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Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” June 1, 2019 National Donut Day!

Beginning in 1917, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance during World War I to American soldiers in battle on the front lines in France.

Two female Salvation Army officers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had an idea to comfort our soldiers with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious doughnuts for the boys.

Nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls”, these women served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. They also made history by introducing this tasty new treat to the United States when the “Doughboys” returned from war.

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. They began the holiday as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.The donut has become synonymous with The Salvation Army’s social services and continues to be a comfort food served by The Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.

Above Information from https://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/nhqblog/news/the-salvation-army-celebrates-national-donut-day

Salvation Army Donuts recipe from salvationarmynorth.org

Opportunity at Training Camp, Fairfax Standard, 12-5-1918

Chas. Lammers, Branch Chairman of the Military Training Camp Association, has received an announcement to the effect that authorization has been made for a citizen’ training camp in the Officer’s Training area at Zachary Taylor cantonment near Louisville, Ky.

The opportunity is given to citizens without further obligation for service, to attend this civilian training camp under authority of the War department.

Beginning January 6th and continuing two weeks, until January 18, 1919, an opportunity is given to the men in the smaller cities who are usually busy in the summer months and less strenuously occupied during the winter months, to take advantage of gaining this training. The cost will be $30 for the period including instruction and board.

Editor’s Note: We do not have a photograph of Charles Lammers.

The Victory Boys, Renville County Journal, 11-8-1918

The “Victory Boys & Victory Girls” is a new organization – an outgrowth of the needs of funds to carry on War Activities and of the enthusiasm of the young folks of our land to do their mite to encourage the older boys who have gone to the front. A nucleus of a “Victory Boys” organization was formed in the Journal office the other evening. As the organization grows, the names of the new members will be published in the Journal. Application for membership may be handed in to any member of the Journal staff or the Post Office force. Suggestions as to how to earn the money required will be cheerfully given.

Palmer Gilbertson, Harold Johnsrud and Zieberg Birk have each pledged themselves to earn and give $5.00 to the United War Fund Campaign. This entitles them to membership to the “Victory Boys”, a new boy’s organization now springing up all over the country. The purpose is to enroll every boy in the land to back their older brothers, over in France.

Killed in France, Fairfax Standard, December 26, 1918

The many friends in this vicinity of Captain Oscar Youngdahl better known at Professor Youngdahl will be grieved to learn of his death, which occurred in France on October 8.
Deceased put in two years of earnest work in Fairfax as superintendent of the public school, and while here gained a wide circle of close friends. He was very successful in his school’s work and a hard worker. He was here the two years preceding the close of school in June 1915.
The following account of his army life and his death is taken from the Red Wing Republican.
Mrs. Olivia Youngdahl Monday received a message from the war department announcing the sad death of her son, Captain Oscar Youngdahl at an American base hospital in France on October 8. She had previously received word of his being wounded on two occasions. Cablegrams and letters sent him remained unanswered and the message from the war department was the first word of him to reach her in months. Previous to this time letters had from him at regular intervals.
That the young officer had a premonition that he would probably lose his life was shown in his last letter home in which he told his mother how his trunks and other valuables in France could be secured in case anything happened to him. He also stated that he had been recommended to the war department for a captain’s commission. This honor was conferred upon him before his death, the war department informed Mrs. Youngdahl.
Mr. Youngdahl graduated from the Ft. Snelling officers’ training school receiving a commission as first lieutenant and being among the first American fighters to go overseas. He saw active service on several fronts and was in the thickest of the fighting during the great offensive this summer and fall.
Captain Youngdahl was a young man of the highest character and was well known in educational circles having served as superintendent of schools in a number of Minnesota towns. His love and regard for his mother were touchingly revealed in his letters home and the many steps taken to add to her comfort. Members of the family have the sincere sympathy of the community in their great loss.

Editor’s Note: We do not have a photograph of Captain Oscar Youngdahl.

Compiling State War History, Morton Enterprise, 12-20-1918

Story of Minnesota’s Share in Great War to be Made Permanent Record
A meeting of the Minnesota War Records Commission, which was authorized by the Public Safety Commission and appointed by Governor Burnquist, will hold another meeting at the Historical Building, St. Paul, on December 20th, to consider further plans for making Minnesota’s record in the great war an important feature of the state’s history.
Between thirty and forty counties in the state have so far been thoroughly organized to handle this important work. Every county well eventually have its own history compiles and without a double every patriotic and public spirited citizen will be interested sufficiently to co-operate willingly in the compilation of our own county’s war record with those who are placed in charge of the work.
Questionnaires will soon go out to all county supervisors of the work which, after being properly filled out, will tell to the last detail the story of every man’s part in the war that had been in the service from this county.