World War I News, 1917-1919
from the Denison Review
Articles About People from Crawford County Serving in WWI
May, 1918 - July, 1918
Dow City, 5-1-1918
*Mrs. Leslie Howorth and son, Daniel, were in Omaha one day last week where they made a brief visit with her brother, Ali Gibbs, who was on his way to Camp Dix, N. J.
*Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coleman arrived Wednesday from Kansas City, Mo. for a visit with their many relatives and friends. The former just recently graduated from the veterinary school at that place and expects to leave soon for military duty.
*Merton Thomas of Camp Pike, Ark. and Leo Ahart, of Camp Dodge, who were home on a several days' furlough, visited the public school last Thursday and each gave a talk. They told many interesting things concerning their work in the country's service and needless to say, all enjoyed it very much.
*Mr. and Mrs. Jake Reeser have received word from their son, John, in which he stated that he had arrived safely in France. He had been training for some time at Ft. Ogelthorpe, Ga.
*Friends will be interested to learn that Leo Ahart, who has been taking officers training at Camp Dodge for some time, has been classed among those eligible to receive commissions as second lieutenants.
*Dr. J. F. Potter left Monday for Kansas City upon having received word that his son, Francis, was very low with pneumonia at a hospital. The latter left here several weeks ago in company with twelve other boys of the county to enter a mechanical school to prepare to go into the military service. All hope to soon learn of his recovery.
*Word reaches us that Daniel Klick, who left here several months ago for Portland, Ore., has joined the navy. His many Dow City friends will be very much interested to learn of this.
*Jasper O'Banion, one of the soldier boys from here, has received a promotion to first sergeant in his company at Camp Dodge. All of his friends are proud of his achievement.
*Two Dunlap boys left here the first of the week in the draft, they being John Brady and Emery Detwiler.
*Jim McCann went to Omaha last week and enlisted in the coast artillery.
*Andrew Bolton is home from Camp Dodge on a furlough.
Buck Grove, 5-1-1918
*Joe Boger came back from Missouri Friday where he had been visiting his parents, preparatory to leaving for training camp. He left Tuesday with the rest of the Crawford county boys.
*W. H. Laub has received word that his son, Harold, is now stationed at Ft. Casey, Wash. Harold enlisted in the coast artillery service
*Tom Harper departed Monday for Sioux City where he enlisted in the navy. He has been in the employ of Otto Knief for the past year doing bridge and culvert work for the county.
*A party was given Saturday evening for Fred Suhr and Carl Kepford who left for Camp Dodge Tuesday. A very pleasant evening was spent in playing games and music. Ice cream and cake were served.
*Ernest Ludwig went to Blair to spend Sunday with his brother who left for the army Tuesday. This is the second brother to go.
*Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hanneman, of Charter Oak, came to spend Sunday with her mother and brother, Fred Suhr, before he left for Camp Dodge.
Denison Review 5-1-1918
*Howland Pett left Tuesday with the other young men of the county for Camp Dodge to begin military training.
*A party was held at the Wm. Beck home Wednesday evening in honor of Earl Chapman who was home the past week on a furlough from Houston, Texas where he is with the U. S. Aviation corps. A number of friends were invited and all enjoyed a good time.
*A party was given a the A. Slechta home north of town Sunday evening in honor of Cloid V. Kirk, who is in the draft and left this week for Camp Dodge. The evening was pleasantly spent in dancing, playing games and music. Refreshments were served and at a late hour the guests departed, all having spent an enjoyable evening and wishing Cloid a successful military career.
*Beryl Holliday drove down from Cushing last week to visit his parents here as he expects to soon leave to join the army. His aunt, Mrs. Wm. Butler, went back with him and visited for a few days at the Leveret Goodrich home.
Dow City, 5-8-1918
*Mrs. John Ahart left Tuesday for California to visit her son, Chauncey Toon, who is in the military training at Ft. Winfield Scott near Sacramento. She was accompanied by her mother, of Mapleton.
*Private Morris McHenry was here from Camp Dodge and made an over-Sunday visit with his folks.
*Glen McGrath, Stanley Stehlik and Cloid V. Kirk, the three Vail boys left with the Crawford county boys for training at Camp Dodge last week.
*Our townsman, J. R. Murphy is in receipt of a letter from his son, Maj. John A. Murphy, who is in the 317th battalion signal corps. In the letter he sent a clipping and a picture that was in a Massachusetts paper. It contained the following about Major Murphy: The 317th field signal battalion adopted by the Massachusetts senate as its "own" military unit, was honored today when with the 500 men of the command drawn up before the reviewing stand in front of the state house, Governor McCall placed in the hands of Maj. John A. Murphy a beautiful battalion flag to be borne by the men onto the fields of France and perhaps across the Rhine itself. The banner is the gift of the members of the senate and in presenting the governor to make the official address, President Henry G. Wells told an interesting story of the sentiment which prompted members of the upper branch of the state legislature to "adopt" the battalion as its own. The president told that there was no organization more worthy of special interest and it is for that reason that the members of the Massachusetts senate desire to show that they appreciate the character of the service they are performing. The president then introduced Governor McCall who presented the colors. He said that the signal corps represented as highly trained body of men as are in the army. The flag was accepted by Major Murphy on behalf of the battalion. "This is the greatest day of our lives," he said, "and the one to which we have all looked forward. On the silver band on the lance will be engraved the battles and skirmishes to which we may be engaged. I hope we shall never disgrace it and I have further hope that when we come back, this flag shall rest in the Massachusetts senate." The battalion saluted, the band played the Star Spangled Banner and the flag was handed by Major Murphy to the color bearer. After the exercises the battalion left for Cambridge armory. This afternoon the men are the guests of President Frazee of the Red Sox at Fenway park. In the evening a reception and military ball will be held at the armory.
Charter Oak, 5-8-1918
*Word has been received by Mrs. Eva B. Goin, that her son, Dr. L. S. Goin has arrived safely and is permanently located in a village somewhere in France. The village is a big hospital center containing in all, 7600 men. He says they are moderately comfortable and are living in "huts" , six doctors to a hut. In crossing France they passed many French troops, among whom they distributed cigarettes which were most gratefully received.
Denison Review 5-15-1918
*Seventeen Young Men Depart - Appropriate Exercises Carried Out When Seventeen Young Soldiers Leave for Jefferson Barracks. M. G. Pitt of Logan Speaker. Inspiring Address Delivered, Denison Band Plays and Glee Club from School Sing Patriotic Songs.
- # 581 James A. Ellis, Deloit
- #582 Emil Bohnker, Denison
- #584 Asa R. Staley, Charter Oak
- #586 John T. Kinney, Vail
- #587 Willie C. Sinow, Aspinwall
- #595 Herman Goettsch, West Side
- # 596 John C. Tank, Schleswig
- #598 C. A. Schroeder, Wonowee, Wisc.
- #618 Joseph Bruner, Dayton, O.
- #624 Harry Strathman, Denison
- #628 Emil F. Reinfeldt, Manilla
- #629 Peter A Siem, Aspinwall
- #631 Bryant Cooper, Manilla
- #642 Earl Hickey, Manilla
- #644 Virtus E. Evers, West Side
- #665 Dan Walsh, Chicago
- #677 James J. Higgins, Vail.
Seventeen stalwart Crawford county young men left Denison Monday afternoon at 3:12 o'clock over the Northwestern for Jefferson Barracks, Ma., before going to France to help win the war for democracy. The young men reported to the local board at their rooms in the court house at 9 o'clock in the forenoon and Earl Hickey was named by the board as officer in charge of the contingent, and was entrusted with the roll and other papers to be turned over to the commanding officer at Jefferson barracks upon arrival there. After having received their instructions from the board, the men were given their liberty until 2 o'clock.
As is its custom, the Denison Commercial club had arranged appropriate exercises in honor of the young men which were held in the court house square. The Denison band in uniform furnished several patriotic airs and Clement J. Welch called the meeting to order. Following a selection by the high school glee club, the chairman introduced M. B. Pitt, republican candidate for state senator from this district, as the speaker of the day. Mr. Pitt in opening stated that it was indeed an honor for him to speak in Denison on this occasion. Since the outbreak of this war we in Harrison county have been hearing of the great things accomplished by the citizens of Crawford county. In the Liberty loans, Red Cross, Y. M. C. A. and K. C. the people of Crawford county have carried their banner "Over the top."
*Dedicated a Service Flag; Patriotic Program Given at Masonic Hall Friday Evening when Service Flag was Dedicated: A very appropriate patriotic program was given at the Masonic hall Friday evening when the Masonic order dedicated their service flag. The hall was well filled with members of the Masonic order and Eastern Star, together with their friends and everyone present was greatly impressed and inspired by the various patriotic selections and especially by the rousing address delivered by Rev. Doriean, of Akron, Iowa.
The program was appropriately opened by the singing of America, the accompaniment being beautifully played on the harp by J. V. Barborka, who also rendered several other selections throughout the evening, which brought forth the usual appreciative applause.
W. E. Terry then spoke briefly as to the nature of the evening's program and called on J. H. Lyon, who in a very able manner presented the beautiful silk service flag and dedicated it in behalf of the seven Masonic brothers represented by the seven stars, namely Ed Lehman and John Boll of Schleswig, now at Camp Dodge; Charles Seeman, also at Camp Dodge; Russell Lyon at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; Morris Wilkinson en-route, Hans Saggau, Camp Dodge and Marshall Jones, Jefferson Barrack's, Mo. Mr. Lyons paid high tribute to the boys who were giving their all to their country and closed his talk with a clever original poem, entitled, "Save and Win."
Dow City, 5-15-1918
*Dow City has Big Service Flag; Impressive Services Held at Dow City Friday Afternoon at Dedication Services - Large Crowd There. Forty-Nine Stars in the Flag. Rev. Doriean of Akron, Iowa, Principal Speaker and His Talk Proved an Eye Opener; One of the most beautiful and impressive demonstrations took place here Friday afternoon when the Iowa service flag was unfurled. Rev. Doriean has the reputation of being one of the best orators in the state.
The afternoon program was held on Main street and began shortly after three o'clock. The day was opened by the singing of "America" by the school pupils, the crowd also being asked to assist. Prayer was then given by Elder Chas. Butterworth, after which a male quartet from Denison rendered a selection. At the close of this number the speaker Rev. Doriean, was introduced by W. E. Fishel. Next came the unfurling of the service flag by little Naomi Butterworth, after the names of the boys represented thereon had been read by W. E. Fishel.
Forty-nine stars appear on the flag at present and more will be added from time to time. It has been strung on a line from the post office on the east side of the street to the building on the opposite side. The flag was made and donated by Mrs. Jack O'Brien and much credit is due her for the beautiful handiwork. The flag will be left hanging here until the close of the war.
After the unfurling of the service flag the male quartet from Denison rendered another selection. A short talk was given by Lewis Buss on the Thrift stamp issue. The Star Spangled Banner was then sung, after which George McHenry of Denison spoke in the interest of Thrift stamps. Many were present from the neighboring towns upon this occasion, which is one that will not soon be forgotten. Below we give the names of the soldier boys represented on the flag:
- Alfred Edwards
- Elias Edwards
- Ernest Smith
- Guild Rudd
- York Broadwell
- Albert Starkey
- Nelson Butterworth
- Floyd Sharp
- Merril Sharp
- Cecil Edwards
- Fred Colby
- George Dillenberger
- Ralph McKee
- Hans Hargens
- Chauncey B. Toon
- Fred Randel
- Horace Thomas
- Morris McHenry, Jr.
- Wm. Turner
- Leslie Brasel
- Morris Wilder
- James Houston
- Foster Tillett
- Robert Fishel
- Christopher Lingard
- Roy Shumate
- Frank Banyard
- F. O. Reynolds
- J. O Turnlund
- Guy Rockwell
- Floyd Rigsby
- Asa Dwine
- Howland Pett
- Dorris Griffin
- Francis Potter
- Elias Henry
- John Bahr
- Henry Hansen
- Medford Rudd
- Merton Thomas
- Wilbur Thomas
- John Reeser
- Leo Ahart
- Lloyd Brake
- Frank Honz
- Nathan Hain
- Louis Miller
- Garland Scott
- George Thompson
*Word has been received to the effect that Frank Honz had started on his was to France. He left here the latter part of February for Camp Dodge and later was sent to Camp Sherman, O., where he has been in the signal service for several weeks.
*Francis Potter arrived home last Tuesday evening from Kansas City, having been given a thirty-day sick leave. He has been at that place for some time, where he entered a mechanical school to fit himself for military service. He is just recovering from a severe attach of pneumonia.
*Orris Ahart and Ben Houston went down to Omaha Thursday to enlist for military service and both failed in passing the required physical examination.
*Friends of Leo Ahart will be interested to know that he has started on his way to France, this message having been received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ahart Thursday. Leo has been taking the officers training at Camp Dodge for several weeks and received a commission as a second lieutenant recently.
*Elias Henry, who had been training at the Great Lakes naval training station near Chicago, has completed his work there and after a pleasant ten days' visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Henry, left Sunday evening for Milwaukee, Wis. where he will receive further training.
*Dorris Griffin was up from Ft. Omaha and made an over-Sunday visit at the parental, J. R. Griffin home.
*Mrs. Fred Colby returned Monday morning from a pleasant visit of several weeks' duration with her husband at Camp Greene, N. C.
West Side, 5-15-1918
*Capt. C. L. Patterson of Fort Riley arrived Sunday for a few days' furlough. They returned to the camp Friday. The doctor expects to leave for France May 20.
*Virtus Evers and Harry Strathman left Monday for Camp Dodge being in the draft. Here's wishing the boys good luck.
*Louie Schuman was home on a furlough from Camp Dodge over Sunday.
Buck Grove, 5-15-1918
*Joe Bogler has written friends here that is and has been for several days in a hospital at Camp Dodge, quite sick with tonsillitis and has only been able to drill two days. His many friends here are sorry to hear it and hope he will soon recover.
*The patriotic service at the M. E. church Sunday morning was well attended. Special music was rendered by the choir. It being Mother's day there was a special song. A service flag was presented by the Epworthians which held nine stars, 7 blue and 2 gold; the flag also carries the emblem of the Epworthians. The church had been very nicely decorated with flags, bunting and flowers. A very appropriate talk was given by the pastor in charge. The evening service was the installation of the Epworth League officers and some letters read from soldiers, one coming from Professor Webster, who is in France. These letters are very interesting, whether from home boys or those across the water. Special music had also been prepared for the occasion by the choir.
*Guy Johnson came in Saturday from the camp on a few days furlough to visit relatives and friends.
Dow City, 5-22-1918
*A family gathering was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Riddle in the east part of town Sunday, complimentary to their son, Norman, who left Monday morning for a training camp in San Francisco. Those present on this occasion were: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bryan and children, Elmer Riddle, D. E. Bremser, wife and children, Norman Riddle and the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Riddle and also Miss Mary Keairnes.
* Through an error, it was stated in last week's letter that Mrs. Fred Colby had returned from her trip to Camp Green, N. C., where she has been for sometime visiting her husband. We wish to state she has not returned as yet but is expected home soon.
* Friends have received word to the effect that Ernest Smith had arrived in France. He left here March 28 for Camp Dodge where he received his military training.
*Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pett and son Lloyd, accompanied by Will Pett went to Camp Dodge Friday to spend a few days with Howland Pett, who expects to be transferred to another camp soon. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pett.
*Private John Woodard of Camp Dodge is assisting his cousin, Jay Field with his farm work. He has been granted a two-week's furlough for that purpose.
*Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller entertained a number of young people at their home one mile west of town on Sunday evening, the occasion being a farewell for Norman Riddle who departed Monday for San Francisco to being his naval training. The evening was spent in appropriate manner and the guests had a very nice time.
*Private Morris McHenry of Camp Dodge made a short visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris McHenry on Saturday night.
*Norman Riddle, having joined the navy, left Monday morning for San Francisco, where he will begin his training. The best wishes of all go with him.
*Norma Riddle went to Omaha one day last week to enlist for military service and was successful in passing the physical examination. He expects to leave soon for a training camp.
*Mrs. L. E. Barger, of Watertown, S. D. arrived the latter part of the week and will remain indefinitely at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Randel, her husband having enlisted in the military service.
*Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Rigsby have received word from their son, Floyd, who is now at Long Island, N. Y., that he has been confined in the base hospital for two weeks or so having had an operation performed. He was transferred to Long Island from Camp Greene, N. C. sometime ago.
*M.A. Pearsall, wife and daughter, Phyllis, went down to Ft. Omaha Saturday to visit Mrs. Pearsalls' brother, Dorris Griffin, who is training there. They remained over Sunday and also visited Mr. Pearsall's cousin who resides near that place
*Two interesting letters from Newton Chupp who is in France, and Clyde Hanson, who is in a southern camp were published in this week's Reporter.
*Jess Riggleman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Riggleman, has joined the navy. Although not of age, he feels he is called to go.
*Mrs. Ketterer returned from a visit to her husband in camp Tuesday in time to check in the new agent in her place while she returns to spend the remainder of the time with her husband before he leaves for somewhere else.
*Word was received from Leonard J. O'Brien at one time a resident of Soldier township, last week stating that he was at Camp Upton, N. Y., awaiting orders to go across. He has only been in the army a little over two months, going first to Camp Dodge and then to Camp Logan, Tex., but like all the boys he is anxious to get over there to help can the kaiser.
Dow City, 5-29-1918
*Word reached here Sunday that Frank Honz, who sailed for France some two weeks ago had arrived there safely, which is good news to the folks at home.
*Chas. Miller has given up his mail route to take effect June 1st. He went down to Omaha Monday, where he enlisted for military duty. He served in the Spanish-American war and thus is experienced. George Rule has been secured as substitute carrier on the route.
*Mrs. Claus Hanson was a passenger to Denison Monday evening, where she spent the night with relatives. Her son William, left there Tuesday morning for Camp Dodge and she remained to see him depart.
*Richard Ely and Miss Cletta Bohlken Sundayed with her people in Ricketts. The former went to Camp Dodge Tuesday where he had been called to service.
*Orris Ahart was in Sioux City last Thursday where he enlisted in the navy and left here Monday for the Great Lakes training camp near Chicago.
*Word was received here by relatives and friends the first of the week stating the safe arrival of J. O. Turnland, F. O. Reynolds, Asa Dwine and Guy Rockwell, also Morris Hefferman in France. These boys with Floyd Rigsby left here together three months ago for Camp Greene, N. C. where they were in training for several weeks. The latter has been confined in a hospital in New York for three weeks or more having had an operation performed.
*Ben Houston was in Omaha Monday where he enlisted as a tank driver. Charlie Miller who was there Monday also enlisted in the same work. They expect to leave in a few days.
*Virgil Peffers came home last week on a four days' furlough, returning to camp Sunday. Home and town looked good to Virgil and Arion friends were very glad to see him.
*Walter Lingard left for Denison on Monday to join the army. The British government had expected Walter in its' service, but he took out naturalization papers and prefers to fight under the banner of his adopted country.
Wall Lake, 5-29-1918
*George Kuypers, Will Anderson, Jas. Duffy and Henry Wunschel left the first of the week for Camp Dodge, going to Sac City to report on Monday and joining their party on Tuesday.
*Last Thursday evening about sixty friends of Jas. Duffy gathered at his home to spend the evening with him before he left for camp. They took their suppers with them and a wrist watch which they presented James as a remembrance of friends here.
*Decoration Day Services - - Dedication of alumni service flag. Following are the members who are in the service:
Warren Gleiser, Leo Naeve, Frank Hutchinson, Alden Sykes, Everett Dyson,
Alfred Calvin, Tom Collins, John Johnson, Sidney Gaumer, Newton McCracken,
Gifford Theobald, Harold Akers, Harry Barrow, Allen Hird, Oscar Olson,
Robert Hird, Linn McCracken, George Gaumer and Leo Perion.
Dow City, 6-5-1918
*Private John Woodard departed last Wednesday for Council Bluffs, where he made a short visit with his people, then returned to Camp Dodge. He had been here on a two weeks' furlough assisting Jay Field with his farm work.
*Announcement has been made of the marriage of Henry Hancox and Miss Vera Williamson, which took place some time ago, the event having been kept secret until just recently. Mr. and Mrs. Hancox have been spending the past two or three weeks with relatives at Irwin. He has been called to report for military duty and left Monday for Camp Dodge. The best wishes of all are extended to these young people.
*Private Merrill Sharp and wife arrived Friday evening from Camp Dodge for a visit with the home folks. Saturday they accompanied the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brinten Sharp, and daughter, Vivian, on an auto trip to Anthon for an over-Sunday visit at the W. B. Sterrett home. Miss Blanche Cole clerked in the post office during Miss Vivian's absence.
*Ben Patrick, one of our soldier boys who spent a few days visiting friends, returned to camp Monday and stopped at the Wilkinson home to bid them goodbye.
Buck Grove, 6-5-1918
*August Hast left Wednesday on the 8:20 Milwaukee train for St. Paul, Minn. where he went to enlist in the U. S. marines. August is only 18 years old and shows the patriotic spirit in rushing to take up arms for his country. Success to you, August, and a safe return after the war.
*Fred Weatherby went to Omaha on Wednesday to enlist. He joined the quartermasters corps. and went to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
*Jas. Tranter was down at Camp Funton to see his son, Paul, and stopped at Arion to see friends on his way back to Armour, S. D.
Charter Oak, 6-5-1918
*Private Howard McAllister, of Lawton, Okla., is spending the week in Charter Oak.
Dow City, 6-12-18
*W. G. Scott, who arrived several weeks ago from Oregon for a visit with his brothers Jim, H. G. and J. A. Scott and his sister Miss Barbara Scott, is now spending a couple of weeks in Onawa. He expects to join the Canadian army soon.
*Word has been received here to the effect that Leo Ahart had safely arrived overseas, which is good news to his home folks.
*Harold Fienhold, Snowed Thompson and Robert Wright were among the young men in Denison Wednesday to register for military duty.
*L. H. Hawley, of this place, was one of the seventeen men of the county who enlisted under the special call for mechanics and left Saturday for Ames where they will receive training.
*Mesdames J. R. Griffin and W. B. McDonald spent Friday and Saturday in Omaha. They visited with Dorris Griffin, who is in military training at Ft. Omaha. Mrs. McDonald had planned on seeing a cousin there but was disappointed to find that he had been sent to Portland, Ore., having just left.
*Mrs. Morris Wilder came up from Council Bluffs, Wednesday, for a visit with her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Wilder, returning Friday. She will soon leave for Lake Charles, La. To join her husband who is in military training there.
*R. E. Lusk, the local telephone manager, received his call Monday to report for military service June 27th. He and his wife expect to go to Nebraska, where they will visit his people before his departure.
*Bryce Binnall came home Sunday from Pierson where he has been practicing his profession of veterinarian. Having received his call to report for military duty he expects to leave about the first of July. He will remain with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Binnall until he leaves.
*Dorris Griffin was up from Fort Omaha Sunday and spent several hours with the home folks. Some of the business men and others from town have been in the country the past week plowing corn. As help is so scarce this means a great deal to the farmer and much credit is due those thus helping to do their bit.
*Robert and Herbert Rule and Walter Kiezer received their notices Monday to report for military duty and expect to leave the latter part of the month.
*Burness Boslough writes his parents from France that he is now working with the signal corps and spends a great deal of his time at a telephone switchboard. He also helps to keep the communication lines in order and is required to repair the telephone and telegraph lines destroyed by shell fire. Burness says he is in the best of health and spirits. (Denison Review -
*Mark Clark writes his mother under date of May 13th, that he landed in England after a delightful voyage, which was uneventful. Mark writes that he marched with American soldiers and was reviewed by the king and queen of England, and he sent his mother a copy of the king's message to the American soldiers.
*Word reaches Denison that Theo. Carter, a former Denison boy, but for years past one of the leading mining operators of Silver City, N. M., has been commissioned a captain in the national army and expects to soon leave for France.
*Nicholas Tate came up from Camp Dodge for an over-Sunday visit with his uncle, P. J. Portz and family. Mr. Tate was stationed at Camp Dodge recently, his home being at Springbrook, Iowa, Jackson County.
*The many friends of Estes Mann will be interested in knowing that he has been suddenly called to an important position with Co. A 34th Engineers now stationed at Ft. Benjamin, Harlson, Indiana, for brief preparatory training before being sent to France.
*John Siletto left Des Moines Monday for Puget Sound, Wash., where he will enter the naval training camp. He telephoned his parents here that he would be in Omaha all day Tuesday so they left on the noon train in order to spend the day with him. They were accompanied by their granddaughter, Alice Thew.
*Word has been received that Ed. E. Lehman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lehman of this city, has recently been admitted to the 4th officers training school at Camp Dodge. Mr. Lehman was appointed sergeant soon after going to Camp Dodge last fall and we feel sure he will receive a worthy commission at the close of his training in the officers' school.
*Mrs. J. M. Garrett accompanied by Miss Sophia Nelson of Ida Grove, left today for Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, to be with her son, Ray, who underwent a serious operation at the first base hospital last week. Ray is getting along as well as could be expected.
*Dr. and Mrs. Verne Talcott and her mother, Mrs.Crossland, stopped in Arion on their way to Omaha Sunday and made a short visit with relatives. Mrs. Talcott, who has been an invalid for months, will remain in Omaha under the care of a specialist. Her mother will stay with her and Dr. Talcott leaves Wednesday for Ft. Ogelthorpe, Ga., and expects to leave soon for France.
Buck Grove, 6-12-1918
*A letter from Sidney Bonney this week stated that his typewriter had been destroyed by a shell and that the evening before he wrote he could read a paper by the light from the gun flashes. "Some gun fire, believe me," he said.
*Loren McIntosh is home from Camp Dodge on a fifteen day furlough and is spending the time here and at the home of his parents near Ute.
Denison Review 6-12-1918
*Sam Shirtcliff, son of Fred Shirtcliff, of Willow township, was in Denison the first of the week visiting friends. He is in the service and now stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla., and is home on a three weeks' furlough. For some time he was stationed in the Hawaiian Islands, but last winter was transferred to Ft. Sill. McAllister, who is also stationed at Ft. Sill, accompanied him to Denison and is visiting relatives here.
*The casualty list of yesterday contained the name of Francis Webster of Iowa Falls, who was wounded in battle in France. Mr. Webster will be remembered as principal of the Deloit school last year and has many friends both at Deloit and Denison. He entered the service at the close of school last year and was among the first troops sent to France. The report did not state to what extent he was injured.
*June 27, the Next Mobilizing Day - Thirty-Six Young Men Have Been Notified to Mobilize Here Then by Exemption Board - Two-Thirds German Descent - Boys Will Leave Here on Friday Morning for Camp Dodge Where They Will Go Into Training
- #159 Al Zerachling, Lead, S. D.
- #634 Carl Oscar Swanson, Kiron
- #653 J. E. Powers, Vail
- #717 Leo F. Habda, South Omaha
- #821 Charles Nieman, Sioux City
- #835 John Frederick W. Droegmiller, Charter Oak
- #841 Elmer L. Brenner, Wellsville, Pa.
- #845 Bernard F. Loewe, Denison
- #860 Carl August Kock, Boyer
- #867 Henry Helmuth Jochimsen, Vail
- #870 Henry Phillips Jessen, West Side
- #875 Robert Lincoln Rule, Dow City
- #879 Peter Claus Vehrs, Manning
- #880 Thomas Varlamos, Denison
- #888 Joseph Siemer, Denison
- #895 Louie Rohwedder, Manning
- #905 Merrill Winey, Deloit
- #910 Otto Dietrick, Goslar, Ute.
- #916 Louie John Thompson, Manning
- #922 John Henry Remmes, Dunlap
- #940 Herbert Edgar Rule, Dow City
- #952 Lawrence C. McNertney, Alliance, Neb
- #968, Wm. Heide, Denison
- #972 Wm. Fred Bielow, Charter Oak
- #978 Otto H. Pacholke, West Side
- #979 Ludwig H. W. Reincke, Schleswig
- #980 Peter C. Petersen, Dunlap
- #981 Walter Kaiser, Dow City
- #992 Andrew Ling, Schleswig
- #993 Cecil E. Nixon, Mallard
- #994 Eli R. Babb, Grant Center
- #998 Harry E. Soper, Glenwood
- #1001 Arthur Johnston, Denison
- #1038 Rudolph Paul Krugar, Ricketts
- #1043 John Siemer, Denison
- #1065 Robert Ersine Lusk, Dow City
Thirty-six Crawford county young men have received notice from the medical board to mobilize in Denison on Thursday, June 27th. The names of the men who have been summoned, together with their addresses, appear at the head of this column. After reporting to the exemption board the men will be given their liberty until Friday morning when they will assemble at the court house for final instructions and will depart over the Chicago & Northwestern railway at 9:21 a.m. for Camp Dodge, where they will receive their military training. Upon looking over the list of names it will be noticed that two thirds of them are boys of German descent. These young men will make the best of soldiers and play a prominent part in making the world safe for democracy. They are loyal to their country and appreciate the many advantages of living where they can enjoy liberties not found in any other country on earth. Crawford county is proud of her young men and especially of those of German descent who are anxious to take their places in the ranks of the allies to overthrow the kaiser and his gang who are war made.
Denison Review - June 1918
*enlist in Coast Artillery -
Supt. Jacob Johnson of Dow City and Henry Vollersen of Denison Will Leave on Next Monday.
Supt. Jacob Johnson of the Dow City schools and Henry Vollersen of Denison, were in Omaha Monday, where they both enlisted in the coast artillery service. Both men passed the physical examination with flying colors and have received orders to report for duty at Ft. Logan, Colo., where they will enter the officers training school. Superintendent Johnson for a number of years was manual training instructor in the Denison schools and resigned his position here a year ago to take the new consolidated school at Dow City. Professor Johnson felt that he would be serving his country better by enlisting in the service rather than remaining in charge of the Dow City school. Henry Vollersen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Vollerson of this city, who moved here about a year ago from Dow City. He is the assistant cashier of the Farmers State bank at Dow City.
*Deloit Man Gives Life for Country -
Franklin Prentice, Son of Mrs. Alma A. Prentice, Dies While Stationed at Honolulu -
Funeral Was Held at Deloit -
Remains Reached Denison Friday and Taken to Deloit Saturday -
Large Number Present at Funeral.
Franklin Clyde Prentice, youngest son of Alma A. Prentice, was born on Jan. 13, 1896, on the home place one mile south of Deloit, and died May 5, 1918 at the Ft. Shafter hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii, aged 25 years and 5 months. He received his education in the Deloit schools, as a small boy he always expressed a desire to become a soldier when he was old enough and the summer of 1913 he begged so hard to be allowed to go that permission was given him by his mother to enlist, which he did in August , 1913.
He enlisted in the cavalry and later was transferred to the first field artillery and after about three months training at Ft. Logan, Colo. he was sent to Honolulu in November of the same year he enlisted. After a year's service he was transferred to the 9th field artillery, Co. E., Schofield Barracks. He was a member of that company until Dec. 2, 1917 when he was transferred to the first class ordnance department. His death was the result of an accidental collision.
He had served almost five years in the service of his country; in fact had grown to manhood in the service. His last letter home to his mother was the only complaint he ever made and that was because he was afraid he would not get to go to France and as he expressed it, he wanted a chance to help down kaiserism. He had served his full time and would have been home more than a year ago only for the war with Germany. His commander speaks very highly of him as one of his best soldiers and a fine, clean young man any mother could be proud of.
He leaves to mourn his loss his mother, Mrs. Alma A. Prentice, three sisters, Mrs. Lelia Childress, of Deloit; Mrs. Florence Campbell, of Harding, S. D. and Mrs. Mae Kelly, of Syracuse, N. Y. and two brothers, George Prentice of Denison and Guy Prentice, who is also in the service and stationed at the Philippine Islands with the coast artillery. The remains reached Deloit from Honolulu, June 22nd, and the funeral services were held in the Deloit opera house Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Rev. Allen of the Methodist church delivered the funeral address. Six young men acted as pall bearers. A quartet of young men sang. Deloit and vicinity was out enmasse to honor her dead soldier boy and sympathies with the stricken family. Interment was made in the Deloit cemetery. The floral offerings were very beautiful and showed much thoughtfulness to the dear ones left to mourn the loss of a son and brother. The opera house was packed and many were unable to get in. Clyde is the first soldier boy of Deloit to give his life for his country and his many friends and family are proud of him yet it brings with it pain and sorrow. We extend to them our heartfelt sympathy and may God bless and keep them.
Charter Oak, 6-26-1918
*Mr. And Mrs. B. E. Weed have received word of the safe arrival of their son, Carmen "over there".
Dow City, 6-26-1918
*Nelson Butterworth very pleasantly surprised the home folks by his arrival from Deming, N. M. Tuesday of the past week, having been given a ten days' furlough. His friend, Miss Marie Bowling, who had spent a couple of weeks there, came with him here and made a short visit after which she went to her home in Denison.
*R. E. Lusk, the local telephone manager and his wife were honored with a pleasant surprise Thursday by Geo. Trager, the county manager and wife, and the Denison, Charter Oak, and Dow City force of operators. There were about twenty-five persons who gathered at the home to spend the evening. The affair was given as a farewell to Mr. Lusk who leaves on Thursday of this week for Camp Dodge, where he will begin military training. Mr. Lusk for fully a minute or two was unable to discern the meaning of this gathering, which signifies that the surprise was most complete. The evening was spent in a very pleasant and appropriate manner.
Miss Fancheon Wiley rendered several beautiful cello selections that were greatly enjoyed. The company presented Mr. Lusk with a nice wristwatch which shows in a small measure the high esteem in which he is held. Mr. Trager made the presentation speech and handled it in a most able manner. At the close of the evening delicious refreshments which the guests had brought with them were partaken of and the company reluctantly broke up, wishing Mr. Lusk the best of luck and a safe return. "Bob" as he is familiarly known, has been employed as local telephone manager ever since the central office was put in about three years ago and his work has always proven satisfactory. He will be greatly missed and all hope that after he has served his country he will come back and resume his position, which he has been promised would hold good until his return.
*Mrs. J. A. Brill very pleasantly entertained a number of guests at an elegant dinner Tuesday evening complimentary to R. E. Lusk, who is leaving this week to join the colors.
*Private Cecil Edwards, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Edwards, is expected home this week from Deming, N. M. for a visit.
*Mr. and Mrs. Claus Hansen and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Baber made an auto trip to Camp Dodge and visited Sunday with William Hansen, their son and brother, who is in training there. Joe Seimer, who has been assisting Jim Clark with his farm work and John Seimer, who has been employed on the farm of his brother, Henry, have been called to report for military duty at Camp Dodge on Thursday of this week. Henry Vollersen, who has been the efficient assistant cashier in the Farmers State bank, has been spending the past week at his parental home in Denison and left Monday for Ft. Logan, Colo. to enter an officers' training school.
*A farewell party was given at the Christ Brink home Saturday night in honor of Walter Kaiser before his departure for Camp dodge, at which place he is to report Thursday. A large number of young people were present and the occasion was greatly appreciated by the guest of honor. Nice refreshments concluded the evening. Walter is very popular among his friends and will be greatly missed in their circles.
Buck Grove, 6-26-1918
*Lawrence McNertney came Sunday evening to visit his cousin, Mrs. Dennis Griffin. Lawrence is called to the colors and leaves in a few days and is, therefore, making some farewell visits.
Dow City, 7-3-18
*Last week in Denison, the marriage of Nelson Butterworth, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clair Butterworth of this place and Miss Marie Bowling, daughter of Andrew Bowling and wife of near Denison, took place at the home of the bride on Tuesday evening, Rev. J. L. Boyd of Denison officiating. The wedding was a quiet one, only the near relatives being present. The bride is quite well known in Dow City, having made frequent visits here and is loved by all whom she met. The groom was born and reared in this vicinity and is a member of the graduating class of 1914. About a year ago he enlisted in the service of his country and at present is stationed at Camp Code, N. M. from where he expects to leave soon for France. The happy couple have the best wishes of all. Those from Dow City in attendance at the wedding were Mrs. Ayce Butterworth and daughters, Guendolin and Ruth, who are visiting here from Little Rock, Ark., Mr. and Mrs. Clair Butterworth and daughters, Gwendelyn and Mrs. H. E. Butterworth and children.
* Mrs. Henry Hancock returned Wednesday from a several weeks' visit with relatives in Irwin and is now at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Williamson. Her husband who is in military training at Camp Dodge, was here and spent several days last week.
* Mr. and Mrs. John Rockwell have received word of the safe arrival of their son, Guy, overseas, as have also Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ahart from their son, Leo.
*Private Cecil Edwards, of Camp Cody, N. M. arrived Thursday for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. ? Edwards, having been given a ten days' furlough. He expects to leave soon for over seas duty.
*Nelson Butterworth left Friday for Camp Cody, N. M. after having spent a ten days' furlough with the home folks. His wife accompanied him as far as Omaha.
*Alex Reuben went to Des Moines Thursday where he enlisted. He was successful in passing the examination and has been assigned to the base hospital at Ford Des Moines. He returned here Sunday for a short visit before taking up his duties there. For a number of years past "Al" has held a position as clerk in Herman's store. He will be greatly missed but all wish for him the best of luck.
*Prof. O. R. Bentley has received his call to report for military examination. For the past year Mr. Bentley has been an efficient instructor of manual training in our school and all regret very much that he must leave as he takes great interest in his work and is very prominent in church affairs.
*Mr. and Mrs. B. M. McElwain very pleasantly entertained a company of relatives at dinner one day last week complimentary to their nephew, Private Cecil Edwards, who was home on a furlough from Camp Code, N. M.
*Six more stars have been added to the town service flag, they being for R. E. Lusk, Robert Rule, Supt. J. J. Johnson, Henry Vollersen, Alex Reuben and Herbert Rule. Fifty-nine stars now appear on the flag.
*Word has reached here to the effect that Walter Lathrum has arrived safely overseas. He left Dow City only two or three months ago for a training camp.
*Private Norman of Denison, who is home on a several days' furlough from Deming, N. M., was a guest of his friend Private Cecil Edwards Monday. Cecil is also stationed at Deming.
*Mrs. Phrone Bell who has been caring for the John Ahart household for several weeks during Mrs. Ahart's absence in California, has now gone to her home north of town. Mrs. Ahart is still with her son, Chauncey Toon, who is in a training camp near San Francisco, Ca.
*Mrs. Ralph Roy is looking forward with great pleasure to a visit from her brother, Roy Miller of Camp Louis, Spokane, Wash., who has been given a thirty days' leave of absence.
*S. Knights who has been assisting Fred Wiley with his farm work, went to Omaha Monday to enlist. At this writing we have not learned whether he was successful in passing.
*Postmaster Ed. Ahart received a letter Monday from supt. J. J. Johnson, who is now "with the colors" at Fort Logan, Co. Supt. Johnson states in his letter that he and Henry Vollersen, who is also there with him are now full-fledged members of Uncle Sam's army having been duly initiated. He also states that the place is very beautiful and everything is satisfactory. Dow City friends are glad to learn that they are so well pleased with the military life.
*Mrs. G. W. Thomas of this place visited with her brother between the trains last week. He is stationed at Camp Dodge and expects to leave soon for France.
*Mrs. Ruth Saunders and Mrs. O. A. Olson of Astor and son, Chris, left last week for New York where they will visit their sons, who expect to leave soon for France. Mrs. Booth, of Harlan, went with them also, as she has a son in the same company.
*The many friends of Martin Williams, a well remembered boy of Deloit, and a brother of Nurse Williams and Mrs. Chas Robertson, was killed in France May 18, while on picket duty.
Denison Review, 7-3-1918
*Two-Thirds German Descent - Thirty-three Young Men Go to Camp Dodge Where They Will Receive Training for War - In Charge of L McNertney - Given Royal Entertainment by Commercial Club and Many March to Train to Bid Farewell.
- #159 Al Zeracling, Lead, S. Dak
- #634 Carl Oscar Swanson, Kiron
- #652 J. E. Powers, Vail
- #821 Chas. Nieman, Sioux City
- #835 John F. W. Droegmiller, C.O
- . #845 Bernard F. Loewe, Denison
- #860 Carl August Kock, Boyer
- #875 Robert Lincoln Rule, Dow City
- #879 Peter Claus Vehrs, Manning
- #880 Thomas Varlamos, Denison
- #888 Joseph Siemer, Denison
- #895 Louie Rohwedder, Manning
- #905 Merrill Winey, Deloit
- #910 Otto Dietrick, Goslar, Ute.
- #916 Louie John Thompson, Manning
- # 922 John Henry Remmes, Dunlap
- #940 Herbert Edgar Rule, Dow City
- #952 Lawrence C. McNertney, Alliance, Neb
- #968 Wm. Heide, Denison
- #972 Wm. Fred Bielow, Charter Oak
- #978 Otto H. Pacholke, West Side
- #979 Ludwig H. W. Reincke, Schleswig
- #980 Peter C. Peterson, Dow City
- #992 Andrew Ling, Schleswig
- #993 Cecil E. Nixon, Mallard
- #994 Eli R. Babb, Grant Center
- #998 Harry E. Soper, Glenwood
- #1001 Arthur Johnston, Denison
- #1038 Rudolph Paul Krugar, Ricketts
- # 1043 John Siemer, Denison
- #1065 Robert Ersine Lusk, Dow City
Thirty-three Crawford county young men whose names appear above, left Denison Friday morning over the C & N. W. for Camp Dodge to enter the service of their country. Not since the war was declared has a finer bunch of young men been called from this county. Two-thirds of this increment were young men of German descent but everyone of them was anxious and willing to go and help bring the war to a successful close. The men mobilized at the court house last Thursday where they reported to the local board. Robert E. Lusk of Dow City was appointed the lieutenant in charge of the increment and Lawrence C. McNertney of Manilla, his assistant. These young men were provided with transportation for the other men in the increment and the necessary papers to be turned over to the proper officers at the cantonment camp.
Thirty-six men were scheduled to leave with the increment but Leo Habda was inducted from Omaha and Elmer L. Brenner was inducted from York, Pa. Thursday evening the men were the guests of the Denison Commercial club at a delightful program held in the club rooms.
The program consisted of musical numbers and short addresses by Denison citizens. Those who spoke were P. W. Harding, G. L. Caswell, Dr. L. M. Coon and Jacob Sims.
One of the pleasing features of the evening was an address by Private Austin of Pottawattamie county, who is stationed at Fort Sill, Okla. Mr. Austin told the boys of army life and just what they could expect. He pointed out that the first six months would be hard but after that they would enjoy their work to the utmost. He gave some idea of the care the government gives the men in the service and how the health of each man is looked after. There is no lack of good entertainment at the camps said Mr. Austin, much of which is provided by the Y. M. C. A. and Knights of Columbus. It had been planned to take the men to the picture show but this feature of their entertainment had to be omitted owing to the fact that the films failed to arrive. However, the men were taken to Savery's Confectionery for a treat.
Friday morning the men assembled at the courthouse for roll call. The Denison band was on hand and gave a thirty minute concert after which the procession was formed for the march to the station, the men leaving at 9:21 a.m. There was nothing sad about their leave taking, all being in the best of spirits. Father, mothers, brothers, sisters and sweethearts were present to bid their loved ones goodbye but all bore up bravely, as the train pulled out with the band playing and whistles blowing, J. E. Powers, of Vail called out from a window, "You folks buy Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps and we will do the rest."
That seemed to be the spirit of all the men who were off to help win the war for Democracy. The local board has not yet received word from the Adj. General at Des Moines fixing Crawford county's quota for the call the last of this month. It is expected, however, that some 180 men will be called from this county. The legal advisory board is hard at work assisting the men who registered last month in filling out their questionnaires. This work will be completed some time this week. This board is still at work going over all the questionnaires and will report such cases as they deem advisable for re-classification. There will be in the neighborhood of 60 men placed in Class I from lower classification as a result of this investigation.
Dow City, 7-10-1918
*Mrs. John Ahart returned Wednesday evening from a sojourn of a few months or so with her son, Chauncey, who is in training camp near San Francisco. Medford Rudd of Dow City is also at the same place and both boys are reported to be in the best of health and enjoying the military life. Mrs. Ahart's mother, Mrs. Griffin, who had been there with her also returned and made a short visit here before going to her home in Mapleton.
*Private Cecil Edwards left Saturday on his return to Camp Cody, N. M. after a delightful ten days' visit at the parental, Wallace Edwards home.
*Alex Reuben left Thursday for Des Moines after a several days' visit with his folks in Omaha and at the home of his sister, Mrs. Herman Lazerus and family here. He just recently enlisted and is to be stationed at the Base Hospital, N. H, at Fort Des Moines.
*Mrs. John Rockwell received the sad message last week of the death of her nephew, Leo Saxton, who was killed in action in France. His people reside at Belvidere, Nebr.
*Sam Knights returned Saturday from Omaha where he had spent the greater part of the week. He went for the purpose of enlisting in the navy, but was disappointed in not passing the examination.
*Lieut. Wilber Thomas left Sunday for San Diego, California where he will be stationed hereafter. He came here from Fort Monroe, Va., and spent ten days with his parents, Mrs. E. L. Thomas.
*Morris Wilder and wife arrived on Wednesday evening for a visit at the parental, N. R. Wilder home. Morris, who is in the aviation corps, is stationed at Lake Charles, La., his wife having been there with him for sometime, but now remaining at the home of her parents in Council Bluffs. They left the first of the week.
*Mrs. Earl Chase came over from Buck Grove Saturday for a farewell visit with her brother, Lieut. Wilber Thomas, before his departure for San Diego, Cali. Her husband came over Sunday and spent the day.
*Private Ralph McKee was here from Camp dodge for an over-Sunday visit with his wife and baby.
*Mrs. Lee Barger has gone for a visit with her husband at the Great Lakes Naval Training camp near Chicago. Mrs. Barger is making her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Randel while he is away.
*John Hickey, Jr. came home from Omaha Saturday for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hickey and also with his brother, Melvin, who was home from Camp Dodge. John enlisted last week in the navy and left Monday morning for the Great Lakes Naval Training school.
*Carl Kepford is now in France. This is making fast time for he left here with the boys in April.
*A letter received by G. W. Tucker from his son, Grover, who is now with the American forces in France, states that all the Denison boys are together again for the first time in four months. They are located in southern France, farther from the scenes of battle than at any time since their first arrival at the front.
*Spencer Heiden, who has been connected with the Gnam-Lamberty Clothing company ever since that firm started in business in Denison, has resigned his position because of being called to the colors. He is now enjoying a short vacation before joining his comrades. He is succeeded in the Gnam-Lamberty company by A. B. Cox, recently of the Denison bottling works. Mr. Cox is an experienced clothing and show man and Mr. Lamberty is indeed fortunate in securing his services.
*Emil Jensen and Otto Johannsen have enlisted in the mechanical engineering corps at Ames. If they are accepted they expect to be called about October 15th.
*John Norris, who has been attending Grinnell college the past year returned from Omaha Monday where he enlisted in the Coast Artillery and Marines. He will return again Friday to Omaha for a final examination in the branch of service he desired.
*Clarence Chamberlin is expected home the latter part of this week for a visit of several days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Chamberlin. Clarence finished his flying course at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill. on Friday and has the honor of having completed the course with the least number of hours in the air of any other flyer, his record being 48 hours and 28 minutes. He expects to receive a commission the forepart of next week and does not yet know where he will be located.
*Will Curry, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Curry, has enlisted in the United States service and expects to soon leave for France. He has been in the clothing business at Columbus, Neb., for some time but has transferred the business to his brother, Thomas, recently of Storm Lake. There are three of the Curry brothers, John of Seward; Will, of Columbus, and Thomas of Storm Lake, and they are full blooded Americans, and are doing all in their power to further the cause of America. Will is sacrificing a splendid business career in order to do his bit and no doubt he will make a good accounting over in France.
*Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Bond will leave Friday for Chicago where they will meet John Harrison, a stepson of the doctor's, who formerly lived in Denison and will be remembered by many of our citizens. Mr. Harrison has enlisted in the Y.M.C.A. for war work and expects to leave soon for France. Before returning home, Dr. and Mrs. Bond will visit at Wilton Junction, Wis., and also at Joliet, Ill. They expect to be absent a week or ten days.
*A happy reunion of the members of the Thos. Norris family was held at the Norris home the fore part of this week. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Poole and little son arrived from Ft. Rosencrans, Cali. On Saturday and the reunion was held in order that the children might be together once more before Harold's return to camp. Other members of the family who enjoyed the family dinner Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Norris, of Sioux City; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Norris of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Norris of Dunlap; G. Poole of Tama City. Harold departed on Monday for Ft. Rosencrans where he expects to receive orders to sail for France in the near future. Harold received his commission as second lieutenant some time ago and is in line for advancement within a short time.
Dow City, 7-17-18
*Friends here have received word that F. O. Reynolds has been promoted corporal. "Red" is a deserving young man and will without a doubt perform his duties to the very best of his ability.
*Clarence Anders, the efficient and popular clerk in the Kiron bank severed his connections with the bank Saturday and left for DeKalb, Ill. to visit his mother before entering the service.
*Richard Johnson, who has been called to the front, July 20, holds a sale Tuesday of this week of his furniture and household goods and will accompany his wife to her mother's home in Minnesota where she expects to remain until after the war. All regret to see this young couple leave. May divine protection and guidance follow Richard as he goes forth to assist in the noble cause for freedom.
Dow City, 7-24-1918
*Mrs. Brinten Sharp returned last Tuesday from a two weeks' sojourn in Des Moines, where she had been called by the illness of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Merrill Sharp. We are glad to report that the latter is improving nicely and was able to return with Mrs. Sharp.
*Morris Wilder was a passenger from Omaha Friday morning for a couple of days' visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Wilder. He was on his way from Texas to New York and was privileged to make a visit with his parents here and with his wife in Omaha. Morris is in the aviation corps and was stationed at lake Charles, La. for some time.
*Carl Hansen was down from Denison Friday visiting at the parental, Claus Hansen home. He is in the next draft call and leaves on Friday. For the past year or more Carl has held a position as night operator at the tower in Denison.
*A pretty wedding took place at the home of John Edwards, Sr. Saturday afternoon when his granddaughter, Miss Alma L. Edwards, was united in marriage to John E. Retman, of Denison. Promptly at the appointed time (4 o'clock) the bridal couple attended by Frank Retman, brother of the groom and Miss Mae Edwards, sister of the bride, took their places under the Stars and Stripes out on the lawn where Elder Charles E. Butterworth performed the ceremony in a most impressive manner. The wedding was a quiet one, only the near relatives and a few friends being present. After the newlyweds had received the congratulations and best wishes of their friends a nice wedding luncheon was served. The bride needs no introduction to the people of this vicinity as she has grown to young womanhood here. She is the eldest daughter of John Edwards, Jr. and is possessed of a very sweet disposition. The groom is not so well known but is well spoken of. He is one of Denison's young men and comes in the next draft call and leaves this week for Camp Gordon. His bride will make her home with her father until his return. The best wishes of all are extended to them.
*Fred Boham of Harlan, who has been spending the past week at the home of his brother, Orvie, and family, received his call for military service and left Monday for a camp in Georgia.
*We are told that Miss Flora Wiggins, who has been assisting her brother, W. H. Wiggins, in his store at Woodbine for several years, has accepted a position of assistant cashier in the Farmers State bank here in the place left vacant by Henry Vollersen who is now in the service of his country.
*John Eck was over from Charter Oak Monday and made a farewell visit with his relatives, the Enos Cross, Howard Pegg and Wm. Ettleman families, before his departure into the army. Mrs. Anna Does, who had been spending some time at the Eck house, returned with him Monday.
*Mr. and Mrs. Clem Honz, son Urban and daughter, Mary, of Dunlap, made a short visit at the Adolph Honz home Monday on their return from Denison. Their son, Urban, is in the next draft call and leaves Friday.
*Miss Josephine Stepanek pleasantly entertained a number of young people at a six o'clock dinner Sunday evening in honor of Jerry Brink who leaves Friday to join the colors.
*Nathan Hain, of the Great Lakes Naval Training camp near Chicago arrived Saturday and will spend ten days with the home folks. Horace Thomas, formerly of the Great Lakes but now of New York, also arrived home Saturday on a ten days' furlough. The boys met unexpectedly at Clinton on their way here. This was indeed a pleasant surprise for both.
*Ben Houston was in Omaha last week and enlisted for military service. He was successful in passing and we are informed that he has gone into the mechanical department of the balloon school at Ft. Omaha. Homer Wiley and Merrill Binnall have also enlisted and we understand that they are to be stationed at Fr. Omaha.
*Hans Birkhofer, one of the sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Birkhofer, has been transferred from the registration roll at Moscow to this district. This was done at his request in order that he might go from this county. He leaves Friday with the rest of the drafted men.
*Friends of Herbert Ahart, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ahart of the vicinity of Dunlap will be interested to learn that he has enlisted in the mechanical department of the balloon school at Omaha.
*Foster Cornelius recently went to Sioux City to enlist and later went to Omaha for the physical examination but was rejected. This was quite a disappointment to him as he was very anxious to go and do his bit.
*Mr. and Mrs. John Mathys and children spent Sunday with relatives, the Fred Frame family in Missouri Valley. Their daughter, Mrs. John Schaupp and husband, of Dunlap accompanied them. Mr. Schaupp will leave Friday for military training at Camp Gordon, Ga. His wife expects to visit relatives at different places after which she will return to her parental home to remain during her husband's absence.
*George Giblin was at Ames this week where he enlisted in the auto service. He expects to be called within the next few days.
*Mrs. C. C. Kemming and daughter, Phillis, and son Charles, went down to Camp Dodge Saturday, where they visited over Sunday with Chase.
*Joe Lingle, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lingle, is visiting at the parental home this week. Joe is stationed at Camp Funston, in the service and enjoys army life to the utmost.
*Leslie Heiden was up from Camp Dodge over Sunday visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Heiden. Leslie says the 88th division is preparing for overseas duty and expects to receive orders to entrain at a very early date.
*Wm. Bergsteadt has received a letter from his son, Harold, who is with the marines in France, stating that he is now in a hospital. He does not say anything further as to how he came to be in the hospital. He states that he is getting along nicely and "when I get out of here I will give it to them again."
*A party was given at the P. Kinney home Sunday evening in honor of Edward Kinney, who leaves this week for Camp Gordon. The evening was pleasantly spent in music and games after which dainty refreshments were served and at a late hour the guests departed for their homes, carrying with them the pleasant memory of a most enjoyable evening. Ed was presented with a wristwatch as a remembrance of his many Vail friends.
*A splendid patriotic meeting that would have been a credit to any town was held in Arion Monday evening in honor of our soldier boys who are going this week; Warren Roberts, Harry Argotsinger, Guy Argotsinger, Herman Witte, Elton Wingrove, Julius Suhr and Edward Butler. Our pastor, Miss Iona Brosius, had charge of the meeting and made a fine address dedicating a beautiful service flag. Rev. Sidney Pierce, of Logan, gave a rousing patriotic speech. Rev. Pierce is a veteran of the civil war and his speech stirred his audience profoundly. He was followed by his son, Sydney Pierce, Jr. former speaker of the legislature, whose speech was of the need of very effort that we could put forth. The ladies of the Red Cross surely did their part. Tables were covered with delicious cakes which were served with ice cream. Our soldier in uniform, Private Carpenter, was at the meeting and Emil Schwarz helped the refreshments by passing boxes of excellent cigars.
*Frank Johnson went Monday to join the army having enlisted some time ago, leaving a widowed mother and one brother on the farm.
*Edward Butler left Tuesday for Austin, Tex. where he will be in training.
Charter Oak, 7-24-1918
*Wm. Harness returned Tuesday after a short visit with his folks at Des Moines. He intends to join the army soon.
*Word comes that last week John Olson and Wm. Davis went through Omaha on their way to the eastern coast. We don't know whether they expect to sail soon or not, but do know that the two boys have always been anxious to be over there.
*Wesley Davis left Friday morning for Sioux City, where he enlisted in the marine corps.
*Private Frank Eich and Edward Gleason were home Sunday for a short furlough. They expect to leave Camp Dodge soon for the east.
West Side, 7-24-1918
*Mrs. C. L. Patterson has received a letter stating that Dr. C. L. Patterson has arrived safely over there.
*Gus Bennings and sister, Mrs. Aug Bornhoft went to Calamus for a visit at the parental, Bennings, home. Gus will leave for the army this week.
*Gus Brockman left Tuesday to join the army in Texas.
*The following were home from Camp Dodge Sunday: Henry Jessen, Frank Pruter, Jr. and Henry Hansman, Jr.
Charter Oak, 7-31-1918
*Wesley Davis returned Monday from Sioux City where he tried to enlist but failed. He is very disappointed but thinks he will pass when the draft comes.
*Something like twenty boys left Charter Oak in the last draft. Most of the parents and friends of the boys accompanied them to Denison to bid them good-bye and wish them good luck.
*Mrs. Lou Perry, son Glen, and daughter, Mrs. Ernest Mae motored to Carroll Friday to take Mr. Mae to that place, where he left with the rest of the boys for the south.
*Private Otto Gosler and Walter Bielow were home from Camp Dodge to spend Sunday with friends and relatives.
*Guy Johnson was here from Camp Dodge to spend the week end.
Dow City, 7-31-18
*Geo. Brink, Hans Birkhofer and Harold Fienholdt were in Omaha on Wednesday where the latter enlisted in the service. He left Tuesday of this week for Fort Logan, where he will enter the mechanical department of the service. For the past year or so he has been holding a position in the Fienholdt garage.
*Mrs. L. E. Goodman was very pleasantly surprised Tuesday of the past week when her son, Foster Tillett, arrived from the Great Lakes Naval Training camp having been given a ten days' furlough. Foster enlisted in April 1917, since which time he has been in training there. He was one of the first boys to enlist from Dow City and this is his first visit home. His friends are all glad to see him looking so well.
*Word reaches here the Supt. J. J. Johnson and Henry Vollersen, who left here sometime ago for Ft. Logan, Col., have been transferred to an eastern camp with the expectation of sailing for France soon.
*The Baptist people went out to the Tatroe home in the country Tuesday evening of the past week, the occasion being a farewell for one of the members of the family, Carl, who left Wednesday evening for Denison where on Friday morning he left with the other drafted men for Georgia. The evening was spent as enjoyable as possible considering the nature of the event. A delicious luncheon concluded the evening. The guest of honor will be greatly missed in the various departments of church work where he was always found faithful but all join in wishing him the best of luck in the service of his country.
*A farewell was tendered Harry and Guy Argotsinger Wednesday night at the George Keairnes home west of town. A goodly number of friends were present and all enjoyed themselves as best they could on such an occasion. Games were played and dainty refreshments served as a closing gesture. The guests of honor have a large number of friends in this vicinity in whose circle they will be greatly missed, but all wish them the best of luck and a safe return. The departed Friday for Camp Gordon, Ga.
*Frank Bensen was up from Dunlap a short time last week. He left Friday with the company of drafted men for Georgia. (Denison Review 7-31-1918 - Dow City)
*Carl Tatroe, George Wieland, Clair Lloyd, Harry and Guy Argotsinger, Elford Meyer, Oscar and Carl Hansen, George Brink, Louis Mathys, Edgar Banyard, Hans Birkhofer and Sam, all of this vicinity, departed Friday for Camp Gordon, Ga.
*Clair Lloyd arrived last week from Denver, Colo., and made a several days' visit with his mother, Mrs. Julius Ahart. He had been called here to report for military service and left on Friday for Camp Gordon, Ga.
*Nathan Hain left the first of the week on his return to the Great Lakes Naval training camp near Chicago after having enjoyed a ten days' visit with his home folks.
*Horace Thomas returned Saturday from a visit with friends in Des Moines. He left Tuesday to resume his naval duties in the east, after having enjoyed a ten-day's furlough.
*Nathan Hain, who came home from the Great Lakes for a ten days' visit with his people, has had his furlough extended a few days. He was to have reported Wednesday but will now remain until the latter part of the week.
*A. W. Wilson has secured G. Gothman of Dubuque to assist him in the barber shop in the place of Alfred Hansen, who has enlisted. Mr. Gothman began his duties Monday.
*Word has been received here that Elmer McIntosh was seriously wounded in action in France. His mother, Mrs. Edith Lewis McIntosh resides in Omaha and is well known in this vicinity.
*Mrs. Merrill Sharp returned Sunday from a several days' visit with her husband at Camp Dodge before his departure for an eastern camp. He had been stationed at Camp Dodge since going into the military service early last fall. He and his wife had been doing light housekeeping in Des Moines for several months. Mrs. Sharp will make her home here with relatives during his absence.
*The Ward McDonald and Asa Ettleman families and Hans Dieter were in Ames and spent the Sabbath with L. H. Hawley, who is taking a mechanical course there preparing to go into military service.
*Mrs. Anna Bruhn and sons, Claus and Emil, of Spirit Lake, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Elbeck of Minnesota, were recent guests at the home of the former's niece, Mrs. Walter Cole and family. The boys have gone into the ranks and left this week for a training camp.
*Private Ben Houston was here from Ft. Omaha and spent Sunday with the home folks. He just recently enlisted in the mechanical department of the balloon school there.
*Mrs. John Schaupp, of near Dunlap, is now at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mathys, where she will remain while her husband is in the service of his country.
*Albert Starkey was up from Omaha Sunday and made a visit at the Walter Cole home. His son, Charley, has been called to the colors and left the first of the week to begin training.
*Dorris Griffin was up from Ft. Omaha and spent Sunday with his people.
*Mrs. Allen Haworth accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sharp and little son, were in Camp Dodge Sunday to visit Private Merrill Sharp who we understand expects to be transferred to an eastern camp soon.
*Mrs. John Retman returned Friday from Denison where she and her husband had spent a few days. The latter left Friday morning for Camp Gordon, Ga.
*Private Robert Rule was here from Camp Dodge spending the Sabbath at the parental, Thomas Rule, home.
*Brinton Sharp and brother, W. K. Sharp, went to Des Moines Wednesday to visit the former's son, Merrill, who is stationed at Camp Dodge. They returned Friday.
*Alfred Hansen and Chas. Rigsby went to Omaha Sunday evening to enlist. At present we have been unable to learn particulars.
*Bryce and Merrill Binnall and Homer Wiley were in Omaha last week where the latter two enlisted. We are told that Merrill was rejected.
*Last Tuesday evening Elton Wingrove was given a farewell party at his home. About fifty or sixty were present. Games and music was the feature of the evening. The crowd sang several songs and Eileen and Ruth Turnlund of Cherokee, sang. Cake was served at a late hour when all departed, wishing him good luck.
*Letters from Carl Kepford and Fred Suhr, who left in April, tell of their safe arrival in France.
*A farewell party was given for Edward Butler by his cousin, Mrs. Grace Kepford and Mrs. Baker, at which relatives were present.
*Miss Evelyn Marr and H. Steinhagen were married at Sac City last week, Wednesday, just before Mr. Steinhagen left to join the army, adding one more young couple to the many parted by the necessity of war. These young people are well and favorably known here and their many friends extend their best wishes.
*Mrs. George Argotsinger gave a party Tuesday evening for her sons, Guy and Harry, who left to join the army Wednesday. A large number of their young friends were present and a pleasant time was enjoyed by all. Delicious cake and ice cream were served.
*John Rabe and brother, Ed, and Geo. Dorale motored to Camp Dodge Saturday to visit over Sunday with Private Ben Rabe.
*Private Walter Bielow, of Camp Dodge, visited Sunday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Paul Rix. Indications are that he will soon be transferred to some other camp or perhaps on his way over there.
*Mr. and Mrs. Herman Maltmann autoed to Ida Grove early Monday morning to see the boys off, his brother being one of the recruits.
*Martin Sandstrom and family arrived last week from San Juan, Tex. Mr. Moorhouse, who has been superintending Mr. Sandstrom's farm here is expected to leave at any time for the front, which necessitated Martin's return. Martin has harvested part of his crop in the valley. They are very enthusiastic over that country and the future prospects.
*Paul Lundberg left Monday for Omaha to enlist. Before returning he will visit relatives at Kansas City and other points in Kansas.
*Prayers Follow Kiron Boys - Quite a number of our boys were taken in the last draft and left last Friday for Camp Gordon. This community now feels that we are in war as never before through the taking away of so many of our stalwart young men to aid in this struggle for right. It should also, as never before, spur us to in every way do our best in contributing and complying with the requests of Uncle Sam, which goes to and will aid in the winning of the war. The boys gone have sacrificed their good positions, homes and friends and some of them possibly their lives, then why should any one complain if called upon to buy bonds and war savings stamps and to sacrifice some things Uncle Sam requests in order that the boys may be fully equipped and provided for, in order that victory may be ours. The prayers and good wishes follow the boys.
Transcribed by Melba McDowell