MMDHD Health Officer explains the vaccine situation

Add two more to the Independent’s Civil War Roll Call

Two more names have come to our attention, so we are adding them to the St. Johns Independent’s online Veterans Roll Call.

Marcus Bentley served in the Michigan 5th Cavalry, Company G. He was discharged by order, May 30,1865. He went in as a private and came back out as a private.

Joseph Mason was born in 1820 in Ireland, probably the son of Irish natives the Rev. Joseph (1778-1871) and Jane (1784-1867).

By 1860 Joseph was a day laborer working for and/or living with James Magers, a farmer in Dewitt, Clinton County. Soon after the war broke out Joseph joined a Lansing militia company called the “Williams’ Rifles,” whose members would serve as the nucleus of Company G.

He was 41 years old and probably living in Clinton County (or perhaps in Lansing) when he enlisted as First Sergeant in Company G on May 10, 1861.

Joseph was taken sick soon after arriving at Cantonment Anderson in Grand Rapids. Joseph soon recovered, however, and was promoted to and commissioned Second Lieutenant on August 1, 1861

Joseph was wounded severely in the thigh on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, subsequently promoted and commissioned First Lieutenant on June 9. As a consequence of his wounds, by mid-June Mason had returned to Michigan on a furlough. In August Joseph was reported to be recruiting for the Regiment.Joseph remained in Lansing recruiting until October 14 when he left the city to rejoin the Regiment. Although he was still troubled by his old wound, by the 23rd he had returned to Company G.

Joseph was officially promoted to Captain on January 8, 1863, commissioned January 1. Joseph was killed in action on May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia. Joseph was presumably buried among the unknown soldiers interred on the battlefield at Chancellorsville.

The G.A.R. Joseph Mason Post No. 248 in Wacousta was named in his honor and a G.A.R. statue of Mason was erected, possibly in 1904, in Wacousta cemetery.

– James Abbott
– George Albert
– Edwin Ammerman
– George Anderson
– Ira Armstrong
– Abijah Arnett
– Isaac Ashley
– Cornelius Austin
– Marvin Avery
– Silas Babcock
– Enos Bachelder
– Charles Bacon
– William Bair
– George Baker
– William Bannister
– George Barker
– William Barnes
– Albert Bennett
Bentley Marcus
– Joseph Berry
– George Besley
– Edward Bigalow
– Charles Bigelow
– Augustus Billings
– Charles Blanchard
– John Blanchard
– William Blesard
– Oliver Blizzard
– Henry Bond
– Charles Bottum
– Edward Brass
– Clark Brewer
– Darroll Brewer
– Joseph Brink
– Francis Brinnick
– Henry Brown
– Nelson Brown
– Joseph Bundy
– Frederick Burk
– Jonathan Burke
– Edwin Burrows
– John Cable
– Benjamin Caldwell
– Lewis Carpenter
– Chauncey Carrier
– Alphonzo Chant
– James Chant
– Samuel Christopher
– Brazilla Coats
– John Cobb
– John Coffman
– John Cole
– Samuel Coleman
– Harvey Cook
– William Cook
– Lewis Coon
– Enos Corey
– Joseph Coryell
– James Covel
– Reason Carven
– John Crawford
– James Cronk
– Charles Cronkite
– Wallace Cronkite
– Sheldon Crowell
– John Culp
– Jerome Curtiss
– Robert Daniel
– Henry Davenport
– Thompson Davenport
– John Davidson
– Samuel Davis
– William Davis
– Napoleon DeLong
– Walter DeLong
– Myron Demary
– Simas Densmore
– Nathaniel Doak
– Christopher Dodge
– Leroy Dodge
– Jacob Dowd
– Mortimer Doyer
– Robert Doyne
– William Dutton
– William Eaton
– Newberry Eddy
– Rodney Eldridge
– Milton Farmer
– John Farnsworth
– Frederick Fifield
– Richard Finch
– Elijah Fish
– Franklin Fish
– Nicholas Fitzpatrick
– Lorin Flint
– James Forman
– Samuel Fowler
– David Frost
– Elias Fulmer
– Hiram Gardiner
– Lewis Garland
– Wesley Garlock
– Charles Gaskill
– Levi Gibbs
– Amos Gillott
– Ezra Glass
– Theodore Gleason
– Daniel Goodrich
– David Goodrich
– Clark Gray
– Cleon Green
– Horace Green
– Merrihew Green
– Willett Green
– Oscar Groyer
– James Gunner
– Elias Haggerty
– Miles Hall
– Phillip Hall
– John Hammond
– Noble Hammond
– William Hammond
– William W. Hammond
– Abram Hanes
– Daniel Harrington
– Henry Harrison
– Joseph Harrison
– John Hathaway
– Joseph Hathaway
– Benjamin Hause
– Delos Hayes
– Samuel Healy
– John Henderson
– George Hewitt
– William Hewitt
– William Hicks
– Elisha Higbee
– Bartlett Hill
– Giles Hill
– James Himes

– Peter Hinkley
– Christian Hiser
– Samuel Hogle
– Calvin Holmes
– Henry Howe
– Merrit Howe
– James Hubbard
– George Huggett
– William Hughes
– William Hulse
– Joseph Humeston
– John Huntoon
– Robert Hutchinson
– William Ingraham
– George Jameson
– Hugh Jamison
– David Jefferies
– Hiram Jones
– Isaac Jones
– Daniel Kelly
– Samuel Kentfield
– Lyman Kimball
– Ali King
– William Kirby
– Godfrey Kline
– John Knapp
– G. Kniffen
– Milo Kniffin
– Hiram Knowles
– Myron Lattimer
– Asher Le Baron
– William Le Clere
– Charles Lewis
– George Lewis
– John Lewis
– William Lewis
– Andrew Linman
– Herman Lounsbury
– Walter Love
– Aaron Lyon
– Edward Lyon
– Horace Martin
– Ira Martin
– William H. Martin
– William Martin
Mason Joseph
– William Massey
– George McClintock
– George McDowell
– William McDowell
– Samuel McKibben
– Joseph McPherson
– Henry McRoberts
– Horace McRoberts
– George McVeigh
– Andrew Mead
– David Merrihew
– Calvin Merwin
– John Meyer
– Elmer Miller
– John Moon
– Nathaniel Moon
– Mathew Moore
– Hezekiah Morey
– Henry Morgan
– Levi Morgan
– William Morgan
– George Morse
– Chancy Morton
– Herod Morton
– M. I. Morton
– John Mundall
– John Myer
– Martin Myers
– John Neal
– John Newell
– Daniel Newson
– John Newson
– William Nichols
– Albert Niles
– Albert Norris
– Harry Nutting
– Gilbert Odell
– John Owen
– Adoniram Paine
– Albert Palmer
– William Park
– Albert Passage
– Richard Pearsall
– Lorin Peet
– Lorenzo Phelps
– Daniel Pierce
– Lyman Potter
– Gilbert Pratt
– Charles Reynolds
– William Reynolds
– Layton Richmond
– Thomas Richmond
– Jacob Ridenour
– Charles Robinson
– James Robinson – Medal of Honor Recipient
– Henry Rocholl
– Alexander Ross
– Nathan Ross
– Nathaniel Russell
– Peter Russell
– Henry Ryan
– John Sanders
– Hiram Satterly
– Walter Scadin
– Alvin Sears
– Merritt Seaton
– Andrew Seckinger
– Melvin Shaw
– Thomas Shaw
– William Shaw
– William Sherriff
– Elihu Sherman
– William Showeman
– Harrison Sickles
– Walter Silvers
– Adin Skinner
– Irwin Skinner
– Charles Smith
– David Smith
– Jacob Smith
– Norman Smith
– Samuel Smith
– Oscar Smock
– Amanuel Smurrh
– Peter Sontag
– David Sowle
– James Sowle
– Reuben Spayd
– Henry Spears
– Daniel Spicer
– William Spillet
– Smith Stanton
– William Staunton

– Daniel Steele
– Anson Stevens
– Warren Stiles
– W. W. Stiles
– Charles Strickland
– Chauncey Strickland
– Samuel Strickland
– Sylvester Strickland
– William Strickland
– Jerry Sullivan
– Henry Taylor
– Samuel Taylor
– William Thayer
– Ulrich Thoma
– John Thomas
– Zenas Thomas
– John Thompson
– Thomas Thompson
– Whipple Thornton
– Joshua Thuma
– David Thurston
– Asa Tillotson
– Edward Tinklepaugh
– Ichabod Towns
– William Towner
– Lafayette Townsend
– Myron Tracy
– James Travis
– Uriah Tucker
– Jerome Turner
– Moses Tuttle
– Unknown: 8 Buried at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI
– William Vail
– Charles Valleau
– Emery Vance
– Albert Van Alstine
– Truman Van Deusen
– James Van Dyke
– Charles Van Sickle
– Lyman VanSickle
– Joseph Van Veckten
– Joseph Venia
– Shubael Vincent
– Clark Vredenburg
– Delos Vredenburg
– James Wagoner
– Darius Waite
– Luman Waldo
– Richard Warfle
– Delos Warner
– Emory Warner
– Franklin Warner
– James Washington
– Perry Watkins
– Alexander Watson
– Edwin Watson
– Calvin Weller
– Alonzo Wheeler
– David Wheeler
– Samuel Whitlock
– William Whitman
– D. Whitney
– George Whitney
– Case Wickham
– Charles Willard
– Frederick Willard
– Asa Williams
– John Wilson
– Joseph Wilson
– George Winfield
– William Wing
– Thomas Winters
– Grover Wixom
– George Woodman
– Conrad Wresler
– Charles Wright
– Elliott Wright
– Lewis Yeoman
– Henry Young
– Stephen Young

A Look Back Again – Vaccination clinic
by Barry Bauer

Dr. Guy H. Frace, St. Johns health officer, is giving this young man a shot of serum in 1937 to protect him against the dreaded disease, Diphtheria. This clinic took place years before a vaccine for Polio was discovered. Vaccination clinics were started five years earlier in the St. Johns schools.
Helping with the inoculation program was Miss Maude Herron, school nurse.

Maralyn’s Pet Corner – What Does Catnip Do to Cats?

Many people are familiar with catnip, but not everyone knows what type of plant it is or the science behind how it affects a cat’s mood and behaviors.

This article will give you some insight on how catnip works, why cats go crazy for it, and whether there’s such a thing as a cat having too much catnip.

What Is Catnip?

Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is a common herb that is a member of the mint family.

It’s a plant that is easy to grow in North America and has feather-like, light-green foliage with lavender flowers.

Catnip leaves have actually been used to make tea, and the flowers are said to relieve coughs. It’s also a main ingredient in some natural bug sprays.

What Does Catnip Do to Cats- How Does Catnip Work?

Cats have an extra scent organ called the vomeronasal gland in the roof of their mouth. This special pathway allows scents that are collected in the nose and mouth to be carried to the brain.

Nepetalactone is the oil that’s found within the catnip plant’s leaves that can cause behavioral changes in cats. F or a cat to be exposed to this substance, they have to smell the catnip.

Catnip mimics feline sex hormones, so cats enjoying this substance will often display behaviors similar to a female cat in heat (although both male and female cats can experience the effects).

These behaviors can include overt signs of affection, relaxation, and happiness. Other cats will display active behaviors, such as playfulness or sometimes even aggression.

For cats that have a positive experience with catnip, it can help reduce anxiety and even relieve pain.

Some veterinarians have recommended using catnip to help with separation anxiety if your cat will be home alone for an extended period of time.

Does Catnip Work on All Cats?

Not all cats will respond to the active compound in catnip. Veterinary studies suggest that about 60% of cats will have a behavioral reaction to catnip.

There is also evidence that a cat’s response to catnip is a dominant trait that’s based on genetics.
How Long Does Catnip Last-

Catnip effects will vary in length, depending on the cat. Usually, the behaviors associated with smelling catnip will last for around 10 minutes and then wear off gradually.

It could then take 30 minutes without smelling catnip for the cat to become susceptible to the effects again.

Catnip does lose its potency over time, so it is recommended to keep it in an airtight container for maximum freshness.

Can Kittens Have Catnip?

Catnip is not harmful for kittens, but most cats won’t react to catnip until they are 6 months to 1 year of age.

Some cats can be exceptions to this rule, as they will slowly increase their sensitivity over the years.

Can Cats Eat Catnip- Is It Safe?

Cats can ingest catnip, and it may even be helpful for their digestive tract.

The catnip plant has actually been used in people for its antidiarrheal properties. With this said, it is important to prevent your cat from ingesting large amounts of catnip, as this can cause digestive upset.

Can Cats Overdose on Catnip?

Too much catnip can cause health problems in cats, such as vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, or having trouble walking. Use just a little at a time, and you can always discuss the correct amount for your cat with your veterinarian.

Fresh catnip is more potent than the dried form, so you won’t need to give your cat as much of it. It is also recommended to avoid highly concentrated catnip oils due to their potency.

How to Use Catnip

Catnip is available in many forms:

Fresh catnip (growing your own catnip plant)

Dried catnip

Catnip sprays or bubbles

Toys stuffed with dried catnip

Catnip sprays are a good option for cats that get an upset stomach from ingesting the plant. You can spray your cat’s favorite toy or cat tree or cat scratcher. You can also sprinkle dried catnip on a cat tree, scratching post, or cardboard scratcher, or you can roll a toy in it.

Some of the top recommended catnip brands/products include:

Yeowww! catnip products

KONG catnip products