The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title The Influenza Epidemic of 1918
Description to his family. He also reported that three other townspeople had died since yesterday and the death toll in Ht, Pleasant was rising every day. Henry was wearing a white gauze mask over his nose and mouth. This was recommended as one possible safeguard. Public meetings and gatherings were prohibited. Schools were closed. Every precaution was being taken to prevent the spread of the "flu." I brought the food into the house and prepared breakfast from the home-made bread, milk from the cellar and the hot beef stew. Vie were certainly thankful. The nilk Henry had left was placed in the cool cellar for the cream to rise and be added to the cream I had accumulated. I now had five gallons that must be delivered to the creamery. After putting on my gauze mask, I loaded the cream can on to our little express wagon and began the seven blocks to the creamery. At the creamery, the manager took a sample of the cream with his pipette and tested it. He determined the percentage of butter fat, took the weight of the can of cream and calculated the money due me. I then started homeward with the empty can in my express wagon and the treasured check tucked safely in my pocket. On the way home I felt sick and dizzy but I struggled along, knowing full well tbat I had caught the "flu" bug. Upon ray arrival Mamma said that I had s fever and must £^o to bed. ^ow riow could I take care of the rest of the family? Life became seriously difficult. With all of us down, care of the sick became almost impossible. Getting a little food was burdensome. Someone must get up, prepare what was available and get right back to bed. Even the task of taking care of bodily waste in a two-room house with no bathroom was a monstrous job. Refuse accumulated and the atmosphere became unpleasant, Now we really depended upon Uncle Henry, Kach morning and evening he did the chores and left the milk on the doorstep, along with a bucket of water. Grandma continued to send foodu The news of 79
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