171 results for tag: Cheney history


WWI Letter Home – Mashburn

The Cheney Free Press published this letter from Roy Mashburn to his parents: USS Texan May 11, 1919 At Sea My dear Mother: Well, I suppose you will be surprised to hear from me, but being that today is mothers day I am going to surprise you and drop you a few lines. You never can guess what I might do, as you know that I am forgetful, but this is one time that I am not forgetting, ain’t you surprised? Well Mamma, at this very minute I am on the Great Atlantic, somewhere off the coast of France. I think that we are about 800 miles off land, so we have only a few more days of water and then we will be able to see land, and let me tell you ...

WWI Letter Home – Roos

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 York, that’s why I wanted that address, so I could pick up a couple of good feeds ...

WWI at Home, Pt 78

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? Henry Allen 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) Thomas Grier Joseph W. Hueter Neff Humbert Arthur Jeffries Oscar Jeffries Edwin Kimball Arden Lee of Amber Orval Mast Lewis Montford McCormick Kenneth Melville Wilbur H. Miller Alfred Claude Morley of Tyler Walter H. Powell Glen Robinson (Army) T. Price Saylor John W. Scribner Edward Splichal J...

WWI at Home, Pt 77

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.

WWI at Home, Pt 76

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.

WWI Women of the Red Cross

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 Rupp, and Emma Wilson sold $75 work of Red Cross tags in Cheney. The high ...

WWI at Home, Pt 74

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 Lake Barracks of World War I veterans and was an active member of Cheney Post 72 ...

Winning the War at School

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 comprehension to realize the number of things needed and the great quantities of each. ...

Normal School Basketball 1918-19

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.

WWI at Home, Pt73

Aubrey E. Roberts of Bandon, Oregon, on the coast at the mouth of the Coquille River was a student at the Normal School. He was inducted into the Army December 13, 1918 and assigned to Motor Truck 411 of the Quartermasters Corps at Camp Johnston in Florida. Fred E. Berquist of Coeur d’Alene was a student at the Normal School when he entered the Army December 14, 1918. He served with the Quartermasters Corps, initially with supply Company 312 at Camp Johnston here in the states and then with Clerical Company 2. Monroe J. Sharp enlisted in the National Guard at Spokane on July 5, 1917 at the age of 18. Sent to France December 12, 1917, ...