Bell to Herbert J. Metcalf, November 24th 1917
World War I; Loyalty; Patriotism; German; Lutheran; Churches; Metcalf, Herbert J.; Bell, Des Moines, Iowa; County Board of Defense; Ida Grove, Iowa;
This letter is from the Bell, the Chairman of the County Board of Defense, to Herbert J. Metcalf, dated November 24, 1917. The letter accuses disloyalty in German Lutheran Churches in Ida Grove, Iowa. While he acknowledges that he spoke with a Federal officer who stated there were several similar instances, he feels the need to take the barring of German in churches one step further. He also acknowledges that he does not want to overstep boundaries, he attached a copy of a sample letter that he would like to send to the pastors of the German Lutheran Churches. He concludes the letter by asking Metcalf to review it and offer suggestions.
State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Folder 5: Council of National Defense, General Correspondence, Box #6, Herbert J. Metcalf Papers, State Historical Society, Iowa City, Iowa.
Ida Grove, Iowa; Ida County; Sioux City, Iowa; Plymouth County