Camp Faber, LeMars, Iowa, Co K
Men of Co. K at Camp Faber in LeMars-temporary encampment after
On July 1, 1917, 135 enlisted men and three officers of Co. K answered
the call to federal service. It seemed as though they had an excellent
chance of serving together in the same unit.
The company was assigned to a temporary encampment within the city
limits of LeMars on Alta Vista St. between Court and Madison (an area
which currently constitutes the southern half of the area later known
as Westmar college
The camp was called Camp Faber, in honor of Matt Faber of Remsen who
had donated $500 to the company's mess fund.
By July 6, the camp had two buildings erected and eight large pyramidal
tents which the company had brought back from Texas. Unfortunately, the
tents could sleep only eighty men; and cots, uniforms, and rifles were
needed for over fifty men.
About two-fifths of the men slept in the armory on cots borrowed from
the residents of the county.
By July 6, the men had received their typhoid inoculation and thorough
physical examination and Western Union's Prof. Parkinson had begun
instructing 15 men how to play a bugle and a trumpet.
The men were kept occupied from 5:30 in the morning until 11 each
night. And their salary stood at $1.25 a day for privates, $1.50 for
corporals and $1.75 for sergeants.
A hint of their Texas encampment reached the men July 8 when a storm
blew down three of their tents.
On July 12, 1917, the Iowa National Guard units had 8,217 men. But on
July 13, Camp Faber started to lose some of the men attached to it.
Charles Tucker and George Hart were dropped from Co. K's roster because
they were too short; Robert Green, because he was too tall and Harry
Swisher, because he was an asthma victim.
On July 15, the men were alerted to report to Camp Cody at Deming,
N.M., a community just 35 miles north of Columbus, the town Pancho
Villa had raided 16 months earlier.
As a result, visitors at Camp Faber were numerous each evening. Charlie
K, a deer which the men captured at Camp Brown on the Mexican border,
had been living on a farm near Akron. It had been the company's mascot
and the most
popular resident of the camp.
The Sentinel reported that a farmer from Union township stopped by with
a 5-pound crock of butter for the Company just to show his appreciation
to the men.
Preparations for movement to Camp Cody proved premature. On Friday,
July 20, Pvt. Gerald Sullivan contacted smallpox and as a result the
camp was quarantined.
Immediately he was taken to the hospital and Pvt. Bernard Hughes, who
had already had the disease, was dispatched to serve an aide to his
nurse and doctor.
A medical team from Sioux City came to LeMars and vaccinated all the
rest of the men in the company.
The two main drills the men encountered during this prolonged stay at
Camp Faber were trips to the rifle range for practice firing and visits
to other areas for signal practice. On July 20, they were formally
mustered into federal service.
On Aug. 3, 150 housewives prepared a culinary treat for the men. The
company's $1,800 mess fund more than paid for all the food and its
A week later, Capt. Koenig had to issue another appeal for enlistments.
Sullivan was released from the hospital and given a week's furlough to
re-coup. Hughes was discharged from service because of physical
disability. Therefore, Co. K was again below war-time strength.
Monday, August 14, the men had their first pay day. The smallest
stipend was $30 and the highest, $51.
But the day stood out in other ways, the men had completed a 12-mile
hike south of town, and the residents of LeMars treated the men to a
The next night the second infantry of Iowa's band performed a concert.
Word finally came Aug. 16, that mess kits, rifles, uniforms and the
rest of their gear would arrive within a week for the almost 50 men
needing those items.
But the arrival of the government issue was accompanied by the sobering
news that Co. K would not be retained in tact for the duration of the
war. Sixty-eight men from Co. K were chosen to become a part of the
third regiment, 168th infantry, 84th brigade, later to be known as a
part of the famous Rainbow Divison.
Those assigned were:
Sergeants: Charles Ewin, Warren Lodge, Claude Hodapp.
Corporals: Albert Ewin, Harry Weagel, Theodore Strouse,
Herbert Brown, Vinton Bradshaw.
Private first class: Milton Fulghum, Lee Hoag, Henry
Marx, William Pieper, Peter Shive.
Elmer Anderson, Carl Barr, Edward Bergin, Dewey Bohl, Dewey Bonneville,
Clarence Bristow. John Calhoun, Cecil Clarke, Walter Wickson, Frank
Edwards, Lloyd Evans, Sylvester Fiedler, Edwin Gainor, George Hahn,
Addis Hamman, Charles Hammer. Will Hardie, John Harker, Floyd Harvey,
Ray Harvey, Vivian Harvey, Laurence Heiden, Frank Holland, Albert
Hoschler, Fay Houlton, Wayne Huxtable, George Kalles. Melvin Kanago,
Albert Killian, William King, Charles Klohs, Glenn Livermore, Phillip
Maxon, Harold McDale, William Miller, Frank Murray, Edward Nash, Estill
Powers. Charles Reid, Wylie Satterlee, Alfred Sawyer, Clarence Schmidt,
Philip Schmidt, Curtis Shepard, Merlin Smith, Edward Spink, Gerald
Sullivan. Clark Thatcher, William Trewartha, Linford Tweedy, Vincent
Walsh, John Wasmer, Chrles Wood, Robert Wallard, David Youngbluth.
~Written by Virgil Dorweiler, for the LeMars Sentinel in the mid-1960's