Monday, October 1, 2012
Death in the Family: 1918 Spanish Flu
This pandemic was unusual in that it struck young and healthy people in their 20s and 30s. In New Mexico, the Spanish Flu was at its worst in October 1918.
By Oct. 26, 1918, 15,000 New Mexican residents had been stricken by the illness and more than 1,000 were dead, according to the State Historian.
Jose Gallegos’ case followed the pattern. According to his death certificate, Jose H. Gallegos died of influenza in Albuquerque on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. He had been in Albuquerque less than a week and died in a home at 1224 Barelas Road. Presumably, he went to Albuquerque when he got sick. The death certificate said he was buried in Socorro. Jose and Lupe had been married only five years. They didn’t have any children.