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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin

Chapter XVII: military record,   pp. 134-145

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From October, 1920, to October, 1921, the Red Cross had a regularly employed
county public health nurse, Miss Rachael Dietrichson. When this work was taken
over by the county, the Red Cross followed with classes, 1921-1922, throughout
the county in home hygiene and the care of the sick, with Katherine E. McKinley
as instructor. There were 24 classes, with 518 country women enrolled. Mrs.
H. C. Inenfeldt was chairman of the nursing committee, under whose direction
fell the health work.
In Disaster Relief, $1,250 was forwarded for the benefit of the sufferers from
the Japanese earthquake in September, 1923; $3,200 was raised in Dunn County
for the Dunn, Barron and Polk counties cyclone sufferers in June, 1922, the local
relief work being under the direction of T. B. Wilson; $236.35 was contributed to
the relief work in connection with the Illinois cyclone in 1925.
The Junior Red Cross was active during the war under the chairmanship of
E. W. Waite and Theresa Leinenkugel. Since the war Earl Edes and W. G. Bal-
lentine have been chairman for the county and city respectively. The funds are
used for financing medical and surgical care for children whose parents are unable
to do this. This branch of work has averaged ten cases per year.
The activities for the present year, 1925, include soldier and soldier family home
service, and a monthly series of Free Chest Clinics. The Chapter is always in
readiness for disaster relief, and co-operates with other existing agencies in the
handling of civilian cases.                         Marion Ingalls.
The Dunn County News in its issue of Nov. 28, 1918, said:
"Dunn County in the recent war work campaign exceeded its quota by $2,482.
The divisions that collected in the form of individual subscriptions during the
campaign enough money to put them over the top were Hay River, the village of
Colfax, the village of Downing, village of Elk Mound, village of Weston, Otter
Creek, Sand Creek, town of Stanton and town of Tiffany. Towns in which appro-
priations were made by the town board to the amount of the allotments, or to
make up deficiencies, were the towns of Colfax, Menomonie, Rock Creek and
Spring Brook. Those in which levies were ordered by the county board to make
up deficiencies were the towns of Dunn, Elk Mound, Eau Galle, Grant, Lucas, New
Haven, Peru, Red Cedar, Sheridan, Sherman, Tainter and Weston. Stout Insti-
tute did especially well, subscribing $1400. Throughout the county exceptionally
noteworthy work was done by women's organizations."
Dunn County was one of the comparatively few counties in the state to make
good its quota of war savings stamps for 1918 before the close of the year and it
did so handsomely. The quota-508,400; sold-$514,180; surplus-$5,780.
In December the influenza, which had taken so heavy a toll, not only of the
men in the army, but also the people at home, began to decrease, and with the
dispersion of the clouds of war and pestilence the light of hope grew stronger and
the people began to adjust themselves to the new conditions which confronted
them-conditions caused by the war, involving the country in vast financial obli-
gations and affecting all classes of society.
In the six and a half years that have since elapsed much has been done to repair
war's ravages, but much still remains to be done and a large part of the burden
must be transferred to the shoulders of the next generation. The present has its
problems, which are strenuous enough, but the spirit of co-operation which has
hitherto proved stronger than faction, and has held the American people together
in a forward movement on lines of industry, patriotism, and good will toward the
other nations of the earth, will doubtless prevail, and to the historian of the future
will fall the task of recording more perfect victories and higher achievements than
have been witnessed by those now living.

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