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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 23

Letter from France

Mrs. H. J. Hesly,
   Minden, Iowa.
Dear Madam: --
   It is my sad duty as Chaplain to make known to you the death of Sergeant Richard L. Hesly, Company "B" 312 Supply Train. He was taken with pneumonia and died October 20, 1918, at 7:55 p. m. at the Camp Hospital. Everything known to medical skill and science was done for him but despite every effort made, he failed to rally and passed to his eternal reward.
   He was burried (sic) in the beautiful American cemetery No. __ on the afternoon of October 21, 1918.
   His was just as truly a soldier's death as is the one met on the field of Honor. He has made the Supreme Sacrifice for his country nor will his country forget him. He will every be held in the highest esteem and most grateful remembrance by his country for which he so willingly gave his life.
   While words fail at such a time as this to assuage the grief that burdens your soul, yet I feel that I must send you this token of sympathy in your hour of trial. And while we mourn for the loss of a loved one, let us make the words of Holy Job our prayer, "The Lord hath given and the Lord hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord."

Yours in tender sympathy,   
Frank W. Mason,   
Chaplain 45 T.C.     
A.P.O. 701 
American E. F.


France, Oct. 31, 1918

Mr. H. J. Hesly,
   Minden, Iowa.
My Dear Sir: --
   It is my misfortune to be the bearer of bad news to you. Your son, Richard, a Sergeant of my Company, died in the Camp Hospital here on Oct. 20, of pneumonia, brought on by Spanish influenza.
   He was buried in the American cemetery with full military honors. It was hard to see him go for I have been associated with him for nearly a year and thought much of him. My trust in him was proved in that I raised him from private to Sergeant. He was a favorite with all who knew him. He was sick only a few days and really slipped off before we realized it. You and yours have my heartfelt sympathy in his loss. But it is comforting to know that he died in such a noble cause.
   His little personal effects will be sent you through government channels.
   Again assuring of my sympathy I remain, his friend and Commander.

Milledge Hankinson,
Capt. Co. B. 312 S. T.
A.P.O. No 906
American S. F.



   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gregg of this city received a message Saturday from Omaha announcing the marriage of their son Norval to Miss Hilda Osterman of Clarks. The young couple had stolen a march on their friends by slipping away quietly to be married, and were then on their wedding trip.
   The bride, who is the daughter of Frank Osterman of Clarks, is a bright and attractive young lady and is very popular in the community where the greater portion of her life has been spent.
   The groom was born and reared in the country not far from Central City. He was a student at Nebraska Central College and was one of the Merrick county boys to enter the service. Since his release from the army he has been engaged in farming, together with his brother, Arthur, on their father's farm northeast of the city. He is a fine young man of good habits, industrious and ambitious, and his friends are confident that a successful future awaits him.
   The young people have not at this writing returned from their trip to receive the many congratulations and best wishes awaiting them.

NOTE: Above marriage occurred Aug 1920.

Merle Little Back     
     With Commission 

  E. M. Little, better known as Merle, is a go getter. He left here about the middle of October determined to jimmie his way into the army. He wanted action -- no long officers school term or dallying around with the theory of war, and so after he had made life miserable for a few of his political acquaintances in Washington, he was allowed to enlist as a private in one of the tank corps.
   Being familiar with machinery and somewhat of an insistent disposition he was given twelve hours schooling in the intricacies of the tanks and put on as a driver, with instructions to go as far as he liked.
   About the second day out he was trying to see how close he could come to the edge of a thirty foot jump off when his clutch jammed and there was nothing to do but steer the old boat and take the leap. He succeeded in pulling off a stunt that a lot of the drivers had been hankering to tackle, but a trifle leary of, and the next day they were all trying that particular bit of going.
   So fast did he bust his way through obstacles, that during the month he was in Camp Polk, North Carolina, he advanced from a buck private to a commission, being given a second lieutenancy with his discharge.
   From Camp Polk he mansced up into York state and bought eighty head of purebred Holstein cattle, to take the place of the big herd dispersed here the first of October. Having in mind the slowness of freight shipments he sent the cattle out to Nebraska by express, and now Merle is busy whipping things into shape down on the Island, with the end in view of becoming a livewire dairy farmer again.
   But he has his commission in the reserve army, and the minute trouble breaks out we may expect to hear of him taking a running jump for the middle of it.


Scrapbook, page 24

Mrs. Wilson's Smile Wins
Paris on Shopping Tour


   Mrs. Wilson, wife of the president, photographed while on a shopping tour in Paris. With Mrs. Wilson in the carriage are Mme. Poincare, wife of the president of France, and Miss Margaret Wilson.

Ex-Empress of Germany
is Seriously Ill at
Danish Capital

   A dispatch received from Copenhagen, quoting the Frankfurter Zeitung, says the former German Empress will hardly five to the New Year. Her ailment, heart disease, has grown considerably worse during the past exciting weeks. Previously for several months, she has suffered from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy. The condition of the former empress, the newspaper adds, has had a serious effect on her husband, who also is seriously ill. It is feared that his ear trouble will spread to the brain.


     Wednesday December 3 at eleven o'clock a.m. at the Congregational parsonage occurred the wedding of Fred Jetschat to Miss Minnie Bladt, both of Shelby. The groom is a young and prosperous farmer and the bride is well and favorable (sic) known by the young people of the community in which she lives. Their friends with them health, happi.
Journal Herald





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