|Fountain County in
the Great War, compiled by Verna Glascock for the Fountain County
Council of Defense, documents in great detail how one Indiana county
participated in what was called by many the "Great War."
Enthusiasm for a major war probably was at its greatest height in
the United States during what we now call World War I, with active
United States involvement between 1917 and 1918. (The war itself
began in 1914.)
Obviously produced at some expense,
the book of around 80 pages included many photographs of Fountain
County participants in World War I, both on the home front and in
the armed forces. A highlight is a set of photos of every
group of men inducted in Fountain County by the local draft board
during the war.
There are numerous lists not only
of those from Fountain County who served in the armed forces but also those who
participated in such groups as the "Boy's Working Reserve", the
"Women's Welfare Committee", the "Fourteen Minute Women", and in
raising the Liberty Loans -- and these are only a sampling of the
organizations. Sadly, there is also a committee listed with
the self-explanatory name of the "War Funds Fraudulent Soliciting
Investigations Committee", suggesting that even in rural Indiana in
the early 20th century there were those who tried to capitalize on
patriotic fervor for their personal gain.
Particularly notable is a chapter
containing biographies of nearly all the young men from Fountain
County who died in the
service of their country during the war. Of those 44, only
four do not have biographies. Family historians, who
frequently find that information is scanty about ancestors who died
in wartime, will particularly appreciate this section.
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