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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

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Two of the nurses assigned to monitor the health of McMichael Hall residents stand in front of the women’s dormitory in the fall of 1918.
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President McMichael sent out cards two days after Christmas notifying students that classes would resume on Jan. 3, 1919.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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