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The West Union Argo-Gazette
West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa
Wednesday, June 27, 1919
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Page 1 column one
WAR FUND EXCESS $350
Asked For $11,750
For Red Cross Service in France, Gives $12,094
UNION $1.50 PER CAPITA
Eden Township Gives $1500,
Oelwein $2354, Fayette $1000 -
- North End Over-Subscribes by $1700
but strenuous campaign for raising Fayette
county's$11750 share of the Red Cross war fund ended
Monday night in a big victory, the fund being over
subscribed by at least $350. The returns are not
absolutely complete, but it is known that the
subscriptions, total over $12,094. Of this amount
$8433 was raised, in the north twelve townships, in
which the headquarters was at West Union. This part of
'the county was asked to raise $6,756, and made it
over $8,400, thus exceeding its apportionment by about
$l,700. The south eight townships raised $3660.81 of
the $5000 apportioned to them.
The fund raised
in Oelwein reaches $2354.26. Oelwein is second only to
West Union. This city's subscriptions amounted to
$2643, which is the largest sum raised in any city,
town, township, or town and township combined, in the
county. While one subscriber paid $100, several others
$50, a number $25, and scores gave $20 each, the
smaller.subscriptions came in by the hundreds, the boy
clerks and girl stenographers pledging from $4 to $10
each, to be paid out or their weekly wages. The $2643
subscribed in West Union represents subscriptions of
an average of $1.50 per capital which is 50 cents
above the $1 per capita subscription asked on the
average throughout the United States. Eden township
(including Waucoma) subscribed $1500, which is at
$1.25 per capita, the second largest subscription in
the county in proportion to population. Fayette
subscribed $1,000, although in the midst of U. I. U.'s
ambitious endowment campaign, and that with Lima's
$200 will give Westfield a total of$1,200. Pleasant
Valley subscribed $836.25, most of which was put up in
about three-quarters of an hour at a meeting in Elgin.
Since writing the above the claims of Waucoma and
Eden township to the banner for giving to the war fund
have been brought to our attention and are referred to
in another place in this issue.
appears to hold the banner for giving on the part of
the strictly rural townships.
The result is one
of which the patriotic people of Fayette county may
well feel proud. The cause was one that appealed to
their hearts. No man or woman who has formed any idea
of the hardships of war, no one who stops to think
that every community will under the conscription law
furnish boys to the battle line in France to need the
utmost relief the Red Cross can give, could fail to be
impressed with the duty and the privilege of
consecrating a few dollars to this cause. Wherever the
conditions were properly put to the people, there the
response was liberal and prompt. That Fayette county
has oversubscribed its share, and that the north end
of the county went so far beyond what was asked, is a
cause for pride arid congratulation.
meeting at the fair ground Sunday afternoon was
attended by an audience estimated conservatively at
3000 people. The cars counted as they left the-ground
numbered 442. The address was by Hon. Charles E.
Pickett of Waterloo, formerly congressman from the
Third district. Mr. Pickett went at length into the
justification of America for entering the world war,
and held his audience attentively, for he is a very
eloquent and incisive speaker. He drew frequent
applause, made a strong impression, furnished his
hearers food, for much subsequent thought; and
rendered the cause of Americanism in Fayette county a
great service. The committee was fortunate to secure
for this great meeting a speaker of Mr. Pickett's
Carl Evans, president of the West
Union chapter of the Red Cross, president. W.J.
Ainsworth of the county council of defense spoke
briefly of the needs of the war fund. The good music
was by the Elgin and Hawkeye bands and by West Union
vocalists, Lyle Schwestka, singing two patriotic
solos, one accompanied, by the choir.
bulletin boards were set up fronting the amphitheater,
and E.R. Ballard was kept busy lettering on them the
names of Fayette county soldiers of this war, and of
the amounts raised up to that time by the various
towns and townships for the war fund.
The latest figures on the Bed Cross subscriptions by
cities, towns, and townships, according as they were
divided up into geographical units for this canvass,
are as follows:
|Eden township, including Waucoma
|Fayette, including part of Westfield
|Pleasant Valley Township, including Elgin
|Center Township, including Randalia
|Windsor Township, including Hawkeye
|Clermont Township, including Clermont
|Lima, including part of Westfield
South Eight Townships
forenoon's report from the south end of the county
gives the following amounts totaling $3,660.81:
Page 1 column two
SOLDIERS ROLL OF HONOR
Partial List of Fayette County Boys
Enlisted For Service in the War
-- Know of Any
county's "Roll of Honor"
consists of the young men who are enlisted to serve
the United States in any capacity connected with its
fighting forces during the present war. No compilation
of this list for the county as a whole has been
attempted before, but in order to have the names of
the Fayette county soldiers before the big audience at
the fair ground Sunday afternoon such a list was
prepared, and while it may contain inaccuracies and
have omitted some names, still it will do as a
starter. If anyone anywhere in the county detects
errors or omissions in this list we shall be glad to
have the correct information. The list by townships as
it appeared on the big bulletin board Sunday afternoon
was as follows:
Alfred Clapp, Jay Chapman, Leo Dwyer, Ronald Finch,
Leon Layton, Reed McIlree, Merrill Probert, Clarence
Richards, Archie Roberts, Horace. Schwestka, E.A.
Schatz, Karl Schatz, Glen Johnson, Lyle Borland, Rob
Riedel, Obbie Jobe, Harley Hills:
Earl Wolgamot, Ray A. Hague, Irwin
Edie, Harold Simar, Lloyd Hurmence, Paul E. Davis,
Harold Littelle, Hadwin McCann, Charles Parker, Edward
Robbins, Emerald Robbins, Robert Tann
Lou Busch, George Schultz, Theo
Lenz, Ralph Sorg, Ed Rogers, Arrie Westpfahl, Anson
Floyd Simpson, Walter Thiele, Howard Payne, George
Warnke, Stephen Journett, Roy V. Smith.
Weldon Burns, Harold
Dunn, Mark Antweine, Charles Crow, Lloyd. Frederick,
Forest Powell, Clar.ence Sackett, Russell Stokes,.
F.A. Wright, Leslie Welch, James Wilson, Hoyt Young.
Lerry Hinkle, Arthur
Robert Gehring, Walter Kohls, Ernest WhiteI.
Bud Finch, Fred Thalman,
Jr., Dan West, George West.
Harold Ashby, Carl Ashby, James Bittle, Henry Jach, Ed
Tripp, Kenneth Wilder.
John D. Shipton, Millard Johnson, Bert Cahalan,
Orville Coffman, Olaf Hanson, Charles Gruver, Stewart
Buchanan, Francis Smith.
Hiram Lovrien, La Verne Belding, Dewey Lovrien, Othmar
Luce, Ronald Roberts, Othie Finch.
H. Wimmer, S.A. Wolf, Robert Wolf,
A.E. Van Arsdale, R.S. Stephenson, Charles Strand,
Fred Smith, William Smith, Milo Schneider, Edward
Serar, Bernard Schatz, Ahthur Robinson, Leon Robinson,
Logan A. Sleak, H.E. Rickey, William Peterson, L.A.
Merker, Paul La Vallette, George Mealey, Lyle Larghe,
Frank Larson, Bernara Little, Sabin Kelley, Sidney
Loeb, Ben King. S.A. Jones, R. Jennings, A. Graham, H.
Hailperm, Charles Howell, Frank Hanson, L. Hilsabek,
Arthur Hillinger, Frank Higgins, C. Ferguson, J.C.
Giles, H. Gustafson, Allen Edwards, J.L. Dearhammer,
M.S. Clark, E.E. Deyo, R.E. Doty, A.B. Cameroon, J.A.
Christenson, Henry Cleming, Ray Cassidy, Max Crane,
A.M. Bruce, C.H. Barnes, Martin Brinkman, Lewis
Barnes, T. Basten, N.A. Bruner, Ray Beck, Percy M.
Page 1 column six
NOW FOR Y.M.C.A. FUND
Army Branch Asks
$175,000 From Iowa, $3,000
Fayette County -- Campaign is On
For Men Only, From North Twelve
Townships, For Organization --
Mass Meeting Sunday
The campaign to raise $3,000
in Fayette county for the army Y.M.C.A. is being
organized in the county by A. Vincent Bennett of Des
Moines, and a meeting for men only with that purpose
in view is to be held at the courthouse at 8 o'clock
tomorrow (Thursday) evening. At this meeting men from,
the north twelve townships of Fayette county are
invited to be present to take part in the organization
work. It is also planned to have a mass meeting in
West Union next Sunday afternoon.
co-operation of citizens in every county in Iowa is
needed at once to raise Iowa's $175,000 fund.
The Young Men's Christian association is "prepared by
experience, approved methods, and assured resources to
serve especially the troops in camp and field", and
because this organization "has demonstrated its
ability to render a service desired by officers and
men", on April 15 President Wilson signed an executive
order giving official recognition to this movement as
a "valuable adjunt to the service."
office, factory, farm - from city and country 40,000
Iowa men are soon to be a part of the U. S. army. Many
are boys under twenty. In the new surroundings
temptations are many. Home-sickness is prevalent.
Influences that will help to hold the boys for clean
living and the highest type of manhood are vitally
important at this time.
The army Y.M.C.A.
establishes buildings in the army training and prison
camps in both foreign and home war departments. It
seeks to hold up high moral ideals and to keep the men
away from the evil influences which quickly surround
camps of this kind. The Y.M.C.A. shack or building
affords a homelike place for the boys, where they are
given writing stationery and a place to write, the
latest magazines and novels to read, games of all
descriptions, entertainments of all kinds, a Victrola
and a piano to use. It is the work of the Y.M.C.A. to
keep the boys occupied, and above all to keep them as
clean as when they left home.
Fayette county's portion of the state fund is $3,000.
This money must be raised as soon as possible that the
work which has been begun in preparation for our
immense state training camp may not be retarded for
lack of funds.
Go—All Can Give
Judge C. B. Robbins of Cedar Rapids, captain of Co. D,
First Iowa infantry, writing from Brownsville, said,
"I wish to state that I consider the Y.M.C.A.
organization with the First Iowa brigade to be of very
great value indeed, to the men in almost countless
ways, in providing, a club house where the men can
meet, facilities for correspondence, etc. The
institution is doing the greatest good among our Iowa
boys here. I do not believe that there could be an
institution doing more good to the boys than the
Y.M.C.A. * * * is doing here. * * * I trust that the
Y.M.C.A. organization will continue its work as a
great moral force among the men."
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