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ISSUE 121 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/9/2007

This week in St. Olaf history

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, November 9, 2007

Infesting the nation and Manitou, the Spanish flu epidemic circulated across the continents and returned to the United States in August of 1918.

Threats of the disease on campus eventually erupted, and the Student Army Training Corps men were quarantined on Oct. 29. Northfield residents felt hopeful that influenza would not dominate the town demographic.

Armistice Day, on Nov. 11, 1918, filled the country with joy, marking the end of the U.S. involvement in WWI, until the next day when the flu hit St. Olaf. Within two days, St. Olaf had 29 cases of the flu, and Northfield had a total of 110 cases in Northfield.

Classes ceased, and the buildings on campus transformed from structures of academia to temporary infirmaries, quarantining infected Oles.

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