Carthage News

More than a century of epidemics recalled


Mr. and Mrs. Carl Elvik have moved to Carthage from California. Carl was originally from Carthage.

There will be an outdoor service at Trinity Lutheran Church, September 13 at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Daniel Strouds of Huron visited Donna Stroud Saturday afternoon. Gary Stroud, Sioux Falls, was a visitor Friday afternoon.

With medical reports in the news each day, some of the medical tidbits from the Carthage History Book, Carthage, Gem of the Redstone by Sally Madison are interesting.


An 1896 newspaper reported a sore eye epidemic that was abating and being replaced with an epidemic of whooping cough, and the black measles were raging in the country with one family of twelve all down with it.

In 1898, the school was closed temporarily because of “Scarlatina.”

A 1915 newspaper reported Dr. May of Rochester stated that operations for appendicitis have increased three hundred percent over the past five years due in measure to men wearing belts rather than suspenders.

In 1917, the chiropractor, O.D High, left Carthage stating, “Carthage people are too blame healthy.”

In 1919, an ophthalmologist would be in town to treat tired eyes, inflamed eyes and eyelids, poor sight, headaches and nervousness.

A 1920 paper reported Dr. Baraitred, a specialist from Minneapolis, was in town removing diseased tonsils. The same year reported the Artesian doctor had been worked to death treating 150 cases of flue in one week. Also, in 1920, N.W. Meyer had a case of hiccoughes he succeeded in stopping by fasting for twenty-four hours.

Doctor’s advice for influenza in a 1937 paper was to go to bed at once, cover up, perspire freely, drink fluids — two quarts a day, take a laxative, remain in bed until after the fever is gone. Consult a doctor if not doing well and avoid crowds and public places.


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