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Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday, May 8, 1919


Some from Flu and Other Diseases; Others Facing the Enemy on Battlefields of France


Shows Four Plattsmouth Boys Were Killed in Action and Three Died of Disease

From Monday’s Daily.

         Lieut. D.L. Beal, who is located in Omaha at the Rome hotel, and who has in hand the matter of compiling a list of names of all Nebraska soldiers, sailors and marines who were killed or died during the war, has written to the Red Cross chapters in each of the counties over the state for a list of all those from the county who gave their lives while in the service, either through disease or from the shells of the enemy.

         As a member of the local chapter of Red Cross, Mrs. C.A. Rosencrans has furnished Lieut. Beal with the desired list for Cass county, which shows that a total of twenty-two of our fair youths paid the exacting price of warfare — some through illness while in cantonments, some in overseas camps and others who laid down their lives while facing the terrific gun fire of the enemy.

         Plattsmouth contributed seven of her youths to this list of twenty-two within the confines of the county. Four of these seven, Edward C. Ripple, Henry Hirz, Hugh Kearnes and Robert Jacks, were killed in action, while the remaining three, Matt A. Jirousek, George Kopischka and August Hesse succumbed to the ravages of disease.

         Herman Furrer, a former resident of Eagle, died of influenza.

         Edward M. Heeney, of Manley, died of pneumania [sic].

         Guy Frisbe, while on a furlough in California near the station where he was located, was struck by a taxicab and killed. Mr. Frisbe was a former Elmwood resident.

         Jack Idimiller, also of Elmwood, died in camp from spinal meningitis. Herold Marshall, of Weeping Water, was killed in action, while Van Crew and Harold Hitchman, both of whom were from the same place, died of disease.

         Harry E. Johnson, of Murray, died of influenza.

         Bernard Roddy, one of the old-time scholars of Mrs. Lottie Rosencrans, died of tuberculosis of the bowels.

         Paul Spence Ingram, of Louisville, died of lobar pneumonia.

         Claude and Frank Riggs and Albert W. Vallery, all of Mynard, died of influenza.

         Ralph Parcell and Archer Trudeau of Alvo also succumbed to the same disease.

         This makes a total of twenty-two, only five of whom it will be noted, were killed in combat.

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