In the News During the War

Much of the local news during the Great War related to national and international reports about the fighting and politics. The Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin area was full of people who read the news and considered themselves patriotic partners in the war effort.

Sensational stories about what was happening to rich women in Europe, photos of soldiers in Superior, the news about Germany, and meat prices abroad covered the pages of the Superior Telegram with bits of information for local minds to ponder. Below are big headlines to note and stories to read about how the war affected the Twin Ports region and the rest of the world. Click to enlarge images.

 

April 1, 1915 meat in austria

Meat prices in Austria soared after the beginning of the war abroad.2

 

A sensational story on the plight of women in Europe and their newfound ability to do "men's work" was printed in the local news. Superior Telegram, April 10, 1915.

A sensational story on the plight of women in Europe and their newfound ability to do “men’s work” was printed in the local news.2

 

May 8, 1915 Lusitatnia

One of the causes America joined the war was the catastrophic sinking of the Lusitania.3

 

May 10, 1915 us to avoid war

The platform on which President Wilson ran was to avoid getting America into a war.4

 

May 4, 1917 Telegram naval posters for men

A patriotic way to push the war effort was also printed in the news. This story explains what was being done to help honor those who were serving in the Great War.5

 

May 8, 1917 Telegram US will spend billion on ships

The newspaper headlines denote a major focus on the war. This includes a great deal of money.6

 

April 25, 1917 land sales

The classifieds were full of advertisements and land sale prices.7

 

April 25, 1917 Duluth Elevator Shares

The local market section provided information on grains and other reports.8

 

War gardens became an important part of the local area as those who stayed home did what they could to support those who served abroad. (Ashland Daily Press. April 4, 1918. Superior Public Library.)

War gardens became an important part of the local area as those who stayed home did what they could to support those who served abroad.9

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1 “Meat in Austria is $1 Per Pound,” Ashland Daily Press, April 1, 1918. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
2 “War in Europe, By Proving Women’s Ability To do Men’s Work Is Winning Them ‘Place In the Sun,’”Superior Telegram, April 10, 1915. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
3 “Lusitania Death List Reaches Total of 1216,” Headline, Superior Telegram, May 8, 1915. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
4 “U.S. To Avoid War With Germany,” Headline, Superior Telegram, May 10, 1915. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
5 “Posters for Homes of Naval Recruits,” Superior Telegram, May 4, 1917. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
6 “U.S. Will Spend Billion on Ships,” Headline, Superior Telegram, May 8, 1917. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
7 Superior Telegram, April 25, 1917. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
8 Superior Telegram, April 25, 1917. Superior Public Library, Superior Wisconsin. Microfilm.
9 “Will Assign War Gardens Tomorrow,” Ashland Daily Press, April 4, 1918, Superior Public Library, Superior, Wisconsin. Microfilm.