Influenza in Grand Rapids, 1918

Angelica Engel, history correspondent

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I took a brief dip into the newspapers of yore to see what was happening in Wood County back in 1918, the year of the Spanish influenza pandemic. Here are a few relevant clippings from the October 17, 1918 edition of the Wood County Reporter.

As we “shelter in place” here in March of 2020, this description of the situation over 100 years ago feels very familiar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the time of the 1918 pandemic, World War I raged on. The war contributed greatly to the spread of the flu, because more people moved from country to country than ordinarily would at the time. In our modern day, we are accustomed to jetting here and there, and illness comes with us where we go.

The following is a somewhat graphic description of how to care for a sick person, spoken in the more poetic language of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paper also included a thorough update on the situation in Rudolph, where the flu had not completely consumed the consciousness, though several families felt the effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay well and warm wishes.

Clippings from Wood County Reporter, 17 Oct 1918, acquired via newspapers.com archive.

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If planning on visiting the South Wood County Museum during the next few weeks, please call our number (715)423-1580 ahead of time to schedule a visit.

Museum staff will still be in the office and archives on Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will post all updates on this page.

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Master Gardener Request

Friends of Museum Gardens Program

The Wood County Master Gardener Volunteers have maintained the museum gardens since 1996.  Our maintenance has included our time and some financial funding from our organization on an annual basis.

We would like to extend an opportunity to the community to join us in volunteering your time to work with the master gardeners to help keep these two plus acres a community show piece and destination spot.  “Shadow Lawn,” as it was called by the Isaac Witter family, is used as a popular photo spot for weddings, prom, graduation, and other special events.

If you would like to help, please contact Micky Erickson at 715-435-3616 or garymicky@charter.net  or Christine Griffith at 715-424-3609 or cgriffith@solarus.net

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