Thursday, November 10, 2005
Pandemic Flu Of The Past
Minnesota was touched by the pandemic flu of the early 1900s. But some people survived, and there is a connection between their survival and love and faith.
Wells, MN had a severe outbreak. One Wells man, now 87, came down with the flu along with his mother and the grandmother nursed them back to health. Thousands died that same year. 75,000 cases were reported in Minnesota in 1918 but only 7,500 died.
Church services, concerts, and meetings were canceled and schools were closed.
Other survivors include: Dr. William Barr who went from flu patient to flu patient but never caught it, and Rev. Gilman of Wells recovered.