Tuesday, November 11, 2014

News of WWI 1919

On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end following the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for a ceasefire effective at 11 a.m.– it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.Lawrence County had given several soldiers to this cause. 

Lawrenceville Republican 
July 17, 1919 Frank Stansfield arrived home from service overseas, Sunday morning. He is a graduate in agriculture and was assigned against his will to supervise agricultural work in France

July 31, 1919 Mrs. C L Hill of Lawrenceville received word in August of 1918 that her son Edward C Connor had died on the battle fields of France.  Later word from the government confirmed the report.  On Friday though, Mrs. Hill received a letter from that son written from Zenia, Ohio.  He is coming to see his mother next week. Just how the false report came to be has not yet been explained and may never be known, but one fact shines out in all its brightness, the son who was mourned as dead is alive and the mother who mourned is supremely happy.

August 7, 1919 Firman Wampler of Bond and Sheriff Stivers of Lawrenceville each had three sons in the War.  These two families celebrated the homecoming of all the sons on August 21, 1919 in Weger grove one half mile north of the St. Paul’s church east of Birds.  All soldiers, sailors and marines of the big war were invited to the barbecue. 

Oct 9, 1919 Lee Lesseig got in Saturday and although he has not received his discharge he has been made a part of the Reserve Army and will be regularly at home from now on, unless of course there should be another war or something should happen that he would have to be called. According to army regulations, each member of the regular army must give so many years of active service and so many years in reserve.

December 18, 1919  (Even the marriage notices identified veterans) 
Amiel Shulah son of  Mrs A N Shulah, of south of town, and Miss Ethel Caudle, daughter of County Treasurer A L Caudle of this city were married Wednesday night of last week at the United Brethren parsonage in St Francisville.  He is veteran of the great war having spent a year in France where he saw some of the hardest fighting but fortunately escaped without a wound.  Both are now in the employ of the Indian Refining Company.,

December 18, 1919  The Medical Society met at the courthouse with 14  physicians present.  Dr Kirkwood gave a description of his trip to France and his work in the hospitals over there.  Dr Mangum of Bridgeport told of his trip across in the 'Fatherland' and the thrills of being torpedoed.  The Doctor then told of the front line trenches  and going over Vilma Hill.  He was on the front when the armistice was signed, then into Luxembourg with the Army of Occupation.  He said he had seen war but had a sufficient supply to last him a lifetime.  Dr. Snider of St. Francisville, the other member of the society who was overseas, was unable to be present.