Liberty County History

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Kevin Ladd is director of the Wallisville Heritage Park at Wallisville, Chambers County, TX and lives in Hardin, TX. He is chairman of the Liberty County Historical Commission and writes for "Texas Illustrated," a monthly publication of the Liberty Gazette newspaper, which is devoted to local history and folklore.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Yellow Fever at Liberty, Fall 1867

The Liberty Gazette
Published at Liberty, Texas
By T. J. & L. C. Chambers
Wednesday, December 4, 1867

The Yellow Fever

Which made its first appearance here in October, at one time showed a disposition to run its ninety days, in spite of the light frosts, on the 5th and 6th of November. But we are happy to state the epidemic has entirely disappeared. There is not a single case in town. Our up-country friends may roll in with their cotton bales, hides and loose change. Our merchants are fully prepared to relieve them of “all sich” upon the quickest and most approved plan known to the trade.

Yellow Fever Cases

In Liberty, from the 25th of September to the 2d of December:

Died. – Mrs. Ricca, F. G. Ricca, A. Renier, George Loving, B. W. Durdin, (black vomit,) Mrs. Servat, Child of M. Jeanatot, (black vomit,) The. Garrard, (freedman.)

Recovered. – John Loving, Mrs. Loving, Camilla Loving, Dr. P. L. Palmer, Miss Palmer, M. Breistley [Bristley], Miss Palmer, Mr. Woodsworth, Mrs. Woodsworth, Col. E. B. Pickett, Mrs. C. L. Cleveland, Mrs. J. W. Baldwin, Oliver Cleveland, Stewart Cleveland, Sidney Cleveland, Mrs. Deneke, Mrs. Bettie Cade, Paul Servat, Rev. Father Martinier, Ada Hiser, Sarah Holliman, (freedwoman,) Jane and Harriet, (freedwomen.)


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