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Edgar County, Illinois
Sick List News


These are in loose alpha order by the surname of the first sick individual mentioned


Little Bennie Arterburn is sick with fever.  [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

Uncle Johnny Arterburn is able to be on the streets again. [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

Mrs. Wm. Arterburn has returned from Charleston, and reports Mrs. Gerard much better. [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

Miss Mary Clemmons was thrown from her horse last week, cutting her face considerably; but she was able to remount and ride home.
[Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

Mr. Henry Dodd's child has got the scarlet fever. Dr. TenBrook is its physician.
 [Paris Weekly Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Monday April 30, 1877]

Charlie Herrington is very sick with pneumonia and fever. [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

Mrs. Ed Hutton and daughter Kate were in Charleston last week. Kate received an injury in her ankle from a fall. [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

Work has been suspended on Ed Hutton's house on account of the sickness of George Low, as the noise disturbed him. [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]

(Chicago Drovers' Journal)
PARIS, Ill., July 21. - The residents of Edgar county are greatly aroused over an outbreak of tuberculosis which has recently occured in a family in this vicinity, resulting from the use of milk from a reactor cow formerly owned by Robert Goben. The entire herd was tuberculin tested by a federal veterinarian two years ago. One cow reacted. She was tagged, branded and placed under quarantine by the federal veterinarian acting as the representative of the Illinois state department of agriculture. The cow was supposed to have been kept in segregation on this farm under the quarantine laws of the state until such time as she could be slaughtered. Because she was in good flesh and appeared healthy, Goben claimed she did not have tuberculosis and it was said boasted that he would be glad to have a whole herd just like her. The government ear-tag was removed and the cow was given to his farm hand, Robert Kelly, in lieu of money owed Mr Kelly, it is charged. Kelly states that he took the cow to his home last spring. During the June following, one of his girls, 5 years old, complained of a pain in her back. Dr. Martin, a local physician, was called, and pronounced the case tuberculosis. Since then four other children have developed characteristic symptoms. These children range from 2 to 9 years of age. All have enlarged glands and nearly all have sores on the body. One is in a very serious condition because the spine is affected.
Slaughter Shows Tuberculosis
This cow was slaughtered at the local fertilizing plant yesterday and a post mortem was held by Dr. Brannigan, federal veterinarian, employed by the Edgar County Farm bureau for the tuberculin testing of herds in this county. He was assisted in the autopsy by Dr. J. W. Martin, the attending physician of the family. The cow proved to have a generalised case and was condemned. The liver was considerably larger than normal and contained masses of tubercles. Tubercular lesions were found in both lobes of lungs and in numerous glands of the body. The udder was also found to be affected with this disease. The examination was made in the presence of Mr Crosby, county agent and H. R. Smith of the National Live Stock exchange and Dr. Adams. There are seven children in the family and all but two contracted the disease. One girl, 11 years old, does not drink milk and she seems to be perfectly healthy. This is also true of the 6 months old baby which has received no cow's milk. A pig which has been fed on this milk reacted to the tuberculin test and the family cat was found on post mortem examination to be affected with tuberculosis. Not only this, but a cow more recently purchased, kept with this condemned animal, has also reacted to the test and will be slaughtered during the next few days. It is a serious situation and the state's attorney has signified his intention of prosecuting Gobel on a criminal charge. [Manchester Democrat. (Manchester, Iowa), July 27, 1921]

John McCloskey, who fell off a trestle on the Vandalia road, near Vandalia, about two weeks since, and was thought to be fatally injured, is up and able to go about. [Paris Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Wednesday November 8, 1882]

Mattie, a little five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McKee fell into the cistern yesterday morning. Mr. McKee being sick, at home, jumped down into the cistern on hearing the alarm, and rescued the little one. By the application of proper remedies she was restored to consciousness. [Paris Gazette, Wednesday Morning April 10, 1878]

Phillip Moore, who is well known in this city, a son of Editor Moore, had his leg broken while riding in a buggy last Tuesday evening. [Edgar County Times, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Thursday May 31, 1877]

Kansas, Ills., June 21 - Fred Ogden, residing just north of this city, while out cutting hedge with his brother ran into a nest of bumblebees.  His brother, who had a hedge knife in his hand, struck at the bees, and in doing so hit his brother in the face, just below the eye, making a wound that will disfigure the boy for life.  [Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 21 June 1900]

Wm. Scott of Prairie township was pretty badly bruised up last week, by being thrown out of a wagon during the progress of a run-away.
 [Paris Weekly Gazette, Paris, Edgar Co., Illinois Monday April 30, 1877]

Prof. Thrailkill's little child has the whooping cough. [Charleston Plaindealer, Saturday, April 14, 1888]



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