Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 2, 1918

Four more deaths, and 35 new cases of Spanish influenza were reported in the Evening Star–bringing the number of cases to 378 and deaths to 30.

Read the Oct 2, 1918 Evening Star

The Public School system was shut down; government agencies adopted staggered hours. The commissioners issued advice for avoiding the illness–don’t panic; avoid crowds; walk to work; cover your cough/sneeze.


Evening Star Oct 2, 1918 front page.

(Parts of the Post for Oct 2, 1918 are missing from the ProQuest database — p. 1 and 10 are blank.)

However available is a nice table of agency staggered hours.


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