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

Headline: “Nine More Die of Pneumonia”

Source: Spokesman-Review, October 19, 1918, page 6

Subject: More influenza deaths in Spokane

Synopsis: Nine people in Spokane and the surrounding area died of influenza-related pneumonia the previous day, and 53 new cases were also reported. The dead include a former police officer, along with a mother and her newborn daughter. Due to many of Spokane’s nurses leaving to help with the war effort overseas, the city faces a nurse shortage. The city health officer put out a call for anyone with a background in nursing to help take care of the sick patients. As part of the city-wide quarantine, open air meetings were also banned.

Notable Quotations:

• “Married women who had had experience in nursing, even as undergraduates, are asked to respond, if only a few days at a time.”

• “Dr. Anderson, health officer, however, thinks that the crest of the epidemic will not be reached for a few days, and that it may be necessary to continue the quarantine for two weeks longer.”

“Nine More Die of Pneumonia”

Disease, Resulting From Influenza, Takes Toll in Spokane.

Former Officer Victim

Death Total is 15 – 53 New Cases – Nurse Shortage Acute – Ban Open-Air Meetings.

Day’s Influenza-Pneumonia Victims

Clarence L. Harris, E4077 Fifth.

Mrs. Pansy McClure, N5004 Magnolia.

Mrs. McClure’s infant daughter.

Ernest C. Howe, E2411 Boone.

Walter A. Dickson, Crest hotel.

Mrs. C.C. Peck, Billings, Mont.

John Kubillenz, Cleveland hotel.

Ellen Reamer, infant, Hillyard.

George Donnely, W714 Montgomery.

            There were nine deaths from pneumonia, resulting from influenza, in the [unreadable] yesterday and [unreadable] reported last night that the ambulance had taken 26 new cases to the influenza hospital in the 24 hours which ended at 7 o’clock.

            Clarence L. Harris, age 35, was formerly a member of the Spokane police department. He resigned from the force four months ago to engage in the automobile business. He is survived by his widow and one child. He was stricken with influenza last Sunday and died in the Sacred Heart hospital yesterday morning. The body is at Hazen-Jaeger’s.

Mother and Infant Daughter Die.

            Mrs. Pansy May McClure, age 22, was the wife of F.M. McClure, and her parents are Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Abrams. She is also survived by a small daughter, three sisters and a brother. She and her three-days-old daughter died at the family home yesterday morning. In the afternoon her husband and 2-year-old daughter were taken to the influenza hospital. The bodies are at Smith & Co.’s.

            Ernest Campbell Howe, age 20, was employed at the Armour packing plant. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Howe: four sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Dornhoff, Miss Marjorie Howe, Miss Lilly Howe and Miss Rena Howe, Spokane, and two brothers, Sidney Howe, with the United States troops in England, and Reginald Howe, Spokane. The body is at Smith & Co.’s.

Salesman Is Victim.

            Walter A. Dickson, age 32, died in his apartments at the Crest hotel, where he lived with his mother, Mrs. Lulah Dickson. He was a traveling salesman for the Colgate Soap company and was a member of the Elks’ lodge at Weatherford, Texas. The body is at Smith & Co.’s.

            Mrs. C.C. Peck, age 18, died at the Sacred Heart hospital. She is survived by her husband, who is attached on the United States cruiser Chattanooga; her father, Fred Rowlands, and two sisters living in Billings, Mont., from whence Mrs. Peck came about a month ago. The body is at Smith & Co.’s.

            John Kubillenz, age 44, a laborer, died at the Sacred Heart hospital. He made his home at the Cleveland hotel. It is not known if he had any relatives in the city. The body is at Smith and Co.’s.

One Death in Hillyard.

            Ellen Reamer, the 6-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Reamer, died at the family home, 322 North avenue, Hillyard. The funeral will be held from the Schooley undertaking rooms at 1 o’clock this afternoon.

            George Donnely, W719 Montgomery avenue, died at St. Luke’s hospital. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruth Donnely. The body is at Smith & Co.’s.

Shortage of Nurses.

            The city health office yesterday reported a serious shortage of nurses, due to the departure of so many Spokane nurses to the army, the largely increased demand for nurses due to the influenza epidemic and the illness with influenza of many nurses employed in hospitals. Married women who have had experience in nursing, even as undergraduates, are asked to respond, if only a few days at a time.

            Ten deaths from Spanish influenza had been officially reported to the city health office yesterday since the epidemic began and five others were known unofficially, making a total of 15. Fourteen of these occurred on or after October 9 when the quarantine officially began, and one death before that date.

53 New Cases Yesterday.

            Fifty-three cases of Spanish influenza were reported yesterday, as against 179 the day before. Dr. Anderson, health officer, however, thinks that the crest of the epidemic will not be reached for a few days, and that it may be necessary to continue the quarantine for two weeks longer.

            Open air meetings were officially placed under the ban yesterday on the recommendation of Health Officer Anderson.

Four Sailors Taken From Train.

            Four sailors, taken from Great Northern train No. 43 at 5:45 p.m. yesterday, were taken to the Lion hotel. The conductor wired ahead and after consulting with the city health office, Dr. J.G. Cunningham was ordered to care for them.

35 Cases at Gonzaga.

            Dr. John H. O’Shea, surgeon for the students’ army training corps at Gonzaga university, reported last night that 35 men are in the infirmary with Spanish influenza and that five patients, who have developed pneumonia, are in serious condition.