When the insidious coronavirus finally arrived in Nevada County, I was reminded of what happened during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. Because many 1918 deaths worldwide were attributed to pneumonia and other causes, and not…Read more
In 1918-19 the Spanish influenza, passing in waves, infected about 20% of the population, killed about 100 people and left dozens of orphans in Nevada County. If not for volunteers, it would have been worse. Facing an alarming situation, Grass Valley Mayor William J. Mitchell, a butcher, asked the County Board of Health to open a temporary facility to relieve the hospitals. … The Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society funded it and Red Cross nurses and volunteers staffed it.