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Pandemic Influenza 1918 Interviews

Sponsored by the Center for Emergency Preparedness
March 2007

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Mrs. Edna Register Boone - Mobile, AL

(11 minutes)

Edna Boone

Mrs. Boone, 100 year-old resident of Mobile, tells how her family was the only family in a small rural Alabama area that did not contract the flu during the 1918 flu outbreak. Mrs. Boone's family all became responders in her community. Her parents become instant nurses and she delivered soup to the door of ill families.

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Mrs. Annie Laurie Williams - Selma, Alabama

(7 minutes)

Annie Laurie Williams

The 1918 influenza pandemic was one of the earliest, and perhaps the most traumatic experience to date, in the life of Mrs. Williams, age 91, of Selma. Thatís because her father, a jeweler, contracted the disease and became very ill. Even though she was a very young child, her fatherís serious illness remains an indelible memory

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Mrs. Gurtys Robinson - Clanton, Alabama

(6 minutes)

Gurtis Robinson

Mrs. Robinson, a 97 year-old resident of Chilton county gives her account of people staying home during the terrible times of the 1918 flu pandemic. As she recalls, "It wasn't just one family that was affected, it was entire communities."

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Mr. Garfield Johnson - Antioch, Alabama

(15 minutes)

Garfield Johnson

Mr. Johnson, a 93-year old resident of Coffee County, reminds us of our inability to imagine the devastation that resulted from the pandemic of 1918.

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Mrs. Agnes Gatlin - Montgomery, AL

(4 minutes)

Agnes Gatlin

Mrs. Gatlin tells about the many people that were sick in her community during the 1918 flu outbreak. Those that were infected were deathly sick and bed-ridden. Others were fearful that they too may become infected with the flu during this time..

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