The Story of Earl Tooker, Gassed in WWI
H. Lee House Cultural Center
3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945
The Lemon Grove Historical Society continues its remembrance of America's entry into World War I in 1917 with the story of Earl Tooker, an 18-year-old who was gassed on the Western Front, survived and then lived in Lemon Grove with his family until his untimely death.
Helen Ofield, president of the Society, will relate in words and pictures the dramatic, often horrific, story of how mustard gas, then a new weapon of mass destruction, was deployed and how it affected its victims. Boys like Earl Tooker signed up right out of high school without realizing that they, too, would become part of a "lost generation" of badly damaged soldiers, if they survived at all.
World War I echoes on the home front with particular poignancy when we learn that Earl Tooker helped to build the Big Lemon parade float and that his little daughter was one of the princesses who rode on its maiden voyage on July 4, 1928. A brief moment of joy for a beleaguered young family.
Join us for this moving edition of History Alive. The series is free, essential and suitable for ages 18 and over. For more information call (619) 460-4353.
Videotaping History Alive lectures is made possible by a Community Enhancement Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on the recommendation of Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Ancillary costs of the series are underwritten in part by the Mary England Endowment for Education.
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