In 1870, when Greeley was hardly settled and the Union Colony was young, life was not easy. However, there is plenty of archival evidence that the Colonists worked hard to provide a rich cultural life from the very beginning. As it turns out, music flourished here as soon as the Colonists arrived.
Albums written and compiled by Dr. John A. Weaver, Sr., a prominent figure in early Greeley’s history, contain priceless memoires and memories about health concerns, novel treatments, and escalating tensions in Greeley in the late 1800s.
Educational institutions especially are experiencing budget angst as teachers and administrators craft new models for in-person and remote learning, and terms like “learning pods” and “cohorts” have entered our vocabulary. This brought to mind some stories about how residents in the drylands of Weld County coped with social distances, educating children, staying healthy, and practicing good hygiene.
Time FLU By: Quarantined in Greeley & Weld County at Home, In Jail, In Pullman Cars and In Sororities
As COVID-19 remains in the crosshairs of politics, the economy, and our personal lives, the Stay at Home and Safer at Home mandates are all too familiar. In the case of infectious diseases, these same restrictions applied in the 19th and 20th centuries, but were simply called “Quarantine.” Let’s take a peek at quarantine rules and enforcement in Greeley and Weld County in the “olden days.”
Recent articles in the Greeley Tribune have underscored the importance of music to calm and uplift people’s spirits. In 2020, Pandora and other online apps make it easy to access favorite musical genres, but this wasn’t the case for Greeley’s music lovers in 1943.
On January 6, 1919, four-year-old Ralph E. Waldo, Jr. remembered running up and down the aisle in a “theater,” but most likely it was a mortuary. At the end of the aisle Ralph stopped numerous times to peer into the casket holding the remains of his mother, Alfa Frances Warton Waldo, and his stillborn baby brother. The impact of the 1918 influenza epidemic lingers in the annals of Waldo family history.
Earlier this month, a friend sent a photo of a lone gravestone in an abandoned cemetery near Briggsdale. The inscription on the stone piqued my interest, as I wondered if Catherine was a victim of the 1918 flu epidemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues in its unrelenting strangle-hold on people’s lives, from the confines and comforts of home, I recalled a program I researched and presented years ago about the Spanish influenza epidemic in Greeley and Weld County.
The spread of the novel coronavirus has created a global crisis that requires courage, creativity, and compassion. Greeley’s 21st century citizens are “pandemic pioneers” as everyone adapts to restrictions, survives hardships, and like Nathan Meeker 150 years ago, patronize home.
As we find our way through this global pandemic, it is a good time to reflect on medical care in Greeley’s history.