Mabel Vivian Broome entered the Chicago Training Garrison (now College for Officer Training) on January 28, 1915. After completing her studies she made history by becoming first African American Salvation Army Officer in the Central Territory. Broome served in a variety of appointments during her career, which included the Des Moines Rescue Home, the Glenn Ellyn Fresh Air Camp, and the Chicago #2 Slum Corps. After resigning for a period of time due to health issues, Broome returned to the work and was appointed to the Boston Rescue Home in the Eastern Territory. She was Promoted to Glory in 1930. #museummonday #womenshistorymonth #salvationarmymuseum
Happy Birthday to Salvation Army Lassie Adjutant Margaret Sheldon. Born on March 12, 1885, Adjutant Sheldon is most famous for providing the recipe to fry the first doughnuts during WWI. Before the war she served as a Slum Officer at The Salvation Army's first fresh air camp, Glen Ellyn Camp, located in Glen Ellyn, IL. In recognition for Adjutant Sheldon's service during WWI, Mrs. Dorothy Costello wrote the following poem about her friend. Love Triumphant Now listed to me while a tale I repeat Of a Salvation Lassie in uniform neat Who knew when she heard the first Great War Trumpet blare There was only one place for her -- OVER THERE 'Twas the least she could do, so she'd just take the chance, Trust to God, and go on to the Laddies in France. Just a bit of a Lassie, not young and not old, Not homely, not pretty, not bashful, not bold. As she brought to each lad a sweet message of rest With comfort and cheer to both body and mind And helped him to live thro' the War's weary grind. Where'er she was needed this Lassie was found, And often her bed was made up on the ground The earth for her pillow, her covering the sky, While Airplanes were circling afar up on high. Serenely she went on her comforting way, Surrounded by dangers by night and by day. Of what she has witnessed no mortal can tell, Her soul has seen War -- plumbed the depths of its Hell Yet God's light in her heart shines the brighter by far, Her chariot is firmly secured to its Star. She has proved that tho' Earth may be racked to its base, God cannot be moved, undimmed is His face. Now she's back, by God's grace she escaped from the HUN With a blessed remembrance of noble work done Her memory's enshrined in full many a brace heart There are men who will never forget her brave part Who lustily hail her, this Lassie serene, Adjutant Sheldon, our dear Doughnut Queen.
137 years ago today The Salvation Army Opened Fire in the United States. On March 10, 1880 Commissioner George Scott Railton and the seven Hallelujah Lassies disembarked in New York after a three week voyage from London on board the SS Australia. #salvationarmymuseum
Happy 161st birthday to General Bramwell Booth! Born this day in 1856, Bramwell was the eldest child of Salvation Army founders General William and Catherine Booth. Bramwell served as his father's Cheif of Staff and was appointed General in 1912 after his father's death. He served as General until February 1929 and was Promoted to Glory in June 1929 at age 73.
General William Booth's wife Catherine was a full and equal partner in the formation of The Salvation Army in Victorian England. She was a sought-after speaker and teacher during a time in history when female preachers were considered scandalous. Read more here: http://salar.my/Catherine #WomensHistoryMonth #salvationarmymuseum
Camp Wonderland was founded on this day in 1924 by Brigadier and Mrs. Richard Wiseman. The camp consisted of 60 acres of fields and woods. It was officially dedicated and opened on July 4, 1924. #salvationarmymuseum