Flu

While the November 3, 1918 Sunday Courier (Poughkeepsie) reveals the story in much more personal terms, the chart at bottom shows how the deadliest two months of the war and the deadliest two months of the global flu pandemic aligned

As with the previous week's paper, obituaries start on the front page, bottom half. Continued on inside pages. When Otis Murray said goodbye to his three brothers, his father and mother, and his maternal grandmother to head to war in Europe, it was thought he was the one taking the risk. Instead, Otis came back to an empty house, each of those family members having died within a matter of weeks from flu. Otis lived until 1973. They are all buried at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

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