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Author Talk: When Winter Came by Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer

September 14, 2023 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In 1918, the worldwide influenza pandemic engulfed the small town of Titonka, Iowa. Dedicated community physician Dr. Pierre Sartor treated more than 1,100 patients–and by his reckoning, lost only five. His prescription resonates with us in the 21st century era of COVID: wear a mask … practice hygiene and isolation … be kind.

Dr. Sartor’s handwritten memoir of that searing experience, “Thrills of my life,” was discovered decades later by his granddaughter, Mary Beth Sartor Obermeyer, in a lockbox filled with family documents.

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Loras College Library
Dubuque, IA 52001 United States
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