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Sunday, February 16, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Flu victims quarantined; Miss Spokane to be feted before farewell

All flu victims were ordered into strict isolation and quarantine, to reduce the spread. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
All flu victims were ordered into strict isolation and quarantine, to reduce the spread. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

A total of 24 cases of influenza were reported in Spokane in January 1920, including 10 cases in one family.

This made public health officials nervous, since the memory of the 1919 Spanish flu epidemic was still fresh. However, in 1919, the cases numbered in the thousands, not in the dozens.

Still, officials were taking no risks. All flu victims were ordered into strict isolation and quarantine to reduce the spread. Officials were also making plans to open an emergency flu hospital, if necessary.

From the Miss Spokane beat: The Spokane Advertising Club, a civic booster group, was making plans to hold a special farewell luncheon for Marguerite Motie, Miss Spokane.

Motie had been elected to this honorary title by the club in 1912, and she had traveled the region representing the city since.

She was preparing to leave Spokane, however, because she was moving to Seattle to make her future home there upon her marriage to Lt. Walter Shiel.

She had been selected in 1912 after “500 photos of the most beautiful daughters of Spokane’s best families” had been submitted to the club.

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