Published by the Big Stone Gap Post on November 20, 1918, “Flew on the Wings of Death to the Hills” reports on the horrors endured by communities in Southwest Virginia during the influenza pandemic of 1918 in the absence of adequate health care, food, and supplies.
In “Influenza Still Raging,” published by the Clinch Valley News on December 6, 1918, the editors warn that the risks of the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 remain. They report that there are hundreds of cases in nearby countries and sketch the many ways the virus could arrive in Tazewell.
In “Keep at a Safe Distance,” published by the Big Stone Gap Post on December 4, 1918, the editors report that influenza is reoccurring in communities thought to be rid of it. They warn of its virulence and give advice on how to avoid spreading and catching the virus.
Joseph Spencer DeJarnette wrote “Mendel’s Law: A Plea for a Better Race of Men” sometime in the early 1920s. DeJarnette, a strong proponent of eugenics and a witness in the landmark case Buck v. Bell (1927), is known to be very proud of his composition, and recited and published this poem several times throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
In chapter 6 of The Private Life of Thomas Jefferson by Hamilton W. Pierson (1862), Edmund Bacon, an overseer on Thomas Jefferson‘s plantation Monticello from 1806 until 1822, tells about Jefferson’s dress and hygiene.
In “Notice: The Following Rules and Regulations Are Promulgated by the Local Board of Health of Big Stone Gap, Va.,” published by the Big Stone Gap Post on October 16, 1918, the editors report on restrictions the Big Stone Gap Board of Health put in place to slow the spread of the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919.
In “Preparing to Combat With Influenza Epidemic” published by the Big Stone Gap Post on October 16, 1918, the editors report on public health efforts in Big Stone Gap to prepare the city and surrounding region for the spread of the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919. They describe citizens’ participation and compliance with new policies as a form of patriotism comparable to military service in World War I (1914–1918), which is echoed in “Call For Nurses.”
In “Schools May Close Again,” published by the Clinch Valley News on December 13, 1918, the editors report that Tazewell’s Mayor A. C. Buchanan is likely to shut down schools and other public spaces as the number of influenza cases in the region is the highest its ever been.
In “Spread of Influenza,” published by the Big Stone Gap Post on October 16, 1918, the editors report on the spread of the influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 in southwest Virginia, noting the economic impact it was already beginning to have.