The dark and rainy morning has put me in a reflective mood. Given the historic damage done by Hurricane Florence and the uncertainty following the gas disaster in Andover and Lawrence, my mind turns to other monumental disasters. One hundred years ago the Flu Pandemic reached into Gloucester and the surrounding areas. Each day in late September and through mid October, the newspaper reported on the growing number of flu deaths. While I do not know the final numbers, the highest number I saw reported was 180 people within about month as of October 14 1918. It must have been very frightening for all but it seems the city handled the pandemic admirably.
This is an example from the Gloucester Daily Times Sept 17 1918 of the precautions taken. The microfilm quality isn’t great, but it gets the idea across.
As we see from Florence and in Andover/Lawrence, disasters tend to bring out the best in people and I imagine this did the same at the time. Disasters past and present remind us to be kind, take good care and stay vigilant.