Tag Archives: Clay County

Smallpox Epidemic, Part LIII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-17 (Smallpox epidemic)Recovering from the Plague.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
CLAY CITY, Ind., March 16. – There are now only two or three cases of smallpox here and business has almost fully recovered. Traveling men who have been missing the place since the quarantine began are again making their rounds here and there is little fear of a further spread of the disease. There is only one new case this week, that of Wiley Luther, whose house was carded yesterday.

“Recovering From The Plague,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 17 March 1900, p. 2, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part LII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-16 (Smallpox epidemic)New Case in Clay County.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
BRAZIL, Ind., March 15. – To-day a case of genuine smallpox was reported from Posey township, four miles west of here. The patient is William Myers, and he is reported to be quite ill. The quarantine of Clay City, Clay county, which has been in force for over a month, was declared off to-day.

“New Case in Clay County,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 16 March 1900, p. 2, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part L

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-14 (Smallpox epidemic), p. 2SITUATION IS CLEARING.

Festive Drummer Makes His Appear-
ance in Clay City Stores.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
CLAY CITY, Ind., March 13. – A smallpox card was tacked on Dug Cooprider’s house last Saturday, where the disease had existed for about a week prior. It is reported that Cooprider, who is a bartender, had been attending bar regularly. Another case is reported at Jud Storm’s, southwest, five miles. Jud says there is only one other family in his whole neighborhood who has not had the disease.

The churches and Sunday schools opened last Sunday, and a close watch failed to reveal the attendance of a single suspicious person, although there were exceptionally large congregations out. Drummers are beginning to make the rounds, and everything seems to indicate that, despite the quarantine, we will soon be rid of the scourge. Only three houses were carded last week.

One Case at Mansfield.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
ROCKVILLE, Ind., March 13. – William Kemper, of Mansfield, Parke county, has the smallpox. He returned from the South several weeks ago, and had been in towns where the smallpox was raging. He was in a hospital where smallpox patients were confined, and escaped the quarantine, making his way back to Mansfield. Many people had called on him and had been exposed before it was known he had the smallpox. Business is absolutely dead in Mansfield and many people who called on Kemper have been quarantined.

“Situation Is Clearing,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 14 March 1900, p. 2, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XLVII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-10 (Smallpox epidemic)Three New Cases at Clay City.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
CLAY CITY, Ind., March 9. – Three new cases of smallpox have been reported this week. These are the first for several days, and as the quarantine seems to be pretty well in hand it is believed the city soon will be rid of the scourge. There are but four or five houses in town carded at present. It is announced that Sunday schools and the churches will open on the 11th inst.

“Thre New Cases at Clay City,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 10 March 1900, p. 2, col. 6; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXXIX

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-25 (Smallpox epidemic)Case of Smallpox at Staunton.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
BRAZIL, Ind., Geb. 24. – Smallpox has broken out in a new locality in Clay county. Last night the young son of Elijah Latta, living at Staunton, four miles west of Brazil, became violently ill, and the attending physician has pronounced it a case of genuine smallpox of a more severe type than that prevailing at Clay City. The town has been quarantined and the excitement is intense.

“Case of Smallpox at Staunton,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 25 February 1900, p. 5, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXXVII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-24 (Smallpox epidemic)QUARANTINE IS FARCICAL.
Smallpox Situation Steadily Growing
Worse – Change of Sentiment

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
CLAY CITY, Ind., Feb. 23. – The so-called quarantine for smallpox at this place seems to be a miserable failure in every respect, except in the way of killing business and saddling on the town an enormous debt. Person broken out with the disease get out on the street and mingle with the crowd, and the only action taken so far to prevent a repetition of the act has been to send them home on a promise to be good.

A pesthouse was rigged up several weeks ago, but no person has been required to occupy it yet, thought the quarantine has been violated repeatedly. Many person have been released from quarantine while covered with sores, and permitted to go on the streets and into places of business while in this condition. Persons who do not care to come in contact with the disease have frequently been compelled to go out of their way or retreat from such cases.

It is reported that butter is being brought to market from farmhouses where there are smallpox patients.

All the practicing physicians, except Dr. Wolfe, now agree that the disease is smallpox. There seems to be a much greater per cent of bad cases now than formerly. Public opinion has undergone quite a change since Dr. Hurty first pronounced the disease smallpox. Then he was denounced as an alarmist and a crank. Now almost everybody says he is right and that an “effective” quarantine would be the proper thing. About a dozen houses have been carded within the last week, and unless more stringent measures are resorted to it will be a long time till the disease is stamped out.

“Quarantine Is Farcical,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 24 February 1900, p. 2, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXXVI

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-23 (Smallpox epidemic)APPEAL FROM CLAY CITY.
Board of Health Asked to Enforce
Quarantine Regulations.

Six new cases of smallpox were reported to the State Board of Health from Clay City yesterday. One new case has appeared in Delaware county and one in Vermillion county. The board also received an appeal from Clay City asking that the quarantine regulations in that place be enforced. It is claimed by those who signed the appeal that the regulations are being utterly disregarded; that person afflicted with the disease are permitted on the streets, and that the cards put up by the local health officers are immediately torn down.

“Appeal From Clay City,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 23 February 1900, p. 8, col. 1; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).