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Haugen's Son is in Flying Corps
Washington D.C., Sept 14 - Lauritz Haugen, son of Congressman Haugen of the Fourth district, enlisted in the army flying corps when he was drawn so far down in the draft that he found he would not be called out with the first levy. He is now at a ground school in Texas learning the mechanics of flying. If successful he will be commissioned a first lieutenant in the army of flyers the United States plans to send abroad to carry the war to Berlin. Congressman Haugen knew nothing of his son's plans and does not now know where he has been assigned to duty by the war department. Young Haugen was in Iowa with his father recently and returned to Washington before the congressman got back. When the latter reached the capital he learned his son had found a way to get into the fight sooner than he would have been able to get action thru the draft.

Lauritz Haugen gave up plans for a law practice when he joined the army flyers. He had been admitted to all the bars of the District of Columbia except the United States supreme court and was planning to hang out his shingle. But he decided he desired more to get into the scrap "over there" and he joined the branch of the service that is most certain to see service in France. Young Haugen is well grounded in engineering and knows motors thoroughly. This knowledge, and his ability as a linguist, army officers believe, will make him subject to quick promotion.

Iowans as Paymasters
Senator Kenyon has been advised that H.P. Holt, Osceola, has been named as one of eight Iowans who will receive an appointment as assistant paymaster in the navy. The appointments will be announced in a few days. Holt and the others will be commissioned either as ensigns or junior lieutenants. Holt was formerly reading clerk in the Iowa senate. Gov. Harding and other Iowa officials backed Senator Kenyon in urging his appointment.

Marshalltown Youth Anxious for Service "Over There"

Elderkin C. Boardman, son of C.H.E. Boardman, prominent Marshalltown lawyer, has applied for transfer from the naval reserve, in which he is now enrolled in active duty, to the regular service in order that he may get a chance to reach the other side. Young Boardman wrote Senator Kenyon that the initials of the United States naval reserve force, "U.S.N.R.F." stood for "You shall never reach France" and he wanted to get away from the hoodoo of those initials.

Iowa Boy One of Gunners That Drove Off U-Boat

Clayton Lane, whose father, C.E. Lane, formerly lived in Waterloo, was in the gun crew that fired on the periscope of a submarine that menaced the safety of American's first expeditionary forces to France. He now wears the insignia of an expert gunner on his sleeve and is receiving extra pay. This information has been received by H.W. Grout in a letter from W.A. Lane, Indianola, secretary of group No. 6, Iowa Bankers' association. "Some time the latter part of June, Clayton's ship, while leading the convoy, at 10 o'clock one night spied a periscope," writes Mr. Lane. "The call to quarters had been sounded to repel an air attack. While the search lights were playing across the sky, trying to locate the airplanes, the submarine was discovered. The alarm was sounded and the gun crew of which Clayton was a member trained their gun on the periscope, with the result that has been described in all the papers. The crew can't swear the submarine was sunk, but i t knows the U-boat ceased to be visible or to bother any afterwards. The crew was personally complimented by the captain." Young Lane, who has been home on a furlough, left Tuesday for Boston to report for further patrol duty.

Abraham G. Coble, Blairsburg, left last night for Great Lakes naval training station, Chicago. He has enlisted as a third class fireman.

Mrs. W.A. Scott has received a souvenir postcard form her son, W.R. Hoffman, mailed at Gibraltar. Mr. Hoffman is with the United States navy.

Capt. and Mrs. Frederick Keller have arrived from San Antonio, Tex. He will proceed to Washington, D.C. where he will take up work in the ordnance department. Mrs. Keller will remain thru the winter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Lewis. For the past six years Capt. Keller has been in service for Uncle Sam, most of the time as chief clerk in an arsenal in Texas. His promotion to captain occurred recently. It is possible he may see service in France with his former captain, now Major Jordan.

~source: Waterloo Evening Courier, September 14, 1917

~ transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall for , 2005