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Oregon Boys in the War
including a Second Series of
from Oregon Boys in France
Mrs. Frank Wilmot
Glass & Prudhomme Co.
[note: only the
letters pertaining to Multnomah County
have been abstracted from this book]
writes Mayor Baker, Expressing
Appreciation of Generosity
Mr. H. L. Pittock,
of Imperial Heights, is the recipient
f many letters from France. The two
following will prove of interest to
Portland friends: Major Adjutant
General George A. White, General
Headquarters, A. E. f., writes:
Major F. W.
Leadbetter of the Signal Service,
writes to Mr. H. L. Pittock:
OFFICERS AND MEN
PRAISE CITY, Messages Come to Portland
Societies from ship in South American
The contents of the
following letter from Mr. Tom W. Saul,
a Portland man, to his friend and
co-worker, Mr. W. H. Guild, of the O.
R. & N. Co., though written in May, is
of more than passing interest at this
date. Mr. Saul enlisted with the 18th
Regiment Engineers R.R. Co., was later
transferred to the Transportation
Division, where he received a
captain's commission, later resigning
to enter the Tank Corps, where he is
now first lieutenant:
letters received by Mrs. Manton C.
Mitchell now residing with her mother,
Mrs. John F. Carroll at 576 East 15th
St. North, give a most vivid word
sketch of life at the front. The
following is from the pen of
Major Manton C. Mitchell, 39th
Infantry, A.E.F., who has, until
recently, been in an American Cross
Hospital in France.
Lieut. Stuart Freeman.
Duncan, of Company E, 4th Engineers,
A.E.F., in a letter to his mother,
Mrs. Bess T. Duncan, 288 14th St.,
shows just what kind of boys our
American soldiers are; men of the
finest quality, loyal to home and
right and to the principles of
democracy. Mrs. Duncan's son, who fell
on August 16th, was only 19 years of
age, but he played the manly part in
the great world crisis. As a monument
to the memory of Thomas Emerson
Duncan, first member of the First
Presbyterian Church to give his life
for his country, a gold star was
placed on the service flag, signifying
sacrifice for the betterment of
humanity--unselfish devotion to the
highest ideals of mankind. His mother
may well be proud of a son that did
his part and did it well.
Lieut. Lambert A.
Wood. An intimate picture of the
thoughts and heart throbs of one of
Oregon's undying heroes is given here
in the last letter received by Dr. and
Mrs. William L. Wood from their son,
the late Lieutenant Lambert A. Wood
who sacrificed his life for his
country soon after these lines were
written. We call him an undying hero
for his name shall never be forgotten
and the great spirit of nobility that
inspired him will live forever as a
part of the national ideal of America.
Lieut. Lambert A. Wood was killed in
action July 18, 1918, in the first
allied offensive south of Soissons.
letter was written to Lieut. Lambert
A. Wood while he was on the firing
line in France by John P. Wade, Col.
of Cavalry, A.G., Washington, D. C.
and by Lambert sent to to his mother
in Portland for safe keeping, telling
her in confidence of the pleasure it
had given him to receive from one in
high authority such words of
commendation unasked and unsought.
Mrs. W. M. Ladd, of
Riverside Drive, received from her
son, Private Henry A. Ladd, with Base
Hospital Corps No. 46, some of the
details and word sketches of every day
life while on duty in France.
Lieut. Marion Kyle
of Portland, son of Mr. and Mrs.
George A. Kyle, has been awarded the
French war cross as an aviator in the
French service on the west front.
Since he became an airman, has
participated in a number of daring
actions, including a bombing
expedition over Ludwingshafen.
Lieutenant Kyle is a former Jefferson
High School student and writes the
following letter to Mr. Hopkins
Jenkins, principal of Jefferson High
letter from G. A. Kyle, of Portland,
Chief Engineer in charge of
construction of the Chinese Government
Railways, who was captured by Chinese
bandits, tells of his experience in a
letter to his wife in this city. Mr.
Kyle is the father of
P. Kyle, who are in the Government
From "Somewhere in
France" comes a letter of interest
from the son of Dr. John H. Boyd of
the First Presbyterian Church,
describing in a very interesting and
amusing way the quaintness of a "real
live chateau in Sunny France."
Following the letter of Lieut. Thomas
Henry Boyd, Company "F," 364th
Infantry, to his wife:
letter was received by Mrs. W. A.
McKay, of 150 Mirimar Place, Portland,
from a Canadian friend who is now held
a prisoner in Germany. The regiment to
which he belonged was the Winnipeg
90th Rifles. During the North West
Rebellion of 1885, the Indians named
them the "Little Black Devils," and
this regiment is still known by that
name. Pvt. Wilson refers to the
"Little Black Devils" in the following
letter from William Scott, a
member of the Hdqt. Detachment, 166th
Field Artillery Brigade, written to
his mother, Mrs. John A. Scott, 632
Tillamook Street, in which he enclosed
a greeting from King George to the
American soldiers on their way to
France. It is as follows:
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Simmons, of
495 Heights Terrace, who has spent the
past winter months on the
Italian-Austrian front and who is now
an officer in the 32nd Brigade of the
French Artillery, serving in the
Rheimes sector, writes the following
H. Kelly sees France from
motor car. Portland lumberman now
overseas with 20th Engineers,
Forestry, gives graphic account of
motor trip across Northern and Eastern
interesting letter was received by
Mrs. Edgar B. Piper, Marshall St.,
from her son,
Piper, Jr., giving details of
a brief respite from soldierly duties.
W. Robt. McMurray, Second
Lieutenant Fifteenth U. S. Cavalry, A.
E. F., son of Wm. McMurray, 645
Clackamas St.. was written to his
friend, Mr. Hopkin Jenkins.
A visit to the
home city of the "Maid of Orleans" was
the experience of
Sergeant O. C.
Hartman, Co. F, 18th Ry. Engrs.,
A. E. F., as told in a letter to his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Hartman,
164 N. 24th St.:
Robert Fithian, son of Mr. and
Mrs. O. H. Fithian, who has been in
the aviation corps for more than a
year in France, has taken many aerial
photographs of German troops and
territory used to determine the
position of the enemy, writes the
following letters to his mother:
Joyce R. Kelly,
son of Dr. and Mrs. Richmond Kelly,
who is with the Twenty-ninth Engineers
in France, in writing of the good work
the Red Cross is doing, said:
Mrs. Dan J.
Malarkey, of Hill Crest Drive,
received from her son,
8th Company, 2nd Platoon, Candidates’
School, the following letter, with a
touching tribute to his friend and
comrade, Lambert Wood. Since the
writing of this letter a cable to his
parents stated that he received his
commission on October 18th.
United States Naval Aviation Corps,
has written the following interesting
letter to Mrs. N. Loeb, 702 Marshall
Mrs. R. A.
Stewart, 496 E. 19th North, has
received the following letter from her
brother, Charles W. Irvine,
Company F, 18th Engr. Ry., telling us
the American Red Cross train is the
finest in all Europe.
interest are the following four
letters, each coming from a member of
one family to Mrs.
Greatwood, 755 Talbot Road.
Mr. F. E. Greatwood, the father of
three sons, has been fighting for
democracy since 1917—was himself
wounded on the battlefields of France.
One member of the family, Charles R.
Parrott, writes a forceful letter to
his friend, Charles Pye. He also is
recovering from wounds received "over
there" and expects to go back to the
trenches at once. A second son, Royce
Greatwood, is in the transport service
of the U. S. Navy, and H. E. Greatwood
is with the British forces in India.
Bertsch, Co. C, 127th
Infantry, 32nd Div., a former student
at Hill's Military Academy, comes the
following message from "Over There."
Mrs. O. J. Carr, of
143 E. 12th St., is the recipient of a
letter from her nephew, Pvt.
Curry, Supply Company, 65th Artillery,
C. A. C., American Expeditionary
Forces, who has for the past few
months been writing under difficulties
from the front line in France. Pvt.
Curry is the grandson of George L.
Curry, who was territorial governor of
Oregon from 1853 to 1859, and is a
lineal descendant of the famous Daniel
Berthaiume, a former Portland man and
son of Mrs. E. M. Beale, at 568 E.
Salmon St., was sent to Italy under
the auspices of the National War Work
Council of the Y. M. C. A. of the
United States at the beginning of the
war. He had previously spent seven
years in charge of the physical
department of the Seattle Y. M. C. A.
His mission abroad has been to have
full charge of all physical Y. M. C.
A. work in Italy. A letter to his
correspondent for The Oregon Journal,
gives illustrations of the spirit of
gratitude and welcome that exist in
the hearts of the French people.
Forest Woods is
wounded in action.
Captain Clarence R.
Hotchkiss, of Portland, Commander of
the Largest American Camp in England,
writes Interesting letter to Chester
A. Moores, Private Secretary to
C. L. Harbin,
employed at Grant Smith-Porter
shipyard, has received a letter from
his nephew, Roy C. Harbin, Company F.,
21st Engineers, who is in France with
the American army.