Local Defense Councils Ready

September 5, 1918

Freedom District Will Be Complete Tonight

Splendid Organizations

At Oakland, Eldersburg, Sykesville and Marriottsville — Interesting Meetings at All Places — What the Councils Are Expected To Be


The work of organizing Freedom District into Community Councils for more effective war work is about completed. The Council at Marriottsville will be organized this Thursday night, weather permitting. The meeting will be held in Loyola and a good crowd is looked for.

Rev. Father Cainan, of Sykesville, and Rev. Edgar T. Read of Westminster, will be among the speakers.

A Council was organized at Oakland last Thursday at the new Oakland Church. There was a good attendence of representative men and women and the Oakland Band furnished excellent music.

Senator Warfield was made Chairman of the meeting at the suggestion of Mr. C. W. Melville. The first speaker was George Mather, Secretary of the County Council, who explained the purposes of the Community Council and gave much valuable and helpful information. Miss Dorothy Federice, of Westminster, made an earnest and eloquent appeal for the Student Nurse Reserve and explained the qualifications. Miss Everette, the Food Administration Agent for the Government, gave an interesting talk to the women concerning food conservation and promised to come to them again.

The Rev. Edgar T. Read, of Westminster, then gave a rousing, patriotic address in which he urged all to lend every possible aid to the Government’s war activities. He touched on many phases of the war, told of the fine service being rendered by the American troops over there and startled his hearers with some of the facts be brought to them concerning the size of the job ahead of us.

At the conclusion of the addresses, the following officers were unanimously chosen for the local Council:

Chairman — George Melville
Vice-Chairman — Howard Parker
Secretary-Treasurer — Harry Richter

After patriotic airs by the band the meeting adjourned. It has already taken up its work. The first task is the taking of a census of all persons in the community, in order that all may be reached when the actual work is underway. These Community Councils are a part of the Government, from the moment the organization is completed and every loyal citizen in the community becomes a member automatically without the formality of making application.

more to come….

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