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Smallpox Epidemic, Part XLIV

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-07 (Smallpox epidemic), p. 2NO NEW CASES

Smallpox Situation Quiescent at
Bloomington and the University.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 6. – No new cases of smallpox have developed in the city or university, and the excitement is subsiding. – Miss Clara Davis, whose illness became known yesterday, is much better to-day and there is no cause for alarm. She has been taken to the home of a well-known family who are immunes, and is being tenderly cared for. Every precaution is being taken, and if new cases develop in university circles the students who are exposed will be rigidly quarantined. Dr. Swain, president of Indiana University, is quite ill with a cold, but he has appointed a committee which has full power to act. The three cases thus far are in the lightest form, more like valioloid. The work of the university continues uninterrupted, and nothing further will be done unless there are new developments.

“No New Cases,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 7 March 1900, p. 2, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XLIII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-06 (Smallpox epidemic)ANOTHER CASE OF SMALLPOX

Young Woman Stricken at Blooming-
Ton and Now in Quarantine.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 5. – A second case of smallpox has developed here. Miss Clara Davis, a student from Bluffton, was taken ill yesterday and on being told she probably had smallpox she took the first train for her home at Bluffton. On her arrival there her brother insisted on her return, and she at once took the train again for Bloomington, going at once to the office of Dr. Rogers, who is secretary of the city Board of Health. As soon as he realized the situation Miss Davis was given a room and is now being carefully nursed at the city’s expense.

It seems that she caught the disease from her room-mate, who had a light case of varioloid, which was contracted from a student named Blything, who had been quarantined several weeks ago, but stole out nights and promenaded with the young woman. All precautions possible are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. But so many have been exposed that quarantine seems impossible. Miss Davis is a relative of Senator Ichorn, a well-known Democratic politician.

“Another Case of Smallpox,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 March 1900, p. 3, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).


Smallpox Epidemic, Part XI

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-01-26 (Smallpox epidemic)FROM VARIOUS POINTS
Come Stories Concerning The
Smallpox Situation

Reports from the State University Ex-
Aggerated, It is Said-Colored
Family’s Troubles.

A dispatch from Bloomington in reference to the smallpox situation there says that two cases of the disease have developed. It is asserted that rumors sent out on Wednesday night concerning the situation were greatly exaggerated. The dispatch says the disease has been traced to a student by the name of Goshorn, who went to Bloomington from Clay City and returned home sick several days ago. The houses where the disease exists have been quarantined, also those who may have come in contact with the sick before the nature of the disease was disclosed. It is said that President Swain, of the university, and the city officials have taken all precautions and there is no excitement either in the university or city and no cause for alarm.

Information came from Bedford last night to the effect that Dr. J. T. Freeland, secretary of the City Board of Health, was summoned yesterday to Maul Ridge, near Springville, eight miles northwest of Bedford, by the report that a man named Chaney was suffering from a disease believed to be smallpox. The case was at first diagnosed by a Fayetteville physician as chicken-pox. Dr. Freeland turned the matter over to the secretary of the County Board of Health for investigation.  The patient is of opinion that he has smallpox.

News from Danville, Hendricks county, says that a case of suspected smallpox near Brownsburg was pronounced chicken-pox by Dr. Hoadley, health officer. The neighbors became aroused and insisted on the State Health officials investigating. This was done yesterday and Dr. Hoadley’s opinion upheld.


A dispatch received from Jeffersonville last night says: “George Mason, a colored man, with his wife and five small children passed through here on their way to Kentucky, has been run out of Washington county for the alleged reason that they were supposed to come from a smallpox neighborhood in Ohio county, Kentucky. Mason says it was reported in the neighborhood that his family had the smallpox and he was ordered to leave. This he refused to do, and the next night a bundle of switches was left at his door with a note, again ordering him to go. On the door was drawn a skull and crossbones. The next night Mason watched, and thinking that he saw some one approaching the house, he fired. The intruder then disappeared. The following night his house was set on fire and burned to the ground. The occupants managed to escape with a part of their furniture. When in Jeffersonville, Mason said that no member of his family had ever suffered from smallpox. His family was in a pitable condition. Negroes are not liked in Washington county and there are not more than half a dozen in its entire confines. Until a few years ago a negro was not permitted to stay in the county more than a few hours.”

“From Various Points,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 26 January 1900, p. 8, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Friday’s Faces From the Past – Mystery location

Location unknown

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Although technically there is not a face in this photograph, it is still a mystery. The original is about the size of a postage stamp. Since the photograph survived, the building may have some significance that I am currently unaware of. Possible locations may be: Terre Haute, Lafayette, Bloomington, Clay City and Kentland. We can probably rule out Kentland from the start as it is likely too large of a building to be found there. Any suggestions? Or does anyone actually recognize the building?

Photograph from the private collection of Deborah Sweeney.

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