|Madison County's Honor Roll - World War I|
Oneida Community, Ltd.
Few realize the amount of war work that was done by the Oneida Community, Ltd., in our sister city of Sherrill and at Kenwood during the war. The total war contracts handled by the company amounted in round figures to $1,746,000. Gradually the huge factory of the Oneida Community, Ltd., was swung into war work stride, and at the time of the signing of the armistice over 50 per cent of the output of the factories were direct government contracts of various kinds. Not alone was the company represented in the war work. The entire organization entered into the war enthusiastically. Two hundred and seventy-six of their men entered active service, of whom ten were killed or died in service; a number of others went into the Red Cross or Y.M.C.A. work both at home and abroad, and several others were in Washington, among the latter being its president, P. B. Noyes. At the beginning of the war the Board of Directors voted that all married men, or single men who had dependents, should receive full wages while in active government service; single men without dependents getting half pay. To date the company has paid out $115,000.00 in special war wages, and 91 men are still on the war payroll. The company entered into the war work at home on a constantly increasing scale. At the time of the armistice over 50 per cent of the output of the factories being on direct government contracts of various kinds. These contracts were as follows: Silverware for camps and hospitals. $182,000.00 Trench knives 346,000.00 Periscopes 20,000.00 Polo handles 17,000.00 Trench knife scabbard 45,000.00 Surgical forceps 311,000.00 Magazine tubes 630,000.00 Plating shells 195,000.00 Total war contracts $1,746,000.00 The special wage plan which was put into effect during the war, while not directly a war measure, was, of course, closely connected therewith, and popularly known as the bonus.
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