Did You Know #7

By Megan Hudgins-Cunningham

Did you know that the Edgewater area was affected by a massive typhoid outbreak in 1889? There were over 300 reported cases of the disease, overburdening local doctors to the point where they were forced to turn many people away. A prominent local physician, Dr. R. N. Tooker, theorized that the epidemic came in part from the putrid emanations stemming from open sewers and rotten vegetation in the Lake View area.