Suffolk County Records
Suffolk County, located on the eastern half of Long Island, is comprised of approximately 106 townships and is thought of as the largest county in New York State. During World War I, all these communities across the county rallied together to find ways to support the troops they sent off to war in the hopes that their efforts would bring their loved ones home again. Men and women worked to raise money, help heal the wounded and sick soldiers, and boost morale and patriotism in our country.
One such example came from the town of Riverhead. At a meeting of the Woman’s Club of Riverhead, held March 17th, 917, the matter of a Red Cross organization for Riverhead Town was discussed and a committee from that Club was appointed to confer with committees from the Churches and other organizations. This conference took place on March 31st, 1917, and as a result arrangements were made for a public mass meeting for the organization of a chapter of the A.R.C.
On Sunday, April 29th, 1917, a mass meeting was held in the Casino at Riverhead, N.Y. A chorus of some fifty voices led in the singing of patriotic hymns and after a most stirring address by the chairman, Mrs. Kineally from the headquarters of the Atlantic Division of the American Red Cross, national and local and those present voted to seek a charter and organize as the Riverhead Town Chapter of the A.R.C. Three hundred joined that day.
David E. Gaddis, Riverhead Local Historian, 1922. New York State Education Dept. Division of Archives and History World War I Veterans' Service Data and Photographs, 1917-1939. NYSA_A0412-78.