Humboldt M.W.A. Team, Clarion, Iowa

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A "rainbow parade" on Main Street with a Modern Woodmen Forester drill team marching in formation. "Humboldt M.W.A. team at Clarion." --t.p. Modern Woodmen of America was founded by Joseph Cullen Root on January 5, 1883, in Lyons, Iowa. He wanted to create an organization that would protect families following the death of a breadwinner. The drill teams became nationally known for events held from 1890 to the late 1930s, and the Foresters were even honored by Herbert Hoover at the White House. Because each group was differentiated by a different style and color of the uniform, their demonstrations were referred to as "Rainbow Parades." The Rainbow Parades were hosted by cities across the United States and included 10,000 units of Foresters, with more than 160,000 men participating. 1906 postmark.