The 1918 Influenza Pandemic, or “Spanish Flu”, lasted from 1918-1920, and killed about 25% of the world’s population. There are interesting comparisons between the 1918 Pandemic and the current 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic. The direct impact of the 1918 influenza on the TeSelle family worldwide has not been well-documented, but there is anecdotal evidence that some family members may have died as a result.
Source: Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, NE
The **Lincoln Journal Star** resulted from the merger in 1950 of the morning Lincoln Star newspaper (est. 1905), and the evening Lincoln Journal newspaper (est. 1867 as Nebraska Commonwealth newspaper.)
TeSelle, Gerrit Henry (1894-1953)
Gerrit H. TeSelle was the youngest son of Harmen Jan te Selle (1844-1919). Gerrit served in WWI and then came back home to Firth, Nebraska. He married Pearl Spellman and they had two children.