By Chris Highsmith (thanks to the Fair Oaks Historical Society for sharing)
Below are some news articles about the scarlet fever epidemic in Fair Oaks in the year 1911.
(Sacramento Bee; Feb 28, 1911)
Because of the sickness of two children in the family of F. M. Woods, which the local physicians have pronounced scarlet fever, the public schools will be closed for one week. Miss Marie Furgeson, principal of the schools, will spend the week with relatives at Redding, while the primary teacher, Miss Lucile Trezise will remain in Fair Oaks at the home of J. E. Holst.
(Sacramento Bee; March 9, 1911)
The local Post Office, of which L. M. Shelton is Postmaster, was placed under quarantine this morning by R. M. Bramhall. William Watson, the 14 year old grandson of the Postmaster, is ill of scarlet fever. After fumigation, the mail now in the Post Office will be distributed from the McMurray building across the street from the Post Office.
(Sacramento Bee, April 12, 1911)
Nearly every home in Fair Oaks where there are small children is quarantined on the account of an epidemic of scarlet fever. As yet no cases have proved fatal, and one is considered serious. The attendance at school is small which will have a material effect on the school apportionment under the school census law.