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A pink telegram sheet reads “Lucy Antone ill with pneumonia following influenza seems serious.  Please advise her mother Catherine Antone at Santan.” A newspaper article discusses how people in Rapid City, South Dakota were arrested for spitting.   Cover page from Harper’s Weekly.  A woman stands in front of a fireplace holding a child in her arms.  A young girl clings to her skirt.  A doctor stands with his back to the viewer.  He is bent over listening to the heartbeat of the child in the woman’s arms.
When the pandemic struck, many Indian children were at boarding schools. In the absence of cheap long distance phone service, officials sent telegrams such as this one to notify parents about their child’s condition. [Credit: The Library of Congress] Harsh measures were taken against those who disobeyed laws forbidding spitting. [Credit: North Dakota Historical Society] While the stethoscope was in common use at this time, many doctors still relied on traditional methods to diagnose their patients. [Credit: National Library of Medicine]
A newspaper article is titled “Norbeck Ill.”  The article goes on to discuss the governor’s illness and his treatment at a hospital in Deadwood.    
Even high-ranking politicians were not immune from the pandemic. [Credit: The Library of Congress]    
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