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"These girls could do this" - July 20, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 20, 2017


In her letter to Mrs. Lowry of the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross, Mrs. Corell of the Women's Club inquires if a group of Camp Fire Girls could hem towels as she "wants them to work at something." Mrs. Corell would also like to get a group of women to make sheets and pillowcases. She requests information about fabric and prices so that she can get her groups started.
Mrs. Lowry responds that she thinks it would be fine to have the girls hem towels and the women make pillowcases and sheets and includes the prices for the material and recommendations for where to look for the material. She also encourages the idea of the children who may not be able to help with the towels paint pictures for the soldiers in the hospitals.

 

Front of letter
Back of letter


Dear Mrs. Lowry-
I wish to get a small club of Camp Fire Girls at work for Red Cross. I was wondering if they could not hem towels. I want them to work at something they can do & have it accepted. Will you please tell me what the material costs per doz. towels & where it can be gotten. Some where I heard, maybe in your lecture in St. Paul, before Public Safety Com that funny sayings & pictures pasted on paper and sent in to hospitals for soldiers was requested. if this is true, will you tell me the size of sheets required for pasting the scraps on. These girls could do this, they are too young to attempt much. [...] A club of women here want to get at some of the work at once. What do you say to them beginning with sheets & pillow slips? [...]
Sincerely,
Mrs. F.C. Corell
Big Falls
Minn
 

Citation: American Red Cross, Northern Division, records, 1915-1921. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [P781]

"Germans Expect Peace Before U.S. can Strike Hard" and "British in Russia Assist Slavs in New Offensive" - The Daily People's Press. July 19, 1917.

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 19, 2017

"German Reinforcements Halt Russ; French Gain at Verdun" and "Members of I.W.W. Freed" - The Duluth Herald. July 18, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 18, 2017

An Urgent Plea

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 17, 2017


This letter by Kate Lowry of the Hospital Supplies Committee of the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross lists supplies, mostly clothing, that were needed by the Alllies. Lowry also records the articles that were shipped in June from the Minneapolis Chapter, as well as the donations of supplies given to the Base Hospital by various organizations including the Woman's Club, the Anti-Suffrage Association, the D.A.R, and East Side Station.

 

"Freeborn County Soldiers Take Oath" and "French Assaults Crumple German Defenses in West" - Freeborn County Standard. July 16, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 16, 2017

David Backus's Unit Recieves French Military Award

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 15, 2017


For their evacuation of the dead and wounded at Chemin des Dames in the summer of 1917, David Backus’s unit of the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps was awarded the Fourragere of the Médaille Militaire from the French Government. In a speech to Backus’s unit on July 14, 1917, the General of the Division informed Backus and his fellow drivers that they had received this prestigious award. The General proclaims that they are no longer simply attached to a unit of Chasseurs, a designation for French army soldiers trained for rapid action. Rather, with their service at Chemin des Dames, they had become honorary Chasseurs themselves. In recognition of this honor, Backus and his unit were given elements of the Chasseurs’ uniform, which included, as Backus put it, “funny little floppy caps.” Though Backus displayed a fairly non-serious, irreverent attitude toward the uniform, the fact remained that the award was notable. In fact, Backus’s division was the only ambulance division to receive this award during the First World War.

 

David Backus's Unit Recieves French Military Award
David Backus's Unit Recieves French Military Award


Saturday July 14-1917.
French Fourth, most of fellows left 5 A.M. went to Paris in our cars to see [...]. I stayed with four or 5 others. Rolled out 8. The General of this Division in a talk to us said that we were not attached to a Regiment of Chasseurs, but are Chasseurs, first Sanatiry [sic] Section to whom this honor has been awarded. We wear the Berry's [?] funny little floppy caps of the Chasseurs. [...]

 

"Every Eligible Registered Man Included in Draft" and "German Coalition Cabinet Seems to be Only Solution" - The Twin City Star. July 14, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 14, 2017

"The Greatest Race in the History of the Sport"

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 13, 2017


This poster for the American Red Cross Auto Derby at the Fort Snelling Speedway includes a map of the speedway with a list of seat prices and races. The race was 100 miles and featured new cars, "embracing latest American and Foreign discoveries." Tickets were available for sale at the Dyckman and Radisson Hotels.

 

Derby poster
Derby poster

Citation: American Red Cross, Northern Division, records, 1915-1921. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. [P781]

"Teutons Advance in Belgium; Allies Shell Turk Ships" and "Public to Suffer by Food Act Delay Asserts Hoover" - The Daily People's Press. July 12, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 12, 2017

"Germans Start Great Drive for Dunkirk" and "Penetrate Biritsh Lines 600 Yards on Front in Belgium" - The Duluth Herald. July 11, 1917.

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | July 11, 2017

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