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West Union Argo-Gazette
West Union, Fayette County, Iowa
Wednesday, 27 June 1917
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*WAR FUND EXCESS $350*
*Fayette County, Asked For $11,750 For Red Cross Service in France,
**WEST UNION $1.50 PER CAPITA**
**Eden Township Gives $1500, Oelwein $2354, Fayette $1000 -- North End
Over-Subscribes by $1700**
The brief but strenuous campaign for raising Fayette county's$11750
share of the Red Cross war fund ended Monday night in a big victory, the
fund being over subscribed by at least $350. The returns are not
absolutely complete, but it is known that the subscriptions, total over
$12,094. Of this amount $8433 was raised, in the north twelve
townships, in which the headquarters was at West Union. This part of
'the county was asked to raise $6,756, and made it over $8,400, thus
exceeding its apportionment by about $l,700. The south eight townships
raised $3660.81 of the $5000 apportioned to them.
The fund raised in Oelwein reaches $2354.26. Oelwein is second only to
West Union. This city's subscriptions amounted to $2643, which is the
largest sum raised in any city, town, township, or town and township
combined, in the county. While one subscriber paid $100, several others
$50, a number $25, and scores gave $20 each, the smaller.subscriptions
came in by the hundreds, the boy clerks and girl stenographers pledging
from $4 to $10 each, to be paid out or their weekly wages. The $2643
subscribed in West Union represents subscriptions of an average of $1.50
per capital which is 50 cents above the $1 per capita subscription asked
on the average throughout the United States. Eden township (including
Waucoma) subscribed $1500, which is at $1.25 per capita, the second
largest subscription in the county in proportion to population. Fayette
subscribed $1,000, although in the midst of U. I. U.'s ambitious
endowment campaign, and that with Lima's $200 will give Westfield a
total of$1,200. Pleasant Valley subscribed $836.25, most of which was
put up in about three-quarters of an hour at a meeting in Elgin.
Since writing the above the claims of Waucoma and Eden township to the
banner for giving to the war fund have been brought to our attention and
are referred to in another place in this issue.
Bethel township appears to hold the banner for giving on the part of the
strictly rural townships.
The result is one of which the patriotic people of Fayette county may
well feel proud. The cause was one that appealed to their hearts. No man
or woman who has formed any idea of the hardships of war, no one who
stops to think that every community will under the conscription law
furnish boys to the battle line in France to need the utmost relief the
Red Cross can give, could fail to be impressed with the duty and the
privilege of consecrating a few dollars to this cause. Wherever the
conditions were properly put to the people, there the response was
liberal and prompt. That Fayette county has oversubscribed its share,
and that the north end of the county went so far beyond what was asked,
is a cause for pride arid congratulation.
The meeting at the fair ground Sunday afternoon was attended by an
audience estimated conservatively at 3000 people. The cars counted as
they left the-ground numbered 442. The address was by Hon. Charles E.
Pickett of Waterloo, formerly congressman from the Third district. Mr.
Pickett went at length into the justification of America for entering
the world war, and held his audience attentively, for he is a very
eloquent and incisive speaker. He drew frequent applause, made a strong
impression, furnished his hearers food, for much subsequent thought; and
rendered the cause of Americanism in Fayette county a great service. The
committee was fortunate to secure for this great meeting a speaker of
Mr. Pickett's caliber.
Carl Evans, president of the West Union chapter of the Red Cross,
president. W.J. Ainsworth of the county council of defense spoke briefly
of the needs of the war fund. The good music was by the Elgin and
Hawkeye bands and by West Union vocalists, Lyle Schwestka, singing two
patriotic solos, one accompanied, by the choir.
Large bulletin boards were set up fronting the amphitheater, and E.R.
Ballard was kept busy lettering on them the names of Fayette county
soldiers of this war, and of the amounts raised up to that time by the
various towns and townships for the war fund.
*War Fund Figures*
The latest figures on the Bed Cross subscriptions by cities, towns, and
townships, according as they were divided up into geographical units for
this canvass, are as follows:
West Union, $2,643.
Eden township, including Waucoma, $1,500.
Fayette, including part of Westfield township, $1,000.
Pleasant Valley township, including Elgin, $836.25.
Center township, including Randalia, $581.
Bethel township, $490.
Windsor township, including Hawkeye, $356.38.
Banks township, $316.
Clermont township, including Clermont $301.
Lima, including part of Westfield, $200.
Union township, $143.
Illyria township, $110.
Auburn township, $40.
Dover township, $27.
*South Eight Townships*
This forenoon's report from the south end of the county gives the
following amounts totaling $3,660.81: