Friday, November 10, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 10

November 10, 1917 – The remarkable progress of the Dunwoody Naval School in preparing young men for service in the Navy was lauded this evening by Major Cushman A. Rice, flight commander of the aviation school at Mineola, L. I., and well known as a sportsman, traveler and authority on almost any subject. Major Rice is more commonly known in Minneapolis as Captain Rice, gaining that title after service with American Army in the Philippines.

Major Cushman A. Rice1

“The school is the finest I have ever seen,” Major Rice said tonight. “Enough praise cannot be given to Ensign Dodge, who has labored endlessly in making the institution as wonderful as it is. In visiting the school today I was greatly surprised at its marvelous progress. The equipment is faultless and the men in attendance are proficient in every respect.

Dunwoody Institute2

“If the people of the East could only realize what Minneapolis and the Dunwoody Institution is doing for the country it would help to change the opinion of many concerning the loyalty of the state in the present international crisis,” he stated. “After several incidents, residents in the East believe that Minnesota is more or less backward in its expressions of loyalty, but on this visit I am convinced that the state is second to none.”

He also praised the Minneapolis Aero Club and said that the work of this organization has done much in making the Dunwoody School efficient.

Major Rice has been visiting his father in Willmar and will return to Mineola in a few days. He expects to be sent to France immediately.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Dunwoody Praised by Flight Commander. Major Rice Says Naval School Is Finest He Has Seen in Country.”; Nov. 11, 1917; p. 8.


2Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Nov. 10, 2017, as long as acknowledgement included.

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