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In Their Own Words

January 15, 1902

Disease Took Two Lives, Threatened Another

John Girardeau Legare of Darien, Georgia wrote in his journal of being exposed to a frightening disease:

“…F.G. Parnell’s only remaining son, Alva, died last night of scarlet fever, making two children lost in 48 hours and their only remaining child, a daughter, is now very ill with the same disease. A great many people, myself among others, visited the house before it was known that the children had scarlet fever and there is much uneasiness in the community because of that fact. The schools are closed for the present.”

Source: Buddy Sullivan, ed. The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower, The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London, 2010, p. 69.