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Merrick County News


Scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer

Assumption - that all these were published in the Clark's Enterprise ...
or the newspaper of Shelby, IOWA
None of the articles bear a publication date or name of newspaper.

Scrapbook, page 18



It's just a Service Flag, but Oh!
How much it means to those who know
The sovereign pride, the thrill, the grit,
The stabbing pangs that paid for it.

It means a buoyant soul that's gone
Where shell and shrapnel crack the dawn;
Fine courage, leaving with a smile
The things that youth finds most worth while.

It means a mother-heart that pressed
A dear, dear head against her breast,
That he might never see or know
The tears that washed the whispered: "Go!"

It stands -- that Service Flag -- for youth
That's found new standards -- Right and Truth.
It means to all, though king or clod,
A richer fellowship with God!

Copyrighted 1918          Dorothy De Jagens



   Mrs. Sarah Spires received a cablegram Tuesday from her two boys Joe and Robert, that they were both well and getting along alright. This will relieve her mind from the fear that one of her boys might have been among that long list of casualties yet to be reported. They are with the 89 Division, and have been in the thick of things for some time.


(NOTE: Color added)



Bartlett Boy Who Was
Reported as Missing is
Now at Ft. Des Moines


   Bartlett, Neb., Nov. 22 -- (Special)
----Private Edward Stewart, son of Charles Stewart of Bartlett, Neb., a member of company F of the Forth (sic) Untied States infantry, who was reported killed in action, is now in the reconstruction hospital at Fort Des Moines regaining his health.
   Stewart, with his company were in the fighting of July 18th about Chauteau Thierry. His company outdistanced the supporting artillery but by nightfall the men were surrounded by Germans without the support of American artillery.
   "We decided we would fight it out if every one of us was killed," he declared in recounting his experience. "We had a little food and less water. For four days we held out, fighting only when we had to and waiting for a chance to get back or for re-enforcements. I didn't get very hungry but the lack of water made it tough. Scouting around the second night one of the men found a well but we didn't dare drink the water for fear the Germans had poisoned it. Most of our casualties were from the German artillery fire. We spread out and took advantage of every possible projection but they had our number and it just naturally rained steel around there most of the time."
   Late in the afternoon re-enforcements advancing found what was left of Company F.
   "We were just about all in," said Private Stewart. "Some of the men had attempted to get back but most of them were killed by the artillery fire and we never heard of a lot more that left us there."




   Clarence N. Halverson, next of kin, Mrs. Anna Halverson - Hartington, Neb.
   Albert G. Bender, next of kin, Mrs. Sophia Bender, Johnson, Neb.
   Fred Charles Dittmer, next of kin, Henry Dittmer, Ohiowa, Neb.



Ralph Perry Writes from Fleeson,
Germany, of Rigorous Service
Since First of August

   Mrs. W. G. Perry received a letter Saturday from her son Ralph, who is now stationed at Fleeson, Germany. Ralph wrote on the 10th day of December. He had gone into the fighting at St. Mehiel on the first of August and had seen some rigorous service. Joe Spires had had a bone in one of his feet broken in an accident and was, as Ralph expressed it, somewhat smashed up. He was in the hospital, but Ralph wrote that he has been getting along well and that it was thought that he would recover. Joe is mess-sergeant in Ralph's company.


Paul E. Fackler, Atlantic, Ia.

Niale Drake, Masonville, Ia.
Wm. Huismann, Titonka, Ia.
Milton J. McElroy, Indianola, Ia.
Peter Smith, Newell, Ia.

Floyd A. Vansickle, Fort Dodge, Ia.
Clyde Ashford, Council Bluffs, Ia.
John L. Blumer, Wheatland, Ia.
Perry Fielder, Fort Dodge, Ia.
John W. Waters, Greeley, Ia

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