Frances Mildred Smith, 1919 YMCA worker.

American Women in World War I

FrancesMildredSmith1 Frances Mildred Smith, from her Nov 1918 passport application

A blog reader asks about Frances Mildred Smith, as this lucky person has been given a scrapbook with photos from Smith’s 1919 service with the YMCA in France.

Smith (1886–1972) was born in New York City. Her father was realtor E. DuBois Smith, and her mother was Fannie Elsworth Smith, who was descended from a Revolutionary War soldier. Her neurologist uncle, Graeme Monroe Hammond, competed in the 1912 Olympics as a fencer, served in the Army Medical Corps in WWI, and supported the idea of women serving in combat roles. She had two brothers and two sisters. The October 2015 issue of Our Town St. James shows Smith as a child (see p. 42) and discusses her historic family homestead, Mills Pond House.

Her November 1918 passport application indicates that she was appointed a secretary of the YMCA’s…

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Katherine Stinson and the Early Age of Flight — Roger Launius’s Blog — Fly ‘n Things

Katherine Stinson (1891-1977) is not exactly a household name, but there was a time when she was the face of women in aviation in America. An early enthusiast of aviation, Katherine Stinson learned to fly from pioneering flyer Max Lillie at Cicero Field near Chicago, obtaining the fourth pilot’s license issued to a woman on […]

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A long while

Life gets busy and things get in the way. So sorry I haven’t updated my blog yet. Exciting things have happened and family commitments pile up. Still working at the museum but have been working on a research project for the past five months, researching the involvement of Barnes County, North Dakota women in World War II. But the project has extended past that to include several other counties in North Dakota. I’ve also extended my project to include World War I women and Korean War women. Unfortunately the legion and post have no information on war women at all, so it is up to me to scour old editions of our local paper. 150 + total women so far………In military service, in factories, working government jobs, nursing, and unusual homefront jobs.

I might put some of my findings here. Of the people I’ve been able to meet, in most cases their children and how it astonishes them that someone would be so interested in their mothers military service.

I do it to honor them. To give them the recognition they deserve. Because for so long they were denied that privilege. To let their stories be told and be known….to inspire future generations, just as they inspire me.



The Finale Begins

When Clara first joined the Doctor on his adventures, I wanted to hate her because she was replacing my dearly departed Ponds, but something entirely unexpected happened. I soon adored clara for all her brave, bubbly, egomaniac, bossy control freak self. I’ve posted the new Doctor Who next time trailer for “Dark Water” below for your viewing pleasure.  If you haven’t seen it yet and are a clara fan. Beware. Also if you want to avoid spoilers you can choose to skip the below section (You can be shocked or surprised later)

The first point I want to bring up is this:

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Totally screaming WTF inside my head….No wait, I’m actually screaming. Several questions come to mind





Secondly let’s take a moment and appreciate the Doctor saying “Clara, My Clara” What does that remind you of?

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If you guessed this, then you’re right! Eleven and Clara. Excuse me while I go cry. TOO MUCH FEELS

Lastly there’s this:

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Clara never existed!!!??? MOFFAT HOW CAN YOU DO THIS TO US!!!! I HAVE BEEN LIVING A LIE! Totally a Moffat move, to make us like a character that dies *JUST ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY IN THE DOCTOR WHO FANDOM* – or sherlock fandom.

So if you think you’re going to survive the finale even after this thirty second trailer. Good luck, because most of us will be like this. (BTW: SHE’S WEARING A BOW TIE!!!)



It is officially Autumn and now it’s socially acceptable to drink pumpkin spice lattes, wear uggs and comfy sweaters. It’s also the perfect time to go outside and take some pictures. Today was certainly a beautiful day to do so. A strangely beautiful fog blanketed the town this morning making for a great photo op. In the afternoon the sun came out and it was gorgeous, felt just like summer.