Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 30, 1918

More big news–the US Public Health Service closes shop, turning all emergency services over to District health officials.

The daily influenza death toll rose slightly to 30.

Today’s Evening Star https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1918-10-30/ed-1/seq-1/

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“The Library of Congress, which has been closed to the public during the epidemic period, was reopened today.”

The Star editorialized: “No Longer Churchless” and “Keep Up the Health Safeguards!”

How to make up missed time in the schools is under study by the school superintendent and a committee of administrators.

The ride-share program is still being promoted:

Boy Scouts. Distribute Placards Among Owners Expressing Pledge to Aid War Workers.
Distribution of posters for automobiles in the “give-a-lift” campaign was begun in Washington this morning by six Boy Scouts, under the direction of William P. Eno of the division of transportation of the governmental emergency committee.

Superintendent Edward M. Byrnes, on being informed that the much-awaited annual Chrysanthemum show could not open, made dramatic (perhaps shocking) decision to cut the blooms and send them to hospitals in the city.

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