Spokane and the Nation: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

Headline: “Churches Object to Being Dragged into Flu Tangle”

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, December 19, 1918, page 1

Subject: Protest of quarantine

Synopsis: The Spokane Ministerial association has voiced their opposition to theater owners using their name in a complaint against the city health board. The churches say that the theater owners do not represent their views, and they support the actions of the health board.

Notable Quotations:

 • “The Theater interests are in no way authorized to include churches in their own protests to the health department.”

• “We stand by the health office regulations and abide by the judgment of the health officer.”

“Churches Object to Being Dragged into Flu Tangle”

Use of Their Name by Theaters in Appeal Is Called Unauthorized.

           The Spokane Ministerial association today voiced a protest against the associated theater interests of Spokane bringing the churches into any fight the theaters may have against present regulations of the health department in regard to influenza.

           The use of the word “churches” by the theater interests in connection with their own troubles is not authorized, according to representation of the ministerial association, as the churches are not living only living up fully to health department regulations, but most of them have gone further by holding no Sunday school and no evening service.

           The following communication from the ministerial association, signed by Dr. J.W. McDougall, president, and Rev. W.W. Edmonson, secretary, has been received by the Chronicle:

            “The ministerial association, through its officers, protest the use of the name ‘churches’ by the associated theater interests of Spokane in the latter’s objections to the heatlh [sic] regulations.  The theater interests are in no way authorized to include churches in their own protests to the health department.

Confidence in Anderson.

           “By action of the association at the regular meeting on December 2, there was expressed, through a special committee headed by the Rev. G.W. Knepper, and for churches represented by membership in the association, confidence in the efforts of Dr. J.B. Anderson, health officer, to suppress the influenza epidemic. We stand by the health offic[e] regulations and abide by the judgment of the health officer.

           “Not only that, but the large downtown churches and man yothers [many others, sic] represented in the association have gone beyond the health requirements by holding no Sunday school and no evening service.  We will go the second mile to help the health department in combating the epidemic.”