In 1914, in view of the fact that an epidemic of smallpox was prevalent in some localities, the state commissioner of health had sent out letters to the health officers of New York, in this end of the state at least. One of such letters had been received by the local health officer, Dr. G.W. Reynolds. Among other things, the state health commissioner asked what was being done with reference to compulsory vaccination in the schools. Reynolds called the matter to the attention of C.F. Chapman, president of the Mayville board of education and Chapman called a special meeting of the board to be held in his office on Saturday evening. Principal H.E. Perkins was directed to call the attention of the pupils to the requirements of the law but further than that the board did not take any action as to its enforcement. There had been no smallpox in the vicinity of Mayville.