Remembering Dorchester, Oct. 3, 2018

This is the front view of the Cambridge-Maryland Hospital before it was renovted and became Dorcheser General Hospital. This was taken from Cambridge Maryland Memories Facebook posted by Sally Glynn.

This is the front view of the Cambridge-Maryland Hospital before it was renovated and became Dorchester General Hospital. This was taken from Cambridge Maryland Memories Facebook posted by Sally Glynn.

From the pages of The Banner

100 years ago

Reports from Camp Meade indicate that a number of the Dorchester County boys are the victim of the disease known at this time as Spanish influenza, commonly called the “Flu,” and so far it is reported that three of those ill have died, the reported dead being Eldridge Hughes, of Drawbridge district, who died last week, and whose remains were sent home on Sunday.

The second one to die was Benjamin Saunders, whose home was at Madison, and the third was Earl Frampton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Frampton.

Young Frampton was a member of Company E, 72nd Infantry, and left Cambridge for Camp on Aug. 27, having become 21 years old in time to register at the June registration. His parents received a letter from him Saturday stating that he was in the best of health, and the news of his death came as a very great shock to them.

The death of these young men has cast a deep gloom over the entire county; not only on account of the sympathy of the public with these families, but the fear lingers in the minds of many others that their boys may be in the same peril. However, the latest information from Camp Meade is to the effect that the disease is being gotten under control.

In the casualty list published in yesterday’s papers the name of Handy Cephas, of East New Market, appears as having been killed. The records of the Local Draft Board not disclose any person by that name as having been registered or called, but since oftentimes the names are mixed, it is possible that there may be a colored man of that name, from that locality, serving in France.

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Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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