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Epidemics & Disasters

Small-Pox Epidemic: 
On December 1, 1898 Sam Stafford and his family took sick. Their sickness was not properly diagnosed until over thirty days. By that time over 50 people had visited their home. Sic young men of the K.P. and Woodmen of the World lodges were designated by respective lodges to attend the Staffords, and all, subsequently, took sick. Most cases resulted from contact with the Stafford family and only a few of undetermined origin. The County Health Board quarantined Bosworth and three and one-half miles from each direction from the city limits. Some of the nurses were: Carroll, Cook, Tom Wharton, Mrs. Meyers, Walter Hudson, Mooris, Porch, Smith, Park Montgomery, John Parsley, Grosshart, and Green Thomas. Some of the families and individuals that were afflicted were: Stafford, Stewart, Underwood, Mart Kerr, Shinn, Woods, Ord, Boss Brown, Eva Walker, Benj. Winkler, Fly, Herrman, James Butler, Jas. McKinney, Bert Breeze, Larkin Stanley, Mrs. Morris, Pierce Godsey, Misses Squires, Grosshart, Ed Purdy and Fred Tyer. Some of the deaths were: Cecil and Edith Ord, baby of Elias Stafford, Mrs. Elias Stafford, Mrs. Mart Kerr, infant son of M. L. Underwood, Roud Woods, Clyde Kerr, Jas. McKinney, Chas. Ord, Larkins Stanley and M. L. Unerwood. The quarantine was lifted on February 22, 1899.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

Grasshopper scourge was in about 1936.  They left nothing green in their wake.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

Droughts of 1934 and 1936 were most severe.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

Fires
On Friday mornings, June 15, 1928 at 12:30 a.m. a fire was discovered in the rear of the Pennington building, located on the northeast side of Kansas Avenue, in the center of the business section of Bosworth.  Before the fire was checked it had destroyed property to the value of $15 to $20, 000.  The building was owned by Mrs. Geo. Pennington and had no insurance.  The first story was occupied by John Cox as a barber shop on one side and by John R. Green as a restaurant on the other. There were other buildings that subsquently caught on fire and were destroyed, and a number of other businesses sustained broken windows from the heat of the fire.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

Accidents
There was a train wreck, but no one recalled the exact year but it occured about two miles northeast of Bosworth between the underground crossing and the Manson place to the east.  The story goes that an east bbound train was halted at Bosworth and the engineer was told to wait.  The engineer didn't wait and proceeded on his way.  The fireman jumped before crossing the overpass, but the engineer waited and was too late to escape and was scalded to death.  This was reported by Henry Grossman, who was in the area at the time.
(Submitted by Linda Craig)

 

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