In 1918, flu pandemic ravaged Southwest Colorado

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In 1918, flu pandemic ravaged Southwest Colorado

More than 200 deaths in La Plata County; Silverton lost 10% of its population
Two Red Cross nurse-volunteers ride in what might have been an Armistice Day parade around 1920. In the background is Graham Hardware at 833 Main Ave. as well as Hughes Racket Store and White Grocery. During the flu pandemic in 1918-19, many Red Cross volunteers were school teachers. The Red Cross played an integral role, working in both local hospitals and temporarily operating an emergency hospital in space provided by the Durango Exchange.

In 1918, flu pandemic ravaged Southwest Colorado

Two Red Cross nurse-volunteers ride in what might have been an Armistice Day parade around 1920. In the background is Graham Hardware at 833 Main Ave. as well as Hughes Racket Store and White Grocery. During the flu pandemic in 1918-19, many Red Cross volunteers were school teachers. The Red Cross played an integral role, working in both local hospitals and temporarily operating an emergency hospital in space provided by the Durango Exchange.

In 1918, flu pandemic ravaged Southwest Colorado

Jacob Schultz was in the military for a short time when he contracted flu. He was fortunate enough to survive but was discharged in 1918 after he recovered. His daughter, Barbara Moorehead, is a Durango native and retired nurse.
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