"They Died From The Flu Epidemic of 1918"
By Delaine Donaldson

Mervin Lee Burbridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Burbridge, was born in Marble Head, November 10th. 1916, and died at Valley City, Ill., October 24, 1918, with influenza, aged 1 year, 11 months and 14 days. He was a dear little boy, loved by all who knew him. He was buried in the Griggsville cemetery Friday afternoon, October 25th. Short funeral services were held at the grave, conducted by Rev. J., D. Roach. The family expects to return to their home at Marble Head soon and it will be a sad home coming for them without their baby boy. They have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Elmer Carrel, one of Griggsville's most esteemed young men, passed away Sunday afternoon after a short illness of pneumonia., following an attack of influenza. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carrel of Maysville, and was born at that place on February 1st, 1889, being therefore, aged 29 years, 8 months, and 36 days at the time of his death. His boyhood days were spent at Maysville, and later he lived on a farm near this city. On December 4th, 1907, he was united in marriage to Cora McCallister, who survives him, as does one daughter, Marguerite, his father and mother, two brothers. Ray of Baylis and Frank of Maysville. For a number of years he had been a member of the Griggsville band, and was always to be relied upon at practice or when the band was filling engagements. He took much interest in Odd fellowship, being a valued member of Pike lodge of this city, in which he held an office at the time of his death. For some time Elmer had been in charge of the cafe conducted by the Shoemaker Co. and Mr. A. W. Butterfield, the manager, speaks in the highest terms of him as a faithful and reliable employee. As the quarantine would not permit of a public service, the I. O. O. F. conducted a short burial ceremony at the grave in Griggsville cemetery, a few members and the immediate family being present.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Franklin E. Carroll, infant son of Roy and Mattie Carroll was born in Griggsville, Ill., March 21, 1918 and died Sunday, December 22, 1918 from influenza being aged 8 months and 27 days. The baby was an unusually bright and lovable child, the idol of the home. The burial was in the Pleasant Grove cemetery Wednesday morning, December 25, 1918 at 11 oclock, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Stretton of the M. E. church. "There is no flock, however well defended, But one dead lamb is there. There is no household, how so ever attended, But has, one vacant chair."
(Source: Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) December 25, 1918)

Miss Ann Corcoran was born in Gurteen, Tipperary, Ireland, February 7, 1847, and passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Al. Driscoll, in Griggsville, March 29, 1918, aged 71 years, I month and 22 days. She was one of a family of eight children, all of whom preceded her in death, except Mrs.Margaret Driscoll of this place. She came toAmerica with her mother, Mrs. M. Corcoran, when she was 14 years of age, and for many years kept house for her brother, Mike Corcoran, until his death 17 years ago. She then lived alone in her own home, but of late years has spent most of the time at the home of her sister, Mrs. Driscoll, where she was tenderly cared for as one of the immediate family. She was deeply devoted to her nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic church of Pittsfield. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Driscoll; three nephews, D. R. Driscoll of Springfield; Martin Driscoll of Meredosia, and M. T. Driscoll of this place; five nieces, Mrs. J. J. Hartnett of Wichita, Kan.; Anna Driscoll, at home; and three nieces residing in Kansas City. Funeral services were held Monday morning, April 1, at 10 o'clock at St. Mary's church in Pittsfield, conducted by Rev. Fr. Curran, and the interment was in the Catholic cemetery.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) April 3, 1918
Transcribed and Submitted by Delaine Donaldson)

Maggie M. Ellis was born in Chambersburg, Ill., February 27th, 1870, died at her home in Valley City, Ill., October 25th 1918 of influenza. She was married to Charles Pyle on November 26, 1889, and to this union were born three children, Earl, William and Gertrude. Earl pass away when a little child and Mr. Pyle died January 27th, 1911. Mrs. Pyle was again married, December 1913, to Mr. Lee Dunham. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, one son, William, and her daughter, Gertrude, two grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. She was a member of the M. E. church at Valley City and of the P. C. M. L. A. A short service was held at the grave in the Griggsville cemetery, Sunday. October 27th, conducted by Rev. J. D. Roach. The sympathy of the entirre community goes out to these friends who are so sadly bereaved. There is a world above, Where parting is unknown, A long eternity of love, Formed for the good alone; And faith beholds the dying here. Translated to that happier sphere.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Pearl Hartman was born in Osborn county Kansas, August 7th, 1900, and died at Valley City, Ill., of influenza and pneumonia, October 23rd, 1918. He came to Illinois with his parents when he was nine years old and has lived the most of his life in Valley City. He was married to Miss Elsie Lord at the age of twenty three, and to this union were born two sons, Donald, who is three, and Gerald who is two years old. Left to mourn his death are his wife, two sons, his parents Mr. and Mrs. John Hartman of Valley City, sisters, Mrs. Lillia Stanfield. Mrs. Martha Thrasher, Mrs. Effie Anson, Mrs. Maude Barnes, Mrs. Pauline Copeland, and one brother, Orval Hartman, and a host of friends. The funeral services were conducted at the grave Friday afternoon in the Griggsville cemetery by Rev. J. D. Roach.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Charles Kennedy, who a few weeks ago purchased the Mercer bus and transfer line and moved to this city from Maysville, passed away last night after an illness of about a week. The cause of his death was pneumonia, following influenza. His wife has also been quite sick. His death is a great shock to his family and friends. (Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Another sad incident occurred in the late T. H. Orr family, Monday at 1:30, when the death of Mrs. Mae Kleinschmidt occurred at her home six miles southeast of Pittsfield, caused by influenza, followed by pneumonia and heart trouble. She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Leroy Kleinschmidt and two little children, Relna Mae, age 5 years, and George Edward, 3 years; also two brothers, Jesse Lee Orr of Milton, Ill., and Thomas M. Orr of Griggsville, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Eva Anthony, Griggsville, Ill.; Mrs. Minnie Hazelrigg, Chambersburg, Ill., and Mrs. Jennie Dinsmore, Detroit. Ill. She was the daughter of Thomas H. and Sarah A. Orr, and was born in Patterson township, Greene county, Ill., Oct. 19, 1890; and died near Pittsfield January 20, 1919, aged 28 years, 3 months and 1 day. She was a bright and beautiful woman and very free-hearted. She was married to Leroy Kleinschmidt April 7, 1912, by Rev. Hancock. The greater part of her life was spent in or near Griggsville until her marriage. At one time she was a student of Griggsville high school and attended the M. E. church. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, and burial was in the West cemetery, Pittsfield.
(Source: Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) January 22, 1919)

Orle Emma Moody, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Anthony, was born near Bethel April 17, 1882, and when a small child removed with her parents to the house in the south part of Griggsville. She was married on Feb. 9, 1901, to Edwin Moody of Griggsville and has lived here all her married life. About ten years ago she was converted and became a member of the M. E. church, and has lived a consistent Christian life. For a number of years she has given the greater part of her time to nursing the sick. While not a professional nurse, her natural adaptability and sympathetic nature, together with a love for her work, made her services much in demand, and there is not a home in which she has served where she is not lovingly remembered, and her untimely departure from this life mourned as that of a life long friend. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, her industry and tireless zeal, coupled with an unfailing cheerfulness and thoughtfulness, won friends wherever she went, while her devotion to those she loved was unfailing. Usually in good health, however the strain of recent illness and overwork led to a nervous breakdown which resulted in her death at the home of her mother on March 26, 1918, at the age of 35 years, 11months and 9 days. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, Edwin Moody, her mother, Mrs. William Anthony; three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Bartlett and Mrs. May Pence of Griggsville, and Mrs. Nellie Schneider of Bloomington; and one brother, Edward Anthony, of Griggsville. She was preceded in death by her father, one sister and three brothers who died in infancy. Funeral services were held at the home of her mother, Mrs. Atnhony on Thursday afternoon, March 28, conducted by the Rev. E. E. Pettit of the M.E. church and the internment was in the Griggsville cemetery.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) April 3, 1918
Transcribed and Submitted by Delaine Donaldson)

At his home west of this city on Sunday morning occurred the death of Benjamin F. Newman, of influenza, after an illness of nearly two weeks. Mr. Newman was about 35 years old, and the son of C. B. Newman. Surviving are his wife and four children, who are also sick with the disease. It is impossible for us to secure an obituary for this week, but it will appear in our next issue. Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. G. P. Burdon officiating. Interment in Griggsville cemetery.
(Source: Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) December 25, 1918)

Mabel Tucker was born May 3rd, 1887, at Pleasanton, Kansas. When a child, the family moved to Benviile, Ill. She was married to Charles, Rucker July 8th, 1903. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive their mother. Two of these came to the home last Saturday morning Mrs. Rucker was a good wife and mother, and a constant follower of Jesus. She not only attended the Methodist church of which she was, a member, but took the family with her. Her example was safe and worthy of imitation. She will be greatly missed, not only in the home, but in the community and in the church. The memory of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Earth is poorer, but heaven is richer. "Sleep on beloved and take thy rest." The remains were interred in the Griggsville cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, after a short service at the grave conducted by Rev. J. T. Stretton.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

This forenoon at his home in this city occurred the death of Charles Rucker, pneumonia, following an attack of influenza being the cause of his death. His wife, who died with the same disease, was buried only yesterday afternoon, thus leaving a family of children alone. Two of the children were born only last Saturday. It is one of the saddest cases in the series of deaths that have occurred recently. (Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Lucille May Tooley died at Valley City, Friday, October 25th, 1918, aged 10 years and three months She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tooley, former residents of Griggsville. The family resided here at the time of Lucille's birth. Lucille was an exceedingly bright girl and of an unusually sweet disposition. The body was interred in the Griggsville cemetery Sunday afternoon, short services being conducted by Rev. J. D. Roach. The occasion was doubly pathetic, not one of the child's relatives being able to attend the burial, all of them being seriously ill with influenza.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Frank Turnbull was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Turnbull. He was born Sept. 9, 1842, about five miles southeast of Griggsville, and has lived in this vicinity all his life except less than a year spent in the state of Wisconsin. He was the only son of the family and beside him there were two daughters. On August 23, 1868, he was married to Isabella Lightle, and, as can be seen, lacked but a few months of fifty years of happy married life. To this home there were six children born: Fred, William, Mrs. W. E. Penstone, of near Pittsfield; Mrs. Robt. Bickerdike, Mrs. G. A. Dixon, of Versailles, and Mrs. H. W. Penstone. The home was never touched by death, and for nearly fifty years he and his wife had traveled together without a death in the family. Mr. Turnbull was a very successful farmer and stockman, and continued active in his work until 1905, when, with his wife, he began a retired life in Griggsville. He was always a man of rugged health till about five years ago, when ailments began to appear at the age of three score and ten. About one year ago he was so seriously ill as to betoken death, but recovered sufficiently to be about considerably for several months. But less than two weeks ago he was taken suddenly again and continued going down until death claimed him March 30, 1918, at his home in Griggsville. While never professedly affiliated with the church, Mr. Turnbull was all his life a warm friend of the church. and a faithful attendant upon its services. He was much more loyal in his attendance and contributions than are many who claim membership. Almost his last attempt at leaving the house was less than two weeks before his death, when with great effort he attended the special services being held at the church. He insisted upon going on Monday evening because; he said, Blue Monday needs our special support. The pastor recalls very vividly his presence and the evident effort and labor he had expended to reach the church. Indeed, it is true that he was unable to reach home without help from friends who supported him. He was a true man and' known by all as a man of unswerving integrity and high moral character. Having been so long a faithful attendant at religious worship it is not strange that his last audible and distinguishable speech was a rehearsal! of some favorite hymns. Indeed, his last speech was an attempt to quote some hymn which included the words, "A joy where youth and pleasure meet." He leaves to mourn his death his wife and six children, one sister, Mrs. William Harvey of Griggsville, and twelve grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. James Winn, preceded him to the beyond sixteen years ago. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at his late home, Rev. C. E. Pettit of the M. E. church officiating. Interment was in Griggsville cemetery
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) April 3, 1918
Transcribed and Submitted by Delaine Donaldson)

Mary Jane, wife of John F. Watkins, died at her home southwest of Griggsville Monday night. She had been rather poorly for some time, but on Monday while at work was suddenly stricken and passed away that night. Deceased was a daughter of H. R. and Jane (Chapman) Brown, and was born June 16th, 1850, near the place where her death occurred. On December 31st, 1868, she was married to John, F. Watkins, to which union five children were born, of whom two are living, Harry, at home, and Mrs. Chas. Winterbotham of Chicago; Abbie J., Alice L., and Frank W., having preceded her in death. Her husband also survives, also one sister, Mrs. W. O. Skinner of Griggsville, and three brothers, J. Q. Brown of Whiting, Kans., C. W. Brown of Kansas City, Mo., and W. H. Brown of Latham, Kansas. She was a loving wife and mother and will be sadly missed in the home and by these who knew her best. She was an ideal home maker and resided on the same farm for almost fifty years. Funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. P. Burdon. Interment will be in the Simpkin-Brown cemetery.
(Source:The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL), October 30, 1918)

Mrs. Richard M. Windsor, who has been ill with pneumonia at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ellis at Neosho, Mo., passed away yesterday morning. The remains will be brought here for interment and funeral services will be held at the home of W. J. Wilson, the time to be announced later.
(Source: The Independent Press(Griggsville, IL) April 3, 1918
Transcribed and Submitted by Delaine Donaldson)

Among those who have been on the sick list the past week are: Harry Sargent, Harry Skinner, Henry Williams, D. R. Wade, Jas. Birchard, Charles Delbert Wade, Roy Wade. Arland Birch, James Ireland, Mr. and Mrs. Lester King. Miss Hazel Sleight. and Miss Merle Dimmitt. Dudley Butterfield, Benjamin Carey, Everett Cunningham, Grace Heine, Letha Pennock, Eunice Northup and perhaps a number of other children have been quite ill since Saturday. (Source: Independent Press (Griggsville, IL) December 25, 1918)

Let's all help keep it from getting a bold here again. All persons are requested to report all cases of bad colds of any body on the street. No names will be given. The man or woman who takes a chance with a bad cold and mixes with people are nothing short of a criminal. Report all such.

1821 Epidemic at Atlas
"The Sickly Season"

The summer of 1821 sorely tried the hearts of the sturdy settlers in and about Atlas. That was a sickly season and scarcely a family but followed some of its members to the newly made cemetery, until over one-half the entire population were numbered with the dead. The prevailing cause of the visitation of such a calamity to the settlers was the malaria emanating from the vegetable decay of the newly broken prairie and the decomposition of immense quantities of fish in the ponds below the town. The victims of this dreadful malady were laid in coffins made from bass-wood puncheons, hollowed out and consigned to earth in a graveyard near Franklin's first location, and about 400 years west of Shinn's. The bones and dust of 80 persons now lie buried there, and at present there is not a stone or head-board, or any signs whatever of its being a cemetery. There was no physician nearer than Louisiana during this scourge, and with this fact, and taking into consideration the poor facilities the settlers had for providing for and nursing the sick, it remains no wonder that so many died.

Persons who died 1820-1821
From the Plaque or Not?

Clarendon ROSS 2 Oct 1786 Hampden MA - 7 Aug 1820 Pike CO IL s/o Michah Ross m Roby Gray
Nancy Roberts 30 May 1796 - 12 Feb 1821 m William Ross
Charlotte died Jul 1821 w/o Leonard Ross
William Aldred 19 Jan 1790 - 28 Jul 1821 Quincy, Adams Co IL w/o Wm. and Eliz. Thrasher Aldred m Sarah Warren
Jeremiah Ross 1773 - 1821 died in Quincy, Adams Co IL s/o Micah and Sarah (Davis) Ross

Epidemics Of The Past
(Contributed by Nancy Shaner)

1657 Boston Measles
1687 Boston Measles
1690 New York Yellow Fever
1713 Boston Measles
1729 Boston Measles
1732-3 Worldwide Influenza
1738 South Carolina Smallpox
1739-40 Boston Measles
1747 CT,NY,PA,SC Measles
1759 North America Measles
1761 N. Amer and West Indies Influenza
1772 North America Measles
1775-6 Worldwide Influenza
1788 Philadelphia and New York Measles
1793 Vermont Influenza
1793 VA Influenza
1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever
1796-7 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
1798 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
1803 New York Yellow Fever
1813 Tennessee, Maury County Black Tongue
1820-3 Nationwide
1831-2 Nationwide Asiatic Cholera
1832 NY City Cholera
1833 Columbus, OH Cholera
1834 New York City Cholera
1834 Tennessee, Maury County TN
1837 Philadelphia Typhus
1840 Tennessee, Stewart County, Yellow Fever
1844 February and March Tennessee Maury County
1847 New Orleans Yellow Fever
1847-8 Worldwide Influenza
1848-9 North America Cholera
1848 July Decatur County, TN
1849 New York Cholera
1850 Nationwide Yellow Fever
1850 July 17 Gainesboro, TN Cholera
1850-1 North America Influenza
1851 Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains holera
1852 LA New Orleans
1854 Tennessee, Giles County
1855 Nationwide Yellow Fever
1857-9 Worldwide Influenza
1860-1 Pennsylvania Smallpox
1862 Tennessee, Shelby County, Yellow Fever
1862 Illinois Metropolis Measles
1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans Smallpox
1865-73 Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC Cholera
1866 United States Cholera
1865-73 Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC Yellow Fever
1873-5 North America and Europe Influenza
1873 Tennessee, Rutherford County
1878 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis yellow
1878 New Orleans [last great epidemic] Yellow Fever
1878 Tennessee, Hamilton Co Yellow Fever
1885 Plymouth, PA Typhoid
1886 Jacksonville, FL Yellow Fever
1918 Worldwide Influenza
1924 Tennessee, Stewart Co Typhoid