Howard Association en John Erskine <p>Dr. John Erskine was buried in Elmwood Cemetery on September 17, 1878. Dr Erskine was a native of Alabama.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He and his older brother moved to Memphis in the </span>1850s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to practice medicine. He served as a surgeon during the Civil War.</span></p><p>Returning to Memphis after that, he became interested in public health and was appointed the city health officer. He was one of the 110 doctors who tended to the sick and dying during the deadly Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:32:00 +0000 Steve Pike 20314 at John Erskine The Howard Association <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In August of 1878, Memphis was struck with its most disastrous Yellow Fever epidemic. The Howard Association, a volunteer group of young businessmen, organized a medical corps to help the devastated city.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteer physicians and nurses came from all over the country to treat the thousands of disease victims. Many stayed at the Peabody Hotel, the only hotel to stay open during the epidemic. Each physician was assigned to a district where they often started their rounds at dawn.</span></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:57:18 +0000 Steve Pike 19241 at The Howard Association Annie Cook <p>There were many stories of heroism that arose out of the Yellow Fever outbreaks of the late 19th century, but none stand-out as much as the story of Annie Cook.</p><p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 23:07:42 +0000 Steve Pike & Justin Willingham 19706 at Annie Cook