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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

I saw it in the news...,   pp. 245-249


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at illnesses: Frank Wesely and Carl Treankler of the March
Rapids neighborhood. Two of the Win. Krostag family of
Rozellville died that week from influenza, the father and a
son, age 22. The fifth death was that of Mrs. Julius Low, at her
home near Stratford.
The next issue of the Journal carried this notice:
"The schools here were closed the first of the week on
account of the Spanish influenza. Several teachers left
Wednesday morning to visit their homes until the epidemic is
over." Also, a lecture course scheduled at the high school was
postponed because of the flu.
Another notice said: "There was no Journal issued last
week because we were laid up with the influenza."
The week preceeding Friday, October 25th, was a deadly
one for the families of people in the Stratford community and
elsewhere. In that week's issue there were ten obituaries:
Private Walter Allen of Rochester, Minn., died at Camp
Grant following a three week siege of Spanish Influenza. His
body arrived on the early train and was taken to the home of
Mrs. Allen's parents in the town of Eau Pleine.
Otto Emil, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Leffel
of March, died in the Marshfield hospital October 16.
Louis Frickenstein, age 23, died of influenza Monday
night at the home of his mother in the town of Cleveland.
Bernice, age 16 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C
Grambow of McMillan, died at the Marshfield hospital.
Anna, age 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Joswiak,
died at the home of her parents in the town of Eau Pleine.
Miss Lucinda Rhodes, the daughter of Mrs. Anna
Rhodes, former residents of Stratford, died at the home of her
mother in Marshfield.
Marth Margaret, age 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.
Schafer, died at the home of her parents.
Leonard, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zophi, died
Sunday.
Funeral services for Paul Zettler were held Monday at the
home of his mother, Mrs. Minnie Zettler. Pvt. Zettler had
come home from camp to see his seriously ill mother, and
when he got here found that his wife was ill with the flu too.
He had gone to Marshfield on Monday evening to see his
mother, and while there came down with the flu and died the
following Sunday morning.
Mrs. George Kreidler died at her home two and a half
miles from Fenwood in the town of Cleveland.
In the October 25 issue of the Journal is also this notice:
"Though our church is closed for all public services, still
the following is not contrary to the rules of the board of health.
"The church is open at all hours and he who wishes may
enter. Since there are no services open to the public, individ-
ual members of the parish are advised to visit the church at
their convenience and say some prayers."
By the next week, November 1, the incidence of new
cases of influenza had dropped considerably and there was a
prominent notice in the Journal:
"At a meeting of the board of health in and for the Village
of Stratford, held on the 29th day of October, it was ordered
that the schools in said village be opened on Monday, Novem-
ber 4, 1918, and that churches, theaters, moving pictures
shows, etc. may open on the first Sunday following the 4th day
of November, except that no funeral services may be held in
the churches until further notice."
By November 22, the siege seemed to be over. There was
not one single obituary in the Journal that week."
Mrs. Adella Cline of March Rapids told the following
stoy to Pat Krause for the Marathon County Oral History
Project:
"The doctor that came and took care of the people in our
area, his name was Anthony Shimmer from Colby and I recall
him coming to our house. I was awfully sick and my little
sister, Elsie was sick too. Doctor Shimmer came upstairs and
sat on the chair. He put his hand on his head and went sound
asleep. In the meantime my father fed and watered his horse.
The doctor left some pink medicine and my mother
heated raw onions and put them on our chests."
Measles
From Stratford Journal, Jan. 5, 1934:
Notice
During the present epidemic of measles in the village of
Stratford, parents are requested and ordered to keep their
children who have not had the disease at home and not allow
them to congregate on public streets, attend school, church,
basketball games or other places where children attend, until
such epidemic has passed.
Board of Health
Fire
From Stratford Journal, January 25, 1929:
Oak Hill Cheese Factory Destroyed By Fire
Four children and two women clad only in night clothes
and with bare feet, were forced to walk three-quarters of a mile
through snow banks early Saturday morning following a fire
at the Oak Hill cheese factory, located four miles north of
Stratford on highway 97. The total loss is estimated at
$12,000. The property was about half covered by insurance.
The fire which was caused by an explosion in the factory
boiler, was discovered at 4 a.m.
Heros
From The Stratford Journal, 1928:
Risking his life to save other's lives and property dam-
age, Mike Schmidtbauer, helper in the Connor Meat Market,
put out a fire at the large underground gasoline tank of R.
Connor Co. last Saturday afternoon. Had the tank exploded,
Mike would have taken an aeroplane ride along with many
others who were standing 100 feet or so away.


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