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Mobile Public Library Local History & Genealogy Library

The Local History and Genealogy Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the history of Mobile, and the greater Gulf Coast region.

1918 Influenza Pandemic in Mobile


1918 Influenza Pandemic in Mobile


The influenza pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish flu, struck the state of Alabama in September of 1918, with devastating results. The pandemic peaked in Mobile, AL, in late October, 1918.

This collection follows news articles from the local newspaper, The Mobile Register, from October, 1918, to January 1, 1919, when the city was breathing a sigh of relief and looking towards the new year with hope. World War I was over, and the influenza pandemic was subsiding. The Register's editorial of January 1, 1919, exclaimed:

"Hail great Year! Glad are they who have lived to give you greeting."


Mobile Public Library, Local History & Genealogy


Mobile Public Library, Local History & Genealogy


October, 1918 - January, 1919


These items may be freely used for educational and research purposes.





Collection Items

75 Cases Influenza Reported in Mobile
Newspaper article about influenza cases in Mobile, AL

Influenza Is Here
Editorial about the influenza

Pensacola Hard Hit By the Influenza
News article about the influenza spread in Pensacola

Epidemic Causes 653 Deaths At Camps Saturday
News article about the influenza spread in army camps.

Drastic Action To Check "Flu"
News article about closures of public spaces and shortage of doctors

Influenza Stops Public Meetings
News article about the spread of influenza and Governor Henderson's proclamation forbidding public assembly

State Mississippi Combatting Flu
News article about influenza spread in Mississippi
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