Curing What Ails You
In honor of World AIDS Day (December 1), I thought we would look back at other epidemics and how people faced them decades ago. I figured the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 — probably the most deadly in recorded history — would afford me an entire column; however, it seems that flu was never as rampant in our mountain towns as it was in the cities, and most of the News coverage was simply an attempt to keep people calm.
Another disease which struck terror especially in the hearts of mothers, was infantile paralysis, or polio, which mostly hit infants and small children but could afflict adults too. Here too, it seems the dread illness was not rampant here, although its effect on the nation as a whole was widely recognized and feared.
GETTING READY FOR THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY PARTY IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Every community in the nation will honor President Roosevelt when he becomes 52 years old on Tuesday, Jan. 30 by giving a local ball to help endow an extension of the nation-wide work of the Warm Springs Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in which the President is so deeply interested. Upper left, the President and his mother. Mrs. James A. Roosevelt, who bought the first box sold for the New York ball in the Waldorf-Astoria, upper center. Colonel Henry L. Doherty, chairman of the committee of leaders arranging the observance of the President's anniversary; upper right, the official poster contributed to the movement by the famous artist, Howard Chandler Christy; lower picture, child patients at Warm Springs sharpening up knives and appetites for the largest observance of the President's birthday ever held at that health center. Tha cake, weighing 344 pounds and said to be the larger; birthday cake ever made, was presented to the children for their party by Chairman Doherty. From the Jan. 26, 1934 edition