HISTORY OF WAR ACTIVITIES OF
SCOTT COUNTY IOWA 1917-1918
ED. Ralph W. Cram. Davenport, Iowa: Scott Co. Council of National Defense.
By S.A. COHAGAN, District Secretary
It has been well said that
the home of the American soldier was in the Red Triangle Hut. Back of the work
of the Army Y.M.C.A. stands the strength and traditions of the city Young Men's
Christian Association. The work done by the local organizations made it possible
for the Red Triangle to gear itself to meet its greatest opportunity for service
among young men.
The Davenport Association was not found wanting, and when the
war ended five members of the staff were in khaki and blue and three of the men
saw service in France, and in every war activity the Association did its full
When the time came to raise money and men for the men in the
army camps the Davenport Y.M.C.A. was made the district center for association
war purposes of a district comprising the counties of Scott, Muscatine, Johnson,
and Washington. S.A. Cohagan, General Secretary of the Davenport Y.M.C.A. was
made District Secretary and served in that capacity throughout the war.
In the various drives for finances for "Y" war work
Davenport and Scott county have always been at the front. The first drive was
for $2500, which, looked at from this distance, seems a small and insignificant
sum. The second drive was for $3500. It is interesting to not that the second
amount, while much larger than the first amount, was raised with much less
trouble and worry. In the third drive it took the nature of a United War Work
Campaign. Davenport again took its place as one of the leading associations of
the state. Altogether for Army Y.M.C.A. work Davenport and Scott county raised
While the financial side as cared for by the Davenport Young
Men's Christian Association was very important, another equally important matter
was cared for by the association as the center. The keynote of the war work was
personnel. Davenport contributed through the assistance of the local
association, as the recruiting agency, twenty-nine men and women for the Red
Miss Marion Crandall, of St. Katharine's School, died on the
field of action, while several of the other workers suffered severely from gas
and exposure to weather in France.
Following are the names of those who so actively served in
the Red Cross Triangle:
Arthur C. Hall, A.E.F.; Herbert Eldridge; Frank Cole, A.E.F.; Clofford Nickle;
L.W. McKown; W.A. McCulloch, A.E.F.; O.E. Johnson; Francis M. Leaman; Louis
Wunschel; Mott R. Sawyers; Chas. Elliott, A.E.F.; Chas. Huber, A.E.F.; M.B.
Cobb, A.E.F.; Burton James Gardner, A.E.F.; Frederick Mason, A.E.F; Arthur W.
Van Houten, A.E.F.; Fred J. Walker, A.E.F.; Chas. Wilber Daly, A.E.F.; R.D.
Brown; D.F. Scribner, A.E.F.; L.N. Gansworth, A.E.F.; W.P. Dodge, A.E.F.; Geo.
W. Cannon, A.E.F.; E.S. Kindley; Herman Pieper; U.S. Screechfield, A.E.F.; Miss
Pearl Hood, A.E.F.; Miss Helen Vincent, A.E.F.; E.T. Heald, A.E.F.; Miss Marion
The letters A.E.F. denote those who are serving with the
American Expeditionary Forces.
The Davenport Y.M.C.A. played a prominent part in the
establishment of the Y.M.C.A. Hut on the Government Island. Working in close
co-operation with the secretary there we were privileged to assist in
equipping the building and furnishing the names of those who served on the
committees for the Arsenal Y.M.C. A. work.
Not only did the Y.M.C.A. endeavor to do its full share for
the men in khaki and blue, but it also endeavored to look after the interests
and welfare of the men in industries. Through the assistance of the National War
Work Council it was possible to extend the association activities of the men of
Rock Island Arsenal. A constructive program was carried through with the
assistance of the War Work Council.
The American soldier boy was practically never without the
Y.M.C.A. The secretarial staff of the Davenport association were called on to
accompany every troop train that left the city. Important service was rendered
in helping the men to while away the otherwise tedious hours while enroute to
The Davenport Service Flag displays 350 stars. Its members
were in all branches of the service. Some lie buried in the poppy fields of
Flanders, others were in German prison camps, still others in the ice-bound
plains of Russia. One member of the association in the uniform of the army
secretary has risked the terrors of Bolshevikism in Russia to serve from
Petrograd to Vladivostok the fighting heroes of the Czecho-Slavs.
And with the soldiers coming home the association stands
ready to welcome them. To every returning soldier and sailor registering at the
building we are giving a three month's service membership, which entitles him to
the full privileges of the organization.