Thursday, July 5, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 5

July 5, 1918 – Perhaps the only home guard company of women in the United States is boasted by Woodstock, Minn., a patriotic town near Pipestone. Home guardswomen there are equipped with feminine uniforms of true military cut and with real rifles with which to drill.

Governor Burnquist reviewed the guardswomen the guardswomen’s company during the Fourth of July celebration at Pipestone, according to Captain Albert Wright, who accompanied the Governor on the speaking trip and returned late today to St. Paul.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Only Home Guardswomen Unit Reviewed on Fourth By Governor Burnquist”; July 6, 1918; p. 12.


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