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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 39


          LAID TO REST

   Funeral services were held at Clarks Sunday afternoon for Hans Hugo Dittmer whose body was recently returned from France where this young soldier who fell in action July 21st, 1918, had been laid to rest with other soldier dead. The community turned out en masse to do honor to the dead, and to leand comfort to the sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters.
   We publish the following obituary through the courtesy of Editor Jordan of the Clarks Enterprise:
   In 1918 Mr. and Mrs. Dittmer received the following message:
   "Washington D. C., Regret to inform you Private Hans Hugo Dittmer officailly reported killed in action July 21, McCain, the Adjutant General."
   Hans was a member of the first contingent that left here in the fall of 1917 going to Camp Funston, October 1st. He sailed over seas early in the spring and became a member of the untis that helped stem the rush of Germans in June. He was in the thick of the defensive which started July 19, where the American army covered themselves with glory and made the first break in the German line. Here he met death three days later, being a member of Co. F, 4th U. S. Infantry Third Division.
   He participated in three engagements, the

Aisne defensive, the Compeigne-Marne defensive, and the Aisne-Marne defensive. The parents were sent the Victory ribbon with three stars attached, each star representing an engagement and Hans would have been entitled to wear this had he lived.
   Hans was born at Minden, Iowa, March 9, 1893, where he lived until 5 years of age, when the family came to Nebraska, settling near Clarks and since residing on a farm. Here he grew to manhood, attended public school and was an industrious farmer.
   A Memorial Servmon was preached in the Congreagational church, Sunday, August 18, 1918 by Rev. Wan Buren in the absence of Rev. Kraemer, who was then sick. Hans leaves to hold him in memory a father and mothers, brothers and sisters, many relatives and friends.
   The body, accompanied by six sailors and led by the Clarks band with the American Legion in command of Major Douglas of Oscela following, was taken from Fosbury's Undertaking rooms to the school campus where the funeral ceremony was held. Rev. Taylor of the M. E. church read from the Legion Ritual and offered prayer and Rev. Kraemer of the Congregational church delivered a very able address.The band and quartette lent much feeling to the occasion.
   The cortege now made its way to the Clarks cemetery marching to a funeral dirge, when the body was lade to rest unter military orders. After the volley was fired over the grave by the firing squad and Tapes were blkown by Burdette Knowles the body was lowered to it's resting place.
   It is estimated that fully 2000 people were present to express their sympathy to the Dittmer family.



   Zoe J__ (Beck - hand written in margin) was born at Clarks Nebraska May 2nd 1901 and died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Graves, of Nance Co. Sept 26, 1921; thus having reached the age of 20 years, 4 months 24 days.
   On August 3, she was united in marriage to George Graves of Nance County and their married life was a little over one month.
   She was taken sick but not considered, very servious when suddenly without any warning she passed away. This sudden death coming so soon after the sad accident in the family a short time ago surely is trying, but we know "that underneath are the Everlasting Arms of God" up holding the saddened husband, father, sisters, brothers and relatives. With the poet we could say ---

When at last I near the shore
   And the fearful breakers rorar,
Twixt me and the fearful rest,
   Then while leaning on thy breast
May I hear them say to me
   Fear not I will pilot thee.
   The floral offerintgs were many and beautiful and were carried by 4 young ladeis. The singing was furnished by the Clarks and Pierce Chapel choirs.
   The body was taken from the to the Chapel where the sermon was preached by Rev. J. H. Kraemer assisted by Rev. W. T. Taylor.
   Interment took place in the family lot at Pierce Chapel She leaves to hold her memory sacred a young husband, an aged father, 3 sisters, 4 brothers many relatives and friends.

Note: Top edge ripped off, title and middle name incomplete.

   John James Pollard was born August 14, 1910 and departed this life September 26, 1921 age 11 years 1 month and 12 days having for a brief period enjoyed the companionship of sister, brother, father and mother and schoolmates.
   He had entered the fifth grade of the temple of learning before he was away to abide with the great master and teacher. Pupils of his grade were the flower bearers. Funeral services were Wednesday morning September 28, at the Catholic Church conducted by Father Kunkle and the body was laid to rest in the Clarks Cemetery.

Mrs. G. A. Cassidy     
     Dies of Long Illness

   Mrs. Bertha D. Casidy, mother of Dr. W. A. Cassidy, died early yesterday at a local hospital after an illness of seven months. She had lived at the Fairview apartments, 706 North Fiftieth street.
   Mrs. Cassidy was the widow of Dr. George A. Cassidy, who practiced at Shelby, Ia., for many years. Born in Pickering, Ontarion, Canada, Mrs. Cassidy went to Shelby as a bride. They moved to Fremont, Neb., shortly before Dr. Cassidy'a death three and a half years ago.
   Funeral services will be held at Shelby Saturday with the Eastern Star chapter there in charge. Burket mortuary is making arrangements.
   Surviving beside Dr. Cassidy are another son, Morley, New Orleans, La., newsspaper man, and one granddaughter, Gloria Lynn Cassidy, Omaha.

Scrapbook, page 40



   At 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning at the St. Lawerence church in Silver Creek. The Rev. Father Kunkel pronounced the words which united in marriage Elsie Marie Dittmer and James L. Regan.
   The bride was attended by Miss Ann Karges and the groom by James Conway.
   The bride's gown was of orchid canton crepe with flare skirt and ecru chantilly lace finished with pink and blue rosebuds and tastefully placed with rhinestone brilliants and a white satin hat and black satin slippers completed her costume.
   The bridesmaid was costumed in yellow canton crepe and georgette with hat to match. The bride carried a boquet of white roses and asters while the bridesmaid boquet was purple asters. Little Gertrude Schultz was flower girl and ring bearer, she wore a beautiful little dress of crepe de chine.
   The groom and his attendant wore blue.
   The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Dittmer and is a very gifted and accomplished young lady, her quiet, sunny disposition and unfailing good nature has won and kept for her many friends.
   The groom is a prosperous young farmer, only son of Mrs. Catherine Regan. He was Silver Creek's first volunteer in the World War and spent two years in the service 13 months of which was over seas.
   A sumptuous dinner was served at the Dittmer home immediately after which the young couple left for a several weeks trip to Colorado, in a new Chevrolet Sedan the gift the bride's parents.
   They will be at home to friends at the groom's farm after about October 1st.
   The Enterprise joins with their many friends in wishing them much joy and happiness.


   Here is the new farm home of Walter Hessly, owner of a fine Holstein herd at Minden. Mr. Hessly built this home on a new site, and other buildings are being added as time will permit. The picture was taken before the dwelling was quite finished, and the porch pillars give evidence. Every convenience known to the best homes is here installed. A new dairy barn is equipped with a machine which is used with complete satisfaction.

Young Couple Married
          At Grand Island

   On Wednesday, August 3rd, at Grand Island, occurred the mariage of Miss Zoe Beck of Clarks and George P. Graves of Silver Creek.
   The bride is the daughter of John Beck of near Clarks and has a host of friends in the vicinity.
   The groom is the son of Ben Graves of Silver Creek and is very well liked by all who know him.
   The bride was attired in a brown Mignonette dress with accesaories to match. The groom was dressed in dark blue.
   The bride and groom left for a brief honeymoon and will be at home to their many friends after August 18th on a farm five miles north of Silver Creek.



   A quiet wedding took place at the Congregational parsonage, on Monday morning at 10 o'clock when Mr. Charles Trullinger and Miss Edna Lumadue were made husband and wife.
   Mr. Elbra Donaldson and Miss Eva Buckley acted, as best man and bridesmaid.
   Those present were the parents of both parties and sister of the bride and brother of the groom. The party left by auto for Central City, and from there by train to Lincoln.
     The Community joins in wishing these esteemable young people continuous happiness.

(NOTE: See Merrick County Marriage Record Book H, p187)


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