From Here To Over There : Fremont County In The Great War
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Children's War Effort
Patriotism in the Schools

The Cañon City Record interviewed Milo Whittaker, Cañon City superintendent in January 1918 about public schools teaching students about patriotism. According to the article, each teacher received a flag and taught students how to properly salute and respect the flag.

In September 1918, local schoolchildren were asked to collect peach pits, plum seeds and walnut shells for the War Department. Dried seeds and nutshells proved to be a good source for charcoal or carbon that was used in gas masks. "Two hundred seeds or seven pounds of nuts produces enough carbon for one gas respirator." (From the Cañon City Record, Sept. 19, 1918; pg. 7).

Children's War Enterprise Clubs

Local communities organized many "war enterprise clubs" that children joined to help in the war effort. Penrose, East Cañon, Fourmile, Lincoln Park, and Hardscrabble had pig clubs for local boys. These boys joined the club to help raise pigs that were shipped overseas to feed the soldiers.

Sewing Clubs offered local girls the chance to participate in the war effort. Seventh and eighth grade girls spent one afternoon a week sewing or knitting for the Red Cross.

The photograph is of the Cañon City Girls' Patriotic League, a chorus group led by Miss Millicent Steacy. The league sang patriotic songs at gatherings like the dedication of Phantom Canyon Road on Aug. 30, 1918.
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