The Last Global Pandemic in Walnut Hills: Another Wave in February 1919

As we have seen, the height of the “Spanish Influenza” Pandemic reached its peak in Cincinnati in late 1918. The Health Department ordered schools in the city closed for most of October, November and December to limit transmission of the infection. The Catholic Schools observed more or less the same closure schedule as the Public[…]

The Last Global Pandemic 1918-1919: “Negroes Plead for a Change of Environment”

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918, like the Covid 19 Pandemic, attacked different segments of the population with different severity. Then as now the Black population suffered disproportionate illness and death. In June, 1919, the head of Cincinnati’s Board of Health chaired a meeting where he acknowledged “that over three times as many colored people died[…]

The Last Global Pandemic: Hughes High School, 1918-1919

By 1918, Walnut Hills High School had adopted a “classical” curriculum aimed at preparation for college. Students from our neighborhood could also attend the much larger Hughes High School, already in its current building at the end of McMillan Street which was opened in 1910. The Senior Class of 1919 obviously experienced the same larger[…]

The Last Global Pandemic: Walnut Hills High School, 1918-1919

The Walnut Hills High School yearbook, the Remembrancer for 1918-1919, presents a spectacular perspective on the year of the “Spanish” Flu. 1918 was also the last year of the “European War,” after the entry of the US known as the First World War. The book opens with a dedication to the memory of “those brave[…]

The Last Global Pandemic: “Spanish” flu, 1918-1919

The global influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 still ranks as the last great pandemic. There is not much information in the usual sources for effects in Walnut Hills, but it’s interesting to look back at the beginnings of the outbreak in Ohio, as reported in Cincinnati. In sharp contrast to COVID-19, the 1918 pandemic was most[…]

Charles Dillard

Charles Dillard

Dr. Dillard grew up in Walnut Hills in the 1940’s-50’s, attending Frederick Douglass School and Walnut Hills High School. He followed his father into medicine and returned to Walnut Hills in the late 1960’s to set up his practice. Dr. Dillard was in the Air Force and continued in the Reserves for 24 years, retiring[…]

Dr. Lucy Oxley

Dr. Lucy Oxley, the first African American woman to earn an MD from the University of Cincinnati medical school (1935), ran her practice in Walnut Hills. She helped to found what became the Academy of Family Physicians in 1947-48 and served on the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners beginning in 1980, and was named[…]

Children’s Hospital founders

In 1883, three Episcopalian women determined to open a new hospital in Cincinnati to care for sick children. The idea originated with a Mrs. Robert Dayton, herself left nameless in standard histories of the hospital. Mrs. Dayton wanted to save sick children from the frightening and dangerous environments in adult hospitals at the time. She[…]

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell, a Walnut Hills contemporary of Caroline and Harriet Beecher Stowe, was the first woman to earn an MD in the United States, and her sister Emily was the third. Both went on to practice medicine. The Blackwell family emigrated from England when the girls were children. In 1838 their father relocated from New[…]