It was 1918, nearly the end of the First World War, and the Yanks were in France supporting their allies under Major General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing. But for the ladies left back at home, some of those alliances were a little too long-lasting for their liking.
A group of young American ladies, concerned about their young men being snatched up by the “wicked, matrimonially inclined maidens” of France, formed a “League of Fiances,” for the purposes of investigating the faithfulness of their husbands-to-be and protecting them from the wiles of the French mademoiselles.
According to the newspaper, a Sgt. Lloyd H. Knutson was enlisted to aid the society by conducting their investigations for them in the American Expeditionary Forces overseas.
For more about this and other amusing topics from WWI, see this publication in Gorrell’s History of the American Expiditionary Forces Air Service.