La Salle County IL News
Illness and Epidemics


 Taken From theAlton Telegraph And Democratic Review (Alton, Illinois)
August 5, 1843

It is said in the Ottawa paper that the small pox had made its appearance in the Southern part of Lasalle county, and also in Putnam county. Vaccination is the only mode of preventing its extension.

Deaths from Cholera
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 3, 1849
Health of the Town
There have, since last Friday, so far as we have been able to ascertain, been eight deaths in town, of which six have, to all appearance, been from Cholera.
Evert LeGrange, a young man of good habits and irreproachable character, died on Sunday, in Ottawa Centre. He had had the diarrhea for several days and it is said hastened the disease to its climax by medicine he took to check it. His death is noticed in another column.
Elizabeth Thompson, also in Ottawa Centre, died on Monday morning. She had been taking medicine to reduce an inflammation from vaccination, and mistook the first approach of the cholera for the right operation of the medicine she was taking until it was too late to avert the effects of the fatal error. She was an accomplished and estimable young lady.
Geo. Olmstead, a carpenter, a man of good habits, died on Wednesday of cholera. He had been feeble for some time.
Mrs. Booneville, wife of a Frenchman of the name living below the side-cut, died on Saturday, it is said by some of cholera, and by others not.
Mrs. Brady, an Irish lady, died on Sunday. We have not heard of what disease, but learned it was not cholera.
A child of Wm. Haskell died on Saturday of cholera - also a child of Mr. Barton; both in West Ottawa.
This, we believe, comprises our whole bill of mortality. There have been probably half a dozen more cases of cholera - generally slight attacks, that have recovered - the disease yielding readily if properly (..?..). Indeed, if the least prudence is observed, there appears to be no occasion for any fear whatever, from the mild form in which it has appeared in this place.

We mentioned in our last that the cholera had appeared among the Norwegians in the Norway settlement in this county. It was carried there by newly arrived emigrants, of whom there has within two weeks been an accession of several boat loads to the settlement. But the disease has not been confined to these. It has spread among the old settlers, and has made fearful work. Among those who have died, we have heard mentioned the names of
Goodman Hougas
Nels Anderson
Andrew Nelson
Benedict Nelson
Meckal Olson, wife and two children
Daniel Walder
Christian Walde & wife;
And some others.
Among the newcomers the mortality has also been fearful, extending probably to a fourth of the whole number.
A number of the newly arrived emigrants located in a Norwegian settlement on Indian Creek and (?...) in this district who have fallen victims, we have heard only the names of Canute Gutormanson, his wife and two children; but understand there are others. Of the newly arrived emigrants, a number have died - three at the house of Mr. Gutormanson before he or his family were taken. The manner in which the disease broke out among the Norwegians, and spread from house to house, appears to settle beyond question its infectious character.

The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, August 17, 1849
There have, since last Friday, been 10 deaths in town, of which 7 were from cholera, and 3 from other diseases. Of those who died of cholera, 2 were children and 5 were adults. The names, age, &c., of dec'd, will be found under the obituary head. We hear of little cholera in the country around us, while in town the number of cases was probably larger than in any previous week, while the mortality has been about the same. The disease has appeared among us in its mildest form, and there has been scarcely a death but was owing to manifest imprudence in the start or in bringing about a relapse. We can hear of no new cases of cholera yesterday or today.

The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, September 21, 1849
There has been considerable alarm felt at the re-appearance of the cholera at this place, for which there was hardly sufficient cause. Two families, consisting of nine or ten persons, we believe, arrived on the canal from Brooklyn, N.Y., and stopped in Mr. Tharp's barn, where the Norwegians died, several months ago. The cholera broke out among them, and up to yesterday seven of them had died. Besides these, Mr. L. D. Hawkins, a carpenter, and wife, and a child of Mr. Whipple, of this place have died within the last 10 days of cholera. Mr. Hawkins undoubtedly took it from the emigrants, while the child is said to have eaten freely of green fruit. We hear of no other cases.

Richard Condin Loses Three Children to Diphtheria
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, May 3, 1883
Richard Condin, living on the old Chase place, between Tonica and Lostant, has had his house made desolate by the loss of three children in the short period of eight days, all stricken down suddenly by that terrible plague, diphtheria. Tuesda of last week his boy of 11 years died after a brief illness. Last Monday tow more, Mary, aged 18 and John aged 13, died from the same disease. Two other children were quite sick, but are now reported convalescent.

Deaths from Infantile Paralysis in LaSalle and Ford Counties

Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) August 28, 1916

There have been thirty-one deaths from infantile paralysis in Illinois since July 1, of which two have been in Chicago, according to a statement by Dr. Drake.

There are under quarantine in the state 187 cases of the disease of which 88 are in Chicago while the state board of health is inspecting thirty suspected cases. There have been released from quarantine, by reason of the termination of the period of quarantine since July 1, ninety-five cases.

Two deaths were reported to the board yesterday Archie Tegarden, near Dana, LaSalle county and one at Paxton, Ford county, name not reported.

The case of John Chavanic of Blue Island, Cook county was confirmed as being infantile paralysis as was that of Alice Howard at Oak Park, Cook county and Mrs. Frank Marsh, aged 33, of Toulon, Stark county.

Suspected cases were reported as follows. Mt. Zion, Macon county, Peru and Ottawa, LaSalle county, near Bement and near Maroa, Macon county and near Monticello Piatt county.


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