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Doing Your Bit

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323344
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs

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Title Doing Your Bit
Description country. We were frequently urged to direct our vigorous energy toward the War Effort. The Red Cross became activated, where many women met to roll bandages and do necessary sewing and fashioning of medical supplies. We were aware of how much the European Allied countries needed our help and we heard many sad stories of privations and casualties they were experiencing. In school, we sewed many grey flannel petticoats and underwear suits for needy Belgian children. Every Monday morning we bought a twenty-five cent Thrift Stamp and pasted in our small booklets until we acquired $5.00 which we were supposed to save until we had enough to buy a $50.00 Liberty Bond. School boys were directed to gather fruit pits, grind them up and burn them into charcoal which had marvelous power of absorbing gases in the cannisters of soldiers' gas masks. Another task that Mt, Pleasant boys were assigned was to collect spokes from old wagon wheels, sand them well, then scrape them with broken glass to make them very smooth, and finally, whittle them into knitting needles for the ladies to use. For most women owned large knitting bags equipped with knitting needles, yarn, and items of clothing that they were frequently knitting for soldiers. Thousands of socks, sweaters and scarves were sent overseas. This gathered momentum after the United States entered the World War on April 6, 1917. We were all thrilled to know that General Pershing made the remark, "Lafayette, we are here!" when he landed the first troops in France. Now, we had to redouble our helpful efforts. Flour and wheat were badly needed by the troops and Allies. We experimented using substitutes for white flour by using corn meal, oatmeal, graham flour and some people even tried grinding up alfalfa leaves to mix with other ingredients to make a rather questionable type of bread. 1 have a letter which gives us an idea of the importance of wheat and the action that was taken to acquire it. The letter came to my father who was Bishop of the L.D.S. Ilorth Ward, and is as follows: 20
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Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323252
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6348hhs/323252