This Week In History: Influenza now on decline in Dillon; 2 die |

This Week In History: Influenza now on decline in Dillon; 2 die

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago — March 29, 1919

The epidemic of Spanish influenza which broke out in Dillon last week is now well under control and few new cases are developing, according to a report from Dr. George Smith, who went to Dillon last Sunday to combat the disease.

Dr. Smith states that there were eight cases of pneumonia among the 50 influenza patients in Dillon and that all but one, who died, have practically recovered.


The works of the Climax Molybdenum company are ceasing operations temporarily on account of high operating costs, according to an announcement made on Thursday by officers of the company at Climax. The mine ceased operation Thursday night and it is thought that work at the mill will be cleaned up so as to shut down by next Monday.


The average wages of school teachers per month in Colorado vary from $68.84 in one-teacher schools to $106.45 in high schools.


In looking for bootleggers, Sheriff Gormley of Brighton stopped a wagonload of hay because he thought the driver looked suspicious. A case of whiskey was discovered under the hay. A deputy went to the house of the owner and found several more cases in the haymow of the barn. He went to the nearest phone to notify the sheriff and while he was gone, the booze disappeared. A search of the premises was made and it was found under a pile of rubbish in a ditch. The owner of the farm said the liquor was the property of another.


On March 17 the Boy Scouts met at their headquarters in the courthouse. The meeting went smoothly. There was nothing new of importance taken up. Boxing followed the meeting.

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