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Kindly Cared For
Judge Kent sent three persons to the new lunatic asylum at Athens last week. From Guyan Township went Polly Henry, single, aged 60 years. The cause of her derangement is not known; probably hereditary. The first intimation her friends had that her mind was not right was two weeks ago when she commenced screaming and hollowing. From our city were sent George R. Hibbens, married, aged 52 years, and Mary Jane Gould, window, aged 48 years. About a year ago Hibbens became absent-minded. Cause of his complaint unknown, but is said not to be hereditary. Mrs. Gould has had periodical attacks for the past five years, but none so long as the last. The cause of her ailment is not known, but is supposed to be hereditary.
Later --On Tuesday Judge Kent received a telegram stating that Polly Henry died the previous day. She will be buried at Athens.
[Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 12, 1874 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Yellow Fever of 1878
- Gallipolis; Porter

We hope it is true that the disease which has broken out around Gallipolis is only a mild type of yellow fever; and yet we regret that there must be a sequel to the Porter's dreadful story. Whether the yellow fever be contagious or not, it is a bad thing to have in a neighborhood. While the warm weather lasts, the Porter will be a menace to any locality she may be in. The general welfare ought to be the first consideration.
[Source: "Wheeling Daily Register"; 11 SEP 1878]

Two More Deaths Below the City -- The Pentilential Porter Takes Her Departure.
Gallipolis, O., September 14. -- Mr. William Walker and Mc. J. Brothers, reported to you in my last dispatches as being ill with fever, have died in the meantime, making thirteen deaths outside of the crew of the Porter. There are three or four more that the physicians say cannot possibly live. Besides these three or four the rest are thought to be getting along. There has been one new case, perhaps two. There are no cases in the city limits.

Miss Pauley, living in the city, was taken sick less than a week ago, and is not expected to live at this time, but her attending physician says her disease is inflammation of the stomach and bilious fever. George Northrop, living near Yellowtown, seven miles ????? died suddenly of heart disease yesterday. Dr. Mills is up again and out, his case not proving to be fever, but overwork.

Captain Porter, of the two-boat Porter, secured William Haptonstall and Tom Williams as pilots, and Abe Long and William Cooper, as first and second engineers, all of Middleport, and Edward Ralph as second mate from this place, with the following deck hands from this place: George Angel, William Roder, Wm. Pool, Moses Tollute, John Lasley, William Null, Charles Bolte, C. Wiley, John Tivener, Charles Grayson, D. C. Lewis, William Givens and Lewis Kelly, besides others from other points whose names are unknown. These constitute a complete crew for the Porter. They went down to where she was moored and to-day brought her up and shipped a lot of supplies of all kinds, with new beds and bedding, every thing in the nature of cloth having been destroyed and steamed down the river at the rate of twenty miles an hour after her fourteen barges that broke loose yesterday and which passed Portsmouth at seven o'clock this morning. Overtaking them he will endeavor to take her other barges home to the Cumberland Coal Company. Dr. R. A. Gance will accompany her the round trip as physician.
Notwithstanding we have been a little scared here, many were courageous enough to go to the top of the bank and look at this terrible boat that has made so many homes desolate. She has been thoroughly cleansed with all manner of disinfectants, lastly bromide, and is now probably the cleanest boat on the river. Supplies sufficient to take her clear through have been laid in, and she will not attempt to stop anywhere. Captain John C. Porter, her commander, has been here for several days, and commended the respect of every ane {sic}. He of course, is very sorry for the trouble his boat made, and if the river had not raised, enabling him to get away, would have done anything almost our citizens said with her. He would have taken his supplies to her in yawls to-day, and not landed, but our citizens invited him in to the wharf on account of the difficulty otherwise.
[Source: "Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 16 Sep 1878]

CINCINNATI, September 15. -- Four of the infected barges of the steamer John Porter that were torn from their moorings below Gallipolis by the sudden rise were crushed against the piers of the Cincinnati and Newport bridge. The other two were sunk below the city. The steamer Porter in pursuit captured the remaining barges, and has again started up the river with them.
[Source: "Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 16 Sep 1878]

Cairo, September 14. -- NO new cases of fever are yet reported. Parties from the country report quite a heavy frost yesterday in the low bottom lands around Cairo. It was not perceptible in the city, but the feeling is more hopeful, and some of the deserters are returning.
[Source: "Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 16 Sep 1878]

One More Death - No New Cases - The Scare About Over
Gallipolis, O, September 16. -- Miss Alice Walker died last night, making the fourth death from yellow fever in the family of Mr. William Walker. The cases are now reduced to about half a dozen, that are believed to be out of danger. No new cases are reported, and there are none that we can learn of. It is generally and confidently believed that the fever has run its course.
News was received here to-day that the quarantine above us had been raised, and every thing looks as if the excitement was entirely over, except the slim visitation of people from the country. Some boats continue to pass without stopping, and our people good-naturedly turn the table on them saying that it is because they have yellow fever themselves and do not desire to infect us.
The Cincinnati doctors sent here by Dr. Minor are satisfied that the fever we have had was the same as they had on the Porter.
The St. Charles Hotel resumed business to-day.
Dr. W. C. H. Needham, the Health Officer, says there has been no case of yellow fever in this city for twelve days, and the sanitary condition is excellent.
["Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 18 Sep 1878]

GALLIPOLIS, O., September 17. -- The yellow fever excitement here has almost passed, there being at present only one case. Mr. Hugh Piymalle, three miles below this city, who is pronounced by the physicians to be in a critical condition. No new cases since the Porter left. Quarantine on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers is removed. Boats make their usual landings at our wharf. The School Board have decided to open the public schools again on Monday next.
["Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 18 Sep 1878]

The Porter's Barges Burned.
Cincinnati, September 17. -- Captain Porter, burned the steamer Porter's barges at Mingo, a few miles above this city last night. They were valued at $8,000.
["Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 18 Sep 1878]

Holly Springs.
Holly Springs, September 17. -- Deaths today, Angie Quiggins, Mrs. E. D. Miller, Ben Boyd, Mrs. C. Gredstein, Dr. F. M. Ferwell, Lotta Ingraham, Mrs. Webber, J. P. Webber, Mrs. R. L. Watson. New cases: Dr. Manning, Ham Lee, Betsey William, Lucy Journigen, D. McGowan, S. Lawson, W. Glassy, C. Kales, Dr. J. W. Fernwell, Avant Walton, Demps Brittenheim, Maria Young and Mrs. A. C. Stone.
["Wheeling Daily Register" (WV); 18 Sep 1878]

Gallipolis Gets The Asylum

Columbus, O., August 9. -- The commission to locate a site for the proposed asylum for the epileptic insane resumed its labors to-day and on the eleventh ballot, Gallipolis was selected by the vote of Messrs Vance and Waite, Mr. Brunelle holding out for Sidney. Vance and Brunelle stuck to Gallipolis and Sidney respectively during the entire balloting, while Mr. Waite voted for Canal Dover, Marietta, Chillicothe, Springfield, Newark and Portsmouth, voting with Colonel Vance on the eleventh ballot.
[SOURCE: Wheeling Sunday Register; West Virginia; 10 Aug 1890]


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