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Spanish Influenza, Oct. 16, 1918

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Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair looks back in time, over 100 years ago, to the impact of Spanish influenza as reported in the pages of the Sheridan Enterprise in 1918.

Workmen were engaged today, Oct. 16, in cleaning up a big house over in Sheridan’s deserted tenderloin section on East Grinnell avenue, to be used as an emergency hospital for Spanish flu cases. The free use of this big house has been tendered to the Red Cross by E. E. Lonabaugh, guardian of the heir of the former owner.

Valentine Germain died at Acme on Tuesday from Spanish influenza, and his body is at the Reed funeral parlors, being prepared for burial.

Ellen Carter, wife of L. R. Carter of Carneyville, died from the effects of Spanish influenza at 8:30 a.m. today. The body is at the Champion & Shannon burial rooms.

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    Lana Malyurek Wood

    April 28, 2020 at 8:24 am

    My dad talked about the hard times during the pandemic. He grew up in Kooi /Monarch/ Acme mining camps. He was only 4 but remembered lying behind the wood cook stove trying to stay warm with his 6 year old brother…high fever, uncontrollable chills, horrible cough, difficulty breathing, & his ear bleeding from a burst eardrum. The rest of the family were sick as well so my dad & uncle still had to carry in wood for the stove & pretty much fend for themselves…some days eating a cold biscuit, other days nothing. He said the Dr. would go from house to house, stick his head in the door with a bandana over his face & throw sulfa packets on the kitchen table. Later x-rays in dad’s elderly years showed severe lung scars no doubt from that horrible flu!

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