100 Years Ago Sept. 19, 1918 Clothes for war victims needed. Five thousand tons of clothing for the destitute people of occupied Belgium and France is the subject of a campaign announced by the American Red Cross in Washington. The Red Cross groups of Osakis will commit to doing their part in this campaign. Contributions may be left at the M.E. parsonage in Osakis any day during the week of the drive, Sept. 23-30.
100 Years Ago Sept. 12, 1918 Gasoline users warned to save. Oil administrator declares voluntary economy is necessary. The decision of the fuel administration has notified the nation that unless wasteful methods in the handling and use of gasoline are corrected, the government will take over the distribution, with the result that automobile owners will be made to conform to more severe measures.
100 Years Ago Sept. 5, 1918 An early killing frost. There was a killing frost Tuesday night that did more or less damage to garden truck and injured fodder corn in many places. Some late corn was also damaged, although much of the corn was out of danger and some fields have been cut. The freeze was quite severe in this locality, some thermometers registering as low as 29 degrees above zero. The frost is nearly two weeks ahead of the average date for the killing variety.
100 Years Ago August 29, 1918
100 Years Ago August 22, 1918 Idlewilde ball. One of the prettiest dancing parties of the season was the Red Cross Ball given by Mine Host and Mrs. E. R. Ruggles at the Hotel Idlewilde dining room on Monday evening. The local Red Cross netted $125 through the kindness of the Idlewilde Hotel Management. Socially, the affair was a splendid success.
100 Years Ago August 15, 1918 Todd County boy killed in action. Gust Zok received a telegram Sunday from the War Department at Washington, signed by Adjutant General McCain conveying the sad news that his brother, Joe E. Zok, had met death while fighting for his country on the battlefields of France. Osakis Steam Laundry quits business. The Osakis Steam Laundry has been obliged to close down on account of labor conditions, and the proprietor, Oscar Kulstad, is arranging with local barber shops to ship the work to outside laundries for the present.
100 Years Ago August 1, 1918 Change in sugar regulations. We have just received instructions from the Federal Food Administration advising us that the family allowance of 3 pounds per month per person of sugar has been reduced to 2 pounds. Son arrives safely. Dr. and Mrs. Gilkinson have received news that their son, Howard, who has been in the radio corps of the Field Artillery division stationed at Fort Sill, OK, has arrived safely overseas.
100 Years Ago July 25, 1918 Off for Wadsworth, S.C. Over 500 Selective Service drafts-men, among whom 76 hailed from Douglas County and 110 from Otter Tail County, passed through Osakis on the No. 12 train last Monday on their way to Camp Wadsworth, S.C. The men were in special cars attached to the local train. Large crowds met them to cheer them on at the depot in towns along the line.
100 Years Ago July 18, 1918 Call for volunteers from 1918 class. The local Board for Douglas County is in receipt of the following letter from Brigadier General Rhinow. This enlistment will close on Monday evening, July 22. And there should be no delay in making application. There will be a call on August 15 for 300 men to be sent to Indianapolis for instruction as chauffeurs. These men must have an aptitude for mechanical work and possess a grammar school education.
100 Years Ago July 4, 1918 Socks wanted. Washington has asked for 550,000 pairs of socks by September 1, and Northern Division Red Cross workers must knit three times as hard this summer if quota of socks is raised, says the Northern Division Bulletin of June 27. All local Red Cross chapters are asked to double their current production. The Northern Division must make good on its allotment.