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Sand Creek News


Posted By: Ruth McDowell (email)
Date: 5/6/2010 at 22:07:00

Afton Star Enterprise--September 15, 1881

It appears as thoug S.C. beats the world for diptheria at present, it is quite prevalent here, causing mortality, sorrows and heart yearnings. During the past month three have been taken at the hands of that dreaded disease. Miss Louisa Scherer aged seventeen years the only daughter at home; Charlie Clark, aged eight years, the pride and hope of the family, and Samuel Ruggles, also eight years old. Dr Carter of Des Moines was called upon to minister to these afflicted and it has also baffled his skill. It is a dreaded and terrible species of diptheria, which appears to be incurable. Our hopes are that it will soon disappear from the country and leave us once more in peace.


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