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Don Seabrook | Covering the flu of 1918

Earlier this week I headed to a storage area of The Wenatchee World building where bound volumes of every issue of The World is kept in a dark room on wooden shelves. I was looking for issues from October 1918, through February of 1919, finding stories from The Wenatchee Daily World that documented the Spanish flu at that time.

Columnist Rufus Woods had sent me some dates to look up and photograph headlines that appeared in that time.


A Page 2 article in the Nov. 7, 1918, Wenatchee Daily World.


Ernest Story, a survivor of the 1918 flu pandemic in Wenatchee, looks for the graves of his uncle's family, Don, Elizabeth, and their small child, Forest, at the old Hamilton Cemetery above East Wenatchee on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004. He was unable to find their graves. "They tell me they pert near lost me too," he said, having contacted the flu when he was 1 year old. In the foreground is the grave stone of Otto Gibbs, 1904-1918. 


A Safety Valve letter from Nov. 21, 1918, in The Wenatchee Daily World.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

Photo Editor

I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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