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May 13, 1911. "Harvard Eddie" Grant, third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. Gelatin silver print by Paul Thompson. View full size. Eddie, a Harvard grad who practiced law after his retirement from baseball, was among the first to enlist in the Army after the United States entered World War I in 1917. An infantry captain, he was killed by an exploding shell in France, where he is buried.
November 1914. Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Rosemary Manufacturing Co. Two violations. Simon Birdsong, left hand boy. "I'm about 12." His mother said: "He's old enough to work all right," but the boy admitted that she had to sign up that he was older than he was. He appears to be 10. Has had job doffing for several weeks. Could not write his own name. Has had no schooling after the 1st grade. Wylie Haw (right hand boy). Mother says he is 12 years old now. Been working 1 year. She is a widow. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.