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The ban on public gatherings was reinstated – in a modified form – during a contentious meeting of the city board of health.
A shocking 351 new cases of the Spanish flu – and 11 deaths – were reported in one day, making it all too clear that the “crest of the new outbreak” had not yet passed.
A ban on gatherings aimed at slowing the spread of flu stopped just short of a previous ban on all public gatherings because it did not close theaters, churches, lodges, social clubs and businesses.
Spokane schools were shut down indefinitely at noon, by order of the city board of health.
A boy, 9, in the Five Mile area was doing his best under dreadful circumstances. Everyone else in his family of six, including his mom and dad, were sick with the Spanish flu and unable to get out of bed.
The Spanish flu claimed six more deaths – 12 in two days – confirming fears that the epidemic had made a comeback.
The city health officer proposed vaccinating all Spokane school children – at least, those whose parents gave the OK in writing – amid growing concern that the Spanish flu was making a comeback.
The Spanish flu made an alarming comeback in Spokane, with 200 new cases in the last two days. The death toll rose to 231.
Washington Gov. Ernest Lister and Idaho Gov. Moses Alexander were in Spokane and spoke at community church services to mark the end of World War I.
Word arrived, two weeks after the armistice, that Lt. Royal Argall, 23, son of Spokane city commissioner J.C. Argall, had died in France on or about October 20, 1918.
The city’s schools opened for the first time in seven weeks, and most students and teachers reported that they were happy to be back.
The Spanish flu claimed one more victim, Benjamin Long, 41, a faith healer.
Gov. Ernest Lister announced that he was shutting down his investigation into Washington State College’s handling of the flu epidemic. The governor said he had determined that the college had done a commendable job of treating patients and no further investigation was necessary.
Spokane was making plans for a giant “peace festival,” including a giant funeral pyre for Kaiser Wilhelm, to celebrate the end of the war. An effigy “of one W. Hohenzollern, late emperor of Germany,” would be burned at the stake in the 40-foot bonfire. The bonfire will “light up the river for a mile.”
The war in Europe had been over for more than a week, but bad news continued to arrive. The wife of Lt. R.G. White received word that her husband had died in the Battle of the Marne on July 24.
Spokane life roared back to normal, as thousands flocked back to theaters, churches and streetcars.
“Spokane Is Happy Once More,” enthused a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline, because the ban on all public gatherings was lifted.
Five more people died of the Spanish flu in Spokane, bringing the total to 181. In one home, a 10-year-old girl died the day after her mother’s funeral.
Spokane was already making plans for what it called “The Great Home-Coming.”
The Spokesman-Review honored the heroes in the battle against the Spanish flu: the nurses at the city’s emergency influenza hospital. “They have worked often for 48 hours at a stretch,” said the paper. “… They have comforted the dying and helped the sick toward recovery. They have fought the fight as the men in the trenches fought when they were sleepy and hungry and tired.”