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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 20

What The Muster     
     Out Means Here

   The newspapers Sunday contained a list of those organizations that will be mustered out first, presumably with the next few months. The 34th Division, composed of Nebraska and Iowa guards will bring a number of Clarks boys home. Members of this organization are: Zirrel Hipke, Ed Jandrall, Dewey Madison, J. P. Luft, Tommy Watts and possibly others.
   Silas Starret, Willard Smith, and Emerson Kokjer are members of the 19th Artillery C.A. C., another organization that will be broken up and sent home. Herman Dittmer, who with Harold Galusha is at Camp Dodge, is a member of the 131 Depot Brigades, and will be home within a few days. Galusha is a member of the Military Police, and will probably be left at the camp.
   The 99th Division, now in France, and which contains nearly all of the draft boys from Nebraska, is not to be sent home now. This division is a part of the army of occupation and is now holding some of the fortified cities along the Rhine.
   The understanding is that practically all of the soldiers left to the states are to be mustered out as soon as the machinery for so doing can be put into smooth running shape.


Gone to Council   
     Bluffs to Marry

   Albert Kohl and Mrs. Vera Tague left Wednesday morning for Council Bluffs, Iowa, where their intentions were so we understand, to get married. Mrs. Tague has a decree divorcing her from Frank Tague, but it has not run the necessary six months, hence the decision on the part of these young folks to take advantage of the matrimonial laws of Iowa.
   The Enterprise congratulates.

Tells of American Soldiers
Going "Over the Top";
Pershing Right on
the Job

   Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 26. -- (Special)
---Governor Neville has received a letter from Major J. R. Lysaught, battalion commander of the Three Hundred and Fourteenth ammunition train, attached to the Eighty-ninth division. This is the division which secured its primary training at Camp Funston. The Three Hundred and Fourteenth ammunition train is made up almost exclusively of Nebraska men. It was especially in the interest of this organization that the Nebraska building was constructed at Camp Funston from funds donated by Nebraskans. The follows:
   "My Dear Governor Neville:   Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive and kicking, and I hope that this letter will find you in good health. It won't be much of a letter, as I am writing it on an old boche ammunition box, in a boche dugout which was recently occupied by an officer, until the Yanks chased him out, and besides, the light isn't very good, as all I have is a small piece of a candle, but I know that you will excuse any mistakes under such circumstances. Our division is making a fine record for itself and on our last big drive General Pershing was right there on the job and watched our division go over the top, which they did in fine style.

Nothing Can Stop Yanks

   "Governor, it was great to see the infantry go after Mr. Boche with rifle and bayonet, and the good Lord Himself couldn't have stopped these Yanks from the middle west. My God, how they can fight. No wonder the boche wants to quit. At midnight the artillery barrage started. It was a very dark night, and a steady rain, one of those cold and damp rains, and while the artillery kept throwing thousands of shells at the boche we worked and brought them more, and at dawn when our infantry went over we were right along behind them. No one felt tired, but were on their toes at all times rearing to go. I saw one Young Men's Christian association man and one Knights of Columbus man ahead of the third wave at a little village handing out cigarets to the doughboys as they went ahead of the wave I don't know, but they were there no matter how they got there -- so you can see that going over the top doesn't stop the Yanks, and it doesnt' matter what branch of the service they are in.

Proud to be Yank.

   "We lose some men, but that is to be expected, and when I see some of those big, fine, healthy, happy-go-lucky Yanks go "west" with a great big good-natured smile on their faces, governor, I am sure mighty proud that I am a Yank. I have not lost any men as yet, although I have had a few wounded so here's hoping the good luck keeps up so that I can take back home with me that fine bunch of fighters your great state of Nebraska furnished my organization at Funston."

   Casualty List    

   The following Nebraska men are named in the casualty list sent out by the government for Sunday morning, January 19:


   Sergt. Roy C. Reed, Winside, Neb.
   Private James P. Kessler, Spalding, Neb.


   Sergt. Harold V. Erickson, Funk, Neb.

   The following Iowa, South Dakota and Wyoming men are named in the casualty list sent out by the government for Sunday morning, January 19:


   Corp. Earl J. Lisle, Perry, Ia.
   Robert W. Tadlock, Mediapolis, Ia.


   Henry J. Marx, Granville, Ia.


   Corp. Ray H. Myers, Walnut, Ia.


   The following Nebraska Men are named in the casualty list sent out by the government for Saturday afternoon, January 18:


   Tony Oddo, 846 South Twenty-first street, Omaha, Neb.


   Fred S. Smith, Norfolk, Neb.


   John C. Dittmer, Ohiowa, Neb.

   The following Iowa, South Dakota and Wyoming men are named in the casualty list sent out by the government for Saturday afternoon, January 18:


   Albert C. Boggs, Cedar Rapids, Ia.
   Dean Butcher, Pleasantville, Ia.
   Arthur Hang, Radcliffe, Ia.
   Charley A. Hintz, Storm Lake, Ia.
   Evan Lararud, Dacorah, Ia.
   Lloyd G. Vandyke, Buffalo, Wyo.


   Lt. Raymond O. Brock, Winterset, Ia.
   Mack Hogan, Leesville, Ia.
   Alexander S. Millinas, Sioux City, Ia.
   William B. Martin, Young Woman, Wyo.
   William L. Moore, Bloomfield, Ia.
   Raymond C. Swisher, Brighton, Ia.
   Emory J. Whisler, Davenport, Ia.
   George R. Cody, Barnum, Wyo.


   Cornelius Lynn, Rodney, Ia.


   Arthur Halverson, Moorehead, Ia.
   William Matzdorf, Aurelia, Ia.


   Newell D. Daniels, Fort Dodge, Ia.


   Fred H. Eisel, Earlham, Ia.

Scrapbook, page 21




Clarks Newspaper, 1920 - end of June


Miss Bertha Gerber. was born at Columbus on August 15, 1902 and when 4 years of age her parents moved to Clarks where the family had resided on farm the past 13 years. She was taken to Columbus for an emergency treatment on Friday, 18, with little hope of recovery and at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Susan Haesler, in Columbus this young life on Wednesday June 23 passed away. She leaves a father, mother, two brothers and two sisters to mourn the timely death of a beloved one. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. Newmarker at the German Reformed church Saturday after noon at 2:30 o'clock, the burial was in the Columbus cemetery.

NOTES: Daughter of Albrecht (Albert) Gerber (b 12 Jul 1869, Aarwangen, Bern, Switzerland) & Anna Haesler (aka Hasler, b Feb 1879 NE). This would make her paternal grandparents Jakob Gerber-Catherina Egger; and her maternal grandparents John Haesler-Susan Iossi. Found in extracts of Platte County Cemeteries (City of Columbus), buried with parents.



Scrapbook, page 22

From Burdette Knowles

Dear Folks,
   I suppose you think I have forgotten you as I have only written you one letter since we arrived in France. Since that last letter we have moved about 300 miles. We got here yesterday, it took us 3 days to make that distance so you see we didn't travel very fast. Our camp is situated about ten miles from town on the edge of a forest. The 48 Reg. is the only Reg. here and a bunch left this morn for some lumber camp, so there's not very many here. We are in little dog tents at the present, two to a tent. There about 7 ft long 6 ft wide and 4 ft high. Just room enough to set up in them and thats all. your protected from the rain and thats all thats necessary. We have boards in the bottom, a bunch of ferns and our blankets on top so it makes a pretty nice bed. I guess we will have larger tents this week some time. I have been feeling fine every day we've been here. It rains about every day but doesn't get so very cold. I doubt if you will be able to read this as I and my bunkie are both writing in our little tent by candle light and we haven't any too much room.
   There's a little brook about 3 miles from here and we went down this a.m. and took a bath and washed our clothes. It was nearly ice cold but a fellow sure felt good when he got out. Had a few blackberries to eat that were growing at the side of the road. The French sure have dandy roads all stone and dry no matter how much it rains.
   When we came in the other day we stayed in town all night and up till noon the next day. I went over to a cafe and got something to eat. Had two beef steak sandwitches and a couple glasses of champagne cost 3 francs or 60c champagne costs from $2 a qt up, different kinds of wine from 60c a qt. up. The major said we could drink wine etc, but the first one he caught drunk it was good night. Beginning Saturday we get a pass from Saturday noons till Monday morning. Think I will go to town this week if I can get a pass.
   This is the third time I've started on this letter, had to stop this noon and go practice. We have supper at 4:30 and after supper this evening 3 of us took a little walk. We walked about a mile up the road when we came to a house, we thought we would see if we could buy some butter or milk, so we went in. They were just having supper and they asked us to sit down and eat or rather made motions to that

effect. Of course we wouldn't refuse cause everything looked so nice and clean, I'll tell you what we had, stewed chicken (I guess) with onions and some kind of gravy, fried potatoes, bread, butter, and "vin" wine. Believe me it sure was great. When we would act like we were going to stop they would motion for us to keep on eating. When we got done we sat around the fire place and with the aid of a French and English Dictionary and quite a few motions carried on quite a conversations. The mother showed us the pictures of two sons who were fighting, one 17 yrs old and the other 22. They had some pictures of Christ, The Holy Supper, etc on the walls an when I showed them some pictures in my prayer book they thought that was fine. Nearly all the French are Catholics. About 7:30 we jabbered a little made a few motions that we had to leave, told them merci (thanks) and boone nuit (good night) and left. I think they asked us to come back, dont know for sure but were going again anyway. I gave the little girl there a quarter but the mother didn't want her to take it, offered to pay her something, but nothing doing, she said "no, no, monsieur." Believe me the French sure are dandy people. Sunday we start to hold a little church service but it began to rain and we had to quit. We played a few pieces and the chaplain offered a Benediction. Had quite a French audience. You ought to see them dressed up in there Sunday clothes, most all of them wear wooden shoes. A hundred more leave here to-morrow to cut wood some place. I guess thats all the 48th Reg. is going to do, cut wood to keep the boys warm fighting up on the front lines. I dont know more about it back there in the U. S. than we do here. I havent seen a real newspaper since I landed in France. Well I guess I better close for to-night as my candle is about out. It gets dark here about 5 p.m.
   Now dont worry if you dont hear from me more than once a month, I'll be alright, plenty to eat and lots of sleep. I havent got a letter from home since I left Camp Stuart, Va.

Love to all, Burdette.

A Letter from Walter Stuhr.

Camp Johnston
Nov. 12, 1918

   Dear Folks: -- Well, we finally arrived here yesterday morning at 7. It sure was some trip, taking two days and three nights, but the country is poor. We got into Oseola the first night at 5 o'clock and about 6 we got into Creston, Ia. Here the Red Cross gave us apples, cigars and postal cards. Then I went to sleep and when I woke up we were in St. Joe. The next stop was Kansas City. We got there about 2:30 in the night. Next stop was Springfield, Missouri. There we got off and marched the streets for exercise. About 6 o'clock that evening we were in Arkansas. We rode all night through Arkansas and in the morning we were at Ft. Scott, Kansas. There the Red Cross gave us some tobacco, cigars and apples. In Kansas we saw lots of coal mines. We stopped at lot of small places in Arkansas.
   About 11 o'clock at night we crossed the Mississippi river and were in Memphis, Tenn. We rode all night through Tennessee, and the next day we were in Mississippi and Alabama. We unloaded again at Birmingham, Ala., at noon and were marched up the street for exercise. In Alabama, passed through a tunnel a mile long. Alabama, Georgia and Florida are covered with pine, oak and cedar trees, some of them 200 feet high. Arrived at Columbus, Georgia, at 6 o'clock, here the Red Cross gave us cigaretts and ice cream. We stopped at a place where they were celebrating like the devil and were told that the war was over. We finally arrived at Jacksonville. Here we are living in tents again and it is swampy around here. I was tickled when I found out that I was going to Florida but I wish that I was back at Camp Dodge. I had an idea it was going to be warm here and could eat oranges any old time, but I haven't seen an orange and I had three blankets over me last night and I was colder that I ever was in Iowa.
   Wm. Reiber was on the second train he got out to camp about 5 o'clock last night. Richard is in the same tent with me, I think we will be in these tents for about two days and then transferred into some company.
   Well I think I will close as I am getting tired of writing.

Walter Stuhr


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