University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 91        as regards health.  The year 1845 was marked by a great deal of 
             sickness, nobody dying, but many being down with daily fevers.  It 
             is true that the Society this year had to mourn the premature death 
             of Br. Anselm, who was drowned in the Ohio while bathing with Mr. 
             Deluane; but no one thought of charging this death to the 
             insalubrity of Notre Dame du Lac, as was done the two following 
                  The autumn of 1846 was marked three times by death:  that of 
             Bro. John the Baptist, then that of Bro. Anthony, and of Mr. 
             Garnier, a postulant lately arrived from France.  Some time in the 
             following winter occurred the death of a pupil, Mr. Richardville.  
             The autumn of 1847 was visited by more sickness but fewer 
             fatalities.  Sr. Mary of Carmel was the only one to pay the debt 
             of nature.
                  It is a fact that about this time the same maladies afflicted 
             the whole country, and it would perhaps be difficult to prove that 
             they were really produced by the climate; still it can not be 
             called in question that the number of deaths in so short a time 
             did considerable harm to the house in the public estimation.  

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