A serious outbreak of typhoid fever on the mountain just outside the city limits of Hamilton has laid low an entire family, all of whom are in a serious condition. About a month ago, John P. Hand, 66 East 35th Street, was removed to the City Hospital suffering from typhoid fever. On Wednesday, March 8 he succumbed to the disease just as the rest of his family were being admitted to the Mount Hamilton Hospital, also suffering from typhoid fever. Those admitted Wednesday night are: Benjamin, aged 16 years; Robert, aged 18 years; Julian, aged 6: Jessie, aged 14 years, and Eva, aged 10 years. Hospital authorities stated that all of these patients were in a critical condition. John P. Hand was born in Winona 40 years ago, and had resided in Hamilton for some time. He was a member of Crescent Lodge, I.O.O.F. In addition to the children he is survived by his widow. The funeral took place from Dodsworth & Co.'s chapel on Thursday afternoon. Service was in charge of Crescent Lodge. Dr. O.J. Newell, who was called in by Mrs. Hand about a month ago, when her husband first became sick, stated that as far as he could tell the cause of the outbreak was the use of water from an old well in the rear of the house. Mr. Hand had been employed at the City Disposal Works for a number of years. The five children had been sick for about 10 days, he said when their condition became such that it was necessary to remove them to the hospital. Mrs. Hand and one daughter have not been affected at all by the outbreak so far, and Dr. Newell states that there have been no more cases in the vicinity of the Hand home. Dr. Alway, of Bartonville, medical health officer for Barton Township, has taken a sample of the water from the well used by the Hand family, and is now awaiting a report on the analysis of it in Toronto. The well was 60 feet deep and he was not quite sure that it was the cause of the fever. No other families had been using the well. - Hamilton Herald, March 9.
On Sunday March 12, the eldest son, Robert, 18 years old, died at the hospital, and Mrs. Hand was also taken to the hospital. All of the family have now been stricken and the 16 year old son, Benjamin, was reported very low on Sunday night.