Then and Now: Williamstown’s Emergency Influenza Hospital

A modern walk to the places that saw the worst of the suffering during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak.

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“Wild with joy” – Celebrations marked end of World War I in Williams Valley

In the early morning hours of November 11, 1918, the mining towns of Williams Valley erupted with joy.

“Baseball fever” – Williams Valley’s 1906 season featured pro players, violent fans

In 1906, a small valley in Pennsylvania's Coal Region caught a case of baseball fever. The towns were never the same again.

Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918

"Good music always has an appeal to most people," wrote a reporter accompanying a Liberty Loan Drive parade through Central Pennsylvania in the early fall of 1918. And in the coal towns of Dauphin County's Williams Valley, the bands and singers were particularly successful in attracting a crowd. On the evening of October 2, 1918, … Continue reading Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918