Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 29, 1918

Today’s Evening Starhttps://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1918-10-29/ed-1/seq-1/

The daily influenza death toll dropped to 26. But new cases jumped to 286. Official death toll since the start of the epidemic in September is 1,453.

Good news:

The District Commissioners today rescinded their orders closing the churches and other places of public gatherings and amusements because of the influenza epidemic.
It was directed that the churches may be reopened Thursday. October 31, thus enabling the Catholic and Episcopal churches to celebrate All Saints’ day. one of the more important days in the church calendar, which falls on Friday.

Schools and Movies, Monday. 
Theaters. motion picture houses and public and private schools will open under the order Monday. November 4. The order also lifts the ban placed against public meetings of all kinds, which would include lodge meetings and other fraternal gatherings, and public gatherings of ail kinds.

The Star editorial page called the reopenings “ground for public rejoicing.”

Plans to make up lost time in the public schools include cutting days out of Christmas and Easter holidays and intensive classes once school resumes.


Ernest Thurston, Superintendent of Public Schools




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