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UW ROTC Uniform, ca. 1921-1925

This UW ROTC uniform, dating from the mid-1920s, was recently donated to the Archives by the daughter of its original owner, Wayne R. Fleishauer (‘25, Engineering). Fleishauer, like many UW students, participated in military training activities during his time on campus through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or ROTC. 

ROTC in the United States began with the Morrill Act of 1862 which established the system of land-grant colleges. The Act required that schools include military tactics as part of their curriculum. The ROTC program, as it exists today, began in 1916 with President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the National Defense Act which brought this training under a single, federally-controlled entity.

These photos show Fleishauer’s requisition jacket, hat (including UW Corps of Cadets insignia) and gaiters, a classic military footwear accessory that covered the ankle and instep. 

Visit Campus Military Activities and Training (1892-1945) on Flickr to view more photos! 

For more information about this artifact or UW-Madison campus history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu

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Armistice Day in Madison (1918)
In Madison, when the news came over the wires at 1:45 a.m., crowds of students and citizens gathered at the Capitol and paraded through the streets until 7 a.m. The bell from the city hall bell tower was taken down and rung through the streets in the back of a transfer truck. Classes were cancelled, and all schools and businesses in Madison were closed at the request of Mayor G.C. Sayle.
The celebration, while energetic, was generally trouble-free. However, two cars - a Studebaker from East Mifflin Street and a Maxwell from the front of the Elks club -  and a gray horse went missing during the festivities. The Cardinal jokingly writes, “The police are on the search for a lonesome looking gray animal to reunite with a lonesome master. The guess is that the kaiser must have ridden it away.” (The Daily Cardinal, 11/11/1918)
For more information about these photos or UW-Madison campus history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu. 
From a female undergraduate student’s scrapbook - Armistice Day, 1918, marking the end of World War I. Posted by Molly Temple for UW Archives. 

Armistice Day in Madison (1918)

In Madison, when the news came over the wires at 1:45 a.m., crowds of students and citizens gathered at the Capitol and paraded through the streets until 7 a.m. The bell from the city hall bell tower was taken down and rung through the streets in the back of a transfer truck. Classes were cancelled, and all schools and businesses in Madison were closed at the request of Mayor G.C. Sayle.

The celebration, while energetic, was generally trouble-free. However, two cars - a Studebaker from East Mifflin Street and a Maxwell from the front of the Elks club -  and a gray horse went missing during the festivities. The Cardinal jokingly writes, “The police are on the search for a lonesome looking gray animal to reunite with a lonesome master. The guess is that the kaiser must have ridden it away.” (The Daily Cardinal, 11/11/1918)

For more information about these photos or UW-Madison campus history, visit http://archives.library.wisc.edu

From a female undergraduate student’s scrapbook - Armistice Day, 1918, marking the end of World War I. Posted by Molly Temple for UW Archives. 

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