Friday, July 31, 2020

TB, Rubber Erasers, Nurses in Training

July 1920

Miss Della Hall, the county tuberculosis nurse, presented her county report from May 3 to July 15, 1920:  101 positive cases reported; 5 deaths resulted from TB, 3 patients in sanitariums; and 52 suspicious cases.  She made 287 visits to patients and doctors, and held two clinics.

Mrs. Flossie Wright took her son Russell to Bridgeport to have a pencil rubber removed from his ear.  He said he had put it in his ear a week before but that’s all they could find out from him.  Dr. Dean removed the eraser.  The boy then got sick with the measles.


Persons who served on active duty in the US Army between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918, were to be awarded a  Victory medal upon completing an application form.  The medal carried a battle clasp for each major operation and for the occupation of a defensive sector and for service in France, Italy, Siberia, Russia, and England.  All officers, enlisted man, contract surgeons, field clerks and nurses who served in the army between the dates mentioned were entitled to a victory medal.

Lawrence County Post No 28 American Legion rented the rooms over Dr. Duff’s dental office on State Street and new furniture was installed.

Col. Tripp of Springfield, assistant Adjutant General, was in Lawrenceville checking the equipment of Co. G and mustering out the members in July, 1920.   The equipment was then shipped to Springfield. 


Dr. George W. Fritz had been a resident of Lawrence County for eight years, engaged in the practice of medicine first at Petrolia and later at Bridgeport.  In 1916, he was elected coroner.

Mrs. Geo. Lewis went to Princeton, Indiana, to join a motoring party who were leaving on a tour through the east intending to visit Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Niagara Falls, Detroit and Chicago. Miss Della Hall, the county tubercular nurse, left for Minneapolis where she would join a party in a month’s automobile tour to Montana and other western states. Miss Belle Vandermark left for Manitou, Colorado, where she was to spend the next two months vacationing.  (These news items were not uncommon as the paper’s gossip columns were full of the vacation plans of local people.)

Henry Labowitz has received word that his parents accompanied by his two brothers and a sister sailed from Holland to New York City. Had WWI held off two weeks longer, they would have sailed in 1914. 

C. B. Blair motored to St. Petersburg, Florida in his Dodge Touring car in just 8 days.

Madge Sheraden planned to enter nurses’ training at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Helen Van Gilder to study for the same career at Olney Sanitarium.