Prior to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the last time the world battled with a global health threat at this scale was the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918-19. In September of this past year, Seneca County Historian Walter Gable took a look at the impact of the Spanish Flu on the communities in the Finger Lakes during an episode of Our Finger Lakes History on FingerLakes1.com. In light of the current situation, we thought it would interesting to bring back that episode which can be viewed below.
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 killed millions of people worldwide and had a big impact on life in the Finger Lakes region. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable describes the local impact through newspaper headlines and public records to demonstrate how day to day life for area residents came to a halt and shares some staggering numbers of lives lost in every local community. Originally posted on September 26, 2019.