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Woman's Relief Corps

The National Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, is a patriotic organization whose express purpose is to serve the country's veterans. Members were responsible for decorating veteran's graves on Decoration Day, for caring for disabled veterans, and for seeing to the needs of widows and orphans of Civil War veterans.
The Corps was organized at the request of the
GAR on July 25, 1883 in Denver, Colorado, and incorporated by act of the 87th Congress, September 7, 1962. Their National Headquarters and Museum is located at 629 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois 62903. For information, either email to [an error occurred while processing this directive] or write Women's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, c/o Laurene I. Wentworth, National Secretary, PO Box 165, New Durham, NH 03855.

Photo from Picturesque Anamosa, compiled and published by W. Leon Hall, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ca. 1900. Submitted by Lois O'Donnell. With the naming scheme he used it's difficult to tell who is who, so if you can positively identify any of these ladies let me know and I'll post the info here. [an error occurred while processing this directive].
"I can positively identify my grandmother, Mrs. B. F. (Ellen) Smith. She is in the second row, third lady, sitting down, over from the left. She died before I was born, but my older sister, Frances Ellen Smith, was named for her. She was a very nice and helpful lady, who treasured her family." [an error occurred while processing this directive].
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