From Political Squabbling to Armed Farmers Surrounding the Community, the Smallpox Outbreak of 1903 Was a Contentious Time in Lemont

Beside the armed farmers that surrounded the town to prevent anyone from going in or out, the similarities are kind of crazy between the Lemont smallpox outbreak over 120 years ago and today’s coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Lemont author and amateur historian Pat Camalliere for telling the story!

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History & Anecdotes of Lemont, Illinois 6th Edition

The Mystery at Sag Bridge (Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series Book 1)

The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods (Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series Book 2)

The Mystery at Mount Forest Island (Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series Book 3)