Rabies Scare Grips Grantsville in 1928

(06/20/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/5/1928.

Dogs Must Be Kept Up

According to an edict promulgated this week by Mayor Amos E. Morgan and Dr. J.A. Morford and Bruce Ferrell, of the county health board, all dogs within the town of Grantsville and in certain districts of the county must be penned up for a period of sixty days.

The order was made on account of hydrophobia scare which spread over the affected territory last week.  A valuable fox hound belonging to Richard H. Marshall, of this place, which had been acting strangely, was killed and its head sent to the health department at Charleston.  The dog was found to be afflicted with rabies and the Charleston authorities advised the local officials to take steps to prevent dogs from running at large for the period stated above.

It is thought that the Marshall dog bit other dogs and animals and it is feared that an epidemic may spread.

It is rather unfortunate that the quarantine will not last over until Grantsville folks are through making their Spring gardens.


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