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Sixty-two Members of Original Company Recruited for World War Present


Play Prominent Part in Program For Day

Co. K, the company recruited at LeMars for World War service, held its first reunion in LeMars on Decoration Day. A large majority of the original members of this company were from LeMars and nearby towns and sixty-two of them reported for their first reunion. They participated n the Decoration Day exercises and presentation of the Distinguished Service Cross to Laurence Heiden, under the command of Clay Butler , first sergeant of the company, who also arranged the details of the reunion.

At noon the members of the old Co. K and their families to the number of almost 200, enjoyed a picnic on the college campus at the site of Camp Faber, where they were camped while being recruited in war strength.

In the evening they enjoyed a dinner and reunion at Columbia hall at which they renewed acquaintances and recounted the experiences of service days. So pleased were they with their first reunion they voted to have another next year and named Clay Butler as president of the organization with authority to appoint vice presidents in Remsen, Kingsley, Merrill, Akron, Ireton and other nearby towns which furnished members of the company.

Many compliments were paid the company for the fine appearance they made in the parade and Distinguished Service Cross program and their reunion contributed much to the services of the day.

Co. K, Iowa National Guard, was organized in LeMars Dec. 9, 1913, with J. G. Koenig as captain. On June 20, 1916, they went to Brownsville on the Mexican border, where they remained until the following spring. A picture of the company taken just before they left for the border is printed on page three
of this paper. On March 23, 1917, they were mustered out of service in DesMoines and sent home to LeMars where three days later they began recruiting for World War service. On August 17, 1917, sixty-seven men from the company were transferred to the 168th Infantry at DesMoines and a few weeks later left for France with the Rainbow Division. On August 27, the balance of the company went to Camp Cody on the Mexican border where they remained three days less than a year. They then entrained for the Atlantic seaboard and September 7, 1918, the first detachment sailed for France. The other men were quarantined because of the flu epidemic and held up for a few weeks, but alter joined their comrades in France where they served for several months after the Armistice.

The following members of the original Co. K attended the reunion in LeMars on Decoration Day, 1930.

J.G. Koenig LeMars
Wm. Rothermal Chicago, Ill.
Russell Bowers LeMars
Warren C. Butler LeMars
Orville Tincher Sioux City
Harry Van De Steeg Sioux City
Frank Muraine Cherokee
Claude L. Hodapp Merrill
Walter W. Held Hinton
Fred Eilers Hinton
Walter C. Huxtable LeMars
Kenneth Clarke Sioux City
Charles A. Kale Vermillion, S.D.
Clyde Smith Frankfort, Kansas
Walter Bogen LeMars
Russell Green LeMars
Harry Smith Ireton
Edward Bergin Iona, Minn.
Gene Brucher LeMars
Sam Campbell Anthon
Frank Cannon Onawa
Harry Cannon LeMars
Grant Case Kingsley
Robert Dempster LeMars
Parley Derby Slayton, Minn.
Dewey Forbes Pierson
Nelson Hart Sheldon
Ray Hearn Kingsley
John Little Kingsley
Carl Lorenzen LeMars
Richard Morgan Hawarden
Clarence Morris LeMars
Earl Nichol Kingsley
Louren Paulin Remsen
Ralph Rippey Kingsley
Homer Samspon Fargo, N.D.
Lisle Sexton LeMars
Lester Stinton Sioux City
Raymond Teefey LeMars
Fay Terpenning LeMars
Cecil Todd Moville
Ray Walden Tulsa, Okla.
Frank Wiggins Sioux City
Glenn Winders LeMars
Theo. Strause Sioux City
Herbert Bourne Ireton
Clarence Bristow Sioux City
John Calhoon LeMars
Cecil Clarke Sioux City
Sylvester Fideler Remsen
John T. Harker Sioux City
Addes Hamann Merrill
Will Hardie Pierson
Floyd Harney Kingsley
Laurence Heiden Merrill
Fay Houlton Hartford, S.D.
Melvin Kanago LeMars
Wm. Miller Ireton
Frank Murray Kingsley
Charles Reid Ireton
Edgar Spink Kingsley
David Youngbluth LeMars
J.U. Sammis, Jr. Chicago, Ill.




~ source: LeMars Sentinel Newspaper, LeMars, Plymouth Co., Iowa; 3 June 1930


-Submitted by Linda Ziemann
Iowa GenWeb County Coordinator, Plymouth, Monona, Sioux counties http://www.iagenweb.org
Iowa Old Press IAGenWeb Special Project Co-coordinator http://www.iowaoldpress.com/index.html