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1918 influenza pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic,
the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus,
with the second being the swine flu in 2009. It infected 500 million
people around the world, or about 27% of the then world population
of between 1.8 and 1.9 billion, including people on remote Pacific
islands and in the Arctic. The death toll is estimated to have
been 40 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million,
making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. Historical
and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify with certainty
the pandemic's geographic origin. As a comparison, World War I
claimed an estimated 16 million lives.
During the influenza epidemic of
1918-19, many houses in Niles and people were co-opted to use
as emergency hospitals and staff. Two groups of staff are posed
outside the Bentley homestead, which was located on Robbins Ave.
The 1920 US Census shows an Anson
Bentley (President of Galvanizing Company) living at 923
Robbins Avenue. Across the street was the office of Dr. Swaney.
The Emergency Hospital and staff
located in Niles, Ohio in 1918 in the Bentley home on Robbins
The house at 923 Robbins Avenue
as it appears today(2020).
the City of Niles, schools, large houses, and large factory buildings
were used as hospitals where the patients of the 1918 Influenza
Pandemic could be isolated and treated.
Composite image with the 1918
hospital staff and the 923 Robbins house.
Two photographs of the hospital staff who assisted
patients at 923 Robbins during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic.