There was a small pox epidemic here in Minnesota in 1920. Far Guy’s Grandma apparently had it.
From the Farm Diary:
December 28 1919 Sunday Home thought Thresa had small pox kids and myself went to PR with Leo and got vacinated Esta came home with us
A Sunday…they must have went to the Doctors home. Grandpa being a man of many words …didn’t say much more…he helped care for Grandma. He took Esta back home on January 5th. I think Esta was Esta Wilson a good friend of Grandmas.
THEN 17 days after Grandma had the small pox.
January 13 1920 Tuesday Finished wood in road cut brush Marvin took small poxs
So apparently the vaccination didn’t work or the small pox was not as severe after the vaccination. Again being wordy Grandpa doesn’t say much of anything else…he went about his daily chores.
Small pox was a winter-spring disease. 1/3 of the people who got it died. It is passed through face to face contact. The incubation period was 7 to 17 days ( some references say 2 to 3 weeks) A high fever accompanies the rash which consists of lesions filled with fluid, after one or two weeks the lesions scab over and fall off leaving scars. The rash is distinctive as the lesions are all in the same stage of development…no new ones form after the onset. There were two forms of small pox Variola major and Variola minor. Small Pox was only found in humans.
Marvin would have been almost six years old and Ronald would have been two years old.
Grandma marked this photo 6 years Marvin + Ronald. It was most likely taken in the summer of 1920. Marvin is Far Guy’s Dad.
There is no mention of anyone else getting small pox.
I was vaccinated on my left arm and Far Guy was vaccinated on his right arm…we both have pox like scars from the vaccination as I am certain most of you do also. I remember when I got my vaccination it got all red and then it formed a scab and I picked at it and made it bleed. I think they stopped giving small pox vaccinations in 1972, I have heard they have enough of the vaccine stockpiled for every person in the United States should it ever become a problem again.