Iowa in the Great War.

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Grinnell Herald

Grinnell, Iowa

May 14, 1918


Poweshiek County Boys Depart for Jefferson Barracks at St. Louis, Mo.
M. & St. L. Train Was Decorated With Flags--Cheering Recruits Fill Three Coaches

To the tune of "We're in the army now, we're not behind the plow," sung by three coach loads of prospective soldiers, the 16 men from Poweshiek county and the Jasper county quota entrained for Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, last evening. The M. & St. L. train had been gaily decorated with flags at Marshalltown and the three coaches reserved for the soldiers were filled with lusty young fellows who did not seem a bit downcast that they were going to the wars.

Twenty minutes before the train arrived, the whistles announced its coming and soon a large crowd was gathered at the depot. The college band was there and furnished appropriate music for the occasion. The men were given the enthusiastic sendoff they deserved and as the train pulled out from the station, the impressive strains of "America" and the screeching of all the whistles in the city let them know that the city was with them to the finish.

The following are the men Poweshiek county sent:

Percy Bledsoe Hills
Leland Carter Montezuma
Guiseppi Marchellino Grinnell
Leomond E. Stevenson Deep River
Harry A. Grant Grinnell
Leomond E. Stevenson Deep River
Harry A. Grant Grinnell
Oscar R. Krueger Grinnell
Leslie O. Brown Ottumwa
Lewis P. Shook Montezuma
William A. Benton Newton
Carl L. Lee Milwaukee
John D. Wilson Newton
Frederick C. Jacobson Moline
Ernest Skeels Des Moines
Carl I. Johnson Moline
Grant O. Wherry Guernsey
Harry F. Downey  


~ contributed by Marilyn Holmes, ACC Poweshiek County IAGenWeb