World War I News, 1917-1919
from the Denison Review
Articles About People from Crawford County Serving in WWI
March, 1919 - September, 1919
Dow City, 3-5-1919
*Leo Christianson of Kearney, Neb., stopped here Sunday for a short visit at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. S. E. Baber on his way home from Ames where he had been attending school fitting himself for military service.
*Elias Henry, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Henry, came home Monday from the Great Lakes Naval Training station near Chicago, having received his final discharge from that place. He just recently returned from England.
Charter Oak, 3-5-1919
*Lowell G. Woodward, who has been in the west ever since he enlisted, received his discharge recently and came home for a brief visit. He left last Friday for Colridge, Nebr., to become manager of his father's store at that place.
Arion, 3-12-1919 Guy Argotsinger came home Saturday night, having an honorable discharge from the army, and was met at the train by an enthusiastic crowd of relatives and friends.
*Dr. Vern Talcott is now located as intern in the State hospital at Omaha.
*Friends of Warren Roberts were disappointed when he did not get home on the Saturday night train, but his discharge papers did not come in time. But many friends were shaking hands with him Monday morning.
Dow City, 3-12-1919
*A. A. Fishel and wife arrived Wednesday afternoon on their return from a sojourn of a year or so in Oregon. Their friends are more than pleased to see them back again. Her son, Daniel Klick, is now on the U. S. s. Lansdale, a torpedo destroyer and is stationed at the U. S. naval base at Triesie, Austria. His many friends in this vicinity are greatly interested to learn of this.
*Mrs. Gail Carey was a passenger from Denison Wednesday and she and her husband are now making their home here, having rented rooms in the residence of Mrs. S. E. Goddard. Mr. Carey has resumed his former position of assistant cashier in the McHenry bank.
*Horace Thomas, who was recently discharged from the navy, has gone to Harlan where he has accepted employment.
*Mrs. O. J. Judd received a sad message the latter part of the week to the effect that her brother, Harry G. Fisher, had passed away in France, following an attack of pneumonia, his death having occurred February 19th. His home was in Washington, D. C.
*Fred Gehlsen sent a message from Camp Merrit that he had arrived safely and would soon be home. Slowly our soldier boys are returning, but some of them will never come to greet ... (missing rest of article)
*Jesse Schreeves, who recently returned from France, visited friends here last week. He related many interesting incidents which occurred during his life in the trenches. He was employed here as a barber before his call to the colors.
*Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Draper returned here last Tuesday. He was given his honorable discharge and returned to Manilla to make his home.
*Wesley Fish, son of Harry Fish, who has been in the service, received his discharge.
*Fred Petersen has returned from overseas and is a visitor at the home of his uncle, Broder Boysen, this week.
Dow City, 3-19-1919
*Lieut. Arthur Spence, who is stationed at a camp in Virginia, was here the first of the week visiting relatives. He is spending a few days' furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Spence, in Denison.
*Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ahart are looking forward to the arrival of their son, Leo, from France, they having received a card from him which had been written on board the ship in his way to the states.
*Mrs. Henry Bohm, daughter, Augusta and son, Fred Russell, were passengers from Denison Wednesday for a visit at the J. H. Young home. Mr. Russell has just recently been returned from overseas service.
*Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Thoren came up from Woodbine Friday for a week end visit with her sister, Mrs. W. F. Hulburd and family. Mr. Thoren has just recently received his discharge from the army.
*Bryan Cooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cooper, who has been stationed at Waco, Texas, has been given his honorable discharge and returned to his home.
*Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Potter expect their son, Leroy, home soon. He has been given his honorable discharge.
*Guy Manford, who recently was discharged, returned home Thursday, his many friends are glad to see him.
*Manilla was greatly shocked last week when they heard the Dee D. Palmer had made the supreme sacrifice for his country, being killed in action Oct. 10, 1919 in an attack on the Hindenberg line. Dee was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, now deceased. He leaves to mourn, one brother, who is in France and two sisters. The community extends their deepest sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.
Buck Grove, 3-19-1919
*Fred Russier has returned from France, looking well and hearty. He says he was not in any of the fighting.
*Word has been received from Fred Retman in France that he is in a hospital recovering from an operation for appendicitis.
*Robert Rule, who lately returned from France, was visiting with Arion friends last week, who listened with deep feeling to his experiences in one of the last battles when our boys were advancing in the face of heavy fire, the machine gunner nearest Bob was killed. Another soldier immediately took his place, but only fired the gun a few times until he, too, fell dead. Without hesitation Robert took the gunner's place and was steadily firing when an officer tapped him on the shoulder saying, "Who told you to fire this gun?" "I don't know sir, unless it was God," replied Bob. His life was spared through many dangers. Some of our soldier boys will never come back but we realize how much we own these boys who offered their lives for their country.
Dow City, 3-26-1919
*Mrs. Frank Banyard is in receipt of a letter from her husband in which he writes that he has sailed from France and is on his way to the states.
*Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Ahart have received word from their son, Leo, stating that he is now in a training camp in California. He arrived in the United States about two weeks ago from abroad.
*Fred Randel arrived home Tuesday from a training camp in Honolulu, having received his final discharge from the army. He enlisted in the service more than a year ago. His friends are very glad to see him back again.
*Roe Shumate arrived home last week from Camp Beauregaard, having received his final discharge from the service. He was one of the first of our boys to enlist in the country's service and has been connected with a hospital unit.
*John Schaupp arrived home recently from Camp Dodge, where he received his discharge from the army. He has just been returned from overseas service a few weeks ago. He and his wife, who has been here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Mathys, during his absence, have now moved onto a farm near Dunlap. Mr. Schaupp has been in the army since last July.
*Private Alfred Hansen of Dow City, who is a brother of Carl Hansen of this city, has recently been transferred from Ft. Crook, Omaha, to Wing Foot Lake, Akron, Ohio, where he will remain for another year.
*Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Garrison have received word that their grandson, Raymond E. Garrison, who has been in France and on the western front with Unit K, for the past fifteen months, sailed for home yesterday.
*Sgt. Carl E. Alleman, of Talieferro, Texas, was visiting at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Gus Retman this city, last Tuesday.
*Lieut. Harold Laub is spending a short furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Laub. He is stationed at Pensacola, Fla., and will return there next week.
*Capt. B. M. Lockard, of Chicago, visited in Denison over Sunday with his wife, who is living in Denison with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Temple, while he is in the service.
Dow City, 4-2-1919
*Mrs. Claus Hansen was a passenger from Denison Thursday to spend a few days with her daughters, Mrs. T. F. Baber and Mrs. Chas Bell. Mrs. Hansen's son, Alfred, who was stationed at Ft. Omaha for several months, has been transferred to Wing Foot Lake, Akron, O. He is engaged in his profession of barber with a good salaried position. He expects to remain there a year.
*Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ahart enjoyed a visit the past week from her brother, Lloyd Wilber, who has recently received his discharge from the service, having returned from a camp in West Virginia. Mrs. Ahart's sister, Mrs. E. L. Lyons, was also here from Charter Oak making a visit with them.
Dow City, 4-9-1919
*Mrs. Henry Siemer has received word that her brother, Hobart Losch, has arrived from overseas service and at present is in the hospital at Ford Des Moines, suffering with bronchitis. Mrs. Losch had been abroad for several months, having spent the greater part of the time in England.
*W. E. Kahler received an interesting document last week from his brother, Corporal Herbert B. Kahler, who is a member of the headquarters company of the 5th Army Corps. The document gives a detailed account and orders received by this corps from September 25, 1918, until the armistice was signed. Mr. Kahler's brother also sent him a German army rifle which is patterned after the regulation ....(missing rest of article)
*H. L. Fitch, of the Doad Milling Co., was at Manning on Tuesday. He was accompanied by Sergeant and Mrs. Grantz, who had been visiting in Denison. Sergeant Grantz is a nephew of Mrs. J. C. Robinson and returned from overseas only last Tuesday. He had been in France for more than a year.
*Capt. Clarence Molseed was here from Omaha the first of the week and visited relatives and friends. He recently returned from France where he had charge of a big field hospital and was home on a furlough. He expects to receive his discharge soon.
*Glenn Clemmer returned on Sunday from Camp Dodge, where he has been in training the past few months. Since entering the service he had been quite sick for some time, but he is now looking well and feeling fine.
*Mr. and Mrs. Tucker of Denison are spending a few days with their daughter, Mrs. John Anderson. They report that their son, Grover, will soon be home from overseas.
Dow City, 4-16-1919
*Wilfred Fredericksen left last week for Michigan after a pleasant week's visit at the home of his father, Gus Fredericksen. He just recently received his discharge from the navy, having returned from the Great Lakes.
*Ben Houston arrived home on Tuesday of the past week from Newport News, W. Va., having received his final discharge. Since enlisting in the service Ben has spent most of the time at Ft. Omaha, having been transferred to West Virginia only a short time ago.
*Everett Lakin, of Des Moines, was a business visitor in town Thursday. He has just recently been discharged from the navy.
*Walter Watson was a caller in town one day last week from Denison. He just recently returned from overseas services.
*Friends of Albert Starkey, Jr. will be greatly interested and pleased to learn that he is on his way home from overseas service, having started Saturday, April 13th. Albert was one of the first boys to enlist from here, having received his first training at Ida Grove.
Dow City, 4-23-1919
*Alfred Edwards, eldest son of John Edwards, Jr., arrived Wednesday from Camp Dodge where he received his final discharge from the army, having reached New York the latter part of March from France. Alfred looks like military life had agreed with him and his friends are more than pleased to welcome him home again. He and his brother, Elias, were among the first of our boys to enlist. They received their first training in Ida Grove and have been together in the Rainbow Division during their service abroad. Elias is expected to arrive home soon, he having left France.
*Frank Banyard arrived home Friday, having received his final discharge from the army. He has been abroad seven months, having reached New York about three weeks ago. Before going across h was stationed at a camp in Maine, it will be remembered. His friends are greatly pleased over his return.
*Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McKee are the parents of a baby son, born on Saturday, April 19th. Mr. McKee has been in the country's service and has not yet returned from abroad. Mrs. McKee has been with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Edwards, since his departure.
*Word has been received here by relatives to the effect that Morris Hefferman, who is in France, has reenlisted for a period of three years. Morris enlisted in the army about a year ago.
*George Brink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Brink, has arrived in New Jersey from France and is expecting to be transferred to Des Moines soon. It will be remember that some time ago George had the misfortune to be severely wounded on the battlefields when it became necessary to amputate on of his limbs. As the wound has not yet healed he will undoubtedly remain in the hospital at Fort Des Moines for further care.
*Herbert Losch was down from Denison last week visiting at the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry Siemer. He has just recently been returned from army service abroad, having been in the army hospital at Fort Des Moines for several weeks suffering with an attack of bronchitis.
*Don Johnson is another one of our soldier boys to return home. He was sent to Camp Grant last July with a bunch of other boys and remained there only a short time before being sent across. He has been in France eight months but is glad to get home.
Dow City, 4-30-1919
*J. J. Johnson, Chris Vollersen and son, Henry, were down from Denison Friday to attend the memorial service held in the city park for Louis Miller and Carl Kepford, who made the supreme sacrifice on the battlefields of France.
*Relatives here have received word to the effect that Elias Edwards has arrived in New York from service abroad. It is also understood that Albert Starkey reached New York at the same time.
*A. W. Wilson has secured Mr. S. Varrend to assist him in the barber shop in the place of Mr. Johnson who resigned a few weeks ago. Mr. Varrend has just returned from Camp Cody, N. Mexico, where he received his discharge from the service.
Denison Review, 4-30-1919
*Will Receive Warm Welcome -
Denison's Returning Heroes From Overseas Will Receive Royal Welcome on Their Return Home -
Meet Them At The Station -
Boys Reached New York Last Friday and Were Met by Iowa Committee -
Now at Camp Upton.
Returning Heroes - Sgt. Grover Tucker; Corp. Lawrence I. Zea; Corp. Percy Cavett; Corp. Wm. J. Wearmouth; Corp. Burness B. Boslough; Corp. Eliphalet Stock; Corp. Orris B. Suiter, Prvt. William Engle; Prvt Elias E. Edwards Dow City; Corp Emil H. Kasterson, Dunlap.
Denison will welcome home next week eight of her sons who covered themselves with glory on the battlefields of France. These veterans whose names appear at the head of this column served in the famous 42nd division, known as the Rainbow division. Two other Crawford county young men, who also fought with this division, will also return to their homes next week. A big homecoming is being planned for the Denison veterans of the Rainbow division when they reach this city. Plans will be finally arranged at a meeting to be held at the courthouse on tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
All discharged soldiers and sailors are requested to attend this meeting which has been called by Sheriff A. C. Greene. It is planned to have all of the returned soldiers and sailors in uniform at the station when the train comes in from Des Moines with the boys. A big parade headed by the band will then escort the boys uptown where a big celebration will be held.
Three veterans of the 42nd division have already returned to Crawford county, having been wounded and returned to this country to be discharged. These veterans are Ed Flahive and William Marshall, both of Denison and Leo J. Miller of Charter Oak. These boys will take an active part in the welcome home celebration to their comrades.
The boys who are members of the 168th infantry of Iowa landed at New York on last Friday evening aboard the giant liner Leviathan which was formerly the steamship Vaterland of the Hamburg-American line. Several hundred Iowans were at the pier to welcome the Iowa men home, many of the delegates accompanying the boys to Camp Upton where the regiment underwent the pleasant "delousing" experiences. As the tug bearing the Iowa welcoming committee drew up beside the transport a mighty cheer went up from the decks of the Bessel. "Hurrah for Iowa" and "Iowa Fights" was yelled from decks as boys reached the pier. "Tell the folks we'll be home soon" yelled the boys as they crowded to the railing. When the boys of the 168th caught sign of the Iowa banner they sent up a shout that could be heard for miles.
The division was cited sixteen times from Nov. 1, 1917, until Dec. 15, 1918, the French conferring ten honors and six times they were cited by American commanders under whom they served. They participated in every major operation of the American army and received letters of commendation in every case. Members of the division have received two medals of honor, 250 distinguished service crosses, 2 distinguished service medals, 175 Croix de Guerre, 19 legions of honor, 5 medallions militaries and 16 Belgian decorations. In killed, wounded and missing, the division lost 439 officers and 13,485 men. Its greatest casualty list followed the Aisne-Marne offensive, July 24th to August 6th last year, which cost 184 officers and 5,469 men. In this offensive the 42nd relieved the 26th American division, one brigade of the 28th division and three other first class German and Bavarian divisions.
The 168th Iowa infantry is still at Camp Upton and the authorities are unable to state at the present time just when they will be able to leave for Camp Dodge where the men will finally be discharged from the service. It was expected that they would arrive at Des Moines on Friday of this week and that the Denison and Crawford county boys would be able to reach home not later than Monday. The delay at Camp Upton however, will cause a change in these plans. Scores of Denison folks will journey down to Des Moines to welcome the boys back. Parents who have not seen their sons for nearly two years are planning on making the trip as well as other relatives and friends. A huge parade is one of the features of the homecoming at Des Moines. The men of the 168thwill march with their full equipment through the streets of Des Moines soon after their arrival. The entire city will be decked with flags and bunting and a triumphal arch is being erected near the capitol building. Special provisions have been made who for the wounded Rainbow soldiers who are convalescing at Ft. Des Moines and Camp Dodge to witness ...(missing the rest of the article).
Dow City, 5-7-1919
*On Tuesday of the past week a box of souvenirs from Germany were received by Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Rudd from their son, Guild, who is stationed in that country.
*Lieut. Leo Ahart arrived home last Thursday from California, where he had been since his return from France a few weeks ago. He had been in the service a little better than a year and has many interesting accounts to relate to the home folks. His folks had permitted to visit him briefly on his way through to California, the train having stopped a few minutes in order that he might see his people.
*Private Henry Hansen, son of Pete Hansen, arrived home last week, having received his discharge from the army. He has been in service abroad for some time.
*Relatives here have received word to the effect that Harold Jones, who recently arrived in New York from overseas service, has been sent to a camp in California.
*Word from Elias Edwards, who recently arrived in New York from France, has been received by relatives stating that he is now in a hospital as a result of an injury which he suffered while playing ball.
*John Jensen has been here the past week on a furlough from an army camp, a guest of his relatives, the Fred Nelson family. He has enlisted in the army of occupation and expects to go abroad soon.
*Word has been received that two of our boys, Ira Lee and Virgil Peffers are on their way home from France.
Dow City, 5-14-1919
*George Brink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Brink, who recently returned from France, came home the latter part of the week on a several days furlough from Ft. Des Moines. While in the service George was seriously wounded, having lost a limb. He is receiving care at the hospital at Ft. Des Moines.
*Mrs. N. F. Stilson is in receipt of a letter from her son, George, who is with the 6th division in Germany. He states that he will not get home for at least six months and says that the 6th stood inspection by Gen. Pershing and went into Germany when the 168th went out.
*Chris Lingard of Co. L 35th Division, arrived home from overseas Thursday evening. Many of his friends met him at the station and gave him a hearty welcome.
*Herman Petersen is home on a twelve-day furlough from the U. S. Naval Training Station at San Francisco. Herman is looking fine and he thinks the navy the only life.
*Guy Patton, who recently received his honorable discharge, visited here several days last week with his brother, Charles and family, before returning to his home in Dakota.
Dow City, 5-14-1919
*Elias Edwards arrived the first of the week from Des Moines for a several weeks' furlough with his people. He has re-enlisted in the motorcycle corps and expects to return the forepart of June. Elias was among the first of our boys to enlist in the service, he and his brother Alfred, who returned several weeks ago, having been together in the Rainbow division. About two weeks ago, the former arrived at Camp Upton, N. Y. from France.
*Chris Lingard has returned from the army, having received his final discharge. He had been in the service for some eight months.
*Relatives here have received word from Garland Scott stating that he had arrived in New York City from France. While in the service, he was quite seriously wounded, having been confined in a hospital for ten weeks. After leaving there, he rejoined his company. He states that he has been compelled to enter a hospital again in New York City. His folks here are awaiting further particulars from him.
*Orris Ahart, son of John Ahart, arrived Saturday night from Hoboken, N. Y., having received his discharge from the navy in which service he enlisted about a year ago. He has made give round trips across the pond, on the steam ship Tivives. His friends are very glad to have him back again.
*R. H. Fishel, who is in the naval service, arrived Monday for a visit with the home folks. He has been granted a furlough of seven days. His headquarters are at Newport, R. I.
Dow City, 5-21-1919
*Orris Ahart, who was recently released from the navy, and his sister, Miss Lillian Ahart, returned Wednesday evening from a several days' visit with friends in Omaha.
*Louis Reuben, of Omaha, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Herman Lazerus, and family the past week. He recently received his discharge from the army, having been returned from several months' duty in France. His brother, Alex, of Ft. Des Moines, was also here on a short furlough.
*Ernest Smith returned last week, having received his final discharge from the army. His friends were greatly leased to have him back again. He was inducted into the service March 1918, and has been abroad for several months in active service, having been over the top three times. While taking part in the great battle of the Argonne Forest, he was quite seriously wounded, being shot through the leg. He was taken to the hospital, where he remained for three months. As yet the wound has not sufficiently healed to enable him to be about a great deal. Mr. Smith is a native of Switzerland and having no relatives here, is visiting among his friends.
*Albert Starkey, of Omaha, is visiting friends in town this week, he having just recently returned from service in France. He enlisted from here and was among our first boys to offer his services to his country. He received his first training at Ida Grove and was in the Rainbow division, arriving in Denison Saturday.
*Mrs. J. H. Stepanek delightfully entertained at dinner Sunday a number of returned soldiers, namely, Albert Starkey, Alfred Edwards, Leo Ahart, Henry Hansen and George Brink. The Misses Golda Birkhofer, Ethel Cole, Lulu Starkey and Josephine Stepanek were also guests upon this occasion. The boys told of their experiences in the great war and the day was appreciated very much by each one present.
*George Brink left the fore part of the week for Ft. Des Moines, where he will enter the hospital to have an operation performed on his leg, which has never healed since the amputation of the limb in a hospital in France.
*Harry Bybee, who is stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla., arrived Saturday on a furlough and is visiting his mother, Mrs. John Edwards, Sr. and other relatives. He still has four remaining months in the service.
*The returned soldier boys were formally welcomed home Tuesday evening when a smoker and banquet was given at the Hotel Jensen in their honor, by the boys who stayed at home. Invitations to all soldiers, sailors and marines were quite general. A fine time was enjoyed by the boys until the wee small hours bid them to their homes.
*..rl Smith arrived home Saturday. He has been overseas a long time and is glad to get back.
*Word was received Saturday morning of the safe arrival of Paul Davie in the states.
*Lieutenant Bertrand Dulac, with his wife and son, stopped here Tuesday enroute from New York City to British Columbia via San Francisco. He has just recently arrived from overseas service. They are making the trip overland.
*Word comes from Harry Argotsinger that cars were ordered to take the headquarters troops of the 8th Army corps. of which he is a member, to the coast which means home soon.
*Our boys are coming home from overseas. Ira Lee is in Des Moines and Rob Oliver came this morning. Arion is getting ready for a rousing welcome. A big feed first, pumpkin pies, that mother will make, baked chicken, jellies, angel cake, doughnuts, homemade bread and butter, candies, fudge and kisses from sisters and sweethearts. In fact, everything good will be on that long white table. There will be games, singing, music, speeches, and dancing. Our long day of feasting and rejoicing. The date will be announced later, place, the City Park.
*E. Ladwig has received word that his brother, Harry, has arrived from France and is now with his mother in Blair, Neb.
Dow City, 5-28-1919
*Russell Lambert, who is stationed in an army camp in Texas, came home last week, having been given a thirty-days furlough.
*R. H. Fishel took his departure the fore part of the past week for Newport, R. I. To resume his naval duties after a seven-day furlough with the home folks.
*During the past week our vicinity has had the pleasure of greeting another one of its returned soldiers in the person of Pvt. Garland Scott, son of James Scott, residing north of town. The former was inducted into the army some fifteen months ago and saw considerable service abroad during which time was quite badly wounded. He has been confined in a hospital nine weeks and his friends are very glad to learn that he is now recovering nicely. After a few days' visit here he left the forepart of the week for Camp Sheridan, Chicago, where he expects to receive his final discharge.
*Albert Starkey, who had spent a week or so with friends in Dow city on his return from overseas, left the past week for his home in Omaha.
*A big "feed" was given in the church Monday evening for the returned soldier boys. Everyone turned out and had a jolly good time. Rev. Iona Broslin gave the address of welcome. N. F. Stilson delivered a fine heart-to-heart talk, followed by American. Mrs. Julia Rose gave a humorous reading and each soldier related some of their experiences, while in the army, which proved to be very interesting. The boys present were Roe Shumate, Gerald Langworthy, Guy Argotsinger, Burton Thompson, Bob Oliver, Burrell Holiday and Herman Petersen. We are planning another celebration when the rest of the boys get home.
*Dear Mother, I have gone and signed up for one more year in the U. S. army, writes George Stilson from Elatante, France. Just like George, but then his folks on both sides were fighters from way back. The 6th, of which he is a member, are booked to come home the last of June or early July, and later will be stationed at Honolulu. George thinks he can get home for a short visit in July, just in time for our big celebration.
*Sergt. Ira M. Lee returned home from overseas Wednesday. He landed in the states May 7th. Sergt. Lee has a record of which we are all proud, enlisting Jan.16, 1918, being a little over 18 years of age. He was a member of the 103rd Field Signal Bn. 28th Division and took part in the following offensives. Fifth German Offensive, Vosle, Mense, Argonne, Theoucort Sector, receiving the French Cross for bravery, being twice gassed, in a hospital three weeks once, and four weeks another time on account of gas, had many other close calls. We gathered all this from his discharge papers as the young man will not talk much about it. We say all hats off to him. A family reunion was held at the young hero's home Sunday. His relatives presented him a fine gold watch and chain. His sister, Mrs. Louis Kepford, came from Spirit Lake for the occasion.
*Word came Saturday that Virgil Peffers is in Virginia, enroute to Camp Dodge, another overseas soldier who will be here for the big celebration.
*Virgil Peffers arrived home from overseas Thursday morning. He was in a hospital in France for over two months and will go to Ft. Sherman on Monday for 60 days' treatment for asthma. He is looking fine though and he thinks he will be all right after a few more days in God's country.
*Herman Peters left Thursday evening for San Francisco after three week's visit here with relatives. He goes back to the navy for another year but seemed perfectly happy in going. A large crowd escorted him to the station.
*Mrs. Geo. Reynolds is another happy mother. She received a telegram Friday morning, telling her of the safe arrival of her son, Curtis, from France. The word came from Camp Merritt, N. J. and we look for him about June 4th. Curtis has been in France almost two years and will no doubt have many interesting things to tell of the great war.
*Memorial services for Carl Kepford who died in battle were held in the park Decoration day. Little children placed armfuls of flowers by each of the four trees dedicated to our noble dead. Special music by the choir and male quartet was very much enjoyed. Mrs. Julia Rose gave two touching readings. Rev. Iona Brostus also gave a very fine talk. Exercises closed by a flag drill by the children, followed by "The Star Spangled Banner" sung by everyone.
Dow City, 6-4-1919
*Lieut. Floyd Sharp, who but recently returned to the states from service of a little better than a year in France, arrived home Wednesday. In the early fall of 1917 he enlisted in the veterinary department and the following March received orders to go abroad. He is looking fine and every inch a soldier. He is home on a few days' furlough after which he returns to camp in New Jersey where he expects to receive his final release.
*Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Honz received word Saturday morning of the safe arrival of their son, Frank, in New York from a year's service in France. He entered the army in February, 1918 going from here to Camp Dodge, where he spent a short time, after which he was sent to Camp Sherman, O. After several weeks of training there he received orders for overseas duty and has been with Co. C, 319th F. S. B. while in the service. At present he is stationed at Camp Upton and expects to be sent to Camp Dodge soon to receive his final discharge.
*Martin Wieland received word the latter part of the week to the effect that his son, George, had arrived in New York from service abroad. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ahart residing east of town are also looking forward to the homecoming of their son, Ed, of whom they received similar word during the past week.
*Elias Edwards, youngest son of John Edwards, Jr., started Tuesday for New York to report for duty after a thirty-day furlough. Elias was a private in the famous Rainbow division and recently returned with the 168th. He has re-enlisted for a period of one year in the motorcycle corps.
*Ed Ahart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ahart, who has recently been returned from France, arrived home Monday. He saw considerable service abroad and passed safely through all. He holds the honor of being cited for bravery a number of times and he has many interesting accounts to relate to his home folks and friends.
*Word reaches here by relatives of the safe arrival of Ralph McKee and Mearle Sharp in New York the past week from service in France.
*John Siemer, brother of Henry Siemer of this vicinity, is a late arrival from France. He, with his brother Joe, entered the army together in June, 1918, and in a short time received orders to go abroad. It will be remembered that the latter while there was called upon to make the supreme sacrifice. John's many friends are glad to see him back again.
*Mr. and Mrs. Bob Darling received word from their son, Tom, that he had landed in the states. Word has also been received from Carl Kock that he is back from France.
Dow City, 6-11-1919
*Private Merrill Sharp is another one of Dow City's soldiers returned from France, he having arrived on Friday morning from Camp Dodge. Merrill entered the service in the early fall of 1917 and has been with the colors a little better than a year and a half. He is the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Brinten Sharp to return from abroad, his brother, Lieut. Floyd Sharp having arrived some ten days before. Dow City is proud of her soldiers and hopes that they will all be home soon.
*Ed Ahart, familiarly know as "Texas" who recently returned from service abroad, spent some time with friends in Denison last week. He has accepted a position in a garage there and returned to begin his duties on Monday of this week.
*Paul Davie is numbered among the late arrivals in this vicinity from overseas. During his absence his wife has been making her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lem Lambert. We have not learned as to what their future plans are.
*Doris Griffin came up from Fort Omaha Saturday and made an over-Sunday visit at the parental, J. R. Griffin home.
*Garland Scott arrived the first of the week from Camp Sheridan, Chicago, having received his final discharge from the service. It will be remembered that he recently returned from abroad and after a few days' furlough here with the home folks, was sent to the above place for discharge.
*Harry Sopher, who has been in the army for some time, arrived home the past week having received his final discharge. His friends are very glad to see him back again.
*Mrs. Lessie Howorth and son, Daniel, left Sunday for Chicago, for a visit at the home of their relatives, Rev. Daniel Reagan and wife. They will stop enroute at Camp Dodge to see her brother, Lieut. Gibbs, who was expected to arrive there Sunday night with the 319th Field Signal Battalion from New York.
*Friends of John Bahr are enjoying the pleasure this week of extending him greetings upon his return from France. John arrived in New York on Memorial day, having been abroad some nine months. He was in the same division with Merrill Sharp, who also arrived home the past week, both boys having received their discharges at Camp Dodge. The former arrived here Monday from an over-Sunday visit in Charter Oak. He is looking fine and his friends are greatly rejoiced over his return. After a few days he will join his parents Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bahr, who reside near Osmond, Neb. While here he is a guest at the Fred Nelson home.
*Mr. and Mrs. Mart Henry were Arion shoppers Wednesday. They inform us that their son, Aren, has joined the navy for three years. He left Tuesday evening for San Francisco. They also have another son in the navy back east.
*Corp. Curtis Reynolds arrived home from France Thursday afternoon. An enthusiastic crowd met him at the station to welcome him home.
*Mrs. Sam Fox is in receipt of a card from New York, telling her of the safe arrival of Walter Lingard from France.
*The Geo. Argotsinger family are rejoicing over the news received today of the safe arrival of Harry Argotsinger from overseas. The word comes from New York city and will probably reach home next week.
*Guy Johnson, Merrill Winey and Glen Dunbar, our soldier boys, are home again. Merrill has gone to the lake and Glen expects to return to Camp Sheridan this week. (Denison Review -
*Mrs. S. D. Newton received a letter this week from her friend, Mrs. Jay Myers, of Atkin, Minn. saying that their son, Oaker, received his discharge June 5th and arrived home on the 6th. It was just two years to a day since he registered. He is looking well. Lots of rain and everything fine - good prospects for all kinds of berries. Mr. and Mrs. Myers thought through the Deloit news all friends would be glad to hear from them in their Minnesota home.
*Virgil Peffer arrived home from Camp Merritt, N. J. Wednesday.
*Miss Ellen Eggers went to Council Bluffs, Wednesday for a visit with her aunt, Mrs. T. J. Henry and also to greet Russell who is home from camp.
*Chas. Butler is in receipt of a card telling of the safe arrival of his son, Judd, from France.
*Four of our soldier boys arrived home from overseas this week, namely John Barr, Herman Witt, Harry Argotsinger and Walter Lingard. The boys all look well and are glad to be home. We have a few more boys in France and look for them in July. Then watch our smoke.
*Soldier boys are coming back every day. Theo Lohse and Sergt. John Boll returned home last Thursday from Camp Dodge receiving their final discharges. John Paulsen returned last Monday and in the evening the relatives gathered at his father's home to welcome him back. Andrew Ling returned from nine months' service overseas and spent several weeks in the trenched but escaped injury.
Dow City, 6-18-1919
*Emmett Quirk, of Vail, was calling on Dow City friends, Thursday. He has just recently returned from overseas service.
*Ralph McKee arrived home Wednesday night from overseas service and is busy greeting his relatives and numerous friends. Mr. McKee was inducted into Uncle Sam's army in the fall of 1917, going from here to Camp Dodge, where he received several months' training before leaving for France. He expects to resume his work as telegraph operator soon.
*Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Brake were made glad Thursday afternoon, when a telegram was received from their son, Lloyd, informing them of his safe arrival at Newport News, having sailed from Brest, France, June 2nd. He enlisted in the service in the late autumn of 1917 and has been abroad a little better than a year. His folks are looking forward with great pleasure to his arrival home.
*Leo Oster, a cousin of Dr. J. A. Brill, arrived Friday and is making a visit at the Brill home. He but recently returned from France, where he served in the heavy artillery for the past two years. Before enlisting in the service he spent some time here with the Brill family and his Dow City friends are very glad of the opportunity of renewing his acquaintance. His home is in Dubuque.
*Richard Ely and Miss Kaletta Bohlken were down from Denison the latter part of the week calling on friends. Mr. Ely has been serving in Uncle Sam's army and just recently returned from abroad.
*Paul Argotsinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Argotsinger, arrived home on Friday from the army service, having been abroad several months.
*Arch Henry, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Mart Henry, went down to Omaha last week where he enlisted in the navy. He was successful in being accepted and has taken his leave to begin training.
*The Chris Brink home was the scene of a pleasant party Sunday evening, the affair being given as a compliment to Walter Kayser, who recently returned from France. The occasion had been planned for Saturday evening but was interfered with by the rainy condition of the weather. A large number of young people assembled at the home and the time was spent in a very pleasant and appropriate manner. A delicious luncheon greatly added to the occasion. At a late hour the company reluctantly broke up, having enjoyed themselves immensely.
*Frank Honz arrived home on Tuesday of the past week from a year's service abroad. He has been with Co. C. 319th field signal battalion while in France and received his discharge from Camp Dodge. After a several weeks' visit with the home folks he expects to resume his work as telegraph operator.
*John Siemer, who just recently returned from service in France, was down from Denison last week and visited at the home of his brother, Henry and wife.
*George Wieland is among the number of our soldier boys to return from abroad the past week, he having arrived on Wednesday morning. George entered the army service in July of 1918, going from her to Gordon, Ga., and received overseas orders in September following. All are glad to welcome him back home again.
*Doris Griffin has recently received his final release from Uncle Sam's army, having been discharged from Fort Omaha, where he had spent practically all of his time since his enlistment. He has now accepted a position with the Paxton-Gallagher Wholesale Grocery firm in Omaha, having entered upon his duties last week.
*Herman Man returned Sunday, being discharged at Camp Dodge. He spent several months in France. Wm. Dettbarn is also expected home this week.
Denison Review, 6-25-1919
*Sad Death of Soldier Boy - Guy Spence, Former Dow City Boy, Called to Great Beyond Tuesday, June 17th, in New Mexico. Pneumonia cause of death - Contracted Flue while in France Serving Uncle Sam - Remains to be Brought to Harlan for Burial. The sad news was received here by relatives on Wednesday of the past week of the passing of Guy Spence whose serious illness was mentioned last week. His death occurred on Tuesday evening, June 17th, at a hospital in New Mexico. The departed was a member of Uncle Sam's army, being among the first to enlist for service. While in France he suffered an attack of the flu and after reaching New York only a few weeks ago was again taken ill, his case being pronounced pneumonia. Stone two weeks ago he was taken to New Mexico in hopes that the change would be of benefit to him but the best of care and medical attention proved of no avail. His mother and fiancé of Harlan started for New Mexico only a few days before his death. The remains are expected to arrive in Harlan but at this writing no further word has been received. The deceased was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. George Spence, former Dow City residents and was about 22 years of age at the time of his death. Besides his parents he leaves to mourn two brothers, Foster, who is also in the army, being with the signal corps in France and Nelson at home; three sisters, Mrs. Ed. Fairchild, of Irwin and Misses Vera and Ruby Spence, who are at home. One elder sister, Mrs. Clyde Nelson preceded him to the Great Beyond several years ago. Many relatives and numerous friends are left to mourn.
*Manilla Boys Home from War - Five More Manilla Boys Home From Great War. Five more of the Manilla boys have returned from overseas: Guy Stoker, son of Mrs. And Mrs. George Stoker; Edward Wenzel, son of F. Wenzel; Otis Manford, Dennis McMahon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack McMahon; Bryan McMahon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Denis McMahon; Henry Landorf, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Landorf, Sr.
Dow City, 6-25-1919
*Frank Honz, who recently returned home from overseas service, went to Ft. Dodge Friday, where he took his examination preparatory to resuming his work as telegraph operator. He also made a brief visit with his sister, Miss Lena Honz of Webster City, returning Saturday. He took his departure for Logan that evening where he started work, filling the duties of second trick operator at that place.
*Lloyd Brake's numerous relatives and friends are now enjoying the pleasure of extending him greeting upon his return from the army. He was with the 318th engineers band and having seen considerable service in France for more than a year he has many interesting accounts to relate.
*A piece of news was recently received here through a letter from O. F. Reynolds, which created unusual interest. He writes that a contest had been held in France for the best production of children's pictures. Mr. Reynolds had in his possession a picture of Kenneth Rowe, little son of Dr. and Mrs. F. N. Rowe, of this place, in which the child had on a navy suit. This picture was presented by the former and won first prize, a silver cup. He has sent the cup to Kenneth and needless to say this relic is being awaited with no small interest.
*The silver cup recently awarded to little Kenneth Rowe in a baby contest in France, the account of which appears elsewhere in these items, was received the last of the week. The cup is beautifully and neatly engraved as follows: "39th infantry, first prize baby contest awarded to Kenneth Rowe." Needless to say this souvenir will be valued very highly by the recipient as he grows older.
*Word has been received here by relatives that Lieut. Floyd Sharp has been transferred from Camp Dix, M. J. to Newport News, W. V., where he has been assigned to further government work, he and his wife having arrived at their new destination Tuesday, June 16th.
*Arthur Suhr arrived home from Ft. Barrances, Fla., Friday morning. Uncle Sam seems to take good care of his boys, as they all come home in good time. Fred Suhr is at Camp Mills, having recently returned from France and will be home in a few days. Julius is still in France and writes that he won't be able to get home until fall, but that he has a good position and he should worry.
*Herman Petersen returned from San Francisco Friday. He received his final discharge from the navy.
West Side, 6-25-1919
*Charley Meyers was mustered out at Camp Dodge, Wednesday and returned home Thursday. He is glad to see the United States.
Denison Review, 7-2-1919
*?lmer Gottfred Sievers - June 29,1899 Died June 21, 1919 - (this is under a military picture of some sort. All I can see is half the picture, part of a name and the death date. If you are looking for a death notice on a Sievers you might want to get this paper.)
*Mrs. Link Rule and little son, William, also her son, Edgar, who returned last week from France, were here from Boone and made a week end visit with the Rule families and other relatives in this vicinity.
*Lieut. Lewis Carroll, a former Arion boy, but now of Onawa, was shaking hands with his many friends here Sunday. Louis has recently returned from France and we are glad to see him looking so well. He asks to be informed about the date of our big reunion for the boys as he considers himself one of us, and wants to celebrate with the rest of the Arion boys. All right, Lewis, proud to have you. Look for the date of the homecoming in the Review. It will appear in a week or two.
*Fred Suhr, eldest son of Mrs. Mary Suhr, arrived home after almost a year of service in France. He landed in New York June 8th and was at Camp Mills six days prior to his going to Camp Dodge, where he received his final discharge. Fred is an A-1 looking soldier, all right, and has many interesting tales to tell of his army life while in France. He is glad to be home and says he didn't see a spot in sunny (?) France one-half as beautiful as the little home town. He also informs us that "we girls" are far better looking than the French, English or any other nations' girls under the sun. Sure, we all know Fred is infallible.
*Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Nelson and family, Harry Fredericks and Ernest, motored to Persia Sunday morning to help celebrate the homecoming of their cousin, Carl Hamann from France.
Dow City, 7-2-1919
*F. W. Pearsall and wife enjoyed a visit from their nephew, Ralph Williams, of Wendt, S. D. one day recently. He had just received his final discharge from service, having been with the medical corps in France. He stopped here on the way to his home.
*We are very glad to report that Private Russell Lambert, who recently submitted to an operation for appendicitis is recovering nicely. He is being cared for at the home of his sister, Mrs. Leo Tripp in Dunlap. Mr. Lambert is home on a thirty days' furlough from Radford, Texas.
*The remains of Private Guy Spence, whose death was recorded in these columns last week, arrived in Harlan, his parental home, the middle of the past week. Burial was made with full military honors. Mrs. Mary Spence of this place, grandmother of the departed soldier, attended the funeral.
*Mr. and Mrs. Jake Reeser enjoyed a brief visit Saturday from Private John Watson, of Des Moines, and his nephew, Private William Gash of Logan. Both boys only recently returned from service abroad. The former had been a boon companion of Mr. and Mrs. Reeser's son, John, during their army life, the boys having been with Co. E. of the 5th division. As yet the latter has not been returned to the states.
*Mrs. Claus Hansen is in receipt of a letter from her son, Alfred, who is with Uncle Sams army being stationed at a camp in Ohio. He writes that he, with a company of other soldiers, recently figured in an accident. The boys were out riding at the time when their car was overturned. As a result, one of the occupants was instantly killed and ten injured of whom Alfred was one. An arm and one of his hips were injured quite badly. However, he was able to write home and his folks are pleased to learn that he escaped thus. Alfred expects to be transferred to West Virginia in the near future. It will be remembered that he re-enlisted early last spring for a period of one year.
*Lieut. Louis Carroll has been shaking hands with friends in town the past week having but recently returned from service in France. All are glad to see him back again.
Charter Oak, 7-2-1919
*Mrs. Wm. Buhman, of Sioux City, accompanied her son, Lyle Shadduck, who recently returned from Germany, spent a few days with friends in the Oak the first of the week. They went from here to Dow City to visit in the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. Wertz.
Dow City, 7-9-1919
*Floyd Brake was in Carroll Tuesday of the past week, where he was called to play in a band concert. Friday he accompanied the Carroll band to Manson where they played during the day at the Fourth of July celebration. He also went with them to Rainbow Lake near Sioux City, they having an engagement to play Saturday and Sunday at the summer resort. Lloyd is a well experienced player. While in the army he was connected with the 318th engineer band and is recognized as a highly accomplished musician.
*George Brink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Brink, arrived home Tuesday from Fort Des Moines. Jerry, as he is familiarly known, had spent several weeks in the hospital there where he underwent an operation for the further removal of his limb which had not been healing well. We are pleased to report that this second operation was a great success, inasmuch as he is now able to walk with the use of an artificial leg. A couple of days after his arrival he was so unfortunate as to fall and break the same, which necessitated his sending it back to Ft. Des Moines and resorting to the aid of crutches again. Jerry as yet has not received his final discharge and returned Sunday to Camp Dodge.
*Private Chas. Albow of Fort Des Moines, was in Dow City to spend the Fourth with his friend, Private Jerry Brink. The boys made the acquaintance of one another in a hospital in New York after their return from overseas. A notable coincidence exists between them in that both suffered the loss of their right limb in the battle of Argonne Forest. Mr. Albow was a guest of the Brink family over the weekend returning to Des Moines Sunday. His parents live in Ohio.
*Mr. and Mrs. Claus Hensen were made glad on Tuesday afternoon of the past week when a telegram came informing them of the safe arrival of their son, William, at Camp Merritt, N. J. from overseas service, he having arrived on Monday, July 7th. Private Hansen was inducted into the army in May, 1918, and received his first training at Camp Dodge, being transferred to another camp later for further training. In November following he received orders for overseas duty, thus having been abroad some seven months. During the major portion of the time in France he was connected with the 69th base hospital unit having been transferred temporarily to the 68th base hospital unit a short while before receiving orders to return to the states. His arrival home is awaited with happy anticipation on the part of his folks and friends.
*Mr. and Mrs. Claus Hansen are in receipt of a letter from their son, Alfred, in which he states that several days before the Fourth he, with four other soldiers, was sent from Ohio to Washington to give balloon instructions preparatory to a celebration held there. From that place he expected to be transferred to a camp in Virginia.
*Dow City friends of Loren Alexander will be interested to learn that he has enlisted in the navy for a period of four years and at present is stationed at Camp Decatur, Great Lakes near Chicago, where he has begun training. Before joining the navy he had been employed in Omaha for sometime. His cousin Dean Roy, of Denison, who enlisted in the same branch several months ago, is now making his first trip across the water.
*Friday, Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Miller received the good news of the arrival of their son, Sgt. Chas. H. Miller, in the United States from France, he having arrived on Wednesday, July 9th. The card received by his parents read that he was being sent to Camp Merritt, N. J. Mr. Miller offered his services to Uncle Sam in May, 1918, having enlisted at Omaha. He was sent to a camp in Florida, where he received most of his training before going over. He is a member of supply Co. 319. His numerous friends are looking forward with great pleasure to his return.
*Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Edwards received a letter the past week from their son, Private Cecil Edwards, in France. He informs them that he has recently entered the matrimonial ranks, having chosen and won for his bride a French girl. This piece of news from him came as a pleasant surprise to his many friends in this vicinity, who all unite in extending hearty congratulations and best wishes. Cecil was one of the very first of our boys to enlist in the service, having received his early training at Ida Grove. He spent some time in Deming, N. M., before going across the water. He writes that he has re-enlisted in the regular army for a period of one year. Dow City relatives and friends will be looking forward joyfully to his homecoming and await with no small pleasure the opportunity of welcoming its first French bride.
*Oliver Bybee arrived Monday from Washington where he had been in a military camp, having now received his final release from the service in which he enlisted some three year ago. He is visiting at the home of his mother, Mrs. John Edwards, Sr. at present.
*Word has reached here to the effect that Ivan Kelly, who is at the Great Lakes training station, has been under quarantine for diphtheria and was a very sick sailor for a week or more. The letter states he is much improved and will be granted a furlough home in a few days.
*James Scanlan returned home on Tuesday, having received his discharge. Jim spent some time overseas and is very glad to get home.
*Linus Powers returned home Saturday, having received his discharge from the army. Linus spent some time overseas and is very glad to get home.
Dow City, 7-23-19
*Mrs. Claus Hansen was called to Denison Wednesday on account of the illness of her little grandchild, the babe of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hansen. Upon reaching there she was greeted by a pleasant surprise, her son, Private Wm. Hansen, having arrived from Camp Dodge where he received his final discharge from the army. He reached New York from France just a week previous to his return home. Private Hansen accompanied his mother back to Dow City Wednesday afternoon and his friends are more than pleased to welcome him home again.
*Mr. and Mrs. John Mathys are pleasant looking forward to the return home of their son, Private Louis Mathys, who arrived in the United States during the past week from overseas.
Wall Lake, 7-23-1919
*Leo Nelson has returned from service in the pharmacy department of the army, having seen service in England and this country. As soon as he gets stocked up with goods he will reopen his store which has been closed most of the time since the death of Mr. Loeitz in whose charge he left it.
*Sam Morley went to Sioux City on Thursday to see what the prospects were for getting back the job of firing that he had when we went into the army. He found that he not only had his place kept for him but that his rights have been cared for while he was away and he begins work Monday morning. He is working for the Northwestern railway.
*Corp. W. L. Hester, flight C., 800th aero squadron, who lives at Ida Grove, and who was on his way home after being mustered out at Camp Dodge, visited here with his uncle, J. S. Porter, Wednesday.
*Julius Suhr who has been in France nearly a year, writes his mother that he will be home before many weeks and that he will reach Arion via the Lincoln Highway in a French car.
Buck Grove, 7-30-1919
*H. S. Bonney, although out of the service, is stationed at Ft. Wingate, N. M. He has the same clerical job he held for two years while in the army. Words 6 hours a day and only 5 1/2 days a week and gets a lucrative salary for the same.
Dow City, 7-30-1919
*Friends of Sgt. Chas. H. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Miller, had the pleasure of extending him greetings the past week upon his return home from overseas service, he having arrived Wednesday.
*James Houston, Jr. has returned to his parental home here after some two years of service with the navy during which time he was stationed at the Great Lakes. His friends are very glad to see him again.
*Ed Goodman was up from Woodbine Thursday and made a brief visit with his brother, J. P. Goodman. He just received his discharge from the army having been abroad since the latter part of last summer.
*Howland Pett, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pett, of Woodbine, has been spending a couple of weeks here as has his father, attending to their farm interests in this vicinity. Howland returned home June 19th from a year's service in France. His Dow City friends are greatly pleased to see him back.
*Loren Alexander was in town the past week visiting at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roy. He was granted a ten-day furlough from the Great Lakes naval training station near Chicago, owing to the serious illness of his sister, Mrs. Roy Hover at Ft. Dodge. Mrs. Hover has been suffering with appendicitis but is now reported to be improving.
*Mr. and Mrs. John Mathys, residing south of town are rejoicing over the return home of their son, Private Louis Mathys, from military service abroad, he having arrived Wednesday night from Camp Dodge, where he was given his final discharge. Louis left Dow City with the draft contingent going from here to Camp Gordon, Ga., the latter part of last July. Within a very short time he received orders for overseas service, arriving in France on September 15th. He served in the capacity of truck driver.
*Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Reeser received a message from their son, Pvt. John Reeser, informing them of his safe arrival at Camp Mills, N. Y., from overseas service. John enlisted about two years ago at Des Moines, being sent from there to Omaha and on to Ft. Logan, Colo. Later he was transferred to Ft. Ogalthorpe, Ga., where he was in training some time before being ordered overseas. He arrived in France in April, 1918, thus having served his country about fifteen months abroad. His parents are expecting him home Saturday or Sunday.
*Frank Pankow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Pankow, returned home Sunday from Camp Douglas where he received his discharge from the army. Frank spent eighteen months in overseas service and needless to say is glad to be home once more.
*Capt. Ed Lindsey and Mr. and Mrs. John Lindsey of Ida Grove, visited in Denison Sunday at the home of Mrs. Jurgen Petersen. Capt. Lindsey commanded Co. B., 2nd Iowa infantry when it was mobilized at Ida Grove and went to Deming, M. N. where he was stationed at Camp Code for several months. His wife died at Deming after a short illness. Capt. Lindsey has not yet been discharged from the service but is now stationed at Camp Dix, N. J. and was back home on a furlough. He enjoyed meeting many of the Denison boys while here who served with old Company B.
*Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Chamberlin are now at Independence visiting Mrs. Chamberlin's parents. They are expected in Denison in the near future for a visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Chamberlin. Clarence has received his discharge from the army and is enjoying a vacation before entering business again. He has not as yet decided where he will locate.
Dow City, 8-6-1919
*Austin Heffernan, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heffernan, residing south of town, is listed among the late arrivals home from the army. He enlisted with the early call for volunteers, during which time he has served in the United States, not being sent overseas. He returned here from Texas.
*On Tuesday evening of the past week, a large company of friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Heffernan to properly welcome their son, Austin, who just recently received his discharge from the army. The hours pleasantly passed in social diversions and at a late hour ice cream and cake were served as a fitting close to the occasion, which as a whole was one of immense joy.
*John Reeser, whose return to the United States from France was mentioned last week, arrived home Thursday night from Des Moines, and is busy greeting his friends. Thus the boys return one by one and we are always glad to add another name to the increasing list.
*Word reached here the past week to the effect that "Red" Reynolds had been suffering with an attack of diphtheria in France. Word directly from the nurse who is caring for him states that he has passed the crisis and is making a good recovery. His being under quarantine will delay his returning home as soon as was expected. His Dow City friends were very sorry to learn of his illness and are greatly pleased over the encouraging report received.
*Monday morning Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brasel received the good news of the safe arrival of their son, Leslie, at Newport News, W. Va., from abroad, having served in both France and Germany. Leslie was inducted into the service in September 1917, going to Camp Dodge. About two months later he was transferred to Camp Pike, Ark., where he was in training nearly all winter, after which he was sent to Camp Greene, N. C., in May, 1918, he received orders for overseas duty, thus having been abroad some fourteen months. He was a member of Co. C 4th ammunition corps.
*Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Brake have learned from one of the daily papers that their nephew, Rigdon Slocumb, second son of Rev. and Mrs. J. V. Slocumb, of Loop City, Neb. had arrived in the United States from France where he had served with a hospital unit. At the time of his enlistment the young man was attending college, fitting himself for a physician, with two more years to complete the course. He has been given a year's credit for his military experience and expects to complete the course in one year.
*Leslie Brasel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Brasel, whose return from abroad was mentioned last week, arrived at home Friday.
*Lester Brasel stopped off in Arion Friday morning for a brief visit on his way from France. He called the folks by phone and simply said, "Hello, this is Les. Can father meet me here with the car?" We can imagine the joy in that home and wouldn't be surprised if father exceeded the speed limit.
Buck Grove, 8-13-1919
*John T. Griffin arrived home Saturday from overseas and expressed himself as delighted to get back to the United States. He saw no place that looked as good as Iowa to him. John received a hearty welcome from all his friends who rejoice to see him safe and sound after his great experience over there.
Dow City, 8-13-1919
*Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Edwards are looking forward with happy anticipation to the arrival of their son, Cecil, and his French bride, having received word that they wee to sail from France the early part of this month. It will be remembered that several weeks ago when giving the account of his marriage in these columns, we made mention of the fact that he has re-enlisted for a period of one-year expecting to serve his time abroad. His folks have not learned as to whether he has been discharged at this time or being returned to serve his time here.
*Private Jerry Brink has returned home from Ft. Des Moines, having received his final discharge. He is now walking without crutches, using an artificial limb instead. Jerry is thinking some of entering a solders' training school for a business course and if these plans materialize he will go to Ames to take the course.
*Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Rigsby received a message last week from their son, Private Floyd Rigsby, informing them of his safe arrival from overseas on August 6th. It is also understood that Morris Heffernan, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heffernan has landed. Word reaches here too, that Linus McBride had recently returned to the states from abroad.
Denison Review, 8-20-1919
*Harry Gavel, Member of the Motor Transport Train, Deserted Here and Was Arrested at Jefferson. When the government motor truck transport train visited Denison about three weeks ago enroute to the Pacific coast, Harry Gavel, one of the soldiers deserted and went to Jefferson where he was arrested by Sheriff Quinian of Green County. Gavel, for some reason, became disaffected with army life and decided to again enter private life, so went to Jefferson, but there he became frightened over the seriousness of his action and surrendered himself to the sheriff. The Greene county sheriff telegraphed Col. McClure, commander of the truck train but did not receive a reply until Monday of last week, advising him to turn Gavel over to the army officers at Fort Omaha. In the meantime, however, Mr. Quinian had taken Gavel to Camp Dodge and turned him over to the military authorities who will deliver him at Omaha.
Buck Grove, 8-20-1919
*Wednesday night a free dance was given in the hall in honor of the soldier boys returned from overseas. John Griffin is about the last one from this vicinity and he was one of the first to go. The many friends of all congratulate them on their safe return in good health and with all their members. It is really wonderful to thank of, that of all the boys from this vicinity, none were killed or seriously wounded and only one died of disease.
*Frank Johnson, who has been working for Uncle Sam, returned home Saturday. His many friends and relatives are glad to have him return.
*Billy Holiday, who has been in France for over a year, surprised his folks by walking in on them Monday afternoon. He is looking hale and hearty and has many strange and wonderful tales to tell of the great war, especially of the battle of the Argonne. He landed in New York June 28th and was mustered out at Camp Kearney, Calif., at which place he enlisted. After a short visit with relatives at Dunlap and Cedar Falls he will return to California to take up the work he left off to join the colors.
*Letters from our three remaining boys in France, Vinton Reynolds, Geo. Stilson and Julius Suhr, state that they will be home by the middle of September. Now let us get together and plan that big celebration we blowed about. We must not let this fall through. We must save our reputation. Watch the Review and you will see something worth while soon.
Dow City, 8-20-1919
*Cecil Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Edwards, with his French bride, arrived Thursday morning and they have been showered with greeting from the people of the community during the past week. Mrs. Edwards is Dow City's first and only French bride and her arrival has naturally created unusual interest. He is a young lady of very pleasing personality, and all are more than proud to claim her as one of our midst. Everyone should make it a point to meet her and extend her a hearty and warm welcome, thus giving her the real homelike sensation. Cecil has been given his final discharge, having received the same at New York from which place he and his wife came directly to Dow City. Cecil enlisted during the early call of volunteers, having received his first training at Ida Grove. All are glad to have him back again.
*Thursday morning three Dow City homes were gladdened by the return of soldier boys, namely, James Turnlund, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Turnlund, Floyd Rigsby, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Rigsby and Asa Dwine, son of William Dwine and wife. All three boys enlisted together in Uncle Sam's service, having left Dow City in the early spring of 1918. They have been abroad about one year during which time they saw considerable service. Floyd and Asa were members of Co. L. and James of Co. E, all being attached to the 4th division of the 39th infantry. It will be remembered that Morris Heffernan, Guy Rockwell and O. F. Reynolds enlisted with these boys, but they as yet have not returned.
*Wm. Holiday, of San Francisco, Cali., arrived the first of the week for a visit with Dow City friends and also with his people in Arion. He has just received his discharge from the army, having served a period of one year in France.
*Welcome news has been received here of the safe arrival of Julius Suhr and Vinton Reynolds in New York from overseas. We look for them home in a few days.
*Mr. and Mrs. Chas. A. Meyer and Albert Forthman of Los Angeles, Calif., visited in Denison Friday and Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Balle. Mr. Meyer, a brother of Mr. Balle, has just returned from overseas where for more than a year he served as captain in the engineers. Mr. Meyer participated in most of the big American offensives and helped to put the pontoon bridges over the Meuse.
Dow City, 8-27-1919
*Dow City friends of Foster Spence of Harlan, had the pleasure of extending him greetings Sunday, he having but recently returned from overseas service. Foster enlisted in the army about two years ago, being connected with the signal department.
*Morris Heffernan, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heffernan, came home last week from a training camp. He has re-enlisted for a period of one year and is here on a furlough. Morris enlisted from Dow City in the early spring of 1918, having been abroad a little better than a year. He went from here with James Turnlund, Asa Dwine and Floyd Rigsby, who returned home a week before him.
*R. H. Fishel arrived home recently from the navy, having received his final discharge. Bob enlisted in the service of his country some two years ago. In the recent past he had been stationed in New Port, R. I. Where he assisted in training recruits. His numerous friends are glad to have him back home again.
*Arion welcomes back another of her heroes, Julius Suhr, who arrived home Monday morning looking fine and dandy. Now if "Banty" would just come across, we would have all our boys on this side once more.
*Ben Naeve arrived home last Monday from New York where he received his discharge from the navy. Ben is our last boy to come home. He had been stationed on a battleship and has been around a great deal, just recently returning from Panama and southern waters. He is looking and feeling fine.
Dow City, 9-10-1919
*Harold Fienhold arrived home Sunday from overseas service, having been gone since July, 1918. He, with his company, sailed for France the day before the signing of the armistice. Harold enlisted in the army being a member of the 88th division. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zeph Fienhold went to Des Moines Saturday to meet him.
*Mr. and Mrs. James McCracken received word last week that their son, Lynn, had arrived in New York. Lynn was the first Manilla boy sent to France. His many friends were indeed pleased to hear that he has landed in New York.
*M. P. Kavanagh has been enjoying a visit with his brother, Pete, just recently returned from overseas, and accompanied him to Omaha, where they spent some time at the home of their mother.
Dow City, 9-17-1919
*Alfred Hansen arrived Wednesday from a training camp in Virginia, having been given a thirty-day furlough. He expects to be discharged next March, at which time his period of one year's re-enlistment expires. He is now assigned to the aerial mail service. This is his first visit home since last Christmas.
Dow City, 9-24-1919
*Friends of O. F. Reynolds, familiarly known as "Red" are looking forward with great pleasure to his arrival here at an early date, word having been received Saturday of his arrival in New York a day or two previously. He enlisted in the service in the early spring of 1918, having been abroad about a year. It will be remembered that he with James Turnlund, Floyd Rigsby, Asa Dwine, Morris Heffernan and Guy Rockwell enlisted from here at the same time. All have now returned except the latter.
*Mart Lynch, who has been in the navy stationed at Chicago, and recently received his discharge, is visiting relatives and friends here.
Transcribed by Melba McDowell