NOTE: Mrs. CARSON's pneumonia probably started off as the flu, since this is reported in the midst of the 1918 "Spanish flu" epidemic, and many other articles from this newspaper issue report people sick with the flu.
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Click here to see a third item about this family from this edition of the Southwest American.
A quick search over at Ancestry.com gave me a John Q. CARSON in the
1920 United States Federal Census,
living in Fort Smith, Arkansas. While I wouldn't draw any definite conclusions as to why, the family includes John Q. CARSON as head of household, three sons and a daughter. No wife is listed. I cannot read the handwriting in the "marital status" column, so I don't know if he's listed as "widowed," but he's clearly not listed as "single."