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Postville Herald (Newspaper) - August 23, 1918, Postville, Iowa Postville Herald successor to the vet Loblaw Twenty sixth year Postville Iowa Friday August 23, 1918 number 43 our Soldier boys Etter from Lorenz Casten. P Mills Long Island n. Aug. 11, 1918. R folks Well there is no but what this letter will be sting to read. Must first Tell bout our Camp. We four on this Island and three of Are built of Barracks and Only Mills has tents for the soldiers e in. And which we occupy our there is some pretty scenery d this part of the country left Camp Dodge on thursday t 7th, about to a. M. And array our destination about one la this morning. We were in Fogo thursday evening about ten and went to bed before ave there. Went through the North in. Corner of Indiana and then Michigan passing thru the Cit Battle Crek Lansing and t. Everything was Fine up in locality. From Flint we went port Huron which is near the Adian line. When we went into Ada we went thru a Tunnel under St. Claire River. We also pass a Hru Niagara Falls where we Stop two hours which gave us time to t the Falls. Some sight also one the seven wonders of the world m there we went thru the out is of Buffalo n. Y., and then on Pennsylvania. Crossed the Ai Heny mountains and when we used them were above the Clouds the town of Mountain top Penn. Also went thru some very Long Nels when we crossed the Moun above All things there was e of the finest scenery in the unt Ains that it is possible to see. Passed thru the City of Bethle-pa., which has the largest Al smelting and mining Plant in the rid and we stopped Here for an or. From there we went into the the of new York again driving in Ursey City about six o clock Satur a evening and then were tans red to a ship and sailed for Camp e first crossed the Hudson River d then sailed into East River Here the great Brooklyn Bridge is rated which is also one of the Sev wonders of the world also and we led under it into new York. So of see i have seen two of the seven Onderson the world. From new Ork we took the train that was to Rry us into Camp where we arrived about one a. M. And went to bed bout 1 30, and believe me i slept or everyone of us were mighty tired Here is another thing i wish also to Lention and that is the bed Cross received us very nicely and related us with lunch at Battle Creek and also at Niagara Falls and also n new York. It seemed As though hey knew we were to Stop at those cities. The roads we travelled Over were he c. M. & St. P. From Camp Dodge _ Chicago from 3hicago to Niagara a alls on the grand trunk and from Niagara Falls to Jersey City on the Ehigh Valley Road. Well it is time for me to bring his letter to a close for my old lock has run Down. This letter is having me in Good health and i Hope. Will find you All the same at Home your son l. U Casten. Co. A., m. G. Brigade. Letter from Guy Page Gregg. Somewhere in France August 2, 1918. To the Postville Herald dear friends i it sure was some Surprise to me when a few evenings ago i received the new paper of Postville and about ten minutes later i was handed another copy. Let me Tell you that the new paper is a Dandy and keep it coming. You know when a fellow is a few thousand Miles away in a country that is All torn to hell and think about that dear old u. A., which is by far the Best place on Earth and then pick up a paper from Home telling about How Fine everything is you can then appreciate what a Home paper is. Everything is 0. K. Here weather warm and rain now and then. Our Camp is in a City of about 30,000 called chateau Roux a regular old time French town where wooden shoes Are worn More than hats. All buildings Are made of Stone or Cement no Street cars All one horse carts and wine shops every other door which is not bad. We Are Well supplied Here and think our company is As Well fixed As any in France. We have Dandy officers a Good Bunch of men our own y. M. C. A. Canteen base Ball and Tennis outfits boxing gloves and Chow is Good. Our club has won six games and lost one so far. And if there Are any clubs Over there that think they can play just Box them up and ship them Over and we will try and change their minds. The sanitary conditions Are one thing that sure is looked after and it is sure a Good thing. Every saturday our tent floor s must be washed and polished up and we have to to dude up also. This part of France is farming and umber. They raise spuds and All kinds o Garden stuff Oats wheat grapes and goats and by the grape Outlook there will be plenty of wine a r another be Btu you see the French people do of drink water they say it is Only Good to run under by few and Wash in but they sure think different about their wine and i Don t blame then. We have to Doc Tor All the water use because it is not Good. Our work is forestry getting out material for the French but we get to see a plenty of life and not the kind that Postville used to give me either. On july 18th, ten of us who happened to be the first of of company to receive a furlough took a trip to Aix Les Bains which is on the Swiss Border. We were there eight Days and a More wonderful place i never want to see. I have been in every summer resort in the u. S., but none of them can furnish the wonders this place can. You make a trip up it. Revard one of the Alps and from the top we could see Italy and Switzerland. There is an old Abbey at Aix Les Bains which is owned by Italy and holds the tombs of All the Kings Queens and princes since the year 900, and the works of Art and sculpture in there Are sure wonderful. If de prior could have made that trip with me to the Abbey he would have been there yet. There was another Soldier and some French people with me and thru their knowing the monks there this Soldier Friend and myself had the Honor of being the Only two american soldiers that Ever were in the Kings dining room. No one is allowed in there but we got in just the same sat at his table and wined and dined. It sure is great to be a King if Only Forn hour. The Lake is about 18 Kilometres 11 Miles Long and 1 1-2 Miles wide surrounded by mountains water is 150 to 300 meters deep and very Clear Good fishing and swimming. I had a very Fine Packard Auto and a Canoe Given to me to use while i stayed at Aix Les Bains by a regular yank named we. Hall. He is a mining Engineer employed by the rothchilds of England poor people and let me Tell you i sure did step in the Dew also. I will never ask for a better time Only More time if i can go again. This place is called a rest Camp the City having been rented by Uncle Sam for his boys and when you get there he puts you in swell hotels and gives you All you want to eat and never once while there does he speak a word about War military Retreat taps or anything you just run hog wild. That is one of the few things he has done for us Here. The y. M. C. A. Is another one but if i were to Tell you the Good they have done you would not have to go to hear or. John r. Mott any More. He is far too great a Man to turn Down and i am far from being in a position to take his place. But take those Fellows from the u. Backed up by the y. M. C. A. And k. C. And red Cross they sure Are going to be a hard Bunch to try to Stop. Am writing this letter lying in my bunk at 2 30 p. M. I have been on sick list for two Days but am o. K. Now or very near it so you will please excuse poor writing. Give my Best regards to All the Postville people and although a Small town on the map it sure is As Large As new York to me. With Best wishes your Friend corp. G. P Gregg. Co. A 7th brig., 20th engineers. Letter from Otto Rasmuson. Puget sound Navy Yard August .13, 1918. Dear jewel it begins to look As though i am neglecting my writing when i see the dates on the unanswered letters  Here so will Trust to Luck that my suit will pass inspection tomorrow and write instead of Wash this evening. Cleanliness being the first Rule in the Navy we Are taught to regard every Day As Wash Day instead of the customary monday set aside at Home. With a few weeks of practice our work would make a chinese laundry Man envious but i doubt if Many of the Fellows will follow up the Art after leaving the Navy. % poets seeking examples of hurried and sustained Effort have singled out the Busy Bee the Bird dog with gum boots or the one armed Painter with the hives overlooking in their Praise the Sailor with the scrub Brush the master of them All. Thus far we have been suffering in silence but the time will come when our praises in this line will be properly Sung in High places. Life has been taking on a brighter Side the last couple of weeks since i have been transferred to the Yeoman school. I believe i wrote you How about forty of our company of fifty men hearing rumours of better Chow and less work in other branches applied for Transfer to Greener pastures and How this so badly broke up the Bunch that the rest have been shipped out to Seu. I applied for the place of Admiral of the Navy which has been vacant since the death of Dewey but they said i would have to Start As Yeoman so Here i am. Drilling with a gun Allday is quite a snap in comparison with what we now have but the future looks real Bright. We put in from six a. In. To ten p. M. Studying excepting the time devoted to washing Etc. We Are taking the regular nine months course of work in six weeks so you can see Why my correspondence is neglected. Having put in Over two weeks now and with the demand for Yeoman pretty heavy and Fellows leaving every Day i Don t expect it will be More than three weeks before i get a Chance to feed the fishes. The reports coming Back about the cruises the boys Are sent on Are mighty appetizing and i can hardly wait for my Call. One of our Fellows just got Back from a Slort furlough Home bring 1 a a a 1. In a vim Usta Hawaii Haw a Ellioh 1 n3ofstnaraae.l0aded\ of zi1ip Ach Yeakly. / on amen Ca. Over 75 per cent of the sugar used in the United states is delivered by ships. There is produced about 800,000 tons of beet sugar and 250,000 tons of Cane sugar in Louisiana. The total consumption of the United states is about 4,500,000 tons of raw sugar which makes about 4,250,000 tons of refined sugar. If our coasts were blockaded As Germany s now Are we would have available for the use of the people of the United states Only one Pound of sugar for every four we use. Under such circumstances there is no doubt that the american people would get along on this limited Supply without complaint. The United states food administration is asking every american household to use not More than two pounds of sugar per person each month for Domestic use. Reducing our sugar consumption Here Means that we will be Able to help Supply the needs of France England and Italy. Sugar conservation on the american table also Means conservation of ships. The army and Navy have sent out an a. Call for ships. Save our ships to transport troops and munitions to France in order that we May keep the fighting front where it now is and not allow it to extend to our own Homes is the message. There is ample sugar in the world for All requirements in fact there is a Large surplus but on account of the ship shortage it is not available for use in this country. Java which produces 15 per cent of the world s Cane crops too far removed. It requires 150 to 160 Days for a ship to go to Java and return. Postville 25 years ago. From the Volks Blatt of aug. 24, 1893. Rev. J. Gass leaves today for Milwaukee. A Little boy arrived at the August Thiese Home this morning. August Koevenig began work on his new business Block this week. Or. And mrs. John Schultz were at Monona sunday visiting relatives and friends. In this Issue mrs. Breckenridge of Decorah advertises for boarders and roomers at $1.65 per . According to reports circulating Here the cashier of the National Bank at Waukon has taken French leave. Fritz Wilke and de Swenson will leave this week for Richmond a. They Are looking for a better location. The Postville columbian band held a picnic near Myron on yellow River sunday. A Good time was had by All presen t. August Schara has purchased the l. Linderbaum eighty acre farm in Bloomfield township Winneshiek co. For $1500. Be threshing outfits a week. One was for

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