100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 17, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 17, 1917

Summer Abundance —   The banner headline chimed success for British and Canadian troops in Europe while in Bloomington war news it was reported that the draft quota was nearly filled and listed the men who had passed inspection and not been granted exemptions. It was also reported that 19 of the men who had volunteered for Battery F had not passed their second physical inspection and were being sent home. In other Bloomington news – the planning of a…

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100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World Tuesday, August 14, 1917

100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World Tuesday, August 14, 1917

Ready For War– “Although it is the operators’ capital that is operating the mines, the supply of coal is a public commodity and, fundamentally, belongs to the public.” Not a declaration from Eugene V. Debbs (Indiana’s socialist radical of the era) but rather a quote from a statement from the office of Indiana Governor Goodrich in which it was announced that the shocking rise in coal prices since war had been declared would be dealt with decisively – the federal…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Monday, August 13, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Monday, August 13, 1917

And He Called It Macaroni– It’s not the most important story in the paper. That might be sinking of “The City of Athens,” a U.S. based steamer sunk by a mine en-route to South Africa, or the obituaries of two long-time citizens of Bloomington, or the details of IU’s mandatory military studies course offerings for fall all of which can be found on the front page. But I was intrigued by this, an ad in the middle of the paper…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Saturday, August 11, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Saturday, August 11, 1917

Foodie Friday— Another shocking banner headline on the front page greeted Bloomington readers on this day in 1917, but this one regarding not a far off battle, but a disaster much closer to home – an explosion at a munitions factory in Gary. This early morning blast was being investigated as a deliberate act and it was reported that two suspects had already been arrested. Thankfully there were no injuries or fatalities reported. The work of the local Draft Board…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 10, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Friday, August 10, 1917

  A Cold Wind is Going To Blow– The banner headline read “Allies Start New Offensive” in large letters, but the article accompanying it was small, announcing that the British have captured a hill, known as Westhoek Ridge, in Belgium in the middle of the months long Third Battle of Ypres. In other war related news, Corporal Burton Woolery announced that 6 more men have volunteered for Bloomington’s Company F, the local draft board reported that 8 men out of…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Thursday, August 9, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Thursday, August 9, 1917

  Still Time Left For Summer Fashion– The war news on Thursday takes up a lot of space on the front page, but it is all about mobilization. There is the slow grind of the draft (6 men ready for service, out of 53 examined for the day) and efforts to recruit more volunteers for Company F. Burton Woolery (warning, spoilers in link, as they say on the internet), apparently already well-known, was back in town to help at the…

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100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World: Wednesday, August 8, 1917

100 Years Ago News from the Bloomington, Evening World: Wednesday, August 8, 1917

Fueling The War Economy and, also, What’s A Girl To Do? – The large banner headline on the front page “To Smash Outrageous Coal Prices” as the governors of 15 states met in Chicago to plan an effort to bring down consumer prices for coal, even if it might mean state takeovers of the mines. At the same time, the 25,000 miners in Kentucky were preparing to go on strike. Coal was then the main fuel for not only power…

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100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Tuesday, August 7, 1917

100 Years Ago: News from the Bloomington, Evening World Tuesday, August 7, 1917

At The Flickers News from the Russian front, the continued turmoil of the draft (only 8 Bloomington men called up were ready for service so far, with about an equal number of rejects and applied for exemptions among the remaining 70), and the arrival of local volunteers at their encampment still dominated the news of the day, along with the funeral of a local stone cutter crushed by a block of limestone. If you wanted to escape the war,  local…

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100 Years Ago Today: August 6, 1917

100 Years Ago Today: August 6, 1917

  News from the Bloomington Evening World Monday, August 6, 1917 The United States had entered World War I in April of 1917, so war news and draft news dominated the front page of the Bloomington Newspaper: A U-Boat sighting closed New York Harbor for several hours. Only one of the first 16 Bloomington men called up for the draft did not ask for an exemption, while the volunteers of Battery F were given an enthusiastic and emotional sendoff by…

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