New Mexico’s Most Popular Public Official Succumbed to Pneumonia Which Resulted from Influenza,” read the top of the New Mexico State Register on Oct. 18, 1918. Just below, another headline read: “Influenza Spreading Rapidly Over Country.” Yet another headline stated that “Every School in the State Has Been Closed on Account of the Epidemic Previous to the Governor's Proclamation,” with the article also noting that they had converted a Valencia County high school into a hospital for handling the new influx of influenza cases.

Despite being 102 years ago, the 1918 headlines sound eerily familiar. The paper continues to list the deaths around the state. In Albuquerque alone there were over 50 funerals in one week due to influenza. By the time New Mexico could even begin to make sense of these deaths, the worst was yet to come.

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