History of an epidemic

According to this history piece, the Spanish flu took hold here after a religious gathering in Victoriaville in September 1918. Writer Monique T. Giroux has investigated the incident and the lingering effect the epidemic had on families there.

Curiously, although the writer calls it a eucharistic congress – Montreal had held one in 1910, they were a really big deal with Catholic prelates and their entourages coming from all over, and usually held in major cities – I don’t see any mention of Victoriaville in this list.