Visual display of the United War Work Campaign as conducted in Wisconsin, November 11-20, 1918


and as lie has on occasions been accused of whetting the curiosity as a
serial writer, any remarks pertaining to him will be ended with this period.
Mr. Ela insists that this shall be added to the foregoing and now, as
throughout this campaign, the author takes his authoritative orders. Mr.
Ela says: "I want this document to permanently record my personal ap-
preciation of Mr. Orbach's rare ability and splendid judgment which he
brought to every phase of the campaign. His services were invaluable
and I fail to see how the campaign could possibly have succeeded as it did
without his assistance."
The officials of the campaign in Wisconsin are fully appreciative of the
splendid cooperation of the state press. Recognizing the potent influence
of the Wisconsin publications, Emerson Ela, state executive county chair-
man, and Lee C. H. Orbach, who directed the publicity department, ad-
dressed a formal letter of thanks to the press. The letter follows:
"December 10, 1918.
"DEAn Sm:
"In view of the splendid success of the United War Work Campaign in
Wisconsin it is only fitting that your whole hearted co-operation through
the generous use of your columns should be given formal recognition.
Without the fine response on the part of the state press our campaign
could not have been such an unqualified success. Therefore, on behalf of
the state committee, we want to express to you our thanks and deep grati-
In the town of Arena, if a farmer is given an allotment and he does not
accept it, his milk is refused at the cheese factory. He can lose more in
that way in short order than if he had given his pledge without question.
Wisconsin, by its splendid oversubscription proved that it would back
the boys who backed up the whole German nation. Ho, hum! The way
the money rolled in!
It was too bad that W. Hohenzollern, now that he has decided to rip off
the gold braid and medals from his last year's suits, could not have been
induced to junk the whole for the United War Work Campaign.
Brown county, which is claimed by the state headquarters to have been
the first county in the United States to report its 150 per cent, subscribed
a total of $132,000. Its original quota was $75,000, thereby subscribing
176 per cent. It reported 151 per cent at 12.01 a. m. Monday, November 11.
Green county vies with Brown county in being first to report 100 per
cent of its quota. It reported $34,000 or exactly $250 above its minimum
quota at 12.01 a. m. Monday, November 11.
Price county gained the distinction and the unquestionable honor of be-
ing the first Wisconsin county, starting its actual campaign on the first day
of the drive, November 11, to go over the top the first day. Price county
reported raising not only its 100 per cent but also its 150 per cent quota at
6.05 p. m. November 11.


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Indicative of the splendid response on the part of Wisconsin communi-
ties was the report from New Holstein in Calumet county, which, with a
150 per cent allotment of $2,000, subscribed $2,700.
One of the most striking examples of the public spiritedness and loyalty
of Wisconsin residents was the assistance given at the state office by
Professor A. C. Tilton, who is connected with the staff of the University of
Wisconsin. Mr. Tilton gave most generously of his time and energies.
For many successive weeks he devoted almost every afternoon to the cam-
paign, during which he freely gave his services at the office of the state
Wisconsin wound up its first post-war effort in a blaze of glory by sub-
scribing 134 per cent of its quota in the United War Work Campaign. The
state subscribed the greatest benevolent sum ever raised in its history.
Prior to the United War Work Campaign Wisconsin's high mark in benevol-
ences was $2,250,000 in the last Red Cross drive. This was more than
doubled in the United War Work Campaign.
Tabulated figures show that, of the seventy-one counties of the state,
sixty-five oversubscribed, their original allotments. Seventeen counties
subscribed 150 per cent or more. Monroe county leads the state with 185
per cent. Brown, with 176, Calumet, with 173, Price with 168 and Mar-
quette and Green Lake with 165 per cent each, follow in the order named.