Ruthven Free Press
Ruthven, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, March 26, 1919
NEWS OF OUR SOLDIERS
Interesting items concerning local soldiers.
Sgt. Charles Walters received his discharge and arrived in this
city from Camp Dodge Saturday evening. He is hale and hearty and
looks none the worse for having served eighteen months in the
army. He will go to Fort Dodge some time this week, where his old
position awaits him, but he will not take up his duties until
about April 1st.
Mrs. Slagel received word the first of the week that her brother
Charles had been granted his discharge and had arrived at his
home in Emmetsburg. Charles has been a member of the Signal Corps
for the past year and has had some great experiences in the front
lines and up above them in observation balloons. The Signal Corps
played no small part in this war and their duties were something
even more hazardous than those of the men who went over the top.
[Note: Mrs. Slagel/Slagle's brother referred to here was
Charles Alfred Joynt].
Wesley Hunt, who lived in Ruthven some years ago, stopped off
here Monday for a few hours visit with old friends. He had just
recently been discharged from the army and was on his way to his
home at Spencer. He saw several months of active service in
France as a member of the ?st division artillery corps.
Mrs. M.J. Burton received a telegram from her son Will, the last
of the week, stating that he had that day arrived in Camp Mills
from overseas, and expected to be in Camp Dodge in about ten
days. Will was in the Tank Corps and took part in practically all
of the big offensive moves that took place in the last six months
of the war. We venture to say that he is glad to be back in the
Otto Madsen is in this city attending the funeral of his mother.
He was called to her bedside at Nevada but failed to arrive there
in time to see her alive. He is in the U.S. Cavalry, a member of
the Troop H, stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Mrs. Mary Barlow received a letter from her grandson, Gwynne
Richards the first of the week. Gwynne is still stationed at
Indianapolis but expects to be moved soon. He has no idea as to
when he will be discharged but is quite anxious to return to a
A letter from Art King to his mother states that he has recently
returned to his company from a furlough which he spent visiting
interesting parts of Italy. He expects another furlough shortly
and is planning on a
trip to England.
It is rumored that a large number of troops of the 30th division
has landed in New York. There are several Ruthven boys in this
division and if the rumor is well founded we will probably see
them in Ruthven in a few weeks. They are Oscar Newgard, R.L.
Logan and Cleve Cain.
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