In 1917 the town of New Ipswich had around 900 residents (927 in 1910 and 869 by 1920). Everyone supported the war effort with local men and women raising funds during the Liberty Drives and sending goods and money to relieve the suffering of Belgian and other European families.
Garden parties and musical events were held in New Ipswich to raise money for the Red Cross. The library was involved in helping ship books to citizen soldiers. In August of 1918 Philip F. Gordon was the town’s chairman of the committee of public safety. Notice was received from the state historian that “an honor roll recording the names of all men in the service with their achievements and dates of entry and discharge and also that the historian in case of commendable bravery and distinguished honors write a letter to the next of kin.” Continue reading