During the epidemic of 1873, the only cases of cholera that are found to have occurred in Carroll County are found upon the construction-train of the Louisville, Cincinnati and Lexington Railroad, at the village of Worthville, a point nearly midway between the cities of Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. N. B. Lewis, to whom we are indebted for the facts of this demonstration, informs us that the hands upon this construction-train were negroes, picked up at Louisville, Frankfort. Covington, and LaGrange. The cars in which the bauds lived were in the most miserable sanitary condition. During June and July, there had been frequent cases of diarrhea and cholera morbus among them. Frequently sick negroes had been left at their homes, of whom no further information can be obtained.
On the 12th day of July, a negro named Norman was taken with
cholera upon this train at Worthville, and died within twelve hours. On
the 13th, Mrs. Conner, who was employed as cook for the bauds, a white
woman, was taken sick; her attack was violent, but she recovered. The
hands upon the train dispersed to their homes. Dr. Lewis has been informed that of these men Ave cases died after they reached their homes.
It is suggested that through the workmen employed upon this construction-train the infection of the town of La Grange, Oldham County, was
accomplished, as the homes of some of these men were at that town.