100 years ago in The Record

The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - — Kevin Gilbert

“Ap­par­ently a cer­tain re­al­iza­tion has now be­come too deeply fixed in the peo­ple of Troy for sud­den out­bursts of emo­tion, for there were none” dur­ing tonight’s pa­rade to pro­mote the Y.M.C.A. war fund.

Ap­prox­i­mately 800 marchers par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade. The city has raised more than $46,000 to­ward its $66,000 goal in a na­tion­wide cam­paign to raise $35,000,000 for the Y’s ser­vices to Amer­i­can sol­diers here and in Europe.

“The pa­rade had not been de­signed for any­thing spec­tac­u­lar, and other than sol­diers from the Water­vliet ar­se­nal and the bands there was no col­or­ing of any sort,” The Record re­ports.

“With the ex­cep­tion of the del­e­ga­tion of R.P.I. stu­dents, who would sing and joke if they were march­ing straight for the Ger­man bay­o­nets, demon­stra­tions were lack­ing, the line com­pris­ing in the main se­ri­ous-minded men march­ing for only one pur­pose – that to arouse Troy to a need at present vi­su­al­ized only in the vaguest out­line.

“The march­ing started to the tune of ‘Over There.’ That air seemed the fa­vorite through­out the hour, every Johnny be­ing told to ‘get his gun’ and not to come back ‘til it’s over over there.’ The more dig­ni­fied strain of ‘On­ward Chris­tian Sol­dier’ was heard of­ten, too, as was now and then a pop­u­lar song with no par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance.”

The ar­se­nal marchers -“all manly look­ing young fel­lows with clean-cut faces and trim and vir­ile bear­ing” -are the high­light of the evening. “Their step – as well as that of the younger men in the rear – was even and quick and not one turned this way or that even to ac­knowl­edge the com­pli­ments thrown with a mo­tion of the hand or car­ried by an ad­mir­ing fe­male voice.”

YWCA fundrais­ing

A $4,000,000 na­tion­wide fundrais­ing cam­paign for the Y.W.C.A. is re­ceiv­ing far less at­ten­tion than the Y.M.C.A. drive, but lo­cal fundrais­ers con­sider their work just as im­por­tant for the women they serve.

The lo­cal Y.W.C.A. has raised about $3,000 to­ward a $9,000 goal for a dis­trict en­com­pass­ing Es­sex, Rens­se­laer Saratoga, War­ren and Washington counties.

The Y.W.C.A. is set­ting up women’s dor­mi­to­ries near mil­i­tary train­ing camps and large mu­ni­tion fac­to­ries. The idea, Mrs. Ge­orge B. Cluett tells The Record, is to spare women work­ing in the fac­to­ries or tak­ing in camp laun­dry the trou­ble of find­ing homes in in­creas­ingly crowded hous­ing mar­kets.

“It is also to build places where moth­ers and wives and chil­dren of the men in the army camps can see the men,” Cluett elab­o­rates. Sol­diers can go see their fam­i­lies in the Y fa­cil­i­ties, she ex­plains, rather than have women “wan­der about” the camps look­ing for their loved ones.

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