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Map 13310 Highway 305 · P.O. Box 5
Lipscomb, Texas 79056
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March 15, 2020

by Virginia Scott


A frightening week for our nation. I am writing as usual on Monday so don't have any details. We are posting a notice in our museum that we are closed until further notice. The county government offices in our building are open. We can be reached at home if needed.

We received a beautiful shadow box this week from the family of Thomas J. Reeves that contains the history of his service with the 8th Force, 14th Combat Wing - 44th Bomb Group in 1953.

You will notice a change in our windmill. The top wheel has returned to a shop for restoration so stay tuned for its return.


Flu epidemics have been reported in this country since 1890, the worst seems to have occurred in 1918 which killed at least 50 million people world-wide, and just when they thought it was over it returned and lasted through 1920. There had been one in 1916 but the 1918 outbreak was more lethal. A third wave of influenza occurs in the winter and spring of 1919, killing many. Third wave subsides in the summer. In San Francisco, 1800 flu cases and 101 deaths are reported in first five days of January.
New cases are reported in San Antonio and 706 cases with 67 deaths are reported in New York City,
In April 1919 at the Versailles Peace Conference, while negotiating the end of WWI with other world leaders, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson collapses. Some historians speculate he was weak from influenza, which was still rampant in Paris.
Our last epidemic or pandemic was is 1957 with the H2N2 virus. In February 1957, the H2N2 virus emerged in East Asia, triggering a pandemic ("Asian Flu"). The H2N2 virus was comprised of three different genes from an H2N2 virus that originated from a avian influenza A virus, It was first reported in Singapore in February 1957 and arrived in the United States in summer 1957. The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.

So stay safe.

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