In early spring of 1956, my Mother was just about to enter the second tri-mester of her pregnancy, when my younger sister Elaine came home from school with a mimeographed letter. The letter was an announcement that Scarlet Fever was going around Elaine's school. The symptoms were provided and a request to notify your doctor immediately if you thought you had acquired the disease.
Within days, my sister Elaine was sent home from school with the symptoms of Scarlet Fever. She had a fever, an upper body rash, a sore throat and the strawberry tongue. A day or two later, I became very ill at school. I remember being in the nurses office and hearing the nurse tell my Mother over the phone that I had a temperature of 104 degrees. I was sent home, a very sick girl. After arriving home I realized my brother Lee and sister Linda also had come down with the disease.
My Mother called the doctor. In those days, doctors still made house calls, so Dr. Clark came right over to our house and told my Mother there was a new miracle drug for Scarlet Fever. Dr. Clark gave us each a shot of this new miracle drug: Penicillin. Then we all went to bed.