The Caddo Herald
October 18, 1918
Deaths from Influenza
Mr. L. O. Davis, who lived just west of the high school building, died Wednesday. Funeral Thursday in Caddo Cemetery.
Bessie, the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Lamb, died at the family home Tuesday and was buried Wednesday.
Wm. Lotspiech, who lived five miles southwest of town, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday.
Oct. 25, 1918
Mrs. Anna Peddy, aged 26 years, died at the family home Caddo, Monday morning of influenza, she having been ill with it for about a week. Funeral Tuesday in Caddo Cemetery. Burial beside A.W. Peddy, who died two years ago.
Eula May Gibson died Monday evening at the family home of influenza. She was ten years of age, a sweet little girl, daughter of Mrs. Nita Gibson. Funeral was held at Caddo Cemetery at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.
December 13, 1918
Flu comes Back to Durant and Kenefick
The flu situation again became serious in Durant and Kenefick last week so that the public gatherings were again closed. Schools, churches and theatres were closed since Sunday in Durant and other meetings forbidden.
While the situation is alarming, it is not beyond hope or control, it is thought. Health authorities are obeyed everywhere the order has been promulgated.
In Caddo the situation has not grown so serious since re-opening schools and other public gatherings. There are some few cases of course, but not many and the epidemic does not seem to be so fatal here as at other places.
At this writing no public gatherings have been abandoned. There is a respectable authority which believes not much good is accomplished by closing schools and churches. Many cases of influenza have been found among people who went to no public gatherings, who were never in crowds, and therefore were never exposed. It seems that the air is laden with the germ and if the person’s general health is not good the germ is more likely to take hold and multiply. If the person is healthy the germs are thrown off and no ill effects are experienced.
The best advice we know is to keep the general health good by exercise and cleanliness. Avoid persons coughing or sneezing; and keep the system well open by the use of salts if necessary.
Schools Will Not Be Closed Account of Flu
The county health officers in consultation with the city authorities has decided not to close the schools and other public meetings in Caddo.
There seems to be a serious question as to the wisdom of such closings.
On the contrary, the health officers recommend the quarantining of all flu cases and sending home all children who are ill and keeping them there. Grown people the same way. If you have a cough or cold or are the least bit fluish, you must go home and stay until well. It is thought this means will be really more effective than closing public meetings.
In the country it is recommended that all public socials and dances be abandoned for the while or at least that persons who feel unwell stay away from such gatherings.
In other words the sick person must stay away from other people.
The Herald, while not posing as an authority, thinks this a wise plan, and that if adhered to will restrict the ravages of the disease more than closing of all gatherings.