The largest outbreak of the Spanish flu on the Monmouth College campus in 1918 was among male students who were members of Student Army Training Corps. The cadets were housed in Woodbine Cottage, a large house that stood across Broadway from Wallace Hall. The unit posed for this panoramic photo on Nov. 29, 1918, eight weeks after it was formed. It would be disbanded three weeks later.

Monmouth College campus quarantined during 1918 flu pandemic

MONMOUTH, Ill. — If you think about it, a college campus is not unlike a cruise ship — a diverse population occupying a confined space where community members socialize, eat and sleep together for an extended period of time. It’s not surprising, then, that many colleges have adopted a cruise ship model in sketching out emergency plans for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.