The Marshville Home : March 11, 1964

The Marshville Home : March 11, 1964

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Huntersville, NC

#1 Aug 6, 2013
I recently came across a copy of The Marshville Home newspaper dated Wednesday, March 11, 1964. Wow how times have changed! Front page...Line up for your polio vaccine. It was given by eating a lump of sugar that had two drops of the vaccine on it. Do you remember that??
Alberto Constantino Smith

Charlotte, NC

#2 Aug 6, 2013
You have to understand how horrible the disease of polio was. It was close to being an epidemic in the US as well as worldwide. Children were very vulnerable, more so than adults. In some cases children would go to bed normally and wake up the next morning with paralyzed legs or arms, sometimes both. It could affect other muscle groups as well. Some kids lost the ability to breathe normally and had to be placed in an "iron lung" that kept them alive. Kids were dying. I remember a little girl who lived not far from us who died from polio.

Dr. Jonas Salk discovered the cure for polio and since then the disease has virtually disappeared because schools require a vaccination against it. That doesn't mean it has become erradicated. There are still cases in the world where people aren't vaccinated.

When the cure was first discovered they put a drop of it on a sugar cube rather than vaccinating. Later they developed a vaccination.

Huntersville, NC

#3 Aug 6, 2013
I have heard in the past how terrible it was. It really just never seemed real until I read this paper. It brings it closer to home. One of the clinics was set up at East Union School. Makes me thankful for medical improvements. Thank you for your comment.
john hamhock

Wadesboro, NC

#4 Aug 8, 2013
I remember there was always a kid at school, we moved a lot so I mean at lots of different schools, who wore braces because of polio. This was in the early 1960s.

Huntersville, NC

#5 Aug 8, 2013
I'm having a great time reading thru this old newspaper! The Forest Hills Yellow Jackets had a pretty good basketball team going on. some of the points leaders mentioned are Billy Hargette, Jimmy Snipes, Teddy Stegall, William Hill and Larry Perry. Wonder if any of these guys are still around here?
Betty Feezor also visited Marshville. She was the MC for The Family Fashion Show sponsored by the Marshville Womans Club.
Billy Braswell

Charlotte, NC

#6 Aug 9, 2013
Billy Hargette and Teddy Stegall are for sure. I don't know what happened to Larry or William. Jimmy came back for a while in the 1970's but he's not around here now as far as I know.
Lee Edwards

Charlotte, NC

#7 Aug 12, 2013
I go to church with Billy. He lives right out of Marshville in the same place. I'm not sure about it but I think Teddy sold out and moved way off somewhere. I think Jimmy is dead. Seems like some of his kin told me that a while back. William was in Georgia last I heard. Larry lives in Matthews or Mint Hill. His second wife is one of my old girlfriends.

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