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Red Cross Society’s Organization in 1864 published by the Bird Island Union June 28, 1917

International Scope of the Work Dates from the Geneva Convention The following history of the Red Cross Society published in the Renville Star Farmer of last week will be of interest to local people who are greatly interested… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Rev W L Hart Cited for Bravery, Franklin Tribune, 12-19-1918

The people of this community will be proud to learn that Father W. L. Hart, who was pastor of Franklin, Birch Cooley and Morton parishes for seven years prior to his enlistment in service as an army chaplain,… Read More

Fourth Liberty Loan Bond Flag, Bird Island Union, 12-19-1918

Our Flag Contains Twelve Stars, What Does Yours Contain? Tim Hurley came into the office on Saturday forenoon with a broad smile on his face, and something wrapped up in a late issue of the Bird Island Union… Read More

Soldier Boy Dies in England, Renville County Journal, December 6, 1918

Arthur Mahlum, of Hawk Creek, Succumb to Pneumonia in Base Hospital at Romsey, England A telegram was received by Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Mahlum on Saturday, stating that their son, Private Arthur Leonard Mahlum died of Bronchial-pneumonia in… Read More

In Flanders Fields by Lieut. Col. John McCree, Bird Island Union, 11-21-1918

In Flanders Field the poppies grow Between the crosses, row and row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely signing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days… Read More

The War is Won, Renville County Farmer, 11-15-1918

Uncle Sammy has some boys,      The Proudest in the world; With us the whole world may rejoice,      The U.S. Flag unfurled. The flag was carried from our home,      By train it sped to camp; Then… Read More