In the days following the Board of Health’s collective resignation, Fresno mayor William F. Toomey…
At the dawn of 1919, Fresno faced twin crises—a second flu wave and a political struggle over who was in charge of the city’s response to the epidemic.
As Fresno entered the final week of 1918, the second wave of the influenza outbreak showed no signs of breaking.
As a new wave of flu tore through Fresno, the debate over reopening turned into all-out war – with business and church interests ultimately winning out, at a steep cost to public health.
By mid-December 1918, it was clear that a second wave of the flu was indeed hitting Fresno. But many people did not want to shut down again.
The pandemic wanes, the world begins to reopen — but in December 1918, was a second wave about to hit?
Churches, flu masks, theatrical fare, and some hungry Fresnans. How does the crisis finally unwind?
Fresnans impatiently wait to reopen their city. But has the flu been thwarted?