Smallpox Epidemic Feared in 1901


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/20/1901.

Several New Cases on Daniels Run

It was reported here Saturday, on good authority, that there are some three or four new cases of smallpox on Daniels run, in Lee district.  Those now having the disease are Guy Nitz, Lulu Tanner and one or two member of Wm. Nitz's family.  Guy Nitz, it is said, broke out while working in the harvest field Friday for Jacob Morgan, and that several persons were exposed to him before it was known what the disease was.  It is claimed the disease was contracted by the Tanner girl staying over night with French King, a relation of hers, who had it some weeks ago.  She is staying at the home of Wm. Nitz, and has had the disease several days.  The situation, it appears, is becoming alarming, and many persons fear an epidemic.  The Board of Health will no doubt take stringent measures, and establish a strict quarantine.  This is the only way that a general spread of the malady can be prevented.