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Bellefontaine in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946

 
 
Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2011
1. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker
Inscription. Representative of the patriotic spirit of the homefront during World War II, the Big Four Route Veterans Association Women's Auxiliary No. 3 operated a free canteen service for troops in a small white building on the platform of the New York Central Railroad. Staffed and funded entirely by volunteers, donations came from ten counties. The 170 volunteer ladies met servicemen with welcoming words, thousands of sandwiches, desserts, fruits, drinks, and cigarettes, despite federal government rationing restrictions. Approximately 702,779 soldiers, sailors, and marines were fed on their trips to and from the European and Pacific theaters of war. This was one of the few known canteens known to serve all nationalities and races. Margaret Clingerman, who started the canteen, influenced the establishment of six other canteens in Ohio.
 
Erected 2007 by Logan County Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 9-46.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 21.679′ N, 83° 45.824′ W. Marker is in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of West Columbus Avenue and
Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2011
2. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker
View looking south of the historical marker situated along side the railroad tracks running through Bellefontaine.
South Elm Street when traveling east on West Columbus Avenue. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the east side of a railroad crossing on Columbus Avenue, near the intersection of Columbus Avenue, Garfield Avenue and Elm Street, on the western edge of Bellefontaine's downtown business district. Marker is in this post office area: Bellefontaine OH 43311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Railroad in Logan County (within shouting distance of this marker); General Robert Patterson Kennedy (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Powell Park, the Old Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Home of Blue Jacket (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Washington Memorial Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Logan County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blue Jacket Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Bartholomew (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bellefontaine.
 
Also see . . .  A Brief History - - and - - Old Photos::. Courtesy: canteenbooks.com (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkWar, World II
 
Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2011
3. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker
View of the historical marker looking east along Columbus Avenue.
Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2011
4. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker
View of the historical marker looking west along Columbus Avenue, with the railroad crossing in the background.
Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 25, 2011
5. Free Servicemen's Canteen, 1942-1946 Marker
View from across the street and from across the railroad tracks of the historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 324 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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