WORLD WAR I

Also see Park in Times of War

The U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, entering World War I. Various reports indicate that either 114 or 150 Park citizens served in the Great War.

Minnesota contributed 123,325 men, and 1,430 of them died.

A story about the Liberty Loan (war bond) program in Minneapolis, by Leo J. Harris, can be found in the Winter 2012 issue of Hennepin History magazine.

An August 4, 1918 item in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune reported that a group of St. Louis Park women, including some of its most prominent citizens, have won service stripes for their Red Cross work.  The women sewed articles of clothing for refugees, including:

15 dozen day shirts

96 suits of underwear

80 suits of pajamas

three dozen bathrobes

two dozen helpless case shirts

50 dresses

20 boys waists

24 boys suits

40 underskirts

109 chemise

80 petticoats

239 pairs of socks

2,520 tampons

2,606 gauze dressings

The St. Louis Park branch of the Red Cross had units in Brookside and Oak Hill.

A history of the Mothers’ Club/PTA of Lincoln School for 1918 includes:  “Club helped arrange a home coming for the war boys.”

On May 24, 1931, the Frank H. Lundberg Post of the American Legion placed a memorial plaque with the names of the men from St. Louis Park who died in the Great War:

Albert Kjelde

Frank H. Lundberg

Clifford C. Hamilton

Edward Dworsky

Harold Moldestad

Edward Glasgow

             

This plaque, along with a similar plaque honoring those who died in World War II, is on a rock placed near the Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park.

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