In the midst of all other national war activities some one conceived the idea of a heretofore neglected means of obtaining funds for assisting the Government in its stupendous task of maintaining its huge armies of soldiers and civilians--and financing and feeding the almost bankrupt and starving nations allied to us in this world war.
This fortunate idea resolved itself into what became known as the War Savings Stamps Campaign, which was launched early in 1918.
As in all other drives for funds, Saunders county responded exceptionally well, in fact, by the time the Government had notified the local organization of a plan that they thought would be the most satisfactory for obtaining quotas, Saunders county had organized, got to work on a plan of its own and oversubscribed its quota.
The banks were of invaluable assistance in handling the stamps and continued to do so until the postoffices took them over.
We cannot give enough praise to Mr. Elmer Johnson of Wahoo, county chairman, and his associates who jumped into the harness at once, and made the drive such a huge success. Briefly this is what they did: Set a quota, organized a committee in every community, and appointed a chairman, who in turn appointed his various assistants. When this was done they set to work to make it a success, devoting a great deal of time and energy to making speeches and personal calls soliciting funds, and as a result it was a great success. They went over the top with flying colors. Of course this was made possible only by the entire county buying stamps as they had bought Liberty Bonds, and given to the Red Cross, freely because their heart was in the cause for which they gave and bought.
ELMER JOHNSON, Chairman E. HELSING PROF. ALDER
Town---Chairman's Name Quota Subscribed Wahoo, E. J. Bredenberg . . . . . . 64,000 70,000 Ashland, G. Scott . . . . . . . . . 40,000 40,000 Prague, Tom Simanek . . . . . . . . 25,000 27,000 Rescue, C. E. Slonicka . . . . . . 15,000 16,000 Weston, T. Kriz . . . . . . . . . . 32,000 45,000 Valparaiso, E. A. Odman . . . . . . 28,000 32,000 Yutan, Clifford Ireland . . . . . . 24,000 25,000 Ceresco, Chas. Anderson . . . . . . 21,500 22,000 Mead, Mrs. Ostenberg . . . . . . . 21,000 25,000 Cedar Bluffs, E. F. Peck . . . . . 25,000 30,000 Malmo, C. W. Bruce . . . . . . . . 19,000 23,000 Morse Bluff, F. A. Hines . . . . . 19,000 20,000 Colon, Geo. Mowers . . . . . . . . 18,000 20,000 Ithaca, Th N. Railsback . . . . . . 18,000 20,000 Wann, D. Grimes . . . . . . . . . . 16,000 25,000 Swedeburg, A. J. Martinson . . . . 16,000 18,000 Memphis, E. H. Ehler . . . . . . . 15,500 19,000 Touhy, Joe Kacirek . . . . . . . . 15,000 20,000 Leshara, Ole Nelson and Chas. Davis 14,000 33,000
This highly important and humane work of raising money in the county to help these starving and devastated peoples was carried out under the direction and supervision of a county committee, the officers of which were:
Rev. N. L. Packard, Rev. C. J. Johnson, Mr. J. M. Oshlund, Prof. F. Alder, Prof. C. A. Landin, Mr. C. S. Ficenec.
Their work was part of a nation-wide campaign to assist and relieve the pitiable sufferings of these noble people who for ages have been so terribly abused at the hands of the merciless Turk. As in all drives of this kind, Saunders county responded unusually well.
The task of putting this over was no small one, and great credit is due the committee and its workers making it the success it was. It required a great sacrifice of time, and the responsibility was no little one. This drive, like all others of similar nature, showed how ready everyone was to assist and serve the nation in its hour of need.
As a supplement to the draft board the medical board rendered very valuable service. It worked under the direction of Dr. Smith of the medical board.
Dr. Smith and Dr. F. E. Way constituted the executive head of the board, ably assisted by Drs. McCreery, Tornholm, McCaw, and Kirkpatrick. All the doctors of the county were, however, members of the board and rendered very valuable assistance in examinations of the selected men whenever it was necessary to call on them. If you will remember that there were hundreds of men called, all being obliged to have a physical examination, you will realize what a stupendous task these doctors had to cope with.
Much credit is due all of them for this very valuable service, rendered the country in its time of need.