Chances are every family has a member, or two, who was sick or died in the great influenza pandemic that swept around the globe and across America in 1918-19.
More deaths are attributed to the great pandemic than any other disease, more people died of influenza in a single year than the four year Black Death Bubonic Plague of the 14th Century, or of the “Great War” (WWI) that raged at the same time. Estimates of the number of deaths range widely, 20 to 100 million. Most historians believe 40-60 million most likely. By comparison, there were 9.2-million combat deaths in WWI.