October 12, 2005
Life During Wartime
With the conflict in Iraq raging on for two years now, I thought spotlighting the University's participation in past wars was worthwhile. World War I, which was fought from 1914 to 1918, was no exception. The United States entered World War I in April 1917. Higher education institutions like Western Reserve University and Case School of Applied Science were not untouched by the conflict in Europe. As shown on our dorm life scrapbook, in the fall of 1918, WRU quickly constructed two barracks, which housed 300 men, and a mess hall for the Students' Army Training Corps (SATC). Classes were delayed due to the influenza epidemic that hit the city in October 1918 - instruction resumed on November 11, 1918, the day World War I ended. Demobilization of WRU's SATC unit was completed a month later. Thus, as quickly as the SATC and its barracks and mess hall appeared that fall, the buildings were knocked down and the SATC disbanded, ending WRU's short period of participation in World War I.
Incidentially, CSAS housed their SATC unit at the Elysium, which was located at Stokes and Euclid Avenue.
Posted by tds4 at October 12, 2005 11:52 AM
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