The tireless work and dedication of the Civic Club never ceases to amaze me. Since 1903 this group has been active in the beautification and betterment of Caddo. It is because of the Civic Club that we have a cemetery and the cemetery chapel. It is through their efforts that Caddo created its first park. These ladies were, and still are, busy in their homes, in the local churches, in the school, and throughout the community.
Today’s entry is about the Civic Club’s efforts to prevent typhoid fever. Typhoid fever is an infection of the intestinal tract caused by eating infected food or drinking infected water. It can also be passed from one person to another. The infamous “typhoid Mary” of the early 1900’s was the first “healthy carrier” of the disease known in the U.S. She infected many people before it was discovered that she carried the disease.
Most typhoid is successfully treated today, but still poses a threat to people traveling overseas. It was a serious problem in Caddo and was often mentioned in the paper. It had taken many fine citizens over the years and I’m sure the Civic Club was well aware of that.
April 14, 1899-Typhoid Fever and all kindred ailments prevented and cured by the use of Begg’s Little Giant Pills. Sold by all druggists.
January 4, 1901- Annie Bloom
Died on the 21st of December of typhoid fever, Annie Bloom, daughter of Peter Bloom, in her tenth year. The deceased soon followed her mother, an account whose demise appears in said issue of The Herald.
November 7, 1913- Bob Boydstun Dead
At his home two miles west of Caddo, last Thursday, Robert Darius Boydstun died of typhoid, having been ill about ten days.
July 25, 1913- J. P. Davis
J. P. Davis, who lived on the Manning place just west of town, died Wednesday morning of typhoid.
August 1, 1913
Dr. J. R. Allen accompanied T. B. Turnbull to Sherman Wednesday where Mr. Turnbull is confined with typhoid in the hospital.
July 8, 1921- H. S. Whitt Died Tuesday of Typhoid Fever
H. S. Whitt died at the family residence in Caddo, Tuesday morning at 7:45 of typhoid fever.
June 15, 1934- Mary Lois Goddard Succumbs After Long Illness
Mary Lois Goddard, 20, passed away at her home Tuesday afternoon after having suffered of typhoid fever for the past month.
The Caddo Herald
October 13, 1933
Typhoid Serum Given to School Children
For the past four weeks typhoid serum has been given to the school students of Caddo; given to them under the auspices of the School committee of the Civic Club, with Mrs. Barney Woods as chairman.
On the first day the vaccine was given 316 were inoculated. The next week 410 took the serum; the third, 344 and the fourth 50.
The Civic Club desires to express its appreciation to Drs. Cochran and Dickey for their services in enabling the children to get this treatment for only ten cents a shot.
They also want to thank all those who helped with the giving of the vaccine at the school building.
This vaccine is furnished by the State Health Department to the school children who so desire it. If there are those in the community who were unable to take the serum during this period and they desire to do so now, they should get in touch with Mrs. Barney Wood or Mr. H. I. Meadows and arrangements will be made for them to take it.