Flu, continued

Have gotten a couple of more phone calls with information about the family which died of the flu near here. Apparently, it was either five or seven people who died. The son came home from World War I to find half of them dead, and the other half nearly so.

After they all died, the son found all kinds of money in the mattresses (the old man didn't trust banks) and went out and bought himself a Model T. He married a local girl. They moved to Moorhead where he was the janitor at Concordia College for decades.

Two people remember that somewhere around here there was a family which lost 11 of 12 in the flu. There is another one which lost 17 children over the years to infant mortality--one survived, the rest are buried on the farm. Not sure where that is. So, clearly, I had the numbers wrong for this particular farm, but somewhere around here is a farm where those numbers applied.

Also, the farm may have been occupied after the flu by another family, so my idea that the farm was emptied by the flu only to be never occupied again wasn't right.

So those darn facts keep getting in the way of a good story.

But that's the fun of studying history, teasing out the complexities.