How Geocaching Works
Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer
This cache was placed, at a location that honors the citizens of the area for their generous selfless efforts to serve the troops that passed through Streator during World War II.
World War II affected every part of the American society. Despite the recent Great Depression, the public was very generous and gave all they could to help the U.S. win the war. The massive war effort moved thousands of troops across the country by train, for training and deployment. Many of the troop trains came through the Streator Santa Fe station. Local citizens organized the Trackside Streator Free Canteen, one of hundreds of canteen across the country, to provide fresh food and drinks free to the service people when their train stopped in Streator. The canteen was open from Nov.26, 1943 to May 29, 1946 and served more than 1 ½ million service people in less than three years, on the busiest day the canteen fed 5,500 troops. Word of the Streator Canteen spread quickly during the war, even catching the attention of celebrities like Shirley Temple and Claudette Colbert who visited the canteen. The founder of the canteen was Mrs. Plimmer, along with two others. The sponsoring organization was the Parent Service Club. Volunteers came from 47 communities in 9 counties around Streator. Thirty service organizations supported the canteen. Troops were fed by volunteers who boarded the train or serviced them on the platform, while the train was be serviced. The canteen often served 1,000 troops a day. Everything from sandwiches, donuts, cookies, coffee, milk and soup to cigarettes chewing gum, magazines, papers and letter writing supplies were given free to all service personnel. The canteen had different meaning and memories for everyone, a young lady from Pontiac hastily wrote her name and address on a sack lunch before handing it to a young soldier. Later the young lady received a letter from that soldier and they corresponded throughout the war, and at the end of the war that soldier returned to Pontiac and married that young lady. The monument was the idea of Helen Knoedler-Sand who proposed it as a project for Streator’s Women’s Club in 1993. Funding came primarily from the sale of memorial bricks to hundreds of people from 26 states and a significant monetary donation by Streator resident Bob Dieken. The dedication of the monument was on Veterans Day Nov 11, 2006. As always be respectful of the locations, and replace the cache as you found it. For more information on the Canteens there is a book "Angels At The Station", that is very informitive. You are looking for a micro container with only a log sheet, so bring your own writing utensil. Please be aware of muggles in the area, there are children who live across the street, please disquise your search.
Nobhg Purfg Uvtu
Loading Cache Logs...
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum