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Postville Herald (Newspaper) - October 18, 1918, Postville, Iowa Postville Herald successor to the Volt Buh Twenty sixth year Postville Iowa Friday october 18, 1918 number 51 rom our Soldier boys letter from Lloyd f. Putnam. I the Camp Lawrence a october 4, 1918. R. A. C. Webster Postville. Rec d package today All c. Kuess it has chased me All Over lobe bub it finally reached me. Ell How is everything with you nil All the rest of the boys at Home avy life sure agrees with me especially while i was at sea i got fat am working in the mess Hall now ave been working there for two weeks believe me i Don t go hungry there had Oyster Stew for supper and i ate about a quart of raw ones is afternoon so i am faring pret a Well. Bought a Liberty Bond today or Camp is trying to beat Camp Ewey which is in the Lead now hey having taken out $42,000 Worth already and i think we Are going to eat them by the Good Vork go on. The War news sure books Good. Everybody Here seems 0 to link it will be Over by the first the year and i sure Hope it will. Have you any Spanish influenza it there. It is sure getting in its Vovk Here. They had everything till in Camp. All the theatres dance Halls churches schools and everything is closed. About half the Camp was quarantined it has t gotten me yet but i m not going to brag any. I Haven t seen a single soul that i knew since i have been in the service Only Young Hastings 1 met him a few Days before i left great lakes and i guess he is still there. It sure is a great life out at sea. I never will forget the first Day out at Tai get practice. I was standing directly under one of those 13-Inch guns when they fired Only in the deck below. I la bet i went off the deck about three feet at least some of the Birds were asleep and i wish you could have seen them climb it sure was laughable. Our gunners made four hits out of five at a Periscope with their six Inch guns that s going some. I la Tell the world Fritzie had t better come very close. Well i guess i d better close for this time or you will be getting tired of it All. I want to thank you sad the Lodge As Well for the Beautiful gift you sent me. We have the oldest Lodge in the u. S. A. Here in Norfolk so they Tell me. So keep the Home fires burning and we will attend to so Good Bye Good Luck and god bless you All. Lloyd f. Putnam co. 21, 1st regt. Letter from Harry Hanks. Camp Hancock a. October 7, 1918. Dear folks am going to write a few lines to let you know that i am feeling Fine and have not had the a Spanish flu yet there sure is no excitement Here while we Are shut Jap no place to go just sit around the tent and write letters or read. A gee but yesterday was hot Here Isaore like july weather than octo a. So far this month it has been i hotter than last month. This weather sure ought to kill the germs. Can t Tell exactly How the flu is now but think conditions Are improving. You hear so Many stories that you Don t know what to be Jive. Quito a few new cases but key seem to be of a lighter form. Have and about 100 deaths so far from pneumonia setting in but most of the deaths were among the men a of Camp Grant and they seem to we a harder worse form of it than a other men Here. I am using Agle composed of boric acid soda ipod Salt use it twice a Day. It is a pro Sec to kill the germs if there Joe any there. If you get it in time Jim can break it up. Well i see Germany Austria and Imey me talking peace rea.1 stong m Don t think the allies will listen a hem at All unless they agree to in draw their troops from con country. This i do not think w will agree to right now. The Pes have the under hand now and up think they will even consider armistice the Only thing will be edition Al surrender. Think 91 of the peace plea is to help m the fourth Liberty loan Fea if they Don t make peace it Guthat Germany la beginning to Tze what she is up against the a plan now to hit the German a All Winter give them no rest Meyer and then i think the great pcs we will be the finishing touch do curs. Of course it May fcls0?Neri we All Hope so but i to ook it am figuring on furlough the first unless the War .,.,a going to end Short m j  h c1,s0 thin to 1 a cold wait i"1 it is All Over. Am not figuring s h Ery Strong though. This is it All for this time so will do some Reading. With love to All Harry n. Hanks. M get my by december of a like it was i s i in which rain Utti or from Eddie Schroeder. Somewhere in England insert 19, 1918, Viz heir Well Bill this is a Ltd country Here across the a a Little different than t m i sent you folks a Oord several Days ago but of course it s hard telling whether you la Ever get it or not. How is everything around the old Burg suppose a fellow can pretty near get lost there now. You ought to see the country Here you d swear it was springtime because everything is so Nice and Green. I be been Down to the City Here a couple of times and talk about seeing Odd things and ways sides walks just wide enough for one. Most All the wagons Are two wheelers drawn by one horse. I saw a rigging the other Day i Don t know what it was it looked like a Road train to me no track it travels anywhere. I guess it s drawn by an engine and has from three to six cars and is used mostly for hauling gravel and dirt and runs about the Speed of a dog Trot. The Cathedral is something Beautiful. I was All thru it last tues Day. They have an old Well that was dug in the second Century and Are still using the waiter. Many other things still standing that were built before the u. S. Was even t to t of. Quite a Bunch of boys came in Here from Iowa last saturday1. I Tho t maybe there would be some from around there but i did t run across any. This sure is a great place for rain we be Only had three Days that it did t rain since we got Here. Will ring off for this time. Hope this will reach you Well and that i will hear from Vou soon. With love to All Eddie Schroeder. Co. A 347th inf., 87th div., a. B. F Back them with the Money they make Safe for you Crown Prince writes to his papa after he bumped up against american soldiers. On the run somewhere in France. Everywhere in France. All the time. Dear Fadder i am writing on Dor run As Der Brave and glorious soldiers under my command have not seen the Rhine for so Long Dat Dey have started Back Dat Vay and of course i am going Mit dem. Of Fadder Doro has been some Offel dings happening Here in France. First i darted in by big offensive which was to crush the fool americans but Dey know so Little about military tactics Dat Dey vill not be crushed Yust like i want them. I sent my men in Der fight in pig Vaivso and Ven Dey got to de americans Dey All said boo As loud As they can holler. Veil according to what you hav always told me de americans have turned and run like blazes. But vat do you tink dem fool americans Dond no Enn thing about War and instead of running Der underway Dey Kum right to Vord us. Some of dem was singing about be vont Kum Back till it s Over Over there or sum udder foolish song and sum of dem was like fools laughing. Dey Are so Igne runt. But Dey Are so Offel Rek Lesa Mit Dere guns and Ven Dey Kum Toi a us it Vas Dat my men took a notion Dey wanted to go Back to Dere Deer old Rhine. Be Don t like de Lithul dirty mame River anyhow. And of Fadder dem americans use such Offel language. Dey know nothing of Kultur and say such Offel dings right before us. And Dey talk blasphemy too. Vot you tink Dey say right in front of my face one pig husky from a place Dey Call Missouri he said of Fadder i hate to Tell you vat he sed it was so Offel hut i can t help it. He said to hell Mit Der Kaiser did you Effer Here anything so Offel ? i did t tink anybody Wood say anything so Offel. It made me so mad i would a t stand and hear such an Oftel Ting so i turned around and run Mit Der odder boys. Vos i right vat and of Fadder you know dem rest plates what you sent us you can Send sum to put on our backs you know we Are going de odder Vay now und breast plates Are no Good for the cowardly americans Are shooting us right in do Back. Sum of our boys took off the breast mates and put pm behind but de fool americans Are playing de Star spangled Banner Mit machine guns on dem mates. Can t you help us you remember in your speech you said noting could stand before Der Brave German soldiers. Of fodder i Don t believe Deso ignorant americans Ever read your speech for Dey run after us Shust like be Vas a lot of rabbits. Vat you tink of Dot can t you Send dem some of your speeches right Avay Dey Don t know How terrible we Are. Can t you move my army Back to Belgium Verc Vevon All de glory my men can vip All de vim men and children Vot dem Bel Gians can bring us. But dese americans Are so Ruff and ignorant. Vol can t make pm understood Dat be Are the greatest soldiers on Earth und von be try to sing deutschland uber Dey Luff like a lot of monkeys. But be Are getting de Best of do americans. Be can outrun dem. Fadder if be Are not de Best fighters on Earth be Are sure the beet runners. Nobody can keep up Mit us venue tink of Der Dere old Rhine and my army Neffer did tint so much of Dot Jereold River. Let me know vat to do rite by return Post offis. Crow Fri Pemco Williel elevator fire in Postville. Great Grain warehouse of Hall Roberts son takes fire in cupola monday evening at 6 15. Waukon Decorah and Calami have forbidden Public meetings As a Demic. On monday evening of this week at about g 45 mrs. Edith Niin who occupies the living rooms Over prior s Marble shop chanced to glance Over toward the elevator and As she did so noticed flashes of Light in the cupola and saw that it was evidently on fire. Peering out the window she saw John Mcneil and called to aim the warning and Keith Gray who was passing also caught the word and he and Jack beat it to the fire House to turn in an alarm. Within five minutes tim3 from the first tap of the Bell the flames had eaten their Way through the roof at the East end of the cupola and were beginning to burst through the Side. And filled wit i Fine dust and everything As dry As tinder it seemed As if no Power on Earth could save from total destruction the great Grain elevator of Hall Roberts son which for More than fifty years has been a. Landmark in Postville. In a few minutes time however the Postville fire department was on the scene and had two lines of Hose Laid. One line was put up on the West Side of the building on tie outside and the other was carried up the several flights of winding stairs leading up on the inside of the building to the cupola and with solid streams of water pouring into the flames both from within and without in about a half hour it was seen the boys were getting the Best of the flames though practically All thought from the first the Structure could not be saved. Everything in the office part of the building was moved out into the City Park and All the Grain in sacks was removed to a place of safety. And in an hour and a half s time the fire had been licked to a frazzle. The fire is supposed to have started by a hot Box on the Shaft at the top of the cupola where the Grain elevator Bolt runs As it had been in use All Day and after the fire it was recalled that there had been a squeaking noise heard during he afternoon. Both Harvey Roberts and or. Martens were in the elevator till shortly after six o clock and neither of Thein noted anything wrong until after the fire Bell rang. Four of the five Grain shafts running into the cupola were destroyed by the fire and the Grain in the bins considerably wet by the great volume of water which got Down into the bins. The elevator had in its bins 4500 bushels of wheat 2000 by. Of Barley 2500 by. Of Oats 18,000 lbs. Of Timothy seed. However or. Roberts carried $20,000 insurance on the building and $15,000 on Stock hence his loss will be fully covered. The Luana ire department came to the Rescue with their chemical engine As soon As they heard of the Firo but when they arrived the boys had it under control. However the spirit shown by our neighbors is highly commendable and has elicited Many favourable expressions and we can. Assure them their offer of assistance 1ms been Laid up in the archives of remembrance and we Are All mighty grateful to them. The work of the Postville fire department on this occasion which was the hardest fight they have Ever been up against was desperate and determined and won for them new laurels and to show the boys his opinion of their efforts in saving his property from destruction Harvey did t say a darn thing but he wrote the boys a $50 Check the next morning As a substantial reminder of his gratefulness to them. And thus have the Postville waterworks expense been paid for again. I the entire Community turned out to witness the fire and hundreds of Farmers for Miles around drove in by Auto to Seo it and Postville had the liveliest evening of it that she has had j in years. I one of Tho heroic nets of the fire i was pulled off by j. Olson the.paint-1 or who was one of the first men on the scene and was with or. Roberts in the cupola when the department arrived. Olson climb out the South window of the cupola on to the precipitous roof and Hist Way West along the Side of same to Tho roof Edge of the. Main building and then worked his Way. Down to the eaves where he assisted the depart went in placing a ladder and carried the first line of Hose to throw water onto the flames from the outside at every Inch of the Way until the ladder was up a slip on his part meant a sure slide to death. Claire Hawkins was overcome with smoke from a Long siege in the cupola and had to be carried Down but after a Short time in the open air he came too sufficiently to be taken to the Home of Leslie Pettit and the next Day was1 around As usual. Earle Abernethy sprained his ankle and John Welsch Cut his hand while most of the boys were soaked to the hide. The lines of Hose were left attached to the fire plug All night and the watchmen who stayed up had Occa Sion at four different times to put out As Many outbreaks. Tuesday morning contractor Geo. Schroeder and every available Man who could swing a Hammer was on the Job and today thursday will see the greater part of the traces of fire obliterated by a new cupola. Wednesday noon or. A e. Newell of the Newell construction co., Cedar rapids arrived to superintend the construction of the new shafts and other Interior equipment and in a Short time everything will be running As before. School notes. Supt. Smith of Luana visited High school on tuesday. Miss Yates is Here visiting old friends and the school. The senior class had a Weiner roast at Pike is Peak tuesday even ing. The athletic association enjoyed a talk by or. Wildman of Waukon last thursday. Owing to the influenza scare school has been closed for an indefinite length of time. The overseas quartet has been scheduled by. The athletic association for the near future. Watch for the Date. The Grade and High school teach ors accompanied by miss Hanson Pic nicked in the Grove North of the Creamery tuesday evening and re port a very pleasant time. The Junior Home economics girls Are having cookie week and have been Selling cookies to the school children. On monday orders for 20 dozen were filled and on tuesday for 1 dozen. At a meeting of the athletic association last Friday the following office ii s were e elected presid dirt Lillian Swenson vice president Leo Samek. Secretary if Elan Williams. Treasurer Malcolm Ken. Yell masters George Carpenter and Lawrence Cook. Mary Phillips dead. Postville people were pained to learn the first of the week of the death of the daughter of Rev. And mrs. P. M. Phillips of Colesburg former residents Here. The following Brief sketch of deceased was ill wednesday morning s Telegraph Herald miss Mary Alva Phillips elder daughter of Rev. And mrs. P. M. Phillips passed away saturday october 12th, at the age of 23 years. Her death occurred at Cha pin where she had been teaching when taken ill with brain fever and other complications. Her illness assumed a Crit Cal stage about two weeks ago when her Mother was summoned to Chapin. Miss Phillips was a Bright and amiable Young person and her Early death brings sorrow to Many hearts. To sides her parents she is survived by four Brothers and an Only sister. One brother David Phillips is in the army and is stationed at Camp Mcclellan Juanama and another Franklin is a member of the s. A. T. C. At Fayette. Donald Dougherty 18 year old Sou of or. And mrs. John Dougherty residing North of town is the victim of a most painful injury. The Young Mim waa assisting in operating n Cane Mill inst Friday and in some Way got one of Iris hands caught in the gearing resulting in a smashed thumb which had to be amputated arid lacerating his Arm in a frightful manner requiring 26 stitches to close up the. Republican a Postville 25 years ago. From Iowa Volks Blatt oct. 19, 1893. Fred Lammerts father arrived this morning from Germany. Joe Beucher returned yesterday from his business trip to Milwaukee. Or. And mrs. R. N. Douglass left monday for the world s fair at Chi Cago. J. M. Harris has purchased a half interest in the Van Velzer meat Market. Or. And mrs. Henry Eggert arc rejoicing Over the arrival of a baby girl at their Home tuesday. Fritz Kamps a Well known and respected citizen of this City passed away this morning at the age of 68 years. William Kluss and miss Marga Rethe Ruckdaschel were United in marriage wednesday at the Homo of the Bride s parents Rev. J. Gasa officiating. The four nimrods John Thoma Al Stockman John Griffin and dad hair ringtone bagged 30 Spur real four hares a Duck and a Goose in four hours yesterday. Market prices hogs $5.75 cattle $1.58 to $2.00 potatoes 35c butter 28c chickens 6 to 7c eggs 12% cents wheat 50 to 60c Barley 25 to 42c Corn 35c Oats 25c Rye 40c. Neighbourhood news. Items of interest from Aff Arakce and adjoining counties. Obituary. Bessie May Burnham was born in Monona township Clayton county Iowa june 19, 1891. And spent her entire childhood an j Young girlhood in the Vicinity o Luana. In june 1911, she with her brother Ray graduated from the Postville Hig h school. During the next few years she attended Carle ton College at Northfield minn., and taught in the Public schools near her Home graduating from Carleton College in june 1916. In 1916 she accepted a position As of the faculty of the Monona High school which position she filled until the summer of 191s, when she a  Cepter a position As instructor i the schools at Fontanelle Iowa leaving her Home in Waukon , August 29th for that place. On oct. 5th she was stricken with the dread malady info Vienez. Developing pneumonia which caused her death on oct. 12, 1918, at t age of 27 years 3 months and 23 Days. The remains were brought to Postville arriving on the 12 train on monday oct. 14th, thence by Auto to the cemetery at Hardi where in the Sunshine of a Beautiful autumn afternoon at four o clock Short services were conducted by Rev. Hadwin Williams pastor of the Postville m. E. Church and also b members of the order of Eastern Star of Monona of which she Wes an honoured member. A number or songs were Sung by the Monona and Luana Church choirs and All thut was mortal of Bessae was Laid to rest amid a wealth of Flowers Sel Dom seen at this season of the year she was converted and joined the congregational Church at Nort Field minn., in 1914. Of a cheerful and winning disposition her friends were numbered by her acquaintances.  her Mother was called to her bedside reaching there but an hour and a half before her spirit took is flight but not before unconsciousness had claimed her and from which she never rallied. She leaves to mourn her untimely death her parents or. And mrs. H c. Burnham of Waukon and or to brother Ray h. Burnham of and a Hott of other relatives und friends. In connection herewith the Fain a by wish a ii u i Opportunity l i sincerely thank everyone who in any Way helped them in their time of sorrow. Another Soldier boy goes West o. C. Dundee went to Camp Dodge saturday being called there by the serious illness of his sen who was Down with the Spanish influenza. He returned monday and reports his boy on the mend. Later since the above was in Type Woi d came tuesday by wide announcing the Young Man s death. The body will be shipped to Postville and interment will be made i Carithers cemetery and if weather permits services will be held at the grave. Private Frank Dundee was 22 years of a go but other than this we have no data concerning this Young Man who has Given his life in his country s cause. His soul goes marching on. When Eivind Harare was killed in France in july he carried life insurance of $2,000 payable to his sister Bertha in addition to the government insurance. Of he had lived to would still be fighting for humanity but because he can fight no More his sister believed it was right that Loh Icken thieves Are Busy in Elka Der. A National guard company has been mustered in at Charles City. About 400 bushels of wheat went up in smoke when fire destroyed four stacks on the w. C. Mclain farm near Burr Oak in Winneshiek county last week. The Linkenfelder one of the old and highly respected families of Charles City have changed their name by Legal process and hereafter will be known As Linnell. The people of Burr Oak Winneshiek county have circulated a petition asking that the Post office department at Washington reopen their Post office which was discontinued a few weeks ago. Frank Kinsley of Mcgregor has been appointed by Herbert Hoover the nation s food administrator As Iowa s representative on the advisory committee of the food administration which meets once each month at Washington d. C. When Jack Kiesler of Des Moines tried to pry open a hand grenade with a pocket knife he blew off his left hand perhaps fatally injured a fellow worker and slightly wounded two others. Kiesler received Tihe grenade from a Soldier at Camp Dodge. Ick Samuelson a Well Decorah boy now in France has to to recommended for the Decora to on of the French Crix de Gene. During one of the bathes on the West front went out in no Man s land and brought in three wounded comrades. An unusual crop for Iowa and a useful one Broom Corn has been tried this summer on the farm of f. R. Fry. Enough was raised for 100 or More brooms which Are Bein made by a Blind Man of Corydon who was educated for this work at the state school for the Joseph Isenhower was held up at the Point of a gun while on the Way from Iowa City to West Liberty and relieved of his car by two highwaymen. Isenhower had Given the two Young men a lift when they pointed a revolver a him and dropped him near Tipton driving off with the car. Dan Butikofer has a very sore hand that is giving him some worry. A number of dogs got into a free for All fight and Dan attempted to part them. One of the animals Sank its Teeth into his hand and he came to the doctor to have the injured member dressed. Dan says that the darned clogs can fight it out Hereof " Ter for All he Echo. W. I. Atkinson for four years a member of Iowa University football team and former speaker of the Iowa House has started a movement to have the athletic Field at the University of Iowa named Becker Field in Honor of Lieut. Fred h. Becker Waterloo killed in action july 21. It is believed Becker is the first Iowa athlete to lose his life Over in France. Mrs Carl Vetter brought to Tho reporter Oil ice last thursday a Twig from a Duchess Apple tree bearing a half dozen second growth apples that would measure an Inch or More in diameter. We have seen Trees that blossomed the second time in a season but this is the first instance to come to our notice where a Tret has produced fruit so largely reporter. Or. W. S. Pitts author of the noted song the Little Brown Church in the Vale is dead. He died in a Brooklyn n. Y., Hospital on sept. 25th from a stroke of paralysis aged 88 years. He was a Pioneer of Chickasaw county coming to that Section in 1s57. The remains were taken to Fredericksburg this state for burial the funeral being held at the Baptist Church at that place. The Mystic shrine of Sioux City went Down to Spencer to help with a big initiation. A Parade was Given on the streets of Spencer but the enthusiasm was somewhat dampened when c. W. Gray a Spencer travelling Man who was performing on roller skates fell and broke his leg. He was not kept from enjoying the initiation however for the shrines went to his Home and put him thru. Hundreds of Sioux City women propose equipping themselves to be Rod Cross ambulance Drivers during Tho next two or three months. A local company has opened a school for the instruction of All who make application in regular manner Ai who pass examinations showing they would to capable of taking such positions. Already nearly 150 Youn women have registered for this instruction. During the Cuttle Congress program at Waterloo a lied Cross quilt was offered for auction. The quilt was sold for $125, but was burned Back and within a Short time More. His Money should fight for him so j than $1,000 was tossed into it she has invested the $2,000 in Liber a bringing the total received for the to Bonds. Surely Eivind s soul goes quilt to $1,200. At the conclusion new Wing of a Decorah Republican i of the Salem a Muenst. Paul the Eivind Hamra above referred purchased a the quilt and will take it to is a brother of Ole Hamre the to his Home to be sold for the same Painter Well known in Postville. Purpose

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