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Ruthven Free Press
Ruthven, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, March 26, 1919

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 U.S.A.

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 civilian life.

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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