|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of
the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/30/1900.
Oath of Special Officers
You do solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the
United States and the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, and that
you will, to the best of your ability discharge your duties as Special
Officer of the local Board of Health of Calhoun county and that you will
fully and faithfully execute its orders.
Instructions to Special Officers
All Special officers upon receiving their appointment shall appear before
some officer of the County authorized to administer oaths and take the
oath above, and upon taking such oath you become one of the lawful officers
of this county, and as such, you are liable to all penalties prescribed
by law for failure to perform your duty. For will at once go to the
point designated at which you are to perform duty and be at said point
or place by daylight, or as nearly all that time as possible, (And in case
two guards are assigned to perform the same duty, the one on duty shall
not leave his post until relieved by the other.) and shall not leave his
post until late bed time or until the public travel has ceased.
You shall allow no one to pass or repass your post or station who according
to your best judgment and from all your possibilities of information has
been in n infected district or had possible exposure to the disease and
for the purpose of this information you are directed to detain all persons
for sufficient time to enable you to make necessary investigations, except
that physicians in their practice, and who have used due means of precaution
against the disease, shall be allowed to pass you, and persons having the
written permission of this board will also be allowed to pass; and you
are specially instructed to allow no one residing in said counties or who
has been traveling in Gilmer, Roane, Ritchie and Clay counties within the
last 25 days except physicians and persons having permits to pass your
post or station. You who may act in the districts of Sheridan, Center
and Sherman will see that church meetings, schools, Sunday schools, Literary
societies and public assemblies of the people are forbidden and disallowed.
In case any residence, hotel, store, village or town is quarantined
the officers in charge will see than any message for medical aid, food
or matters of necessity is conveyed to the proper person or persons, and
all ingress and will be forbidden except for physicians and persons having
All officers will take due precaution to not come in contact with any
person, place or thing likely to be infected and will only allow persons
to approach with sufficient distance to speak or be notified except in
cases when actual contact may be a necessity in enforcing orders.
You, when required by the board, are compelled by law to serve as special
officers, and for any failure to perform your duty, you are liable to $100
fine, and any person who shall fail to obey any of your lawful orders is
liable to the same punishment. And all persons who pass or repass
points or lines forbidden to be passed, by this board, or who furnish any
officer with false information for the purpose of inducing you as such
officer, to allow such person to pass, is liable to the said fine of $100.