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Bernice Erickson letter—Spanish Flu, 1918

 Unprocessed — Box: 06476 A
Identifier: H2016-002

Content Description

The collection consists of one letter written from Vienna (S.D.) on February 17, 1918 by Bernice Erickson. The recipient is simply named as, “Dear Friend” and the accompanying envelope does not include any name or address. In the letter Bernice mentions her new baby sister and reports on other family members. Of particular interest is the reference to the 1918 flu pandemic in the Clark County area. Bernice asks the recipient if they’d had the flu, she stated most have had it twice and how her mother had the flu (having stayed in bed for eleven days) after the baby was born. She also states that she had not been to school on account of the flu and that three people have died in the county (Clark) and mentioned “It sure is awfully bad.” Bernice Erickson was born March 11, 1906 in Clark (S.D.) making her almost twelve years old at the time she wrote the letter. Her parents were Peter and Florence (Bonfoey) Erickson and the family lived in Foxton Township in Clark County. The letter mentions one of her siblings, Floyd with the new baby named Mabel. Also mentioned are two aunts, Belle and Pauline who were both sisters to Bernice’s father, Peter Erickson.

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  • February 17, 1918



0.1 Cubic Feet