This is the 28th weekly installment of my Lowell in World War One series which commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into World War One. Here are the headlines from one hundred years ago this week:
October 22, 1917 – Monday – Success for British and French in new offensive. List of those lost with transport Antilles. Deceased a mix of US soldiers and mostly British crew. Camp Devens hospital swept by fire. The fire was said to have been started by an oil stove explosion in the orderly room.
October 23, 1917 – Tuesday – Bang! Bang! Bang! Buy a bond and arm a boy to fight your enemies in Europe. Lowell’s Liberty Bond total is $3,661,400. Dollars fight when we buy Liberty Bonds. Liberty Loan Day tomorrow will be a state as well as a national holiday. Fair ones will conduct fair for soldiers. The girls from the State Normal school in Broadway are to conduct a “Fair for Ayer” next Thursday at the school. Storrow names Lowell coal committee. New England fuel administrator James Storrow named John O’Donoghue chairman of the local coal committee.
October 24, 1917 – Wednesday – Parades, speeches, patriotic demonstrations and bond buying from coast to coast. Lowell’s Liberty Loan now over $4,000,000.
October 25, 1917 – Thursday – American ship escapes from U-boat after bitter fight lasting four hours. Timely arrival of US destroyer saved ship from being sent to the bottom. Final drive in Liberty Loan campaign. Praise boys at Camp Devens. Chaplain says the moral conditions at camp are excellent. B&M strike averted.
October 26, 1917 – Friday – Allies resume offensive in Flanders. French and British launch new drive near Ypres. Lowell “over the top” in Liberty Bond drive. Extra Saturday train for Camp Devens.
October 27, 1917 – Saturday – US troops in action. American artillery opens fire on Germans. General Pershing’s forces marched into trenches in driving rain. Enthusiastically welcomed by French. Lowell Liberty Loan on way to $7,000,000. Lowell boys in the war zone. Relatives have heard from Privates Raymond Dowd and William Hey. Both have arrived safely in France. Francis Early, aged 41 years and residing at 238 Cross Street, was struck and instantly killed on the “Red bridge” at 7 o’clock this morning by the train which left Lowell for Ayer at 6:55. The body of the man was terribly mangled. The engineer of the train stopped but upon finding that life was extinct, continued on his way. The Red bridge is a railroad bridge over the canal between School and Walker street. Many people use it as a shortcut as Early was doing, as he walked from his Cross Street home to his job at the Lamson Co in Walker street.