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WWI at Home Pt 51

Orin Oliphant was a graduate of Elberton high school and the Cheney Normal, as well as the University of Washington. He taught one year at Harrington before joining the Cheney High School faculty as a history teacher in the fall of 1916. James Orin Oliphant enlisted Army at Fort George Wright on December 14, 1917. The 23-year-old, Orin, was assigned to Supply Company 309 of the Quartermasters Corps. He arrived in France on June 6, 1918 and served at the railheads at Haute Marne in northeastern France and Yonne southeast of Paris. Private Oliphant returned to Camp Lewis in August 1919 and was discharged in September. Emory C. Skinner of ...

WWI at Home Pt 50

Fred Erickson was 28 years old when he enlisted in the National Army at Fort George Wright on December 14, 1917. He was a wagoneer with Company C 20th Engineers. Fred served overseas from February 1918 to May 29, 1919. He was discharged from the Army on June 10, 1919 and married his Cheney sweetheart, Mabel Bedker that September, returning to farming. Herbert Francis Erickson was a laborer at the Pine Creek Dairy in the Pioneer Township south of Cheney when he enlisted in the National Army at Fort George Wright on December 14, 1917. He joined the Army with his older brother, Fred. Francis served with Wagon Company 1 of the 23rd Engineers Regiment. ...

WWI at Home Pt 49

Kent E. Ratcliffe joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps while at the University of Washington in December 1917 at the age of 20. He attended the School of Military Aeronautics and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Air Service in May 1918. Lt. Ratcliffe served at San Diego, Camp Dix, Texas, Ellington Field, Texas, and Wilbur Wright Field in Ohio. He was discharged Jun 3, 1919. Ernest W. Gifford enlisted in the Regular Army at Fort George Wright on December 12, 1917. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Meigs in Washington DC, then with the Motor Transport Corps at Raritan Arsenal in New Jersey until his discharge ...

WWI at Home Pt 48

Arthur M. Magary was a student at the Normal School. He was from Fruitland, Washington, which is a small farming community near the Columbia River in Stevens County. Fireman 3rd Class Magary served aboard the USS Aroostook after is enlistment in December 1917. Bunker Hill, a coastal passenger steamship, was built 1907 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a decade of commercial employment she was acquired by the U.S. Navy in November 1917, renamed Aroostook and placed in commission in December of that year. The ship was subsequently converted to a mine-layer and had some thirteen years of active Naval service in that role and as an aircraft tender. ...

WWI at Home Pt 47

Fred Lehman of Coeur d’Alene was a 1914 graduate of the Normal School when he joined the Army Air service on December 1, 1917. He served with the Quartermasters Corps at the U.S. Naval Station at Pauillac Gironde in wine country of Bordeaux in southwestern France.