Wednesday, October 19, 2005

87 years ago today - October 19, 1918

1918 pandemic, war, and small town life, as reported by the local paper (beginning Oct 1 (just added caveats) ). The virus is in San Francisco, and has hit Redding and other Northern California towns, and is about to make its appearance in Nevada County.


Influenza spreading in every state

p.2, Man who fled from Grass Valley earlier in week (who slipped away when reported) now ill in Reno

editorial/features page,
David Starr Jordan on prewar and peace(?)

Influenza worry is bad for anyone
keep influenza out of mind as much as possible
stay away from crowds

(there's more, if you care to go and look*)


Russ Steele said...


Where were you going with this thread? I though you were on a roll?


Anna said...

um, yes...back to the past. Unfortunately a) during my two days of Historical Library immersion the notes became sparser and sparser, plus b) I didn't read all the way through to the end of the month, so in order to do a full month of old clippings (the original, unstated plan) c) I would have had to return to said library to re-immerse which would have had the effect of d) causing even greater underperformance on my myriad present day employment, filial and pre-precipitation responsibilities.

and once you're a day or two behind, it is so easy to get three or four days behind...

Lesson: something about never biting off more than you can chew

Truth: "Many ... people are little more than janitors of their possessions" - Frank Lloyd Wright

Anna said...

To more directly address Russ's question -

in short the picture the posts were to make was that the editorial reassurances on "no need for panic", and scoffing at those who were concerned, met up against a reality that was rather different.

pretty hard to tell it from the posts so far though, I agree.

when I have free weekday time again...