100 years ago: Smallpox case appears in local elementary school

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 23, 1914:

  • “As a result of the discovery of a case of smallpox in the second grade of the Central School that building was closed this morning and will be thoroughly fumigated before again being used. Three new cases of the disease are thought to have been found today, making a total of five cases. Until the discovery of the case at the Central School, the epidemic was thought to be confined to the University district. This discovery has caused fear that the disease will be spread over the city. Chancellor Frank Strong at the University chapel exercises today advised all students of the University to be vaccinated as soon as possible. He said there was much cause for alarm but that such a course would be advisable. Students will be given free vaccinations by university physicians at the School of Medicine.”
  • “A suit for $1,000 damages for personal injury was filed in the district court yesterday afternoon by Bert White for his son Eugene Emery White, a minor, against the Lawrence Railway and Light Company. The petition alleges that the boy received a shock from a light wire which had come down on June 11, 1913, and that as a result he suffered serious disorders of the heart for several months afterward. He alleges that his hand was also severely burned as a result of coming in contact with the wire. Negligence for allowing the wire to come down is charged against the defendant.”
  • “Work for a Student Union at the University was revived at the meeting of the Student Council last night and a committee appointed to see to it that a house be rented as soon as possible. The disappointment which came from the withdrawal of aid from the alumni this fall, when it was found that Lee’s College Inn had not been remodeled so as to accommodate the Union, has been cast aside by the Council and it is going ahead to get a house…. This Student Union which will be started next semester will be conducive to more school spirit and may be a means for the students of the University to get from under the yoke of faculty supervision.”