Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday, December 5, 1918
HOW THEY CELEBRATED IN FRANCE
HARRY WINSCOTT TELLS HOW THE MATTER WENT THERE AS WELL AS OTHER PLACES
PEOPLE GLAD WAR IS OVER
Was In Hospital For a Few Days But Is Out At This Time.
From Mondays Daily.
The following letter written the day following the peace celebration here, tells of how the people took the news in France, where he was and Harry gives a good description of the way the signing of the armistice was received:
Somewhere in France
November 13, 1918
Dear Mother, Father, Sister and Brother:
Received two letters from home in the last two days, and was sure glad to hear that everyone at home was well and having a most enjoyable time when the letter was written.
I am not in the hospital at this time, have been out for five days, and am feeling fine. My other tonsil is slightly affected, like the one I told you about when I was in the hospital. It will only be a couple of days now until I will be all o.k. My tonsil I meant to say.
We had a big celebration yesterday. We mean everybody in this town, where I am. We got news about noon that peace was declared and everybody was celebrating, a city of nearly a million inhabitants, so you can imagine how things were. The streets were so crowded that one could hardly move, with everybody singing, yelling etc. doing everything imaginable in the line of celebration. Old and young were grabbing each other, especially the soldiers. I got my share, Ill say that much. The street cars had to stop running. You would be walking along and meet a bunch of girls all having their arms locked together, and if you got by without being kissed you were pretty slick. When it first started the Americans thought it great fun, but towards evening they began to shy away, thinking they had enough, I guess. I know I did.
We had liberty yesterday afternoon and are off all day today.
I suppose it is the same all over France, and in fact in all the allied countries, it may not be as bad as here, but Ill bet things are surely lively. By bad, I do not mean anything wrong is being carried on.
Ill stake a wager that the people in the good old U.S.A. were all celebrating to the greatest, although they hadnt had as long a trial as most allied countries.
I had a letter from Ruby yesterday, written October 19th she seems to be getting along just swell, not complaining in the least, and seems to like the school she had this year better than the one she had last year. With love to all the home folks, I am,
Your son and brother,
PVT. HARRY W. WINSCOTT,
Address Co. P., [blurred 38?] Regt., F.C.
Am. E.F., A.P.O. [blurred 783?], France
Plattsmouth Journal, July 28, 1919
HARRY WINSCOTT HOME.
From Fridays Daily.
Another familiar face to be seen on the streets is that of Harry Winscott who has been in France for a long time. Harry was among the first to enlist and so got into the big struggle overseas and is among the last to get home. We are none the less glad to see him. He is looking well and of course that is natural as who wouldnt look well and happy to be back in native land and with the home folks once more. To all of our returned boys the heartiest kind of a welcome.
Plattsmouth Journal, August 5, 1918
BRYON [sic] ARRIES WOUNDED IN FRANCE JULY 19TH!
Plattsmouth Boy Received Wound In Battle; Particulars Not Obtainable At This Time,
Information Will Be Given As Received.
Washington, D.C., Aug. 7, (10:00 A.M.)
Alexander M. Arries, Plattsmouth, Nebr.,
Regret to inform you that cablegram from abroad, advises that Corporal Byron E. Arries Marine Corps was wounded on July Nineteenth. Nor further particulars available. Official cablegrams cannot be sent asking about his condition, but you will be notified should further details be received.
GEORGE BARNETT, Major General Commandant.
The above telegram was received this morning by A.M. Arries telling of the wounding of his son. All know Byron E. Arries, and one of the fine young men of Plattsmouth, everybody will be grieved at this sad news and hope that the wound is not serious. How it is no one knows, and from the wording of the telegram it leaves one only to guess how seriously [sic] the wound is. This is the first of the many boys who have gone from this city and county to have been reported wounded. Byron was where the fighting was the hottest, and a member of the Marines that stopped the onslaught of the Huns, in their drive towards Paris. Mr. Arries and wife have the sympathy of all the citizens of this city, in this time of sorrow, and uncertainty, as to the exact conditions. With the good constitution and the exemplary habits of this young man, we are certain that he will with a half a show, show great recuperative qualities, and will unless the wound is very severe recover. What the facts are, no one can surmise, until that time when more definite information shall have arrived. We are hoping for the best in the case.
Plattsmouth Journal, December 16, 1918
BRYON[sic] ARRIES SAYS I WILL BE ALL RIGHT
LETTER FROM DONALD ARRIES TELLS OF A LETTER RECEIVED FROM HIS BROTHER.
MACHINE GUN BULLET IN LEG
Also Other Wounds From H. E. But Claims He Will Be Able to Be Out Soon.
From Fridays Daily.
Mr. And Mrs. A. M. Arries received a letter from their son Don yesterday, in which he said that he had received a letter from both the other boys, they both being in a hospital, but were getting along with the best of care, and that they would be there for some time but would recover. Don had written the letter on November 20th saying that he was endeavoring to get away for a short time to go see the brothers who are in the hospitals. The letter from Byron tells of having received a machine gun bullet through his leg, and some minor wounds with H. E. whatever that may be, but he was getting along as well as could be expected, and as the letter was written more than a week after the war, the chances are that both the boys will be all right. Major said he was still in the hospital, and was still having his foot treated, which had been injured with a bit of shrapnel. It is indeed pleasing news to know that they while reported as dangerously wounded, that there is a good chance for them to get well again, and back home some of these days.
Plattsmouth Journal, July 3, 1919
DON E. ARRIES NOW IN U.S.
From Wednesdays Daily.
A message from Don E. Arries tells of his arrival at the port of New York day before yesterday, and that he has been assigned to a camp and would write as soon as he could. The message had to come to Omaha, and be mailed here from that point. Don has been overseas for a year and a half having been the first of the boys to go over and the last one to return. It is not known just when he will be discharged, but it is expected it will be at an early date and this should put him home in a short time.
Plattsmouth Journal, July 28, 1919
PLATTSMOUTH SOLDIER GIVEN AN OVATION
FRIENDS GATHER AROUND CAR OF WHICH WOUNDED MARINE WAS OCCUPANT
ALL GLAD TO SEE HIM BACK
Although He Is Only Home on Furlough and Must return to the Army Hospital.
From Thursdays Daily.
Yesterday afternoon, when the car in which Byron Arries came up Main Street, stopped briefly a number of people rushed out to take him by the hand and welcome him back home again.
Corporal Arries, of the 80th company, 6th regiment, U.S. Marines, bearing the scars of battle, arrived in Plattsmouth Wednesday on a furlough, for a visit with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. A. M. Arries. He has been in the marine hospital at Hampton, Virginia, since his return from overseas.
"By," as he is familiarly known among his Plattsmouth friends, has had an extremely hazardous experience fighting to protect the liberties of America. January 30, 1918, he enlisted in the United States Marines and after intensive training sailed from Philadelphia for France, arriving at Brest in May, 1918. On June 3, 1918, he moved to the battle front before Chateau Thiery [sic] and received his baptism of fire in that decisive battle. July 18th, "By" was transferred to the Soissons front and the next day while participating in the battle of Soissons was wounded by a machine gun bullet which kept him in the hospital until the first of October. From that time until the first of November, he was again on the battle front. November 1st, while fighting in the Argonne forest, he received eight wounds from machine gun bullets and high explosive shells.
From then until February, he was in the military hospitals in France. February 9th, he sailed from St. Massier [sic], France, for Newport News, Va., in the good old U.S.A. and since landing has been in the U.S. Naval hospital at that place until receiving his furlough for a visit home.
For the first time since the three boys enlisted, the Arries family is again united. Major A. Arries was also wounded in battle while fighting with the 18th Company, 5th regiment, U.S. Marines in the Argonne forest and Donald E. Arries saw service in France with the 649 U.S. Aero Squad. Both have received honorable discharges from the U.S. service. Every true blooded American who enjoys life and liberty, whose home and fireside are protected and whose family is secure, appreciates the devotion, courage and sacrifice displayed by the Arries boys, together with the thousands of other American boys in repelling the menace of barbarism which threatened to overwhelm us.
The people of Plattsmouth should never forget the sacrifice made by Byron Arries to protect the sanctity of their homes and the liberties of their families. They should never forget those long hours of courageous vigil on the battle lines, with death stalking over near, those long days of extreme suffering, and the long years yet to come of patient and silent suffering endured by Byron Arries for them. Let us remember that from young manhood to old age, Byron will carry with him the scars of battle received in repelling the danger which threatened the sanctity of our nation, the liberties of our children and the security of American institutions [several illegible sentences blurred print].
-come you, Byron. We know and appreciate your service and in the future ever remember:
"Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our fears;
Our faith, triumphant oer our fears,
Are all with thee, are all with thee."
Here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving Day. Hope we will soon see your smiling face in Union, the place we all would love to see you. Your Friend, Mrs C Garrison
Dear Uncle Gene,
I am glad you are back in the U. S. again, and hope you will soon be home we would all like to see you. Well I will close for this time
As Ever "Dick" [Dick Applegate]
Nov. 25 -1918
Well I sure am glad to hear of you being in the U. S. I wrote to you after you were wounded but I don't suppose you got it. You ought to be in the U. H. S. as we have some Supt, Pretty & Everything home soon
Hoping to see you home soon.
your Friend Dot. [probably Dorothy Hall]
Nov. 25, '18
We wish you all kinds of Thanksgiving luck, and all of the turkey you can possibly hold. Everyone is fine around here. Only 2 cases of "flu" now. Had a light snow. Hope you are much better now and that we will soon see you home again.
With lots of love,
Mr. & Mrs. Ben Roddy & Baby John
Dyneld [?] France.
Dec. 19 /18
Recieved your letter and was glad to hear from you. But couldn't wait till xmas to open it, as little comes to few and far between over here. Many thanks for the pictures and I think they are fine.
Love to all
Corp. J. C. Applegate
Co. C. 316 Eng.
A. ?. F. A. P. o776
censored by --
Lieut. ?. S. E??.
Since you couldn't come to the party, a little bit of party is coming to you. Was so sorry you couldn't come for we had a real jolly time & I want to know you too.
Best Wishes -
Jane B. Nelly--
Hello Julian; how are you getting along. I rec. a letter from Clee the other day and she wants to knit me a pair of sock, but I cant wear them and it wont be cold enough for them here anyway. I saw your name in the casualty list as severely wounded this was a Brooklyn paper dated Aug 10. I hope you are O.K. by this time if you get a leave and can meet me in London or in Dublin I will be there but were not allowed to go to Paris. If you need cigarettes, candy, money, or any thing else let me know. R. B. R.R. [Robert] B. [Bernard] Roddy
U.S. Naval Air Station Wexford Ireland
C/O GPO London[Note: Bernard RODDY died not long after this card was sent.]
Dear Friend Gene-: I recd a letter from Clee a week ago and also some pictures of her and little Louise. Louise is sure a sweet little girl. Write and tell me how you like France. Papa [? Gmpa] said he would like to have a talk with you. Many happy returns of the day Feb. 28. As ever Thelma E. Gifford