Episode 48: Ghosts of the Pandemic, Part 2: Home Front

In 1918, Americans on the home front were supporting their troops fighting in Europe while waging a war of their own against a deadly pandemic. Does one of the souls lost to the flu still haunt a Midwestern college?

 

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Fannon-Langton, Dianne. The Ghost of Helen Roberts. The Gazette, 10/20/2019

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Fetty, Nick. ME alum Edgar Stanton helped to lead Iowa State through 1918 flu pandemic. Iowa State University; College of Engineering News, 3/27/2020

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I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

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