Lowell in World War One: June 10, 1918 to June 14, 1918

This is the 58th 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 for the past week:

June 10, 1918 – Monday – Germans suffer enormous losses in latest plunge towards Paris. Huns attack along 22 mile front between Montdidier and Noyon. General Pershing reports repulse of heavy Hun attacks near Bouresches. Reports artillery fighting in Chateau-Thierry and Picardy sectors. Private Walter Bruce dies in France. Private Bruce, of Company M, 101st Infantry, died from wounds received in action. He lived at 27 George street and had served with Company M since February 1916 including time along the Mexican border. Lowell’s thrift stamp campaign organized. The purpose of this campaign is to have one person out of every four in Lowell sign a pledge saying that he or she will buy at least one war savings stamp in 1918. You simply make a promise to your government that you will loan money which will later by repaid with interest. Everyone who buys a thrift or war savings stamp will be given a paper pennant showing that he has done so and it is hoped by the committee that every home in the city will have one of these emblems. There will be no buttons in the campaign. Lowell Mill agents to meet tonight to discuss worker demand by mill operatives of the United Textile Workers of America for a fifteen percent wage increase.

June 11, 1918 – Tuesday – Germans continue to gain in spite of frightful losses. Huns advance six miles at Vignemont. Battle has now entered critical state. Government to assist in housing problem here.  Although nothing is yet definite, indications given to the local board of trade are that the Department of Labor will provide money to Lowell for emergency housing. The board of trade held a conference with officials of the United States Cartridge Co., and with the textile mill agents. The delegation from Lowell is expected to be in Washington this Thursday for a meeting with federal officials. Members of the board of trade feel that this may lead to the expenditure of several hundred thousands of dollars in Lowell in a way that is helpful to the permanent development of the city as well as to meeting the emergency of war production. Cartridge workers want more pay. The superintendent of the local plant, Gerald Cahill, would not confirm rumors that machinists at the plant had asked for an increase of 35 cents an hour, but stated that all employees have asked for an increase.

June 12, 1918 – Wednesday – French make big advance and threaten recent gains made by German troops. Many prisoners taken by British north of Somme. Volume of war orders in the east will be limited to protect against overburdening factories, rail lines, and fuel supplies in New England and along the Atlantic Coast. The government will send new contracts to factories in other parts of the country. Mechanics are wanted for tank service. Lt T W Crosby of the US Army’s tank service will be in Lowell today seeking to enlist Lowell mechanics.

June 13, 1918 – Thursday – French strike mighty blow and halt Hun march on Compeigne. Americans repulse Huns near Marne. Plans perfected for Flag Day observance here. Campus at State Normal School scene of great beauty. Appreciated gathering sees brilliant pageant of Allied Nations as presented by the Normal and Bartlett School students. Attractive costumes featured. The police have started a crusade against bicycle riding on sidewalks following numerous complaints.

June 14, 1918 – Friday –  UBoats renew attacks off coast. Hatest Hun attempt to break French lines fails after five days of bitter fighting. Sectors where the Americans are fighting are heavily bombarded. Private Myles F. Ralls of 111 Grand Street was severely wounded in action in France on June 7 according to a telegram received by his parents. Street parade this evening will feature Flag Day observance. The parade will begin at 7pm sharp at Market Street near Dutton.

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