HEATED CHICAGO WOMAN'S CLUB MEETING CALMED BY U.S. FLAG
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, May 3, 1917, the North Shore Woman's Club discussed their recent pledge of loyalty to the United States against a "savage and inhuman foe."
The discussion became so heated that "the chairman's gavel was worn to splinters."
Mrs. Helen Muller expressed the view that the Club had no business making such a pledge because it had been formed "for purely social activities." Mrs. Otto Reich resented the Club's sending of postcards calling for "American members of the club to be present" for the afternoon meeting. Mrs. Reich said she considered this action "to be an insult."
After an hour of "wrangling," Mrs. L.A. Brundage "stepped forward and waved an American flag." The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that this "acted as a charm. The sun shone and the dove of peace descended" on the meeting.
"MY! MY! WHAT A 'MIX' WAR GOT THE LADIES IN!" The Chicago Daily Tribune, May 4, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/
Federations of Women's Clubs, D.C.
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