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January - June 1918

Courtesy of Shirley L. Brown
 


LOCALS AND PERSONALS
 

From Monday’s Daily.

      Sergeant Wm. Conger, who has been enjoying the holidays with his parents, Judge and Mrs. J. W. Conger, left yesterday on his return to Camp Bowie. Sergeant Conger seems to be well pleased with military life and gives a splendid account of the way in which “the boys” are learning to shoot. He makes a practice, himself, of making 96 “bull’s eyes” out of 100 shots. These “bull’s eye” records are what is giving the kaiser his present uneasiness, for he knows when the Americans begin to pull the trigger something is going to happen.
 

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 4, 1918

 


ROSTER OF COMPANY “L”

143rd Texas Infantry, Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas,

 in Which There Are Many Bay City and Matagorda County Boys,

 as Published by the Wharton County Advertiser

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 11, 1918
 

Captain:

            Henry H. Craig, Corpus Christi

            Gordon Lawson (attached), Wharton

1st Lieutenant:

      John H. Vitelle, El Paso

2nd Lieutenants:

            Willis Hall, Wharton

            Vernon L. Rooney (attached), Ft. Stockton.

1st Sergeant:

      Potter, Charles G., Bay City

Supply Sergeant:

      Large, Luther W., Bay City

Mess Sergeant:

      Conger, William M., Bay City

Sergeants:

      Rahe, Fred B., Bay City

      Walker, Robert P., Bay City

      Britton, Albert B., Bay City

      McKelvy, George W.; Bay City

      Ingram, Cecil, Glen Flora

      Morris, Edward T., El Paso

      Burkett, Earl, Yoakum

      Walker, James L., Wharton

      Cookenboo, Henry P., Wharton

      Rose, Hiser, Wharton

      Brown, David L., Buckeye

Corporals:

      Jones, Madison D., Bay City

      Pagel, Louis A., Yoakum

      Carlisle, Arthur B., Uvalde

      Bayer, Edward M., Wharton

      Moser, William B., Cuero

      Krenek, John, Hungerford

      Heiman, Albert, Shiner

      Tomas, Frank, Galveston

      Harms, Arnold, El Campo

      Targao, Alvin, Yoakum

      Lutringer, Charlie, Wharton

      Rafnes, Gerhard E., Wharton

      Brazzil, John D., Louise

      McCarson, Garland, Iago

      Terry, Robert E., Blessing

      Tuttle, Louis K., Wharton

      Williams, Raymond P., Ganado

      Kolaja, Thomas, Jr., Guy

      Skotnik, Joe, Wharton

      Kyle, Samuel Z., Glen Flora

      Green, Almus, Bay City

      Davis, Glen B., Pledger

      Golsmith, William G., Needville

      Phillips, Walter S., Matagorda

      Littlefield, Walter, Matagorda

      Sanders, James H., Wharton

      King, Wilkinson T., Wharton

      Werland, Ben, Wharton

      Krauskopf, John, Yoakum

      Orsak, John J., Yoakum

      Robertson, Tom W., El Campo

      Green, John E., Bay City

      Heard, James Q., Louise

Cooks:

      Newsom, Charles A., Yoakum

      Hull, Edward B., Burr

      Raleigh, Russell, Ganado

      Jackson, Tillie, East Bernard

Mechanics:

      Crockett, James H., Wharton

      James, Allen W., Bay City

      Taylor, Ernest, Louise

      Stech, Ernest, Glen Flora

Buglers:

      Tew, Orry H., Bay City

      Suchma, Charlie, Guy

Privates, 1st Class:

      Armstrong, Leslie, Blessing

      Anderson, Wallace S., Wharton

      Ashford, William G., East Bernard

      Avery, Leonard A., Victoria

      Barak, Antone, Guy

      Barak, Henry, Guy

      Bennetsen, Peter J., Pierce

      Brezik, Alfons, Edge

      Bulanek, Stephen, Guy

      Burridge, Willie, Angleton

      Cloudt, Freddie, Guy

      Coker, Clifford C., Palestine

      Cooper, Frank W., Hempstead

      Crowson, Alvie, Wharton

      Cruse, Henry L., Wharton           

      Davenport, Archie W., Edna

      Damron, Wilson Jr., Wharton

      Dedek, John T., Rosenberg

      Ferril, Albert J., Wharton

      Frenzel, Albert, Cuero

      Genger, Joe, East Bernard

      Goodhue, James W., Beaumont

      Hess, Roy R., Edna

      Hibbler, Hugo, Wharton

      Holley, Otho, Wharton

      Holster, Frank D., Yoakum

      Hughes, William C., Louise

      Izer, Leo, El Campo

      Krauskopf, Edmon C., Yoakum

      Kurtz, Frank H., Cuero

      Magee, Don, Glen Flora

      Matthews, George, Egypt

      Mica, Joe, Pierce

      Mikolas, Theo, Rosenberg

      Moore, Edgar L., Wharton

      Neeley, Charlie, El Campo

      Nelson, John H., Nottawa

      Newton, Dockie, Yoakum

      Petrick, Frank A., Edna

      Polkrabek, John W., Shiner

      Queen, Marvin L., Kent, Ohio

      Ramey, Ralph W., Bay City

      Rumley, Frank W., El Campo

      Scheller, Edward D., Wharton

      Semenak, George, Wharton

      Shaw, William C., Lockhart

      Shelton, Gurst, East Bernard

      Smith, Marvin L., Wharton

      Stephens, Luther L., Cedar Lane

      Tolleson, Thomas, Palacios

      Treat, Jodie P., Wharton

      Thomas, Albert, Louise

      Uher, Ladis, Glen Flora

      Ulrich, Herman, Shiner

      Weitzel, Hubert F., El Campo

      White, Dewey, Blessing

      Williams, John B., Bay City

      Williams, Thomas G., Bay City

      Yakimovich, Alexander, Pierce

      Zeman, Willie, Guy

Privates:

      Anderson, Martin, Anson

      Andrews, John D., Wharton

      Belil, Bryant J., Kaufman

      Bennetsen, John P., Yoakum

      Bennett, Claude N., Anson

      Billingsley, Elzy B., Gustine

      Blalock, Grover B., Quitman

      Boiseno, Guadalupe, Kingsville

      Boykin, Elum F., Wharton

      Brady, Phineas F., Johnson City

      Breen, Raymond T., Mineola

      Brown, Esaw A., Moody

      Bullard, John M., Palestine

      Cabrera, Enemencia, Kingsville

      Carraway, Jesse C., Comin

      Cooper, James A., Turnerville

      Covington, Fred, Winsboro

      Chernosky, W. C., East Bernard

      Cox, Walter C., Wharton

      Crysup, Don H., Port Arthur

      Davis, John, Airedell

      Davis, Robert O., Anson

      Dollery, John W., Pledger

      Edwards, Eugene A., Louise

      Ericson, Carl H., El Campo

      Flitterson, Hermon, Stanford

      Fojtik, Joe, Needville

      Fojtik, John, Needville

      Franek, Albert V., Needville

      Freeman, Edgar H., Johnson City

      Garcia, Juan, Brownsville

      Gardner, Elmer G., St. Clair

      Genzer, John, East Bernard

      Geren, Romulus, Stephenville

      Giles, Barney, Hawkins

      Gribble, Harold S., DeLeon

      Hawthorne, William D., Anson

      Hendricks, Charles E., Anson

      Horton, Laurence, El Campo

      Ingraham, William G., Rucker

      Joiner, Seth S., Hamlin

      Johnson, Tom H., Stamford

      Katner, Robert. E. W., Coperas Cove

      Kendrick, A. Freen, DeLeon

      Kocurek, Louis P., Guy

      Krenek, Rudolph H., El Campo

      Legg, Cecil O., Ashby

      Lemacks, Finis W., Palestine

      Lookingbill, Zack, Gonzales

      Lucore, Byron E., Hamlin

      Madden, Melvin, El Campo

      Magee, George A., Yoakum

      Maloney, Sidney G., Alexander

      Marek, Willie, Guy

      Martin, George G., Anson

      Martinek, Edward J., El Campo

      McClain, Bolchie, Cuero

      McFall, Emmett E., McCauley

      Melton, Guy R., Hico

      Miller, Beo C. H., El Campo

      Miller, James S., Hawkins

      Mikolas, Arnold, Rosenberg

      Milligan, Otis, Cuero

      Mills, Fred, Hungerford

      Mitchell, Nat, El Campo

      Moore, Donald E., Bay City

      Moore, Eli W., Hawkins

      Morris, Coleman, Glen Flora

      Morrow, Jim B., Noodle

      Nichols, George W., Louise

      Nix, Jake, Greenville

      Norman, Stephen B., Hempstead

      Ormsby, William G., Nugent

      Pala, Charlie, Needville

      Pavlosky, Fencel S., Glen Flora

      Parker, Walter L., Jewett

      Powers, Willie, Louise

      Preisler, Ludwig, Hungerford

      Prowell, Calvin H., Kirven

      Purdin, ?arl, Egypt

      Rhodes, James H., Stamford

      Ross, Van A., Anson

      Ruehs, Joe, Rosenberg

      Rusk, Grover C., Duffau

      Russell, John B., Louise

      Ryan, Oscar W., Cuero

      Sampson, James F., Truby

      Scarborough, Vester H., Alby

      Self, Ivey, Soda

      Sitta, Leopold, Wharton

      Slaculek, Stanley, Wharton

      Smith, Charlie R., Hempstead

      Stevens, Barney G., Hamby

      Stover, Luther B., Johnson City

      Stroud, Charlie C., Mineola

      Talas, Joe, Fairchilds

      Vanderhider, James R., Rosenberg

      Vincik, Joe, Rosenberg

      Weitzel, Johnnie F., El Campo

      Weitzel, Walter H., El Campo

      Whitman, Steve C., Stephenville

      Whitton, Noah, Louise

      Wilkins, Senter, Lovelady

      Wininger, Owen L., Graham

      Winters, Willie F., Devine

 


BE REAL MEN AND REAL WOMEN; LEARN HOW TO GO WITHOUT

Administrator Peden Tells Texas Why It Must Save Wheat

 and Conscientiously Observe a Genuine Wheatless Wednesday

 Special Bulletin No. 10.

{Publicity Department Office of the Texas Federal Food Administration.

By E. A Peden

      Houston, Texas, Jan. 22, 1918.―“The nearer we get to the base of war action, the keener we realize that we are in a big war that has to be fought to a finish. If every Texan could have visited Washington with me recently I don’t believe there would be any need of issuing any statement or constantly repeating the statement that WE HAVE TO SAVE WHEAT. The great difficulty is that Europe seems so far away and the American ports from which our men are sailing and our provisions are being transported are so far away, we are feeling a safety which is nothing short of a folly”

      “Why go without meat―we ask. Why go without wheat―we ask. Why go without pork, and this and that?

      “If every American asks the questions and has no clearer answer for himself than the one: ‘It won’t make any difference whether I go without or not,’ then let them lift their white handkerchiefs to the sky and accept the German yoke.

      “Wednesday is wheatless day. It’s not a fad; a caprice; the butt for jokes and facetiousness, but a very serious matter. The United States’ present supply of wheat is no more than enough for our normal needs. Europe’s present supply is far below its normal needs. Thre is no such thing as white-bread in all Europe.

      “In Finland 3,500,000 people have been reduced to five and one-half ounces of bread a day. We can conserve wheat only by eating substitutes. Cornmeal products are the most nutritious, plentiful and logical substitutes we can eat. Every pound of cornmeal we substitute for a pound of wheat flour actually help s that much to win the war. This is practical patriotism.

      “It is up to us to save one-third of our total consumption of wheat in 1918. If we do not do it as Americans with generosity and self-sacrifice; if we do not meet the situation as freemen with power to think and act for ourselves―then we invite autocratic methods. We can preserve our democratic methods and not suffer; but if we presume to treat lightly Wheatless Wednesdays, then we surrender in a measure what our forefathers contended so strenuously to win for an ungrateful posterity.

      “Let’s be real men and real women and learn to do without.”

The Daily Tribune, Monday, February 4, 1918
 


FEDERAL FOOD PROGRAM

Week’s Calendar at a Glance

What’s Asked of the Housewife

 In the calendar of wheatless meals and meatless meals the only “off meals,” so to speak, are the noonday meals on Sunday, Thursday and Friday. Supper throughout the week is to be wheatless. Breakfast throughout the week is meatless. In order that the housewife may have the days clearly in mind, the following simple calendar of days is issued by Administrator Peden:

 

Breakfast

Dinner

Supper

Sunday

Meatless

 

Wheatless

Monday

Wheatless

Meatless

Wheatless

Wheatless

Tuesday

Meatless

Meatless

Meatless

Wheatless

Wednesday

Wheatless

Meatless

Wheatless

Wheatless

Thursday

Meatless

 

Wheatless

Friday

Meatless

 

Wheatless

Saturday

Meatless

Porkless

Wheatless

Porkless

The Daily Tribune, Monday, February 4, 1918
 


FEARFUL AEROPLANE ACCIDENT

Civilian Dead And Aviator Badly Injured

Plane Crushed to Earth Distance of 200 Feet

      A fearful aeroplane accident occurred on the Mayfield ranch east of Bay City at noon today in which Pike Johnson, chief mechanician for the Bay City Auto and Sales Co., was instantly killed and Lieutenant Warner, aviator of Camp Ellington, was badly injured. The plane was wrecked.

      Lieutenant Warner landed at the Mayfield place just before noon and phoned to the city for a supply of gasoline. The call was responded to by Mr. Frank Thompson and Johnson and after the plane was ready to go again Johnson prevailed on Warner to take him on a flight.

      The machine had reached a height of some 200 feet and had started down when the aviator lost control, with the above fearful results. Lieut. Warner is now in the Bay City Hospital.

      Mr. Johnson leaves a wife and two children and was very popular in Bay City.

      The tragedy has cast a gloom over the entire town.

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, February 5, 1918
 


NEWS ITEMS OF MATAGORDA COUNTY BOYS

FROM CAMP TRAVIS

      Camp Travis, Texas, February 4.―Jeff D. Hogan, of near Bay City, Texas, has returned from the hospital. He was in with the mumps.

      Charlie B. Taylor has just returned from a five-days’ furlough. He went to his home at Francitas, Texas, to attend to several business matters.

      Everett Suladie, formerly of Clemville, Texas, transfers today to the casual detachment, where he will be held in quarantine. Suladie will see France sooner that some of the rest of us.

      Layton Moore, private first class, Supply Company, 360th Infantry, formerly of Bay City, Texas, who has been quite sick for several weeks, is now visiting home on a seven-days’ furlough that was granted upon recommendation of regimental surgeon. It is hoped that the visit will be very beneficial in every way to Private Moore. Moore knows something about the soldier’s life in more than its training phase, for he was on the border a year or so ago.

The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, February 5, 1918
 


RED CROSS TO ADVISE SOLDIERS’ FAMILIES ABOUT WAR INSURANCE BILL AND SOLDIERS’ FAMILY’S ALLOTMENT

      The Matagorda County Red Cross Chapter is prepared to give full and complete information in regard to the war insurance bill and soldier’s family allotment. The National American Red Cross has sent all necessary information to the local chapters and will send all future rulings of the government department as they are made. Every family having a soldier or sailor in our country’s service will be interested in this, as it provides funds for the dependence of a soldier, makes provision for cheap government insurance to be paid to the beneficiary named by the soldier, and arranges for the payment of a fixed sum to the soldier, and to his dependents, should he be injured or maimed while in the countrys’ service.

      For example―A private who has a wife and two children would have to allot $15 (half of his pay) for their support. On his doing that the government will give a separation allowance of $15 for the wife, $10 for the first child, $7.50 for the second. The soldier’s allotment added to the governments’ separation allowance would bring $47.50 regularly each month to his dependents. He cannot be compelled to make allotments to his mother, father, sister or brother, but if he voluntarily makes such allotment the government will in some cases make a separation allowance to such dependents.

      A member of the home service section is prepared to give information on this; said information will in all cases be free of charge.

      The home service section is glad to be of service to you in this way, just as we stand ready to help or advise you in any manner which may be troubling you because of the absence of a man from your family.

      The members of the home service section are J. C. Lewis, chairman; Mrs. Wm. Cash, secretary; Mrs. Bert Carr, Bay City; Jno. Sutherland, Bay City; Mrs. Goodwin Sterne, Matagorda; Mrs. J. D.Heisey, Collegeport; Mrs. D. A. Wheeler, Blessing.

      The following is a list of men enlisted in military service of U.S.A. as near as can be secured at present. Anyone knowing of any who are omited from this list please send please send name to Mr. Wm. Cash, secretary home service committee, Bay City, Texas.

      Bay City: H. H. Parker, Albert George, Payne Walker, Layton Moore, Grant Potter, Newt Arnold, Donald Moore, Hamilton Wallace, Walter Hawkins, Will Conger, Harley Bess, Bob E. Baker, Albert Britton, Charlie Lowe, Wesley McKelvy, Henry Lee, W. Womack, Luther Large, Madison Jones, Bryan Williams, Pink T. Bynum, Alvin E. Benge, H. B. Brady, Walton Herman Cobb, H. G. Carter, Joel C. Dodson, John W. Dallery, Umbelton L. Eidman, Almus J. Green, John E. Green, Jessie Green George, Allen W. Jaces, William R. Cherry, Walter S. Queen, J. S. Robinson, Alber Woodrow Read, Randall R. Stevenson, Hubert Arthur Verser, Walter C. Winston, Thomas G. Williams, Floyd C. Williams, Pierce Gaines, Sam LeTulle, Donald Poole, James H. McCrosky, W. B. Bates, Henry F. Sartwelle, Ellis M. Hamill, Charley Jepson, John Doyle Jeter, John J. Moll, Jeff Davis Hogan, Jason Humber, Harvey Andrew Bowman, George Stanley Gautreaux, Hugh M. Gilmore, Ehler Reinke, Henry Hoffman Loos, Silas Carl Franz, Cristine Rodriguez, Sherman Dreyling Baker, John Gregerson, W. S. Holman, R. R. Lewis, Dr. T. C. Brooks, Grover McDonald, Otto Huebner. Colored: Blain Archie, Clem McHenry, Elry Edison, Shelly Geem, U. L. Childs, Willie Alexander, James Carothers, Britten Green.

      Blessing: Cyril Marion Foisey, Urie Emerson Fant, Leonard Emmett Blackburn (deceased), Robert E. Terry.

      Beadle: Earl P. Hanks, Fred E. Kelley.

      Ashby: Cecil O. Legg

      Buckeye: _____ Brown, _____ Brown, _____ Brown. Colored: David Miller.

      Cedar Lane: Ira Johnson, colored; Travis Petteway, colored; Luther L. Stevens, Roy Joice.

      Citrus Grove: Frederic Fief, Roy Joseph Peltier, Paul Bonneau.

     Clemville: Andrew Jesse Jensen, Grover Cleveland Salley, Joe Alexander, William Bond Hood, Herbert H. Selph, Rufus Clyde Salley, Arthur May Sparks, Everett Suladie.

      Collegeport: Julius Maurice Porche, Seymour Guy Hutchinson, Mason S. Holsworth.

      Gainesmore: Sebron Kennemer.

      El Maton: Grant Pea, colored.

      El Campo: Lewis Wojtek.

      Palacios: E. A. Burton, Henry Grady Cole, Charles C. Cairnes, Leon S. Martin, Frank B. Osberg, Guy W. Stulting, Malcom Murphy Stagg, Eldon Judson Travis, Donald Holland Travis, Milton W. Walker, George DeWitt Fields, David Cornelius Cooper, Calvin Ward, Chas. D. McConnel, Leo Francis Kelly.

      Van Vleck: Grandon L. Kirk, John Earnest Ambort, Roscoe Emmett Owens, Robert Thomas, colored.

      Pledger: P. T. Millard, James Morris, colored; John Gale, colored.

      Matagorda: Walter S. Phillips, Frederick Parker Robbins, Robert O. Williams, colored; Calvin Arthur Sterry, Tom Kain.

      Midfield: Edward R. Schroeder, William Pike Flourney, Milam Miner Flourney.

      Wadsworth: Morris Farris, colored; James Washington, colored; Jas. Austin, colored; Fred E. Ryman, Eddie Gillie Ryman, Clyde Ryman, Will H. Butter.

      Iago: Dupree Newsome, colored.

      Markham: Isiah Tolson, colored; Sylvester Redic, colored; Robert Hurd, colored; William K. Roberts, John Ervin Fisher.

      Matagorda: Lige Dunbar, _____ Dunbar.

      Palacios: Joseph Gormez, J. A. Ryberg.

      Ashby: Zimri J. Dickert.

      Ashwood: J. H. Chastun.

The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, February 6, 1918
 


BAY CITY BOY ON TUSCANIA

Was a Member of Aero Squadron

      Bay City contributed her share to the war thrill incident to the sinking of the Tuscania in Irish waters. Phil E. Davant, son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Keller of this city, and a brother of Will E. Davant also of Bay City, was on the ill-fated ship, a member of one of the aero squadrons aboard. No news has been received from him so far.

      Phil E. Davant left a position with the producing department of the Texas Company, in the land branch, to join the 158th Aero Squadron. He also left his young wife behind, Mrs. Davant going to Bay City to join her parents. The couple lived in apartments J, Charles Apartments. Davant enlisted in the 158th Squadron in July and was sent to Kelly Field, San Antonio, and from San Antonio took train for the seaboard, where his detachment went abroad the Tuscania. He was active in Y.M.C.A. circles in Houston, particularly in athletics.

      Mrs. Davant is residing in Bay City with her parents and is anxiously awaiting word from her husband. His brother is making every effort possible to obtain news from him.

The Daily Tribune, Friday, February 8, 1918
 


PHIL E. DAVANT SAFE

On Board Torpedoed Tuscania Off Coast of Ireland

Mrs. Phillip E. Davant, who is living in Bay City with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Keller, received a telegram yesterday from the adjutant general’s office in which she was apprised of the safety of her husband, Phillip E. Davant, who was one of the soldiers of the torpedoed transport, Tuscania, which was sunk last Tuesday off the coast of Ireland.

The message was brief and only announced the fact that Mr. Davant had been accounted for and was safe.

Mr. Davant is first Lieutenant of the 158th Aero Squadron.

The Daily Tribune, Monday, February 11, 1918
 


LEON MARTIN ON ILL-FATED TUSCANIA

 The great European was brought exceptionally close home last Friday when the news went over town that Leon Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Martin of our city, was on the torpedoed transport, Tuscania. But great was the relief to his parents, as well as all Palacios, when a cablegram reached here Saturday night that Leon was among those who had landed safe. Monday another message from Congressman Mansfield at Washington, D.C., confirmed the first message, but as yet no news has reached his people of any particulars of his landing.

Leon enlisted at San Antonio early in July and was with the 100 Aero Squadron. From San Antonio he was sent to Mineola, L.I., and from there to Washington, D.C., where he spent eight weeks in a test plant going thence to Philadelphia, Pa., to an aviation school where he made the best of grades in his examination, and was allowed to sail for France the latter part of January on the ship that was doomed for destruction.

All of Palacios are rejoicing though to know that Leon was among the survivors.

Palacios Beacon, February 15, 1918
 


FROM ONE OF THE NAVY BOYS

 Mayor Harrison received a long letter from H. Grody Cole at Great Lakes, Illinois, in which he states that he was not very well pleased with the life of a sailor at first, but now he is well pleased and is satisfied that a young man could not make a better selection than a position with the U. S. Navy. The following are a few extracts from Mr. Cole’s letter:

“In general the Navy is certainly a fine place for the young man who wants to make something of himself. Especially is this so in the branch I am now in, the Yeoman Branch, or the office force which keeps all records of the Navy.”

“Last week I was put on the Land Force, which means I will be located for station duty for at least eighteen months and perhaps for the entire period of my enlistment. I am determined to remain here in the office as long as I can and learn everything that is to be learned, so that I will be able to carry on the same kind of work when the war is over.”

“The Naval system in the management of its men is simply marvelous. There is no detail left out that would hinder the proper progress of training men for sea service. The government food given the soldiers is even better than you will find in the average home today. We are paid off every two weeks, well clothed and cared for.”

“Well I would like very much to see dear old Palacios and all its good people, but guess it will be some time yet before I have that pleasure. I think I will make a point to go home in time to attend the Encampment.

“Old settlers tell me this has been the hardest winter here since 1892”

                        Your Friend, H. Grady Cole

Palacios Beacon, February 15, 1918
 


TWO BAY CITY BOYS HURT

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Pyle, of this city, who have three boys in the service, have just received a message from Norfolk, Va., informing them that two of them have had their eyes seriously injured, presumably by an explosion. They were aboard the U. S. cruiser Montana and are supposed to be two of the eight victims of the explosion of a cartridge case aboard that vessel which occurred Monday, although the message to Mr. Pyle gave none of the details.

Mr. and Mrs. Pyle will try to go to the bedside of their boys as soon as Mr. Pyle is able to travel. Their three sons have made two trips to France and return, convoying soldiers. The boys joined the service soon after war was declared and have been making good all along.

The many friends of the family are hopeful that the injuries are not so serious and that the boys will soon recover.                                            

The Daily Tribune, February 20, 1918
 


THREE PYLE BOYS HURT

None in Danger of Losing Life

      News has reached Mr. Jim Pyle, of this city from Fortress Montroe, Va., by way of telegram received this a.m. in which Mr. Pyle has been thoroughly advised by the commanding officer of the battleship Montana as to the condition of his three boys who were injured Monday in a cartridge box explosion. Two of the boys will lose the sight of one eye each while the third is not seriously injured. Neither of them will lose his life.

      The telegram to Mr. Pyle reads as follows:

Jim Pyle, Bay City, Texas

      Your son answered your first telegram yesterday. The three Pyle boys injured, none in danger of losing their lives. Conditions as follows: Clarence Columbus will lose right eye; Chas. Estes will lose right eye; Roy will have sight of both eyes. None of them otherwise hurt. All at naval hospital under most careful treatment.                           Wills Commanding.

      Mr. and Mrs. Pyle had made all preparations to go to their boys and were on their way to the train when they were given the telegram. They turned back and will await developments.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, February 21, 1918
 


CONDITION OF THE PYLE BOYS

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pyle has received an official report of the condition of their three boys who were injured by the explosion aboard the battleship Montana at Norfolk, Va., February 18. The report is from Dr. L. W. Spratling, medical director, U. S. navy, and reads as follows:

Norfolk, Va., February 25, 1918

Mrs. Jennie Pyle, Bay City, Texas

Dear Madam:

Supplementing the telegram sent you February 18, I have the following report to make on your sons, who were injured on the U. S. S. Montana:

Ray Pyle, seaman, second class. His right eye was burned but will probably completely recover. The coating of the left eye was ruptured and foreign bodies buried in the lens, producing traumatic cataract. He will probably lose this eye.

Clarence E. Pyle, seaman, second class. The right eye will probably recover, but due to laceration of the coating of the left eye, the vision will probably be lost.

Charles C. Pyle, seaman, second class. The right eye was lacerated and the vision will probably be lost. The left eye was slightly burned but the sight will be good.

All three boys have been burned about the face to minor degrees.

They are receiving every care and attention and you will be kept informed of their condition.

                                    Respectfully,  L. W. Spratling, Medical Director, U. S. Navy

The Daily Tribune, Saturday, March 9, 1918
 


LOCALS AND PERSONALS

From Monday’s Daily.

      Robert E. Smith, who arrived in Camp Travis March 9 has been assigned to the 8th battalion headquarters detachment of the 165th depot brigade. In connection with same says, “This is the life,” “plenty of eats.” He must like army life.

      The boys of Matagorda County are now through with their vaccinations and inoculations, and have settled down to the real schooling of a soldier. These boys are enjoying the soldier’s life; all are well and have plenty to eat. Their friends please remember in writing them that their correct address is 47th Co., 12th Bn., 165th Depot Brigade, Camp Travis.

The Matagorda County Tribune, March 29, 1918
 


LOCALS AND PERSONALS

From Monday’s Daily.

      Robert E. Smith, who arrived in Camp Travis some time ago, had been promoted to corporal at 8th Battalion Headquarters. He continues to like army life as well as he did when he first came here, and is getting along “tip top.”

      Roy Pyle, first class gunner of the U. S. S. Montana, who with two brothers lost an eye in a cartridge explosion some weeks ago at Norfolk, Va., has arrived at home with an honorable discharge from the service. Roy would not resign and pleaded with his superiors to keep him in service as he wanted to sink one of the kaiser’s submarines before quitting the service. According to military regulations, however, Roy was compelled to abandon his ambitions and has, accordingly returned home. His account of how the explosion which deprived him and his two brothers of an eye each is very interesting. The boys had all qualified as expert gunners, and Roy is wearing the insignia which denotes that fact. He made two trips to France, one on the captured German steamship, Kaiser Wilhelm, which transported 15,000 American soldiers. He has seen considerable of the world, liked the service and deplores the outlook for inactivity from now on quite as much as he does the actual loss of his eye. Roy is now at home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pyle, and is kept busy answering the numerous questions put to him by admiring friends.

From Tuesday’s Daily.

      Mrs. Phil E. Davant has received a photograph of her husband, Lieut. Phil E. Davant, who was on the ill-fated Tuscania, sunk by a German submarine, and the only flag saved from the wrecked ship. Lieut. Davant is holding the flag. The picture is impressive, the story more so and Lieut. Davant looks well and “fit.” Mr. G. R. Keller, Mrs. Davant’s father, has shown the picture to quite a number.     

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 12, 1918
 


PALACIOS HONORED LATE SOLDIER

      Palacios, Texas, April 24.—The remains of Marvin Wickham, son of A. E. Wickham of this place, arrived here last Saturday from Camp Merritt, N. J., and were interred Sunday afternoon in the city cemetery. Young Wickham is the first Palacios boy to give his life for his country. The procession, which was one entirely composed of automobiles, was one-half mile in length.

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 26, 1918
 


NEGROES LEAVE FOR CAMP TRAVIS

Twenty-Eight Raw Recruits Will Be Made Into Soldiers

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 26, 1918

      Twenty-eight drafted negroes left this morning over the Southern Pacific for Camp Travis where they will be put into training for U. S. military service.

      Following are the names of those who left:
 

      Chris Smith, Bay City

      Proctor Bryant, Bay City

      James White, Pledger

      Peter Armstrong, Pledger

      Ernest Brown, Bay City

      Marshall Smith, Bay City

      Robert Shelton, Pledger

      Adolphus Hood, Bay City

      Eugene Warren, Pledger

      Joe Stredic, Pledger

      Willie Smith, Buckeye

      Jim Hawkins, Markham

      Earl Calloway, Kenelton

      Douglas Charles Revis, Van Vleck

      Willie E. Battle, Bay City

      Bonnie Bedford, Bay City

      Simon Bryant, Bay City

      Jeff Davis Pea, Blessing

      Will Anderson, Bay City

     

     Milton Blanford, Bay City

      Meshack Roberson, Pledger

      Chester Eaton, Bay City

      Henry White, Gainesmore

      Brink Austin, Pledger

      Willie Brooklin Norris, Bay City

      Frank Faniel, Wadsworth

      Bennie Baines, Matagorda

      Gilbert Bankston, Houston, (inducted through Houston board)

 


LIEUT. PHIL E. DAVANT HONORED BY

ENGLAND’S KING AND QUEEN

      London, England, April 18―The king and queen are making a tour of industrial works. At one factory they visited there was a guard of honor composed of American troops.

      The king and queen were evidently much pleased to see them. Two of their officers, Lieut. P. E. Davant of Bay City, Texas, and Lieut. W. G. T. Poulson of Philadelphia, had quite a long conversation with the august visitors.

      “I am very glad indeed to see the American soldier in England,” said his majesty, “and a fine stamp of men they are. When I was in France not very long ago I had an opportunity of seeing troops from the United States. They impressed me very much indeed with their excellent bearing, and I was told they are becoming efficient very rapidly.”

      At another works Captain Mack of the American army insurance department was introduced to their majesties. Captain Mack, after informing their majesties that already members of the Untied States forces had been insured up to $12,000,000, asked the queen for an autograph.

      The queen laughingly responded and the captain handed her a fountain pen and a little square of paper. The captain’s sergeant offered his back as a writing pad and the queen, as the center of a laughing throng, wrote “Mary, R., 1918.”

      Then the king was asked for his autograph. He immediately wrote above the queen’s signature: “George, R. I.”                     

The Matagorda County Tribune, May 3, 1918
 


INTERESTING LETTER FROM WILL CHERRY

      Mrs. A. E. Stinnett has received a very interesting letter from Will Cherry, her brother, who is “somewhere in France.” Will thinks that every able-bodied man should be in the trenches somewhere and does not mince words in telling what he thinks of any man who will hide himself behind woman’s skirts.

      The letter follows:

      Somewhere in France, March 10.

      Dear Sister: Your welcome and interesting letter received sometime ago. Would have answered sooner but my opportunities to write are not many. Am sorry to learn that a matrimonial epidemic is raging in the old town, because I am afraid that peace negotiations is the only thing that will stop it. Any man that is able-bodied and foot loose and does not offer his service to his country to avenge the crimes these military criminals are committing day in and day out should be sent to Old Mexico—the States are too good for him; and when they go so far as to hide behind a woman—well, had better not tell you what I think of a man of that kind, because it would hardly go through the mail. I only wish they could hear some of the other fellows express their opinion of that kind.

      It has been very wet and muddy here but we are having pretty weather at present. How is the war affecting Allen’s business? Am not at liberty to answer any of your questions. Write soon and kiss dear old mother’s cheeks for me. Your loving bud,

                                                Wm. R. Cherry. 97th Co. 6, Reg. U.S.M.C., Am. Ex. Force.

The Matagorda County Tribune, May 3, 1918
 


RECORD OF WEDNESDAY’S REGISTRATION

One Hundred Twenty-Nine Became of Age Since June 5, 1917

The Matagorda County Tribune, June 14, 1918

      One hundred and twenty-nine young Americans appeared before the exemption board last Wednesday and registered for service in Uncle Sam’s army. These have become of draft age since June 5, 1917. Their names follow:
 

 1      Edward Earl Broughton, Bay City, white

 2      Lucius Clay, El Maton, colored

 3      Isaac Archie, Bay City, colored

 4      John Murray Pledger, colored

 5      Lake Simmons, Sargent, colored

 6      Pinkney Johns, Wadsworth, colored

 7      Jimmie Woodard, Cedar Lake, colored

 8      Migel Carreon, Bay City, white

 9      Walter McKinley Hawkins, Bay City, colored

10     John Donhoe, Bay City, colored

11     Willie Donhoe, Bay City, colored

12     Oscar Clay, El Maton, colored

13     J. T. Washington, Bay City, colored

14     Alfred Wiggins, Bay City, colored

15     Reuben Marvin Brown, Buckeye, white

16     Benjamin Franklin Garnett, Midfield, white

17     Harold Reid Baldwin, Palacios, white

18     Robert Wheaton Margerum, Palacios, white

19     Bennie Gormez, Palacios, white

20     Jesse E. Brady, Bay City, white

21     William Simmons, Van Vleck, colored

22     Jacob Hayward Long, Bay City, white

23     Damon Boulding, Wadsworth, colored

24     Jerome Krueger, Midfield, white

25     James Herbert Vandiver, Bay City, white

26     Leo Rex Pyle, Bay City, white

27     Granville Pea, Blessing, colored

28     Robert Joseph Turner, Bay City, white

29     Frank Shaw Taylor, Bay City, white

30     Hodie Freeze, Henderson, white

31     Willie Wetherell, Cedar Lane, white

32     Walter Harper Martin, Palacios, white

33     Edward Carl Fleer, Blessing, white

34     Levi Boone, Bay City, colored

35     Geo. Bryant, Pledger, colored

36     Jesse V. Wright, Bay City, white

37     Ellis Jones, Bay City, colored

38     William Earl Dorris, Collegeport, white

39     Thurlo Terry, Blessing, white

40     Arnis Coker, Bay City, white

41     Charles Grady Pickel, Blessing, white

42     Charles Evan Watkins, Bay City, white

43     Robert Oscar Estes, Bay City, white

44     Carnot Bellinger, Palacios, white

45     Napoleon Johnson, El Maton, colored

46     Austin Castleton, Bay City, white

47     Thomas Jefferson Moore, Bay City, white

48     William McKinley McKelvy, Bay City, white

49     Herbert Lewis McDonald, white

50     L. G. Atchley, Bay City, white

51     Hamilton Savage, Bay City, white

52     Frank A. Cobb, Midfield, white

53     Claude Curtis Butcher, Markham, white

54     Sam Ward, Palacios, white

55     Earnest Owen Hammond, Midfield, white

56     Henry Amey, Bay City, colored

57     Albert Charley Royster, Bay City, colored

58     Jack Morgan, Bay City, colored

59     Alpha Thompson, Markham, white

60     Lyall Vernon Dunbar, Ashby, white

61     David Baldridge, Cedar Lane, colored

62     Irving White, Sargent, colored

63     Carey Anderson, Cedar Lake, colored

64     Andrew Rugeley, Sweeny, colored

65     Luther Tellson, Van Vleck, colored

 

66     Pleas Jones, Van Vleck, colored

67     James Harrison, Van Vleck, colored

68     W. O. Hargrove, Palacios, white

69     Louis Brown, Cedar Lane, colored

70     Theron Herbert Carr, Bay City, white

71     James Gallacine Cone, Markham, white

72     Wm. Brown, Jr., Bay City, colored

73     Donald Lacy, El Maton, colored

74     Manuel Alcai, Beadle, white

75     Thomas Eugene Bankston, Matagorda, colored

76     Nepthum Miller, Pledger, colored

77     Phil Pason Bashaw, Bay City, white

78     Ralph Wayman Bussell, Palacios, white

79     Loy O. Nobles, Clemville, white

80     James Harvy Garner, Van Vleck, white

81     Eliza Austin, Bryan, colored

82     John White, Bay City, white

83     George Cratic, Cedar Lane, colored

84     James Edwin Lyman, Van Vleck, white

85     Cecil Hall Burns, Palacios, white

86     Fred Anderson, Cedar Lane, colored

87     Joe Meuth, Bay City, white

88     Allan Dan O’Connell, Van Vleck, white

89     Herbert Custer Sparks, Matagorda, white

90     Leo Henry Gravier, Matagorda, white

91     Dallas Deen, Matagorda, colored

92     William Rector Williams, Bay City, white

93     Claude Jewel Fitzgerald, Markham, white

94     Joe Dubose, Bay City, white

95     Bennie Martin, Bay City, colored

96     Wm. O. Mearns, Bay City, white

97     Floyd Ford Ryman, Bay City, white

98     Harry Gober Serrill, Matagorda, white

99     Basset Strauder, Pledger, colored

100   C. S. Sanford, Bay City, white

101   Augustus B. Crowder, Blessing, white

102   Juan Ruis, Bay City, white

103   Thomas Allison, Blessing, white

104   Tommie Alfred Craft, Bay City, white

105   P. A. McMahon, Markham, white

106   Sam Green, Cedar Lane, colored

107   Johnnie Powell, Cedar Lane, colored

108   Leon Carlton Jinks, Bay City, white

109   Clarence Roensch Woolsey, Bay City, white

110   Ray Lindley Horn, Bay City, white

111   Ernie Estes, Palacios, white

112   Gilbert Luddington, Matagorda, colored

113   Vol Sutton Chivers, Yoakum, white

114   Sam Spradley, Pledger, colored

115   Willie Loos, Bay City, white

116   Pinkney Merchant, Sargent, colored

117   Jesse Edwin Starr, Clemville, white

118   Fred Douglas Davis, Matagorda, colored

119   Abe M. Stevens, Cedar Lane, white

120   Earnest Matthews, Pledger, colored

121   DeWitt Talmage McIver, Matagorda, white

122   Ernest Williams, Bay City, colored

123   John Edward Schmerber, Matagorda, white

124   Andrew Stredic, Pledger, colored

125   Joseph Edward Bird, Matagorda, white

126   Tim Roy, Buckeye, colored

127   Charlie Young, Sargent, colored

128   Victor Horace Yeamans, Bay City, white

129   Bryant Jefferson Richardson, Sweeny, white

 


CAMP TRAVIS NEWS ITEMS

      William Ashley of Palacios has been discharged and left camp last night for Houston to join his wife, to return home.

      Ruel B. Foley we understand was ordered transferred to one of the regimental bands, but owing to the fact the quarantine had not been lifted, transfer could not be affected; he will most likely be with his company now sometime.

      Carl Bachman is highly pleased with army life; he was promoted from “KP” to mess hall orderly and refused $100 for his job.                                   

The Daily Tribune, Monday, June 17, 1918
 


FIFTY-TWO MORE MEN SENT TO FRONT

Forty-Nine From Matagorda County: Three Inducted Through Local Board―All White

The Daily Tribune, June 25, 1918

      Matagorda County sent to the front today fifty-two white men, forty-nine of whom were stalwart young sons of the county, three being inducted into service through the local board for other places.

      Fifty-one of these men go to Camp Travis and one to Ft. Sam Houston.

      A crowd of over three hundred people thronged about the station assembled to bid farewell to the Matagorda County boys who were responding to their country’s call.

      The crowd moved down into the railroad yard and surrounded the special car from the platform of which Mr. J. N. Crawford called the roll of the men.

      As the train moved out the people sang “America,” and waved their hats and kerchiefs in farewell. The following are the list of those who left this morning for Camp Travis:
 

      Arthur Lee Wise

      Andrew Gormez

      Henry Rugeley Gottschalk

      John Norris Crawford

      Arthur Clinton Queen

      Frank D. Craft

      Nathaniel Wiseman Gainer

      Robert Porter Sweeney

      Edward Bates Baldree

      Charles Edward Long

      Ensebio Villareal

      Eric George Culver

      Vernon Clayton Murphy

      Henry Douglas Serrill

      Adolph Klobedans

      Clayton McClennan Fant

      Pete Newerth

      Tommie Rapstein

      Robert Gilbert Richardson

      Enrique Trevino

      John William Hill

      Walter E. Branstetter

      Edward Henry Kelly

      Edward August Duffy

      William Emil Ehlert

      Phillip Leven Fields

      Charles Burroughs Harris

 

      Thurman Patterson

      James Monroe Mahanay

      Ganey Washington Sherrill

      William Henry Smith

      John Hezskut Williams

      Lloyd Phillip Potter

      Earl Middlebrook

      Wm. Thomas Gainer

      Haisley Rufus Mills

      Henry W. Yeager

      Jesse Oscar Wofford

      Thomas Lee Charlie Sherrer

      Carl Albert Nolte

      Bennie Jensen

      Roy Edward Williams

      Alfred McClary

      Ed. Day

      Asher Bodine Owsley

      Pierce Downer

      Henry Albert Gainer

      John Francis Willy

      Thos. Leo Navin

      Thomas LeFaux Smith

      Charles Pelman Coleman
 

To Fort Sam Houston

      Thomas Collie Bruno

 


THE AUTOMOBILE PARADE

      The automobile parade in connection with the war savings stamp drive was held yesterday afternoon from 5 to 6 o’clock. The machines in line extended about four blocks, and were all decorated with colored posters, banners and flags. Chairman J. S. Foster was in charge. Several of the cars represented special features. In one car were a lot of diminutive Red Cross nurses, in another were several lads in military costume. This car bore the ensign: “Coming Soldiers.” The procession had a fine caricature when the grey hearse of Taylor-Hill Furniture Co. appeared in line with a big banner across it labeled “The Kaiser’s Car.” The various lieutenants and their committees were all represented, and as the long line of bright bannered machines wound through the city honking their sirens, the people in the homes along the line came out and waved greetings with much enthusiasm. This procession, together with the excellent vaudeville given from the steps of the Government building last Saturday afternoon, indicated that the climax for tonight’s mass meeting on the public square will be a high-tide demonstration.

The Daily Tribune, June 28, 1918
 



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