World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 4-10

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, August 8: A campaign to enroll all Marion County boys between the ages of sixteen and twenty in the United States Boys’ Working Reserve will begin tomorrow. Carl B. Fritsche, assistant state director of the reserve, spoke to a group of fifty men from the Indianapolis wards at an organizational meeting held at the State House last evening. He explained that the purpose of the state-wide movement is to enroll boys for such productive labor in factories, mills, or on farms as will be conducive to increased efficiency for the nation in the prosecution of the war. Judge James A. Collins noted that the plan is unusually worthy in that it will be the means of redeeming the lives of thousands of young men and boys who are led into evil ways by loafing.