Each Saturday, Historic Saranac Lake features a one-to-two minute story from their Oral History Project archive on social media.
Recently they featured a story by Mary Ellen Keith about her childhood in Vermontville, N.Y., and the family’s experience with scarlet fever. Mary Ellen was interviewed for the Oral History Project in 2016.
Born in 1929, Mary Ellen grew up during a time when childhood diseases – measles, whooping cough, scarlet fever – were killers. When the family got sick, their house was quarentined for three weeks for each case. During this time friends would shop for them, and neighbors would drop off the occasional treat. Mary Ellen passed away in September, 2017.
You can listen to the story here.