The 1918 flu pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, which was the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide, which was about one-third of the planet’s population. The total death toll is estimated at 20 million to 50 million victims worldwide, however, other estimates run as high as 100 million victims. These two Cary women were alive during the epidemic and shared their memories during oral history interviews.
About Peggy Van Scoyoc
This author has yet to write their bio.Meanwhile lets just say that we are proud Peggy Van Scoyoc contributed a whooping 22 entries.
Entries by Peggy Van Scoyoc
Cary folks recall finding arrowheads and evidence of Native Americans living in Cary from thousands of years ago.
During World War II, folks remember sewing for the war effort, and also remember the cannery that was established at Cary High School where people could preserve their own food.
Folks remember their first radios and televisions in Cary.
In Cary’s early days, Chatham Street was also U.S. 1 and 64, plus U.S.70 and 54 also went through Cary. For a sleepy little town, there was traffic going through from New York to Florida. Even so, there were few restaurants or places to get food. Here are a few memories.
Three people remember the train operators in Cary back in the day.
Michael Edwards and Ron Barbee remember the rivalry between two ladies in their families, one from the Edwards family and the other from the Barbee family.
On the 100th anniversary year of when the United States declared war on Germany during World War I, three local ladies personally remember that war and shared their memories.
Most of all, Dr. James Templeton was a pillar of Cary society. He ministered to the sick and tended to the growth and well-being of the community in equal measure.
My dad had such a passion for education. I don’t know that he had all the advantages when he was growing up, so he wanted every boy and girl in Cary to have better opportunities and a better school system.