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100 Years Ago - Old Fashioned Gripe Takes Hold Of Scranton

October 1, 2018

100 Years Ago - Old Fashioned Grip Takes Hold Of Scranton

Oct. 1, 1918

Old-fashioned grip takes hold of city

Twenty-five doctors around the city of Scranton were treating a total of 146 cases of gripe. The doctors believe that these cases are the old-fashioned grip and no cases of the Spanish influenza have yet to be determined in the city.

Dr. S.P. Longstreet, Scranton director of public health, said, “There are many cases of grip, and more are developing, but there is no cause for alarm.”

Dr. J.E. O’Brien, chief medical inspector of the Scranton School District, reported that there were no cases of Spanish influenza or grip among the student population of the school district. However, three teachers were reported to be suffering from the grip.

Sale at Scranton Dry Goods

Tailored hats for $5, children’s hats priced between 98 cents and $7.98, ankle-length women’s coats for $19.50, women’s bathrobes for $3.96, boys flannel shirts for 99 cents, a box of Muller’s spaghetti for 11 cents, large bottle of stuffed olives for 35 cents, a pound of lima beans were 16 cents, a pound of butter was 55 cents.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140

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