Dickey Betts, 939 Ninth St., youngest [Red Cross] knitter, age 6, also a boy
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 2 May 1918, p. 1, column 2
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Richard Betts, 939 Ninth street, is the latest candidate for the honor of being the youngest knitter on the north shore. Although he is but six years old he had made a sweater which is finished according to Red Cross directions. It is a garment any adult might feel proud to have made. "Dickey," as his schoolmates call him, knitted the sweater under the direction of the Junior Red Cross of which he is a member. With the sweater he has sent his picture and the following letter to the prospective wearer, which he wrote unaided.
"Dear Sammy, I am a little boy six years old, and I knit this sweater all by myself, and I hope you will like it. I have put my picture in here to say hello to you. Lovingly, Richard Stolp Betts, 939 Ninth Street, Wilmette, Ill."

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Red Cross accepts garment; "Dicky" pens note to soldier

photograph Richard "Dickey" Stolp Betts
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2 May 1918
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Betts, Richard
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Red Cross
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Dickey Betts, 939 Ninth St., youngest [Red Cross] knitter, age 6, also a boy