GOOD MORNING SOLDIER—sure, we mean you too, Sailor. And this letter
is also for “telling it to the Marines.” Yes, and to all the ladies, too, God bless
‘em. It’s a beautiful November day in Iowa with Walt Biers, and
Kirkberg, and Al Loomis, Jim Kempley,
Joe Kautzky, and Elmo McCormick and a lot of other
Isaac Waltons going out pheasant and duck hunting. Over in England,
they tell me, it’s just Guy Fawkes day. Too bad, too bad. But then
they have never known any different.
FOR THE LADIES— 'tenshun WACS, WAVES, SPARS, MARINES, WAFS. Gals
in Iowa, like everywhere, have been in- terested in “how's chances” for happy wedlock
after the war. Dr. Joseph Gittler of Drake U. who knows about such,
says there are 22,00 more males in Iowa than females. . . The Elks had a party Monday
night. One of those old-fashioned parties—with music and refreshments.
THE WAR COMMUNITY CHEST FUND IS NEARLY OVER THE TOP. $51,000 raised-—$7,000
to go. Best job was done by Union members who raised nearly $15,000 to beat their
quota by several hundred dollars . . . “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is about to play
at the Rialte, prices $1.12 and down.
MAN BITES DOG. Edward George of Fort Dodge drove
his gravel truck into the motor car on the Northwestern railroad near Humboldt last
Saturday. The motor car was knocked off the tracks, seven people were injured, the
rails were twisted and the railroad car burned up. George is in the hospital with
scalp wounds and bruises. . . Halloween was very quiet. Lots of youngsters were
out but there was no soaping and no destruction. Word had gotten out that rough
pranks were unpatriotic . . . Mr. and Mis. Bert Burnquist have closed their home
for the winter and have moved into the Warden.
MR. BIG OF OPA’S LEGAL DEPARTMENT in Des Moines is putting Iowa
drivers on their honor, Don Holdogel is sending letters to holders
of B and C ration cards for gasoline who are reported more than 60 miles from home
and who seem to be engaged in hunting or fishing. Holdogel says, but in a great
many words, “If you are guilty, I want you to fine yourself five coupons and send
them to OPA headquarters.” B coupons, of which the ordinary holder gets one a week,
are good for two gallons of gas. C coupons, ditto . . . It is whispered, farmers
get about 50 per cent more in gas coupons than they need, They share these with
needy friends in town. “Dad has gone to the country. Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.” OPA
says it's going to do something about this.
CRACK-UP. Sergeant Harold J. Bemrick sustained
a broken back and other injuries when the bomber in which he was flying made a forced
landing near Tampa, Florida. He is now in a Georgia hospital . . .. Fort Dodge Community
Concert Course is again selling tickets. Karl L. King, Mrs.
John Barton, and Mrs. Fred Henderson very active.
Frank Cooley has resigned. It is the tenth year. Price, $3.50 for
the season. First concert, “The Baron and Baroness and Their Big Trappe Family.”
Any pun is entirely intentional . . . For the first time in many years, guinea hens
are in demand. Price, 31 cents a pound on the hoof . . . and the Serum Company is
paying 50 cents for live cats on the hoof.
BACK IN HIS OFFICE is Dr. Abel Lundgren. He was
sick for a few days. Condition good — John Mitchell at Mercy Hospital,
Bert Price and Alan Loth at Rochester. Dr. Matt Sanders is re-
covering from his operation at Iowa City. . . Severt Thompson, well-known clothier
and golfer, died October 31st, 72 years old. His health had been poor since an auto
accident 7 or 8 months ago.
ON FURLOUGH. Corporal Jack Perkins—from Alaska
on hig way to Camp Haan, California for aviation cadet training. His brother
Robert is a Lt. and bombardier at Tampa, Florida. Another brother,
Don, is in primary flight training. Private Don Maschino,
with a transportation corps unit out of New Orleans, La. Seaman 2/C Eugene Arn,
home from Port Haueneme, California. Private Wayne Sehuh from Pamona,
California. Sergeant Ivan Arnold, gunner and engineer on a B17,
Pendleton, Oregon. Major and Dr. John Sehrader from out of the
desert in Southern California. Lt. Bob Smith, formerly of the U.S.G.,
back from a mine sweeper in the Mediterranean. He was in the big push into Sicily.
ON SHORE LEAVE—Leo Bernard Laurent from Farragut,
“HELLZAPOPPIN.” Stan Betters, carpenter's mate
2/C and Lt. John Slover, meet in Boston at “Hellzapoppin.”
GOING UP. William Lampe from Second Class to First
Class Storekeeper in the Navy, somewhere in the Southwest Pacific. He has been in
New Caledonia and in New Hebrides. Private to Corporal Deno Castagnoli,
with the cavalry, stationed at Santa Rosa,
California, From Private to PFC Arthur R. Gross at Camp McCain,
HAPPY LANDINGS. Corporal Rex Follette, railroad
shop mechanie with a railroad battalion somewhere in England. - Sergeant Roy
Tornabane with the Army Air Corps in North Africa.
THE LADIES—GOD BLESS ’EM . On furlough, Betty Klinger
of the SPARS from Cleveland, Ohio. With wings—Dorothea Johnson
with the WAFS is at Camp Davis, North Carolina, for ad- vanced flight instruction.
Mrs. Karl Brown, nee Irne Phipps, is in Philadelphia with the SPARS.
IN RE: BILL CADWELL’S DEPARTURE. He advertised and sold his sheep-lined
coat for $20.00. . . Happy college boys and girls. Christmas vacations will be a
month long this year to eliminate traffic jams around the holidays. . . They are
married now, Mary Catherine Munn and Robert Nelson,
both of Fort Dodge . . . Aren’t people funny? The stock market went into a tailspin
yesterday. Off 25 cents to two dollars a share because of rumors of peace . . .
Judge Clock of Hampton is recovering from an illness and Judge
Dwight Rider is holding court in his place in Fort Dodge and at the
same time keeping things going in Clarion. . . A few days ago on his 17th birthday,
James Rial, now in boot training, joined his two older brothers,
Loren and Robert, in the armed services. Loren
saw action in Kula Gulf in the Southwest Pacific. Bob is a Corporal in the Army.
They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. James Rial of Fort Dodge. . .
Cum Laude. Second Lt. Lyle V. Jensen, bombardier on a F.F., gets
the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster, European theatre.
WHERE THEY ARE. Dr. Roy M. Veig, pharmacist’s
mate, is at Guadalcanal. Lt. Don S. Lehmann at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
PFC Roland Porter is in Sicily. Robert D Winslow
at Sheppard Field, Texas. PFC John Laska is in Australia.
ROGER THE DODGER, the football team’s mascot, had himself a big
evening last Friday night. He was sold by Dave Rhoades at the Fort
Dodge-Webster City High football game at Dodger Field for $6,500 in war bonds to
Paul D. Peterson, oil baron. Donna Peterson had
herself a big evening. She was elected football queen of the Dodgers. She handed
Roger the Dodger over to Paul D. Peterson. He,
with magnificent generosity, returned Roger the Dodger to the Dodgers.
Donna’s attendants were Phyllis Fedderson, Bonnie Kirkberg, Ann Wasem, Norma
Jean Donly, Helen Isaacson, and Barbara Livingston . . . The
Dodgers had themselves a big evening. They tamed Bob Lampson’s
boys, the Lynx of Webster City. They clipped their claws, tanned their hides, and
nailed them on the wall for trophies. Everybody scored, but mostly it was Dynamite
Dick Woodard, plowing through the line for 8, 10, 12 yards.
Joe Carpenter made a touchdown, so did Tom Pray. Woodard
completed several long passes and George Knack did his
usual job of Big League punting. Final score, 47-0, Next victim—Mason City tonight
at Mason City, and then the Charity Game at Dodger Field against Estherville, undefeated
and untied for two years.
When we wrote to you last week it was with some misgivings. We did the best job
we could, but we didn’t think it was half good enough, but your response has been
wonderful. We have heard from Seaman 2/C John Estlund at Great
Lakes Naval Training Station, who says, “I received Your Letter From Home and I,
for one, certainly do appreciate it.” Lt. Al Langehaug writes from
Billings General Hospital, Fort Benjamin, Indiana, Al is in a typical Army General
Hospital there with a capacity of about a thousand beds. In addition to American
soldiers, there are a few German and Italian War Prisoners. He savs, “Emil Anderson
of Fort Dodge who used to work as a house-man at Lutheran Hospital was admitted
last week as a patient.” Abbas Habhab writes from way up in the
mountains, Camp Hale, Colorado. He says training in_ski-warfare with the men clad
entirely in white will start soon. Ralph W. Gambach, former ninth
grade science teacher at Junior High writes from Parkersburg, West Virginia, says
he wants to express his appreciation to us and to the sponsors for making these
letters possible. Captain Walt Arnold writes from Reading, Pennsylvania,
to say, “ ‘Your Letter From Home’ came today. This is a grand idea,” He says that
in Reading, other Fort Dodgers besides himself are Lt. Howard Smith
and Sergeant Laughlin.
We'll keep the letters rolling and when you have time, drop us a line and let us
know what you would like to hear. Your happiness and welfare mean a very great deal
to us who are at home.
Good luck and so long. EDWARD BREEN,
Your Home Town Corresnandent.