Friday, October 20, 2017

Yellow Fever

George Howard Alford survived yellow fever. This newspaper article tells us that George and another student battled yellow fever while they attended college. It tells me that he did attend college & where he went. I know he survived because I have information on his marriage and his children. 

George Howard Alford
1875 – 1958
s/o Jeptha J. Alford
My 2nd cousin twice removed

Starkville, Miss. Oct 5. – Dr. Grant pronounced two cases of yellow fever today at the A. and M. College. These two cases are G. H. Alford and H. E. Cutrer, both of Pike County, Miss. They are both students who have spent their vacation at the college and it is not known how they caught the disease. This evening Sargent Barr reports a third case, that of Prof. C. T. Ames. Alford and Cutrer are both nearly well. Most of the people from the college and many from the town of Starkville will leave on a special train tomorrow at 8 o’clock for St. Louis.

The Quarantine. (New Orleans, LA: Times Picayune, 6 October 1898) 2; digital image, Genealogy Bank: accessed Sept. 2017.

1 comment:

Charlie Purvis said...

He had a special angel keeping watch over him.