Joseph Fudge and Harold Kjar Seriously Wounded is Word
Received by Parents in Atlantic at Time of News of Death of
CECIL M. CONLEY,
son of Mr. and Mrs. O. O. Conley, 605 Olive Street, Atlantic FRED
D. TURNER, son of Mr. and Mrs. R R Turner, Bear [?] Grove
FUDGE, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O Fudge, 1014 Palm street,
Atlantic. HAROLD KJAR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Kjar, 141 West
Sixth street, Atlantic.
War has been brought home to
Atlantic and Cass county with a terrible reality. Two young men
of the community, members of Company M. are among those reported
killed. Two more are reported wounded.
received this afternoon by the parents told of the death of Cecil
M. Conley and Fred D. Turner. Other messages told of the serious
wounding of Joseph O. Fudge and Harold Kjar.
At last war
has begun to claim its to toll among the boys of Atlantic and
Cass county. Cecil Conley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. O.
Conley of this city. He was about 19 years old. Fred Tuner was 20
years old. He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner,
farmers, living south of Atlantic.
The brief messages
received by the parents of the two boys who were wounded, Joseph
Fudge and Harold Kjar, stated that they were seriously wounded
but gave no further details.
The word of the deaths was
not received this afternoon in the news dispatches of this paper,
but was contained in private messages over the Western Union wire
to the relative. Mrs. Turner, mother of Fred Turner, was in the
house south of the city alone, when the word was received, her
husband being at the John Carlson sale, and it was not possible
to reach him right away to tell him of his son's death.
The news came with startling suddenness, but the relatives were
not unprepared for Bad news, as letters received in the recent
past informed them that the boys were in the trenches.
Cecil Conley, one of the two boys killed was a student in the
Atlantic High School, when he enlisted Ia Co. M last summer, as
was Joe Fudge, one of the wounded. Fred Turner was graduated from
the Atlantic high school in 1915. Their death brings two gold
stars to the high school service flag, unfurled today.
The sympathy of this entire community goes out to the bereaved
parents in this hour.
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Transcribed and contributed to
Cass County IAGenWeb by Eileen Reed, September, 2016
The Atlantic News Telegraph,
Atlantic, Iowa, March 14, 1918
~ reprinted here with permission by Cheryl Siebrass
Cass County IAGenWeb