November 1918

George Creel, head of the Committee on Public Information, announced the end of the censorship regulations (November 19).

The GOP win a majority in the House of Representatives and a tie in the Senate (November 5, 6, 7), but the results are delayed by the war measure control over the telegraphs. In Ohio a Democratic Party Governor (James Cox) is elected, the Prohibition amendment passes and both Ohio legislatures turn Republican (November 8).

The deaths from spanish flu are reported in every state of the United States, front pages are dominated with the congressional and state elections and the end of the war. The Bamberg, SC paper publishes a blanck front page, unable to collate the news because of the influenza (November 21). Second and third waves of the flu are reported, with numerous warnings about the dire consequence of ignoring quarantine and public health advisories (November 3, 5, 15, 16, 27). The Pennsylvania Health Department reports there have been 35,000 deaths in the state and more will occur if regulations are ignored (November 14), in Louisiana the state health officer insists the regulations stay in place (November 16). The citizens of Ogden. UT are encouraged to report all cases, walk in the open air, stay in bed, and follow all health orders (November 27). The quarantine is lifted at Bellevue hospital in NYC, but the regulation against spitting will be enforced (November 3). In Harrisburg, PA the quarantine is lifted and churches will hold mid-week series (November 5).

The armistice is reported (November 11) and celebrated under conditions prescribed by the influenza; gas masks are required in Grants Pass, OR. Gas masks are also required at marriage ceremonies (November 2) to protect the assembled celebrants.

The Red Cross and the War Work Boards shift their roles to post-war responsibilities (November 13, 25, 29, 30). The War Work Board of Alexandria, VA calls for continued civilian sacrifice to ensure troops are fed, and expects another $30,000 from the city (November 13). The Lake Division Red Cross asks volunteers to continue to provide influenza and civilian relief and await plans for the demobilization (November 25). Maryland plans to wind up the Americanization and Compulsory Work Board by the end of the year (November 30).

Newspapers of all types - local, national, syndicated - personalize the epidemic - with biographies and stories of multiple deaths in families. The Penn crew has three casualties, with Lt Glanz succumbing to flu (November 17). Mary Saunders a homesteader in Trego, KS since the 1870s dies from flu one hour after her 18 year old daughter (November 28). The Logan, UT newspaper describes the illnesses of local residents Ms Anna Clark and Mrs Banning, squeezed between advertisements for chiropractors (November 23). In South Dakota Ira Shauf and Lillian Chapman are reported dead, even as Cod Kimball reports his onions have protected his family. There is also coverage of the longer term consequences of the epidemic: in New York there are tens of thousands of orphans in need of adoption (November ; leadership positions can’t be filled in the Parkersburg, WV masons shrine (November 20).