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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 ...

Four More Veterans Return from France

Cheney Free Press 9 May 1919 Four Cheney boys - Herman Jensen, Richard Roos, Rodrick Stroup, and Ernest Harr - all of whom left here on October 5, 1917 for Camp Lewis to enter military service, returned home last Saturday, veterans of at least three of the biggest battles of the war, unscratched, healthy, and happy to be home again. All four of the boys went through the war together, in the same company and division, the 361st machine gun company of the 91st division, and fought side by side in each battle in which they were engaged. Entering Camp Lewis on October 5, 1917, they remained there, in training, until July, when they were ordered ...

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 ...

Armistice, At Last!

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.

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 at Home, Pt 75

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.

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, ...

WWI at Home, Pt 72

Forney Carl Svenson of Cheney joined the Army on October 15 1918 at the age of 25. He served with Company C 333rd Battalion Tank Corps at Camp Colt and Camp Dix. He was discharged on December 1, 1918. James M Nelson enlisted in the Regular Army at age 22 on December 14, 1917 at Fort George Wright. Private Nelson first served with the 350th Aeronautic Support Squadron, arriving in France on July 16, 1918. He also served with the 1107th Aeronautic Air Service Replacement Squadron in England, returning to the States on December 23, 1918. A.A. Stricker of Deer Park was a student at the Normal School when he joined the National Army December ...

WWI at Home, Pt 71

Mark Albert Ratcliffe enlisted in the Student Army Training Corps at the University of Washington on October 10, 1918. The 19-year-old was released from service when the Corps disbanded in December 1918. Orville L. Herron was inducted at Franklin County on September 4, 1918. He did his basic training at Camp Lewis, Washington before being stationed to Camp Fremont, California where he was assigned to Company M of the 62nd Infantry Brigade, 31st Division. Orville was discharged from service on June 9, 1919. Roy Leslie Noble was inducted into the Army at Spokane on September 3, 1918. He first served with the Coast Artillery Corps at Fort ...