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Dead Wagon during 1918 Flu Epidemic
Posted by: Monica Ammerman (ID *****0758) Date: June 03, 2009 at 13:24:54
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I am inquiring about a family story that is from the 1918 flu epidemic. I have a relative that resided in Sparta that passed away on March 03, 1920 from the flu and her son passed away the same day from the flu.

The story has been told that so many people died in the area at that time that they were told to place the corpes on the side of the road wrapped in a sheet and the dead wagon would come by and pick them up. The wagons were said to be operated by local prisoners. The family was very sad because they were not able to give thier loved ones a funeral because of a fear that the flu could spread further.

The story is from a very reliable source, it comes directly from my grandmother and it was told to her by her father. The two deceased were her fathers mother and brother.

Any info or other stories would be much appreciated. Thanks!


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