WWI at Home Pt 23

Ralph Hendricks was 44 when he was called to service as a 1st Lieutenant in the Medical Corps August 3, 1917. He rose to the rank of Major while serving overseas with the 1st US Cavalry from April 11, 1918 to April 18, 1919. Hendricks was a volunteer with the Cheney Fire Department (photo above)Twenty-seven year old Cheney native, George J. Engel joined the Regular Army on August 2, 1917 at Fort George Wright. He was assigned to the Medical Department and served overseas from July 1918 to April 1919 with the 316th Ambulance Transportation unit. Sergeant 1st Class ...

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WWI at Home Pt 22

Herbert W. Ward of Cheney enlisted in the National Guard at Spokane on July 31, 1917. He went to France with Battery F of the 146th Field Artillery Regiment (155mm), 66th Field Artillery Brigade, 41st Division.Ward was stationed at Commune de Souge in central France then south to Clermont-Ferrand. He was part of the Marne Defense & Marne Offensive, the battle of St Mihiel, and the engagement at Meuse-Argonne.Private Ward was promoted to Wagoneer in May 1918 and was promoted again to Corporal in March 1919 before returning to the states in June 1919. After his ...

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WWI at Home Pt 21

Leon M. Swank was 21 years old when he enlisted in the Navy on July 28, 1917. He trained at the Naval Training Camp at Seattle before being assigned to the USS Great Northern.Seaman Swank also served on the USS Kansas and USS Newton, making a number of trips across the Atlantic. During July and August of 1918 he was stationed at port in France. Leon was discharged at Philadelphia February 12, 1919. His love of the sea and sailing continued with yachting where he won a number of pennants in races in Bellingham, Washington. Charles B. Ward of Four Lakes ...

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WWI at Home Pt 20

Scarborough
Hugh A. Scaborough joined the faculty of Cheney High School in January of 1917, filling a vacancy following another teacher’s resignation. He had come west from Iowa in June 1916 after working as a reporter for the Red Oak, Iowa Express.He taught manual arts and physics, as well as much of the athletic department during the year he was at Cheney.Scarborough joined the Washington National Guard on July 24, 1917. He was sent overseas with Company H of the 161st Infantry, arriving January 28, 1918. At war’s end he served with the Headquarters Battalion for the ...

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WWI at Home Pt 19

Duran Beere Nealey of Plaza enlisted in the Regular Army on July 2, 1917 at the age of 26. Before reporting for duty, he married his sweetheart Gladys Crosley of Rosalia.  (Nealey is standing at left in the photo above)Duran shipped overseas with Company A of the 20th Engineer Regiment, arriving in France November 12, 1917. Rising to the rank of Sergeant, he also served with Company A of the 502nd Engineers before returning home in June 1919. Earl Leslie Fairbanks was a student at Cheney Normal School when he enlisted in the National Guard at Spokane ...

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WWI at Home Pt 18

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Leo LeVegue Whalen of Cheney, was working as an electrician with Cheney Light & Power when he joined the Navy at age 22 on June 30, 1917. He was assigned to the 6th Marines, 2nd Division medical department as a corpsmen. He was sent to France with the 2nd Division serving at the battles of Bois de Belleau at Aisine-Marne, Soissons, St Mihiel, Champagne, and Argonne. Whalen was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Navy Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Soissons. “The Navy Cross is awarded to Hospital Apprentice First Class LeVegue L. Whalen, United ...

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WWI at Home Pt 17

Ray Theodore Frederick of Amber joined the Navy on June 18, 1917. He served aboard the Navy training ship Farragut in the Great Lakes as a Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class.San Francisco June Twenty-twoDear Mrs. Yost: I promised you before I left that I would write a line. Five thousand men are training here, and new recruits land at the pier most every hour from morning until night. My T.P. and vaccine I’ve had. It made me sick, but not so bad, for some it simply laid on the floor.At five a.m. does the bugle call, and up we must get and into line fall. I know ...

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WWI Red Cross Day in Cheney

Red Cross
Have you ever thought that one reason people do not respond to certain movements is because they do not come in touch with those movements? That the reason people do not feel together, act together for some cause, is because that cause is not brought to their door?That is what our able Red Cross committee thought when they were formulating plans to raise Cheney’s $2,000 apportionment. There were in the adjacent rural districts intelligent, prosperous farmers who would contribute generously. But how are they to be reached? By mass meetings? Yes, some of them. By ...

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WWI at Home Pt 15

Uri Oscar Attebery graduated from Cheney Normal School in May 1917. He had been an active student serving as Class President in 1914 and 1915, Captain of the baseball team in 1915, and a member of the Kinnikinick staff in 1917. Uri Oscar Attebury was a 23-year-old teacher and farmer of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair living near Latah and taking care of his father. J. Wayne Davis was a student at the Normal School who came from Cloverland, Washington, which was a farming community south of Asotin. Today it consists of a church and abandoned store....

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WWI at Home Pt 14

Victor Ballinger
Victor Ballinger was a 27 year old single man living at the Cheney Hotel and working at C.A. Ratcliffe & Son as an automobile mechanic when he registered for the draft. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Cheney Fire Department.Victor was described as a tall man of medium build with light colored hair and blue eyes. His registration card was signed by H.N. Stronach of Cheney on June 5, 1917.Normal School student, Frank M. Keller was originally from Redmond, Washington. He joined the United States Marine Corps May 25, 1917. After graduating from the USM ...

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