This is the other article I found..
The following message came to my email from William Hunt who posted this at the OK. LeFloreCounty Message Board. It is very interesting. Since it had a WALTERS listed in it I thought I'd post it here as well.
In late December of 1921, a vagrant who unknowingly was a carrier of smallpox was arrested and put in the LeFlore county jail at Poteau by a deputy sheriff. That action resulted in a smallpox epidemic that lasted about 5 weeks, during which time all persons were ordered to be vaccinated, various people were quarantined, schools and courts were closed, and a significant number of people died. Many homes were fumigated, and one home (Under-Sheriff McClure) where several family members had died, the furniture and other belongings were removed to the yard and burned.
My father, John A. Hunt, was the sheriff at that time. His first wife was among the first to die while they were under quarantine. Using a hermitically sealed coffin, and traveling between midnight and sunrise, the health department allowed him transport her body to Hartshrone for burial. He then returned to quarantine for two more weeks.
It was a tragic time in Poteau. The two news articles below, list the names of those directly affected by the epidemic. One of those who died, Mr. White of Octavia, had only traveled to Poteau for a commissioner's meeting, but visited someone in jail and return home with the smallpox.
January 26, 1922. The Poteau Weekly Sun A boxed column headed "Total List of Dead From Small Pox" contained the following information.
"Following is the total list of persons who have died from smallpox to date, with date of death and burial:
Ben Johnson, negro, at the county jail, December 22, 1921;
O. E. Jenkins, January 1, 1922;
Mrs. Mary Catherine Hunt, wife of Sheriff John Hunt, January 4;
Claude Graveley, negro, of Calhoun, in jail, January 5;
Ben Taylor, January 5;
Wallace R. Walters, address unknown, jail, January 6;
W. R. Rowton, in jail, January 6;
Benjamin Fisher, negro in jail, from Spiro, January 7;
Lander Qualls, chief of police, January 8;
J. E. McClure, under sheriff, January 8;
Mrs. Dorthula McClure, wife of Under Sheriff J. E. McClure, January 9;
Fielder Johnson, of Summerfield, in jail, January 9;
J. B. Peters, barber, January 10;
Ed Cummins, negro in jail, thought to be from Arkansas; January 11;
Richard McClure, son of Under Sheriff J. E. McClure, January 12;
Arnold McClure, son of Under Sheriff J. E. Mcclure, January 13;
M. I. Gibson, January 13;
Frank Faucum of Watson, Okla., in jail, January 13;
G. M. Jones, at Tarby, January 13;
Robert Harrison, January 13;
Paul White, county commissioner, at his home in Octavia, January 14;
Jewel Collins, January 17;
Dempsey Kyle, January 19."