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Kimball's Spanish Flu Battle In 1918 Shares Similarities With Today's Fight

More than 100 years ago, the world, the United States and Kimball County dealt with a raging flu pandemic. With no vaccine or antiviral drugs to treat it, the Spanish flu was deadly and spread quickly. Much like today, residents were ordered to wear masks, quarantine when necessary, stay away from groups of people and stay healthy.

Imagine an absence of TV, radio, cell phones and internet. The only method of information was the local weekly newspaper.

To set the scene on life at the time, articles from the Western Nebraska Observer during the last half of 1918 covered a variety of subjects. Th...