[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] re infant mortality

Helen Gillespie hgillespie at rogers.com
Fri Sep 21 15:58:05 PDT 2012

And my two cents worth   

Not only infants were susceptible to early deaths - it apparently was rare for people to die of old age!  With death in childbirth, cholera, typhus, tuberculosis and accidents, it was not an easy life - whether in Europe or Britain or North America.  My grandmother's brother was injured in a woodcutting accident - his back was broken.  He was only in his early 30s. Taking him to hospital in Rowno meant a very painful and bumpy ride in a wagon only 15 km. away, a very difficult journey.  He did not live long time. The outbreak of the Spanish Flu just at the end of the First World War killed millions around the world, including a number of my ancestors - just after they returned from Siberia..

This article explains it simply....




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--- On Fri, 9/21/12, Henry and Alice Schmidt <h_aschmidt at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Henry and Alice Schmidt <h_aschmidt at hotmail.com>
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] re infant mortality
To: "ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org" <ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org>
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012, 9:16 PM

Many causes can be listed, however convulsions were usually the result of high fevers.  You are correct in mentioning small pox and other communicable diseases snuffed out their little lives.  Unfortunately they did not have the antibiotics we have today.  I might add, many times the cause of death was unknown.
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