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Sheldon Mail
Sheldon, O'Brien co. Iowa
October 2, 1918

Ralph Van Zwol left Camp Johnson, Florida, for a port of embarkation.

George H. Klinch, Jr., Robert Merrill, Dick Monk and Wentworth Martin left last Wednesday morning for Ames to enter the college. They are now a part of the great military student body.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Rodger have received a letter from their son, Howard, who has recently arrived in England.

Paul McKenna is with Field Hospital Company No. 249 of the 3th Sanitary Train. He received his overseas equipment and will leave soon via Japan for Siberia.

Private Albert Gansemer of Ashton, member of Co. E., was cited for bravery and awarded a medal of honor.

[transcribed by S.F., May 2006]


Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
October 3, 1918

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Brings Suit Against Sutherland League - Other Cases of Local Interest to be Tried in Court
William Roeder, of Liberty township, an alien enemy, an unnaturalized German, has brought suit in the District court against the Sutherland, Iowa, Home Defense League and twenty-three of its members asking an injunction restraining them from interfering with him. He claims he has been importuned to go to Sutherland and stand trial on charges of using German language in public, and because he refused, he was assaulted and shot with a revolver. That he returned the fire with a shot gun and dispersed the attacking forces but that they are still trying to coerce him. He has employed Parsons & Mills of Des Moines, as his attorneys.

Gertrude Musselman Crain and her two brothers have brought suit to set aside the Angeline McBath will. They are niece and nephew of Angeline McBath and claim that she was mentally incompetent and unduly influenced in making her will. The will cut off all relatives but gave entire estate to Jesse E. Harris, who is not related. A similar action has been brought to set aside a conveyance to Jesse E. Harris made by Angeline McBath in her life time covering her farm in section 36 Grant township.

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Laurens and vicinity is in the grip of Spanish Influenza. It is a low estimate to say that 500 people are affected at the present time. Whole families have it and already two have died from complications resulting from it. -Laurens Sun

Card of Thanks
To the many kind friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted us in our great sorrow and for the beautiful flowers, also to the Brother Masons for the floral emblem, please accept our thanks.
Mrs. Alex Farquhar and family

[transcribed by A.N., April 2012]


Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
October 10, 1918

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Sailor Boy Loses Life
[transcription note: parts of this article were obscured by blots, probably from tape, on the original newspaper]
Lyman E. Hill received the very sad news this morning (Thursday) that his son, Lyman L. Hill, who was in the Navy, had lost his life. The message was as follows:
Washington, D. C., Oct. 9, 1918
Dear Mr. Hill
Sutherland, Ia.

[...] regrets to advise you that [...] of your son, Lyman L. Hill, [...] first class, U. S. N. R. F., ap[...] the list of missing as Herman [...] which vessel was sunk in a [...] on Oct. 4th. Bureau is re[...] compelled to believe he lost [...] have the sincere sym[...] Bureau in your loss. Any [...] should be addressed the Bureau [...] Navigation, Navy Dept. Washington, D. C.
L. C. Palmer

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Prvt. Frank J. Palmer Dead
The death of Private Frank J. Palmer, one of Sutherland's noble young men who had answered the call of his country, has struck the hearts of our citizens with deep sorrow. The news reached Sutherland Monday telling of his death which occurred at a base hospital at Ft. Riley Saturday afternoon, the cause being pneumonia. He had only been in service since August 28, being sent to Camp Funston where he was first assigned to the 13th Co. 164 Division, Depot Brigade and two weeks ago he had been transferred to Co. C 30th Machine Gun Battalion, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He was the only son of Mrs. E. J. Elliot and was a young man that all, who came to know, learned to like and highly esteem. The body will be brought back to Sutherland for burial. Upon request of his mother, the obituary and write up of his life will not be published until next week.

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Mrs. Guy Bidwell, accompanied by Miss Emma Propp, departed Wednesday morning for Camp Dodge, being summoned to come because of the illness of her son, Newell, who was in a base hospital in a very critical condition, having fallen a victim to the Spanish Influenza which is prevalent there in the camp.

[transcribed by A.N., April 2012]


Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
October 17, 1918

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Malady In Camp Claims Two Local Boys - Sutherland Pays Honor to Two of Her Worthy Soldier Boys Who Die During Week
Sutherland was sorely grieved this past week and all of our hearts deeply stirred within us, because two of our gallant soldier boys, Frank Palmer and Newell Bidwell, had been stricken with disease and laid down their lives while in the service of their country. On the day of the funeral of each one, all flags were at half mast, all places of business were closed during the hours of service and our citizens in general joined the bereaved in mourning and in paying a tribute of honor to their memory. Their fate was not to die on the battlefield but theirs is the honor just as much, as they died in the honorable service to which their country called them and this will ever be a cherished consolation to their families and friends.

Frank James Palmer
[obituary is accompanied by photograph of Frank in uniform]
Frank James Palmer, son of William H. and Bessie E. Palmer, was born in Jefferson County, Illinois, April 30, 1890. His father passed away at the same place on December 7, 1897, leaving Frank fatherless at the age of seven years. The very strong mother love of the mother for her boy was fully reciprocated in the love of the little boy for his mother and the mutual love and affection grew stronger and stronger as the years of childhood ripened into the years of early manhood. In 1904 the mother was married to Mr. J. E. Elliot, of Sutherland, since which time Frank has made his home here with them. He followed farming as an occupation and at every place where he was employed he always gave the best of satisfaction and was well liked.

He was called into service August 28, 1918 and sent to Camp Funston, Kas. At first he was assigned to the 13th Co. 164th Division, Depot Brigade and later transferred to Co. C 30th Machine Gun Battalion. On Thursday, Oct. 3rd, a message was received by his mother, stating that Frank was seriously ill, Friday another message came saying that there was no improvement in his condition and Monday the wire stated that Frank had died Saturday at 5:50 p.m., his death being caused from pneumonia. At the time of his death he was 28 years, 5 months and 5 days old. Besides Mr. and Mrs. Elliot, he leaves to mourn his departure a sister, Mrs. W. C. Carpenter of Waukegan, Ill, who was also here to attend the funeral. The body was shipped back and the funeral was held here at the Methodist church Friday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. R. E. Willis. Interment was made in Waterman cemetery.
[transcription note: the Sutherland Courier also published this day, same page, the last letter written home by Frank, dated September 26th, 1918]

Elwin Newell Bidwell
[a photo of Elwin appears on p 1 of the 24 Oct 1918 Sutherland Courier]
Elwin Newell Bidwell, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Bidwell, was born Oct. 27, 1896 on a farm near Calumet. The family moved into Calumet when Newell was a lad of ten years. In 1914 he moved with the family to Sutherland and a year later united with the Methodist church at this place. He was a young man of industry, always having some employment through which he had gained a wide acquaintance and won a large circle of friends.

He was sent with the increment from this county to Camp Dodge on September 6, 1918, where he was assigned to Co. 58, 15th Battalion, 163 Depot Brigade. He contracted a cold while in training and on Saturday, October 5th a telegram from the Re Cross at Camp Dodge was sent to his parents, stating that Newell was seriously ill. Another was received Monday and on Wednesday a call came to the family summoning them to his bedside because of his dangerous condition. His death from pneumonia occurred at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning. Newell's age at the time of his death was 21 years, 11 months and 13 days old, thus after only thirty-four days in the service was his life called out, but he had responded willingly and had done all that his country had asked of him. He is survived by his father and mother, a sister, Miss Ruth Bidwell, and a little brother, Chester.

The body was brought back and the last sad rites were held on the lawn in front of his home here in Sutherland Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Rev. Willis was called back from Marathon to conduct the service. A large number of automobiles accompanied the procession to the Waterman cemetery where the remains were interred.

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Charles Innes Dead
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Innes were informed by a telegram last Thursday evening of the death of their son, Charles, which occurred that morning in a hospital in one of the neighboring towns to his home in Happy, Texas. He was in the best of health when here on a visit just two weeks ago and his sudden death came as a great shock to his many old friends in this place where he was reared and grew to manhood. His mother and two brothers, Arthur and Paul, departed from here Friday morning, meeting another brother, Roy, of Madison, S. Dak., enroute, to attend the funeral. The Courier will be furnished with an obituary next week.

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Dr. Sproule Writes Concerning the "Flu" - Some Timely Advice From Dr. Sproule in Regard to the Spanish "Flu" - Preventative Only Cure
We reprint a letter taken from last week's Peterson Patriot, which was received by Frank Steckmest from Dr. Sproule, in regard to the plague of influenza now going over the country and we believe it will be of much interest to our readers.

Base Hospital, Camp A. A.
Humphreys, Va.
October 7, 1918

Dear Frank:
Have not time to write a letter. Have not seen a daily paper for over a week. We are swamped with the influenza and Pneumonia. Our equipment of 500 beds has been stretched to cover over 1,200 cases and the death rate is high. Personally I am handling 40 to 60 cases a day, so I know what I am talking about. I saw 22 bodies autopsied, and of these I personally examined first on their admission to Hospital and later when disease was advanced, 16 of them. The disease is first Influenza, the same as the 1888 epidemic, with patches of Pneumonia at first scattered through the lungs, and later these patches enlarging till both lungs are solid Pneumonia. There is no treatment except nursing and stimulants. But there is a sure cure, and that is Prevention. When the first case hits Peterson, close schools, churches, movies, and every public gather. If I had the authority I would not allow more than four or five to enter the Post Office at once. Keep out of crowds and play safe. The only was to keep out of crowds is to have no crowds.

Frank, this may seem extreme or even hysterical. But this epidemic is more deadly than smallpox, has higher death rates than diphtheria or Scarlet Fever, and can be prevented but only by putting up the bars before instead of after.

We are working from 1 a.m. up to 12 midnight. Every fourth day, we have a 36-hour stretch of work, snatching an hour if we can get it. Washington has given us all available help, but far from enough. We lost our Commanding Officer, Col. Doerr, a man and a Mason, from the disease. One-third of our Captain and Lieutenants are down with it. In addition to my own ward, "D6" with 52 cases, I have for the next 24 hours supervision of Officers' Ward (42 cases) and wards D2, D3, D5, and D7, each with an average of 50 patients.

We eat on the run, sleep when we can, read no papers, write notes home for the lack of time to write letters, we tag the dead and immediately sterilize their beds for new cases, we give our rooms for sick officers and sleep on cots in an open, unfinished dining room, since Sept. 13th no active medical officer has left the Camp for anything. And all could have been prevented. That is why I wrote you as I wrote to Walter Runge.
Regards to all,

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Death Ends Suffering
Mrs. Fred Propp died at her home here in Sutherland Monday night at ten o'clock, after a lingering illness of about three months, the immediate cause being heart failure and dropsy. A son, Emil Propp, stationed at Camp Forrest, Ga., was notified the next morning and the funeral arrangements will not be made until an answer from him is received. The obituary will be published next week.

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Tells of Otto Bryant's Death
304th Field Artillery
September 11, 1918

Mr. Joseph J. Bryant
Garden City, Minnesota

My Dear Mr. Bryant:
Long before this letter reaches you, you will have word from the War Department of the death of your son Otto, but perhaps you will be glad of some further word from one who served in the same regiment with him.

It was, I think, on August 24th that your boy and several others from his battery were getting ammunition up to the battery when the Germans began to shell the edge of the woods where they were working. A fallen airplane was lying close by and they all ducked under it to escape the flying shell splinters. They would have been all right had not a shell made a direct hit on the machine. Three of the boys lost their lives. Help came immediately but it was already too late. You will be glad to know that there was no long agony of suffering. Death came swiftly.

It is a hard thing for a father to lose a son. If your boy has a mother, it will be even harder for her. And yet it is a wonderful thing for a man to give his life for his country, and a divine thing for parents to give their child in a noble cause.

Our hearts go out in sympathy to you all, and yet we hope that pride and joy will in the end conquer sorrow. In the meantime may God comfort you and grant you His peace.

Otto was buried beside one of his comrades in a field on the hillside. I cannot tell you the spot. In due time you will be notified by the authorities.
Faithfully yours,
James M. Howard,
Chaplain 304th F. A.

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The family of Alex McGreath has met sore affliction, a son and daughter dying within two days of each other. Lieut. David McGreath while home on a furlough was taken ill with influenza which developed into pneumonia and after a ten days illness passed away. His sister, Jessie, was taken sick Tuesday and died on Saturday morning. Interment in each case was made at their former home at Traer, Iowa.

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Word has been received that Leo Martin has been very ill at a camp in California

Theodore Tjossem died at Camp Dodge Saturday morning, the cause of death being influenza.

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Mrs. Paul Hagan was summoned to come to Camp Dodge Monday evening because of her husband being seriously ill with pneumonia there in a base hospital.

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Death of Little Girl
The death of Aileen Josephine Schmitz, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schmitz, occurred at her home in Hawarden Wednesday, October 9th, being caused by measles followed by pneumonia. She was born March 1, 1911, and at the time of her death was 7 years, 7 months and 8 days old. The body was brought back to Sutherland last Thursday afternoon for interment in Waterman cemetery where two other members of the family are buried. Mr. and Mrs. Schmitz were former residents of Sutherland and have the sympathy of old friends in their sorrow.

[transcribed by A.N., April 2012]


Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
October 24, 1918

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Mrs. F. A. Propp, 1862-1918
Rebecca Clarksean was born in Buffalo, N. Y., March 8th, 1862, and passed at her home here in Sutherland at 9:50 p.m. Monday, October 14, 1918, after a prolonged sickness of eleven weeks. She moved with her parents in early childhood to Kewaunee, Wis., where she lived until the time of her marriage to Fred A. Propp which occurred October 25,1883. In 1885 she came with her husband to O'Brien County, Iowa and resided on a farm near this place until 8 years ago when they moved into Sutherland.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Edward C. and Miss Emma M., of Sutherland, Mrs. Elmer Severance, of Wentworth, S. Dak., and Sergeant Emil F., of Co., C., 214 Engineers, Camp Forrest, GA., also her aged father, four brothers, one sister and six grandchildren. The home instincts of the deceased were strong and her affection for her friends and kindred was tender and abiding. Among us all she ranked always as a kind neighbor, a devoted mother and a true friend, and in her quiet way bravely met all of life's stern requirements.

Impressive funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. E. Willis of Marathon, at the home last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after which her remains were tenderly conveyed to Waterman Cemetery where she now rests in peace. Relatives from a distance present at the funeral were: Wm. and Elmer Clarksean and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Severance of Wentworth, S. Dak., August Clarksean, Mrs. Heiter and August Kuehl, of Kewaunee, Wis., and Charles Propp of Clinton, Minn.

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Mrs. Gwen Weal went to Primghar Monday to assist in taking care of her nephew, Irwyn Thomas, who is reported to be critically ill with the influenza.

[transcribed by A.N., April 2012]


Sutherland Courier
Sutherland, O'Brien co. Iowa
October 31, 1918

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Charles G. Innes
It is with a feeling of unusual sadness that we note the death of one of our most prominent and influential citizens. In the passing of Charles G. Innes, Swisher County loses one of her most prosperous and progressive young farmers and stockmen, our town an honorable, upright man of business, the Masonic Lodge a worthy brother, the O. E. S. a loyal Star, the community at large a friend. After a few days suffering with la grippe and pneumonia upon the advice of physicians he was removed to an Amarillo sanitarium, where all that medical skill and loving hands could do to nurse him back to health was done, but in vain.

On Thursday, October 10th, at the midday hour, he passed on to that bourne from whence no traveller e'er returns. It was as the going down of the sun in the brightness of the noonday. Friday morning his remains were brought to his home five miles east of Happy, to await the arrival of his mother and bothers from Sutherland, Iowa.

Very impressive funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of his place, assisted by members of the Amarillo, Canyon and Tulia Orders, the address being delivered by District Deputy George Stapleton, of Amarillo. The pall-bearers were Messrs. W. T. Townsend, J. H. Stephenson, W.J. Wooten, C.R. Strong, Hugh Holland and Ben James. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. After the service the body was tenderly laid to rest in the Happy cemetery. To the devoted and heart-broken wife, aged parents, brothers and sisters, we would say, "We weep with you for your sorrow is ours."

Mr. Innes leaves to mourn his death, his wife, mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Innes, of Sutherland, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. C. L. Nott, of Sutherland, Iowa, Mrs. R. Russell, of Happy, Texas, and Mrs. W. Mortensen, of Alta, Iowa; and four brothers, Mrs. A. A. Innes and Mr. Paul Innes of Sutherland, Iowa, Mrs. Roy Innes, of Madison, South Dakota, and Mr. John Innes, of Lyndal, South Dakota.

It is ever hard for the finite mind to understand why the Grim Messenger should enter our homes and call our loved ones at any age in life, but it seems doubly hard to understand why one should be called in the prime of young manhood, when the future seems to promise all that life holds dear, and whose sky seems all aglow with red and gold, yet we never doubt the infinite wisdom of God, for we know, He doeth all things well, and 'tis for us to know -
"Not now but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land.
We'll read the meaning of our tears
And there, sometime, we'll understand
We'll know why clouds instead of sun
Were over many a cherished plan
Why song has ceased when scarce begun,
'Tis there, sometime, we'll understand.
God knows the way, he holds the key
He guides with unerring hand.
Sometimes with tearless eyes, we'll see
Yes there, up there, we'll understand.

- A Friend
Happy, Texas, Oct. 14, 1918
The Tulia (Texas) Herald

C. R. Cobb was born at Woodstock, Vermont, December 8, 1859, and died at the State Hospital in Cherokee, October 26, 1918, his age at that time being 58 years, 10 months and 16 days. The early part of his life was spent on the home farm near Woodstock. When twenty-three years of age he came to Ames, Iowa, and worked for two years in the nursery business with an uncle. From there he went to Phelps county, Nebraska, and took up a homestead and farmed for several years. Later he moved to Stapleton, Nebraska, and was engaged in the occupation of raising horses, which he followed until his health failed one year ago.

He spent the past winter at Excelsior Springs, Missouri, trying to regain his health but all efforts proved futile. The first of last May he came to Sutherland to make his home with his brother, B. L. Cobb and family. He was a charter member of Gandy Masonic Lodge, A. F. and A. M., raised in 1902 and remained a member until his death.

Besides his brother, H. L. Cobb, of this place, the deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs. M. J. Lewis and Mrs. P. C. Kendall, both of Woodstock, Vermont. The remains were brought to Sutherland and the funeral services were conducted at the B. L. Cobb home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, by Rev. E. L. Frost, pastor of the Church of Christ. Interment was made in Waterman Cemetery.

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Rev. Wendl and his mother were called to Carroll last week because of the death of their sister and daughter. They returned home Wednesday evening.

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Miss Elmina Louthan Weds
The news of the marriage of Miss Elmina Louthan, daughter of Mrs. Flora Louthan of this place, which occurred at the home of her sister, Mrs. R. H. Carr, at Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, has reached our office and will be read with much interest by our readers this week. The bride was born and grew to young womanhood in Sutherland and is one of our most excellent young ladies, who is highly respected and admired by a great host of friends because of her culture and attainments. The Courier extends congratulations. The following account is taken from the Lafayette (Ind.) Courier.

A beautiful fall wedding was solemnized at the home of Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Carr in West Lafayette yesterday at high noon when Miss Elmina Charlotte Louthan became the wife of Lieut. Maurice Craig Taylor. The ceremony was read by Rev. Albert C. Dudley before an altar of autumn foliage and flowers. The following program of wedding music was given by Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Graves and Miss Margaret Briggs: "Three Legends", Dvorak; violin minuet, Beethoven; "Bridal Song," Jensen; "Prelude and Romance", Foues; violin, "Souvenir", Serenade, First Peer Gynt Suite, Grieg. A luncheon was served following the ceremony, after which Lieut. Taylor and his bride left for Columbus, Ohio, where the bridegroom will be in special government work for two weeks after which time they will leave for residence in Baltimore, Md. Lieutenant and Mrs. Taylor are both Purdue graduates, and the lieutenant is a member of the Agathon club and the Alpha Zeta and Sigma Xi honorary fraternities. Guests from out of town who were here to attend the wedding were the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Taylor of Howe, Mrs. Charles Cambull of Wellington, Kas., R. L. Chase, of Wolcottville, and C. A. Hoffer of Decatur, Ind.

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The will of W. C. Metcalf as probated gives his estate to his widow and heirs in exactly the same proportion as provided by statute. Bonnie C. Metcalf, his widow, and J. T. Metcalf, his brother, have been appointed executors.

The will of George Moorehead has been filed for probate and will be heard on December 9th.

Lelah Cooper secured a divorce from her husband, Henry Cooper, on grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.

Inez A. short has sued her husband, Peter shot, for a divorce alleging cruel and inhuman treatment and desertion.

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Last week the sad news of the death of another Peterson soldier came in the shape of a telegram to Walter Dean informing him that his son, Robert Emerson, had died on October 13th of broncho-pneumonia after a short illness. Robert enlisted last summer in the navy and at the time of his death was acting as fireman on the U.S.S. Illinois. The body has been shipped to Peterson for burial. -Peterson Patriot

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The home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hilker was darkened Sunday by the cloud of death. Word was received that day saying that their son, Edward William had died the last of September in a hospital at Winchester, England, and had been buried in the cemetery at that place. -Paullina Times

[transcribed by A.N., April 2012]

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