New Hamburg’s Mr. S.J. Williams hosted the first major public fundraiser for the Patriotic Fund. Waterloo’s “C” company of the 29th Infantry Regiment and local school children performed a march in a local New Hamburg rink. The event opened with elaborate decorations, live music and refreshments. This was the Waterloo Patriotic Fund’s first attempt at outreach to smaller town communities located around the county. This event demonstrated that the entire Waterloo Region wanted to aid the war effort.
(“Patriotic Concert a Big Success,” Berlin Daily Telegraph, 29 September 1914)