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Black and white photograph of Reviewing officers at Motor Corps encampment, Fairmont, c.1918. (L to R) W.A. Curtis, Edward Karow, unidentified, unidentified, Motor Corps commander, Colonel W.A. Stephens.

Reviewing officers at Motor Corps encampment, Fairmont

Reviewing officers at Motor Corps encampment, Fairmont, c.1918. (L to R) W.A. Curtis, Edward Karow, unidentified, unidentified, Motor Corps commander, Colonel Winfield Stephens. Photograph from Minnesota Historical Society Sound and Visual Collection II.4.

Black and white photograph of Motor Corps officer, Chet Walker, nicknamed "the Army," during a recruiting tour in Red Wing, Minnesota, 1918.

Motor Corps officer, Chet Walker

Motor Corps officer, Chet Walker, nicknamed "the Army," during a recruiting tour in Red Wing, Minnesota, 1918.

Black and white photograph of a Motor Corps airplane about to take off at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918.

Motor Corps airplane about to take off

Motor Corps airplane about to take off at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918. Photograph from Minnesota Historical Society Sound and Visual Collection II.4.

Black and white photograph of Minnesota Motor Corps officers and color guard at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918. Motor Corps commander, Colonel Stephens, is kneeling left of the colors in the light colored tunic.

Minnesota Motor Corps officers and color guard

Minnesota Motor Corps officers and color guard at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918. Motor Corps commander, Colonel Stephens, is kneeling left of the colors in the light colored tunic. Photograph from Minnesota Historical Society Sound and Visual Collection II.4.

Black and white photograph of First Battalion, Minnesota Motor Corps Band at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918.

First Battalion, Minnesota Motor Corps Band

First Battalion, Minnesota Motor Corps Band at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918. Photograph from Minnesota Historical Society Sound and Visual Collection II.4.

Minnesota Motor Corps

The Minnesota Motor Corps was the first militarized organization of its kind in the United States. Comprised of volunteers and their vehicles, the corps existed for the duration of World War I. It provided disaster relief, transported troops, and aided police. The Motor Corps’ services proved crucial, but many viewed it as a state-sponsored police force that infringed on the rights of citizens.

Black and white photograph of Curtiss aircraft used for Dayton’s merchandise delivery, 1922.

Dayton’s Dry Goods Plane

Curtiss aircraft used for Dayton’s merchandise delivery, 1922.

Black and white photograph of the steamer Ethel Howard, 1898. The Ethel Howard, shown here at Central Point, delivered the bodies of victims of the sinking of the Sea Wing to Red Wing in 1890.

Steamer Ethel Howard

The steamer Ethel Howard, 1898. The Ethel Howard, shown here at Central Point, delivered the bodies of victims of the sinking of the Sea Wing to Red Wing in 1890.

Black and white photograph of National Guardsmen searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890. The men at left are standing in the Sea Wing’s attached barge, Jim Grant. The Lake City steamer Ethel Howard is in the background.

National Guardsmen searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Sea Wing

National Guardsmen searching for survivors in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890. The men at left are standing in the Sea Wing’s attached barge, Jim Grant. The Lake City steamer Ethel Howard is in the background.

Black and white photograph of rescue workers searching for bodies in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890.

Rescue workers at the wreckage of the Sea Wing, Lake Pepin

Rescue workers searching for bodies in the wreckage of the Sea Wing, 1890.

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