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His flu elixir was cognac


April 10, 2020

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Elmer Lindholm served in World War I with the American Expeditionary Forces, 88th Division, in France, where he contracted what was known as the "Spanish flu." He recovered in a rather unconventional manner. After the war he and his father moved to Carlton County to work in the wood industry.

Elmer Lindholm was buried in straw and in a coma inside a barn in France in 1918. He was one of the American troops sent to fight in World War I. For most of a week, Lindholm would be in the grip of the influenza that was spreading across the world and killing millions of people.

The "Spanish" flu hit young people particularly hard. He was in his early 20s.

Roy Grist, an Army physician at a hospital near Boston, wrote to a colleague about what he had been seeing in soldiers during the pandemic. "These men start with what appears to be an ordinary attack of LaGrippe or Influenza, and when br...

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