Had you been around during World War I you would have lived through some things that would have made you say, "Uhhh, is this America?!" Yeah, things got that ugly. Freedoms were suspended, food was rationed, and your neighbor could get you arrested for saying gesundheit after a sneeze. There are a few of those… Continue reading Throwing Shade During WWI: The “Slacker” Part I
I am sticking to my resolution and started reading this book tonight. I picked this one up a while back at Half Priced Books. Now I am finally getting around to reading it. Just from reading the synopsis, I feel like some of the issues from 1919 might be similar to our current times. I'll… Continue reading Savage Peace
In a previous post, I wrote about my family members that served in the United States military during World War I. Those were the only three I had known of that had served, but I recently discovered that my Great Granduncle Leo Zillmer also served with American Expeditionary Forces over in Europe. Since then I've… Continue reading Ancestors in the Great War Update
You never know what fun facts you will learn about your family history. It turns out that I have a few family members who fought for the Unites States in World War I. There is also a good chance I had family on the other side. If you couldn't tell by some of my recent… Continue reading My Family in the Great War
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April 6, 2017, will mark the 100th anniversary of the United States of America officially entering World War I. The US was hardly prepared to fight a war in 1917. When war was declared, there were only 208,000 men in its standing army--80,000 of them were part of the national guard. Additionally, weapons and munitions were in short… Continue reading Winnebago County’s Gold Stars of WWI
Molly and I had a great Labor Day weekend. We did some of the usual summer rituals. We had friends over for a brat fry, beer, and a campfire to roast s'mores and visit. It was a great way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. But a holiday weekend is not complete without learning… Continue reading Great War to Great Gatsby