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The Return of the Klatch…and Influenza

Golden Eye Candy – Scott Wilson – Winter Creek – enlarge


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105 Years Ago
The fall and early winter of 2018 had been a time of tremendous ups and downs. Until November 11th, the country had been at war. Suddenly the Armistice was declared and the war was over–jubilation!

At the same time, a virulent strain of influenza was sweeping across the world, killing millions.

Through most of the year, it seemed that Golden would escape the worst of the pandemic. In October, with influenza raging in surrounding communities, Golden leaders decided to close our schools, churches, and theaters, and ban meetings.

Spontaneous celebration of the Armistice – November 11, 1918 – enlarge

Unfortunately, they raised the ban right before the Armistice (the end of World War I) was declared. When that happened, Golden’s people poured into the streets for a big celebration. In the aftermath, scores of people came down with the flu, and several Golden residents died. The ban on public meetings was reinstated.

The January 2, 1919 Colorado Transcript announced that City leaders were dropping the ban again. The epidemic had waned, and “…now there seems little danger, if ordinary precautions are taken.”

Residents immediately made plans to make up for lost time. The Golden Masonic lodge announced their plan to hold a big banquet. Churches urged their parishioners to attend the following Sunday to make up for the sermons they had missed. “The young folks will celebrate with a big dance, to be given at the armory by the Gem orchestra Monday night.”

The School of Mines announced that their students had missed so much class time that they planned to restart the first semester.

Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!


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