Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 10

Jessie Sanford StrugglesThe entry for August 28 in William H. Morgan’s account is equally short with yesterday’s:Thursday August 28Jessie Sanford’s condition worsening. Mary Bates critically ill.The Alliance Review offers details on the day’s events,...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 9

The First Information Published in The Alliance ReviewWilliam H. Morgan’s account of August 27 is extremely short:Wednesday August 27Aunt Kit Sharer died Wednesday morning.At this point, the story is picked up by The Alliance Review. Three prominent citizens of...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 8

Other Members of the Dinner Party are Contacted In today’s posting, we learn of the status of other members of the Gahris dinner party and locate evidence to be analyzed for the cause of the illnesses. Again, here are the recollections of William H. Morgan....

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 7

The Similarities in the Symptoms Become Obvious As we continue our account of the Great Olive Poisoning as told by William H. Morgan, Dr. Roach of Alliance and Col. Morgan put their heads together and realize that the symptoms experienced were linked to the dinner...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 6

The First Effects of the Tainted Olives are FeltWilliam H. Morgan continues his story with descriptions of the first effects that were felt – double vision.Sunday August 24thUncle John Sharer drove to our home Sunday morning to pick up Dad. The two of them were...

Great Olive Poisoning of 1919 – Part 5

The Dinner Party – August 23, 1919 We continue with a look at the dinner party that was held at the Lakeside Club as told by William H. Morgan. I was fifteen years old at the time and the details are as clear to me now as though it had all happened within the...