• The Great Dyersburg Milk Disaster of 1926

      Between September 4th and September 6th in 1926, 150 people were treated for high fever, chills, cramps as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some younger patients were even so sick as to have convulsions.

      With some investigation, the problem was traced back to one dairy. The attached article is very technical, but there are many details that give an insight to 1926 Dyersburg. For example, Dr. R. L. Motley was the pathologist at the Baird Brewer hospital. There were some 500 to 600 toilets in Dyersburg that were not connected to the sewer system and were dependent on "scavenger service" to haul away their waste. 6 Dairies supplied the vast majority of the milk in Dyersburg. There were 2 ice plants. None of the milk was pasteurized.

      I have attached an article from the Journal of the American Medical Association from November 1927.Attachment 1