December 5, 1918
HOW THEY CELEBRATED
HARRY WINSCOTT TELLS
HOW THE MATTER WENT THERE AS WELL AS OTHER
PEOPLE GLAD WAR IS
Was In Hospital For a Few Days But Is Out At This
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
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, I’ll 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 I’ll bet things are surely
lively. By bad, I do not mean anything wrong is being carried
I’ll stake a wager that
the people in the good old U.S.A. were all celebrating to the
greatest, although they hadn’t had as long a trial as most
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
Your son and brother,
P., [blurred 38?] Regt., F.C.
A.P.O. [blurred 783?], France
Journal, July 28,
HARRY WINSCOTT HOME.
From Friday’s 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 wouldn’t 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
Plattsmouth Journal, August 5,
ARRIES WOUNDED IN FRANCE
Plattsmouth Boy Received
Wound In Battle; Particulars Not Obtainable At This
Information Will Be Given As Received.
D.C., Aug. 7, (10:00 A.M.)
Alexander M. Arries,
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
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,
ARRIES SAYS ‘I WILL BE
LETTER FROM DONALD ARRIES
TELLS OF A LETTER RECEIVED FROM HIS BROTHER.
MACHINE GUN BULLET IN
Also Other Wounds From H.
E. But Claims He Will Be Able to Be Out Soon.
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,
DON E. ARRIES NOW IN U.S.
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
Plattsmouth Journal, July 28,
PLATTSMOUTH SOLDIER GIVEN AN
AROUND CAR OF WHICH WOUNDED MARINE WAS OCCUPANT
ALL GLAD TO SEE HIM
Although He Is Only
Home on Furlough and Must return to the Army
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
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
"Our hearts, our
hopes, our prayers, our fears;
triumphant o’er 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
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.