Aunt Martha Knits a Helmet

This month, we will be bringing you memories from the World War I era in Skidmore.  We begin with the efforts of the Skidmore Red Cross ladies here on the home front.  From the January 24, 1918 Skidmore News:

Aunt Martha Knits Helmet.

Not to be outdone by the younger ladies, Aunt Martha Cameron, almost 90 years old, when the call came for helmets for the soldier boys, hunted up her knitting needles and proceeded to knit one, just to show that she still is interested in making the defenders of her country’s honor as comfortable as possible.

It is needless to say that the job was done right as her experience in the years gone by has especially fitted her for just such work.

Mrs. Martha Cameron who will be 90 years old, May 28, 1918, is delighted over a letter received from Harvey Hughes, a Skidmore boy at Camp Funston, in which he tells her he is privileged to wear the helmet she knitted when the Red Cross received a call for helmets for our boys in Camp Funston.  She is Skidmore's most aged - but shall we say the oldest? - Red Cross worker.
Mrs. Martha Cameron in the January 31, 1918 Skidmore News.

Aunt Martha did a good job, too, from the report in the following week’s edition on January 31, 1918:

Mrs. Martha Cameron who will be 90 years old, May 28, 1918, is delighted over a letter received from Harvey Hughes, a Skidmore boy at Camp Funston, in which he tells her he is privileged to wear the helmet she knitted when the Red Cross received a call for helmets for our boys in Camp Funston.  She is Skidmore’s most aged – but shall we say the oldest? – Red Cross worker.

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