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Ottervale School record book give glimpse into impact of 1918 flu outbreak


By Kristen Parrott, curator

Week of March 29 – April 4, 2020

We have done this before. Getting through an epidemic is something we have done before here in Vernon County. As we discussed in this column just over a year ago, many places closed down in our area during the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic.

A look at a single record book tells the story. In our school record room is an attendance book from the Ottervale School, located northwest of La Farge in the Town of Webster. In 1918,...

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