A WARM WELCOME
LARGE CROWD GATHERS TO MEET RETURNING SOLDIERS
MEMBERS OF RAINBOW DIVISION
Six Thousand People Turn Out to Meet Some of the Men Who Helped Make
History on the Battle Fields of France
Soldiers of the Rainbow Division whose homes are in LeMars and vicinity
were greeted by about 6,000 people when the noon train pulled in on
Sunday. The streets were decorated with flags of the national colors
and bunting and the Rainbow hues were displayed in nearly every
business place in LeMars.
The crowd surged up onto the platform eager to welcome the men and
cheers, tears, and laughter were freely intermingled. It was a scene of
conflicting emotions. Mothers, sisters and sweethearts were there to
welcome their boys, while others in the crowd, though joining in the
universal hearty home coming greetings, thought with a pang of the
heroes who lie to Flanders fields and will never come home.
The returning soldiers escorted by other soldiers who have previously
returned from service headed by the band and bevy of young women who
carried a Rainbow banner and formed aisles of ribbons through which the
soldiers marched, followed by the crowd formed a parade which
progressed up Seventh street. Crowds of spectators lined the sidewalks
and cheered the men as they walked past and hundred of people in
automobiles from the surrounding country raised their voices in cheers
and greetings. The crowd gathered on the square at the corner of Main
and Sixth streets where Rev. J.K. Hawkins, pastor of the First
Methodist church, made a five minute talk.
Mr. Hawkins said: "Men of the 168th Infantry, Iowa's famous regiment in
the 42nd Division, we take special pride in welcoming you on your
return from the fields of glory and honor.
We welcome you because you are our very own, our sons, our brothers,
and our sweethearts of LeMars and Plymouth county.
We welcome you because you love our national flag, the red, the white,
the blue colors that never run. The flag that wherever it waves on land
or on the sea, at home or on foreign soil, always stands for liberty
We welcome you because you carried the banner of American bravery and
daring through burning hells of death on a half hundred battle fields,
fighting in the greatest battles of the war along the entire front,
from the North Sea to Switzerland.
We welcome you because you met and sanguinely defeated in battle at one
time six of the picked divisions of the German army including three
divisions of the vaunted Prussian guards, and not once were your backs
over to the foe. The staff of Luden-rff kept a big book at Spa. In this
book they wrote down their impressions of the American army. One of the
staff in answer to a question asked by the foreign news correspondent
of the Chicago Tribune, as to a best American division said, THE
DIVISION YOU CALL THE RAINBOW IN THE SKY.
We welcome you not only because you are America's RAINBOW IN THE SKY,
do also because you were the world's RAINBOW IN THE SKY made black and
appalling by the configuration of the most terrible war in history.
When Germany was in the full flush of victory and full of confidence
that the dwindling force of Great Britain and France could not break
through her walls of concrete, steel and guns, you entered the fight
and changed the tide of battle.
We welcome you because you saved Paris, the channel cities, Great
Britain, America and the civilization of the world against farther
ravages of the Hun hordes.
Again we welcome you. Thrice welcome you. Eternally welcome you."
The home coming greeting was made brief as it was realized that the
families of the soldiers were anxious to have their boys to themselves
and the men were anxious to their homes as quickly as possible.
A number of the boys who belonged to the division and joined up in
Plymouth county left the contingent at Sioux City and from there went
to their homes at Kingsley, Ireton and other points.
The men returning are:
|Cecil A. Clarke
|Linfred S. Tweedy
|Clarence L. Bristow
|Sylvester M. Fideler
|Frank D. Neunaber
|Charles E. Ewin
|Charles P. Hammer
|Carl F. Grotheus
|Edward H. Schafer
|Albert L. Sawyer
|Theo. R. Strouse
|Wm. H. Dramie
The boys of the old Company K serving in the famous division, who
returned some time ago are:
|Lee E. Hoag
Will D. Hardie
John T. Harker
Melvin R. Kanago
Wm. T. Trewartha
The names of those who have give their lives for their county either in
battle or by disease incurred in service are:
|Albert V. Ewin
Vinton C. Bradshaw
Milton D. Fulghum
Carl H. Barr
Albert E. Hoschler
Albert L. Killean
Clark A. Thatcher
-source: LeMars Sentinel Newspaper, LeMars,
Plymouth Co., Iowa; Tuesday, 20 May 1919