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Board of Health Report- June 1896

Summary of Illnesses reported from North Carolina Counties

 

Did your ancestor disappear from the census just before or after 1900? There were a number of illnesses going around at that time and the following is a listing from the Board of Health as reported from  the existing Counties.

(see *Note at bottom of page)

 

COUNTY

PHYSICIAN

ILLNESS

NOTES

Alamance  R. A. Freeman, Burlington Typhoid Fever; Catarrhal troubles from wet weather One physician died from Typhoid Fever
       
Alexander T. F. Stevenson, Taylorsville Measles; Whooping Cough 3 cases Typhoid Fever
       
Allegheny Robert  Thompson,  Sparta Measles 1 case Typhoid Fever
       
Anson E. S. Ashe,    Anson   No Report
       
Ashe L. C. Gentry,    Crumpler Typhoid Fever; Influenza Summer complaints among children
       
Beaufort Joshua Tayloe,   Washington Typhoid Fever 1 case hemorrhagic malarial fever
       
Bertie H. V. Dunstan,       Windsor Mild bowel affectations  
       
Bladen Newton Robinson, Elizabethtown Malarial fever; bowel troubles  
       
Brunswick D. I. Watson,   Southport 1 case Whooping Cough Home badly in need o repairs
       
Buncumbe E. C. Starnes,   Asheville Measles; Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever 1 case Diphtheria
       
Burke J. L. Laxton,     Morganton Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever; Diarrhea & Dysentery; 3 cases Hydrophobia in dogs

Hydrophobic dogs all killed; town being inspected for sanitary purposes and cleaned up.

       
Cabarrus Robert S. Young,    Concord Typhoid Fever; Malarial fever Bowel troubles in all parts of County
       
Caldwell A. A.  Kent,    Lenoir Measles; Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever

Gastro-intestinal diseases throughout the County

       
Camden     No Board of Health
       
Carteret George N. Ennett,    Beaufort Bowel troubles

Recommend separate quarters fitted up in the jail for white & colored prisoners

       
Caswell W. O. Spencer,  Yanceyville   Very little sickness
       
Catawba D. McD. Yount,      Newton Measles

Public buildings well-kept, strict attention given to cleanliness

       
Chatham     No Report
       
Cherokee J. F. Abernathy,    Murphy Diphtheria; Mumps; Whooping Cough Diphtheria has abated
       
Chowan R. H. Winborne,  Rockyhock Typhoid Fever; Diarrhea, Dysentery; Cholera morbus Cholera in hogs & chickens
       
Clay W. E. Sanderson,  Hayesville Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever Some diarrhea & dysentery among children
       
Cleveland O. P. Gardner,    Shelby Typhoid Fever Careful attention is paid to cleansing in the towns
       
Columbus I.  Jackson,   Whiteville Typhoid Fever; Diarrhea; mild Malarial Fever

Epidemic disease among chickens & some hog cholera, not so much as formerly

       
Craven J. W. Duguid,   Newbern   No Report
       
Cumberland J. Vance McGougan, Fayetteville Measles; Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever  
       
Currituck     No Board of Health
       
Dare W. B. Fearing,       Manteo Malarial Fever; Dysentery  
       
Davidson John Thames,  Lexington Measles; Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever; hemorrhagic Malarial Fever

Malarial & bowel troubles in many parts of County

       
Davie James McGuire, Mocksville Malarial Fever a few cases
       
Duplin J. C. Grady,    Magnolia Typhoid & malarial fevers Heavy rains have left great deal of stagnating water
       
Durham John M. Manning, Durham Measles; Whooping Cough; entero-colitis 2 cases Typhoid Fever
       
Edgecombe Donald Williams,   Tarboro   No diseases reported
       
Forsythe E. F. Strickland,    Bethania Dysentery; Typhoid Fever reported in most parts of County
       
Franklin E. S. Foster,    Louisburg Whooping Cough; Dysentery; Typhoid Fever; Malarial Fever  
       
Gates     No Board of Health
       
Gaston J. H. Jenkins,    Dallas Typhoid Fever; Malarial Fever

M. fever common along Big Long creek, will continue until better drainage secured

       
Graham     No Board of Health
       
Granville Wm. O. Baskerville, Oxford Typhoid Fever; Dysentery & Malarial Fever  
       
Greene Joseph E. Grimsley,  Snow Hill Scarlatina; Typhoid Fever; hemorrhagic Malarial Fever. Malarial fever in all parts of County
       
Guilford W. J. Richardson, Greensboro   No Report
       
Halifax I. E. Green,     Weldon Bowel troubles; Malarial Fever  
       
Harnett     No Report
       
Haywood J. Howell Way, Waynesville Whooping Cough; Diarrhea; Typhoid Fever Mild diarrhea very prevalent
       
Henderson     No Board of Health
       
Hertford John W. Tayloe,     Union Typhoid Fever some hog cholera
       
Hyde     No Board of Health
       
Iredell W. J. Hill,     Statesville Typhoid Fever; Mumps Bowel troubles
       
Jackson W. F. Tompkins,    Webster Measles; Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever Diarrhea & dysentery in nearly all parts of the County
       
Johnston R. J. Noble,     Selma   No Diseases reported
       
Jones     No Report
       
Lenoir James M. Parrott,   Kinston Measles; Malarial fever The jail needs sewerage & ventilation
       
Lincoln Thos. F. Costner,  Lincolnton Typhoid Fever; Dysentery  
       
McDowell George I. White,  Marion Measles; Dysentery in the central part of the County
       
Macon S. H. Lyle,       Franklin Measles; Whooping Cough; Diphtheria; Typhoid Fever; Diarrhea & Dysentery

Distemper in horses; County is building a good modern style jail.

       
Madison James K. Hardwick, Marshall Whooping Cough Jail roof needs repairing badly
       
Martin W. H. Harrell,   Williamston Typhoid Fever Intestinal diseases in all parts of County
       
Mecklenburg H. M. Wilder,     Charlotte Scralatina; Typhoid Fever; Billious Fever in Charlotte

Sanitary condition of city  never better, crematory contributing much to that end

       
Mitchell C. E. Smith,  Bakersville Measles epidemic (200); Whooping Cough; Typhoid Dysentery, diarrhea & cholera morbus
       
Montgomery W. A. Simmons,     Troy Measles; Typhoid Fever Some dysentery; gastric catarrh that some doctors may call typhoid fever if they have not much practice at the time
       
Moore Gilbert McLeod,   Carthage   No Report
       
Nash J. J. Mann,      Nashville Malarial & Typhoid Fevers  
       
New Hanover J. C. Shepard,  Wilmington Scarlatina; Typhoid Fever

Malarial & diarrheal diseases in all parts; few cases of mumps

       
Northampton H. W. Lewis,   Jackson Typhoid Fever; Hemorrhagic Malarial Fever; Chicken Pox epidemic.

Malarial diseases in all parts of County. Unprecedented rainfall has filled ditches & poor drainage everywhere

       
Onslow E. L. Cox,   Jacksonville Whooping Cough; Malarial troubles widespread

Sanitary conditions of court house is not good

       
Orange D C. Parris,     Hillsboro Measles; Whooping Cough; Bowel diseases; Chicken cholera

Condition of the jail as good as can be made under present arrangement of the building

       
Pamlico     No Board of Health
       
Pasquotank J. E. Wood,  Elizabeth City Typhoid Fever; Malarial fevers  
       
Pender George F. Lucas,    Currie Malarial Fevers Drainage badly needed in many sections
       
Perquimans J. W. Speight, Hertford Typhoid Fever Remittent fever
       
Person J. A. Wise,     Roxboro Measles; Dysentery  
       
Pitt Frank W. Brown,  Greenville Scarlatina; Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever Diarrhea & dysentery
       
Polk C. J. Kenworth,    Tryon   No Diseases Reported
       
Randolph T T. Ferree,   Ashboro Typhoid Fever Some Bronchitis
       
Richmond W. H. Steele,    Rockingham Mumps; Malarial & Typhoid Fevers  
       
Robeson T. A. Norment, Jr., Lumberton   No Diseases Reported
       
Rockingham D. W. Courts, Reidsville   No Diseases Reported
       
Rowan John Whitehead,  Salisbury Measles, Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever; Malarial Fever  
       
Rutherford E. B. Harris,   Rutherfordton Whooping Cough Some Diarrhea
       
Sampson John A. Stevens,   Clinton Measles; Whooping Cough; Chicken Pox; Typhoid Fever; Malarial Fever Bowel diseases; more sickness than usual
       
Stanley D. P. Whitley,   Millingport Diarrhea & Dysentery Some pneumonia & malarial fever
       
Stokes W. L. McCanless, Danbury Typhoid Fever; Dysentery  
       
Surry John R. Woltz,     Dobson Typhoid Fever (widespread)

Efforts being made to improve sanitary conditions in sections where fever prevails

       
Swain A. M. Bennett,   Bryson City Typhoid Fever; Whooping Cough Epidemic of distemper in horses
       
Transylvania M. M. King,   Brevard Typhoid Fever

Conditions in jail & county home as good as can be expected

       
Tyrrell B. W. Cohn,    Columbia   No Report
       
Union J. E. Ashcraft,    Monroe Whooping Cough; Typhoid Fever; Malarial Fever  
       
Vance J. H. Tucker,    Henderson Measles; Whooping Cough; Hemorrhagic Malarial Fever; Typhoid Fever; Diarrhea; Dysentery; remittent fever

22 cases Typhoid Fever are from Townsville Township; The reporter says: "All of my cases of typhoid fever present malarial complications as shown by the good effects of and the absolute necessity for quinine in good doses."

       
Wake P. E. Hines,    Raleigh Measles; Whooping Cough; Diphtheria; Typhoid Fever

Diarrhea, dysentery & malarial fevers in all parts. Epidemic of hog cholera about Holly Springs.

       
Warren George A. Foote, Warrenton Typhoid Fever; Billious Fever Diarrhea & desentery in many parts of the County
       
Washington     No Board of Health
       
Watauga W. B. Councill,     Boone Measles Now subsiding
       
Wayne W. J. Jones, Jr., Goldsboro Typhoid Fever Malarial fever in all parts of County
       
Wilkes J. M. Turner,  Wilkesboro Measles; Typhoid Fever; Diarrhea; Dysentery

Need a well at the county home, other improvements badly needed

       
Wilson N. Anderson,    Wilson slight Malarial Fevers

County Commissioners have made a contract for water & a thorough system of sewerage for the jail.

       
Yadkin T. R. Harding,  Yadkinville Typhoid Fever (widespread)  
       
Yancey J. L. Ray,    Burnsville Typhoid Fever

Jail is tolerably well kept; have been using efforts to stop the typhoid fever around the jail.

 

(Transcribed from "Bulletin of the North Carolina Board of Health" June 1896, Pgs. 47-51)

 

 

*Note: Wikipedia
Before the 20th century, the term "gastroenteritis" was not commonly used. What would now be diagnosed as gastroenteritis may have instead been diagnosed more specifically as
typhoid fever or "cholera morbus", among others, or less specifically as "griping of the guts", "surfeit", "flux", "colic", "bowel complaint", or any one of a number of other archaic names for acute diarrhea. Historians, genealogists, and other researchers should keep in mind that gastroenteritis was not considered a discrete diagnosis until fairly recently.
U.S. President
Zachary Taylor died of gastroenteritis on July 9, 1850 

 

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