The purpose of Rotary Cares is to show our support for Akron Rotary members and their families when dealing with the loss of a loved one, the hardship of illness and also to celebrate the joy of a new baby, job, marriage or other events in their lives. Please be sure to email me (click here) with any news you would like placed here.
 
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO. . .
 
Jordane Schooley, daughter of Rotarian Claudine Schooley, has just graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Justice and a minor in Peacebuilding and Social Innovation. She graduated from the Honors Program after finishing her thesis, as well as received Departmental Honors from the department of Sociology, became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, and received an award for outstanding contributions to the University of San Diego's Writing Program. She is currently sending applications to find work in her favorite field of social justice and human rights before starting law school.
 
 

 
Nathanael Billow for being a key resource and featured in an article for the Beacon Journal that was written by Mark Price titled Local history: Killer flu revisted
 
Its a very interesting article with many great photos. There is an excerpt below. 
 
 
By Mark Price
Beacon Journal
Posted May 24, 2020 at 6:03 PMUpdated May 25, 2020 at 8:48 AM
 
Wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus in 2020, Nathanael M. Billow flipped through a stack of funeral cards from a pandemic more than a century ago.

The yellow cards, measuring 4 by 6 inches, were filled out in ink by his ancestors at the family business now known as Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory.

“We use the same filing system that we used then,” said Billow, executive vice president and treasurer of the company. “We have file cabinets that go up to the ceiling.”

The records at the Fairlawn Chapel include names, addresses, types of funeral service and the causes of death.

In October 1918, the deaths were random at first: electrocution, gunshot wound, motor vehicle accident, heart disease, cerebral hemorrhage, streetcar accident, pneumonia.

But then the cards begin to repeat: influenza, influenza, influenza.

“That’s the pandemic right there,” Billow said as he held an inch thick of the thin cards.

His sister, Anastasia Billow, a funeral director also wearing a face mask, said, “If you go in the middle of the stack, there’s a sequence of them.”

The Spanish influenza sickened more than 7,000 people in Akron, claiming at least 630 lives in 1918 and 1919. In comparison, the number of Akron men lost in World War I was 304, and many of them died from the flu. . . view full article at https://www.beaconjournal.com/news/20200524/local-history-killer-flu-revisited

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