Helen W. Glover: Home Front Organizer 1858-1931
Helen Glover played a key part in organizing the Fairfield community to support the war effort during World War I. The wife of a prominent lawyer and judge, and the mother of four children, Glover made time to play a leading role in several organizations.
She helped to create the Fairfield chapter of the American Red Cross (which started in 1898 to support the Spanish-American War) and served as its president. The chapter focused on sending supplies to troops stationed in Europe as well as civilian refugees, and also responding to influenza and tuberculosis outbreaks in the community. Glover was also a founder of the Fairfield American Legion post, along with being a charter member of the Legion Auxiliary.
During World War I, she was involved in the Fairfield War Bureau and in the Connecticut Council for Defense, a statewide effort to coordinate war activities on the home front. As chair of the town’s Home Economics Committee, Glover was particularly involved in efforts to maximize food supply through home gardens, canning, and preservation.
She wrote a letter every day to each soldier from Fairfield serving in the war, going through the list until she reached the end and then starting again. The soldiers returned her devotion, making a special salute to her part of the Memorial Day parade each year. When she passed away in 1931, she had two soldiers keeping watch over her casket all night.