The flu, the Spanish influenza. Schools were closing, church services were cancelled, businesses everywhere were affected, and on top of all that, World War I was still raging.
CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of October 12, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.
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Flu can be fatal, patients are quarantined
Theaters, schools, churches closed
Schools and universities closed