|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.