In early October 1918, pandemic influenza descended on Schuylkill County and left thousands dead.
The writers at the "Pottsville Republican" struggled to find words for the horrific death toll of Spanish flu in October 1918.
Influenza swept through the Hensel family of Sheridan, Pennsylvania in October 1918, leaving three dead and lives changed forever.
"Sorrow and woe stalk almost unceasingly in our midst," wrote the Pottsville Republican in October 1918.
"Three hundred miles of funeral processions, and the tears and groans that accompany these sad partings."
During the height of the 1918 influenza epidemic, the women of Central Pennsylvania jumped into action.
In the communities of western Schuylkill County, influenza caused terror and grief as it claimed dozens of lives in 1918.
Undertakers in Harrisburg found their morgues full of flu victims in October 1918 with no way to give them proper burials.
In the autumn of 1918, several hundred residents of this Pennsylvania town came down with influenza during the Spanish Flu pandemic.