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The University of Maine saw approximately 1,000 students and alumni serve in World War I and 3,900 serve in World War II. Both wars had a strong effect on the university and its students; the desire to honor those who had served and to memorialize those who had died led to various activities on campus. After the end of World War I, funds were raised to erect the Memorial Gymnasium and Armory and after World War II, those who had died were honored in a volume titled "University of Maine, World Wa...
Wayland Dean Towner, the son of Edward E. and Caroline B. Brown Towner, was born in Montpelier, Vermont, Jan. 9, 1892. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1914 with a degree in forestry. During World War I he served as a forest engineer with the New England Sawmill Units in Scotland and with the 20th U.S. Engineers in France. After the war, he became the first full-time secretary of the university's alumni office before embarking on a career in public relations and fund raising. He held...
United China Relief was founded in 1941 in New York City for the purpose of raising funds to aid the Chinese people. In order to raise funds more efficiently, several organizations joined together as United China Relief. Among the founding organizations were the American Bureau for Medical Aid to China, the Associated Boards for Christian Colleges in China, the China Emergency Relief Committee, the Church Committee for China Relief, and the China Aid Council. The foundin...
On December 2, 1905, Mrs. Tunis G. Bergen brought together a group of Brooklyn residents at the Barnard Club House on Remsen Street to form New York City's first borough-based Red Cross organization. With an initial membership roster of 300, the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Red Cross embarked on its first major campaign to aid victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, collecting over $100,000 and thousands of articles of clothing to contribute to the relief effort. From this point on, th...