I was chatting with a friend about the Coronavirus and he brought up the Spanish Flu aka The 1918 influenza pandemic and how so many people died. Between 1918 and 1919 the virus spread worldwide. 500 million people were infected with the virus, the number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with 675,000 being in the United States. This is still the most severe pandemic to date.
This got me thinking about my ancestors and what were they reading about the Spanish Flu from their local newspaper? How did this affect their everyday life? Schools were closed, public meeting and gathering were postponed so that meant no church services, or lodge meetings or parties, any large gathering was postponed.
Check out the newspaper articles I found in The Baldwin Times newspaper about the virus.
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On this day 96 years ago the New York Yankees won their 1st World Series against the New York Giants, 4 games to 2 in the Polo Grounds.
Mon, Oct 15, 1923 – 2 · The Marion Star (Marion, Ohio) · Newspapers.com
Tue, Jun 21, 1938 – 249 · Daily News (New York, New York) · Newspapers.com
Babe Ruth frequented Leewood Golf Club so much there was a “special tunnel dug out under the railroad tracks so Babe Ruth could have quick access to Yankee Stadium without going 1/2 hr out of the way to hit a parkway that would take him there.” (baberuthcentral.com)
Found this 1919 Ford ad in The Citizen-Patriot newspaper.
When I took my trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2017 I took pictures of the plaques honoring the businesses that were destroyed in the greenwood massacre. The pictures below are listed in the business directory in The Tulsa Star in 1920.
This birth announcement clipping was in The Baldwin Times Newspaper (found on newspapers.com) in 1927. My Great Grandparents, Scott and Jessie Cox gave birth to a daughter a couple weeks after their eldest daughter Mary Cox Young had her daughter. I didn’t realize that mother and daughter were pregnant at the same time until I saw this birth announcement. Mary Cox Young was born about 1905, a whole 22 years before her younger sister Ruth was born. I am not sure how close Mary and Ruth were since there was such a large age gap and Mary was already out the house raising a family of her own when Ruth was born.
This is a photo from 2016 of myself, Aunt Ruth’s son and Aunt Mary’s grandchildren, this was my first time meeting Aunt Mary’s grandchildren.
I’ve posted about this before but newspapers are such a great resource for genealogical research. Newspapers articles about your ancestor or relative can fill in some gaps when other documents are missing i.e the 1890 Federal Census. Newspapers can also give you a better understanding of their lives and what life might have been for them in their areas. Sites such as newspapers.com, genealogybank.com, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov , nypl.org have hundreds maybe even thousands of old newspapers your ancestors or relatives might have been mentioned in. You can even just google old newspapers in the specific location you are researching and see what you find. I’ve have browsed multiple newspapers for free by just googling.
This might not seem like much to most but I think it’s pretty cool to see my Great Grandfather Dock Walker name in the paper as well as to know he had a subscription to The Baldwin Times newspaper.
For Family History Month I will be sharing articles I found regarding my family in newspapers as well as other interesting articles and ads in different newspapers to give us a glimpse back in time.
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