When asked how Hyde Park had been so successful in raising money, Col. Archibald Rogers, Chairman of the Dutchess County Defense Council, replied “the women did it.”
Many, like Ruth Morgan of Staatsburg, Director of the Nurses Bureau of the Red Cross in France (see photo), worked at jobs familiar to women. Others took jobs previously closed to them in factories and on farms.
The American Red Cross trained women to serve as mechanics and ambulance drivers. Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Hyde Park women joined the Womens’ Ambulance Corps and carried mail and messages between Camp Whitman in Beekman and the Poughkeepsie Armory.