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The only cases lost were those whom it was known could not survive when brought in. A most notable case was the battle Miss Hannaway fought to save the life of the little girl, a pretty and attractive child.
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The Hazard Herald, October 24, 1918


Hospitals Are Established And No Effort Spared

Following closely on the successes of getting the bad conditions at Lothair reasonably under control, came quite violent outbreak in a number of other communities. During the difficulties at Lothair it became bad at Fourseams, Columbus No. 3, and Diamond Block. Then came Storm King, seriously, Reliance more lightly, Walkers Branch rather seriously, Himyar quite…so, and… considerable trouble on First Creek. Several bad cases developed on Lotts Creek this week also. Altogether the conditions generally had become alarming, and every community was threatened. Many serious cases had developed here in Hazard as well. The production of coal in the Hazard field has been diminished an estimated 30 per cent, and still further damage along the line is in prospect.

Allais, manager of production for this field, arrived the last of the week. In this connection, he had taken up with Cleveland, O., headquarters the seriousness of the situation here, which supplemented the application for help of M. E. Brown, local Red Cross Chairman. As a result, First Lieut. Whittenberg, Acting Assistant Surgeon of the U. S. Public Health Service and Misses Grace Harwood and Helen Marr, experienced nurses of the same service, arrived Sunday night. Dr. Whittenberg was called to Lexington Monday noon before he had an opportunity to help.

Monday afternoon a meeting was held at the First National Bank, which was well attended by both local people and nearby operators. The object was to devise means to combat the situation. Judge John C. Eversole was made chairman, and J. B. Hoge secretary. After discussion of conditions, and report by Dr. Gross, chairman; Judge John C. Eversole, Mayor William Pursifull; M. E. Brown, chairman, and W. E. Faulkner, secretary, of the Red Cross chapter, was named, and J. B. Hoge as manager, to take charge of the efforts.

Lieut. J. I. Whittenberg, of the U. S. Public Health Service, and Misses Grace Harwood and Helen Marr, nurses of the same service, were here to help, but Dr. Whittenberg was called back to Lexington that day, and Dr. Gross was called to Buckhorn the following day, seriously handicapping the work. On Tuesday, the City Hospital was fitted out, and many of the most urgent cases from all nearby points moved in that day and Wednesday. The three hopeless cases have since died, and others are now progressing favorably. Wednesday afternoon Dr. Gross returned, and with Mrs. Hibler, Miss Williams, and others, got enlargement of the work under way. W. H. Walter took active charge of securing help, and Mrs. Christenson, Mrs. Brown, Miss Williams, Mrs. Jones and others have since given active and faithful time to caring for the patients. Mr. Allias sent some excellent help from walkers Branch. As this is written there are sixteen patients in the hospital, some very ill, but all progressing as well as could be expected. An auxiliary hospital has been fitted up in the Commercial Hotel building, under arrangement and kinds of Mrs. Hibler, ready to receive patients Friday morning.

From other sections a great many cases are reported. It has been quite bad at Domino, but conditions seem to be coming under control there. The same is true at Diablock. Storm King has been in bad shape, but every effort was made to get help to them Wednesday afternoon. On First Creek, Dr. Ray and local authorities spared no effort to get control of the situation. The officials of the coal companies, aided by the school teachers and others, made strenuous efforts to care for all the sick. From every part of the country reports came of much sickness, but usually in a less serious form, though the death roll, from all reports, has mounted to some sixty to seventy-five.


The work of saving at Lothair is practically done. There are still light cases left, but the doctors and people in the community can easily care for them. Not less than twenty lives were saved directly in the improvised hospital there, and it can never be told, of course, how many more would have gone but for the work done there. The only cases lost were those whom it was known could not survive when brought in. A most notable case was the battle Miss Hannaway fought to save the life of the little girl, a pretty and attractive child. Brought into the hospital to die, she took an interest in it, and never did marine or doughboy in France fight more faithfully. She kept it alive for a week by almost constant attention and effort, and only after her own strength and staying powers begin to weaken did the little one begin to sink back on the road from which she was so earnestly holding it, and the battle was lost Wednesday evening.

Parker, another brought in to die, proved a good fighter, and all took an interest in saving him, and have cared for him regardless, and still doing it. In delirium, he has many times hurt his chances to pull through in spite of constant watchfulness, but none have weakened in the purpose to save him. He and the little girl were the only patients brought from the Lothair hospital to the city Hospital here.

In the hospital work, through this emergency, it is a fact that about all has been done for the patients that should be done, but above all, they have been kept from doing most of the things they should not do, which probably means most in their recovery.