THROWBACK: Spanish flu of 1918 in the Chewelah Independent

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here is an ad from the Chewelah Independent on November 8, 1918 showing new restrictions being put in place for an influenza epidemic that would hit most of the world after World War 1. Called “The Spanish Flu” it was only called this because Spain was a neutral country, and was the first to have media report on it, whereas other nationals suppressed the flu info to help preserve the war effort.