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Flash From The Past - 1919

The Farmer Herald
Oconto Falls
January 31, 1919
submitted by Richard La Brosse


Composer of "On Wisconsin" Answers Final Call

Madison - "Bill" Purdy, composer of “On Wisconsin” is dead.

 He died while a campaign was being carried on in the state to raise funds to help him in his fight to fight tuberculosis.  Students, faculty and alumni of the university responded with the amount of $1,250.00, which will be sent to Purdy’s wife and children, who were left destitute. A letter from Carl Beck, who wrote the words of the states most famous song, told of the death of the death of the composer two weeks ago.


Missine LeFave, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon LeFarve of this village, & Mr. Everett Costello, also from here were united in marriage yesterday
afternoon by the justice of the peace,  A. P. Smith. The groom is an employee of the Falls Mfg. Co. an industrious and intelligent young man of exemplary habits and pleasant disposition, and is highly  regarded where he is well known. The bride has been a resident of this village for several years, and has been a student in the high school, and has nearly completed the senior year in that institution. She is a reliable, attractive young lady whose many friends join in their best wishes to her and Mr. Costello. The young couple was attended by Bernard LeFave and Miss Katie Schnell.

Oconto County Reporter
March 11, 1919

Frank Kramer of Grover has returned home after seven months of service overseas. Mr. Kramer was in Avtion, until fourteen days before the armistice was signed and was to be relieved for a rest period in two days when he was burned with mustard gas. Mr. Kramer met John Price of Peshtigo and member of Company I on the street in Bordeaux, France, and they were to have made the homeward trip at the same time. On account of confusion in names, John Price was withheld, his name being John F. Price, and the name on his papers bearing the name John M. Price.

March 1919

Bereaved Parents Get Comforting Letter

The following letter was received a few days ago by Mrs. Chas. Scholtz, 1819 Marinette avenue in memory of her son, the late Pvt. Charles W. Scholtz:

Angers, France, Feb. 20, 1919

Dear Mrs. Scholtz—The war department will have notified you, and others may write you of your son’s death at this place at 2 p. m. today, but I always write to the parents of the boys who have to go to the Great Beyond from my ward for I know what it would mean to me if my loved ones had to leave me so far away and some one who cared for them should write me.

He was in my ward. I presume, nearly a week, very ill when he came in, but not delirious for several days. One day he talked quite a long time to me asking about some of his boy friends who had been in the ward and asked what was wrong with them. He said that he wished that he might get well but if he could not, he hoped that Liberty Bonds and his insurance would be of help to his mother and father in their old age. I said “hush son, you will get well and go home to them yet I hope.” I always hope for them as long as I can, but it seems it could not be, as he gradually grew worse and today at 2 p. m. he passed into the Great Beyond.

He was of an excellent type of manhood and there is nothing more I can say to you except that my heart aches for you and may you not sorrow as one without hope but may all Heavenly comfort be yours. Sincerely

Martha E. Bair A. N. C.

The Daily Northwestern - Oshkosh
April 1919

Karl and Albertina (Owen RienhartFrankenstein) Birr Celebrate Their 50th Wedding Anniversary
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