Most Survived

Many of the stories I have focused on recently have dealt with death or complications. While many did die, the average death rate worldwide was <3%, meaning that most survived. This is one such story, as told in the life history of Cleo Anderson, my great-aunt.

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“During the winter of 1918 there was a terrible flu epidemic that swept the entire country and many people died from it. I was five months old when I got the flu and was very ill. Mama told me that for three days I lay in a stupor but through faith and administration I was spared.

My father had the flu that same winter and was very ill with it.”

I am very glad that both Cleo and her father (my great-grandfather) survived, since my grandfather was not born until a few years later.

2 thoughts on “Most Survived

  1. The 1918 flu pandemic was one of the earliest, and perhaps the most traumatic experiences to date, in the life of Mrs. Williams, age 91, of Selma. That’s because her father, a jeweler, contracted the disease and became very ill. Even though she was a very young child, her father’s serious illness remains an indelible memory.

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