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Maas, Melvin (1898–1964)

Though he lived in a Democratic city and a Democratic political era—the Great Depression and World War II—the conservative Republican Melvin Maas represented St. Paul in Congress from 1927 to 1945, with one short interruption. He also received two World War II combat decorations, was awarded a Carnegie Hero Fund medal, and served the public for two decades after leaving politics.

Black and white photograph of men and officers of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Men and officers of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard

Men and officers of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918. Officers (L to R) are Capt. Orrington C. Hall and Lt. Thaddeus Stepp.

Black and white photograph of officers of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Officers of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard

Officers of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918. (L to R) Lt. Homer Goins, Capt. Clarence Wigington, Lt. Patrick H. Southall, unidentified, Major Jose H. Sherwood, unidentified, unidentified, Capt. Orrington C. Hall.

Black and white photograph of men of the Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Men of the Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard

Men of the Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of enlisted men of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Enlisted men of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard

Enlisted men of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of Musicians of the Sixteenth Battalion Band, c.1918.

Sixteenth Battalion musicians

Musicians of the Sixteenth Battalion Band, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of George L. Hoage, 1924.

George L. Hoage

George L. Hoage, 1924. Hoage was supply officer for the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard.

Black and white photograph of Orrington C. Hall, c.1920.

Orrington C. Hall

Orrington C. Hall, c.1920. Hall commanded Company B of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard.

Black and white newspaper image of William R. Morris, c.1919.

William R. Morris

William R. Morris, c.1919. Morris became captain of Company D of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard. Image is from the Minneapolis National Advocate, March 15, 1919.

Black and white newspaper image of Gale Pillsbury Hilyer, c.1919.

Gale Pillsbury Hilyer

Gale Pillsbury Hilyer, c.1919. Hilyer was captain of Company C of the Sixteenth Battalion, Minnesota Home Guard. Image is from the Minneapolis National Advocate, March 15, 1919.

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