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FROM THE ARCHIVES: The legacy left by those we lost in the 1918 pandemic


April 13, 2020

This sewing machine once belonged to Mary Roaldson, who passed away in the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. Over 100 years later, it still offers a glimpse into history for Judy (Valer) Dinkins and her family.

From October 4, 1918 to January 3, 1919, the pages of the "New Rockford Transcript" were filled with news of Spanish influenza. At the time, it must have been difficult to understand how New Rockford had become so inundated by disease.

It is believed that 3,000 individuals perished throughout the state, though estimates vary. The first documented case of Spanish Influenza in North Dakota was r...

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