WWI at Home Pt 65

George Latimer
George A. Latimer of Plaza was inducted into the Army on July 23, 1918. Private Latimer served with the Headquarters Company of the 12th Infantry at Camp Mills and Camp Stuart until his discharge on March 20, 1919. Clifford H. Van Brunt of Cheney was inducted into the Army at Spokane on July 23, 1918. He served with Company K of the 62nd Infantry Brigade, 31st Division. In August 1919, he re-enlisted for another term, before settling down to marry is sweetheart, Kathryn Jensen of Cheney in 1928.

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CHS “No Slacker” WWI Efforts

Cheney High School WWI
The Cheney High School Cyclone and the Cheney High School News column of the Cheney Free Press contained numerous stories of students' efforts in the war effort. Six teams of ten boys each have secured pledges from boys of the Cheney High School to the amount of $469. The captains of the teams were: Howard Erickson, Charles Roos, Jack Lawton, Emmett Key, Ernest Burke, and Lee Mason. - Fall 1917 Six boys of the high school, in a house-to-house canvass of the town of Cheney, secured pledges for government bonds of the second Liberty loan amounting to $1,300. ...

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WWI at Home Pt 64

Carl Andren
Carl William Andren inducted into the Army July 23, 1918 in Spokane. For his basic training, Carl was assigned to 19 Company 5 Battalion of the 166th Department of Brigade, 41st Division at Camp Lewis, Washington. He was then assigned to Company I until his discharge February 14, 1919. Carl was 20 years old were he went into the Army, working as a farm laborer at the Pine Creek Dairy. J. Orlan Lasher was called into service on July 19, 1918. The 27-year-old was a First Lieutenant in the Officer Reserve Corps and served with the Dental Corps at Camp Lewis until ...

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WWI at Home Pt 63

Ernie Johnson
Ernest A. Johnson was inducted into the Army at Spokane on June 28, 1918. The 28-year-old Private was sent to France in August 1918 with Company G of the 158th Infantry regiment of the 79th Infantry Brigade 40th Division, known as the Sunshine division. Ernie returned to the States July 27, 1919 and was discharged in August. In 1932, Ernie began working as a mechanic for Cheney's Ford dealership, the Ratciffe Company. After his retirement in 1955 at age 65, Ernie continued to work part time for the auto dealer as a custodian and maintenance man. Wilford C. Van ...

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WWI at Home Pt 62

Aaron Edgington
Aaron Delos Edgington was originally from Loon Lake and had worked on his father’s farm, but was living in Cheney while attending the Normal School. He was the Senior class President, a member of the journal staff, and served on the YMCA cabinet. Aaron graduated from the Normal School in May 1917, and was inducted into the Army in Stevens County, Washington on June 24, 1918. After basic training at Camp Lewis, Washington, Aaron was assigned to the Medical Department 13th Supply train in the states until his discharge February 25, 1919. After the war, Aaron worked ...

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WWI at Home Pt 61

Arthur Thomas Howe left farming of the family place in 1918 to enlist in the Navy Reserve at age 24. He was on active duty from June 1918 to March 21, 1919. Seaman 2nd Class Howe was discharged on September 30, 1921 at Seattle. He returned to the family’s Amber area farm which he operated until his death in 1941. Harry C. Huse of Cheney joined the United States Navy on June 18, 1918. He was assigned to the U.S. Naval Hospital at San Diego with the rank of Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class. Orval W. Miller of Cheney entered the United States Marine Corps June 20, ...

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WWI at Home Pt 60

Harris Christopher
Harris C. Christopher graduated with the first class of official high school graduates at Olympia in 1909. He graduated from Washington State College at Pullman with a bachelor degree in science in 1915. Before coming to Cheney High School as a physics teacher, he had taught in Mason County, Endicott, and Wilbur. Harris Christopher was a 28-year-old teacher with the Cheney School District and a farmer when he was inducted into the Army April 26, 1918. He served with the Medical Department Infirmary #7 at Camp Lewis and then the 51st Battalion Infantry at Camp Grant, ...

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WWI at Home Pt 59

meuse-argonne
Winfield D. Mace was inducted into the Army on April 15, 1918 three months shy of his 30th birthday. He served overseas with the 316th Battalion and Company 3 3rd Army stationed out of Koblenz, Germany. Private First Class Mace saw action in the battles at St. Mihiel, at Verdun with the French Army, and at Argonne. He spent time in Field Hospital #14 after being gassed on the battle field. He returned to the States and was discharged in August 1919. Richard H. Hall of Cheney was a student at the Normal School when he joined the Army April 26, 1918. He served with ...

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A Hoover Pledge for WWI

With all the food rationing during the first war, individuals and families were encouraged to take The Hoover Pledge in support of the war effort. It inspired this poem by Cheney High School student Victor Smith. Yes, bring some more good cornbread, Cook, I’ll eat another piece; Also bring some more fried spuds That are cooked without the grease. This turnip stuff is awful, friend; Of it we’ll eat our fill; And we’ll continue so Until we’ve beaten Bill. The kaiser’s gods are trembling, They know that Bill is beat If we will quit our grumbling ...

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