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ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES


Illinois at War, 1941-1945

A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives


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DOCUMENT 39
COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WOMEN'S DIVISION OF THE WARREN COUNTY WAR COUNCIL CONCERNING HER SERVICE HOURS
October 2, 1944



Explanation

The Illinois War Council awarded ribbons to those volunteers who donated large numbers of hours to council related activities. Mrs. Marcia Eckley's participation earned her the gold service ribbon. Civilian volunteers not only gave of their time. Most paid their own expenses and many donated precious ration coupons so that baked goods and other favored foods could be served to visiting soldiers and sailors on leave.

Volunteerism in wartime Illinois was not without its problems. An FBI investigation found that a Rock Island air raid observer was receiving disability compensation from the Veterans' Relief Commission. He had been diagnosed as a "constitutional psychopathic" and in addition suffered from "hysteria."

A township supervisor from Lafayette in Stark County wrote the State War Council with some anger.

From the amount of useless mail and the expense herein, I get daily, and the amount of hooey handed out throughout the State, I am beginning to feel like the others I have talked to, that it is just a political racket.

The city clerk from Staunton in Macoupin County wrote the Council to explain his community's slowness in organizing.

During the First World War the City of Staunton was the scene of unrest caused by overzealous individuals forcing certain fellow citizens of foreign birth to publicly kiss the flag, and other things; the memory of which has not yet died out.

Points to Consider

Locate Monmouth on a map.

How did training in nutrition and canning help win the war?

Besides volunteer service how did Illinois women contribute to the war effort?

Why might Mrs. Marcia Eckley have contributed all of these hours?

See Related Document: 14


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