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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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