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Spanish Flu Exhibit

Non-Flu Club

Pictured in the 1919 Chilhowean, the “Non-Flu Club” humorously shows all the students on campus who never contracted the Spanish Flu. Their slogan was “Never catch anything you don’t have to,” as a cheeky remark. As it can be seen, this group is small in relation to the rest of the college.

MC Flu Deaths

Although most students who contracted the Spanish Influenza recovered without concern, unfortunately the same cannot be said for every student. Over the two years, three MC students succumbed to the pandemic.

Jack Kendall (1918) Alyce Andes (1920) Georgia McNabb Robbins (1920)

The Pandemic Ends

Although a small number of students and staff were coming down with Spanish Flu very sporadically, the spread of the illness at Maryville College was considered practically over by January 20, 1921, as the fourth page of the Highland Echo for this day states that “the past two weeks there has been no more than one patient in the College Hospital at a time!”.