SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC

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DECEMBER 22, 1901: “NO SMALLPOX IN RANDSBURG — RANDSBURG, Dec. 21—Dr. Carson, health officer of Kern County, arrived here last night, and, after consulting and an examination of some of the patients suspected of having smallpox, pronounced the epidemic nothing but a mild form of skin disease. There are no new cases and the smallpox scare has no foundation in fact.” – San Francisco Call

December 22, 1901:  “RANDSBURG, Dec. 21— Dr. Carson, health officer of Kern County, arrived here last night, and, after consulting with resident physicians and an examination of some of the patients suspected of having smallpox, pronounced the epidemic nothing but a mild form of skin disease. – San Francisco Call

DECEMBER 27, 1901:  “BAKERSFIELD, Dec 26.—The discovery has been made through the arrival of Amos Lichty at the County Hospital from Randsburg that about twenty residents of that place are afflicted with smallpox. The disease had been pronounced a skin affection and but little attention was at first paid to it. Later so many were taken ill that a physician was called from this city. He also pronounced the cause skin disease. Dr. Schafer, the County Physician, was also called to Randsburg and be stated that the cases were those of smallpox.  Lichty has been removed to the pesthouse and the Board of Supervisors has been notified. Many residents of Randsburg are of the opinion that the malady is not smallpox, and an expert may be called to give his ‘views’. –San Francisco Call

DECEMBER 28, 1901: “BAKERSFIELD, Dec. 27.—WILL INVESTIGATE AN EPIDEMIC.  Dr. V. J. Hanna of Sacramento, a member of the State Board of Health arrived here this morning and later left for Randsburg, where he has been called as an expert to investigate the epidemic at that place, which has been pronounced smallpox by Dr. Schafer, county physician, and skin disease by other physicians. The decision of the visiting medical man is awaited with a great deal of interest.” – San Francisco Call

December 29, 1901: “DISEASE IS SMALLPOX, SAYS A STATE OFFICIAL — Board of Health Reports His Diagnosis of the Cases at Randsburg. BAKERSFIELD, Dec. 28.— Dr. Hanna of Sacramento, a member of the State Board of Health, returned from Randsburg this morning. He states that the epidemic at that place is smallpox. A committee has been appointed to take charge of affairs there. A hall has .been converted into a pesthouse and everything possible will be done to prevent a spread of the disease. There are about thirty cases of smallpox of a mild type in the infected town. So far no deaths have resulted.” – San Francisco Call

January 4, 1902:  “SMALLPOX DECREASES AT RANDSBURG — Randsburg, January 3 — The smallpox situation is improving.  Thorough quarantine is maintained, every house suspected has a yellow flag attached and no intercourse is allowed with outsiders.  There have been no new cases in the last two days.” – San Francisco Call

January 09, 1902: “RANDSBURG’S SMALLPOX  EPIDEMIC SPREADING — BAKERSFIELD. Jan. 8.— The smallpox situation in Randsburg has become so alarming ‘that the citizenus’ committee there has addressed a communication : to the. Board of Supervisors asking that a quarantine officer be sent from Bakersfield to take charge of ‘affairs.*. There are now in Randsburg forty-five cases, more’than twenty of. which are in the pesthouse. ‘It is now established that the cases  in Stockton had their origin , in Randsburg.” A. W. McGinn, a teacher of the public schools at Randsburg. went to Stocktonfor his .’holiday, vacation and. was takendown with the. disease there.  From : this,it is said, the other cases-started.  STOCKTON, Jan. 8.— No- new cases of smallpox. Were reported to-day and all the patients are doing well. Health .Officer Ladd declares that there’ is not; a: single, virulent case. The quarantine is . rigidly enforced and it is believed the malady willbe stamped out in a short time.” – San Francisco Call

January 10, 1902:  “STRICT QUARANTINE IN RANDSBURG –BAKERSFIELD,  January 8 — The Board of Supervisors has ordered that the resident health officer of the town, E. M. Skillings, take charge of all places infected with smallpox and that a strict quarantine be made by him.  This action was taken in response to an appeal by the the people of the infected town for a stricster quarantine.  In all cases where smallpox has existed the quarantine will not be raised until 10 days after the last case has been reported cured.” — San Francisco Call

January 21, 1902: “BAKERSFIELD, CAL. Jan 8 — THE SMALLPOX SITUATION IN RANDSBURG has become so alarming that the citizens committee there which has the matter of the safety of the town  has addressed a communication to the Board of Supervisors that a quarantine officer be sent from Bakersfield to take charge of affairs.  There are now in Randsburg 45 cases, over 31 of which are in the Pest House.  It is now established that the cases in Stockton had their origin in Randsburg.  A. W.  McGinn the teacher of the public school at Randsburg, went to Stockton for his holiday vacation, and was taken down with the disease there.  From this it is stated the other cases started.” – Hawaiian Gazette

January 25, 1902:  “RANDSBURG QUARANTINE – Dr. Randolph W. Hill, president of the State Board of Health went up from Los Angeles last Wednesday at the request of the County Supervisors of Kern County to look into the smallpox situation and to advise as to the best means of stamping out the disease.  He met with the quarantine committee and learned what was being done, and the general conditions.  He has made a thorough examination and found smallpox in mild form.  He does not think there is any occasion for outside people to be alarmed at the prospect of contagion from Randsburg.

All railroads and stage lines are prohibited from carrying any person away from Randsburg without a certificate of health, by order of the State and County health officers.  Before leaving Dr. Hill placed a competent man in charge as his representative to supervise the work being done by the county and citizens of Randsburg who will stay until the disease is thoroughly eradicated.  The quarantine will be rigidly inforced (sic) under his supervision and Dr. Hill thinks the disease will be stamped out in two or three months.” –Corona Courier

January 31, 1902: RANDSBURG EPIDEMIC IS ENDED– BAKERSFIELD, Jan. 30 –Dr. Booth, who has had charge of the smallpox situation at Randsburg,, has arrived in  this city and states that, the quarantine has been raised from the town.  Of the many cases’ there but fourteen remain in the Pesthouse, and they will be r released as soon as proper fumigation  can be  arranged for Dr. Booth states that there is no longer any fear of contagion at that point.” –San Francisco Call

October 24, 1909: “CONFEDERATE VETERAN DIES AT LOS ANGELES! Dr. James P. Booth Ends Long and Useful Career . LOS ANGELES. Oct. 23. — Dr. Pinckney Booth, confederate veteran from Alabama and former editor of the Los Angeles Medical Journal, died at his home today, age 62. Doctor Booth was widely known throughout the southwest, first in New Mexico, where he participated under  General Lawton in the pursuit and capture of Geronimo, and later in the desert mining districts, where he conquered a smallpox plague that almost depopulated Randsburg.
He also served as sheriff of San Bernardino County.” – San Francisco Call

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