Remembering Lessons from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Mrs. Edna Register Boone shares her insight learned from her experience as a ten-year-old girl during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in her small rural Alabama community.

“We were like a big family, you might say. I doubt if we had 200 residents. . . . It brought families closer together, and it brought our little town closer together, because we all suffered losses, one way or the other, if not through war, then through the epidemic.

“Oh my goodness, what if it happened, . . some sort of epidemic sweep through. . . I think the only thing I could suggest about that is to be aware that it could happen again.”

“. . . But the shockwave that sets in when something like this happens kind of stuns people, you know. They go beyond thinking correctly.”


Source: Alabama Department of Archives & History, “1918 influenza pandemic survivor interview: Mrs. Edna Register Boone,” 27 Aug 2012, https://youtu.be/7k20VFZeLKY.

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