The November 30, 1957, issue of the Saturday Evening Post Magazine contained an article about the “pizza craze” sweeping the nation. The article explained that pizzas costing between sixty-five cents and $5 were sold at approximately 20,000 pizzerias around the country, each of which … Continue reading "A Measure of Influence"
Was your family affected by the influenza pandemic that occurred a century ago? Chances are good that it was. The pandemic occurred in three waves. The first, from March through July 1918, was the mildest wave with a low number or deaths, but unusual in that it lasted through the early summer. The second wave … Continue reading "In the Grip of La Grippe: Spring 1918, the First Wave"
For more than twenty years I worked on national security policy with a decided emphasis on diseases and natural disasters. Even with my shift into genealogy in 2014, I can’t resist following the news of the novel Coronavirus. I am constantly looking for the signposts of pandemic and following information from health officials … Continue reading "Spanish Influenza Provides Lessons for Coronavirus"
I was researching yesterday on newspapers.com when I found an article in the Kansas National Democrat on Jan 27, 1859, 161 years ago to the day. It details the efforts of the Kansas Territorial Legislature from Thursday, January 20th. In a single day the number of major issues considered was astounding; many … Continue reading "161 Year-Old Article Covers All Aspects of Life"
Although he was born Lewis Arthur Mothersbaugh (1875-1941), our family knew him affectionately as “Uncle Bud.” Bud was married to my great-grand aunt, Maria Magdalena Raiffeisen. I never had the chance to meet him but I have gotten to know him through my grandmother Roma Siegel (1909-1988). As we sifted through Roma’s possessions following her … Continue reading "Uncle Bud (Part 1)"
Part One: The Outbreak
Genealogy is so much more than family trees, records and dates. People’s lives are shaped by the events of their time. One such event is the Spanish Influenza Pandemic. The disease took on many names including “Spanish Influenza,” “Spanish Lady,” “La Grippe” or simply the “Grip.” While it affected virtually every … Continue reading "Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918-1920 Pandemic"
Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and the US Government Response. Lecture at the National World War One Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri, 12 August 2018.
Blog post Unsung Heroes detailing the actions of nursing students from University of Missouri during the Influenza epidemic.