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Schlosser to Give Talk about Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I

Wednesday, February 25: Presentation by journalist Jim Schlosser, “Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I.”
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  Free and open to the public.

 In the summer of 1914, when  World War I erupted in Europe, Greensboro residents were curious but not too concerned about an event so far away. Few Greensboro men knew anything of military service. The last draft was 50 years ago in the Civil War. For this latest war, President Woodrow Wilson pledged strict neutrality for America.

As the world observes the centennial of the  war’s beginning, Jim Schlosser, retired writer for the Greensboro News & Record and O. Henry Magazine, will discuss life in Greensboro from 1914 to April, 1917 when the nation finally went to war against Germany and its allies.

During the  interlude,  Henry K. Burtner continued to sell furniture at his family’s Burtner Furniture Store on South Elm Street. Floyd W. Booker  worked at Cone Mills’ Proximity plant. …