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

At the first meeting of the State Executive Committee Miss Clara S. Roe
was elected director of women's work. Under the splendid supervision of
Miss Roe and of Mrs. W. L. Roach, state chairman of the women's advisory
council, the women's division of the United War Work Campaign was an
invaluable factor in the success of Wisconsin's drive. Miss Roe was form-
erly connected with the University of Chicago library. She assumed leader-
ship of the Women's work late in July, when she took charge of the Y. W.
C. A. campaign, which subsequently was merged in the United War Work
The success of the women's co-operation in the campaign was materially
advanced by Miss Marguerite M. Merriman of Moline, Illinois, who came
to Madison primarily as the publicity director of the Y. W. C. A. campaign,
later becoming associate to Mr. Orbach, director of publicity for the United
War Work Campaign.
Miss Juliet C. Thorpe, as head of the speaker's bureau conducted an
efficient and highly successful campaign. She was confronted with many
difficulties by reason of the influenza epidemic and other circumstances,
but was able to bridge them most capably.
Miss Ester Williams of the Evanston public library, in assuming charge
of exhibits at various county fairs, also played an important factor. To-
gether with Mrs. E. B. Steensland of Madison, she supervised 48 county
fairs as well as the state fair at Milwaukee.
At the meeting of the representatives of all seven organizations held Sep-
tember 11th at the Hotel Pfister, Milwaukee, Mrs. W. L. Roach, Mrs. James
S. Church and Miss Roe were elected to represent the Y. W. C. A. on the
state committee while Mrs. Roach was elected to represent the Y. W. C. A.
on the executive committee.
A representative women's convention was held in Milwaukee Septem-
ber 27th, when detailed plans for the women's advisory council in the
drive were perfected. Mrs. Roach presided as chairman. The session
was one of the most unique in the annals of Wisconsin women's history
and at the same time one of the most successful war conventions ever held
by women in this state. Every district and many counties were repre-
sented. The following program was presented:
Prayer, Mrs. Hugo Teweles, Milwaukee.
Twenty-third Psalm, Commandant, Mrs. Symonds, Racine.
America, Led by Mrs. Louis Auer, Milwaukee.
The Part of Women in the Wisconsin Campaign, Mr. Emerson Ela, Madi-
The Part of Women in the War, Miss Henrietta Roelofs, Y. W. C. A.
Worker in France.
The Part of Women in the United War Work Campaign, Miss Margaret
Burton, Y. W. C. A. Worker in France.
Suggestions as to personnel of Advisory Council.
Star Spangled Banner led by Mrs. Louis Auer, Milwaukee.
At the Milwaukee convention the following women were appointed
members of the advisory council: Mrs. W. L. Roach, Madison; Mrs. Jas. S.
Church, Milwaukee, for the Y. W. C. A.; Mrs. Jos. A. Schumacher, Mil-
waukee, for Jewish women; Brigadier Mrs. Smith, Milwaukee, for Salva-


tion Army women; Mrs. H. H. Morgan and Miss Juliet C. Thorpe of Madi-
son, for the Woman's Committee of the State Council of Defense; Mrs.
L. D. Harvey, Menomonie, for Wisconsin Federation of Woman's Clubs;
Mrs. M. V. O'Shea, Madison, for the Consumers League; Mrs. J. A. Ayl-
ward, Madison, for Association of Collegiate Alumnae; Miss Blanche Unter-
kircher, Superior for Library women; Mrs. Edward Birkenwald, Milwau-
kee for Parent-Teacher Association.
The women aided materially in the Victory Boy and Victory Girl cam-
paigns while in some counties they had complete charge. In most coun-
ties they had a part in the actual solicitation of gifts.
"The results of the cooperation of the women in the United War Work
Campaign in Wisconsin are intangible results such as cannot be measured,"
said Miss Roe at the close of the drive. "They put into the campaign their
hopes and fears and prayers along with the most loyal and efficient service
of which women are capable. They appreciate the splendid spirit of their
men co-workers and rejoice with them over Wisconsin's glorious record in
over-subscribing this greatest gift in the history of the state."
The personnel of the women's advisory council is appended. To these
women leaders the United War Work Campaign is indebted for invaluable
service. The following district representatives worked in closest harmony
with the district chairmen of the United War Work Campaign and did
much toward the success of the drive:
District 1, Mrs. Thos. A. McDougal, Superior; District 2, Mrs. A. H.
Shoemaker, Eau Claire; District 3, Miss Susan M. Underwood, Wausau;
District 4, Dr. Minnie Hopkins, Oconto; District 5, Mrs. Lillie L. Finch,
La Crosse; District 6, Mrs. Wells D. Brooks, Green Lake; District 7, Mrs.
D. 0. Kinsman, Appleton; District 8, Miss Martha J. Meyer, Lancaster;
District 9, Mrs. J. C. Morris, Madison; District 10, Miss Grace Merrill,
The women county chairmen, who likewise worked in conjunction with
the men county chairmen deserve full commendation for their efforts-
They were:
District 1.
Ashland, Miss Cecelia Fennely, Ashland.
Douglas, Mrs. P. G. Stratton, Superior.
Iron, Miss Agnes Boyington, Hurley.
Bayfleld, Mrs. P. T. Trowbridge, Washburn.
Sawyer, Mrs. C. D. Stillman, Hayward.
Washburn, Miss Lucy Leonard, Shell Lake.
Burnett, Mrs. L. R. Roberts, Webster.
District 2.
Eau Claire, Miss Lilia E. Johnson, Eau Claire.
Chippewa, Mrs. Edmund Porter, Cornell.
Dunn, Miss Eda A. Gilkerson, Menomonie.
Pierce, Mrs. W. D. Doolittle, Ellsworth.
Barron, Mrs. H. L. Goodrich, Cumberland.
Rusk, Mrs. R. March, Ladysmith.
Pepin, Mrs. H. M. Orlady, Durand.
Polk, Mrs. John Klinka, Balsam Lake.
St. Croix, Mrs. Helen Smith Coe, New Richmond.
Mrs. Swenum Swenumson, Baldwin.