Bygones: 100 years ago, Duluth ordered smallpox vaccinations for students and teachers
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News Tribune, Jan. 12, 1921
- Duluth's Pilgrim Congregational Church, which will observe its 50th anniversary Jan. 15-25, has issued an illustrated booklet containing historical information on the church. Two former pastors, Rev. Edward Noyes and Rev. Cornelius Patton, will return to Duluth to participate in anniversary activities.
- Immediate vaccination against smallpox was ordered yesterday for Duluth junior and senior high school students and all teachers in city schools. An entire class in the Washington School was dismissed yesterday when it was discovered that the teacher had contracted smallpox.
- Petitions recommending the establishment of a postal station in the West End were circulated among residents yesterday. That part of Duluth has been without a postal branch since the branch in Moe's Store was discontinued Jan. 1.
- From 7% to 25% of students in almost every class of Duluth high schools are flunking their courses, according to Dr. R.A. Kent, superintendent of schools. Dr. Kent is unsure whether the blame rests with students, teachers, or the system of grading.