"Elizabeth herself seemed to be immune"
Ain't life strange. Same think happened in smallpox and other epidemics/pandemics.
My strangest (second-hand) experience is still that it killed so many in the age groups that hardly ever die from "ordinary" flu.
Worldwide death toll is usually listed as 20 million, but was almost certainly much higher.
Our local graveyard has many deaths listed in 1918/1919. Some obviously soldiers overseas, but many were locals, no doubt flu victims.
Regards, Doug in New Mexico
Ninety year old Ray next door described to my MP3 recorder his life story.
We are half way through this interesting man's long life.
It's for his great grandsons and all his future posterity. Kind of a neat gift, huh?
Anyway, we captured Ray's first hand recall of the pandemic as it touched his large family so isolated out in the brown grassed plains of North Dakota.
Of the six children and two parents all got sick with flu except for Ray and his dad. Nobody died. No neighbors on adjacent 160's died, either. But rougly six of every eight did get deathly ill.
Now for another Pandemic memory related to me by the late Elizabeth Grothe when she was 99 years old.
In her town of Bremerfurgen in Germany many people got sick and too many died. None in her family died, though.
Elizabeth herself seemed to be immune. The big hospital in the nearby port city of Bremerhaven was harder pressed than it could handle: shortage of doctors and nurses because so many had expired. More and more flu victims were coming in daily.
A call went out for any and all available young women to volunteer for nursing duty.
This is how Elizabeth began her long career in nursing: without a lick of training, but with a god-given immunity to flu.
I asked her what it was like in those hellish days of war and flu. She knew first hand only the horrors of flu.
"they were brought in so sick and so many we had to put them in chairs and cots and on the floors all in the hallways of the hospital. More often than not these people so sick they were, they died before we could put them in a room. It was so awful. The doctor who told me "you are young and you are strong you will be a nurse" he got sick and he died too. But I? I never got the flu, not ever not even to this day."