This Day in Dayton, 20 December

In December 1918 the newspaper reported on the end of the First World War and the epidemic of “Spanish Influenza” (Sesqui 77). Many died, both in the army and at home. Sue Barr Crouse, wife of W. O. Crouse, was called to Scranton, Pennsylvania to nurse their daughter, Bertha, who was teaching school there. Bertha died, and Sue also caught the flu and died. Charlie Wallace (Sue’s nephew) went to Scranton to have the Bertha’s body shipped home by train, expecting one coffin, and was shocked that there were two. Sue had died so quickly that the news had not reached him.

 

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