The present reflects the past

In 1920, the Creswell Civic Improvement Club (CCIC) recorded that its February meeting was postponed “on account of the flu ban.” I reflect on that simple sentence and wonder how Creswell was affected during the devastating 1918-1920 Spanish flu epidemic. In the same minutes, “Sunshine Committee reported several calls and delicacies for the ill and shut-ins.” This is a common monthly report, along with “Condolences were sent to ...”  

One hundred years later, Creswell is again under a “flu ban” and its citizens are calling and watching out for the ill . . .