The Home Guard. Groups of volunteers who protected cities and towns during WWI.
The Minnesota Safety Commission spearheaded the Home Guard project. Men were not paid for their service unless they were needed for five days or more and then they would be reimbursed at the same rate as those who were in The Minnesota National Guard. They were expected to procure their own uniforms, weapons and ammunition. By the end of the war the volunteers totaled 8,373 in 21 battalions. The biggest “force of evil” they encountered in Minnesota was during the street railway strike that took place in St Paul in December of 1917.
Park Rapids had it’s own Home Guard.
This photo is marked Home Guards WWI
3. F. Shepard
4. Wm Tabor
5. F. Heisel
If you happen to know the names of other volunteers in this photo please leave me a comment!
Thank you to all the Veterans who helped to protect our country!