Influenza: Flu, Resources: Influenza, Flu, Archives and Brethren Historical Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester College, North Manchester, Indiana.
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Scope and Content
See the book, "Memories of...Manchester," by Otho Winger, former President of Manchester College, pgs.39-40.
See Also: Oak Leaves,December 1918 p.7, 8, 9, 10-12, 13; January 1919 p.6, 7, 8, 9, 11-12; February 1919 p.7, 10; March 1919 p.10; April 1919 p.8, 10; May 1919 p.2-4; Aurora, 1919 p.6-7, 21, 36.
Date of Accession
Bio History Note
Excrerpts from "Memories of...Manchester," by Otho Winger, former President of Manchester College, pgs.39-40. The date, circa 24 September 1918. The author, Otho Winger, records his experience on campus. As President, he helped to care for students:
We had heard something about the flu.....The disease spread fast and soon was here on our campus. We closed the school for four weeks. Most of the students remained. There was little use to go home, for almost every home and community had all the flu patients that could be cared for. For four weeks I did very little but wait on students who had the flue. At one time we had sixty-five cases.......So I spent my time in one round of visiting flu patieints, especially the boys, and trying to do what was possible to help them.....I shall never forget the efficient help given by two of our assistant girls, Catherine Royer of Greenville; Ohio, and Pearl Kingery of Flora, Indiana. No one could have been more brave and faithful in the work than they were.
We had many serious cases and a few deaths. There was one death in Oakwood Hall. Miss Dora Wagner was one of the first to contract the disease....She was a brave girl and tried to overlook her sickness. When it was finally discovered, she had a very high fever, and her case was already hopeless.....You can imagine the effect of such a thing upon the girls and upon the entire school. There were others of the student body stricken also, but all those that were fatal had been taken home. Florence Coblentz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Coblentz....She received every attention possible but soon succumbed to the disease. Other students who went home to die were Mary Leatherman, Hobart Emerick, and Augustus Hill. In a scourge like that, as in almost any calamity, the hearts of students grow stronger with increased danger; and though death was all around and the danger was great, the students were brave, and there was very little commotion.
Description prepared 25 August 2011 by Jeanine M. Wine.