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Yellow Fever Hero - John Kissinger
|Topic||Famous Indiana People - John Kissinger|
|Image Source||South Bend News Times|
|Image Notes||Picture of John Kissinger as he looked in 1938 when he made a personal appearance in connection with the showing of the movie, "Yellow Jack" at the Palace Theatre portraying the story of Kissinger's life.|
|Time Period||Progressive Period - 1900 - 1918|
Additional Information & Sources
|Historical Background||John R. Kissinger, former resident of South Bend, was one of 18 men in the regular army who in 1900 volunteered to become victims of the yellow fever carrying mosquito in order to test theories that the disease was caused by this insect. Kissinger became ill with yellow fever and was ill for 8 days during which medical doctors learned more about the disease then in the previous eight years. He recovered and was discharged in 1901.
He moved to South Bend after the war and lived on Milton and Miami Streets. In 1906 he collapsed on the street and was unable to use his legs for 13 years due to the after-effects of the yellow fever virus.
He was awarded a gold medal and a pension.
From an article in the Indianapolis Star - 4/22/1928
Additional articles in the St. Joseph County Public Library Clipping File:
"Funeral Held for Kissinger"
"Yellow Fever Hero is Given House and Land"
"Play Refers to Kissinger"
"Honor Former South Bend Man as Hero of Yellow Fever Test"
"Tells How J.R. Kissinger Conquered Leg Paralysis"
"Yellow Fever Heroes Life is Put on Screen"
"Gets Gold Medal for His Heroism"
"John Kissinger Has Recognition of U.S. Congress"
"Fever Martyr to be Honored"
"Hoosier Who Inspired Film to be Feted"
"Hero of "Yellow Jack" Test, John R. Kissinger, Dies at 69"
"Kissinger, Yellow Fever War Hero, Leaves Dream Home at Huntington"
|Books & Videos||"The American Plague" by Molly Caldwell Crosby; published 2006.|
|Newspaper Articles||St. Joseph County Public Library Local & Family History Services, Clipping File - Biography - Kissinger, John|
|Full-Text Articles & Media Clips||Picture (newspaper clipping), and "John Kissinger has Recognition of U.S. Congress" (News Times 2/28/1929) PDF File|
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