It has been a long time since I have posted pictures of the East County Hall of Justice. The building is now almost fully clad and you can start to see what it will end up looking like.
The last pictures that I posted were from the East County Hall of Justice Top Out. This picture was taken a few months later and you can see that they were busy working on the floors of each level.
I was busy traveling during most of the first part of the year, but was able to get this picture in April when the curtain wall installation was just getting started.
By May the glass curtain wall was pretty much installed. You can still see the stairwell at the west end of the building, but you will soon see that it will be fully enclosed.
A month later in June you can see that a lot of work has been done and more of the building had been enclosed. The taller part of the building in the back is where the court rooms will be and it looks like there will be great view from the lobby areas.
This picture was taken earlier this week. I just realized that when I resized this picture that there is a lot of diffraction from the horizontal lines in the building. There are no diagonal lines on the walls, it just looks like it🙂
However, I am not going to go back and reprocess the picture. You can see how much additional work has been completed. They have really made a lot of progress on the exterior of the building.
They are also working on traffic improvements and reconfiguring the intersection by our office. It has caused a few traffic problems on the way to work in the past few weeks.
It will be interesting to see how the building is landscaped and to someday see the interior of this building.
This evening I was looking through some old family letters and ran across a first hand account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. I will share the account later in the post.
The letter was written to my 2nd great-grandmother, Della Braman by her daughter Nellie Graves.
I do not have the envelope that the letter came in, but I do have one from two years later. You can see that the stamp is missing since we have had several Stamp Collectors in the family over the years.
Della lived in Blanchard, Iowa which is just north of the the border with Missouri.
Nellie lived in Vincennes, Indiana which is right on the border with Illinois.
Here is a portion of the letter. I retained the spelling and punctuation from the letter.
Nov – 23 – 1918
I will now try and answer your most welcome letter I received 1st of the week well this leaves us all well & hope this will find all the same out there we haven’t had the flue yet but can’t tell we might have before this reaches you it is awful bad in this part of town worse around hear than any place in town everything is closed excepts stores and they are talking of closing them for it is on the increase they all have to wear gauze masks now in the stores lots are dying there was 3 died in one family in < 14 hrs & another girl had died a few days before & a boy not expected to live some don’t live 24 hrs it is something awful they have opened two emergency hospitals & they are full they are for people that can’t get any one to take care of them for some familys all get down at once & no one to even give them a drink, I desinfect the house every day they are quarenting the homes that have it but didn’t until this week I think if they had done that at first it wouldn’t of been so thick.
I can just imagine the stress in families at this time as they thought of loved ones who lived far away from them. There were two waves of flu in 1918. The first one was early in the year, and there was a second one in the latter part of the year. The 1918 Flu was known as the Spanish Flu and killed up to 5% of the World population. In the US alone more that 500 thousand people died from the flu.
As the crow flies the distance from Vincennes to Blanchard was about 430 miles, but it would have been a much longer journey by train or wagon. At this time telephone calls were very expensive and in a small rural community like Blanchard there may not have even been any service. Mail was the best option to keep in touch and I am sure that this letter was received with great relief.
I have a few family members that died in 1918, but I am not sure if it was because of the flu. More research is needed.