The voluntary services of men and women throughout the state who gave
so liberally and generously of their time and energy helped Wisconsin make
such an enviable record. Without this whole-hearted co-operation, in
which the respective volunteers received nothing but the knowledge that
they were fulfilling a patriotic duty and putting their individual force
back of this country's great fight for liberty and justice, the United War
Work Campaign in Wisconsin could in no wise have succeeded to the re-
markable degree that it did.
It is impossible in this brief review, to mention by name all those who
volunteered in the state for this patriotic service; comment is necessarily
restricted to those who were connected with the state and executive com-
The influence of J. B. Winslow, chief justice of the Wisconsin supreme
court, throughout the state was of inestimable value. For many years he
has been one of Wisconsin's most beloved men and his activities as state
chairman of the general committee did much for the ultimate success of
the drive. His interview circulated through the press of the state on the
eve of the campaign, which was anticipatory of peace, was a material factor
in achieving the state goal.
To Emerson Ela, Madison attorney, who gave months of time from a
busy legal practice, belongs great credit in making the Wisconsin cam-
paign the unqualified success that it was. His unique driving force, his
splendid executive ability and his mastery of difficult problems and un-
usual situations proved a combination that spelled success in Wisconsin's
mightiest benevolent achievement.
Another volunteer who lent invaluable assistance was Justice M. B.
Rosenberry of the Wisconsin supreme court, who was appointed to take
charge of war chest and corporation subscriptions. His personality and
his tireless devotion to the task at hand helped tremendously to make the
state war chest counties go over the top in the splendid fashion that they
Professor A. B. Hall of the state university of Wisconsin, performed
yeoman service in lining up the colleges and other institutions of learning.
That campaign netted approximately $85,000.00 which was a material
factor in the state totals. Professor Hall gave freely of his time and
earned the full gratitude of the state committee for his splendid services.
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mehan and George A. Burns, both of Milwaukee, suc-
ceeded admirably in making the Victory Boy and Victory Girl campaign
achieve such splendid results. Together with Miss Roe and Mr. Bradshaw,
they pushed the work to a successful completion. They devoted valuable
time to the "Victory" campaign and threw themselves whole-heartedly
into the undertaking.
M. S. Dudgeon, secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission and
a representative of the American Library Association, officiated in a most
admirable manner as chairman of the speakers' bureau. By reason of
the influenza epidemic and other circumstances he was confronted with
many difficulties but bridged them to the complete satisfaction of the cam-
paign officials. His voluntary services meant much to the campaign and