Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

1918 Lesson


I have not seen a comparison of the 1918 flu epidemic to the one we are experiencing now. That one was devastating, too. There are very few folks around who could relate stories from then. I heard one my father, Harvey Barr, told many times and will share it.

In their neighborhood of about ten square miles lived seven families. Harvey was not sick nor was Mrs. Daniels just down the road. Their families were. Each morning, after Harvey made his own family comfortable, he hooked up a buggy and off he went. First stop was at the Daniels because Mrs. Daniels gave him jars of soup for everyone....

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