The Ban is Off

Local reports of a difficult flu outbreak in our community this year remind us of Skidmore in 1918.  By January, the outlook was brighter.  From the January 9, 1919 Skidmore News, page 1:

The Ban is Off

The ban that was placed on public meetings by the city board of health on October 12, 1918, and has remained on until now with the exception of the last two weeks of November was raised last Saturday evening, too late for the churches to give notice of morning services for Sunday.

However, word was passed out, to as many of the members of the M. E. and M. E. South as could be conveniently reached, that Sunday school would be held at those churches in the afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Considering the short notice given, a good attendance was had at these services.

Following the Sunday school at the M. E. church, South, Rev. S. K. Moxley preached his first sermon to the Skidmore congregation.  No night service was held at either of the churches.

Because of the shortness of time to announce a session of Bible school at the Christian church, that church remained closed for the day.

However if the flu condition becomes no worse, Sunday school at each of the churches and preaching at the M. E. church will be held next Sunday at the usual hours.

The schools were reopened Monday morning with all the teachers and a majority of the pupils in their places.

The sickness that caused the closing of the schools and public meetings is subsiding, but a few who have heretofore escaped are undergoing a tussle with the flu with now and then a new case, but the worst seems to be past.

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