Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hannah Strobridge and Small Pox


I've seen the following report that Hannah Strobridge contracted small pox while nursing others ill with the disease during the January 1869 (note year) outbreak.

Hannah Strobridge – SmallPox

Anna [sic] Strobridge, wife of James Harvey Strobridge, Construction Foreman, nursed the workers in the pest cars – she contracted small pox while nursing the workers in Nevada. Photos of her, from 1868 on, show the effects of the disease on her face.

Can anyone supply contemporary documentation that she was nursing others in the pest cars when she came down with it? Documentation that she contracted small pox at that time, and recovered (after being nursed in her own car by the other two women there), appears stronger, but information about her nursing ill workers in the pest cars (presumably including Chinese) seems pretty sparse.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

See related.

12/30/2020 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Celeste Wolfe"

Do you know the birthdate of Hannah Strobridge?

I am writing a musical TRANSCONTINENTAL and wanted to include her as a character during the time when she nursed workers during the small pox outbreak during January 1869. ...

—Celeste Wolfe

12/30/2020 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Larry Mullaly"


I have kept your question regarding Hanna Strobridge in mind and just came across some correspondence in my files that you might find helpful. ...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Today I ran across a piece in the Daily Alta California for February 25, 1889 reporting that J.H. Strobridge of Haywards and his two daughters had departed an a three-month trip to the East. They went via Panama!

—Wendell Huffman

Monday, September 28, 2009
From: "Terry Tex Toler"

Does anyone have any information, and especially photographs, of Hanna Maria Strobridge? Wife of James Harvey Strobridge, chief construction engineer of the Southern Pacific Route through Texas and others. Mrs.Strobridge is said to have been the last person to drive the golden spike, the last strike of the spike as it were. I live in Sanderson, formerly Strobridge, Texas--all the town/place names here in Far West Texas attributed to Mrs. Strobridge upon direction or permission from her husband. She was an avid reader, and many places here named after famous writers of the era--Longfellow, Emerson, etc. She named this town--an important halfway point between between San Antonio and El Paso for her husband. It was later renamed Sanderson after another local engineer, but the fact that Mrs. Strobridge varied from the writer names in naming this town after her husband meant she considered it important...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
From: "Bobbie Howder"

I am related to the wife of James Harvey Strobridge. She was my great-grandmother's sister. She was born in Cahir,County Tipperary, Ireland. I am trying to find out her full maiden name ... I believe she was a Gavin. Would you happen to know her first name?

—Barbara Howder

1/31/2021 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Celeste Wolfe"

Oh, wow. That’s so cool! I will put in that little factoid of her being the last to hit the Golden Spike!!

I just needed her birthdate to get her age right as a character in the musical I am writing.

1/31/2021 5:09 PM  

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