April 3, 1919

Smallpox breaks out in our midst

We have smallpox with us. The first case appeared in Lillian Marker, daughter of August Marker, west of town about three weeks ago. She was in the hospital at the time of the appearance of the eruption, convalescing from an operation for appendicitis. She was taken home and the remaining family members were vaccinated.

We hoped we were going to get by with this one case, there being reason to believe she contracted the disease from a sister living in Duluth and who comes home to visit regularly.

But this week Walter, the 16-year-old son of John Degerstedt of Third Avenue, broke out with smallpox. He is in the high school, second year.

Smallpox is contagious from the very start, and shop lookout is being kept by Superintendent Campton and all his staff of teachers for evidence of the spread of the plague.

Physicians, city officials and school authorities are all fearful of a breaking out of this disease. Close watch is being kept on it and if it shows any signs of spreading, general vaccination will be strongly urged.

In this country, we depend on the intelligence of the individuals to protect themselves and especially their children from this disease which leaves unsightly scars and untimely death in its trail.

April 6, 1944

Private First Class E. J. Gustafson writes from North Africa

Pfc. Eino J. Gustafson writes to the Chronicle and Times from "somewhere in North Africa:"

Dear editor,

I have received your paper the Two Harbors Chronicle and Times since the first of the year and as I can't resist the temptation, I decided to write a few words in appreciation concerning it.

If it is of any interest to you and to the readers of this paper, I can give a few general pointers on Africa.

However, though strange as it may seem, I don't find Africa to be as surprising to me as I always thought it would. In spite of all that, it's a weary mountainous country, as I always expected it to be, and generally the only trees you find are along highways and parks in towns that have been transplanted years ago. In the ten months that I've been here, I've seen one river, which reminds me, it rains here only during the winter months.

However, so far we have been very fortunate in not having seen long rainy spells. I've seen snow on the mountain tops. As for scenery, there isn't any. And how do I miss those historic scenes of Northern Minnesota.

"Mike" the monkey that we have with us here appears strictly G. I. He'll chase away weary civilians. He's seen plenty of action and he really doesn't like airplanes.

Yours very truly,

Pfc. Eino J. Gustafson