Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 27, 1976 · Page 43
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Nampa, Idaho
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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5nJhei|SSPocah«ntai Jordan Valley's The Idaho Krce Press, Friday, February 2?, H76 -- C-15 Dr. Jones logs VW / memories ~ - One of (he .... fHghlening things to happen in the 20th Century was the almost sudden epidemic of ml uenza. There was no vaccine or known remedy to keep people from catching il or being made well if ihey caught it. »couldn't have happened al a worse lime. The United Stales was embroiled in World War I si the lime. There was more than eiiouph worry about Ihe war without haying that terrible epidemic strike all over Ihe country so quickly anil lake so rrianv thousands of lives. People living in Hie Owyh'ees were hil and layed Hat almost at Ihe same time as it was happening elsewhere. II seemed like a miracle thai anvone was left alive. . On May H. 1917. Dr. rf.W. Jones of Jordan Valley, who was in Ihe United States Naval Reserve, was put on active duly as assistant: surgeon al the Puget Sound Navy Yard. It left a several thousand square mile area u/ilhout a medical doctor. Reading the log (diary) he kept, il appears (he first en- tountei he had with cases of that influenza epidemic happened in September, 1918, while he was senior medical officer aboard the USS Pocahonlas. It was a troop transport ship makinfi trips from' the East Coast to France. It was at almost that same lime (he influenza epidemic was olf to a fast start in the Owyhees and it lasted til spring of the following year. Then it seemed to alniost suddenly quit, with widely, scattered light cases lapering-off (he epidemic. Jones' wife, Clara, had been . left with their six children in Jordan Valley and had the drug store to operate during his absence. As soon as il was apparent to her that there was an epidemic she secured the services of a Portland niedical doctor wlio went lo 'Jordan Valley for several months. There wasn't much lhal doctor could do but he made a real effort. He experimented with vaccinations on people bul it wasn't effective. The method of vaccinating those days involved scratching a spot on a person's arm until it started bleeding then rubbing the vaccine into that sore spot. In the log (diary) of Dr. Jones, aboard the USS Pocahonlas, dated Sepl, 22, 1918. he wrote. "The sick is getting lo be some problem. About 25 cases of influenza came up this morning. If this continues we will have 200 cases by (he time we reach France. It seems (he shores of France will be a very welcome sight, so that we can gel rid of these birds (Army men who were ill)." On that same day there is a wrilten record, which was made later in the day, "6 p.m. Some job. 100 cases of influenza, and coming 5 lo 10 an hour." The next day, Sepl. 23, 1918. he wrote in his log, "Fifty or sixty new cases of influenza. Two cases of measles. One doctor sick." (There were 3,600 troops being transported in thai ship. Many had had mumps measles, diptheria, appendicitis, influenza or other ailments. So, (he doctors had plenty of work). It was sometime near September, or possibly in October, when people in the Owyhees began diving from the influenza Even Mrs. Jones was on (he brink of death, bul fortunately survived. Dr. Jones had wrillcii to her that he found bed resl, with fresh air, plenty of liquid to drink, and not lo leave a bed until you fell good for one full day or more had been the most effective treatment. There was a similarity between the spread of influenza on lhal Iroop Iransport ship and what was happening in Jordan Valley and the other lowns in Ihe Owyhees. More people seemed to be catching the influenza every hour. Sept. 25, 1918, Doctor Jones wrote in his log, "Operated on a case of Appendicitis. Three hours later the uatient was resling fine. Soldiers are cheering, due lo land being sighted. The horizon is dotted with lorpedo toais to conduct us through the danger zone." Sepl. 26, 1918. "We still move slowly onward. New rases of influen/a every hour." Sept. 28, 1918, "The shoreline near Brest, France, looks somewhat like one side of the Owyhee Kiver canyon, bul not so high. deaths, but some of the oilier ships had as many as 32 dealhs. so we are prelty well-off. "No Navy men, have died, bul we niusl gel more lime to give them attention, or Ihey will die." The ship had hecii anchored aboul a mile from shore, inside (lie harbor. All lr«ps wlielhi'r sick or well, had to be taken all the ship in small boals. There vert abonl 30 Army men who were ill and II Navy men needing hospitalizalion. hut were led on Hie ship ulieii il was suddenly ordered lo return to the United Stales. The wcjilher liad turned cold, both in Jordan Vallev ami lo leave Iheir homes to gel wood and coal, contributed lo Ihe dealh of several people. It wasn't uncommon lo see a man leave his abode lo do chores one day and learn Ihe next morning lhat he had died lhal night. Families were suddenly leff without a father or mother, or one or more young sons or daughters. One man in the (own of Jordan Valley kept several others busy helping him bury the dead. They could be seen driving a team of horses lhal pulled Ihe fancy hearse oul (o Ihe cemetery real often, M it)i no funeral procession behind Ihe hearse. Flu epidemic similarities seen on sfiip, in the valley "It seems lhat all the ships thai have landed for some time have had many sick men aboard and the hospitals are crowded. So we were left with a couple of hundred sick ones on board another nighl. Took nearly all the m.itlresses from Hie slate rooms where Army officers hail been billeted and put (lie sick soldiers on board, or on (he open deck. "So far « p e have had five aboard lhal ship in the Atlantic. People in Jordan Valley and other lowns in the Owyhees had (o depend on heal in their homes and businesses from space- healer stoves. Wood had lo be chopped and lump coal broken into small enough pieces to fit in'o stoves. Someone in each home had those tasks whether lie.or she was deathly ill with inlluenza. THl extra efforl, along with having The general merchandise store lhal kept coffins in stock ran out of them and a carpenter made the balance needed to bury Ihe dead. That same thing happened aboard that ship, according lo Dr. Jones' wrilten account. The ship carpenter made coffins on Ihe return trip to Ihe United Slales. Christmas in 1918 was far from a merry one. I'opyrijthi, Curtis C. Jones 1976 ^ SUPPLY CO-OP i XTIRtS'BATTERIES'PETROLEUM PRODUCTS-FARM SUPPLIES / fWWCHEMlCALS-DRYiUQUlO FERTlllZER-ON P4RM TIRESiBV HIGHWAY 30 WEST'NAMPA · #U.J66-784I TRULY THE.. -SrW FARMERS' HEAD "irPt ,5fc^ It ^/i^X. ^ 'FARM TIRE SERVICE · · - » » \ \ » ^ \ \ \ \ - \ ^ x^ x AUTOMOTIVE AND TIRE SERVICE! 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