Ernest Piper was a member of the Class of 1914 and a member of the college’s Glee Club. A Kalamazoo Gazette article from April 3, 1913 announced that Piper was diagnosed with smallpox. It stated, “Piper was walking around, and seemingly in good health until the afternoon, when he suddenly took sick and went to bed complaining of a sick headache. Developments were rapid. Blotches soon appeared on his face and one of the students, frightened, called a doctor who immediately pronounced it smallpox.”Piper was quarantined to his room in the men’s dormitory, a decision which drew criticism from many townspeople who worried about town students mixing with dorm students and spreading the disease. President Stetson, according to an April 9, 1913 Kalamazoo Gazette article, defended his decision to quarantine Piper in the dorm by stating that the city of Kalamazoo had no suitable facility to isolate the student.
- Smallpox, 1913