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Stevens Point in Portage County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Stevens Point Women's Club

Stevens Point Women's Club Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, March 26, 2022
1. Stevens Point Women's Club Marker
The Stevens Point Women's Club has supported schools, women, labor forces, suffrage, and much more. Still today they show their love and support of this community as well as they did during the Great War, later named World War 1 (WW1).

In 1921, three years after the end of WW1, the city of Stevens Point purchased land just north and west of what is now known as the Church Street underpass with the intention of using the land as a park.

Shortly afterward, the Stevens Point Woman's Club started a drive to have the City Park Commission change the name of the park to South Side Memorial Park and raised $1800 to build a memorial to honor the men of Portage County who defended their nation. In July 1923, the park was dedicated with Rear Admiral Albert W. Grant, a native son, being the main speaker. He praised members of the Women's Club for their efforts to erect the memorial.

This was a fitting location for a memorial as most if not all solders [sic] would have left or return [sic] from the war from the train platform just south of the park.

Continuing their involvement with the
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park they helped sponsor the monument rededication in 2010.

When America entered the Great War large numbers of women were recruited into jobs vacated by men who had gone to fight in the war.

Their employment opportunities expanded beyond traditional women's professions, such as teaching and domestic work.

Women were now employed in clerical positions, sales, garment and textile factories, transportation, construction, war production as well as in the Red Cross.

In 1917 food and other vital materials were rationed by the government so enough supplies were available for war production, soldiers and civilians. This was needed so there was enough food and material to maintain strength and vitality of the troops and citizens.

Television and radio had not been invented yet so posters urging citizens to voluntarily reduce their personal consumption of meat, wheat, fats, sugar, metals and other material were posted throughout communities.

As artistic works, the posters range in style from graphically vibrant works by well-known designers to simple text. The poster was a major tool for broad dissemination of information during the war.

Americans on the home front and those on the war front had to make sacrifices to win the war.

Special thanks to the 2004 UWSP Interpretive Sign class for their work on
Stevens Point Women's Club Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, March 26, 2022
2. Stevens Point Women's Club Marker
the initial development of the WW1 signs. Students: Nick Adams, Ryan Eggers, Hillary Jung, Katie McCarthy and Tammy Weiss. Teachers: Brenda Lackey and Jim Buchholz.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1923.
Location. 44° 30.821′ N, 89° 34.458′ W. Marker is in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, in Portage County. Marker is at the intersection of Division Street and Strongs Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Division Street. Marker is in Memorial Park, between Church Street (U.S. Business 51) on the east and Division Street on the west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stevens Point WI 54481, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. WWI Memorial (here, next to this marker); Veterans World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Engine 2713 Controls and Operation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Historic Southside Railroad Complex of Stevens Point (about 300 feet away); Portage County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Public Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Airborne Forces Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Public Square (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stevens Point.
Stevens Point Women's Club Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, March 26, 2022
3. Stevens Point Women's Club Marker
View looking toward the west. This marker is the one on the left.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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Jun. 10, 2023