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The Oelwein Register
Oelwein, Fayette Co., Iowa
Wednesday, 24 Apr 1918
BRINKMAN TELLS OF TRIP ACROSS
The Next Day After His Arrival in A French Port
He writes His Parents in Oelwein.
Dear Mother and Father -- Hello everybody, how is everything at home. Am
feeling fine and dandy. We arrived here this afternoon and we will unload
tomorrow morning. We sure had a fine trip but I found out one thing, I never
was intended for a sailor. I sure will be glad to get my feet on solid
We were twenty six days coming across but we were in a large convoy and no
danger of submarines. We never sighted any until just off the coast of
France. Some say we sighted four and synk three of them, but I can't say for
sure. The first two days out were stormy and most of us got seasick. I
guess the work made some use seasickness for a gag. Each of us had twelve
horses to feed and take care of, after a day or so out it wasn't any trouble
at all to take care of them.
I don't know whether they will place us with the regiment or put us in a
remnant station. I hope we go back to the regiment, but no one seems to
know where it is around here.
As soon as we pulled up to the dock French soldiers and civilians were
asking for cigarettes and tobacco. They say both are hard to get over here.
It sure seems queer to hear everyone talking French and you can't understand
a bit of it. It sounds easy though and will all be able to understand in a
short while though.
I'm glad we're going to get off here and be able to get a full meal. I guess
I am to excited to write now, and before we docked I could have filled a
book. A bunch of fellows got civilians to bring them cognac and wines and a
bunch of them are sure feeling fine. I am off of it. I've heard enough about
different things to keep off of it.
I don't know how much I am allowed to write about, so I'll just write and
trust to luck that the censors don't take all the news out of this letter.
I don't know how far we are from the firing line but we won't be there for
quite a while yet, so don't worry any. They say they aren't using the
artillery very much any way so you see it will be quite a while before we
see action. Every body seems to think the war will be over by July and I
guess they are right.
Say, I can't think of anything to write about tonight so will close.
I'll write and tell you all the news I;m allowed to. Give my love to all the
boys and a big hug and kiss for each of you. Tell the boys to write when you
Your loving son,
Supply Co. 15th F.A.
Base Station No 2 S.A.R.A.E.F.
~ STUDY OF GERMAN ELIMINATED IN OELWEIN SCHOOLS, APR. 26.
The study of German in the Oelwein public schools will end with :Liberty
Day", Friday April 26. That is in accordance with the request of State Supt.
Deyo. Following that date the class will study history of the war and its
home activities and possibly other subjects it had previously been decided
that the study of German would end with the school year, but in obedience to
a patriotic sentiment that is quite general in the state it was decided to
write finis on Liberty Day. The class is completing reading "William Tell",
and that famous story is not all in consonance with the autocracy of German
at this time.
~ THE MEN CALLED TO ASSEMBLE AT OELWEIN APR. 28
Will Present Themselves at the City Happ at 10 a.m. 42 will be selected.
42 men will (be) selected to go to Camp Dodge, April 28 from Oelwein,
contained in the list. They are called to assemble at Oelwein City Hall at
10 a.m. April 28.
F. J. Limback, Clerk.
The following men from whose number the forty-two will be chosen are as
Lewis John Meska, Oelwein, laborer
Earl Everette, Fayette, farmer
Joe Zena, Oelwein, laborer
Lawrence M. Hughbanks, West Union, barber
Cole Keeley, 948 S. Fred., Oelwein, Laborer
Abram Hammel, 503 9th ave E., Cedar Rapids, Laborer
Richard T. Wilbur, West Union, lab.
Earl Dixon, Oelwein, machinist
Albert Sath Hodges, Oelwein, laborer
Archie Leo Butler, West Union, Lab.
Anestaseos I. Vlahos, Green River, Wyo., Laborer
Harry J. Iliff, West Union, auto driver
Joseph Birch, 903 3rd ave. E., Oelwein, Laborer
Edward Wauder, 28 4th ave S., Oelwein, laborer
Joseph John Maas, 525 W. Chas., Oelwein, Loc. insp.
Vincene Cizentane, 315-41/2 st W., Oelwein, laborer
Benjamin Alvin Rogers, Hawkeye, painter
Wilbur J. Morrison, 628 1st ave. S., Oelwein, laborer
Emil Carl Vandersce, Oelwein, lab.
Fred Smith, Maynard, laborer
Ivan Liazie Hanson, Oelwein, blacksmith
George Edward Riley, 218 3rd ave. N., Oelwein, R.R. man
Everett D. Finch, 240 Maple st. Waterloo, laborer
Orrie Harrison Snyder, 504 Woodlawn ave., Middletown, Ohio, laborer
Bert Ray Hanson, Oelwein, farmer
Edward Henry Williams, Brooten, Minn., veterinarian
Robert Emil Buckholtz, Oelwein, lab.
Barry W. Schrader, Zeeland, N.D., bookkeeper
Merle R. S-exey Kearney, Neb. clerk
Kyle Kenneth Rathban, Fayette, farmer
Charles Edwin Conner, Hawkeye, farmer
Frank Leo, 221 8th ave N. Oelwein, laborer
Nick Greteman, St. Lucas, banker
John Wesley Adams, Fairbank, farmer
Arthur Frank Olds, Blackwell, Wis. farmer
Richard Erickson, Wadena, farmer
George Graham, 116 7th ave N., Oelwein, loc. fireman
Math Perry, St. Lucas, merchant
John Wm. Armstrong, Waucoma, laborer
Karl Leroy White, Fayette, mechanic
Falicle Fuziono, 133-7th ave., Oelwein, laborer
True Manley Ballard, 209 2nd st., S., Oelwein, butcher
William Hull Brabham, Elgin, farmer
Richard John Schlegel, Hawkeye, machinist
Walter Buenneke, Maynard, banker
Homer Atnip. Rogers, Ark., laborer
Albert Henry Heldt, 100, 6th ave, S., Oelwein, auto driver
Morrill C. Hanson, 1104 W. Chas. st., Oelwein, R.R. timekeeper
Frankly Glean Lee, West Union, clerk
Barney P. Blanch, Summer, Iowa
BARNEY LADD PASSES EXAM.
Mrs. A.S. Ladd received a letter from her son Barney, and also sending his
diploma stating that he had passed in the Grenade School, reading in part as
"Corporal Barney Ladd has completed his course of instructions in the
division Grenade school and has passed a satisfaory examination, and is
qualified to perform the duties of instructor.
~ Mrs. Will Mishler received a telegram yesterday stating that her brother
Roy C. Dirland is seriously ill at Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill. He is a
member of Co. 4, 161st Depot Brigade. He has two brothers in the service,
one at Washington, D. C. and one in Mexico. Later-- Ray C. Dirland died
~ Charles Theobald who has been at Camp Dodge has been transferred to Camp
Gordon, Georgis. He is a member of Battery A. 321st Field Artillery.
~ Capt. R. D. Pike left Thursday for his command at Camp Cody, Deming, New
Mexico. Mrs. Pike will remain with her mother, Mrs. A.N. Hobson
~ Mr.and Mrs. M.D. Thompson went Thursday in Camp Cody to visit their son
Fayette County and Iowa in the Great War