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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
(1958)

The 1910's,   pp. 81-[96] PDF (3.8 MB)


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                   'rHE 1910 'S
World War I
DOM NATING all other events of this era was World \VVar 1,
          originating in central Europe, and eventually embroiling
          America and Neenah.
            Company I saw service on the Mexican border during
the last half of 1916, returning home in January, 1917.
  On April 7, 1917 Congress declared war against the central powers.
In the summer of that year, Co. I of Neenah, under Captain Bert
Smith, and newly formed Co. E of Menasha under Captain Dick Hill,
left for Camp Douglas, where they trained till fall. They then left for
Camp MacArthur, at Waco, Texas, were mustered into the 32nd Divi-
sion, and shipped overseas in January, 1918. Participating in the
Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne offensives, they later be-
came part'of the Army of Occupation in Germany. They returned
home during the spring and summer of i1ig. See Col. Dan Hardt's
military history-Part II.
  On their return, they organized Hawley-Dieckhoff Post #33 of the
American Legion. The following year the Auxiliary to that post was
organized.
  Earlier in this decade (1912) the C. B. Clark Circle-Ladies of the
Grand Army of the Republic-took its place among the patriotic
societies of the community.
  Inspired by the patriotic fervor of the times, the Neenah Chapter
of the Red Cross took shape. It was through that great organization
that comfort was brought to our boys overseas and to their families at
home. At no time of need or emergency during subsequent years has
the local chapter of Red Cross failed to assume its share of responsi-
bility. Across all the intervening years, two public-spirited citizens
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