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Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago... September, Part I


September 13, 2023

125 YEARS AGO - SEPTEMBER: Back in 1897, natural disasters, politics, crime, and illness were on the front page of the paper and there was plenty of satire on the inside. At least 400 people lost their lives on the Lucon island of the Philippines from a major volcanic eruption. Typhoid fever was a serious threat in Belt, Montana with 44 cases reported. In Alaska, typhoid and scurvy were attacking the miners – it was reported that many men had teeth dropping out of their mouths from the scurvy. An uproar was created when the government offered to pay $1.5 million for a strip of land owned...

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