This week in history: Influenza, pneumonia blamed for rash deaths in 1920 |

This week in history: Influenza, pneumonia blamed for rash deaths in 1920

Influenza, pneumonia among the causes of death in deadly week

Mrs. William Keogh, Boy on Boreas Pass, Marvin Collins, Joseph Bryan, P. Welch on death list.

After an illness of less than a week Mrs. Edna B. Keogh passed away at her home Monday, Feb. 2. Influenza, followed by pneumonia was the cause of the death. Everything that human power could do was done to check the ravishments of the disease, but all efforts failed.

Tonopah company to furnish insurance to employees here

Of interest to employees of the Tonopah Placers company is a statements recently issued by that company stating that all persons two months or more in its employ will be furnished life insurance at company cost during the remaining period of their employment.

Influenza epidemic in Summit county is spreading rapidly

On Friday it was evident that the influenza epidemic in Summit county was spreading rapidly in spite of the fact that a decreasing number of cases early in the week made it evident that it was under control. With a gradually decreasing number of cases expected daily, it was hoped that the epidemic would end soon, but on Thursday fifteen new cases were reported in Breckenridge, and it was learned that the disease had broken out in Dillon.

Summit County settler Hattie Fincher dies on Feb. 2

Mrs. Hattie Fincher, a settler of Summit county in 1861 and the mother of Senator Slewers Fincher of Breckenridge, died in Denver on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Kirby’s death ‘could have been avoided’ at dredge, says jury

“John L. Kirby came to his death by coming into contact with a conductor carrying 13,000 volts of electricity on January 29, 1920 at the No. 1 dredge of the Tonopah Placers company.” According to the verdict rendered by the coroner’s jury Sunday afternoon summoned to determine the cause of the death of Kirby.

“It is the opinion of the jury,” the verdict added, “that this accident could have been avoided had the current been turned off of the entire bank of transformers while the men were at work.”

— Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

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