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In November and December of 1879, there was a diphtheria epidemic in Sioux County, Iowa. Below is the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule for Sioux County. Four members of the Herman Meyn family died in a brief period: Herman, Katie, Carl (Charles in the document) and Johan (John in the document). The gravestone lists the dates of death of Herman and their three children who died of diptheria, and Anna, who died in 1910. A newspaper notice (above) mentions that […]