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  • Letters from World War I
    TextImage       Letters from Soldiers of World War I to the Woman's Committee of the Wilmette Guard: 1917-1919. The letters express appreciation for the hundreds of hand-knitted sweaters, scarves, hats and, especially, socks, made by the women of Wilmette for military personnel at nearby bases and to a few units already in ...
    TextImage     Letters from Soldiers of World War I to the Woman's Committee of the Wilmette Guard: 1917-1919. The letters express appreciation for the hundreds of hand-knitted sweaters, scarves, hats and, especially, ...
  • Annual Report of the Wilmette Guard [1918]: The war work auxiliary organization of Wilmette
    Text       Report of the work performed by the Wilmette Guard and local Red Cross in support of the war effort during World War I.
    Text     Report of the work performed by the Wilmette Guard and local Red Cross in support of the war effort during World War I.
  • A child's part in the Great War
    TextImage       Pamphlet written in World War I era to explain the purpose of war bonds to children and encourage them to buy and to sell bonds.
    TextImage     Pamphlet written in World War I era to explain the purpose of war bonds to children and encourage them to buy and to sell bonds.
  • Victory Reveille
    TextImage       Pamphlet published during the World War I era to explain the role of war bonds in paying for U.S. military involvement in the war.
    TextImage     Pamphlet published during the World War I era to explain the role of war bonds in paying for U.S. military involvement in the war.
  • Fourth Liberty Loan poster
    Image       Small window display poster for subscribers to the 4th Liberty Loan war bond series during World War I.
    Image     Small window display poster for subscribers to the 4th Liberty Loan war bond series during World War I.
  • The Torch of Liberty
    ImageText       Small poster for window display to encourage children and their families to buy savings stamps toward the purchase of war bonds in the World War I era.
    ImageText     Small poster for window display to encourage children and their families to buy savings stamps toward the purchase of war bonds in the World War I era.
  • Annual Report The Wilmette Guard: Supplemental Report 1919
    Text       Supplement to the report for the year ending November 1, 1918 prepared by last year's officers.
    Text     Supplement to the report for the year ending November 1, 1918 prepared by last year's officers.
  • The Wilmette Guard: Graphic Outline
    Text       Organization chart for the Wilmette Guard and statement of purpose for the Guard and the Woman's Committee of the Wilmette Guard.
    Text     Organization chart for the Wilmette Guard and statement of purpose for the Guard and the Woman's Committee of the Wilmette Guard.
  • Wilmette Guard statement of purpose
    Text       The Wilmette Guard was founded April 26, 1917 to conserve the financial and physical resources of Wilmette, to aid and promote relief organizations and care for the needs of local soldiers during World War I.
    Text     The Wilmette Guard was founded April 26, 1917 to conserve the financial and physical resources of Wilmette, to aid and promote relief organizations and care for the needs of local ...
  • World War I Memorial
    ImageTextGenealogical Resourcemystery       Memorial to World War I war dead. Plaque is mounted on a stone in Gillson Park marking a grove of thirteen trees planted in honor of war heroes. Names are Allyn Taber Anderson, Franklin B. Bellows, Louis Mason Bruch, Alfred J. Francesco, Henry George Herbon, Douglas T. Hoffman, Peter John ...
    ImageTextGenealogical Resourcemystery     Memorial to World War I war dead. Plaque is mounted on a stone in Gillson Park marking a grove of thirteen trees planted in honor of war heroes. Names are ...
  • Bandage rolling
    Image       Red Cross workers in white uniforms ironing and rolling bandages.
    Image     Red Cross workers in white uniforms ironing and rolling bandages.
  • J. Melville Brown
    ImageGenealogical Resource       During World War I the third floor of the Brown Building, at 1159 Wilmette Ave., was used by Wilmette's War Camp Community Service. There were dances Saturday nights, music on Sundays. A few of the sailors who had week-end leave would stay and sleep on cots. Often my father, J. ...
    ImageGenealogical Resource     During World War I the third floor of the Brown Building, at 1159 Wilmette Ave., was used by Wilmette's War Camp Community Service. There were dances Saturday nights, music on ...
  • Waiting for President Roosevelt's train
    Image       Nathaniel Webb keeps an eye on Wilmette residents waiting along the railroad tracks for Theodore Roosevelt's train to pass. Roosevelt was on his way to the Great Lakes Naval Station to visit Father Edward J. Vattmann, Army chaplain during World War I.
    Image     Nathaniel Webb keeps an eye on Wilmette residents waiting along the railroad tracks for Theodore Roosevelt's train to pass. Roosevelt was on his way to the Great Lakes Naval Station ...
  • Knitting for Soldiers
    Image       Wilmette, Illinois, women and girls who gathered to knit socks, sweaters and scarves for U.S. military personnel during World War I.
    Image     Wilmette, Illinois, women and girls who gathered to knit socks, sweaters and scarves for U.S. military personnel during World War I.
  • Christmas stockings
    Image       Two hundred pairs of Christmas socks for Camp Grant and Great Lakes Station purchased from Home Guard appropriation to Red Cross Auxiliary
    Image     Two hundred pairs of Christmas socks for Camp Grant and Great Lakes Station purchased from Home Guard appropriation to Red Cross Auxiliary
  • Wilmette Guard on review beside Wilmette Village Hall
    Image       Illinois Reserve Militia, First Regiment, Company D, Wilmette, Illinois
    Image     Illinois Reserve Militia, First Regiment, Company D, Wilmette, Illinois
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World War I


Documents and photographs dating from the World War I era in Wilmette, Illinois.