April 12, 2017.  Oxford, OH.  Valerie Elliott presented a look at the Oxford Community as World War I unfolded. In 1914, Oxford had a permanent population of approximately 2,000 residents with 1,000 students enrolled at Miami.  The two additional (Oxford College For Women and Western College For Women) comprised an additional 500 students.  
 
Residents learned about the beginning of World War I through the Oxford Forum, the major paper serving the community at that time.  By 1915, the paper had folded and news came through other local newspapers including the Miami Student.
 
 
 
The students and townspeople were active participants and supporters of the war effort.  Well-known townee, Daisy McCullough, took immediate action by volunteering as a Nurse overseas. Curriculum changes took place reflecting the needs of the war with such classes as Engine Repair.  Students began knitting, fundraising, sewing, gardening and young men on the campus began training exercises on campus through the newly established Student Army Training Corps.  Camp Sherman was the nearest post for reporting for duty.  Oxford sent its boys apples from our local orchards as evidenced by thank you note published in the paper.  
 
In 1918, near the end of the war, an additional 450 male students left school to join the military.  They joined another 500 students who had gone before them since 1914.  Frank Snyder (of Snyder's Uptown Camera and Art Supplies Store) took most of the photos of townspeople and students leaving for service.  Of those that left to serve, the town and Miami lost 16 individuals to the war effort, 11 students or Alumni and 5 Oxford residents.
 
In 1918 a huge blizzard hit Oxford, follow by the Spanish Flu epidemic.  Churches and colleges closed during October 1918 to thwart the spread of the disease.
 
On November 11, 1918, Oxford and the Colleges came together for an Armistice Day Parade marking the end of the war.  It was a very different time in Oxford history, commemorated by the extensive collection of photos and documents in The Smith Library for those who are interested in learning more.
 
About the Speaker: Valerie Edwards Elliott received a B.A. in History from Miami University and an M.L.S. from Indiana University.  She is married to J Elliott, Professor of Architecture at Miami University.  From 2005 - 2009 was assistant archivist at Miami University where she contribution to the publication of Miami University, 1809 - 2009: Bicentennial Perspectives.  She is the author of Images of America: Oxford, several historic district walking tour booklets, an numerous articles on local history.