Tag Archives: Washington County

Smallpox Epidemic, Part LX

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-04-07 (Smallpox epidemic), p. 8MUST DO THEIR DUTY

State Health Board Proposes to En-
Force Laws.

At the meeting of the Indiana State Board of Health yesterday it was determined to insist in the future on the strict enforcement of the health laws of the State. Health officers will be required to do their full duty under the law, and physicians who fail to report deaths and births to the health authorities will be held amenable to the law. The board also took up the case of the two health officers who were charged with having failed to enforce the health laws. A report on the recent smallpox epidemic was read by Dr. Hurty, secretary of the board. Reports from Washington county say that out of 300 cases of smallpox only eighty-nine were reported to the board. Physicians who failed to report cases of which they had knowledge will be called to account.

“Must Do Their Duty,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 7 April 1900, p. 8, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 3 February 2015).


Smallpox Epidemic, Part XLII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-04 (Smallpox epidemic)Smallpox Bills Are High.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
SEYMOUR, IND., March 3. – The County Council was called in special session yesterday to act on a number of bills for maintaining a quarantine between this and Washington counties during the recent epidemic of smallpox. The total amount of bills presented was for $3,600, but the Council allowed only $2,500. The quarantine between the two counties was raised last Tuesday.

“Smallpox Bills Are High,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 4 March 1900, p. 7, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXV

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-08 (Smallpox epidemic)ONE CASE AT ALBANY

Is Reported to the State Board –
Cases in Jackson County.

One new case of smallpox was reported to the State Board of Health yesterday from Albany, Delaware county. Many men who are employed at Albany live in the town of Redkey, four miles away, and the Board of Health of that place has forbidden them to go to Albany.

Dr. Cummings, health officer of Jackson county, reports twenty-five cases of smallpox in that county, and says that every case, except one, came from Washington county. He says that in consequence of this every road leading from Washington county has been blocked with quarantine officers.

“One Case At Albany,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 8 February 1900, p. 8, col. 1; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXIII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-06 (Smallpox epidemic)BOARD IS HELPLESS

Nothing to Prevent Spread of Disease
in Washington County.

Dr. Mayfield, of Washington county, yesterday reported to the State Board of Health that the County Council of that county had refused to vote an appropriation to pay the expenses of suppressing the smallpox epidemic in the county. As a consequence the hands of the Washington county board of health are completely tied and nothing is being done to prevent the spread of the disease. Gibson township, includes the town of Lesterfield, is thoroughly infected with the disease, and owing to the action of the County Council the guards have been withdrawn, engendering a great danger to the State. It is possible that the County Council will be mandated and compelled to enforce the health laws, in which case the county would be put to an additional expense.

The State Board of Health has served orders on the board of health at Clay City which contain specific directions for the procedure of the board in eradicating the disease. One new case of smallpox was reported to the State Board of Health yesterday from Laporte county and one case from Allen County.

“Board is Helpless,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 February 1900, p. 8, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XIII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-01-28 (Smallpox epidemic)REGARDED AS SERIOUS
Dr. Hurty Says The Smallpox Re-
Ports Are Alarming.

In Many Parts of the State People Re-
fuse to Submit to Vaccination –
Specific Cases.

Dr. Hurty, secretary of the State Board of Health, said yesterday that he would not be surprised if smallpox became epidemic throughout the entire State. He said the people seemed absolutely indifferent to the disease, and not only did they refuse to be vaccinated, but in many cases they threatened with violence the very officer who was trying to throw a safeguard around them. Reports of smallpox and chicken-pox, which in many cases turns out to be smallpox, are being sent in to the State Board from so many different parts of the State that two stenographers are constantly employed in answering the correspondence. So much mail arrives in the morning that it becomes impossible for Dr. Hurty to wade through it before the arrival of the mail in the evening.

Reports were received yesterday that smallpox had again invaded Porter county, this time at Chesterton. In speaking of the report yesterday, Dr. Hurty said wherever else smallpox might appear in Porter county, he was quite sure that it would never be heard of again in Valparaiso, because the people of that city had strictly observed the rules of quarantine established by the State Board. He said it was one of the few places where there was a general inclination to submit to vaccination. To bear out his statement that the people in the infected districts would not submit to vaccination, Dr. Hurty read a letter received yesterday from the health officer of Washington county, who reported that 90 per cent of the people in that county refused to be vaccinated, and when he insisted the people would threaten him in such a menacing manner that he was compelled to leave them. He said the situation in Washington county was very serious, and believed the people would only awaken to their danger when the death which has already occurred was followed by others. He said that certain physicians who have been antagonistic to the State Board ever since the disease was first diagnosed as smallpox, were advising against vaccination and declaring the disease was not smallpox.


Word was also received yesterday by the State Board of many cases of chicken-pox, which is supposed by Dr. Hurty to be smallpox, in Campbellsburg. The disease in this place is prevalent among the adults. Dr. E. D. Laughlin, a member of the State Board, who lives at Orleans, a short distance from Campbellsburg, will visit Campbellsburg to-day for the purpose of diagnosing the disease.

Another severe case of the disease is reported from Brownstown. The special officer of the State Board of Health employed in Clay City reported yesterday that a case of hemorrhagic smallpox had appeared in the family of a Mr. Shannon, who lived in Clay City. Dr. Hurty said the disease in this form was almost certain death.

President Swain, of the State University, and the members of the State Board of Health deeply regret a dispatch in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, credited to an Indianapolis correspondent, which stated that the university would be closed on account of the prevalence of the disease among the pupils. Dr. Hurty said yesterday that he could not imagine how such a statement could have ever been made, as there never was any intention either on the part of the authorities of the university or of the State Board to close the university.

Many appeals are being made to the State Board for vaccine matter for the poor in the districts infected with smallpox, but as the law provides that the county shall be required to pay its own expenses for the enforcement of health laws, the State Board is unable to comply with the request.

Smallpox Near Princeton.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
PRINCETON, Ind., Jan. 27. – Four cases of smallpox, in the worst form have developed near Haubstadt, south of here. One case is within a hundred feet of a schoolhouse, where the children have been attending school up to this time. The county health officer is making a full investigation and will establish quarantine. The community is terrified, as the nature of the disease was not suspected.

“Regarded As Serious,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 28 January 1900, p. 8, col. 2; 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).