The Plattsmouth Journal, June 11, 1917
PLATTSMOUTH MAY HAVE COMPANY IN THE SIXTH NEBRASKA
Under the plans for the formation of the Sixth Nebraska regiment of infantry for service in the war, the city of Plattsmouth has been designated as one of the towns that will probably be assinged a company for service in the regiment.
It has been endeavored several times to secure a company in the fifth regiment, but this was unsuccessful, and now the opportunity is at hand to give this city a representation in the state quota to the federal army. Under the registration of Tuesday, Cass county produced 1,700 even in men of the military age and should be able to produce several companies if need be.
Plattsmouth with a registration of 322 should be able to turn out a company of their own if need be and still allow plenty of men to cover the exemptions and disability losses that will follow the drafting. The war strength of the companies will be 150 men and form the 322 these should easily be selected for service.
The state will under the conscription furnish several additional regiments for service and by the companies being selected from the towns and counties will prove much more pleasant to the men, as it will keep them in touch with each other, even in sent on foreign service, and allow them to represent their community in a fitting manner.
The plans for the new regiment are being formulated in the office of the adjutant general of the state and it is thought that by July 15 it will be possible to get the new organization under way to take the place of the Fourth and Fifth when they are called out for active service. The Fourth regiment is already in the federal service and will probably be among the first to be sent abroad with the American expedition to France.
Plattsmouth Journal, June 11, 1917
AVOCA HAS A RECORD THAT IS HARD TO BEAT ON ENLISTMENT.
From Friday's Daily.
Avoca, one of the thriving little towns of Cass County, has a distinction that few other towns can boast of, and that is the fact that every unmarried male resident of the town of military age has enlisted in the naval or military service of the nation. Several of the patriotic young men were rejected on account of physical defects, but their spirit was shown in answering the call. All of the enlistments were made before June 5th, and were purely voluntary on the part of the young men.
This is truly something that the Avoca people can well feel proud of and the splendid list of young men that will serve the nation is one that will be cherished in the history of Cass county. In honor of the men a reception was held in the town hall in Avoca this week, when a fitting farewell was given the young men who are soon to leave to take up their different duties under the folds of Old Glory.
As a record-breaking demonstration of patriotism, Avoca and her brave sons have set a new mark and the families and friends of the soldiers and sailors can rest assured that they will sustain the reputation of the state and the nation, in their service for the United States.
Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday, June 28, 1917
SIXTEEN YOUNG MEN ENLIST FOR THE SIXTH NEBRASKA REGIMENT
The recruiting for the Cass county company of the Sixth Nebraska is being responded to in very pleasing shape by the young men of this community and some sixteen form this city have signed up and the greater part have been examined and ready for the call to the colors. In the county the response is also being heard to the appeal of the governor and the state for the formation of the regiment.
It will be given until Saturday for the organization of the company and then if by that time there is sufficient number of real red-blooded Americans in Cass County to form a company the fact will be known. The organization of companies for the Sixth have been completed in communities much smaller than Plattsmouth, and with very little troubleas the youths and men have responded to their country's call.
The fact that the opportunity to go to the front together is afforded at this time, and should be take advantage of by the men of military age and not lay back waiting for the draft to gather them in and scatter them in different organizations throughout the army. The home associations that a local company will give will be a comfort to those who are going forward to serve their country and the young man who does not take advantage of them should not complain when the draft has placed him in an organization of strangers.
There are some that believe that the fact that others volunteering wil save them from the draft and therefore hang back to place the burden of defending the country on the shoulders of someone else, but these will find out that they are badly fooled in this respect and will be compelled to toe the mark and do their share. There will be no place for the "let George do it" element, and should not be, as everyone should do their equal share.
Plattsmouth Journal, July 19, 1917
FAREWELL TO THE BOYS OF THE "DANDY SIXTH"
Large Crowd at Depot to Bid Boys God Speed This Morning, When 34 of Our Men Departed For Omaha.
From Wednesday's Daily.
The Cass county detachment of the Sixth Nebraska machine gun company departed this morning at 8:16 over the Burlington for Omaha, where the company is to be assembled and formally mustered into the service of the nation. The Cass county members were examined in this city yesterday by a board of officers of the regiment, and as a result, six of the members were disqualified from membership, owing to physical infirmities.
The machine gun company of the Sixth will be assembled at the Auditorium in Omaha, and remain there until orders to move to Fort Crook or to the training camp at Deming, New Mexico, are received, which it is thought will be only a few weeks at the least. At Omaha, the members will be vaccinated and inoculated before starting south for training.
Those comprising the Cass county detachment leaving for the metropolis were; Matt Jirousek, Daniel B. Cooney, Lieutenant F. H. Stone, James Robert Applegate, George F. Wolfe, Harold W. Hulfish, Roy A. Wade, John Gruber, Simon Gruber Jr., Warren Trumble, Ernest L. Trumble, Roy A. Vickers, William H. Sheldon, T. Frank Mead, A. Earl Cool, Floid L. Coon, Edgar L. Glaze, Otto E. Lutz, Lloyd Gilmore, James Robert Jones, Carl A. Wohlfarth, Emil Finder, Arthur Sampson, Albert Carnes, Harry Johnson, Percy A. Wohlfarth, Richard H. Wells, Frank Smith, Malcolm Brown, Paul C. Spreacher, Robert B. Wolfe, Hiram A. Sheldon, Frank Miller, William H. Brinkman.
At the station, to give the boys from this city and Cass county a royal start in their departure for the war, and that encouragement which is their due, were gathered a large crowd of the patriotic citizens of Plattsmouth with the city band, which played a number of enlivening airs while Old Glory floated to the breeze, held by a number of the boys from the Fourth regiment from Omaha, who stood behind on a truck, and while in front were the boys who have enlisted in the Sixth.
As they were arranged they made a very pretty scene, and Emil Weyrich, climbing the semaphore, took pictures of the boys who are to defend our nation. Then after climbing down, pictures of the crowd from other angels were taken. While all seemed to think that it was the only thing, and were enthusiastic in encouraging the boys in whose eyes were not dry, when they thought of the possibliltiies which might come to their loved ones.