1,000 Sandwiches (1932)

1423 Pennsylvania Ave NW
(now the Willard Hotel)
Washington, DC, US

Category: Labor Struggles/History

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Once the site of Childs Restaurant, which was paid an unusual visit by one of Washington's wealthiest women, Evalyn Walsh McLean, owner of the Hope Diamond. Appalled by the condition of the Bonus Army (see markers for Bonus Expeditionary Force) in June 1932, Mrs McLean was walking among them when, as she reported in her autobiography 'Father Struck It Rich," she turned to the chief of police [Glassford, after whom the marchers named one of their encampments] after he announced he was going to get coffee for them and said "All right, I am going to Childs." As she retold it, "It was two o'clock (in the morning)...a man came up to take my order, "Do you serve sandwiches? I want a thousand," I said. "And a thousand packages of cigarettes...I want them right away. I haven't got a nickel with me, but you can trust me. I am Mrs. McLean." The sandwiches and cigarettes were delivered. After this McLean obtained a tent for the marchers to use as their headquarters and bought cots for the women and children to sleep on. She was most upset by the hunger among the marchers and went as far as calling Vice President Charles Curtis to demand that something be done.
- Douglass E. Evelyn & Paul Dickson in "On This Spot; Pinpointing the Past in Washington, DC" (pp 70-71)