Smallpox Epidemic Feared in 1901


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 8/13/1901.


If reports are true, there is now greater danger of an epidemic of smallpox in this county than there has ever been before.  the reports, as we gather them, and which we believe to be true, are to the effect that Thomas T. Hodges of Barnes run, recently broke out with the disease while in Parkersburg, that for some days he was unable to come home, that he was under no restraint while there and all persons had access to his room; that S.C. Barr, F.E. Pell and Louis Ball, of this county were with him a considerable time after he was broken out; that the first of last week he came home and informed his family he had smallpox, and all except his wife left home.  Word received from him Saturday morning is that he is very poorly, and badly broken out.  The county board of health held a meeting last Thursday evening and passed a general quarantine order, quarantining all persons who had been in any manner exposed to the disease.  No guards were put out, however, and we are informed that persons are allowed to come and go at will about the home of Mr. Hodges.  It is reported here that Don Chapman, of Spencer, and Alfred Kenney of Arnoldsburg, both staid over night with Mr. Hodges since he has been broken out.  All these reports may be, and we trust are exaggerated, and that the situation is not so bad as it appears.  To say the least, very many people are much alarmed, and are censuring the Board of Health for not being more active in the matter, and declaring that only very stringent measures can prevent the spreading of the malady.