely, Idaho, June 21, 1885.. He leaves a wife and two children and many relatives to mourn his loss.
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19181101TOH2-headlineIn the Gem State

Word has been received at Malad of the death of John Daniels at Camp Fremont, Cal. The young man has been at Camp Fremont for the past two months. His death was caused by pneumonia, superinduced by Spanish influenza.

Teachers temporarily out of employment because of the health board’s order closing schools during the Spanish influenza epidemic will not lose their pay where they have contracts not making other provisions in cases of this kind, Miss Ethel E. Redfield, state superintendent of public instruction, announces.

The authorities of Gooding college are congratulating themselves that no case of influenza has appeared at the institution. Every precaution is going taken to prevent the disease from reaching the college. All teachers who have been residing in the city are now living in the college dormitory, and there is no visiting between the college population and that of the city.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 01, 1918, Page 1

19181101AFP1-headlineCity Health Board Acts
Quarantine Established on Influenza Infected Homes.

The city board of health this morning placed under quarantine all homes where there is influenza.

It continued in force its requirements that all convalescents, who are discharged from quarantine, be required to wear masks for a period of seven days.
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19181101AFP2-headlineInfluenza Situation Is Somewhat Improved
Peak of Epidemic Probably Not Reached. But Fewer Serious Cases are Reported Than in the Past – Many Entire Families Down.

It is believed the influenza situation is slightly improved, although there are many distressing cases and a few dangerously ill. The entire families of Andrew May, and W. P. Fifield of Rockland are ill. There are six cases at the Frodsham hotel, including Mrs. Will Oliver and children. There are fifteen cases in the Rockland hospital and four more were expected last night, and all are reported as getting along reasonably well.

Pneumonia has developed or is threatening in several cases. John Thorne is very ill and so is Moses Kinnear. Ernest Jones is not doing well, and is threatened with pneumonia. H. C. Boley’s children are ill and the family of one of the Perry’s is reported all down. There are many other cases. Half the families, possibly, have sick on convalescents.

In the Arbon country there are several entire families ill, and single cases in many others. West of town there are no reports.

In American Falls the number of cases is increasing although there are few serious ones. L. L. Evans, Jr., is one of the more serious cases. He was reported better last night. The hospital is full, and four of the five nurses are down. Two of them are recovering rapidly and expect to be up soon. The rooming houses are pretty well filled. There are several at the Baugh and one case is reported from the Remington, a man named Cannon from Salt Lake.

Eight members of the Butter’s family, living hear the hospital, are ill with influenza.

Ross Bolton is also down, and quite sick.

Greater care is being exercised and it is hoped this will result in checking the spread of the disease.

Mrs. Hunter of Pocatello, in charge of volunteer nurses for this part of the state, was here and in Rockland yesterday, and was well satisfied with conditions. The situation, she stated, was as satisfactory and well handled as could be expected. Coming from Pocatello, where there are a thousand cases or more, the conditions here appeared better to her than they do to those afflicted.

Five Deaths Reported.

The following deaths have been reported since Tuesday;

Newell Young, hospital, American Falls.
Joe Klum, hospital, American Falls.
Mrs. Lawrence Roy, Roy.
Mrs. Ingleberg Wanke, American Falls.
Mrs. Alma Wood, American Falls.
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Wear masks and stop spread of disease.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 01, 1918, Page 3

19181101AFP3-headlinesNotice To Patrons of The American Falls Schools.

In view of the closing of the schools on account of the Spanish influenza, the Board of Trustees desire to impress upon the patrons the necessity of keeping their children at home as much as possible, so as to lessen the danger as much as possible.

Done by the order of the Board.
R. F. Noth, Chairman.
R. O. Jones, Clerk.
Dated this 18t day of Oct., 1918.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. November 01, 1918, Page 5

19181101AFP4-headlinePeople and Events

Wear masks and stop spread of disease.

Dr. Noth is improving slowly, but is still very weak.

DeWitt Brown, chief clerk of the local draft board, is down with influenza.

O. R. Baum is getting along nicely and will be out soon, from every indication.

Moses Kinnear, of Rockland, is said to be very ill with influenza, having developed pneumonia.

Mrs. and Mrs. Martin Garn returned from Rockland yesterday, where they have been assisting with the sick.

Ernest Jones, who is down with influenza is reported to be quite sick, and is threatened with pneumonia.

W. L. Newton and son, Walter,m are out again after a severe attack of the influenza.

Mrs. L. H. Dorne is here from Butte, making final proof on her homestead. She reports influenza conditions in Butte very bad.

Henry Reiman was down from Roy Wednesday and reported that the family of Lawrence Roy were down with influenza, Mrs. Roy being very sick.

Mrs. Lawrence Roy, of Roy, died of influenza yesterday. Mr. Roy and the children are ill and have been removed to a hospital.

C. T,. Contant is making satisfactory progress with his influenza, and hopes to be out in time to vote for his choice for prosecuting attorney.

The entire family of Andrew May, of Rockland, are down with influenza. The are reported to be getting along as well as could be expected.

L. L. Evans, Jr., is said to have a severe type of influenza and to be quite a sick man. Mrs. Evans has a lighter form. They are being cared for by Mrs. W. W. Beecksted.
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Election Place Changed.

Owing to the influenza epidemic and advisability of having a roomy place for holding the election to avoid crowding, the polling place for American Falls precinct is hereby changed to the Auditorium.

W. S. Sparks, Chairman Board of County Commissioners.
Paul Bulfinch, Clerk.
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19181101AFP5-headlineArbon Valley News.

There is an influenza epidemic here in Arbon. Several families of six and eight to a family, are all down. There have been several calls for physicians but due to the influenza at Rockland, American Falls, Malad and vicinity, the doctors can not come when first called, but Dr. Schlitz of American Falls and Dr. Ray are doing their best for the sufferers, coming out whenever they possibly can. There is an urgent call for doctors here every day.

Mr. Perry Howell came down with the influenza Saturday.

Mrs. Mable Catherine Floyd, wife of E. L. Floyd, of Arbon, died last Thursday at their home here of pneumonia, after an illness of short duration. Remains were taken to Pocatello, where funeral services were held Friday afternoon. Deceased was a lovable woman, wife and mother and is survived by her husband and five small children; also a brother, Harry Hill of this place.

The family of Frank C. Turner have been seriously ill with influenza, all being down at once. Mrs. Arbon and Mrs. Davis are doing what they can for them.

Rennie Evans took the U. S. mail to Pocatello last Friday, as all of Herber Wood’s family were ill with the Spanish Flu.

Dr. Ray, of Malad, came over Sunday morning to the home of Mr. Geo. Bandy. His son, Richard, was seriously ill with pneumonia, but Dr. Ray thinks he has a chance to recover now, although his left lung is badly affected.

Mr. C. D. Porter, Orville Porter and Mrs. C. W. Weidmann are quite ill at the Porter home with influenza. Mrs. Porter, who had been ill in bed with the same thing, had to get up to nurse the others.

Mrs. Melvin Bailey has been quite ill with influenza, but is recovering now.

Mrs. James Payne, who had been ill with influenza, is reported much better. Her husband and little daughter are now ill in bed.

The family of E. H. Davis are all taking turns with the “flu,” two or three being down in bed at a time. Dr. Davis is away on a hunting trip and doesn’t know of the sickness at home.

Mr. Newell Leishermann is slowly recovering from a severe attack of the influenza.

Mr. Cotant of American Falls, brot [sic] two of his thresher crews back Friday, they having recovered from a slight attack of influenza. All of the crew took sick and had to be taken to town for medical aid, the thresher having to lay idle for two weeks. There are several waiting to have their grain threshed as soon as the Cotant machine can resume work.

Messrs. T. B. and L. B. Evans received word of the death of their brother, I. B. Evans, at Preston, Saturday morning of pneumonia. They left Saturday to attend the funeral. I. B. Evans was well known by many of the old timers here. His daughter, Miss Mary Evans, taught at the Pauline school here last term. A sister Mrs. John Noble, resides at Pauline.

The Davis store is closed until the family of E. H. Davis recover from their siege of sickness.

Mr. and Mrs. Gus Brahmstadt are ill with influenza. Also the children of Emmett Lee.

Miss Mae Ripley received a letter from her brother, Ralph, who is in training at the university at Moscow, that there were forty cases of the flu there. He has escaped it so far.

Mr. Litz of American Falls, returned from American Falls Friday night, where he went to recover from the influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. D. Daniels of Pauline, received word Sunday of the death of their son, John, at Camp Fremont, California. His death was due to the Spanish influenza. The young man left here about six weeks ago, on draft call. The body was sent to Malad for burial. About seven weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Daniels’ only daughter died. The sympathy of their many friends is extended to the bereaved family.

Dr. Hartvigsen, of McCammon, was summoned here last week to attend Mrs. Floyd; also several other people who were afflicted with severe cases of la grippe or Spanish influenza.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 01, 1918, Page 1

19181101TKG1-headlineStores Must Close at Six

All stores and other places of business in Idaho must be closed at 6 o’clock each evening under orders of the state board of health. The only exception to the ruling is the prescription department of drug stores and only prescriptions can be handled by the drug stores after 6 o’clock in the evening.

This means the usual Saturday evening trading will be eliminated, that cigar stores, candy and ice cream parlors and all other lines of business must close promptly at 6 o’clock. The order will remain effective until an improvement in the influenza situation warrants the raising of the embargo.
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19181101TKG2-headlineTeachers Will Draw Pay

The state of Idaho is out approximately $20,000 per day in maintaining its school system during the Spanish Influenza epidemic, as all teachers will continue to receive their salaries during the closed period where their contracts do not expressly state otherwise. More than 3700 teachers are employed in the state, and the average salary is $100 per month. Other expenses bring the total cost of operating the schools to approximately $400,000 per school month of 20 days.

Much interest has been shown by teachers in the question of whether they were to receive their salaries or not while the schools are closed. The attorney general has rendered a decision making the fact clear that the teachers can draw their salaries.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 01, 1918, Page 4

The sad news reached here of the death of Mrs. Elmo Dole, formerly Miss Nannie Galloway, at her home in Montana, after a weeks illness of influenza. She is well known here where she lived an attended school several years. She is survived by her husband and daughter Beulah, aged four, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Galloway, two sisters, two brothers and a large umber of relatives and friends.

Dr. Faust of Deary was called to the Rufus May home Tuesday, owning to the serious illness of Mrs. May and six children.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. November 01, 1918, Page 6

19181101TKG3-headlineGleanings

Mayor Peterson has been directed by the state sanitary inspector to prohibit the dry sweeping of streets and sidewalks at any time. This order has been issued to prevent in a measure the spread of influenza. Streets and sidewalks shall be swept only between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., and then only after being well sprinkled with water.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 01, 1918, Page 1

19181101IR1-headline
Death Stalks in Wake of “Flu”

F. S. Wright, county health man, reports a total of 76 cases of so-called Spanish influenza in the county to date. … [First column of story tucked into a fold and not legible.]

Horace Pope is seriously sick at the family home in Salmon. The prevailing malady attacked him last Sunday and he passed to the pneumonia stage of the disease on Monday. He was reported to be improving Wednesday noon.

Roy Snodgrass, 18-year old native son of Lemhi county, died of flu in Montana Tuesday.

Christ Grieber, 24 years of age, died last Friday, October 25, at Butte, where he was with his other. A telegram was received in Salmon Friday night bringing the news. He was a victim of the prevailing malady.

James Bruener, a strong man who had been employed as a laborer, died Sunday night or early Monday morning at his home in Salmon. He had been around the day before, on Saturday, though suffering from influenza. Monday morning Jack Gaver called at the house and found Mrs. Bruener sitting in a chair in a cold room. She too was ill and helpless. She did not now her husband had passed away but reported he was probably asleep.

Later one of the young sons of Mr. Gaver was directed to start a fire for the family when he found the head of the house had expired. A physician reported soon afterward that the man had been dead perhaps for hours, for the lifeless body was cold. Lynn Fowler, in the absence of the undertaker, was called upon to prepare the body for burial. Mrs. Bruener died the dame day in the house where her husband still lay.

Miss Gladys Webb was enabled to reach her Carmen home on Monday last from having been quarantined at Butte. She came in on the regular train. …

The wife and child of John Steele are dead at Mackay, according to notice received in Salmon Tuesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Steele, Sr., were in Salmon Tuesday morning early as soon as they were apprised of the deaths to arrange to go to the stricken home. This was difficult to understate with the Salmon river road blocked.

Sheriff Emerson C. Frazier has been a very sick man this week, another victim of flu. He was considered much improved Wednesday morning but had passed through a long period of high fever the day before.

Walter Riggle, a lineman in the employ of the telephone company was one of the first to be attacked in Salmon. Two of his sisters, Mrs. Bruener and Mrs. Patterson, were among the stricken sufferers, the former at her Salmon home a few hours after the death of her husband and the latter a few days before at her Montana home.

Harry Holden and George Keyes, two well known members of the bar, the one at Idaho Falls and the other at Challis, but both practicing at Salmon, died last week from influenza. One of the Salmon attorneys, Senator Whitcomb, received a letter from Mr. Holden which he wrote the day before his death. Both passed away at a Pocatello hospital.

Illness came very nearly putting out of business the Salmon news store, with Ray Kinsey, Mrs. Kinsey and the latter’s son Robert all kept at home this week. Mrs. E. W. Whitcomb promptly volunteered to look after the store upon being apprised of the affliction that had come to the Kinseys and she took her place, mask on, behind the counter to wait upon the patrons, saying she was new to the business but willing to learn and showing her great good heartedness at the same time.

Dr. J. M. Ashley has been away from his office most of the week with an attack of influenza.

The entire families of Eldridge and Doebler were abed for more [than] a week from early attacks. Three of the W. B. Fowler family are afflicted with Mr. Fowler left to care for the others. Mrs. Emigh is with the Eldridge family and Mrs. Rae with the Doeblers.

A telegram received in Salmon Saturday morning told of the sudden death of Victor Bell at Moline, Ill. He and Seth Ball had gone out with a sheep train a few days before for the Chicago market. The family of Mr. Bell had left Salmon for a visit to their old home at Roberts where Mrs. Bell had been ill. Numerous other relatives there have been critically ill also, all victims of the dread disease.

Johnny Hunt, another well known stock man of the same locality where Mr. Bell came from when he moved to Lemhi county, was on the train with Mr. Bell but was not taken ill until he reached home. He had contracted the disease, however, but being seized upon arrival home has since died.

O. D. Bell and wife, father and mother of Victor Bell were spending their retiring years with their son-in-law, John Burggraf, at the sheep headquarters. His son-in-law received the wire advising him of the death at Moline and asking that he take the parents to Roberts. Accordingly Mr. Burggraf set out at once, being met at the divide by another car.

Mrs. Burns was called from Leadore on Monday to lend help in the Salmon office of the telephone company where the staff of operators had been crippled by the appearance of the epidemic. New help was called in, so that the answers received from central were frequently from unfamiliar voices. Four operators and the messenger were all off duty this week from time to time.

The Shenon dining room was closed during the entire week because of the sickness of Mrs. Taylor and those assisting her.
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19181101TKG5-headlineJudge Padgham on Long Visit to Outside Counties

Judge Padgham is making an extended and perhaps partly enforced visit to the outside. The judge went forth two weeks ago to see some of his old time friends in the counties comprising the sixth judicial district. He found himself in the second week after being away in the midst of the epidemic, when some practical joker solemnly told the jurist that he was quarantined. Judge Padgham is a stickler for obeying law, and not wanting to break his life-long ideas on that subject he just staid [sic] where he was, in the towns within one county of the district, which the joker found had been given a more thorough canvass by him than in all its history. Everywhere he went he met and made friends. Then the joker told him he might go his way so the judge journeyed forth to come home by way of the Pashimaroi, being expected in Salmon this week. The nearest place on earth to this fine old gentleman is his home in Salmon. It is pleasing to know that after his election he will not be enticed to give up his home residence here, even though his duties will compel his absence for much of his time.
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Hanmer Hospital Notes

There are no flu cases at the Hanmer hospital.
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Red Cross Notes

The Red Cross is asking masks to be worn as a precaution during the influenza epidemic. Samples may be had at the Red Cross rooms and the masks made at home by those who are willing to help in this work. Boil the masks before using and change occasionally.

Nursing survey committees have been appointed to take census of all nurses in Lemhi county. The Salmon committee: Mrs. Whitcomb, Mrs. J. H. Wright and Mrs. R. M. Murdoch. Those comprising the committee in the Pahsimaroi: Mrs. Cora McJilton and Mrs. Harry Bates, while in Gilmore and Leadore committees have not been reported.
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19181101IR2-headlineSalmon Merchant is Latest Victim

Arthur E. Everett, Salmon merchant, died last night, another victim of the scourge. He had been ill for less than a week, with a favorable turn in condition three days after the attack but a fatal relapse came on Tuesday night when his lungs were involved beyond the power of remedy. He passed away at 9:40 o’clock. The announcement of the death came as a shock to the city.

Mr. Everett was one of Salmon’s best known business men, a familiar figure in the activities of the community and a genial, popular gentleman in all the relations of life. He is survived by Mrs. Everett, who was before her marriage Miss Winnie White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry White of this city. Mr. Everett was in the prime of vigorous manhood in his 48th year. …
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Dr. J. M. Ashley, who has been seriously ill, is reported better today!

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 01, 1918, Page 5

19181101IR3-headlineSalmon Locals

The Cannon-McKinney sheep case was called for trial Wednesday at 10 o’clock, and was postponed till the quarantine is raised.

Mr. and Mrs. John Steele, their son John and the latter’s son, a child of four years, are in Salmon this morning, having just arrived from Mackay, after they had buried Mrs. Steele Jr., and child. Reports from Mackay are to the effect that influenza there has appeared in most virulent form, with many deaths resulting on all sides. The father and son who are bereft of the head of their home themselves passed through safely after the disease held them for two weeks.

Mrs. Ethel White Brown, wife of John Brown, returned to Salmon from Portland on Wednesday. The only other passenger on the train in from Armstead was Mrs. Charles Webb who came from Butte where she had been in quarantine. The ladies told of their lonesome trip, saying that at Leadore permission was refused them to alight from the train even to get a luncheon. They had been informed of conditions but were not prepared for their reception at Leadore, where a deputy sheriff firmly but politely waved them to stay where they were aboard the car. And so they came on to Salmon where relatives awaited them.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 01, 1918, Page 6

No Influenza Cases in Three Army Camps

Washington, Oct. 26, — Three army camps did not report a single new case of influenza yesterday and only two, Kearney, Cal., and Lewis, Wash., reported more than 100 cases.

The total of new cases for all camps, a statement from the office of the surgeon general said, was 2,375, as against 2,772 the day before. Pneumonia cases decreased from 699 to 500, and deaths from 307 to 241.
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19181101IR4-headlineWorld News in Condensed Form

Seventy thousand miners of the central Pennsylvania bituminous coals fields have voted to work Sundays to overcome the falling off in production due to the Spanish influenza epidemic. Fuel Administrator Garfield announces.

Sick and wounded soldiers landed in the United States from the American expeditionary forces during the week ended October 18, numbered 637, the war department announces.

Dr. John Dill Robertson, health commissioner of Chicago, is going to vaccinate everybody in Chicago against pneumonia following influenza. Those who had had influenza are excepted.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 01, 1918, Page 9

19181101IR5-headlineNorthwest Notes

Fewer than 3 1/2 per cent of the persons stricken with influenza in Salt Lake have met death from pneumonia following, it is indicated in the reports to the city health department since the disease became prevalent.

Three men held in the county jail at Fort Benton, Mont., made their escape by sawing the bars from the windows. The prisoners evidently took advantage of a time when the whole sheriff’s force were laid up with the Spanish influenza.

Clarence Tooley, prominent banker and realty man of Harlowton, Mont., former member of the house of representatives and the state senate from Meagher county, and Republican candidate for the state seat from Wheatland county at the coming election, died last week from influenza.

Reno is now churchless, cabaretless and saloonless, all places have been closed by the city and county boards of health, due to the influenza. Lawyers are fearful that an order will be made closing the courts, which would make this state divorceless, a calamity which to the legal fraternity would be appalling.

While in the delirium of pneumonia in its last stages, Malcom McLea, 24 years old, attempted to escape from the third floor of a hospital at Butte and succeeded in making the ground by way of the fire escape, but was caught by one of the nurses, who, after a tussle, took him again into the building. He died the next day.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. November 01, 1918, Page 10

19181101IR6-headlineLemhi

Abe Bergerson, one more of our soldier boys died at Omaha, Nebrasks, October 26 of Spanish influenza followed by bronchial pneumonia. The young patriot joined the colors August 8, and has been at Camp Fremont until his entrainment for overseas in October. He was taken ill on the train, left at the Methodist hospital at Omaha on the 25 of October and died the next day. Abe Bergeron was 24 years of age. Born near Butte, Mont., and came to Lemhi, Idaho five years ago and had made his home here since that time. He leaves a brother, Charles Bergeron, now at Camp Merritt, N. J., in a hospital, and a sister, Mrs. Pheobe Mahoney at Lemhi, Idaho. The brother Charles has been in training since April last. Abe was a fine young man and well thought of by all who knew him.

Rena Holbrook, the daughter of Charles Holbrook of Hayden basin, has been quite sick at Missoula, Mont., with Spanish influenza.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 01, 1918, Page 1

19181101ME1-headline“Flu” Still Prevails; Two More Deaths

The influenza situation in the city is about the same as it was a week, ago. While there are probably a few more cases than there were at this time last week, most of the victims have it in mild form. The health officers are doing everything possible to prevent its spread and it is believed that by another week the situation will be much improved. However, this depends to a large extent upon the people themselves. If they will continue to observe closely the board of health rules, it will materially aid in stamping out the disease. We believe that everybody has come to fully realize that it is a matter that is not to be treated lightly and are gladly submitting to ail rules in an effort to stamp out the disease.

There are a few cases in the county outside of Montpelier but all victims were yesterday reported as getting along nicely.

So far we believe that there have boon only three deaths from the disease – Mrs. John A. Bagley, Ezra Vere Phelps and Fred A. Gurnig.

Vere Phelps, as he was familiarly known. died at 6 o’clock last Monday morning. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra J. Phelps, and was 24 years of age. A week ago last Sunday he west to Salt Lake to take the examination for promotion from fireman to engineer on the Short Line. He passed a successful examination and last Thursday he returned from Salt Lake to Pocatello. At that time he felt ill and came on to Montpelier Thursday night on No. 4. He was given the best of care and his condition was not considered serious until last Saturday night, when pneumonia took such a strong hold on him that his system could not combat it and the end came Monday morning. Open air funeral services were held at the cemetery that afternoon. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, two small children, one sister and four brothers. one now being in service in France.

The third victim of the influenza was Fred A., the son of Mrs. Fred Grunig, who died Tuesday morning from pneumonia following the influenza. The deceased was 18 years of age and for the past six years he had been partly paralyzed, this condition resulting from injuries received when the tines of a pitchfork penetrated his back. Funeral services were held at the cemetery late Tuesday afternoon.
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Club Girls Have Made Excellent Records

The end of the season has come for the girls’ canning clubs, and their final reports and stories of their summer’s work are now being sent in. These are the government reports, and are the more important part of the summer’s work. On account of the influenza quarantine, no meetings have been held for several weeks. With reports in from only four out of the ten clubs in the county, the amount of canning bids fair to far exceed the estimates which had been made. The amounts from the four clubs which have reported aggregate about 5,500 quarts of fruit, vegetables, pickles, jelly and jam.

As soon as the quarantine permits, and schools are in session again the winter clubs for both boys and girls will be organized. One of the principal fall projects is to be a large calf club. This work will be carried on in connection with the Farm Bureau cattle project for the adults, and it is expected that many boys will take advantage of this most interesting club. Other phases of the winter work will be cooking and sewing for the girls and handicraft for the boys.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 01, 1918, Page 4

Order Modifying Refilling of Narcotic Prescriptions

To collectors and internal revenue and others concerned: Owing to the extent of the epidemic of Spanish influenza now prevailing in this country and consequent difficulty of persons in getting immediate medical attention and medicaments upon prescriptions issued by physicians, the provisions of narcotic prescription are modified as follows:

Prescriptions calling for morphine, codeine, or heroin, which are written by registered practitioners for patients suffering from Spanish influenza and any pulmonary or bronchial affections may, until further notice, be refilled, provided that at the time of issuance by physicians instructions are noted in the body of such prescriptions, “Repeat if necessary,” and the druggist filling and refilling the same shall note thereon each and every date upon which such prescription is refilled.

Daniel C. Roper, Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
Approved: October 22, 1918.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 01, 1918, Page 5

19181101ME4-headlineLocal News

The local Red Cross chapter has cleared about $50 the past week, making gauze masks.

John Bagley and Miss Perniz Bagley were released from quarantine Wednesday morning. They and the children are now at the home of Mr. Bagley’s father, and all are getting along nicely.

Judge Budge writes us that his son, Alfred, who is in the medical corps and a student in the medical department of the Columbia university in New York, was stricken about a month ago with influenza, followed by pneumonia and then followed by an abscess in the region of the ear, which may necessitate an operation.

The “flu” victims at the city hall and Montpelier hospital, who are now on the road to recovery, would appreciate anything in the way of dainty eatables that people might care to take them. Good home made bread and jelly would no doubt taste mighty fine to them.
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City Hall Served as Maternity Hospital

The city hall has been useful in more ways than one during the past year. In addition to becoming an emergency hospital for influenza patients during the past week, it has served as a maternity hospital. Last Friday Mrs. Leland Bolles, who was ill with the disease, was taken to the city hall and on Saturday night she gave birth to a nine pound son. For about 48 hours her condition was serious, but she has passed the critical state and she and the babe are doing nicely under the care of a competent nurse. Mr. Bolles left her last August for Camp Fremont and is now at some point in the east awaiting orders to sail for France.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. November 01, 1918, Page 8

Bodies of Two Soldier Boys Brought Home For Burial.

The body of Ira L. Hymas, who died from influenza at Camp Fremont on Oct. 23, arrived here last Monday morning. A large number of relatives and friends were present from Liberty to meet the body and escort it to the Liberty cemetery, where open air funeral services were held. A number of friends from Montpelier, including a firing squad, also accompanied the body to its final resting place.

Ira Hymas as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hymas of Liberty, and was 22 years of age. On the 5th of last August he answered his country’s call and in company with some 30 other young men, left for Camp Fremont, where he entered actively into the military duties. He was enjoying good health up to the time he was stricken with the influenza. Besides other relatives, he is survived by his parents, four brothers and one sister. One brother, Milton, is now in the service in France, and other brother, Wm. R., is serving on a mission in Montana.

The body of Archie Jensen, who died from influenza at Pueblo, on Oct. 23, while en route with his comrades from Camp Fremont to some embarkation point in the east, did not arrive here until Wednesday morning of this week. Delay in shipment of the body was due to the fact that he died at a hospital instead of at a cantonment, and it required several days to secure the necessary permit from the government to ship the body.

Relatives and friends from Ovid met the body and accompanied by the firing squad and friends from Montpelier, it was conveyed to the Ovid cemetery where services where held.

Archie was the same age as his comrade, Ira Hymas, and they had chummed together almost constantly while at Cap Fremont. He was in good health when the order came for his company to entrain for the east and it was with deep regrets that he was compelled to leave his comrade and friend behind. Little did the boys dream that their parting at Cap Fremont would be their final one. Shortly after the train left Salt Lake he was stricken with the dread disease, and was taken there from at Pueblo, the first town where hospital accommodation could be secured for him.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lars P. Jensen of Ovid. Six brothers ad four sisters, mourn with their parents the untimely death of the one who had been called to serve his country in the great world war.

source: Montpelier Examiner. (Montpelier, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 01, 1918, Page 2

19181101TMT1-headlineNews of a Week in Condensed Form
Record of the Important Events Told in Briefest Manner Possible.
Happenings That Are Making History – Information Gathered from All Quarters of the Glove and Given in a Few lines.

Intermountain.

J. W. and W. A. Alexander, brothers, who had left Duchesne, Utah, for the railroad with a shipment of cattle, were found dead in a tent after some of the stock had wandered into a nearby town. Both had died from influenza.

Glad to put up with the discomforts of a quarantine to be hear their boys who lie ill with influenza and pneumonia in the base hospital at Camp Lewis, Wash., nearly 100 women are quartered in the Y. W. C. A. hostess house and the Salvation Army rooms.

Domestic.

Three army camps did not report a single new case of influenza on Saturday and only two, Kearny, Cal., and Lewis, Wash., reported more than 100 cases.

Spanish influenza as an epidemic is subsiding rapidly in the military camps of the country, but among the civilian population generally the peak has not yet been reached.

Washington.

Continued improvement in the influenza situation in army camps and in a number of states is shown by reports received by the surgeon general of the army and the public health service.

Foreign.

Prince Maximillan of Baden, the German chancellor, has been stricken by influenza, Berlin advices [sic] state. In some quarters the question is raised whether it is the diplomatic brand of influenza that usually precedes the retirement of statesmen.
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19181101TMT2-headlineIn The Gem State

Word has been received at Malad of the death of John Daniels at Camp Fremont, Cal. The young man has been at Camp Fremont for the past two months. His death was cause by pneumonia, superinduced by Spanish influenza.

Teachers temporarily out of employment because of the health board’s order closing schools during the Spanish influenza epidemic will not lose their pay where they have contracts not making other provisions in cases of this kind, Miss Ethel E. Redfield, state superintendent of public instruction, announces.

The authorities of Gooding college are congratulating themselves that no cause of influenza has appeared at the institution. Every precaution is being taken to prevent the disease from reaching the college.. All teachers who have been residing in the city are now living in the college dormitory, and there is no visiting between the college population and that of the city.

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 01, 1918, Page 4

Dwight M. Gruber Writes About Fort Worden.

Mrs. John Gruber, residing near Meridian, has received a letter from her son, Dwight, now of the 40th Co. C. A. P. S., Fort Worden, Wash. in which he says: [excerpts]

“We are quarantined in our barracks for two weeks as usual and also the whole post is quarantined.

“Out of our brave and gallant company of 100 there were only about 40 out for retreat to-night. The rest are in the hospital with colds and grippe. Fred Gracey went yesterday, but there is nothing to be afraid of as there are only a few cases of the real “flu.” They spray our throats every night to prevent sore throat etc.

“Will close, hoping to hear from all soon. Affectionately, Dwight.”

Note — Fred Gracey mentioned in the above letter died this week of influenza. He was a Boise boy, and was a very warm friend of Dwight Gruber. — (Ed.)

source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Meridian Times., November 01, 1918, Page 14

19181101TMT4-headlineMeridian News Notes

Jack Ellis who had a slight attack of Spanish influenza, is improving.

Mrs. M. W. Kellar, who came here recently from California, is quarantined with small pox.

J. M. Jackson who has been ill with the grippe for the last few days is improving.

Mrs. Guy Humphrey and five children who have been in quarantine with the Spanish influenza, are improving.

O. Singrey is now in charge of the Meridian water works pumping plant in the place of Guy Humphrey, whose family is in quarantine with the Spanish flu.

We were just wondering if this epidemic and seclusion continues until after election, and nobody comes or goes, what will the editor do for items to put in the paper.

Reports made by the physicians before going to press indicate that the Spanish influenza in the vicinity around Meridian is not on the wane but increasing. While in Meridian up to the present time, there have been but six cases of influenza, a rigid quarantine is being kept by those suffering with colds or lagrippe.

The Meridian teachers were called upon Thursday to donate their services for the day in work for the Council of Defense. A house to house canvas was made to get donations to aid the girls who wish to become Red Cross nurses, but not affording the tuition for the training. A canvas was also made of the number of trained nurses in the town, and also each family who has a soldier in the service.
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source: The Meridian Times. (Meridian, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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An American soldier has his throat sprayed to prevent influenza in December of 1918 at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Everett Historical / Shutterstock

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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The Idaho Republican. November 01, 1918, Page 1

Seeger-Bundlie’s Influenza Message

We are in accord with the order of the State Board of Health. We believe in prevention wherever possible, and we think that wearing a mask helps to prevent getting the disease.

The salespeople in our store all wear masks. We are selling masks to people at cost and doing what we can to help break up the epidemic. We believe in taking every reasonable precaution.

But we do other things to promote public health. We always sweep our floors with a preparation that absorbs the dust instead of stirring it up. We wipe our floors with a preparation of oil that keep them in the most sanitary conditions possible. These methods prevent the accumulation of dust and link on our good, shelves and counters, and when people come into our store they are protected to the utmost. Our store is new, clean, modern and sanitary. If you have been dealing with us you are aware of this; if you have not been in, this is a good time to come.

Seeger-Bundlie Company “Everybody’s Store” Broadway – Blackfoot
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Health Board Makes Rules Regarding Influenza.

The seriousness of the influenza epidemic caused the local Board of Health to hold a meeting at the Court House Tuesday morning, and they adopted the following rules, which will be enforced Friday, November 1st:

Everyone appearing on the public highway or in public places must wear gauze masks.

All business places, including Cigar Stores and Drug Stores will close promptly at six o’clock.

All restaurants, cafes, and eating places must close at nine o’clock.

This will remain in effect until the Influenza epidemic is completely under control.
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Influenza Situation in the County

The influenza situation is very prevalent in all places, and in all parts of Bingham county.

At present the reports show that the disease is on the increase. Since the epidemic started in this county, the reports show there were 105 cases the first week, 115 the second week, 179 cases the third week, and up to date there are 100 cases of influenza under the care of a physician. The last report was taken at noon Thursday and by evening there may be more cases reported to the Board of health.

The gauze mask is considered the only real protection and if everyone would wear a mask the disease would soon be checked.

Beginning November 1 everyone appearing on the public highways must wear a gauze mask.
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Influenza Precautions Taken Elsewhere

Passengers getting off the trains at Gooding are required to register, stating where they came from and the status of the influenza in the towns visited.

Boise and other cities throut [sic] the state are taking the precaution to quarantine people who are ill with same disease.
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Cleansing The Masks

Physicians advise people that the best way to cleanse and sterilize the flu masks is to boil them five or ten minutes every evening, then dry and use again next day.

If you take the flu, go to bed at once. Delay is dangerous. Lie still, keep covered up, eat and drink sufficient and provide plenty of fresh air. Don’t get out too soon.
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Funeral Services for Minnie Leach

Funeral services for Miss Minnie Leach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Leach of Springfield, were held Wednesday afternoon. Interment was made at Springfield.

Miss Leach succumbed to pneumonia following an attack of influenza.
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Blackfoot Woman Dies in Los Angeles

Mrs. Octa Cambell, a former resident of North Shilling avenue, went to Los Angeles recently with her children and died of influenza on the 25th of October. She was cared for in a hospital by the associated charities, and all of the five children were afflicted at last reports. …
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Death of Mrs. Parley Fackrell

Mrs. Parley Fackrell, age 40 years, died at their home Tuesday morning at 3:30 o’clock, following an attack of influenza-pneumonia. … Deceased is survived by her husband and 7 children, all of whom are living in this community. …
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Two Brothers Victims of Influenza

Virgil, the eighteen-year-old son, and Lorin, the twelve-year-old son, of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Talbot, of Groveland, were both victims of influenza-pneumonia.

Virgil passed away Wednesday morning at 3 o’clock, and Lorin passed away at 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. …
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Victim of Influenza

Miss Margaret Bischoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bischoff of Blackfoot, died at her home Monday morning, after suffering an attack of influenza and pneumonia. …

Deceased is survived by her parents, two sisters and five brothers.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 01, 1918, Page 1

Influenza Serums.

Every one hopes that some serum or other preparation may be discovered which will prevent or alleviate the dangers of the influenza. The Journal of American Medical association is the highest authority in existence on such matters and the following report on the subject of vaccines or serums, in the issue of Oct. 19, 1918, will be of interest to our readers:

Vaccines in Influenza.

With the appearance of the epidemic of influenza, reports began to appear, chiefly in newspapers, as to new serums, vaccines, drugs and other methods for checking and even for curing the disease.

A few samples of such as have come to the Journal appear in our Tonics and Sedatives department this week. In Massachusetts Commissioner E. R. Kelly appointed two committees to investigate the value of influenza vaccines as a preventive agent and as a treatment of the disease. The first committee, a special board for scientific investigation, consisting of Dr. M. J. Rosenau, chairman, and Frederick P. Gay and George W. McCoy, was appointed to consider the evidence available on the prophylactic and therapeutic use of vaccines against influenza. This committee presented the following conclusions:

1. The evidence at hand affords no trustworthy basis for regarding prophylactic vaccination against influenza as of value in preventing the spread of the disease, or of reducing its severity. The evidence from the present epidemic, though meager, suggests that the incidence of the disease among the vaccinated is smaller than among the nonvaccinated. The board, therefore, concludes that further experimental evidence should be collected.

2. The evidence at hand convinces the board that the vaccines we have considered have no specific value in the treatment of influenza.

3. There is evidence that no unfavorable results have followed the use of vaccines.

The second committee, known as the Special Board of Statistical Investigation, consisted of Dr. George C. Whipple, chairman. William H. Davis and F. C. Crum. This committee reported:

1. The weight of such statistical evidence as we have been able to accumulate indicates that the use of the influenza vaccine which we have investigated is without therapeutic benefit. Exceptional cases where apparent benefit has resulted from the use of the vaccine can be matched off by other cases where similar recoveries have been made without vaccination.

2. The statistical evidence, as far as it goes, indicates a probability that the use of this influenza vaccine has some prophylactic value.

3. There is also some evidence to the effect that other methods of protection, such as open-air treatment and the use of proper masks, are effective in protecting exposed attendants, and the use of vaccine should not be taken as an excuse for omitting such safeguards.

As a result, the following recommendations were made:

That the state encourage the distribution of influenza vaccine intended for prophylactic use, but in such manner as will secure scientific evidence of the possible value of the agent. The use of such vaccine is to be regarded as experimental.

That the state shall neither furnish nor endorse any vaccine at present in use for the treatment of influenza.

These reports are conservative, and offer to other health commissioners and their communities a reliable guide as to procedures that should be adopted before subjecting or trying out on the public any method of prevention or treatment that may be offered. These matters are the domain of medical science, and medical scientists of recognized ability should be called on to make the decision.

Of Interest to Nurses.

Word comes from Red Cross headquarters to the effect that some nurses have refused to sign and return the questionaires sent out to them, fearing they might be called to service they did not desire. The Supervisor of Nurse Survey requests the Journal to state that the questionaire sent to nurses is sent at the request of the Surgeon General of the army and the information is desired purely for statistical purposes and places the nurse answering the same under no obligations whatever. She will be at liberty to do as she pleases as to accepting service.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 01, 1918, Page 2

19181101SJ2-headlineIdaho State News

Under the direction of the state board of health the Albion State Normal school has been placed under quarantine in an attempt to prevent the Spanish influenza from obtaining a foothold.

Five young women members of the Twin Falls high school faculty, during the enforced vacation taken pursuant to the order of the board of health, are spending their time in a nearby beet field, topping sugar beets.

Word has been received at Malad of the death of John Daniels at Camp Fremont, Cal. The young man has been at Camp Fremont for the past two months. His death was caused by pneumonia, superinduced by Spanish influenza.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 01, 1918, Page 4

Please Tell It!

With the spread of “Flu,” the quarantining of towns, the closing of public places, and the forbidding of public gatherings, the reporter is certainly “up against it.” If you hear of any item of general interest, will you please tell us, or phone? The Journal will greatly appreciate the kindness.
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One More Account to Settle.

Miss Georgia Farrell was called to Jerome Wednesday morning to the bedside of her friend, Boy Frazer, who is very low with influenza.

Later: – Since the above was written word has come that Mr. Frazer died Tuesday night. The circumstances connected with Mr. Frazer’s death are particularly sad. When he developed symptoms of influenza in Moscow, instead of being cared for, he was put onto the train and started for home. He arrived in Shoshone on No. 18 Sunday morning, October 20, so ill that Mr. Murray protested against his making the stage trip to Jerome, but, being anxious (naturally) to be at home, the young man continued his journey, which has terminated in the benign light beyond “The Valley of the Shadow.” Another home is shrouded in mourning and there is one more account to settle with “The Beast of Berlin.”

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Shoshone Journal. November 01, 1918, Page 8

Wood River Center Grange.

Walter Hastings is ill with influenza.

Dietrich

The John W. Satory’s family were Wednesday informed by official telegram of the death of Mr. Satory’s soldier son, Harry Satory in France on the 4th of October, dying in the hospital from pneumonia. Harry is the first of our brave Dietrich boys to pay his greatest of a soldier’s debt.

Two others, Leslie Eddy and Lyal Shelman have been severely wounded perhaps maimed for life. Thus these living and dead have well won the love and honor of those at home for whom they sacrificed so much.

source: Shoshone Journal. (Shoshone, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 01, 1918, Page 1

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Another Influenza Victim Makes Six Deaths in Moscow

Another death, the sixth to occur in Moscow from influenza, occurred last night when Lafayette Marsing of Claytonia, near Caldwell, Idaho, died at a local hospital. He had been in a serious condition for several days and his death was not unexpected. His father, H. P. Marsing, is enroute to Moscow, when funeral arrangements will be made. The young man was a member of class B of the S. A. T. C., and is the third member of that class of 300 to succumb to the disease. Two members of class A have died and one soldier, whose home was in Moscow, but who was taken ill at an army camp in California and sent him. He died after his arrival here.

Only three new cases are reported in the S. A. T. C. today and two have been released as cured. The situation is regarded as much better, but still requires care. President Lindley, of the University of Idaho, said: “While the situation is encouraging, the danger point is not passed. We are maintaining a strict quarantine on the girls, with the result that none of them have had the disease. A woman, whose daughter is quarantined here, came to Moscow to see her daughter and has written that she considers the young lady much better off here than almost any other place. The girls are given an opportunity to study and are going on with their work, but are being closely quarantined in Ridenbaugh hall and there has not been a case of influenza among the girl students.”

There are two students that are quite ill in one of the hospitals and their condition is causing alarm, but hope has not been given up in either case.

The convalescents quartered in the Elks’ Club building are getting along nicely and most of them will soon return to their wok.

Dr. Rae, county health officer, is considering forbidding special sales days in the stores, as it is feared that the drawing of many persons in a store might cause a spread of the disease.
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Pullman Has Three More Deaths.

Pullman, Wash., Oct. 31. – Three S. A. T. C. soldier-students and one civilian succumbed to the effects of Spanish influenza last night and this morning, bringing the total for the 12-day period to 35, 29 military deaths and six civilians.

Mrs. George Walters, age about 55, passed away at the home of her son, Harry Walters, last night after an illness of a few days. Mrs. Walters is survived by her husband, George W. Walters, two sons, Harry of Pullman an Leland H. of Camp Lewis, and two daughters, Mrs. Alice Keys of Zillah and Georgia.

Donald Atwood of Tennessee, Charles William Billings and Clayton and Edward Frances Hawkins of Divide, Colo., were the military deaths.

Few new cases are being reported among the military contingent, although the disease has probably not yet reached its height among the civilian population. Several serious cases are still in the hospitals.

The Rev. G. W. Laidlaw, rector of St. James Episcopal church, who turned the church and parish house into hospitals at the outset of the epidemic, contracted the disease today. Mt. Laidlaw has worked night and day fighting the epidemic and comforting the sufferers.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 01, 1918, Page 3

City News

Joe Clayton is sick at home with the influenza.

Charles Gerlough is reported very ill at the Inland hospital.

Victor Anderson gave two fine chickens to the convalescent soldiers today.

Mrs. Kippen, who has been nursing the sick, is ill now at her apartments at the Idaho.

C. A. Salisbury came to Moscow last evening from Wyoming to see his son who is with the S. A. T. C. and sick of influenza.

Miss Suma Hall, Miss Adele Lampert and Miss Irma Harrison arrived today from Potlatch to assist in nursing the sick soldiers.

Word has been received by A. M. Jessup of this city that his brother, C. D. Jessup, died today at Fort Rosecrans, California, from Spanish influenza. Mr. Jessup has been in camp only a week.

Mesdames M. M. Preston, Guy Wolfe and Homer Estes and Miss Carrie Brownwach donated a fine lot of canned fruits and jellies for the soldiers who are recovering from influenza today.

Dr. W. B. Reese of Orofino, who has practiced somewhat for the last 27 years in Latah and Nezperce counties, is here from Orofino to visit his son, John Reese, of the S. A. T. C., who has the influenza.

Arlie Decker, who is teaching at the Pullman college, has been sick ten days of influenza. As yet no complications have set in and his many friends at Moscow hope for his speedy recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Strong, who have been in Moscow to see their son, Arthur Strong, who is sick of influenza, returned last evening to their home in Lewiston. They report their son as slowly recovering.

G. G. Pickett came home today from Sacramento, Cal., where he left his mother somewhat improved for one of the advanced age of 84 years. Mr. Pickett says that most cities on the coast are wearing the gauze masks everywhere to prevent infections from influenza.

The Red Cross women of Joel and Cornwall have given three dozen chickens to make broth for the sick soldiers. Mrs. John Sumner delivered them. People in and around Moscow have been donating six or eight chickens a week for the same loyal purpose.

The convalescent soldiers are needing more jellies, canned fruit, etc. The people of Moscow have been generous but these boys convalescing need more such delicacies to temp the appetite. Mrs. Jessie Warren gave nine quart of fruit. Mrs. A. C. Thoman, Mrs. R. McMahan, Mrs. Clarence Jain and Mrs. James Buchanan gave a collection of jellies and marmalade. These were delivered at the Inland hospital.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. November 01, 1918, Page 8

The state board of health of Idaho wishes to suggest, in the interest of public health that you refrain from posting bulletins of returns of the election, so as to avoid the congregation of considerable numbers of people, because of the danger of infection of Influenza.

We earnestly hope you will accept this suggestion as it is intended as a precautionary measure to conserve the public health.

Very truly yours,
Edward T. Biward, Secretary.
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A number of the girls attending the University, returned home Thursday, during the quarantine there.

source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 01 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 02, 1918, Page 1

Young Man Dies at Bovill.

Undertaker Anderson was called to Bovill Wednesday morning to take charge of the body of B. L. Jones, a young man who had died the night previous at the Bovill hospital of influenza. The young man, who was 23 years of age, was a son of Jacob E. Jones, a farmer in the Bovill district, and a nephew of T. P. Jones, woods superintendent for the Potlatch Lumber company. He and a brother had arrived about two weeks ago from Minnesota to visit their father, and were taken sick shortly after arriving at Bovill. The brother is in the hospital, sick with influenza and is in a critical condition.

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Jay Carithers of the S. A. T. C. of Pullman is quite sick of influenza.
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19181102DSM1-headlineForbids Students To Go Visiting
President Lindley Requests Students and Instructors to Stay Home

Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the University of Idaho, strongly urged students and instructors not to leave Moscow for the weekend.

He said: “I am receiving letters from parents every day telling me how glad they are that their sons and daughters are here where the mortality rate is comparatively much lower than other places.

“Students and instructors have no moral right to endanger the health of members of other communities by traveling and possibly carrying disease.

“The military department requires that all persons arriving in Moscow from other towns be isolated for a period of four days to guard against the spreading of infection. In case the quarantine should be lifted Monday, this isolation would seriously interfere with the efficient operation of the university.”
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19181102DSM2-headlineUniversity Will Play Foot Ball
Will Play Marines at Spokane on November 30 – Hard Game Expected

Although football practice has been indefinitely postponed because of the epidemic of influenza here, Lieutenant Meehan who is acting as coach, is looking forward to a brilliant season for the S. A. T. C. teams. Games have been scheduled at Spokane and Pullman. Lieutenant Meehan believes he has material enough to build up an excellent scrappy team. …
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19181102DSM3-headlineAll S. A. T. C. Men Must Wear Masks
New Order Went Into Effect Today – Rules Must Be Strictly Obeyed

All members of the students army training corps were given influenza masks this morning. They will be required to wear masks whenever indoors under penalty of courtmartial.

Only one mask was given to each man instead of the three required by government orders, because of the difficulty in completing 2400 in three days. Others are being made however, and it is expected that all the men will be supplied with his full quota within two days.

Military regulations covering the wearing of masks are very strict. The masks must be worn whenever indoors and they must be washed in good soapy water every day. Infringement of these rules will be considered a most serious offense.

Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the University of Idaho recommended this morning that all instructors wear masks while giving instruction. He said:

“Every precaution is being taken to keep the epidemic from spreading and students and instructors are urged to safeguard themselves in this and every other way.”

Work on the 2500 influenza masks ordered by the federal government is progressing rapidly, according to Prof. R. E. Neidig, chairman of the Red Cross. A Red Cross official said:

“The stringent requirements made by the government debarring all persons from working on the masks unless they were in first class physical condition caused some hardship at first. Volunteers have come forward with wonderful spirit. The masks are being rushed to the Inland Empire hospital for sterilization as soon as complete.”
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19181102DSM4-headline
Influenza Situation Shows Great Improvement

The influenza situation today is regarded as better than at any time since the epidemic struck Moscow. There have been no more deaths; all of the patients are believed to be making satisfactory progress toward recovery and only four new cases were admitted to the hospital while eight were discharged as cured.

Not all of those admitted to hospitals are regarded as necessarily having influenza. The men in the S. A. T. C. are being watched very closely and just as soon as a man complains of feeling ill, whether is be a headache, cold or other ailments, he is taken from the others and isolated. If he does not recover soon he is sent to the hospital.

At the big plant of the Idaho National Harvester company where more than 120 men are now working as auto mechanics, general mechanics and radio work, this rule is being carried out rigidly. Every man is instructed to report to the foreman any symptoms of illness and he is at once sent by automobile to a place of isolation and given close care and attention. It is believed that this system of watchfulness is largely responsible for there being so few cases among the more than 800 S. A. T. C. men, 500 students and 6,000 inhabitants of Moscow.

The weather is more favorable today, with bright, warm sunshine, and the convalescents are allowed to go out doors and “sun themselves” and they have been enjoying it.

A few new cases in town have been reported but all are very mild. There has not been a death in Moscow from influenza outside of the students or army men, who brought the disease from other places or were exposed to it in their travels here. The situation in the town proper is regarded as very satisfactory. While there have been many cases all have been mild and all of those first stricken have recovered.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 02 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 02, 1918, Page 2

Dr. Adair, city health officer requests the election board of the different precincts to wear masks on election day. Doubtless there will be a number of cases who have just taken influenza and likewise a number who are just recovering. Crowds will not be allowed to congregate.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 02 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 02, 1918, Page 4

19181102DSM5-headlineHealth Officer Issues Warning
Dr. Adair Calls On People To Use More Care To Prevent Influenza

Dr. Adair has issued a number of warnings to the public and asks the press to repeat them. First he insists that children be not permitted to congregate in groups and that, at the fist sign of a cold or illness they be kept in doors and cared for. He thinks is a bad idea to let children visit other homes and tells of numerous cases where the disease has been carried in this way.

Dr. Adair suggested that merchants can help greatly if they will watch their employees and when one has a cold or shows any signs of being ill let him or her go home and be cared for until it can be told whether it is influenza or something less harmful. He also suggests that merchants do not advertise special sales days or sales hours that might crowd their stores.

“If anyone in your home has influenza do not admit anyone into your home,” said Dr. Adair. He told of one case where a woman lay sick and permitted a piano tuner to come into their home to tune a piano. The man was baldly frightened when he heard that he was been exposed to influenza.

Dr. Adair says the disease is being spread through thoughtlessness of persons who do not take the situation seriously. He cautions all to be more careful and to observe the rules mentioned above. Treat the first symptoms of a cold as if it were serious and thus prevent a serious sickness, he regards as a good plan to follow.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 02 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 04, 1918, Page 1

19181104DSM1-headline
Influenza Causes Two More Deaths In Moscow

Two more deaths in Moscow from influenza make a total of eight since the epidemic struck town, all but one being members of the S. A. T. C. Mrs. Earl St. John died last night, being he only civilian who has died as a result of the epidemic. The other victim is Ralph Gochnour, of Burley, Idaho, a student in the University of Idaho, who was enrolled in the S. A. T. C. Gochnour has been sick for a long time and there has been little hop of his recover for the past week.

Mrs. St. John has been ill for some time. Her husband, Earl t. John, is window dresser at David’s store. Several other members of the family are sick.

Gochnour has been a very popular student at the university, this being his sophomore year. He was taken desperately ill at the start, but, being young and vigorous, has made a gallant fight and it was thought for several days that he would win. This makes three deaths in the Class A. men and three in the class B of the S. A. T. C., one soldier who came back from cantonment ill with the disease and one civilian.

The situation is said to be improving today, the number of new cases admitted to the hospital being only two and the number released as cured the same. …

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 04 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 04, 1918, Page 2

Moscow brings forcibly to mind the need of greater precautions to prevent the spread of influenza. We are not only the custodian of the health of our own families and our own citizens, but 1300 young men who came from all parts of Idaho and some from other states are here and we must protect them. Every precaution advocated by the medical men should be religiously observed by the people of Moscow.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 04 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., November 04, 1918, Page 3

City News

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Robinson went to Davenport yesterday, called by the illness of their son, who is seriously sick of influenza.

Martin F. Masse, a former piano turner of Moscow is reported dead of influenza in France. Mr. Masse enlisted in the infantry in June from Lewiston. …
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Contribution Box

S. Mark’s Rectory, Moscow, 2 Nov.

Dear Sir: … I ask the privilege of saying a word through your columns. The country is suffering from a devastating epidemic which already has carved off ten times as many boys as we have lost in the war. We have been obliged to close the churches and so far as I know the churches have made no effort to exercise the faith that is in them. I am making no complaint against the closing order. It is inevitable. But I do want to appear to christian believers in Moscow to use the force of prayer on behalf of our boys. I would suggest that every such believer might obtain day by day, the names of boys or other sick persons who are in danger and pray each according to his personal or church prayer, definitely and with such directed personal prayer, as he would use for his own dear ones in a like case. I do not understand how the thing works but I cannot think but that the daily mental and spiritual effort of five hundred people in Moscow would mean something – unless Christianity is altogether a fraud.

Yours faithfully, W. H. Bridge.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 04 Nov. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Part 9

Idaho Newspaper clippings October 26 – 31, 1918

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Camp Morrison, Fort Boise, Boise, Idaho ca. 1916
photo from the Mike Fritz Collection

source: History of Idaho (FB)

On April 5, 1879, the Fort [Boise] was redesignated as Boise Barracks. Military units continued to serve and protect the citizens of Boise and southwestern Idaho until the Fort was formally abandoned in 1913. Soldiers returned briefly in 1916 to prepare for the Mexican border campaign, and again between 1942 and 1944. From 1920 to the present, the Boise VA Medical Center has occupied the main part of the grounds of the former Fort Boise, and continues to utilize the buildings and campus.
source: History of the Boise VA & Fort Boise

Note: this photo is not related to the 1918 pandemic, included to show an example of a “cantonment.”
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 26, 1918, page 1

19181026DSM1-headline
Seventeen New Influenza Cases Reported Today

Seventeen new cases of influenza were admitted to the hospital for the S. A. T. C. and vocational training corps men today, and four were discharged as cured. All cases in the hospital with two exceptions are very mild. Robert Cross, who has been in a critical condition with pneumonia, is reported slightly better today with some chance of recovery. His parents arrived from Douglas, Wyo., at noon today. He is at a local hospital and is being given the best of care.

Conditions with the S. A. T. C. and vocational training men are regarded as very favorable and those in charge feel encouraged over the situation. The men not afflicted are being kept out of doors as much as possible and are being given military training mostly and very little shop work. The general health of the men is good.

Moscow people are helping in every way possible to care for the sick and convalescent. Today the Elks’ lodge turned its fine temple and club rooms over to the convalescents, and 10 who were discharged from hospitals were quartered there. The club rooms are among the finest in northern Idaho and the men enjoy the change immensely.

Mrs. May Davis, whose son Miles died here yesterday morning, left this afternoon at 3 o’clock with the body. She was accompanied by a friend, Mrs. Southworth, who came from Gillette, Wyo., with her, and a man from the vocational training corps accompanied the body as a military escort.

In the city proper there are few new cases and all are very mild. Most of them are among children. Dr. Adair, city health officer, has issued instructions that children must not congregate in homes or in crowds anywhere. There have been no serious cases in town and all of those who were attacked with the disease last week are released as cured.

Pullman Has Four Deaths.

Pullman, Wash., — Four additional deaths from influenza were recorded last night and today, bringing the total of deaths since last Sunday to 15, practically all of which have been from the vocational section of the S. A. T. C. The deaths reported today are: Joseph Anderson, Ritzville; Walter Davis, Dunsmuir, Cal.; Earl Dows, Seattle; Warren Clare, Albion, Wash.

The situation is rapidly clearing so far as new cases are concerned, a steady decrease in patients being shown each morning.
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19181026DSM2-headlineElks Temple for Convalescents
“Best People on Earth” Give Fine Club Rooms to Recovering Soldiers

An offer that will bring joy to the hearts of many a sick soldier in Moscow has been made by the Elks’ lodge of Moscow. The lodge offers the use of its temple on North Main street, with its club room equipment, including reading room, pool and billiard tables and lounging room for the use of the soldier convalescents who are recovering from influenza.

The Elks have one of the finest club rooms in the northern part of Idaho. It is luxuriously equipped with all of the comforts of a club room and is well heated and lighted. For the boys who have been confined in barracks or hospitals, especially the improvised hospitals which lack the comforts of a home, this fine club room will be a great treat.

Judge Steele and the other officers of the lodge have made it possible for the young men, many of whom are, no doubt, suffering with “homesickness,” to enjoy this fine home during the period of their convalescence, and the young men, who are the beneficiaries of this generosity, are loud in their praise of the spirit which prompted the offer.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 26, 1918, page 2

The influenza situation in Moscow is encouraging. With about 1300 students and soldiers quartered here in a city of 6000 inhabitants and only one death so far, the people are to be congratulated. Moscow people have risen to the occasion and are taking the right steps to stop the spread of the disease.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 26, 1918, page 4

19181026DSM3-headlineJuliaetta Has Some Influenza
Seven Mild Cases Reported In Town — Frost Has Not Killed Gardens

Seven cases of Spanish influenza have developed in Juliaetta up to date. Those ill are Charles G. Talbott, postmaster; Mrs. Charles Talbott, Miss Beatrice Buchanan, Mrs. Nellie Biddison, Mr. Eben Adams, Miss Lillian Ottosen, and Mr. B. F. Morgan. All are reported to be doing nicely, and no cases of pneumonia have developed.

Although two mornings this week have brought light frosts to Juliaetta, vegetables are still unhurt, and tomatoes are yet being picked fresh from the vines for table use.

From a half acre of watermelons G. Garrison has realized $240 this season. A rather unusual record.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 26 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 28, 1918, page 1

19181028DSM1-headline
Influenza Claims Three More Victims In Moscow

Three more deaths in Moscow, making a total of four as a direct result of influenza, are reported today. Albert Grover Nail, of Moscow, who has been in an army cantonment in California and was discharged because of ill health, reached here a week ago last night. He was sick when he got to Moscow and died at the home of his step-father, N. Peterson, on West A Street. He was 30 years old, unmarried, had lived in Moscow many years and was an employee of the Idaho National Harvester company prior to entering the army in August. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. He leaves his mother and two brothers.

Robert Cross, of Douglas, Wyoming, died last night. He was a member of the vocational training corps and was sick when he reached Moscow. His illness developed into pneumonia and his condition has been critical for many days. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Cross, reached Moscow Saturday and were with him when death came. The body will be sent to Douglas, Wyoming, for burial. A military escort will accompany it.

George Sparenberg, of Wardner, Idaho, died during the night. He came here October 15. His nearest relative is Mrs. Lillian McDonald, of Detroit, Michigan. Relationship is not given. The body will be held awaiting instructions from her as to its disposition.

Since yesterday there have been nine new cases and 12 have been discharged as cured. Those discharged are taken to the Elks’ temple where they are comfortably housed and well cared for.

George H. Cross, of Douglas, Wyo., whose son, Robert, died last night, is a member of the state senate of his state and a prominent citizen. He and Mrs. Cross leave with the body for their home tomorrow.

Moscow people are doing all in their power to care for the sufferers with this disease. Many homes have been thrower open to the care of the men. Mrs. Frank L. Moore, whose husband is candidate for United States senator, has their fine home filled with members of the S. A. T. C., to whom she is acting as a mother. Mrs. L. N. Roberts has also thrown her home open for the care of the convalescents.

Both of men who died last night were members of the vocational training corps or “class B” of the S. A. T. C.

It believed are no other serious cases in town and conditions generally are regarded as very satisfactory.
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19181028DSM2-headlineIdaho Teachers Will Draw Pay
Closing of Schools by Quarantine Does Not Stop Pay of the Teachers

The state of Idaho is out approximately $20,000 per day in maintaining its school system during the Spanish influenza epidemic, as all teachers will continue to receive their salaries during the closed period where their contracts do not expressly state otherwise. More than 3700 teachers are employed in the state, and the average salary is $100 per month. Other expenses bring the total cost of operating the schools to approximately $400,000 per school month of 20 days.

Much interest has been shown by teachers in the question of whether they were to receive their salaries or not while the schools are closed. The attorney general has rendered the following opinion regarding this matter in the case where a school was closed during a quarantine last year and it covers the present situation:

All Teachers Get Pay.

“By section 58, laws of 1913, page 442, power is given the board of trustees to employ and contract with teachers. As there is no provision of the laws which has come to our attention that governs this situation the question is one of the contract entered into between the school board and the teacher and the rights of the teacher to receive pay and the liability of the school board for salary will be governed solely by the contract.

“In the absence of terms in the contract permitting the school board to suspend the salary of the teachers during quarantine, it is the opinion of this department that the salary should continue throughout the period of the quarantine.”

— Coeur d’Alene Press.
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Sick Boys Are Thankful.

The S. A. T. C. boys in the A. K. E. fraternity hospital as The Star-Mirror to extend their thanks to Mr. McIntosh for ice cream furnished by him for every one in the house last Saturday.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 28 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 28, 1918, page 2

Quarantine Prevents Visit.

Mrs. L. H Seymour and Miss Vivian Dart of Palouse were in Moscow today to see their sister, Miss Genevieve Dart, at Ridenbaugh Hall, but found the quarantine preventing the visit. Mrs. Seymour, formerly Miss Lorena Dark, a student of the university, is visiting in the west, but lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Mr. and Mrs. Mills, of Kamiah, Idaho, are here to visit their son, who is ill with influenza. His condition is not regarded as serious.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 28 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 29, 1918, page 1

19181029AFP1-headlineInfluenza Epidemic Sweeping The Country
Cases Increasing in Number and Securing of Nurses a Difficult Problem – Hospital Filled to Overflowing and Nurses Stricken.

The influenza epidemic is growing, and difficulty is experienced in securing an adequate number of nurses to meet the demand.

Bethany Deaconess Hospital is filled and four of the five regular nurses are down with the disease. Miss Irene Oliver went to the hospital this morning to answer the telephone and give the remaining nurse all her time for the sick.

Four nurses were supposed to have started for American Falls yesterday, one from Boise, two from Pendleton, and one from some other Oregon point. Three more were ordered here last night by the secretary of the state board of health.

Miss Gweenty, the nurse sent to Rockland last week, has come down with the disease.

Due to a misunderstanding somewhere, the number of nurses expected have not been sent. Applications were sent by the secretary of the Red Cross, but Saturday night word was received that no attention was paid to them because they were not “official.” Saturday night at 11 o’clock D. W. Davis was called at Boise and told of the situation, and secured the nurses above referred to. Yesterday he induced the state board of health to provide five more. In the meantime the local Red Cross had wired for three, and the order for the five secured through Mr. Davis was revoked. Up to noon none of the nurses had arrived. There is work waiting for all of them and more.

The situation in Rockland is as bad as it was last week, and a hospital has been opened there in the dining room of the Atwood hotel, in charge of Mrs. Cora Darling. The number of serious cases in Rockland is said to be not large, but there are a large number of mild cases.

In American Falls the epidemic is getting a good start. The following families have one or more cases:

A. Rowberry, L. L. Evans. Jr., O. C. Hall, Chester Hall, W. D. Barnhart, Walter Sparks. Mrs. Joslyn, Mrs. J. M. Booth, Lee Atkins, Frank Barnard. Elmer Nye. Arthur West. W. Bennion. Mrs. Fred Walworth, H. F. Fitzpatrick, O. R. Baum, and the Telford family. There are reported to be many others. Every rooming house in town has its share.
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Influenza Victim.

Chris Poulson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Poulson of Moonshine, died last night at the Bethany Deaconess Hospital, of influenza. He was 21 years of age. Four other members of the family are ill, two of them, a young man and a young woman, are serious, having developed pneumonia. Two younger children are not so bad. Funeral services will be held at Neely today.
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Will Not Visit Voters.
Andrew May Kept at Home by Family Sickness and Neighborhood Duties.

Andrew May, Republican candidate for representative, will not make a campaign for the officer for which he was nominated. There has been so much sickness in the Rockland community that he has not gone anywhere except on strictly business or humanitarian matters.

It is understood that within the past few days all the members of Mr. May’s family, excepting himself and Mrs. May, are ill with influenza. He will not attempt to leave home to further his campaign. …
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Notice To The Public

Owing to the influenza epidemic all persons are warned against congregating in groups within doors, and advised to keep in the open air and avoid mingling with the public as much as possible. The wearing of masks in offices where the carrying on of business brings those in charge in contact with numbers of people is recommended as a precautionary measure.

Convalescents from influenza are hereby quarantined within their homes for a period of one week after recovery, or required in lieu of quarantine, to wear a mask on the streets at all times when they are liable to come into contact with other people.

By Order of the City Board of Health.
W. J. Hanson, Chairman.
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Victim of Influenza.
C. T. Cotant Interned at Home by the Spanish Bug.

C. T. Cotant came down with the influenza Friday last, and is confined to his home. While he has been quite uncomfortable he has not been dangerously ill, but will not be able to take any part in promoting his candidacy. Mr. Cotant is the Republican nominee for County Attorney. He has been a resident of the county for about nine years. The first five or six years he spent in proving a homestead in the Rockland valley, doing his part to improve the country. For the past three years he has been practicing law in American Falls. …
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Rockland Deaths

A son of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Walker of Rockland, died of influenza yesterday, aged about 20 years.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Fifield, of Rockland, died Sunday, of influenza, aged about four years.

W. B. Joslyn died Saturday night. He had a complication of ailments, probably combined with influenza. He was found dead in his chair. All the members of the family, except Mrs. Joslyn, are ill with the influenza. Ben, a son at Camp Lewis, is expected home today, having been notified of the serious situation at home.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 29, 1918, page 5

People and Events.

Charles Dollar is said to be very sick with influenza.

Frank Barnard is an influenza victim. He is reported to be getting along all right.

Miss Helen Zaring left yesterday for Neeley to assist in caring for the family of her uncle, Roy Zaring, who are down with influenza.

Miss Grace Reed and John Nix, of the First National Bank, R. E. Austin and Lee Atkins of the Fall Creek, are late influenza victims.

Dr. Altree, who went to Rockland Sunday to assist in the hospital there, returned Monday. Dr. Altree has plenty to do at Home.

O. H. Barber and J. H. DeWitt went to Rockland Sunday and got out the Rockland Times for Ernest Jones, who is an influenza victim. This week’s issue of the Times will be issued from the Press office.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 29, 1918, page 1

Victim Of Influenza

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. John A. Bagley, wife of former Attorney Bagley, at Montpelier last Wednesday. The cause of her death being influenza.

Mr. Bagley is also very ill with the disease.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 29, 1918, page 2

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Shelley

Guy Mallory came home from Salt Lake City the first part of the week, and is now confined to his bed with a server case of the influenza.

Dr. F. E. Roberts took down with a severe case of influenza last Thursday and at the present is getting along as well as could be expected.

Frank Anderson of Jameston recently died of the influenza. His funeral was held last Wednesday.

The body of Piercel Humphreys arrived here last Wednesday morning and the funeral was held at the Humphrey home in the afternoon. Many friends and relatives were present at the funeral. Another Shelley boy who has given his life for the freedom of the world and another Shelly family has made the supreme sacrifice. God bless the mother of this dead soldier.

Isaac Patterson came down from Dillon, Mont. on Wednesday last, as school is closed there on account of the rapid spread of the influenza. Isaac expects to work at the sugar factory until school opens again.

Harold Woodward who is in the S. A. T. C. at Logan, Utah had a severe case of influenza, but at the present time is recovering.

Shelley has been lucky so far by not having much influenza there being only four or five cases in town at the present time and none being serious enough to cause any alarm as yet.

E. C. Miller is now improving in health, after being seriously ill for some time.

Guard against the influenza by taking good preventatives. Get also the good advise of a competent doctor if you feel at all ill.
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19181029TIR2-headline
Idaho Budget

No cases of Spanish influenza have appeared in Hailey or vicinity, and but two in Blaine county, these two being at Carey. Both cases are now considered out of danger.

Homer H. Lyon of Melba died at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., of Spanish influenza and pneumonia. Lyon was inducted under a call for special or limited service men on September 2.

On account of the spreading of the Spanish influenza epidemic in the southeast, the fall term of federal court that was to have been held in Pocatello beginning last Wednesday, has been postponed until November 11.

Letters received at Blackfoot from John Albert Anderson by his mother, preceding the announcement of his death from wounds in France, indicated that he had participated in much of the terrific fighting on the western front.

A communication has been addressed to the parents of school children in Bannock county, asking them to see to it that their boys and girls are kept busy during the enforced vacation which is now on owing to the influenza situation.

Mrs. Sam Koppel of Boise received a second staggering blow last week, when the news came of the death at Fort Leavenworth by Spanish influenza of her eldest son, Mose, her husband having been killed in an auto accident two months ago.

Official order has been issued to turn back the clocks one hour, thus bringing the time system to the old running order, or as near sun time as the zone limit established in the United States will admit. The change will be made at midnight October 27.

The health officer at Pocatello has sounded a warning to the people of the city not to become hysterical over the influenza situation, advising that if the rules and precautions continuously given out by health authorities are adhered to the situation will straighten itself out satisfactorily.

The value of the nurse’s survey made by the woman’s committee, Council of National Defense, is now being shown. Through it, Mrs. J. M. Taylor, the chairman of the nursing committee has been able to give to Dr. E. T. Biwer, secretary of the state board of health, a list of all the nurses, either married or single, in southern Idaho, for quick reference should an epidemic break out in that section.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 29, 1918, page 7

Accused I. W. W. Dies

Sacramento. — Edward Burns, one of the eighty alleged Industrial Workers of the World, awaiting trial here November 12 on a charge of conspiring to obstruct the war activities of the government is dead from influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 29, 1918, page 1

Charles Carlson “Flu” Victim

Charles Carlson, a blacksmith recently employed at the Perry Wilson logging camp, died at the Bonners Ferry hospital Sunday morning of pneumonia which had developed from an attack of Spanish influenza. The funeral will be held this afternoon. Undertaker Stookey was not able to communicate with any relatives of the deceased.
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Spanish influenza Epidemic Waning

Dr. E. E. Fry, county health officer, states that the Spanish influenza epidemic in this district seems to be on the wane and that there are few serious cases in the county now.

According to Dr. Fry’s records 88 known cases have developed the past week. It is estimated that about 300 people have been afflicted in the city and about 200 more in the county. There have been five deaths resultant from influenza. The percentage of the mortalities is therefore only about one per cent which is very low when it is considered that in many places the average percent is five and that this percentage has run up as high as ten per cent.
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Mrs. Skarr received word Sunday of the serious illness of her son, Paul Peter, who has been working in one of the government spruce camps on the coast. The telegram stated that Paul was ill with pneumonia.
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Mrs. W. F. Kinnear Passes Away
Died Thursday Afternoon of Pneumonia Following Influenza

Mrs. W. F. Kinnear passed away Thursday afternoon about 1:30 o’clock, following a four days illness with pneumonia which had developed from an attack of Spanish influenza.

Mrs. Kinnear’s sickness was very short. About tend days before her death she contracted Spanish influenza and a week ago Sunday seems to be getting much better. Monday, she suffered a relapse and pneumonia set in and she gradually sank until the end. …

Iva Pearl Jaquette was 27 years old; she was born in Elgin City, Iowa. She is survived by her husband an two children. Lee Isabel, aged five years and William Franklin, aged nine months, a brother residing at Elgin City, Iowa, a brother in the army in active service in France and a sister residing at Waterloo, Iowa. She was married to W. F. Kinnear at Newport, Wash., on June 10, 1908 and has been a resident of this city since that date. …
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Home Folks Sick in Spokane

Mrs. and Mrs. Malcolm Bruce received word last week of the illness of their daughter, Miss Verna, at St. Luke’s hospital, where she has been taking a course in nursing. At last reports she was getting better.

Miss Goldie Harding, a former Bonners Ferry girl, also a nurse at the St. Luke’s hospital, is seriously ill.

Both girls were taken ill with Spanish influenza at Ft. Wright where they had been sent to do nursing. Miss Harding’s illness developed into pneumonia. There are 21 nurses at St. Lukes’ hospital ill with the Spanish influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’Callaghan went to Spokane Sunday in response to word telling of the serious illness of their daughter, Miss Lillian, with pneumonia. Miss Lilian has been taking a course in nursing at the Sacred Heart hospital. According to word received yesterday at noon Miss Lillian was in a very serious condition.

Mrs. I. W. Lindsey is seriously ill with pneumonia following an attack of the Spanish influenza.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 29, 1918, page 2

19181029BFH1-headlineIdaho News Paragraphs
Recent Happenings in This State Given in Brief Items for Busy Readers.

There are approximately 300 cases of Spanish influenza in Idaho county, according to the county physician.

Alcida Paimenk, age 16, died of influenza at Plummer. This is the second death there from that disease. There are about 50 cases in town, but most of them are convalescent.
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State Reports 3000 “Flu” Cases

There are approximately 3000 cases of Spanish influenza in this state. The records of the state board of health show the epidemic is particularly bad in Power and Lewis counties. Dr. Biwer, secretary of the board, has requested clerks in large stores, elevator operators, dentists and barbers to wear masks. He suggested that large stores close down Saturday nights because of the possibility of spreading the epidemic by the crowds therein.
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To Speed Up War Program.

Army training camp commanders have been ordered to eliminate from their schedules all work that can be done after the men arrive overseas as one of the moves of the war department to speed up the enlarge war program and overcome delays resulting from interference with draft calls by influenza.
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Refugees to Holland.

Weather-beaten refugees, mostly from the north of France, are trickling into the Dutch provinces of Braband and Limburg. Some 2000 are now accommodated in towns in these provinces. About 5 per cent are ill from fatigue or influenza or are being cared for in hospitals and convents.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 29, 1918, page 6

John G. Klopf Dead

John G. Klopf died at the Bonners Ferry hospital Thursday morning of pneumonia which developed from an attack of the Spanish influenza. The deceased was taken sick Sunday.

The deceased was 34 years old. He is survived by a wife and child residing in Butte, Mont., and a mother, who lives in Coolin, Idaho. The body was shipped to Opportunity, Wash., for burial.

Mr. Klopf was working as engineer for the Wilson Steamboat Co. prior to his last sickness. He had been a resident here for about two years. …
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Local Pick-ups

Mrs. H. W. Bliss has been sick the past week with Spanish influenza. At last reports she was improving as rapidly as could be expected.

A. C. Gay, pharmacist at Simond’s Drug store, was sick last week with the “flu”. He is able to be up and around again.

A letter received recently from Chauncey Guthrie, who is with one of the government spruce camps near Clatsop, Oreg., gives the information that the Spanish influenza has just appeared in that district.

Mrs. E. M. Flood, county superintendent of schools, has received an opinion from the attorney general of the state to the effect that school districts will be required to pay teachers their regular salary for the time they miss on account of the Spanish influenza epidemic.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 29, 1918, page 11

Quinine Famine in El Paso.

El Paso, Texas. — A quinine famine was experienced here Sunday as a result of the influenza epidemic.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 29, 1918, page 1

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Six New Influenza Cases Today — Nine Are Released

There were six new cases of influenza admitted to the S. A. T. C. hospitals since yesterday’s report and nine were released as out of danger. There have been no further deaths. The situation is regarded as greatly improved and hopes are entertained that the disease will steadily decline until it is eradicated entirely.

There are two quite serious cases yet, but both of these are expected to recover. All of the new cases are mild.

The vocational training men began work in the big plant of the Idaho National Harvester works today, the first time since they arrived here on October 15. The health conditions required that they be kept in the open air as much as possible. They are now working and seem to be enjoying the change from “loafing.”

There are 300 men in the vocational training school and 150 are in the auto-mechanical department and 150 are divided between general mechanics and radio work. The foreman of each of the shops of the Idaho National Harvester company have been retained as instructors by the war department. The men are taking to the work with a relish and the instructors are well pleased with the prospects of completing their training in the limited time allowed, despite the fact that they lost nearly half a month because of influenza.

Guy Curtis, Ed. Cruver and H. Potter, heads of mechanical departments in the harvester works, are retained as instructors, but Mr. Cruver is laid up with a mild attack of influenza.

Pullman Has Five Deaths.

Five more deaths are reported at Pullman, making a total of 26, nearly all of whom are members of the S. A. T. C. Two died Sunday night and three more last night, bringing the total for eight days up to 26. The Pullman and W. S. C. authorities think they have the epidemic well in hand and look for a rapid decline of the number of cases. Conditions have been bad in Pullman for more than a week. A Pullman woman said; “I can look out of my window almost any hour and see the hearse going to or returning from the cemetery or the dead-wagon going to or returning from of the hospitals.”

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 29, 1918, page 2

Observe the quarantine rules and help save Moscow from the terrible experience of other towns. It is feared the crest of the influenza wave has not been reached here and careful observance of the regulations may save precious lives.

The Elks of Moscow are receiving words of commendation everywhere for their kindness is throwing open their fine club rooms to the convalescents of the influenza. People in other towns are talking of this kind act by the Elks.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 29, 1918, page 3

19181029DSM2-headlineMoscow People Care For The Sick
Victims of Influenza Are Being Cared For Better Here Than Elsewhere

It is not an accident that there have been so few deaths and that so many of the influenza cases in Moscow are mild. It is due to the splendid care the patients are getting and the excellent system of caring for the men as soon as they show symptoms of the disease. Great credit is due Captain Felker, commandant and head of the entire military department here and to Lieutenant-Doctor Kotalik as well as to President Lindley and the entire university staff. But these men are too modest to take the credit due them and they give the credit to others. A statement sent to The Star-Mirror by the university gives great credit to the people of Moscow, who, no doubt, deserve all of the kind things said about them. The statement follows:

The mothers throughout the state who have sons in the S. A. T. C. at the University of Idaho need have no fear lest their boys are not being given the best and most tender care.

The citizens of Moscow with their customary generous and efficient aid are helping the military and University officials in every possible way to check the epidemic of influenza. Every woman in the city or surrounding country who has a boy in the service, or who feels for those who have, is tireless in her efforts to bring comfort and cheer to the sick lads in the hospitals.

The soliciting and preparing of the food for both the Inland and A. K. E. hospitals has been taken charge of by Miss Charlotte Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Lewis, a government Red Cross dietitian. Mrs. Lewis has placed her well equipped kitchen with all its modern utensils and supplies at the disposal of the hospital.

Mrs. and Miss Lewis aided by Miss Florence Richardson and all the members of the household have spent every day since the epidemic began, planning and preparing nourishing and dainty dishes to tempt the appetite of the sickest and most homesick boy. The kitchen has been a scene of great activity from morning to night. Ladies from the country arrive at early hours bringing the supplies of chickens, milk and cream for the day.

Town ladies come with custards and puddings, orderlies arrive at noon and night to bear away the steaming kettles of fragrant broth and great pans of creamed chicken, junkets and jello.

The city of Moscow deserves the commendation of the state of Idaho for so ably “carrying on,” both thru individual and organized effort, in the present difficult circumstances.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 29, 1918, page 8

Juliaetta Jottings
Farmer Has Paralysis

Juliaetta. — Henry S. Irwin, a well-known farmer residing in the Big Potlatch canyon, a mile below Juliaetta, had a stroke of paralysis this forenoon. His condition was reported to be improved at 11 o’clock today. Mrs. Irwin is down with influenza, so “troubles never come singly.”

A son was born to Postmaster and Mrs. Charles G. Talbott at noon Sunday. This was Mr. Talbott’s first-born. Mr. Talbott was the first to take the influenza in Juliaetta, but when his son was born the fond parent felt so vigorous that the very next day he arose from his sick-bed and proceeded to celebrate the event by going out on the street.

Marvel, the 18-year-old son of Mr and Mrs. W, F, Albright, who live in Big Potlatch canyon, four miles below Juliaetta, is the latest to be stricken with the influenza. While in a local drug store yesterday the young man fainted twice.

Crystal Ottosen of Juliaetta also has the influenza, the second victim in this family.
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Clyde Madison Buried Today.

Clyde T. Madison, the oldest son of Martin and Etta Madison, was born twenty four years ago at Blaine, Idaho. The family have been living for several years at Warden, Washington, and it was from that town Clyde entered the S. A. T. C. at Pullman, Wash., about two weeks ago. He succumbed to influenza and pneumonia Sunday and was buried at the Moscow cemetery today at 12:30. His grandmother, Mrs. Ellen Madison, lives on Kenneth Avenue. He leaves his father, four brothers and one sister. One of his brothers is now seriously ill of influenza at Lynn, Wash. A military escort of the U. of I. boys accompanied the soldier to the cemetery.
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City News

Mrs. Nickel of Kaimah arrives in Moscow today to visit her son William of the S. A. T. C., who is sick of influenza.

Miss Marie Shannon, who has spent the summer with her brother, Wm. Shannon, near Wallace, returned home yesterday. Miss Shannon will not attend to her work until after the cessation of the epidemic.

Ray Kessler and wife have been sick of influenza, but have recovered.

Mrs. D. D. Harshman and three children are ill of influenza, but their condition is not considered as serious.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 29 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Challis Messenger., October 30, 1918, page 3

Idaho Budget

Owing to the prevalence of Spanish influenza the Child Welfare campaign at Caldwell has been indefinitely postponed.

Emmett entertained the delegates to the thirty-second annual convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance union October 8, 9 and 10.

The big round-up at Blackfoot last week was a success in every way. The attendance was large and the attractions were well patronized.

Word has been received at Midvale from France, telling of the death of Private Floyd Reavis from pneumonia. Mr. Reavis was in the June call and was in training less than a month before being sent overseas.

Brig. Gen. Noble of the hospital division, war department, will soon visit Boise to inspect the buildings at Boise barracks and determine the feasibility of establishing a reconstruction and educational hospital camp there.

The body of Jack Howard, known in the Warren mining district as “Miner Jack,” was found in the Salmon river near the Riggins place. …

An order of the board of health made public October 10 calls for the closing of all theatres, churches and assembly halls, including also dances, Liberty loan gatherings and all gatherings of a public character, but does not … [page torn.]

source: The Challis Messenger. (Challis, Idaho), 30 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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A telephone operator wears protective gauze in 1918. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 30, 1918, page 1

19181030DSM1-headline
Influenza Situation Shows Much Improvement

The influenza situation in Moscow shows marked improvement today. Since yesterday’s report eight new cases have been admitted to the hospital and 10 have been discharged as cured. All of the new eases ore very light. There have been no further deaths. Two cases are still quite serious but are improved and strong hopes of their recovery are entertained. One of these very sick men is Ralph Gochnauer, a student of the university, who was here last year. Captain Felker said of him: “He is putting up a strong fight and we believe he will pull through, but he has been and is yet, a very sick man.”

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, reports a number of new cases in the town and country and again has issued a caution to people to not visit or permit their children to visit the homes of others if they have any symptoms of the disease. He told of a Moscow woman whose little girl had a bad cold and cough, who took the child to the home of a neighbor and spent the evening. In 48 hours five members of the family where she visited were down with the disease and the woman and her husband were both down with it. He told of another similar case in the country in which five members of a family were exposed to and taken down with the disease within 48 hours after the visit of a neighbor who had a had cold. Dr. Adair issued a warning today that all visiting must cease until after the epidemic is past.

Of the eight new cases in the S. A. T. C. reported today, five are in class B, vocational training men and the other three cases are from the students of the university who are taking military training and are known as class A of the S. A. T. C.

Captain Felker, commandant in charge, said: “We believe the crest is past. We have reached the top of the wave and are going down on the other side. The situation is very encouraging.”

Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the University of Idaho “The situation seems much improved, but we must use the utmost diligence to care for the convalescents. These are mostly young men, who when released from the hospital think they are well and dare apt to go to extreme and we are watching them closely. We believe that with care the situation will continue to improve rapidly.”
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Please Don’t Ask the Time.

The telephone exchange is very sort of help, due to the influenza. Operators cannot be had from other places. Pullman’s exchange had only one operator for several days. Patrons of the telephone are requested to confine their calls only to the absolutely necessary business. Please do not call central and ask for the time. While the operator is giving you this information someone may be calling for a doctor or some important business may be neglected. As soon as the situation improves and the exchange has a full crew, the operators will be glad to accommodate all with the time or any other information at their disposal.
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Mrs. Otto Grice arrived yesterday from Portland to visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Knepper, north of Moscow. Mrs. Grice says the influenza has been held in check quite well in Portland, although the epidemic has not yet subsided. Mrs. Grice, when at home devotes move of her time to the war work in different activities.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 30, 1918, page 4

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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 30, 1918, page 5

City News

Mrs. H. Strong of Lewiston arrived yesterday to visit her son of the S. A. T. C., who is sick at the hospital.

Dr. J. J. Harrington of Moscow, who went to Nezperce to help fight the influenza, came home today. Dr. Harrington contracted the disease but is recovering.

Gerald Meeker is confined to his bed with the influenza.

Little Kenneth Stanton, who has been having the influenza for several days, is slightly improved.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 30, 1918, page 6

19181030DSM3-headlineEverybody Must Wear Flu Masks
Washington Orders Rush Local Red Cross and Aides

Orders to equip every member of the S. A. T. C. with influenza masks were received by Lieutenant Kotalik Tuesday morning. The orders were sent out from the Washington office. Lieutenant Kotalik has called upon all the organizations in Latah county to help him fill this requirement.

The first call sent out by the military authorities was for 2100 masks. A second call was issued Tuesday night for 400 additional to be made. Red Cross chapters, sorority houses, and other organizations were pressed into service.

It is understood on the campus that all members of the S. A. T. C. are to be provided with three masks apiece. These masks will be worn all the time.

As soon as the masks are completed they will be sent to the Inland Empire hospital for sterilization, according to the officials of the hospital.

Military authorities are very particular as to the people who work on the masks. No person who has a cold or who is not in perfect physical condition is permitted to come near the material.

President E. H. Lindley, president of the University of Idaho, would make no statement on the matter because it referred directly to the military department. He said he expected the masks would be finished by Wednesday afternoon.

Sorority girls and ladies of Moscow worked until late last night filling the rush order of the government. Each sorority was asked to furnish a hundred and fifty masks. The work was carefully inspected as soon as complete.

This order does not indicate that the situation is growing worse here, but only that every precaution to preserve the health of the men is being taken, according to the authorities.

A news bulletin issued late last night said that masks are being worn all the time in the larger California towns. The wearing of masks at the university will be in line with the general practice all over the United States.
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Co-Eds Safe From Spanish Influenza

The women of the University have been very fortunate in escaping the influenza.

Every precaution has been taken to prevent the spread of the disease among them. A strict quarantine has been imposed thereby preventing the epidemic from getting a hole here.

Dean French believes that by a rigid observance of the quarantine the women of the University will be in no way endangered. They come in no contact with those infected, and since they spend much time in the open air the co-eds are very safe.
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19181030DSM4-headlineUniversity Library Being Fumigated
Authorities Take Advantage of Quarantine to Kill Mischievous Germs

Since the University library was ordered closed for a time, the health officers deemed it advisable to make the best of the opportunity to fumigate the library.

The library newspaper room, cataloging office, Miss Sweet’s office, and all the other rooms adjacent to the library were tightly closed and the formaldehyde put in Wednesday.

The windows were not opened until Friday, so any mischievous germs lingering about had no choice but to succumb to the foe. Miss Sweet states that these measures were taken largely on the general principles, and not wholly because of the influenza scare.

The library is used more, and by more people, than any other room in the Administration building. It has been used for a long time without being fumigated, and it was felt that a better time than now could not be chosen to thoroly [sic] disinfect it, since it was not to be used for several days.

It is not yet known just when the library will be open to students.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 30 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. October 31, 1918, page 1

19181031GG1-headlineHealthboard Given More Authority
Can Close Stores at 6 O’clock if Deemed Necessary Action.

Boise, Idaho, Oct. 28. — The state board of health today notified county physicians they could close all stores at six o’clock each night if they considered it a precautionary measure against the spread of Spanish influenza. Five counties have been hard hit by the epidemic – Power, Bannock, Franklin, Cassia and Lewis. In three days Bannock reported a total of 26 new cases while Cassia reported 162.

In the past three days there have been 14 deaths in Boise from the disease. All told there are 60 cases here. Most of those who died in Boise were Basques. The towns of St. Anthony and Rexburg have established quarantines.
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More Deaths at Nezperce.
Four Critical Cases Reported But General Conditions Improved.

General conditions at Nezperce are materially improved and no new cases have been reported, says the Tribune correspondent on the 28th. Another death was added to the toll taken by the Spanish influenza and pneumonia and four patients are reported in a critical condition.

Elmer Scholer, manager of the Nezperce station of the Grangeville Light & Power company, passed away today from pneumonia following influenza.

Mr. Scholer was about 33 years of age and is survived by his wife and baby daughter. He came to Nezperce five or six years ago and during his residence cultivated a wide acquaintance and enjoyed the high esteem of the townspeople. The remains will be shipped to Spokane tomorrow for interment.

Four patients are reported to be in a critical condition as follows: Mrs. Glen Day, Mrs. Nichol, Arthur Keith and the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hunsucker.

Thirteen patients were discharged from the hospital today and is it expected ten more patients will be discharged tomorrow. There were twenty patients in the hospital this evening.

The cases that have developed during the past few days are in milder form, the view being held the disease is running out in this section.
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19181031GG2-headlineTeachers Pay Will Go On As Usual
Cessation of School Will Not Bar Idaho Instructors’ Salaries.

Teachers in the public schools of this state who have been forced to take a vacation because of the closing of the schools to prevent a serious epidemic of Spanish influenza will receive their salaries. Attorney General T. A. Walters so ruled early this year and his ruling applies to the present situation it is held by school authorities.

There are more than 3700 teachers out of employment in Idaho at the present time because of the closing order which is costing the state a handsome sum which finally computed will run into several hundred thousand dollars before the closing ban is lifted.

The opinion of the attorney general which applies to the present situation is as follows:

“By section 58, laws of 1913, page 442, power is given to the board of trustees to employ and contract with teachers. As there is no provision of the laws which have come to our attention that governs this situation the question is one of the contract entered into between the school board and the teacher and the rights of the teacher to receive pay and the liability of the school board for salary will be governed solely by the contract.

“In the absence of terms in the contract permitting the school board to suspend the salary of the teachers during the quarantine, it is the opinion of this department that the salary should continue throughout the period of the quarantine.”
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Mrs. Clarence Jones Dead.

As we go to press we are informed through Madison Myers that Mrs. Clarence Jones, a former resident of this place, passed away at Lewiston today from the effects of an attack of influenza and that [her] brother, Grover, also a former resident of Grangeville, was not expected to last through the night. Mrs. Jones as the wife of Clarence Jones, at one time connected with the Pacific Telephone company. While here Mr. and Mrs. Jones made many friends who will be grieved to learn of Mrs. Jones’ death.
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Raphael Randall Buried.

The funeral of Raphael Randall was held from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Fet Rhoades, at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. Knox preaching the funeral service. Only relatives of the deceased were permitted to attend on account of the prevalent influenza epidemic. …
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19181031GG3-headlineSpanish “Flu” on Wane in County
New Cases are Limited and of Mild Form; Many Early Sufferers Out.
Pneumonia Claims 2
Some Patients in Critical Condition; Nurses Now More Plentiful.

Few new cases of influenza have been reported to the county board of health and it is felt by Dr. G. S. Stockton that the epidemic is gradually dying out. Several victims of the malady have fully recovered and are attending to their regular duties, while a number of others have received backsets from getting out too soon. A few cases are reported in a critical condition, Mrs. Sophia Grattan and Mrs. Fred Noyes of this city being included in the number. Two deaths occurred this week from pneumonia following the influenza.

William Cyrus Squibb.

William Cyrus Squibb, aged 26 years, 6 months and 20 days, passed away at his home just northeast of the city Monday evening. and was interred at Prairieview cemetery at 11 o’clock Thursday forenoon. Mr. Squibb was born in Crawford county, Iowa, April 8, 1892. He came to Idaho county with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Squibb, in 1903. He was married to Myrtle Wann on Judy 2. 1903, and is survived by the widow, it two-year old daughter, his parents, four sisters, Mrs. John Powell, Elsie and Martha Squibb, and Mrs. Geo. Smith, and one brother, Marvin, who is in the service of his country. The funeral services were conducted at the cemetery by the Rev. H. J. Wood, with Undertaker A. J. Maugg in charge.

Bernice Miller

Bernice Miller. aged about 15 years, died at the family home near Winona, today after a short illness from pneumonia which followed Spanish influenza. Miss Bernice is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Miller, and the entire family has been sorely afflicted with the malady, at one time every member being stricken. For a time it was thought Mr. Miller would be unable to withstand the ravages of the disease, but he is now reported improving, as are the other members of the family.

Len W. Kemp received a message from the surgeon at the Vancouver barracks stating that Cecil J. Rock was suffering from pneumonia at the hospital and was in serious condition. Mr. Kemp wired the military authorities to give Mr. Rock every possible attention and if necessary to move him to a private hospital and draw on him for any expense.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Arnold and Wayne Arnold have also been having a siege with the disease but we are informed they are improving at this time.

We cannot attempt to mention all those who have had the affliction, but as far as we can secure information all are recovering. A number of eases in the Squibb family are recovering and Mrs. Sam Flynn and daughter, Miss Bessie and Mrs. Harlan Drake are able to be about.

The inmates of the local hospital will be discharged within a few days. Walter McAdams and wife have discharged their nurse and the former can be seen on the streets. The family of Gus Scholtz was down but are now on the mend and have been discharged. Mr. and Mrs. John Mundt and Miss Mabel Sorweide are also having their turn and Miss Louise Sorweide came in on Wednesday from the Dalles, Oregon, to assist in caring for them.

A. R. Harlan received a message yesterday morning calling him to Portland, to the bedside of his son, Paul who is seriously ill of pneumonia. Both Ray and Paul who have been working in Portland for last several months, were stricken with the influenza last week. Ray’s case did not developed into pneumonia, ad he is recovering, but in Paul’s case pneumonia developed, and as his case was considered critical, it was thought best to summon Mr. Harland to assist in caring for him. O. T. Lingo conveyed Mr. Harlan to Lewiston by auto, where they arrived in time to catch the Portland train. In the meantime a wire was received by the family here that Paul’s condition was somewhat improved. This good news reached Mr. Harlan just before his departure from Lewiston, which of course relieved the terrible strain somewhat. The many friends of the boys hope to hear in the near future that they are both on the highroad to recovery.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. October 31, 1918, page 8

Al White, who has been laid up for the past ten days with the “flu” is still confined to his bed having suffered a relapse. Mrs. White arrived here from Seattle Wednesday and is now taking care of her husband.

Mrs. V. Knapp of Lewiston is in the city, having come up to assist in caring for Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Wisener, who are laid up with the influenza. they are now reported as much improved as Mr. Wisener is able to be out.

Editor J. C. Safely and Mrs. Safely have both been confined to their home this week with the influenza. They are on the mend and will soon be about as usual. Geo. Medved, one of Mr. Safely’s employees on the Free Press, has been stricken with the disease, which puts the editor in rather an unfortunate position.
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Mrs. Lou Drake Dead.

Among the many deaths at Nezperce, none has excited more sympathy that that of Mrs. Lou Drake, who died Saturday. Her husband is serving with the colors in France and the couple were married but a short time before he went into the army about a year ago. It will be sad news for him to receive. The influenza seems to be no respecter of persons or conditions and reaps its harvest among all classes of people.
— Kamiah Progress.
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source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Wallace Miner. October 31, 1918, page 1

Death of George Sparenburg.

It was with real sorrow that the news of the death of George Sparenburg was received in this district. He left here only about two weeks ago to take up military training at Moscow, where he contracted influenza which was followed by pneumonia. Mr. Sparenburg owned a promising group of mining claims on Big creek. He was a practical miner and had worked in the various mines of the district, his last mining work being a contract to sink a shaft on the Amazon-Dixie. He was a genial, companionable young man who had many warm friends in the district. He was a member of the Wallace lodge of Elks. Mr. Sparenburg was buried at Fort Wright with military honors.

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Wallace Miner. October 31, 1918, page 6

19181031WM1-headlineUnited War Workers Pushing For Pershing
Every Dollar of Great Fund for the Benefit of Our Fighting Forces.

“One grand push for Pershing” — that is the word to the workers in the united war work campaign, State Director Richard E. Randall asks the newspapers of Idaho to give to the workers in the big drive for the $170,-500,000 fund for the seven welfare organizations and which begins the week of November 11-18.

“Nothing stops our boys over there — nothing must be permitted to stop those who are loyally backing them up at home. Public meetings to arouse enthusiasm can not be held. The influenza epidemic has made that impossible. But the spirit of love and service, the spirit of devotion to our lads overseas and in the cantonments at home, will find opportunity for expression notwithstanding this great handicap.” …

source: The Wallace Miner. (Wallace, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., October 31, 1918, page 1

19181031LCT1-headlineBoyd K. Frazer Passes Away After Brief Illness
Well Known Young Man Succumbs to Pneumonia.

Wednesday morning the whole community was grieved when it was learned that Boyd Frazer, son of R. S. Frazer, had passed to the Great Beyond after a brief illness.

Boyd Frazer was reared in Jerome and reached his nineteenth birthday the 16th day of last September. On October 15th, the young man was inducted into the Student’s Army Training Corps and left that day for training. He had been at the school but three days when he was taken ill and was confined to a hospital for ten days. He then came home and arrived here Sunday. From Sunday until the end the young man declined and, although the fondest care and aid that could be given,m he passed to his reward at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning. …
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Volunteers Called For.

The local Red Cross Chapter again issues an urgent call for volunteer nurses to aid in the present influenza epidemic. Mrs. Piper is receiving call after call from people who need someone to come in and help them for two or three days during the sudden illness of some member of the family, and as these calls are likely to continue and become more numerous she is very anxious to get in touch with those who can serve in this way. All who feel that they can help the work of the Red Cross to this extent are most earnestly requested to register with Mrs. Piper.
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Hospital Assistants.

Do not forget the position of hospital assistants offered by the army school of nursing. Eligibles must be married women between the ages of 21 and 40 whose husbands are overseas, also single women between ages of 35 and 45 – graduates of high schools or its acceptable equivalent. They will be assigned to convalescent hospitals in this country where training school units are not established. For further information inquire of Surgeon General’s Office, Washington D. C.
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Student Nurses.

Idaho now has 184 registrants for student nurses with their papers all sent in to Washington, D. C. Some have received their appointments; others are anxiously waiting. The request comes that the campaign for more be continued. County chairmen are requested to send for this blanks they actually need as Mrs. J. M. Taylor, who has this work in charge, now has a limited supply.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., October 31, 1918, page 7

Miss Marie Worthington returned from Boise Saturday. She has been attending college at that place and came home until the “fly” epidemic subsides.

On account of help shortage in the post office, it was deemed necessary to change the mail routes and delivery from 2 p.m. to 9 a.m. While this change is inconvenient to many, it had to be made on account of lack of help and everybody is asked to co-operate with the postal authorities as much as possible.

The Spanish Influenza epidemic seems to be gaining headway in Jerome and at the present writing there are several cases reported and several that act like grippe but may turn out to be the “flu.” With proper precautions and co-operation upon the part of the public with the health officials it is believed that the disease can be successfully combated and that it will subside in a few days.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., October 31, 1918, page 1

19181031PE1-headlineBoard Orders Quarantine

At a special meeting of the Payette County Board of Health held at the Court House on the 31st day of October, 1918 it was ordered that on account of the prevailing epidemic of Spanish Influenza, a quarantine of Payette County be declared, and that the bringing in and debarking of passengers from points without the county be any common carrier be prohibited.

It is furthered ordered: That all open air meeting and social gatherings be prohibited. That all stores and places of business be closed at 6 p.m. daily with the exception of Drug Stores, which may be allowed to remain open provided that no drinks or ice cream be served after 6 p.m., and that the news stands be allowed to open after 6 p. m., provided patrons be not allowed to congregate in the room while awaiting the mail. Restaurants and Cafes must close at 8:30 p.m. Garages may remain open provided no loafing is permitted.

Parents are requested to see that children do not congregate in groups about their neighborhood, and the City police and health officers and regular authorities are instructed to aid in enforcing this request and to disperse groups of persons found congregating at any place in the County.

Homes in which cases of Spanish Influenza exist shall be rigidly quarantined until all members of the household are free from infection.

It is further moved and carried that the city and village authorities and health officers throughout the county be empowered to detain and place in quarantine any person or persons arriving within Payette county by common carrier, and to carry out the above rules of the Board of Health in every respect.
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Personal and Local Mention

John C. Hickey, who is stationed at Mare’s Island in the Navy; was taken some two weeks ago with Spanish Influenza, and was reported in a serious condition, is now out of danger. A message to his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Bennett, conveyed the good news.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., October 31, 1918, page 3

Will a person who had had influenza before catch the disease again?

“It is well known that an attack of measles or scarlet fever or smallpox usually protects a person against another attack of the same disease. This appears not to be true of ‘Spanish influenza.’ According to newspaper reports the Kind of Spain suffered an attack of influenza during the epidemic thirty years ago, and was again stricken during the recent outbreak in Spain.”

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., October 31, 1918, page 5

North Payette

Several families in the neighborhood have been having the grip, but no cases of influenza have been reported.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 31, 1918, page 1

19181031EI1-headlineInfluenza Takes Its Toll
George Dewey Succumbs to Disease – Wife and Children Critically Ill

John C. Dewey yesterday morning received the sad news by telegram of the death of his son George at Portland. Later in the day another message told of the critical illness of Mrs. Dewey and the four children – all victims of influenza.

George Dewey’s death took place at the Auditorium Emergency hospital, where the wife and children also were being cared for. The family went to Portland last spring, where George was working in the ship yards. Mrs. Dewey is a daughter of H. P. Hanson, a former Emmett farmer, now living at Burley.

Two other deaths in that city of former Emmett residents, from the same cause, are reported. One of them is E. C. Vahlberg’s brother Fred and the other is Percy Chase, who worked on the construction of the sawmill here and was a foreman of the mill for nearly a year.

Four Basque sheepherders from the VanDeusen ranch contracted the flu at the Spanish rooming house in Boise and died Saturday in a Boise hospital.
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Emmett physicians report 10 cases of influenza here. None of them is serious. All persons can assist in stamping out the disease by avoiding crowds; taking care of themselves; when sneezing or coughing place a handkerchief over the nose and mouth; don’t get excited; wash out nose and throat two or three times daily by a nasal spray and by a gargle with a salt solution (half teaspoonful salt to one of clean water).
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Cases of influenza should be isolated, but no quarantine is necessary, according to the health board. The only danger of infection is from the patient himself.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 31, 1918, page 2

Tales of Town

A poetic gem for today; “Cover up each cough and sneeze, if you don’t you’ll spread disease.”

Cover up your mouth when you are compelled to sneeze, just as you wish the other fellow would do when he makes a smart remark.

Brown October never looked so dark brown before to the fellow who now has his blood full of “flu” and his stomach full of vile medicine.

There is the comforting feature about having the Spanish influenza – your friends don’t call and tell you what to do for it.

A man called to take off some scratches from the finish of the piano in a certain home one day last week. When he left, by mistake he left his bottle of piano polish and took the old man’s influenza medicine. The old man is nearly well, and wants the piano man to tell him where he can have the prescription refilled.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 31, 1918, page 4

Pearl

No one here has got the influenza yet.
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Masks from Red Cross

A committee from the Red Cross surgical dressing department delivered Flu masks to the barbers and will do so to other in public places who desire to wear them. Authorities differ as to the efficacy of their use, but as a precautionary measure they are recommended by most of the leading physicians and surgeons of the camps. In Frisco and several other coast cities the use of the mask is compulsory – persons appearing in public places without them being arrested.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. October 31, 1918, page 1

Close Stores At 6 O’clock
State Board Has Issued this Influenza Order.

All stores and other places of business in Idaho must be closed at 6 o’clock each evening under orders of the state health board. the only exception to the rule is the prescription department of drug stores and only prescriptions can be handled by the drug stores after 6 o’clock in the evening.

This means that usual Saturday evening trading will be eliminated, that cigar stores, candy and ice cream parlors and all other lines of business must close promptly at 6 o’clock. The order will remain effective until and improvement in the influenza situation warrants the raising of the embargo.
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Editor and Wife Ill.

J. C. Safley and Mrs. Safely have both been confined to their home since the latter part of last week on account of an attack of the influenza. Both are getting along nicely at present. Mr. Safley was forced to call for outside help in getting out this issue of the Free Press, and W. L. Campbell who used to furnish copy for the Free Press consented to take charge and get this issue to the press. Readers will therefore overlook the errors and shortcomings of this issue which has been prepared in spare moments and may expect to be repaid by the redoubled efforts of the editor and proprietor when he is able to be back to work again.
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Sheriff’s Force Ill.

Influenza slighted no one in the sheriff’s office. The three men confined in the county bastille were the first to be attacked and went down one two, three and after a short siege, under the are of Dr. Stockton were soon up and around with no very bad effects. John Byrom, deputy and jailer was the next to be effected, and then Sheriff Lafe Yates yielded. Tim Quinlan kept the office shinning for a while and then went home to his bed. John Powell, next in line held the fort for a few days and at last had to give in. the only one who has recovered and is back on duty is John Byrom, and Ben Shaw is assisting in the office as deputy. The others are reported as getting along very nicely.
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19181031ICFP1-headlineSpanish Influenza Has Reached Crest
Burden of Care of Influenza Patients has Fallen on Dr. G. S. Stockton.
Several Are Seriously Ill
One Death Comes as Result of Disease – Epidemic Believed to Have Reached Crest.

One person has succumbed to pneumonia following influenza since last week, and several people are reported to be seriously ill. The number of cases in the community has not been estimated but it can be stated with fair accuracy that almost every family in the community has been visited with the disease, and in some cases whole families have been down. Complication has only occurred in a small percentage of the cases, and these have followed where persons who have been worn out nursing the afflicted have come down with the disease. Recovery of many has reduced the number reported ill last week.

With Doctor Scallon ill, the burden of visiting the sick people has fell upon Doctor Stockton. Dr. Orr of Cottonwood was over several days of last week and assisted Dr. Stockton until he was called home to attend to his own practice in the city of Cottonwood. This assistance was vital however as it came at a time when the most urgent calls were coming in and after Doctor Stockton had been worked almost to the point of exhaustion.

Dr. Scallon has been getting along very well and has been able to be up, but the condition of his health has not permitted his visiting patients although he has given what assistance he could render from his home. It is hoped that he will be able to be out and help in ministering to those at present afflicted.

Hospital Treats Some.

The latter part of last week the hospital was put in shape by local citizens ready to receive some cases where parties had no place to go, and Mrs. J. M. Richmond has been caring for three patients who have been taken ill with influenza and who are getting along well at the present writing, one of these being a daughter of John Oliver who was taken ill while working here in Grangeville. The hospital will be available at any time to receive any cases where home accommodations will not be available.

One Death This Week.

William Squibb, a young farmer living northeast of Grangeville died Monday evening and was buried in the Prairieview cemetery Thursday. The young man, his wife and their child were all ill at the same time. Mrs. Squibb is very low at the present writing and for a time her life hung in the balance in spite of all that the doctors, and a trained nurse could do.

No Business Activity.

Business is almost at a standstill. There are few visitors from the country, and this is caused more from the reason that a large number of families in the surrounding country have been taken with the disease and trips are only made to town for supplies and medicine. Although some of the cases in the country have been serious, in most cases there have been complete recoveries and former patients are around attending to their work, and ministering to those of their neighbors who are still afflicted. A few are wearing the masks in Grangeville as a means of preventing the contagion but the majority have discarded the masks as inconvenient.

Some Up and Around.

A number of those reported to be ill last week are up and around again, having exercised the greatest care to avoid complications and while professing to be weak from the effects of the ‘flu’ will be themselves in a few days. It is believed that within a week when most of the cases will be recovering that the epidemic will begin to pass fast. In fact the preset attack has been quite general in Grangeville, and nearly every man you meet reports that someone in his family has been ill is at present sick or has recovered. In some cases entire families were taken, and one family of twelve were down at the same time. In other instances only one in a family has been affected. Nearly all of the high school children, and children attending the grade have been ill or are still ill.

Not General Throughout County.

Reports from other sections of the county indicate that as yet they have not been visited although some few cases have been held under suspicion Deputy Sheriff Shaw visited Cottonwood this week and he reports that Cottonwood has been practically free of any cases, and that they are exercising the greatest precautions to prevent an epidemic in the city or community. A like report comes from Ferdinand, and the sections of the Clearwater and Salmon river countries. It is sincerely to be hoped that the epidemic will soon pass and that health conditions will soon regain the normal. Preset indications to that effect are good.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. October 31, 1918, page 3

To The Public.

Owing to war-times, the fact that the general public is busy at work, also the epidemic of Spanish influenza, and that I am bush with my regular work, which is essential, I shall make but little campaign for election to the office of sheriff of Idaho county. I believe that the voters of the county will appreciate the situation, and will pardon me for not again meting every voter previous to the election. My qualification for the office of sheriff, I believe, are well known to each and every one of you. My record as deputy sheriff is before you for investigation.

Sincerely, W. H. Eller

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. October 31, 1918, page 8

William Squibb Dies Monday
Death Comes to Young Man Following Attack Pneumonia.

William Clarence Squibb, who with his family are widely known in Grangeville and community died at his home north east of Grangeville Monday evening from pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Mr. Squibb and his young wife have been in a very serious condition for the past week, and Monday all hopes of his recovery had passed. The widow and her small child are still in a very serious condition at the present writing. This is the third death in the community following an attack of Spanish influenza. …
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Ferdinand

Miss Myrtle Mills, nurse at the Alcorn hospital is convalescing after a serious attack of influenza.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 31, 1918, page 1

19181031DSM1-headline
Influenza Causes Another Death In Moscow

One more death from influenza is reported today. The victim is Robert Henry of Rigby, Idaho, a member of “class B” of the S. A. T. C. He came here with the southern Idaho contingent of October 16 and was taken ill soon after arriving. He has been at a local hospital for several days and his condition has been regarded as critical. This makes the fifth death in Moscow, four of them being members of “class B” (the vocational training corps) of the S. A. T. C. Two were from Idaho and two from Wyoming. The fifth case was that of a Moscow man taken ill in the cantonment in California and invalided home.

There are believed to be no more serious cases. One that has been regarded as critical for several days is now believed to be past the danger point, although still quite sick.

Today’s report is more encouraging than that of any previous day, the number discharged as cured being twice as large as the number of new cases. There were seven new cases admitted to the hospital for the S. A. T. C, since yesterday’s report and 14 were discharged as cured.

Captain Luther Felker, commandant and head of the army work here said: “The situation is improving and we expect a steady diminution of cases from now on. We want to give special credit and thanks to the civilian doctors of Moscow, Drs. Gritman, Adair, Stevenson and Clarke, who have been working day and night, with almost no rest to help with the S. A. T. C. men in addition to their own heavy practice.”

Dr. Lieutenant Kotalik, medical officer for the soldiers, has been working almost constantly with his more than 800 men, who have had to be vaccinated and cared for as well as those who were taken sick, and Captain Felker and President Lindley give him special praise for his work, but alto give the Red Cross, under Professor Neidig, county chairman, credit for much of the success in stamping out the disease or preventing its spread to epidemic dimensions.

Today the last of the registrants of September 12, 1918, are being given their physical examination by Dr. D. F. Rae, Sheriff Campbell and J. C. VanBuskirk, with their assistants. Thirty-three men were examined yesterday and 30 today. Influenza masks are worn by the examining board and by each man admitted to the room and the greatest care is being used to prevent any influenza in this work.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 31, 1918, page 4

The influenza situation is getting better, but that is no cause for relaxation of vigilance in fighting it or in taking precautions against its further spread. Dr. Adair gives some splendid advice which should be heeded by all.
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Federal Court Term Continued Three Weeks

The term of federal court which was to have opened here next Monday has been postponed until November 25 because of the influenza situation, it being regarded by Judge Dietrick as dangerous to hold a term of court when the disease is so prevalent.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 31, 1918, page 5

City News

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Walton are victims of the epidemic. Mr. Walton is the shoe man at Davids.

D. M. Gochnour and daughter arrived today from Burley, Idaho, called by the illness of Ralph Gochnour of the S. A. T. C.

Lieut. Bloomquist, who has been ill of the influenza, is out again and will report for duty tomorrow.

Mrs. Verna Commings of Lewiston, sister of Mrs. E. St. John of this city, is reported seriously ill of pneumonia. Mrs. Cummings formerly worked in the Moscow Telephone office.
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High Prices for Hogs to Continue
Department of Agriculture Fears Dangerous Shortage of Pork Products

… The entire marketing situation has so changed since the September joint conference as to necessitate and entire alteration in the plans and price stabilization. The current peace talk has alarmed the holders of corn, and there has been a price decline of from twenty-five cents to forty cents per bushel. … This decline has spread fear among swine growers that a similar reduction in the price of hogs would naturally follow. … In view of these changed conditions many swine producers anticipated lower prices and as a result rushed their hogs to market in large numbers, and this over-shipment has added to and aggravated the decline. …

Another factor contributing to the break in prices during the month has been the influenza epidemic. It has sharply curtailed consumption of pork products and temporarily decreased the labor staff of the packers about twenty-five per cent. …
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Pleiades Club Donates Much Fruit

The Star-Mirror office is filled with canned fruits, jellies and other delicacies brought by members of the Pleiades club for the convalescent soldiers at the hospitals. The fruit completely filled a large touring car and will be sent to the boys who are recovering from influenza. It is the largest single donation from any organization to the sick soldiers who will be delighted to receive it.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 31, 1918, page 8

Mrs. E. T. Baker is ill of influenza at her home on So. Washington. Since the attack was taken charge of in time, no complications are expected.

Mrs. D. C. Livingston, who has had charge of the Inland hospital, is sick of influenza at her home on N. Polk.
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Volunteer Nurse Takes Place of Sick Doctor

Potlatch. — Owning to the fact that Dr. Givson, his wife and nurse at the Bovill hospital are ill with influenza, Mrs. Viola Nelson and her sister Mamie Gehrke, both graduates of Sacred Heart hospital at Spokane, who were visiting their parents here, have gone to Bovill to take charge of the hospital there. D. Gibson has pneumonia which followed an attack of influenza.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., October 31, 1918, page 1

19181031NPH1-headlineInfluenza Claims Four More At NezPerce.
Twelve in Town and Three from Country Taken In Scourge’s Sweep Through Community.

William Lang died at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Elmer T. Scholer died at 7:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28

Mrs. Lula G. Nichols died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Mrs. Celia B. Day died at 4:30 a.m., the same date.

This community has been called upon to witness the passing of four more citizens withing the past sic days as the result of the influenza malady which became epidemic here on Wednesday, Oct. 9. This brings the total fatalities among the town’s inhabitants up to 12, and three from the surrounding country. …
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The Plague Subsides.

The present outlook in Nezperce is that the emergency hospital, which held as many as 57 patients at one time during the past three weeks of this influenza epidemic, will be cleared Saturday. At present there are no extreme cases in the community, and conditions bid fair to improve until the normal state of good health again prevails here. This must not be taken to mean, however, that the community should in the least relax its precautions against the dread malady. On the contrary, the costly experience gained should be taken every advantage of and strict care maintained to prevent any occurrence of the dilemma. …

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., October 31, 1918, page 4

Stores Must Close at 6:00

All stores and other places of business in Idaho must be closed at 6 o’clock each evening under orders of the state health board received last night by County Health Officer Dr. E. Taylor. The only exception to the rule is the prescription department of drug stores and only prescriptions can be handled by the drug stores after 6 o’clock in the evening.

The order is effective from Oct. 29 This means the usual Saturday evening trading will be eliminated, that cigar stores, candy and ice cream parlors and all other lines of business must close promptly at 6 o’clock. This order will remain effective until an improvement in the influenza situation warrants the raising of the embargo.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., October 31, 1918, page 6

Kamiah Loses Two.

For the first time since the war began Kamiah has been called on to receive the message of a soldier’s death, which is the greatest grief that can come to a community. A double sorrow is our portion, too, for the first of the week two of Kamiah’s representatives in the army were called on to make the supreme sacrifice. Sunday evening word came of the death of Axtell Hays at Camp Fremont and the next mourning Mrs. T. A. Curtis received a message apprising her of the death of her husband at Fr. Sill, Okla. Both were victims of pneumonia, superinduced by the influenza.

Axtell Hays was one of the best known Indian boys of the Nezperce reservation. He was the son of Mrs. Anna Hayes, his father being the late Alex Hayes, and uncles, Jas. and Harry Hayes, all leaders of Nez Perce affairs. Axtell was educated at Carlisle.

Axtell was born in Kamiah 28 years ago and excepting when away at school, spent his entire life here. Besides his widowed mother he leaves two sisters and three brothers – Mrs. Adair Harsche, Edna, Joseph, Noah and Andrew Hays.

The remains of Tom Curtis were shipped to his old home — Lisbon, N. D. – for burial, and Mrs. Curtis and the children left for that place Tuesday morning to attend the funeral. He was born in Janesville, Wis., March 2, 1876.

– Kamiah Progress.
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Local News

Winchester reports the influenza situation well in hand there, and no threatened serious results from the outbreak.

Fourteen cases of influenza were reported from the Steele section – eight being at the home of Chas. Coon, but all are recovering satisfactorily.

John A. Conger, student in the Washington University at Seattle, returned home Sunday to await the reopening of the U. which is closed on account of the influenza epidemic.

Miss Frances Jacobs and her cousin, Miss Alvina Jacobs, students in the Lewiston high school, returned to the former’s home here yesterday as the schools there have closed because of the influenza.

Leo. L. Robertson, 75th Inf., Headquarters Division, Camp Lewis, came home last night, having been given a 30-day leave of absence at the urgent request of Mayor Stoufer and this community, to relieve the local congested condition in the pharmacy service during the influenza epidemic.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 31 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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1918Atlantic21-a
Red Cross Motor Corps members on duty during the influenza epidemic in the United States, in St. Louis, Missouri, in October of 1918. National Archives

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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Idaho Newspaper clippings October 22 – 25, 1918

1918Atlantic20-a
A girl stands next to her sister, who is lying in bed, in November of 1918. The young girl became so worried that she telephoned the Red Cross Home Service, which came to help the woman fight the influenza virus. Library of Congress via AP

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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American Falls Press. October 22, 1918, page 1

19181022AFP1-headline
Hundred and Fourteen Cases of Influenza Reported in Rockland and Vicinity.

One hundred and fourteen cases of influenza are reported from Rockland and vicinity, with no doctor nearer than American Falls. The state board of health has been appealed to to supply nurses, and has sent word that one trained nurse will be sent today if possible.

The disease has gotten a start in the Arbon country with no doctor within forty miles. West of the river it is reported there are suspected cases.

In American Falls the number of cases is small as yet, but there may be many very soon.

The entire family of Charles Goss, who occupies the M. D. Drake residence, is down with it and this morning appealed to the local Red Cross for a nurse. There is no graduate nurse available. Mrs. J. M. Booth, who has had some instruction, it is understood, will be sent.

Dr. Noth has the most serious case in town. He is being attended by Dr. Schiltz and Dr. Mackinnon comes down from Aberdeen as often as he has the time to do so. Noth was reported slightly better this morning, having been able to retain a little liquid food and get a little sleep, but is it said that he will be in bed two weeks yet if no more complications set in.

All the schools in the state have been closed by the state board of health. All the courts are closed, it is said, except such matters as can be heard in chambers and every effort is being made to keep the disease from getting beyond control by suppressing meetings, gathering and assemblages of all kinds.

The situation is serious enough to require the earnest co-operation of all in carrying out the instructions of the local board. It is not improbable that it will be much worse.
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Notice to Patrons of the American Falls Schools.

In view of the closing of the schools on account of the Spanish influenza, the Board of Trustees desire to impress upon the patrons the necessity of keeping their children at home as much as possible, so as to lessen the danger as much as possible.

Done by order of the Board.
R. F. Noth, Chairman.
R. O. Jones, Clerk.
Dated this 18th day of Oct., 1918.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 22, 1918, page 4

People and Events.

Elmer Nye is a victim of influenza. He is getting along all right but will be confined to his home for several days.

Dr. Noth, who has been confined to his home for the past several days with influenza, suffered a relapse yesterday. Miss Virginia Nunnelly, who has been visiting in Salt Lake for several weeks, has been summoned to help care for him.

Mrs. R. Foster Lamm took down with influenza Saturday night. Mr. Lamm is just able to be up from an attack.
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Arbon Valley News.

Mr. Myler had been in ill health for several months past, and a few days before his death, contracted Spanish influenza, of which he died.

John Bowen received word last wee, that his son, David, was quite ill at Malad, with Spanish influenza. Later reports are that he is getting along nicely.

Central school opened here two weeks ago, with Mr. Perry H. Howell as teacher. But due to the Spanish influenza it was thought advisable to close last Friday until further notice. There are no cases in the school here yet.

The little baby of Mr, and Mrs. Eric Young, a few miles northeast of Arbon, died Saturday morning in a Pocatello hospital of influenza.
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To the Voters of Power County:

As I am a candidate for the office of Probate Judge of Power County, on the republican ticket and the present conditions existing in the country on account of the Spanish influenza not justifying a campaign of the country, I wish to say that any support that the voters of the county will see fit to give me will be appreciated, and I assure you that if elected my aim shall be to so conduct the business of the office in a fair and just manner, without prejudice or partiality, which with my previous experience I feel that I am qualified to do.

Very respectfully,
R. O. Jones
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One death is reported from influenza at Rockland, the child of a Mr. Allen. There are many cases there.

Dr. MacKinnon was here from Aberdeen today and was sent out to see four influenza cases. So great has been the demand that H. F. Fitzpatrick has gone out wherever he could be of service.
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Court Postponed.

The term of the Federal court has been postponed until Monday, November 11th. Jurors are excused until that date or until further notice. this is on account of the influenza quarantine.
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source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 22, 1918, page 5

Letters From Power County Soldiers.

Auditor Bullfinch has received the following letter from the boys who left for Moscow last week:

Section B. S. A. T. C. Moscow, Idaho

Dear Sir: — We are at the barracks tonight all well and happy as can be. We had a fine trip coming up and have enjoyed ourselves every minute.

Our bunk house is an old livery barn remodeled. The mess house is a machine shop. They are both very comfortable and well arranged. The eats are very plain but we have all we want. Out of the three days we have been here there have lots of the fellows taken sick. Only five cases of influenza as yet. The men are immediately moved from the barracks to the hospital. Every day we have to take everything out of the barracks, clean everything up spick and span, to prevent all sickness possible.

The company of three hundred fellows here seem to be a fine crowd of boys. We have some very fine officers even if they are strict as the deuce, and bawl a fellow out every chance they get.

We are quarantined to the barracks for twenty-one days at the least, so there is no running around for us for some time.

The army life is no picnic but is good enough for us. We are proud that we are able to pass the examinations and give our service to Uncle Sam.

Very truly yours,
Thomas Davie,
Andress Watts,
Earl Cooper.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 22, 1918, page 1

War Summary

Spanish Influenza grows worse in Salt Lake, spreading from east to westward.
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Improving

The Misses Nita and Grace Bingham of Groveland, who have been ill with the influenza, are now much improved.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 22, 1918, page 2

Returned Home

The Misses Marie and Genevieve Millick returned home the last of the week from Missoula, Mont., where they have been attending the university.

The university has been closed on account of the influenza.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 22, 1918, page 4

Grandview

Our school closed Friday for a two week’s vacation, which will enable the school children to help dig potatoes and harvest beets without missing any school.

Luther Saterfield drove to Pocatello Tuesday to take his sister, Mrs. Wm. Watts, over to help care for their brother’s A. Y. Satterfield’s family. A number of them have the Spanish Influenza. One child was taken to the hospital. Hopes for recovery were very doubtful.

Arnold Nugent and wife are among the sick, also Joe Maxwell, the symptoms resemble Influenza.

L. A. Watts is another victim of the grip.

Mr. MacKinnon was out to see the sick in this section Thursday evening.

Miss Lila Hutchingson was on the sick list the latter part of the week.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 22, 1918, page 5

Local News

Miss Thelma Vaughn returned to her home in Aberdeen the last of the week, and will spend some time visiting with her parents. Miss Vaughn has been attending school in Pocatello, but the school is closed on account of the influenza.

George Miltenberger received work Thursday night of the death of his brother, Reid, who died of Spanish Influenza in one of the training camps in California.

Miss Vera Benzley returned to her home in Blackfoot Friday from Salt Lake. Miss Benzley had been attending school in Salt Lake, but on account of the influenza, was compelled to return home. She states that the epidemic is serious there.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 22, 1918, page 7

Idaho Budget

The Idaho Falls school board on October 15, decided to close all departments of the school until the quarantine for Spanish Influenza has been raised. Several mild cases of the epidemic have developed in this vicinity, two of them being transients. The country schools have not been closed.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Republican. October 22, 1918, page 8

Annual Meeting Postponed.

The annual Red Cross meeting advertised for Wednesday, October 23, has been postponed indefinitely. The meeting can not be held until the influenza epidemic is under complete control, and the date will be announced later.
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Death of S. E. Roundy

S. E. Roundy, age twenty-nine years, died at his home here Wednesday night of influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Roundy is well-known and respected by his many acquaintances.

Deceased is survived by a father, mother, his wife and four children. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved relatives.

Funeral services where held at the Groveland cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

source: The Idaho Republican. (Blackfoot, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 22, 1918, page 1

Close All the County Schools
Over 200 Cases of Spanish Influenza In The County Now

County Physician E. E. Fry was notified by wire yesterday by the state board of health that all the schools of the county should be closed immediately until further orders on the account of the Spanish influenza. This action was taken because the epidemic is spreading alarmingly in many localities and in some instances the physicians have failed to report cases.

The same instructions were received by County Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Flood and she immediately notified the school trustees of the various districts.

Drs. Fry and Keller report that there are many cases of influenza in this county. At least 115 cases have been cared for in Bonners Ferry alone though but few have been more than mild cases. There are at least 50 people of Bonners Ferry confined to their beds at this time with the disease and in the county there are about 150 more cases.
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Call for Nurses Now

Mrs. H. A. Gale, chairman of the Red Cross auxiliary, announces that the women of this county who signed up last spring to serve as nurses as their services were required by the government, are now needed on account of the Spanish influenza epidemics and that application blanks are now at the Red Cross headquarters. All who registered last spring are requested to come to the Red Cross rooms on Wednesday afternoon between the hours of two and five o’clock to sign the applications.
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Oscar Brieman Dead

Oscar Brieman, a laborer employed at the camp of the Idaho Gold and Ruby Mining company at Lenia, died Wednesday of pneumonia. The funeral was held at the camp Sunday and services were conducted by Rev. E. R. Henderson. Interment was had in the camp cemetery.

The deceased was 34 years of age and is survived by a wife and five children. He as a native of South Dakota.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 22, 1918, page 2

Idaho News Paragraphs

Sandpoint has been touched by lightly by the influenza, there having been not to exceed 29 cases up to the present.

With a total of 19 cases of Spanish influenza under treatment at Wallace, health officials believe that the stringent measures taken to prevent its spread are yielding the desired results.

A second contingent of physicians and nurses organized by the workers of the Lewiston chapter of the Red Cross recently visited Nez Perce to help in handling the influenza epidemic which has been raging there.

All Schools Closed.

All public and private schools in Idaho have been ordered closed for an indefinite period by the state board of health. The order, which went to all county health officers, became effective Saturday. It applies to schools of religious denominations as well. District courts are expected to close except to hear arguments. The epidemic of Spanish influenza is given as the cause.

Students attending state educational institutions who are living on the institution’s ground are quarantined and will continue their studies. Those who are no can not continue to attend school, the state department holds.

There are now between 1000 and 1500 cases of influenza in Idaho. Conditions are bad at Pocatello, where the greatest increase is shown. Plummer has appealed to the state board for assistance, there being between 40 and 50 cases there and no physicians. An appeal was also received from Nez Perce, reciting the epidemic was spreading. One new case was reported in Ada county, two in Madison and 1-5 in Gooding.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 22, 1918, page 6

Larue McPherson Writes

… Mrs. Mildred McPherson is with her husband at Camp Lewis and is an attache of the Hostess house. Nearly every place at the camp and in the nearby cities is closed up on account of influenza and the soldiers are not allowed to go to Seattle.

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Bonners Ferry Herald. October 22, 1918, page 7

Local Pick-ups

Mrs. H. I. Monks has been sick the past week with Spanish influenza.

J. A. Transeau has been confined to his home for some time with an attack of Spanish influenza.

P. B. Duffy died at his home in Spokane Sunday of Spanish influenza. The deceased was formerly in business here and conducted the Bonner Bakery about three years ago with his partner, Mr. Bowling, tho whom he later sold his interests.
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19181022BFH1-headlineASpanish “Flu” Spreads Rapidly

According to late reports issued by State and Federal health authorities the Spanish Influenza epidemic is rapidly spreading to all parts of the country, and it now seems that practically every state in the Union will be seriously affected before it runs its course.

It has not only become a great and terrifying menace to the public health, but unless checked, it is apt to seriously affect the progress of war work in all its various departments. Already the Shipping Board has announced that ten per cent of its workers had been affected.

The disease has made its greatest progress in the East where it has claimed its victims by the thousands. Reports from other sections, however, are equally alarming; and both civil and military authorities have warned the public to take every precaution to prevent its further spread. In many cities schools, churches and theatres have been closed and public gatherings of all kinds forbidden.

Medical authorities agree that people who are weak and rundown are the earliest victims of the Influenza epidemic. If you find yourself tired, weak and losing flesh, or if you are in a generally run-down condition, or if you catch cold easily this warning should be heeded promptly. You are really in great danger, because the germ of this disease is very catching and you are apt to fall an easy victim if you come in contact with the germs. People who are well and strong are not likely to contract the disease because they are able to throw it off. The common-sense way to- keep from taking it is to fortify the system against attack by building up the constitution. …

source: Bonners Ferry Herald. (Bonners Ferry, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 22, 1918, page 1

Draft Calls to be Resumed.

Washington – Draft calls, which were suspended three weeks ago because of influenza epidemic are now going out again in certain zones where the surgeon’s office has decided it is safe to send men to the cantonments.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 22, 1918, page 2

Another Moscow Soldier Died Of Influenza

Lawrence A. Stephenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stephenson, of Moscow Mountain, is dead of influenza. The body will reach here tomorrow, it is believed and be buried here. The young man died at Port Angeles, in the extreme northwestern part of Washington, where he has been employed in the spruce division. The funeral will be held at the grave. The Rev. Mr. Smith, Norwegian Lutheran minister will have charge. The date of the funeral cannot be given until it is definitely learned when the body will reach Moscow.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 22, 1918, page 3

City News

Dr. J. J. Harrington, who came here recently from the state of Washington to practice medicine in Moscow, left this afternoon for Nezperce where he will assist in caring for that stricken city which has an influenza epidemic.
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Chamber of Commerce Will Have No Lunch Tomorrow

Owing to the orders forbidding public meetings while the influenza or grip is prevalent in the state, the chamber of commerce will not have its noon day luncheon tomorrow (Tuesday). There will be no further meeting of the chamber until the ban on public meetings is removed.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 22, 1918, page 4

Ohio Suffering From Influenza
Moscow Woman Writes of Conditions in That State – Epidemic Terrible

Glen Grice is in receipt of a letter from Mrs. Grice, who is at Columbus, Ohio, where the influenza is taking terrible toll. She writes that in 24 hours there were 163 deaths in Columbus alone and that the total of deaths in Ohio from the disease has reached 7,000.

Mrs. Grice says that there were 100 new cases in one day at one hospital in Columbus and conditions are so bad that the authorities are begging for women to help care for the sick. It is impossible to secure enough nurses and any woman who can work and help is urged to respond to the calls for women to care for the sick and dying. Despite the strictest regulations of quarantine the disease got a start and has spread like wild fire through the state.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 22 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 23, 1918, page 1

19181023DSM1-headline
Influenza Situation in Moscow Shows Improvement

Reports of the influenza situation in Moscow today are indeed gratifying. There are fewer cases than yesterday, the number discharged as cured being in excess of the new cases. There have been no deaths and none of the cases are regarded as serious excepting that of Robert Foss, of Wyoming, who was ill when he reached here and has developed a severe case of pneumonia. He is being given the best of care at a local hospital.

Lieutenant-Dr. Kotalik, of the army, who has charge of the cases in the S. A. T. C. and the vocational training school, with more than 800 men enrolled, reports five new cases yesterday and three new cases up to noon today, with eight discharged as cured yesterday and three discharged as cured today, a reduction of three cases in the two days.

Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, reports one new case today, four yesterday, five Monday, none Sunday and none Saturday, while many of those who were taken ill last week are now regarded as cured. Many of them were only seen by the doctor once. Dr. Adair says that none of the cases are regarded as dangerous.

The situation is well in hand. The university authorities are doing their best to check it. Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the university, states that an official report will be made through The Star-Mirror every day and nothing will be kept from the public. He requests that parents of men who are reported sick remain away as the quarantine rules forbid outsiders calling on them.

Dr. Holland, president of Washington State College, at Pullman, and Dr. Lindley had a conference today and agreed that visiting between the schools will be prohibited. None of the students from the university will be permitted to visit Pullman, where the disease is spreading and where there have been eight deaths within 48 hours. Pullman students will not be permitted to visit the university. People not connected with the university are requested to remain away from it as the quarantine rules forbid them going upon the campus.

It is believed that the situation is very favorable and with the cooperation of the people will soon be under complete control.
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Pullman Has Eight Deaths.

Pullman, Wash. — Four deaths yesterday and three last night from pneumonia, have resulted in closing the state college in all departments, both S. A. T. C. and regular classes, for an indefinite period, as well as the issuing of more stringent emergency measures for the city by the city health officer. Of the four who died yesterday three. Messrs. Ridell; Wylie and Hardy, were members of the vocational training department of the S. A. T. C., while the fourth was Miss Ida Littleton, an employee of Robinson’s bakery. Those who died last night were Sergeant Harry C. Hartman, Walla Walla; Frank M. Colcord, Pullman, and David Roy, Dayton.

Sergeant Hartman came to Pullman with the first contingent, and was retained here as an instructor for the second and third groups. A few days ago he was appointed to an officers’ training school and was to leave as soon as he was able to travel. Private Colcord was formerly connected with the college of agriculture of the state college as an instructor and entered the vocational school with the third detachment. Private Roy of Dayton had been connected with the detachment but a short time.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 23, 1918, page 2

We Must Obey The Quarantine.

A Moscow woman called our attention to the fact that the quarantine is being treated lightly in Moscow and that many well-meaning persons violate some of the rules almost daily. She calls attention to the danger of these thoughtless actions.

The prohibiting of public meetings means that all such meetings are forbidden and that visiting should he indulged in very little, if any. We would all have liked to have heard the lectures at the university last week, but it was safer to not try to evade the rules.

Pullman delayed enforcing its quarantine until the disease had spread throughout the college and eight lives have been sacrificed since Sunday morning. Nezperce in stricken and eight deaths have occurred there.

Baltimore is rejoicing because there were only 170 deaths from influenza yesterday. Spokane has more than 1400 cases. The conditions are serious. Moscow has been very fortunate, due, no doubt, to the desire of the people to cooperate with the health officers in upholding the quarantine rules. As a result the encouraging report of five new cases yesterday and three new cases up to noon today, with eight discharged as cured yesterday and three discharged as cured this forenoon, has been issued. Let us all do our part to maintain the regulations and wipe out this scourge as soon as possible.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 23, 1918, page 5

City News

Mrs. A. H. Pell came to see her son, Allen Spauldig, of the S. A. T. C., who is sick in the hospital. She says she found him in the best of hands, receiving the best of care with every chance of recovering from the attack of influenza. Mrs. Pell will return immediately to her home.

E. J. Smithson of Colfax will leave Friday for Fort Warden, Wash., where the soldiers are now taken instead of Camp Lewis, on account of the prevalence of influenza.

Samuel F. Fuller, our veteran painter, received word of the death of his youngest brother, Charles Fuller, of Newport, Canada, who died of Spanish influenza.
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source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 23 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. October 24, 1918, page 1

19181024GG1-headlineCourt Closes On Account Of Flu

The September term of the district court adjourned sine die Friday and all remaining eases on the calendar will automatically hold over until the February, 1919, term.

In order to cooperate with the health authorities in preventing the spread of Spanish Influenza and for the general public benefit Judge Wallace N. Scales decided upon a closing order. The few cases which demanded immediate action were rushed through and the judge signed the minutes closing the term until next spring.
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19181024GG2-headlineFlu Epidemic Widespread in County
All Schools in the County, Both Public and Private Ordered Closed.
250 Cases Reported
Health Authorities Take All Possible Precautions to Prevent Further Spread.

All public meetings including public and private schools throughout the county are closed on account of the “flu” epidemic.

It had been intended to close the schools on Friday evening of last week, but the discovery of a case or two of influenza among the high school students caused a sudden change of plans and the children came trooping home about the middle of the forenoon, Friday, most of them hilarious over their unexpected vacation. Three or four of the teachers have had the influenza this week as have a considerable number of the high school students and a few of the grade children. Most of the cases are mild.

On Sunday evening Margaret Sweet, county superintendent, received a telegram from the state board of health ordering all schools. public and private closed until further notice. It has been difficult to get the word to some of the remote districts, but about all of them have been reached. May of the teachers have returned to their homes. No cases of influenza have so far (Thursday) been reported from White Bird, Doumecq Joseph Plains, although there are a few cases above Meadows and one death in that section on Wednesday night.

It Is reported that there are some 250 cases under observation in the city and county and that one death has resulted from complications following the disease.

The health officers wish to especially impress it upon the public that the action taken is precautionary and that children permitted to roam the streets are in greater danger than they would be in school. No child should be allowed to come down town or go about the neighborhood except upon legitimate errands. Children found down town without a reason will be taken home in custody of an officer. So far no cases of pneumonia have developed in connection with these cases but it is only good sense to observe reasonable precautions. Some of these that are especially recommended for children is to cleanse the throat regularly with some antiseptic solution such as Listerine or peroxide reduced one-half, and spray the nostrils with weaker solutions of some sort. In the absence of other remedies it solution of salt and water is beneficial. Plenty of fresh air without exposure is also a great factor both as a preventative measure and keeping up the general resistance of the body.
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Local Hospital Open.

The local hospital is to be opened under the direction of Dr. Stockton. It is being placed in shape today, Friday, after which it will be open to the public.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. October 24, 1918, page 4

Salmon River News

Miss Chloe Berry, bookkeeper at the Salmon River State Bank was confined to her home several days this week owing to an attack of the influenza.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Grangeville Globe. October 24, 1918, page 8

Miss Florence Woods of last year’s Junior class in the local high school is finishing the course at the Lewis & Clark High school in Spokane. She returned home when the Spokane schools were closed on account of the influenza.

Three days after she arrived in Grangeville, to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Lucy Buescher died early Wednesday morning of pneumonia, following Spanish influenza. Mrs. Buescher arrived in Grangeville Sunday morning from Chicago, to be present at the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Mary Arnold, who died last week.

source: The Grangeville Globe. (Grangeville, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., October 24, 1918, page 1

19181024LCT1-headlineDisease is More Deadly Than War
More American Fatalities From New Epidemic Here Than From German Guns in France

Within three short weeks Spanish Influenza has developed and spread so widely and rapidly that America’s death roll here at home is greater than of all of her huge armies in Europe. Moreover, the number of prostrations from this disease from day to day in America is probably greater than the combined casualty lists of all of the fighting forces engaged in this great World War. The number of cases in New York City alone has increased from a total of 47 cases to 4,293 new case and 393 deaths in a single day. Moreover, the statement is said to have been made by a prominent physician – Dr. Goldwater – that the actual number of cases in New York is about half a million.

This is not intended as an alarmist statement but is simply a brief summary of facts currently reported in the daily press. While there is every reason for swift action in the erection of effective barriers against the spread of this malady.
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Elizabeth Arps Bower Victim of Dread Disease
Former Jerome Young Lady Passes Away After Short Illness

On Monday morning A. W. Arps received a telegram announcing the death of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Bower, which occurred that day at Bower was sick but a short time with the influenza, which developed into pneumonia and soon sapped the life threads of the young lady. …
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Grim Reaper Claims Mrs. Hellema Schendal
Appleton Lady is Victim of Spanish Influenza

At her home north of Appleton on last Monday morning, October 20th, occurred the death of Mrs. Hellema Strobel Schendal, wife of Antoine Schendal, from the effects of Spanish influenza, which developed into pneumonia.

Deceased was sick but a few days and, although every thing was done to check the disease, the young woman was not spared. …

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Lincoln County Times., October 24, 1918, page 4

Eldorado Heights

The meetings of the Eldorado Heights Civic Club has been temporarily discontinued by order of the health officer, on account of the influenza epidemic.
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Arcadia Valley

Mr. Willson has had word that Bert has an attack of influenza.
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Smallpox is preventable. Get vaccinated.
– Health Officer.

source: Lincoln County Times. (Jerome, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Payette Enterprise., October 24, 1918, page 1

Court House News

Notice has been received by the Local Board that Harold Golden and Lester Hooker have been accepted for induction into the U. S. Marine Corps and these boys will be inducted as soon as competent Orders arrive.

Physical examination was considerably delayed on Wednesday on account of the Doctors being so busy. Considerable influenza has developed in the community in the last few days.

source: Payette Enterprise. (Payette, Canyon Co., Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 24, 1918, page 1

19181024EI1-headlineAll Schools Are Closed
Precautions Taken to Guard Against Influenza

County Superintendent Ella Breshears received a telegram Saturday from the State Board of Health ordering that all schools be closed, whereupon the following order was issued: “Pursuant to law and in compliance with directions from the Idaho State Board of Health, it is hereby ordered that all public schools within Gem county, be and remain closed from and after date of this order; and that this order shall be and remain effective until released by said state board of health. This order is designed to prevent the further spread of the disease known as Spanish influenza.”

The order was made applicable to private and church schools as well as public schools. Many of the teachers and students of both city and country schools returned to their homes, while some took the opportunity to visit friends near by. Dr. Cummings, city health officer, states that locally there are few, if any cases, and with sensible precaution on the part of the general public it is hoped to prevent the epidemic getting any hold here. There are a few cases at Bramwell, in the Tom Clark family.
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Miss Minnie Pipher write from the Naval hospital near Breammerton that influenza is working havoc among their sailors and nurses. She mentioned meeting Wayne Keith, a brother of W. S., who is stationed there at present.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 24, 1918, page 4

Emmett News

From a registered government nurse, Thawt Gaigle, at Seattle, here is a preventive which every family can use unsparingly: 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of soda dissolved in 6 ounces of water, used frequently as a gargle will keep the throat cleansed and less susceptible to influenza germs.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 24, 1918, page 5

Emmett News

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Jensen and daughter Irene and Mrs. Lou Burton drove to Caldwell Sunday to bring home Miss Karen, who has been attending the College of Idaho. She states there are a few cases of influenza in the school.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Emmett Index. October 24, 1918, page 10

Letha

School was closed in District 21 in compliance with the state orders Monday.

Mr. Hoyt received word day before yesterday of the death of his oldest son in Mississippi, where he was running a garage. Spanish influenza was the cause of his death.

The Tom Clark family have the Spanish influenza. They went to Boise to see a cousin lately arrived from California and brought it back with them.

source: The Emmett Index. (Emmett, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. October 24, 1918, page 1

19181024ICFP1-headline
Two Deaths from Spanish Influenza Here; 50 Cases
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Epidemic is Believed to Have Reached Crest; Red Cross Aids in Many Cases; Dr. Scallon Ill
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Physician in Bed With Cold Due to Constant Work, Day and Night
Business At Standstill
Mrs. Lucy Buescher and John S. Yates Die – Situation Shows Improvement, Says Health Officer

Two deaths from Spanish influenza and more than fifty cases constitutes a summary of the situation in Grangeville and vicinity. Those who have died are:

Mrs. Lucy Buescher, of Chicago, who was here to attend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Mary Arnold.

John S, Yates, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Yates, residing a mile northwest of Grangeville.

Dr. G. S. Stockton, county health officer, Thursday morning declared fifty cased to be a conservative estimate of the number in and near Grangeville. He declared, however, that the situation is satisfactory, and that few new cases are developing. He believes the epidemic has reached its crest.

Dr. P. J. Scallon, fatigued by calls that have been answered day and night, was in bed all day Thursday with a cold, which borders on influenza. He was ill earlier in the week, but had partially recovered and for two days had resumed his practice, when he was obliged to again take to his bed.

Business Quiet in Grangeville.

Business in Grangeville has been practically at a standstill, since Monday. Few persons are on the streets. Those who appear in the business section of the city are there for business only, and immediately their business is transacted, return to their homes. Customary night crowds are not in evidence.

Crowds no longer gather about the postoffice and await distribution of the evening mail. The postoffice lobby has been so strongly disinfected that no one can long remain therein.

Gauze masks are worn by many employees of business houses in the city, to prevent contraction of the contagion. Masks were first used Saturday evening, on recommendation of Mayor Edmundson as a precaution. Frank McGrane, manager of the Alexander-Freidenrich department store, announced that the masks would be distributed free to all applicants, and many were given out. Masks are worn in the stores and n the streets. Saturday night more ban half the persons who were on the streets wore the gauze masks about the nose and mouth.

Big Trade for Drug Stores.

The lull in business circles of the city is such as has never before been experienced in the annals of Grangeville. The drug stores, however, are having an unprecedented trade, selling large quantities of all kinds of disinfectants and preventatives to be used to disinfect residences and business establishments, and as gargles by persons who feel that may have been exposed to the contagion and contracted the germ.

Floyd Swank, printer for the Grangeville Globe was the first person in Grangeville to come down with the disease. He was taken ill last week. At first his case was not thought to be Spanish influenza, but later it was diagnosed as such. He has recovered.

Mayor T. E. Edmondson, who Saturday afternoon issued to the public a request that, as a precautionary measure, everyone wear a gauze mask, was himself stricken with Spanish influenza, on Sunday. His daughter, Genevieve, a high school pupil, was the first member of the family to be taken ill, and her case was followed by every member of the Edmundson family coming down with the contagion. Their cases were pronounced as not serious.

I. E. Zuver, auctioneer, is said to have had the disease in a mild form. He was at home all day Wednesday.

Laundrymen Are Stricken.

Mr. and Mrs. Madison Myers both were stricken with the disease. Mr. Myers, who is one of the proprietors of the Electric laundry, was taken ill Friday, after he had handled laundry work from Nezperce, where the epidemic claimed a number of lives. Mrs. Myers was stricken the day following. Mr. Myers’ condition for a time was considered serious, but the crisis was reached Sunday night and he now is said to be on the road to recovery.

Charles Smith, the other proprietor of the Electric laundry, also was taken ill on Friday.

Because both proprietors of the laundry were bedfast, Charles R. Campbell, landlord of the Imperial hotel, took charge of the Electric laundry, in order that laundry work for the hotel might be turned out.

Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Wright are ill with the disease. Mr. Wright was taken ill on Monday and Mrs. Wright the day following. Mr. Wright is associated with the Wright Grocery company. George Willey, also a member of the firm, is ill.

Public Schools Are Shut.

The public schools were closed Friday morning, and public gatherings of every nature, have been forbidden. Strangers are reluctant to visit the city, and also are not welcomed, for it is felt in some quarters that the epidemic was brought to Grangeville by persons from outside points who unknowingly were suffering from the disease.

Grangeville physicians have since Friday been busy day and night, caring for patients, and have worked to almost the point of utter exhaustion.

Dr. P. J. Scallon contracted the disease early in the week. He had the contagion in a mild form, and although not fully recovered, on Tuesday was about his business, calling on the afflicted.

Mr. and Mrs, Walter McAdams are among those who early came down with the epidemic. Mr. McAdams was taken ill Saturday, and Monday Mrs. McAdams became ill. Mr. McAdams had planned on leaving Sunday morning for Spokane to enlist in the tank service of the U. S. army.

More Coffins Are Ordered.

Anticipating a possible large number of deaths, such as occurred in Nezperce, and found the city without coffins, Undertaker A. .J. Maugg on Tuesday wired for an additional supply of coffins.

Extraordinary precaution is being taken everywhere in and around Grangeville to prevent spread of Spanish influenza, and it is believed the high point in the epidemic has been reached.

Much good work has been done by the Grangeville branch of the American Red Cross in combating the epidemic. Nurses have been provided for homes in which two or more members of the family are ill, and hospital supplies have been furnished. Many Grangeville women have volunteered as nurses.

The Grangeville hospital which has not been in use for several months, is being fitted up as an isolation hospital for persons suffering from influenza. It is believed that if patients can be removed to the hospital the cases can be better treated than in the separate homes.

Grangeville has not quarantined cases of Spanish influenza. In Boise, a strict quarantine is enforced on all cases.

L. F. Zimmerman of Kooskia was the first Idaho county resident to die of Spanish influenza. Mr. Zimmerman succumbed on Tuesday of last week in his home in Kooskia. He is believed to have contracted the disease while at work in Nezperce. He was a concrete brick manufacturer.

Influenza in County Jail

Two prisoners in the county jail have been stricken with the malady. R. W. Bignell, Non-partisan league organizer, and Howard Bullard are the prisoners who are ill.

Sheriff Lafe Yates has Spanish influenza, as has Night Jailer John Byrom.

W. E. Reed, Republican nominee for sheriff, is reported critically ill of pneumonia, at his home in Whitebird.

Miss Dorothy Barker, local operator for the Western Union Telegraph company, is ill. The telegraph office on Wednesday was closed, and physicians declare Miss Barker will be unable to return to her duties for a week or more.

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Idaho County Free Press. October 24, 1918, page 5

Whitebird

Mrs. Lyle who was here visiting her daughter, Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Kennedy, was called to Grangeville to nurse her daughter, Mrs. Lee Yates, and two nephews, who were ill with Spanish influenza. Word was received that John Yates died shortly after his grandmother arrived.
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Funeral For James B. White
Services Are Held at the Grave in Prairie View Cemetery.

Funeral services for James B. White, county auditor of Lewis county, and former resident of Grangeville, were held Friday afternoon of last week at the grave in Prairie View cemetery. Mr. White died of Spanish influenza in Nezperce, on October 15. The funeral services were simple, but impressive. … Mr. White was born in Washington county, Ark., and was 35 years old. …
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Influenza Takes John Yates
High School Boy Succumbs to Disease in Home Near Town

John S. Yates, 16 year old, a sophomore in the Grangeville high school, died early Tuesday morning in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Yates, a mile northwest of Grangeville. Death was caused by pneumonia, following Spanish influenza. He had been at school on the previous Thursday. …

source: Idaho County Free Press. (Grangeville, Idaho Territory), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 24, 1918, page 1

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Influenza Situation Is Improving Daily

The situation in Moscow is satisfactory. The influenza patients are recovering. While among the S. A. T. C. and vocational training men there have been 16 new cases admitted to the hospitals and only four released as cured, the real situation is not nearly as bad as this would indicate, for a large number are expected to be released tomorrow and some of those sent to the hospital are only “suspicious” cases and may not develop into influenza at all. To this care and forethought, which takes every case as soon as it becomes suspicious and gives it the best of care, is probably due the fact that there have been no deaths in Moscow.

There are two cases of pneumonia that are very serious and little hope of their recovery is held out. The men are named Davis and Cross and both hail from Wyoming. They were ill when they reached here. Dr. Kotalik, the medical lieutenant in charge of the men in the barracks which includes the vocational training corps at the harvester works and the Stewart building as well as those at the University of Idaho, is working almost day and night and has the situation well in hand.

Every physician in town, Drs. Rae, Adair, Grit man, Clarke and their assistants are doing all in their power to curb the spread of the disease and care for those afflicted with it. Dr. E. H. Lindley, president of the university, is getting little rest or sleep. He is giving his personal attention to the comfort and care and welfare of the men and is trying to see that they lack for nothing needed for their comfort.

The people of Moscow are doing splendidly. They have provided more than 100 beds, with comfortable bedding for the hospitals and for the men in the barracks. Delay in securing the cots that had been ordered made it necessary for Moscow people to provide beds and this has been freely done. One woman contributed five pairs of blankets. The soldiers have sent their thanks to the people and have asked The Star-Mirror to convey their heartfelt thanks for many acts of kindness and courtesy by Moscow men and women.

In Moscow, outside of the university and vocational training school, five new cases, all among children, are reported by Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer up to the time of going to press. Dr. Adair wants to impress on the people the absolute necessity of keeping children at home while the epidemic is in Moscow.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 24, 1918, page 2

Moscow has done nobly in caring for the sick during the influenza epidemic and the results of this splendid cooperative work is apparent. Pullman, with a much smaller population, has had 11 deaths from influenza. Moscow has had none. No sacrifice is too great if by it a life is saved.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Daily Star-Mirror., October 24, 1918, page 3

City News

Miss Margaret Roberts of Boise has returned from an anticipated political tour of Camas prairie country, on account of the epidemic of influenza. Miss Roberts went to her home today.

Earl St. John of Davids’ is receiving many photographs of soldier boys for his patriotic window display. Mrs. St. John heard through a sister in the east of the influenza situation. In Philadelphia and Albany, N. Y., the restaurants are closed and even the street cars have suspended operations.

source: The Daily Star-Mirror. (Moscow, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., October 24, 1918, page 1

19181024NH1-headlineThe Toll.
Influenza Claims Seven More Victims Here. – Total Eleven in Two Weeks.

Six more citizens of Nezperce have been added to list of fatalities from the present influenza epidemic since last Thursday. Up to that time four had succumbed here.

Given in the order of their passing, the six later victims were:

John Milner, who died at 8:30 o’clock Friday night, Oct. 18.

Mr. Frank Thompson, who died at 9:25 o’clock the same evening.

Carl Philip Price, who died at 12:30 o’clock, Saturday morning, October 19th.

Mrs. Flornee Fern Drake, who died at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21st.

John Schwingler, who died 9 o’clock Tuesday evening, Oct. 22nd.

Mrs. Sue Bywaters, who died at 9:10 o’clock. Wednesday evening, October 23.

Edwin R. Garvin, who died at 8 p.m., Thursday night, Oct. 24.
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Stop the Influenza
Lewis County Knows by Bitter Experience That the “Stitch in Time” Rule Especially Applies to This Scourge
County Health Board, Doctors and Mayors of Stricken Communities Urge Attention to Following Instructions.
Disease Seldom Serious Where Proper Precautions Taken – Fatalities Mostly Due to Neglect.
Read These Rules on How to Avoid Influenza and Treat Those Who Have It

If you feel a sudden chill, followed by muscular pain, headache, backache, unusual tiredness and fever, go to bed at once.
See that there is enough bed clothing to keep you warm.
Open all windows in your bedroom and keep them open at all times, except in rainy weather.
Take medicine to open the bowels freely.
Take some nourishing food, such as milk, egg and milk, or broth every four hours.
Stay in bed until a physician tells you that it is sale to get up.
Allow no one else to sleep in the same room.
Protect others by sneezing and coughing into handkerchiefs or cloths, which should be boiled or burned.
Insist that whoever gives you water or food or enters the sick room for any purpose shall wear a gauze mask, which may be made at home of tour to six folds of gauze and which should cover the nose and mouth and be tied behind the head.
Remember that these masks must be kept clean, must be put on outside the sick room, must not be handled after they are tied on and must be boiled 30 minutes and thoroughly dried every time they are taken off.

To Nurse.

Keep clean. Isolate your patients.
When in attendance upon patients, wear a mask which will cover both the nose and the mouth When the mask is once in place, do not handle it.
Change the mask every two hours Owing to the scarcity of gauze boil for half an hour and rinse, then use the gauze again.
Wash your hands each time you come in contact with the patient. Use bichloride of mercury. 1-1000, or Liquor Cresol compound, 1-1000, for hand disinfection.
Walk in the fresh air daily.
Sleep with your windows open.
Insist that the patient cough, sneeze or expectorate into cloths that may be disinfected or burned.
Boil all dishes.

To Householders.

Keep out of the sick room unless attendance is necessary.
Do not handle articles coming from the sick room until they are boiled.
Allow no visitors, and do not go visiting.
Call a doctor for all inmates who show signs of beginning sickness.
The usual symptoms are: inflamed and watery eyes, discharging nose, backache, headache, muscular pain, fever.
Keep away from crowded places.
See to it that your children are kept warm and dry, both night and day.
Open your windows at night. If cool weather prevails, add extra bed clothing.

To Workers.

Walk to work if possible.
Avoid the person who coughs or sneezes.
Wash your hands before eating.
Make full use of all available sunshine.
Do not use a common towel. It spreads disease.
Should you cough or sneeze, cover nose and mouth with handkerchief.
Sleep is necessary for well being – avoid over exertion. Eat good, clean food.
Keep away from houses where there are cases of influenza.
If sick, no matter how slightly, see a physician.
If you have had influenza, stay in bed until your doctor says you can safely get up.

The germs of this disease are spread through the secretions of the mouth and nose of sick people and carriers, and not by books [?] clothing, etc.

Don’t Be Alarmed – Be Careful!
Neglect is the cause of practically all fatalities.
Dr. E. Taylor, County Health Officer
Dr. E. L. White, Advisory Director [?] in Lewis County.
Dr. John F. [?], Nezperce
Dr. R. E. D[?],
I M. Lowrey, Chairman County Board Health
E. D. S[?], Mayor, Nezperce
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19181024NH3-headlineFighting The Flu.
This Community Now Organized With Hospital, and Reducing Seriousness of Attack

Though there have been further fatalities at this point among the earlier serious influenza cases, the evidence is abundant that the situation is clearing up, and those more recently attacked are showing satisfactory recovery under the present system of treatment.

In the outstart the large number of cases distributed over a considerable territory and often in quarters not conducive to best results made the work of handling the situation most difficult and caused so much lost motion that even after outside help arrived it was hard to keep up with the increasing demands for succor.

These facts became more and more, impressive, until last Saturday. when the Fraternal Temple building — brick, clean, steam heated and electric lighted — was requisitioned and a small army set to work converting it into a hospital.

The work of conversion was pressed through Saturday night and Sunday morning the first patients were moved in, and since then, 21 to 40 — including the more serious — have been. under direct and continuous care of the efficient force in charge there.

It has taken much effort to keep this force up to the requirements, owing to the wide demand for nurses and doctors, and even yet some of our citizens are required to bear more than their share of the community’s burden to maintain the service. (Yes, if you are able, the hospital need your help, neighbor.)

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Nezperce Herald., October 24, 1918, page 2

Pulling Through The Flu.

The magnitude of the influenza attack on Nezperce cannot be appreciated by the people outside; the fact is patent that this community of over a thousand souls was almost prostrated within two days after the appearance of the epidemic. Hundreds were sent to their beds. When asked, yesterday, by a visiting physician if a list of the patients in the town and environs was obtainable, a director of the local work answered in the negative — that all available workers had been kept too busy at the absolute essentials — that over 300 people, at least, had been stricken. The physician rather questioningly replied: “Three hundred is a good many, you know.”

The citizen’s estimate was modest — to say nothing of the suddenness with which it all happened. But the heroic spirits of the community have met the disaster wonderfully, and with the never-to-be-forgotten assistance from the outside communities, order was in reasonable time brought out of the chaos, and today a hospital with 40 cases is being efficiently operated here, and a working force is ready to take care of any new attacks; which are rapidly growing fewer. From this place assistance was sent to Ilo-Vollmer, and there helped materially in establishing hospital service and an organized system of fighting the plague.

When one reflectively looks from the inside of the matter, he realizes that truly wonderful work has been done, and knows that if all who can will keep up their efforts, this county will be saved from further devastation from the epidemic.

Over-caution to the extent of fear is bad for any constitution, but caution tempered with reason saves many a regret. The form of influenza which has ravaged this community the past two weeks indelibly impresses this thot [sic]. Hundreds of people in this county have been attacked by the malady and the vast majority of them have recovered or are well on the road to recovery. With few exceptions, the fatal cases were instances where the attack became too deep seated before proper preventatives were applied … [?] … the custom in the past with attacks of the grippe. The plan does not work well with the current epidemic, and strict adherence to the simple rules laid down on the first page of this paper is urged upon every citizen of the county. Those rules, carefully followed, will bring the conditions back to normal and blot the epidemic out in the county before cold weather sets in. This result must be attained.

source: The Nezperce Herald. (Nezperce, Idaho), 24 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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A typist wears her influenza mask in October of 1918. Worried by the hold that disease had taken in New York City, practically all workers covered their faces in gauze masks as a protection against disease. National Archives

source: Alan Taylor April 10, 2018 “30 Photos of the 1918 Flu Pandemic” The Atlantic
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The Rathdrum Tribune., October 25, 1918, page 5

Personal Mention.

Dr. F. Wenz as been at Pullman, Wash., to attend his daughter, Miss Belle, who was reported ill with the influenza.
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Local Paragraphs.

Three members of W. R. Borthwick’s family on the prairie south of town are reported ill with influenza but are recovering. Their sickness is said to have followed a visit in Spokane.

Since school closed two weeks ago on account of influenza, John Papendick and H. C. Whittaker have thoroughly cleaned and fumigated the rooms.
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The Idaho state board of health issued an order Wednesday closing all public libraries in the state, as an additional precaution against the spread of influenza.
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Miss Florence Woutchick, aged 18 years, died of influenza last Friday, Oct. 18, at her home in Newport and was buried in Rathdrum cemetery Saturday afternoon. She leaves her father, Peter Woutchick, and three sisters, Misses Ruth and Irene of Newport, and Mrs. W. E. Jones of Hanford, Wash. She formerly resided in Rathdrum.
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Spokane reports 1600 cases of influenza and 35 deaths from pneumonia since the outbreak of the disease.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., October 25, 1918, page 1

19181025RT1-headlineTo Stamp Out Flu
Rathdrum Authorities Took Further Steps Monday.

The alarming spread of Influenza throughout Idaho, caused the state board of health to order all public and private schools in the state to be closed indefinitely. A prior order closed all public meeting places, Including halls, churches, lodges, theatres, etc., and a later edict also put open air meetings under the ban.

The Rathdrum board of trustees, which constitutes the local board of health, adopted an emergency ordinance to safeguard the health of the community. The proclamation and ordinance follow:

A proclamation is hereby made that the following ordinance will be in full force and effect on and after October 23, 1918, and until its operation is suspended by official action of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Rathdrum, Idaho:

ORDINANCE NO. 63.

An Ordinance Providing for the Prevention and Suppression of an Infectious Disease, Dangerous to the Public Health, Known as Influenza or “Spanish Influenza” in the Village of Rathdrum, Idaho; Prohibiting persons under 16 years of age to be Abroad Upon the Streets, Alleys or other Public Grounds of the Village of Rathdrum; Prohibiting all Public Meetings or Assemblages of Persons; Prohibiting Persons from Congregating Together in Public Buildings and Places of Business, etc.; Prohibiting Assemblages of Persons Having Such Disease to be Made to Village Clerk, Providing a Penalty for the Violation of this Ordinance and Declaring an emergency.

Be it ordained by the Chairman and Board of Trustees of the Village of Rathdrum, State of Idaho:

Section 1. It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 16 years to be abroad upon the streets, alleys, sidewalks or public grounds in the Village of Rathdrum, at any and all times, night or day, hereafter, until this ordinance is repealed, provided however, such person may go to and from work or upon necessary errands under the direction of the parent, guardian or employer of said person.

Section 2. Any person who violates the provisions of the preceding section shall be deemed a Juvenile Delinquent Person as defined by the Laws of the State of Idaho, and shall be subject to arrest by any peace officer of the Village without process and upon such arrest he or she shall be taken and delivered into the custody of the parent, guardian or employer of such person, and, if after investigation by the Village Board of Trustees such action is deemed necessary, an information or complaint in writing shall be filed by the Village Attorney, with the Probate Court of Kootenai County, Idaho, stating in a general way the act constituting such person a juvenile delinquent child or person accordingly and in manner provided by laws of Idaho, relative to Juvenile Delinquent persons.

Section 3. All Public meetings or assemblages within the Village of Rathdrum are prohibited and it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to attend any public meeting or assemblage.

Section 4. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to congregate together, in groups or bodies upon the public streets, alleys, grounds or in any public buildings, business houses, etc., in the Village of Rathdrum, during the life of this ordinance.

Section 5. The provisions of section 4 of this ordinance apply to persons who congregate together in any auto, motor car or other vehicle for pleasure riding or for any other purpose not essential or necessary in the usual course of business.

Section 6. The owner or tenant or agent of the owner or tenant of a house in which a person resides who has the disease known as Influenza or “Spanish Influenza,” and the physician called to attend the person or persons so afflicted shall, within 24 hours after becoming cognizant of the fact, give notice thereof to the Clerk of the Board of Village Trustees of said Village of Rathdrum, and said persons so afflicted shall be kept away and apart from all other persons except those whose presence may be necessary to the physical or spiritual well being of such person or persons.

Section 7. That the Village Marshal shall be charged with the enforcement of this ordinance.

Section 8. Any person or persons violating the provisions of Sections 3, 4, 5, and 6 of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof shall be punished by fine of not more than One Hundred and No 100 ($100.) Dollars, recoverable with costs, and in default of payment, to be imprisoned in the County Jail, at the rate of one (1) day for each two ($2.) dollars of the amount of the fine so imposed.

Section 9. That, an emergency existing by reason of the prevalence of Influenza or “Spanish Influenza”, an infectious disease dangerous to the public health, in the Village of Rathdrum and vicinity, and impending danger of the spreading of the disease among citizens of Rathdrum, this ordinance shall be in force and effect upon proclamation of the Village Board posted as provided by Statutes of the State of Idaho.

Passed under suspension of the rules October 21st, 1918.
O. W. Stone, Chairman, Pro Tem., Board of Trustees of the Village of Rathdrum, Idaho.
J. R. M. Culp, Village Clerk.
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Spirit Lake

Mrs. Walter Brown and five children were reported ill with influenza last week. Several additional cases are no reported.

Mrs. C. E. Starling is ill with pneumonia in Spokane.
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Coeur D’Alene

Coeur d’Alene has about 30 cases of influenza.

Carles F. Perrault, who died of pneumonia at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., was brought home for burial. A son of Alfred Esgate also died in a military camp, the body to be send home.

Dr. Drennan, county health officer, reports 15 cases of influenza at Post Falls and eight at Rathdrum. He states that the physicians in the county have been negligent in reporting cases.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Rathdrum Tribune., October 25, 1918, page 3

The influenza is making the political campaign a noiseless one, but he who reads may see that it is not an altogether inactive on in Idaho.
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On Wednesday influenza cases reported in Idaho had reached 2200 in number and the reported deaths 25.

source: The Rathdrum Tribune. (Rathdrum, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. October 25, 1918, page 2

19181025OH1-headlineUnnecessary Calls Made on Physicians
Proper Treatment of Mild Cases of Spanish Influenza.
Use of Gauze Masks Is Recommended for Those Nursing Sick – Handkerchiefs Are Out of Place – Rest is Important.

Washington. – In an effort to reduce unnecessary calls on the over-worked physicians throughout the country because of the present epidemic of Influenza, Surgeon General Blue of the United States public health service calls upon the people of the country to learn something about the home care of patients ill with influenza. Physicians everywhere have complained about the large number of unnecessary calls they have had to make because of the inability of many people to distinguish between the cases requiring expert medical care and those which could readily be cared for without as physician. With influenza continuing to spread In many parts of the country, and with an acute shortage of doctors and nurses everywhere, every unnecessary call on either physician, or nurses makes it so much harder to meet the urgent needs of the patients who are seriously ill.

Present Generation Spoiled.

“The present generation,” said the surgeon general, “has been spoiled by having had expert medical and nursing care readily available. It was not so in the days of our grandmothers, when every good housewife was expected to know a good deal about the care of the sick.

“Every person who feels sick and appears to be developing an attack of influenza should at once be put to bed in a well-ventilated room. If his bowels have moved regularly, it is not necessary to give a physic; where a physic needed, a dose, of castor oil or Rochelle salts should be given.

“The room should be cleared of all unnecessary furniture, bric-a-brac and rugs. A wash basin, pitcher, and slop bowl, soap and towel should be at hand, preferably in the room or just outside the door.

“If the patient is feverish a doctor should be called, and this should be done in any case if the patient appears very sick, or coughs up pinkish (blood-stained) sputum, or breathes rapidly and painfully.

“Most of the patients cough up considerable mucus; in some, there is much mucus discharged from the nose and throat. This material should not be collected in handkerchiefs, but rather in bits of old rags, or toilet paper, of on paper napkins. As soon as used, these rags or papers should be placed in a paper bag kept beside the bed. Pocket handkerchiefs are out of place in the sick room and should not be used by patients. The rags or papers In the paper bag should be burned.

“The patients will not be hungry, and the diet should therefore be light. Milk, a soft-boiled egg, some toast or crackers, a bit of jelly or jam, stewed fruit, some cooked cereal like oatmeal. hominy or rice – these will suffice In most cases.

Comfort of Patient.

“The comfort of the patient depends on a number of little things, and these should not be overlooked. Among these may be mentioned a well-ventilated room; a thoroughly clean bed with, fresh, smooth sheets and pillowcases; quiet, so that refreshing sleep may he had; cool drinking water conveniently placed; a cool compress to the forehead if there is headache, keeping the patient’s hands and clean, and the hair combed; keeping his mouth clean, preferably with some pleasant mouth wash; letting the patient know that someone is within call but not annoying him with too much fussing; giving the patient plenty of opportunity to rest and sleep.

“It is advisable to give the sick room a good airing several times a day.

“So much for the patient. It is equally important to consider the person who is caring for him. It is important to remember that the disease is spread by breathing germ-laden matter sprayed into the air by the patient in coughing or even in ordinary breathing. The attendant should therefore wear a gauze mask over her mouth and nose while she is in the sick room. Such a mask is easily made by folding a piece of gauze four fold, sewing a piece of tape at the four corners.

Observe Cleanliness.

“The attendant should, If possible, wear a washable gown or an apron which covers the dress. This will make It much simpler to avoid infection.

“It Is desirable that all attendants learn how to use a fever thermometer. This is not it all a difficult matter, and the use of such a thermometer is a great help in caring for the patients. The druggist who sells these thermometers will be glad to show how they are used.

“In closing, and lest I be misunderstood, I wish to leave one word of caution: if In doubt, call the doctor.”

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. October 25, 1918, page 4

Peak of Flu Not Yet Reached.

Washington. — Spanish influenza as an epidemic is subsiding rapidly in the military camps of the country, but among the civilian population generally the peak has not yet been reached.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. October 25, 1918, page 6

Court Adjourns.

The term of the district court is about over at Albion due to the influenza epidemic. There were a great many cases standing for trial but owing to the influenza scare and at the request of state authorities, Judge Babcock feels that it was advisable not to bring juries and witnesses together as a matter of precaution and he, therefore, continued all cases for the term.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. October 25, 1918, page 7

Raise Price of Oranges.

Chicago. — With approximately 120,000 Chicagoans confined to their homes with Spanish influenza, the prices of oranges, which are prescribed for many sufferers by physicians, have advanced from 60 dents per dozen to $1.25, and in sections of the city to $1.50.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Oakley Herald. October 25, 1918, page 8

Additional Locals.

A telegram came Monday announcing the death of Frank Ambler and wife at Logmont, Colorado, from Spanish influenza. Mr. and Mrs. Ambler were formerly residents of Oakley, and the news of their death came as a great shock to their many friends at this place.

J. S. Hansel has recovered from an attack of lagrippe.

William Ramary of Boulder has been ill with lagrippe.

source: The Oakley Herald. (Oakley, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 25, 1918, page 1

Call For Aid From Red Cross.

It is urgently requested by the members of the Red Cross that all persons who have had any experience in nursing, and are willing to assist in taking care of influenza cases send in their names to Florence Barber, Secretary of the Red Cross telephone 76 or 115J. Please report any cases of influenza to Miss Barber so that nurses or other necessary aid can be promptly provided.
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19181025AFP1-headlineInfluenza Cases Greatly Increase
Demand Is Increasing To Stop All Gatherings.
Number of Cases in Rockland Largely Increased – Threshing Crew at Arbon All Have Disease – Cases Reported From All Parts of the County – Three Deaths so Far, and Several Serious Cases.

The influenza situation is growing more serious, according to every report that comes in. It is difficult to get accurate information, for the reason that it is assumed, in the absence of positive knowledge, that every case of illness is influenza.

The Rockland situation is worse than it was Tuesday, according to street report. It was reported Tuesday that there were 114 cases in Rockland and vicinity. Yesterday the mail carrier said there were then 156 cases, that there were only three nurses to look after all these, and that one of the nurses was coming down. Rockland has no doctor, but a woman who has been a practitioner, or has had some medical experience, has taken charge of Dr. Logan’s office and is using his medicines to the best of her knowledge.

The Cotant threshing crew of eight men were brought in from Arbon Wednesday, all ill with influenza. They were at the Bullock place when taken ill. A sister-in-law of George S. Butler is ill. and presumably has influenza.

Dr. Schiltz with a driver for his car, is virtually sleeping on the road between patients. It is hardly possible to see him to learn the exact situation. But the fact that he is gone all the time, and needing more nurses than are to be had, indicates that the situation is bad enough.

Mrs. Jacob Neu and L. C. Adolf are reported to be down with it in Pleasant Valley. Mrs. Chris Neu died Wednesday, reported to be from influenza. One death in Rockland and one in Arbon make all the deaths known, but there are some serious cases.

Dr. Schiltz went to Pleasant Valley last night and from there to Rockland, a fifty or sixty mile trip at the least, if he had no other calls.

A nurse came in from Burley last night and was driven to Rockland by by H. C. Allen, where her immediate services were in demand by a family of seven, all down, and the mother, delirious.

T. C. Elgin, who has been staying at the home of C. F. Goss. in American Falls, all the family being ill, was taken to the hospital yesterday, quite ill. John A. Brandt. living east of town, is at the hospital with a mild case.

The state board of health has authorized local boards of health to prevent all assemblages, open air or other wise.

Judge Guheen has discontinued the hearing of all court cases in the district until further notice.

Four county hoards of health have stopped open air meetings, public sales and all other gatherings. There is a growing demand in this county for similar action.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 25, 1918, page 5

People and Events

A nurse for Rockland arrived on train from Burley tonight.

L. C. Adolf of Pleasant valley is reported to be quite ill with influenza.

Mrs. Chris Neu of Pleasant Valley died yesterday, leaving a husband and five children, the oldest of which is ten. Her babe died Saturday. Mrs. Neu, it is reported, died of influenza.

The banks were closed yesterday afternoon as a token of respect to Leonard Allen, the first victim of influenza in this part of the country. The deceased was a brother of H. C. Alley, cashier of the Evans State Bank.

Joseph Lambert, the oil burner man, has been in Rupert for the past two weeks or more, where his wife and children have been sick. They are improving and he expects to return to American Falls in the near future.

The condition of Dr. Noth was so serious Wednesday night that hopes for his life were abandoned, and his brother at Arbon was sent for. He rallied yesterday and it is believed the crisis has passed. He is a very sick man, however.

A nephew of Dr. Schlitz died at Pocatello today. He was en route with nine other young men to an army cantonment, and three of the number were taken from the train at Pocatello to a hospital. It is understood the young man had a wife and small child.

Leonard Alley, a young man whose home was in Rockland, died Tuesday in Bethany Deaconess Hospital, of influenza. His wife and mother were both too ill to attend the funeral. He was married a little more than a year ago to Miss Fern Halling of Rockland. Mrs. Allen’s mother came up from Loan, Utah, to attend the funeral, but was too ill to do so. The body was taken to Rockland today for interment. The deceased was a brother of H. C. Allen and John W. Allen of American Falls. He was the first victim of influenza, so far as known, from the Rockland valley, where about 150 cases are reported.
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Court Hearings Postponed

Auditor Bulfinch is in receipt of instructions from Judge Guheen, senior judge of this district, requesting him to notify all attorneys that there will be no more court hearings until further notice.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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American Falls Press. October 25, 1918, page 7

Notice To Patrons Of The American Falls Schools.

In view of the closing of the schools on account of the Spanish influenza, the Board of Trustees desire to impress upon the patrons the necessity of keeping their children at home as much as possible, so as to lessen the danger as much as possible.

Done by the order of the Board.
R. F. Noth, Chairman.
R. O. Jones, Cler.
Dated this 18th day of Oct., 1918.
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All Public Meetings May Be Prohibited
Spread of Spanish Influenza in State Shown by Report of 2227 Cases with 25 Deaths; Public Libraries Closed.

All state political headquarters were requested Wednesday by the state board of health to discontinue all public meetings, says the Boise Statesman, whether indoors or out, until the epidemic of Spanish influenza is over. County health officers, where it is deemed necessary, may prohibit assemblies which might cause the disease to spread.

J. K. White, state sanitary inspector, ordered public libraries to be closed after Wednesday because of the epidemic.

General Order May Come.

Dr. E. T. Biwer, secretary of the health board, stated Wednesday that the demand for discontinuing outdoor meetings was becoming more and more insistent, and that a general order against meetings of all kinds may be issued at any time by the health board. In response to a petition from Butte county he authorized local health authorities to issue such an order for that county. The Malad Council of Defense also requested that meeting be prohibited in Oneida county until the disease shows signs of decreasing.

Nurse Needed at Rockland.

An urgent call for a nurse to be sent to the Rockland district, in Power county, where 50 cases of influenza have broken out, was received by the health board from Mrs. R. F. Noth of American Falls. The total report Wednesday from Power county was 200 cases.

Some difficulty is being experienced in getting medical help to answer a call from Nez Perce. Dr. J. Carl Hill, who had been asked to take charge, was unable to arrange his affairs to that end, and the health board appointed Dr. P. P. French in this stead. Doctor French left Wednesday evening.

Death Roll Is 25.

Twenty-five deaths had been the influenza toll up to Wednesday afternoon, and the total number of cases on the official record was 2217. Wednesday’s reports were:

Ada county, 12; Bear Lake, 10; Bingham, 110 (two deaths); Butte, 8; Clearwater, 8; Elmore, 21 (one death); Fremont, 3 (one death); Gem, 2; Lincoln, 2; Owyhee, 8 (one death); Power, 200; Teton, 2.

source: American Falls Press. (American Falls, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Clearwater Republican. October 25, 1918, page 2

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source: Clearwater Republican. (Orofino, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. October 25, 1918, page 1

Influenza Creeping Nearer

Dr. Rothwell reports a number of cases of influenza in this community but so far non in town. John Gentry and the James Holt family on Bear ridge are will with the disease. Mrs. Biddison, Eben Adams, Charles Talbott and wife of Juliaetta are also reported to have contracted influenza. Dr. Rothwell states that so far, none of the cases are serious.
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Southwick Items

School is closed here on account of the epidemic, altho there are no cases of influenza reported.

Miss Hazel Longeteig is home from her school at Fraser, on account of the influenza.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. October 25, 1918, page 3

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source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Kendrick Gazette. October 25, 1918, page 6

Gleanings

Wallace McKeever returned the first of the week from Seattle, Wa. He is recovering from an attack of the influenza and secured a furlough to remain at home until he had recovered.

The state board of health sent out an order late Saturday evening that all schools, both public and private, would be closed indefinitely, on account of the influenza epidemic. The state university was closed but the S. A. T. C. will continue as before.

Mat Riley returned Saturday from a special service training camp in Missouri. He received a temporary discharge from the army on account of ill health.

source: The Kendrick Gazette. (Kendrick, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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The Idaho Recorder. October 25, 1918, page 2

19181025TIR1-headlineInfluenza In Country Continues To Spread
Disease Apparently Standing Still in Army Camps After Recent Marked Decrease

Washington, Oct. 19. — Reports to the public health service yesterday from 35 states show that Spanish influenza still is on the increase in most parts of the country. Conditions in army camps also were less favorable, the 4,791 new cases reported to noon yesterday showing the disease apparently stationary after the marked decline noted for several days.

The epidemic still is more pronounced in the eastern section of the country than it is west of the Mississippi river, due, undoubtedly, to the more crowded conditions in the large cities. Up to October 16, New Jersey had reported 107,839 cases with 2,232 deaths, while in New York city 4,733 cases of influenza with 336 deaths and 646 cases of pneumonia with 287 deaths, were reported Thursday.

Minnesota reported epidemics in 36 districts, Colorado in seven cities, and Kansas in seven cities and my counties. There is a serious epidemic at Oklahoma City, many cases in other parts of Oklahoma. The disease was increasing in nine counties in North Dakota and was reported from six cities and several counties in New Mexico. The epidemic also is wide spread in Arizona.

Idaho reported new cases from five cities; South Dakota reported the disease throughout the state; Wisconsin had new cases in 10 cities and Wyoming reported 2,500 cases during the past week. Montana reported 2,000 new cases during the week ending October 12.
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Wold News in Condensed Form

Dr. John Dill Robertson, health commissioner of Chicago, is going to vaccinate everybody in Chicago against pneumonia following influenza. Those who have had influenza are excepted.

source: The Idaho Recorder. (Salmon City, Idaho), 25 Oct. 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
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Montpelier Examiner. October 25, 1918, page 1

19181025MR1-headline
Four Bear Lake Citizens Victims Of Influenza
Mrs. John A. Bagley Dies at Home in Montpelier; Geo. McDonald, Ira Hymas and Archie Jensen, Soldier Boys, Also Victims.

The seriousness of the influenza epidemic, which has prevailed In this country for the past month, was brought home to the people of Montpelier yesterday morning, when the news of the death of Mrs. John A. Bagley spread throughout the city. A week ago Mrs Bagley was enjoying the best of health and being a woman In the prime of life, she little dreamed that in a few abort days she would be numbered among the victims of this terrible scourge which has swept over the United States. The first symptoms of influenza were manifested by Mrs. Bagley last Friday. Her condition quickly developed into pneumonia and although she had the best care possible under the circumstances, pneumonia developed and the end came yesterday morning shortly after one o’clock.

Mrs. Bagley was the daughter of Nels Peterson of Bloomington, and was born in that village 40 years ago. Besides her husband, who is also a victim of the influenza and whose condition is serious at this writing, Thursday afternoon. She is survived by her father, three sons and one daughter, and three brothers, one brother, Harold, being at the officers’ training school at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Ky. The other brothers are Earl and William, the latter being a member of the faculty of the agricultural college at Logan.

Her funeral was held yesterday afternoon, short services only being held at the cemetery.

To add to the sorrow caused by the death of Mrs. Bagley, came the news of the death of three of Bear Lake county’s young men who recently entered the services of Uncle Sam. They were:

George C. McDonald of Montpelier, Ira Hymas of Liberty and Archie Jensen of Ovid. The first two named died at Camp Fremont on Oct. 23 and the latter at Pueblo, Colo., he having been taken ill while en route from Camp Fremont to some point in the east.

George McDonald was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. McDonald of this city. He was 33 years of age. He left here on August 12th for Camp Fremont, a strong and healthy young man. He was stricken with the influenza the latter part of last week. Last Saturday his parents received a telegram stating that he was seriously ill. This was the last they heard from him until the message came Wednesday night that he was dead.

Ira Hymas was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hymas of Liberty. He was one of the 1918 registrants, who volunteered for service and left here on August 5.

Archie Jensen was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lars P. Jensen of Ovid. He registered for military service in June 1917, and left with the Bear Lake contingent on Aug. 5 for Camp Fremont. He wan taken ill with influenza while on the train en route from Camp Fremont to the east. He was removed from the train at Pueblo, Colo., and died there Wednesday afternoon.

The bodies of the three young men will be shipped to their respective homes in this county for burial.

With the rigid quarantine which had been put in force in this city, it was hoped that there would be no victims of the influenza here, but the quarantine, together with the diligent efforts of the health officers, has not prevented this terrible malady from making its appearance in the city, and today the conditions are much more serious than they were a week ago.

The Short Line officials directed that employees here who were stricken with the disease be taken to the Montpelier hospital, as long as accommodations could be given, and yesterday afternoon the following named employees of the road were registered as “flu” patients at the hospital: Messrs. Windham, Jackson, Hughes, Margetta and Lish. All are reported as getting along nicely.

The second floor of the city hall has also been converted into an emergency hospital and three “flu” victims are being cared for there. They are M. L. Bee, Miss Nina Sorensen and Miss Cornett, the latter being one of the Montpelier school teachers. She was taken ill last Monday at her room in the Hotel Burgoyne and was removed to the city hall Wednesday morning. A trained nurse is in charge at the hall and the three victims give promise of recovering.

Several homes in Montpelier are under quarantine, on account of members of the family having symptoms of the influenza, but up to yesterday afternoon no serious cases had developed.

Strict quarantine regulations are being maintained throughout the county, as well as in Montpelier, and the health officers believe that, with the co-operation of the public, anything like a serious epidemic in this county can be averted.

The disease is gradually subsiding in the east, but in Utah it is much worse than it was a week ago, despite the efforts that have been made by the state and city health officers to stamp it out.

At this writing the Montpelier health officers have no idea when the quarantine will be raised. Despite the effects it is having on many lines of business, they say that they propose to maintain a rigid quarantine until the disease is completely stamped out.
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Montpelier Examiner. October 25, 1918, page 5

Local News

On account of the influenza epidemic in Salt Lake Miss Virginia Brough, who is a student in the St. Mary’s Episcopal school of that city, arrived home last Friday.

The influenza alarm prompted the school board of Ovid to guard against its spread and no school sessions have been held there for two weeks. This affords teachers with sprained wrists a chance to “recuperate.”

Denver, which city has had even more than its quota of influenza victims, promises to raise the quarantine next Monday. Montpelier is not liable to do likewise quite that soon.

In sending a year’s subscription to the Examiner from Burley, Mrs. Jack Kelly says: “Burley is having its share of influenza; there are about 100 cases now, but there have been only two deaths so far.”

The Misses Charlotte and Adaline Kunz of Bern, who are graduate nurses, will leave next Monday for Camp Travis, Texas, for a month’s instruction in army nursing, preparatory to sailing for France.

Mrs. Marion Fitzpatrick died at her home in Weston, Idaho, last Saturday from influenza. Besides her husband, she is survived by four small children. Mrs. Ben Fitzpatrick, who went down from Pocatello to be with her daughter-in-law, is now ill with influenza, but was reported yesterday as getting along nicely.

We were in error last week in stating that Mr. Harrison and wife had arrived in the city on Wednesday and on the following day were taken down with the influenza. They had been in the city for several weeks – Mr. Harrison at Lynn’s hospital, where he died last week. While he was at the hospital his wife had rooms at the Hunter house, and on Thursday she was taken down with the influenza.

Russell Groo, who left for Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, three weeks ago, has gone through a siege with the influenza and came through all O. K. He has since passed a physical examination