May 1894- Feb 1904
Of Small Pox is Nine-Year-Old Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ai Davis at Point Comfort.
The Daily Telegram., February 11, 1904
Mattie Davis, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ai Davis, of Point Comfort, died Thursday morning at 1:30 o’clock from small pox.
Although the little girl was not out of the house during the prevalence of the dread disease in the neighborhood, she contracted it in some manner and ten days ago she was taken down with it. She grew worse and succumbed to the ravages of the disease. The Davis home is situated just across the street from the Lindsay home where small pox has existed for some time and where two deaths from the disease have occurred.
The father, mother and a younger sister are quarantined in the house where the little girl died. Two trained nurses, immune from the disease, have been in attendance. The other members of the family have been vaccinated and fumigation and other precautions have been taken to prevent the spread of the disease. Burial will be made at midnight Thursday.
At Mid-Night in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Were Remains of Little Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ai Davis, of Point Comfort, Who Died of Small Pox.
The Daily Telegram., February 12, 1904
The burial of Mattie Davis, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ai Davis, of Point Comfort, who died on Thursday morning a victim of small pox, occurred, Thursday mid-night. The interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. All of the usual precautions were made to prevent contagion and spread of the dread disease. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Davis sympathize with them in their sad affliction.
Rumor About Jim Allen’s House True, But Not About His Home As There Is None There.
The Daily Telegram., February 16, 1904
Some one said, “Jim Allen has a case of small pox in his house,” and then it got circulated that he had it in his home. Then some said he ought not to be allowed up street.
Mr. Allen was seen this afternoon and asked about the matter. He said there was none at his home and never had been, in fact, there was no sickness of any kind in his home, except that he had the grip about two weeks ago. Asked to explain the report he stated that there was a case of small pox in one of his houses, occupied by Ai Davis.
He continued to talk small pox and said among other things he thought conditions were improving at Point Comfort. The sick there have two trained nurses and are being taken care of.
Precautions are also being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. Miss Laura Taylor has a light case only and is doing nicely. Another daughter of Ai Davis, in whose home there was a death a few days ago, is believed to be taking the disease, but her illness, the doctors say, may be the result of vaccination. Her temperature was 101 this morning.
There are no new cases at the Lindsay home and that is about the sum and substance of the situation.
Sept 1897- Feb 1904
AGAIN ENTERS THE HOME OF AI DAVIS AND REMOVES A YOUNG DAUGHTER.
Gladys, Six-Year-Old Daughter, Dies Tuesday Evening from Small Pox
—Family Is Indeed Sadly Afflicted.
The Daily Telegram., February 17, 1904
The Clarksburg Telegram., February 19, 1904
Small pox has again claimed another victim at Point Comfort. Gladys Davis, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ai J. Davis died Tuesday night at 11.30 o’clock from the disease. Last week Mattie, a nine-year-old daughter, died from the same disease.
Small pox has existed in the neighborhood for some time. Two deaths occurred in the Lindsay home, which is just across the street from the Davis home. The disease was contracted to the Davis home and the first the eldest daughter was taken down with it. The case was in a very malignant form and death resulted. Shortly afterwards the younger child was taken down with it and she too died.
Expressions of sympathy are heard on every hand for the unfortunate family who are afflicted. It is indeed a heavy misfortune when one’s home is invaded by a malignant and contagious disease and two of the members of the family are taken by death.
The remains of the little girl will be buried in the I. O. O. F. cemetery by the side of her sister at midnight Wednesday and all the necessary precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
SMALL POX VICTIM BURIED
The Daily Telegram., February 18, 1904
The remains of Gladys Davis, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ai J. Davis, of Point Comfort, who died from small pox Tuesday night, were buried in the I. O. O. F. cemetery Wednesday midnight.