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100 years ago: Case of infantile paralysis diagnosed

July 18, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for July 18, 1910:

“The first case of the dread infantile paralysis to occur in Lawrence was diagnosed as such, by Dr. Gillispie Saturday evening. This is the first case to occur in Douglas county since the disease has come into such sudden publicity over the state. Dr. Crumbine, state health officer, told the local physician that it appeared almost certain that the state would have an epidemic of the disease. It is primarily a disease of the interior column of the spinal cord and where death does not ensue, grave deformities frequently result.... Shawnee Brundon and Dundee Fixico, two 16-years-old boys from Haskell were recaptured at Ottawa Saturday and brought back to the institute by Wm. Keen. The boys had discarded their school uniforms and walked all the way to Ottawa. They were tired of studying and begged not to be brought back.... At the home of Chas. Stewart, 711 N.H., a couch was being cleaned with gasoline when someone entered the room and struck a match. Instantly the fumes caught fire and in a second the couch was a mass of flames. It was pushed out in the yard before the arrival of the fire laddies, who responded promptly to the alarm.”

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 9 months ago

"Shawnee Brundon and Dundee Fixico, two 16-years-old boys from Haskell were recaptured at Ottawa Saturday and brought back to the institute by Wm. Keen. The boys had discarded their school uniforms and walked all the way to Ottawa"

Recaptured? I guess that confirms that at the time the "students" at Haskell were really just inmates.

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