Concord’s WWI Monument to Company M New Hampshire State Guard

WWI Honor monument in White Park, Concord NH to Co M of the New Hampshire State Guard. Courtesy of Douglas Phinney, used with permission.

When you hear of the New Hampshire State Guard you probably think this is the same as the New Hampshire Army National Guard. If so, you would be wrong–they were two completely different organizations, though connected in a historical way.

In White Park sits a World War I honor monument, composed of a small boulder and a brass plaque, dedicated to Company M of the New Hampshire State Guard.  The monument languishes, surrounded by a rickety picket fence, though someone has taken a bit of care to include greenery and flowers.  This monument is mostly forgotten except for Douglas Finney and a few others who might stop for a quick glance or to take a photograph as they walk by. Landmarks near this honor monument (as shown in the photographs) “is White Park’s new skate house that was just completed and dedicated a few months ago,” and White Park’s community swimming pool. Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Wilmot

Old postcard view of main street in Wilmot NH circa 1910.

Wilmot is a picturesque New Hampshire town in the northwest part of Merrimack County. During WWI it had about 580 residents (614 in 1910 and 536 in 1920). This small town sent more than its quota to serve in the military between 1917 and 1919.  Before I continue I would like to thank the following people from Wilmot who helped make this story possible: Liz Kirby, Mark Davis, Mary Fanelli, the Wilmot Historical Society, and the Wilmot Public Library. Continue reading

A Nurse Hero of WWI: Elma Irene Groves of Lodi Wisconsin (1888-1918)

Photograph of nurse Elma I. Groves who died in France during WWI. Courtesy of her 2nd great-niece, Kathy Steckelberg. Used here with permission.

As my readers know, I rarely write about people who do not have a New Hampshire connection. In this particular case the 2nd great-niece of a nurse who died in service during WWI contacted me, and I agreed to write about Elma Irene Groves of Lodi, Wisconsin.

Nurses “run in my family,” so how could I possibly refuse? I have written stories about several other WWI nurses who made the ultimate sacrifice.  This is also the case in this story.

Elma Irene Groves was born 16 June 1888 in Lodi, Columbia Co., Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank W. & Emma A. (Herr) Groves.  She was a “middle child”– one of 7 born to the Grove family.   She died 101 years ago today (this story being posted 19 October 2019). [Editor’s note: Today also happens to be my mother’s birthday.  She would be 100 years old if she were alive today.] Continue reading

More Lost Faces of WWI: American Nurses Who Died in Europe

Two years ago I first wrote about the “Gold Star” Nurses of World War I–the women who sacrificed their lives during war time. I have selected from that list women who have not formerly been written about–or at least it seems their story is not easily discovered. I will also share their FACES with you so that their story goes beyond dates and places.

In this story I focus on:
. Frances BARTLETT, died Oct. 16, 1918, in France. Home: Andover, Maine
. Caroline H. CHRISTMAN, died October 6, 1918 in France. Home: Providence, Rhode Island
. Charlotte A. COX, died Sept. 28, 1918, in France. Home: Gormania, West Virginia
. Nellie M. DINGLEY, died 28 August 1918 in France. Home: Ashland, Wisconsin
. Helen FAIRCHILD, died Jan. 18, 1918 at Base Hospital #10, France. Home: Watsontown, Penn.
. Katherine E. GREENE, died Oct. 22, 1918 in France. Home: Philmont, New York
. Katherine HOFFMAN, died Sept. 20, 1918 in France. Home: Queen City, Missouri
. Alice A. IRELAND, died Feb. 3, 1918. Base Hospital, Unit #34, France. Home: Media, Penn.
. Miss Katheryne JOYCE, died Sept. 27, 1918 in France. Home: Pittsburg, Penn.
. Francis W. MOESCHEN, died Sept. 7, 1918 in France. Home: New York City
. Louise SEYMOUR, died Oct, 10, 1918, in France. Home: Middleboro, Mass.
. Margaret W. WORTH, died Oct. 23, 1918, in France. Home: Cresskill, New Jersey Continue reading

Lost Face of WWI: Canteen Worker Nelle Robertson (1877-1919) of Virginia Illinois

Photograph of Nelle Robertson courtesy of Dale Robertson, whose great-grandfather was a first-cousin to Nelle. Used with permission.

This story of Nelle Robertson is part of a continuing series to honor those women of WWI who died in service.  Sometimes called “Gold Star” Women they served as yeomen, nurses, telephone operators, Red Cross volunteers and as YMCA/YWCA canteen workers.

It is this latter work that Nelle Robertson was involved with.  She was well educated, had a supportive family, and died far away from home while serving her country.

When we think of non-military service during WWI many jobs come to mind.  I’ve written about the nurses, telephone operators, ambulance drivers, Red Cross and other ancillary workers who provided essential but often dangerous tasks in Europe and on the home front.  Not mentioned before (in my stories) were the services that the YMCA and YWCA canteen workers provided.  And so I mention them now. Continue reading