The Cheney Free Press published this letter given by the family of Richard Roos:
St Martin in view of Bellevue France, January 22, 1919
Dear Folks: Received your letter written December 23. We are still waiting here. Tomorrow we are due to parade before General Pershing. Whether we do or not you will find out next time I write if I don’t forget to mention it.
We have seen snow twice over here, but it did not stay on the ground. In fact, the grass and fields are green. I received the pictures ok.
I had a sickening hope that we would be mustered out in New ...
These men, of our districts or attending the Normal School also served during the war in Europe, but we have not discovered information. Can you add to their story?
Arland E. Ableman
James Leighton Almack of Cheney
Eldon J. Belyea
William R. Bernard
Percy J. Burnell
Neil Caplinger (Navy)
Archie N. Dake
Jack Dowd (Navy)
Joseph W. Hueter
Arden Lee of Amber
Lewis Montford McCormick
Wilbur H. Miller
Alfred Claude Morley of Tyler
Walter H. ...
The war in Europe ended as per the agreement between the waring parties, on the 11th month, the 11st day at the 11th hour.
The above Associated Press image is of the celebrations in Paris on that day.
Here in Cheney, there was a Peace Parade through the town followed by a carnival celebration that evening in the Normal School gym.
Jim Bair, said his father, Everett Bair, was in New Jersey with the 12th Infantry, ready to be shipped out, when the Armistice ended the war, November 11, 1918. The 12th Infantry was to be deployed to Europe to protect the Trans Siberian Railroad.
Chester Shepard joined the Army at age 16. He was born in Peoria, Illinois and came to Washington with his parents as a boy. His family homesteaded land near Fish Lake.
During the war, Shepard served in France. Returned to his home, marrying his wife, Berneice. The couple had three children Jeanine, Charles, and Richard.
Chester Shepard became a member of the Four Lake Grange and the Odd Fellows, serving as IOOF Noble Grand of the Cheney lodge. He was employed at the college until his death in January 1964.
These unidentified local women joined the Red Cross to serve as nurses.
A junior Red Cross has been organized by the girls of the high school who are not enrolled in any class in home economics. Work will be carried on under the direction of Miss Ada Corbett, in charge of the home economics department of the school. More than twenty-five girls have joined. The following officers have been elected: President, Josephine Vogler; vice president, Katherine Jensen; secretary, Floretta Woolman.
Five high school girls; Lena Gildersleeve, Harriet Handley, Rosy McClure, Freda ...
Carl R. Yost had come to Cheney with his parents from Ohio where he had graduated high school and attended Ohio Northern University. He finished his education at Cheney Normal School where he was on the staff of the Kinnikinick and was the editor of the Journal. Carl graduated in May 1917.
John Youngman was originally from Endicott. He was attending the Cheney Normal school to receive a 2-year certificate to teach in the state. While at school, he was the business manager of the Kinnikinick.
Floyd O Wood of Cheney joined the Navy at age 19. He was assigned to the Radio department and was in training at Seattle when he was stuck with influenza in the winter of 1918. Floyd died in the naval hospital as reported by his brother Jake.
Ewart Harding Dare served in the Army during World War I. He was instrumental in organizing the Cheney - Medical ...
High school pupils throughout the country can, and must, play an important part in winning this war. The Red Cross stands in need of everybody’s assistance, and it is something to whose support every high school pupil can contribute. Winter is coming on, and thousands and thousands of articles of clothing are needed to keep the soldiers warm. If every young man and every young woman in the country were to help, the supply would not exceed the demand. And, besides the clothing of the soldiers, there is needed equipment for the hospitals. It is almost beyond our comprehe...
Cheney Normal School Basketball team 1918-1919 season
Lieutenant Fentsch (center) returned to his post as coach during the latter part of the season. Another returning veteran, George Wallace, stands at left next to Lt Fentsch.
The season was unavoidably late, but the team was able to play practice games with the Normal faculty and the high school.
Lettermen were (not in order for the photo) Henry Wynstra, Walter Wynstra, Jesse West, George Wallace, George Buchanan, Gerrit Van der Mer, and Morry Nelson.