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Letters to the Editor

Remember the Spanish Flu of 1918

During these troubled uncertain times the Creston News Advertiser continues to serve as a beacon of reassurance with timely information to the community. Within these fine endeavors, the newspaper should also draw upon its files to republish articles from the Autumn 1918 pandemic — known as the Spanish Flu — to remind the community as to how people persevered and survived through a similar situation.

Granted the medical technology of 1918 was rather meager and limited, but the rugged endurance of our forebears withstood the crisis — in itself a true inspiration for us all. Our oral tradition herein is almost nonexistent as one would have to be at least 106 years’ old today to remember those events. The fears and alarming anxieties were just as prevalent back then but lacking our social media probably made the crisis not as thoroughly pervasive. It would be interesting to read those stories of yesteryear.

That being said, I, for one, commend and salute the fine staff, news carriers and all others involved with the Creston News Advertiser in their sound diligent efforts to make it a true community asset.

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