11-15-1918 - war ends

11-18-1918 Celina Democrat

(5-24-20) As we all go through this COVID 19 pandemic many have talked about the similarities of this battle with that of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918. A Celina weekly newspaper, the Democrat, followed both the ending of World War I and the pandemic and how Mercer County was impacted.



In 1918 many precautions were taken to help stop the spread of the disease, just as has been the case in 2020.

Deaths were reported weekly by the Democrat from the Spanish Flu in 1918, including those of soldiers and residents of Mercer County.  Unofficially the Spanish Flu has claimed more lives in Mercer County then COVID 19 has at this time.

FLU - 11-11-1918 deaths

In November of 1918 Americans would celebrate the country’s victory over Germany. During the war many young Celina men would lose their lives in Europe on the battlefield and others to the Spanish Flu (as well as German soldiers)


Thr article below appeared in the 11-1-1918 edition, ten days before the war ended. Details on how the Spanish Flu was acting on all Americans and how fast it moved.  It also takes a look at how the military actions might have intensified the Spanish Flu back home to help in the spread.

FLU - 11-1-1918 good news

The bans put in place in October had been relaxed, but on 12-13-1918 the Celina Board of Health put them all back in place…some of those items were relaxed again in part on 12-27-1918.

Not since 1918, over 100 years ago, have we seen such an impact being made by a virus, but the coronavirus brought back memories of what happened to many before us during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Background – Did the Spanish Flu Impact America’s Ability to Fight in WWI?