The items below are flyers, letters and small ephemera pertaining to Wayne County's participation in World War I, found by Co-coordinator Allyn Hess Perry at the Office of the County Historian. Most of the items belonged to Mrs. Charles T. Ennis, who was active in war preparedness efforts back in Wayne County.
World War I Flyers (no date given)
Give the Boys a Send Off!
At Lyons, Friday, Sept. 7
Dinner FOR ALL at 12 o 'clock Parade at 2:30. The First Boys Leave at 4.25 p.m. The date of the going away of the first Men for the New National Army from Eastern Wayne District has been changed from Wednesday, September 5th, to Friday, September 7th. The celebration that was planned at Lyons for Tuesday afternoon and evening of September 4th has been changed to FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Dinner will be served to all the accepted drafted men of this district at the Elks Home at 12 o 'clock sharp. Dinner for the members of the visiting Home Defense Corps will be served at the Steamer Hose rooms in Water street at the same hour.
Of men of the New National Army, G.A.R. Posts, Home Defense Units of the towns of this district, Red Cross members, Boy Scouts and others at 2:30 p.m. through the principal streets to the New York Central Station to see the first boys off on their special train at 4:26. This celebration is for those who go Friday and all those who have been accepted and will go later. Everybody come to Lyons Friday, September 7th and pay the boys going away the honor due them.
UNITED STATES FOOD ADMINISTRATION
September 28, 1917
Mrs. Charles T. Ennis
My dear Mrs. Ennis:
Our Nation and our Allies are confronted with a food situation of such grave menace that its solution requires the cooperation of every American home. The needs of our Allies and of the soldiers we send across the sea cannot be met unless there are tremendous increases in our exports - wheat, meat, sugar and similar products. Increased demands present a problem that cannot be met unless in our homes such substitutions in the customary diet are made as will conserve our wheat and meat supply.
In order to bring to the people of the country a realization of the gravity of the situation, a pledge card campaign, national in its scope, will be made during the week of October 21st to 28th. During that period an effort will be made to pledge as many as possible of the 22,000,000 families to cooperate with the United States Food Administration in a policy calculated to increase our wheat and meat reserves by means of a larger use of corn, vegetables and other products. The success of the propaganda depends upon the force of the educational drive made.
To meet this situation, a Speakers Bureau is being organized at Campaign Headquarters for the purpose of enlisting the services of the ablest speakers in the country to present to the people the plan and object of the campaign of which you will be informed through the public press and governmental agencies.
After the most careful consideration you have been selected as one of those on whom we can rely to respond to the call for patriotic service in rousing people to the realization of the fact that food will win the war.
Your willingness to render this patriotic service for your country is assumed on my part, and as I am neither authorized nor empowered to pay for this service, your only compensation will be my sincere appreciation and the joy that will come to you in responding promptly and willingly to this urgent call of your country.
May we ask your further cooperation to the extent of mentioning the importance of the food situation in any of your public addresses not made in connection with this campaign, when the occasion will permit.
You will probably be called for speaking engagements at points within a reasonable distance from your city. May I ask that you notify me through the U.S. Food Administration, Campaign Headquarters, at Washington, of your willingness to render this service to your country?
UNITED STATES FOOD ADMINISTRATION
By HJ Hill
Director of Family Enrollment Campaign
An urgent telegram to Mrs. Ennis
WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM
Received at SY4RN 8 9 GOVT Q NEW YORK 1156 AM FEBY 6, 1918
MRS. CHAS T ENNIS
I HAVE AS YET RECEIVED NO REPLY TO MY LETTER APPOINTING YOU CHAIRMAN OF THE LOCAL WOMANS LIBERTY LOAN COMMITTEE FOR THE COMING CAMPAIGN WE ARE BUSY PERFECTING OUR ORGANIZATION AND AS IT IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE OUR RECORDS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE MAY I ASK FOR YOUR REPLY BEFORE FEBRUARY 15TH I HOPE NOTHING WILL PREVENT YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS APPOINTMENT THIS IS GOVERNMENT WORK AND OF THE FIRST IMPORTANCE
MRS. JOHN T PRATT CHAIRMAN SECOND FEDERAL RESERVE DIST
SECOND LIBERTY LOAN OF 1917
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The officers and directors of the Federal Reserve Bank
Of New York and the members of the Liberty Loan Committee
Take pleasure in acknowledging and recording the patriotic service
Rendered to the Government of the United States by
Mrs. Chas. T. Ennis
In connection with the placing of the Second Liberty Loan of 1917
Liberty Loan Committee [Note: these men were not Wayne County residents]
Second Federal Reserve District
Benjamin Strong, Chairman - Gates W. McGarrah - Frank A. Vanderlip
James S. Alexander - J.P. Morgan - Martin Vogel
George F. Baker - Seward Prosser - James N. Wallace
Allen B. Forbes - Charles H. Sabin - Albert H. Wiggin
Walter E. Frew - Jacob H. Schiff - William Woodward
City of New York - B.E. Strong
December 21, 1917 - Governor, Federal Reserve Bank Of New York
SODUS FIRM IS ACTIVE IN WAR
Services Given by G.R. Mills and C.W. Mills
FORMER IS GOING TO FRANCE
Latter Is Appointed by Senator Tully Wayne County Chairman of War Stamp Plan Organization
By Special Dispatch to the Herald
Sodus, Nov. 30 - G.B. Mills of this village has been commissioned by the War Work Council of the International Y.M.C.A. as a member of the Administrative Cabinet for overseas. This is a business organization which has charge of the purchasing, transportation, construction and development in France and allied countries of the Y.M.C.A. work, for which $50,000,000 has been raised in this country. The headquarters will be in Paris, where Mr. Mills will be located. He will sail for France soon.
Mr. Mills has been in charge of the Four-Minute Men in this section, an organization which is always at the service of the government to give publicity to matters which it deems advisable to bring before the people at once. He was also leader in the drive for the Y.M.C.A. fund and has given much time to war work. The men who are to be sent abroad to serve in the Y.M.C.A. cabinet go at a nominal salary and all are selected on the business record which they have made. Mr. Mills is one of the owners of the Sodus Record, general manager of the Sodus Gans and Electric Light Company and president of the Marion Power Company and the Wayne Power Company, both electric lighting companies. The Wayne Power Company operates in Steuben County, lighting seven villages.
The Sodus Record has further contributed the services of the editor, C.W. Mills, to a great amount of war work since since this country entered that struggle. He is a member of the Wayne County Home Defense Committee and has been in charge of the military census in this section, the taking of the Hoover pledges in this district and was Wayne County chairman of the million acre wheat campaign, in which this county made the best record of any in the state. He has now been appointed county chairman of the War Stamp plan organization, by which it is expected that billions will be saved in this country, the appointment coming from Senator William J. Tully, who is state chairman. Senator Tully will be in Sodus this week to confer with Mr. Mills in regard to the county organization of this movement.
Mrs. Anna G. Putnam, associate editor of the Record, has been active in the food conservation campaign and is county chairman of the Home Economics Department at Wayne County, which is organized under the State Food Supply Commission to further the saving of domestic sup0plies. Taking all in all, this firm has probably contributed more time and energy to war work than any other firm in this section.
A letter from the Red Cross
FOUNDED TO AID IN THE PREVENTION AND ALLEVIATION OF HUMAN SUFFERING IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
HEADQUARTERS 221 South Eighteenth Street
18th & Locust St.
American Red Cross,
Lyons, New York
Last evening, Christmas Evening, Private Willis H. Oldacre went thru our city on a troop train. The train was met and given Christmas boxes and refreshments by our canteen department and Private Oldacre that he wished that we would tell his own Red Cross at Lyons, that he went thru here. He seemed so loyal to your organization that we thought you might be pleased to hear about it, so I'm sending you this note.
With best wishes to your organization, I am,
Dec. 26th, 1917
Contributed by Co-coordinator Allyn Hess Perry
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