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

Headline: “School Teachers Called to Nurse Influenza Cases”

Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 22, 1918, page 1

Subject: Teachers asked to help fight influenza

Synopsis: Spokane school teachers are being asked to volunteer as nurses at both Fort George Wright and the emergency influenza hospital at the Lion hotel. 137 cases have been reported at Fort Wright.

Notable Quotation:

• “‘We wish as many teachers as can to come forth at once to nurse these soldiers and to nurse the patients at the influenza hospital on Lincoln street. The need is very great and the emergency should commend itself to every teacher.’”

“School Teachers Called to Nurse Influenza Cases”

Member of School Board Asks for Volunteers to Assist in Fight at Fort George Wright and at Hospital; Need of Help Is Growing.

            A call for volunteer nurses from the staff of public school teachers to attend influenza patients was made today by E.A. Lindsley, member of the school [b]oard, after a visit to Fort Wright with Dr. James E. Drake, another member of the school board, and Superintendent Orville S. Pratt.

            “We found conditions at the fort in bad shape,” said Mr. Lindsley. “Twelve influenza cases were brought to the fort while we were making an inspection, which makes a total of 137 cases at the post. They have only four nurses at the post and conditions really are very serious.

            “We wish as many teachers as can to come forth at once to nurse these soldiers and to nurse the patients at the influenza hospital on Lincoln street. The need is very great and the emergency should commend itself to every teacher.”