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This Montgomery County Historical Society collection contains notes, letters, news clippings, photographs, and other documents related to the District of Columbia branch of the Woman's Land Army of America which sent young women to work on farms in Montgomery County, Maryland between 1918 and 1923.

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Collection Location: Montgomery County Historical Society, Rockville, Maryland

Photograph of World War I Collection Overview: The Woman's Land Army of America 1918-1923 Collection focuses on the District of Columbia branch of the W. L. A. A. which sent young women to work on farms in Montgomery County, Maryland. These "farmerettes" as they were called did men's work for men's wages and by all accounts did it as well as the men. The tasks they tackled, some of which are depicted here, included gardening, dairying, poultry raising, ploughing, harvesting, handling work horses, and haying.

Part of a larger Montgomery County Historical Society collection on the Women's Land Army (which spans both world wars), this World War I collection was donated to the society by Amy Fry Leber, granddaughter of Susan Ransome, one of the early farmerettes who worked on Montgomery County farms and who met and later married Edwin Fry, setting up their own farm "Fair Hill" in Laytonsville.

 
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