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Lavaca County and the 1918 Flu Pandemic
The 1918 flu pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people around the world.
This spreadsheet is a list of all of the known individuals who died in Lavaca County from influenza before, during or shortly after World War One.
The only individuals included are those where influenza (flu) was mentioned as the primary or secondary cause of death on their death certificates. Names and diseases were spelled exactly as they were spelled on the death certificates so some misspelling may occur.
Influenza in Lavaca County- spreadsheet
From 1914 to 1918, French and German and American troops fought over a small patch of land in eastern France called the Bois-le-Prêtre, or “Priest’s Wood.” The Germans called it Das Priesterwald. Over four years, thousands of young men died there. The exact number will never be known. Three villages were destroyed.
The story of one small place, about three square miles of forest, serves as a micro-history of World War I. The brutality of the struggle and the bravery of the soldiers are recorded in an ambulance driver’s journal, a soldier’s letters home, and a history of the 90th Division, written by an officer who saw it all.
Virginia Bernhard (B.A., Rice; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Rice) is Professor Emerita of History at the University of St. Thomas. Her most recent book is THE SMELL OF WAR: THREE AMERICANS IN THE TRENCHES OF WORLD WAR I (2017).
This World War I program is free and open to the public. For more information contact the library at 798-3243 ext. 208, visit the library webpage at www.hallettsvillelibrary.org or like us on Facebook.