Lowell in World War One: Oct 29 – Nov 3, 1917

This is the 29th 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 29, 1917 – Monday – Powerful German advance checked by Italians. Pacifist taken to woods and horsewhipped. Textile workers hold annual convention. The 17th annual convention of the United Textile Workers of America opened in this city this morning and will continue until Saturday. There are about 150 delegates from the US and Canada in attendance.

October 30, 1917 – Tuesday – Congressman and Mrs. Rogers on ship attacked by U-boat off the coast of Wales while traveling to London to join a delegation of US Congressmen already there. It is known by friends here that Congressman Rogers did not want his wife exposed to the dangers at sea, but she very earnestly desired to accompany him and share the danger. Mrs. Rogers is very much interested in all things pertaining to the war. Wind storm does some damage here. A miniature hurricane struck this city this morning and trees were uprooted, large limbs were broken, and chimneys were blown down.

October 31, 1917 – Wednesday – US sends ships and money while British and French rush men and guns to Italy. Baltimore piers and British ship at dock destroyed by incendiary fire. 7 lives lost. Textile workers vote strike at convention. Big time in the old town tonight. The children of the city will furnish a large share of the celebration with their pumpkin goblins and other fantastic affairs, but it will be in the hotels and restaurants of Lowell that the liveliest times will take place. Music, good food favors and cabaret features will be on hand. The religious significance will be appropriately observed in the churches of the city. Tomorrow is a holy day of obligation, All Saints Day, for Catholics.

November 1, 1917 – Thursday – No newspaper

November 2, 1917 – Friday – Russia in fight to finish. Kerensky appeals to Allies to bear burden while new republic regains strength. Mutiny on two German battleships at Kiel. Battle of Tagliamento is on – Austro-Germans and Italians in struggle on river bank. Lowell boy wounded in battle. Fred W. Smith of 415 Dutton Street who has serving with the Canadian forces in France, wrote to his brother in Lowell with news that he had been wounded but expected to return to duty in two weeks. Before enlisting, Smith had worked at Read’s grocery store and at the Union market. His mother is from St. John, New Brunswick. On way to France with aviation section. Sgt Newell Richie, formerly employed at the Sun, is on his way to France with the 201st Aero squadron. Due to his expertise at stenography, Richie expects his duties to be clerical at first, but he expect to be in the air soon. Memorial exercises by OMI Cadets. Next Sunday the OMI Cadets will conduct memorial exercises at the graves of cadets who have died during their membership period.

November 3, 1917 – Saturday – Germans blow up bridges as they retreat on Aisne Front in Northern France. US picket boat sunk; entire crew lost. British destroyers sink big German raider and five armed German trawlers. Red Cross canteen and rest room open. The canteen will be on the first floor of the war work headquarters building on Merrimack Street while the rest rooms are on the second floor. They are available to anyone in uniform, especially those visiting the city from Camp Devens. Football games in Lowell today: Lowell high football team lined up against the eleven representing Manchester high this afternoon at Spalding park.

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