This Week in Summit County History: Precautions being taken against influenza |

This Week in Summit County History: Precautions being taken against influenza

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

Reported by Summit County Journal 100 years ago

The seriousness of the epidemic of Spanish influenza was brought home to the schools this week by the receipt of an order from the State Board of Health asking that students be closely watched and all sent to their homes who had colds. The order was put into effect immediately. It is a wise precaution and should be closely observed. While it is unfortunate that students must be kept from their work, it would be worse to be compelled to close the schools entirely. Possibly Breckenridge can be kept free of the plague by wise preventative measures. The cooperation of the parents has been given willingly in practically every case and for this we are very grateful as it enables us to labor efficiently for the prevention of the disease. We would ask especially that those who are sent home must be kept inside as much as possible to prevent communication of their malady to others.

Where Journal is read

The Journal is now being read over a wider expanse of territory than ever before in its history. Copies of the paper are going to men in camp and overseas — men from Breckenridge, Summit County and the vicinity who are in the service of their country and to whom their favorite newspaper is an unfailing letter from home.

Off for California

A party consisting of three autos expects to leave Monday for California. Those planning to make the trip are Dr. W.W. Giberson and family. C.M. Cummings and family and Carl Anderson and family of Dillon.

Coconut a delicacy

When you buy coconut, think of the American soldier whose gas mask is supplied with carbon from the shell that once surrounded that coconut.

The coconut meat is used in various ways and the shells removed, some of the meat being dried and offered for sale in this form. Buying the prepared rather than the fresh product, therefore, saves a war material.

Air gunners excel

Somewhere in France — accurate machine gun fire is the chief requirement of the successful combat aviator, allied aviation experts agree. Fortunately for the allies, that is one department in which their aviators excel.

It is interesting to note the progress made in the weapons by aviators. At the opening of hostilities, airplanes were used mainly for observation work. Their pilots were armed generally with carbines, and sometimes only with a revolver. Then came fighting airplanes and the single and double machine gun.

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