by the Arenzvillians
ARMY ** NAVY ** COAST GUARD ** MARINES ** AIR CORPS
FOR THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
To every member of the armed forces from our community Whoever &
Wherever you may be ---
This is a solomn, historical occasion. You are holding
a copy of the first edition of your home-town scandal sheet, printed solely for your
enjoyment. No ads to clutter it up. All the news on the hour, every hour (altho possibly a
few weeks late); a spontaneous sort of thing by a few of your friends who anxiously await
your return after the big job is done and under the guiding wing of your local Red Cross.
When our circulation exceeds the Chgo Trib, there may be a small charge but until then it
is your for the asking--or I should say WITHOUT asking. If you like it please tell us so;
if not turn it in on your local scrap drive. We just had one here and the kids collected
2,100# of waste paper. They are really busy little beavers when it comes to such things
having made it a regular practice to gather up almost anything the big folks can do
without. Altogether, they have collected 19 Tons of waste paper.
Speaking of drives reminds us of the recent one staged
by the local Red Cross. With a goal of $1,250 to meet (for the Township) folks went
"all out" and cheerfully contributed $1,697.27 and when we say cheerfully we
mean exactly that. We even had a "25.00" club, membership unrestricted, and it
might surprise you to know who all rushed in to join up. Whether the amounts were large or
small the attitude of all donors was "We hope this will do our young folks some
good." Seems to boil down to this--we worked hard last year and were favored with
good crops and good prices and it is a pleasure to help in the war effort in any way
possible. Your old friend "Weeksy" as chairman ably assisted by Rev. Witt,
pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church, had a lot to do with guaranteeing its success.
'Course they had lots of help.
Expect that you have heard of the Passavant Hospital
drive for funds to re-build and add to the present structure. Arenzville is on the outer
fringe of the area served by them but we are pleased to report that your homefolks again
proved their generosity and good judgement by supporting the drive to the hilt. Fact is
the Arenzville-Concord section was the ONLY unit able to report meeting their quota in
full last week. Fact is they even EXCEEDED it by some 50%. Haven't the exact figure but
Arenzville collected something over $4,5000.00 [sic] and all pledges not yet in.
Spring has arrived in Cass and Morgan Counties. Don't
know how it is where you are but it CAN'T be as nice as it is here. 'Course it rains once
in a while and we do get stuck in mud holes too frequently to really enjoy it--but then
the sun comes out SO bright and the grass looks SO green--Oh Boy! Groundhogs are out and
mushrooms are reported as being thick--but darned if we can find 'em. Brown thrashers have
been sounding off loudly for several days now--auguring well for an early spring. Farmers
are anxious to get into the fields. Sounds good to hear the dull moan of the tractors in
Bunt Briggs bought the house where Dan Miller and
family reside. Doesn't plan to take possession until after the war, however.
Hierman's Cafe is closed until further notice. Freda
and Gayle are visiting with Shirley in Arlington, Va.
Dos Lovekamp has been appointed township supervisor to
fill the unexpired term of A. A. Nicol. Dos has enlarged and will use his entire building
now, a part of which will be used as his supervisor's office. A fresh coat of paint makes
the place look pretty neat.
Anyone seen a stray horse? While doing some hauling
from Gig Engelbach's, Tater Paul and Zach Harvey accidentally let Hart's horse out of the
lot. It left town in a gallop headed south. Better get to moving Tater & Zach or
you'll never overtake it.
Tade Lovekamp and family have taken residence in the
country, having moved to the Pfeil place just south of town.
We've heard that Cele Roegge was sporting a new jeep.
Anyway we saw her driving one the other nite. A Jeep causes lots of excitement in
The High School boys have landed a bright idea--a
basketball court between Wessler Electric Shop and Natemeyer's building. You should see
those boys slave, digging out bricks and hauling sand to level off the lot. I understand
it belongs to the John Lovekamp Estate and Doc Bolle and they have consented to let the
boys use it for a bit of recreation.
Ab Nicol S2/c reported to Davisville, R.I., this week,
after spending a leave at home.
John Zulauf's received some nice pictures of Dean and
Lee Nicol. It was nice to see your smiling faces again and to know that you had been
Joe Hoebrock purchased the old Dorand property opposite
the Methodist Church and has torn it to th ground. He plans to build a home there sometime
in the future.
Several from this community are driving to nearby towns
each day to do their share in winning the war. The following are employed at the Nesco
defense plant in Jacksonville--Pete Wessler, Tade Lovekamp, Willard Huss, Hoolie Lovekamp,
Jack Pond, Charlie McLain, Newt Nobis, Betty Schnitker Manker, Halene Johnson Reno, and
Eileen Gibbons. --Edwin Lovekamp and Roland Beard are operating lathes at the Tribbey
Motor Co. in Beardstown.
Tony Pfolsgrof and Doris Hull were married recently.
Tony is enjoying a furlough here after being temporarily released from a hospital in
Everyone is happy to see Esther Roegge walking without
her crutches now.
Wayne Kolberer S2/c returned to Bremerton, Washington
this week after spending a leave with relatives here.
Tech. Sgt. William Huston is enjoying a furlough with
home folks after being overseas for three years. He was married to Lilliam Quinn of
Chicago last week.
Everyone was certainly happy to hear the good news that
Eldore (Bud) Nobis is now Prisoner of War in Germany, after having been reported missing
since December 19.
An Election was held Tuesday, April 3, 1945. The
following were elected: --Lyman Peck and Fritz Kloker--Justices of the Peace; Paddy
Weeks--Assessor; Harold Wessler--Town Clerk and Philip Stock--School Trustee. The
following served as clerks and judges: Collie Schaeffer, A. J. Ruppel, Elmer Lovekamp,
Shanty Graham, J. A. Shannon and Dos Lovekamp.
Frances Hierman has been employed as stenographer in
Washington D. C. for the past four months.
Pvt. Gerald E. Beard is improving after having
pneumonia. He is in the hospital at Kessler Field, Mississippi.
We were very sorry to hear of Ed Hierman's death. Mr.
Hierman resided in Arenzville for many years and was a prominent business man. Mide is
following in his father's foot steps and is doing a good job of operating Hierman's
It seemed natural to see Jim Manker MOMM 2/c driving by
in his grey chevrolet today. He must leave again to-morrow and report back to
Tompkinsville, R.I. It was a short leave but was might nice to see him again.
Lt. Bill Niemann is spending a furlough with his mother
and other relatives. He has been to school in New Orleans, La., for the past four months.
Cpl. Russell Briggs has been transferred to Ft. Taylor,
Key West, Florida. He spent a 21 day furlough with his folks last month after returning
from the Aleutian Islands.
Wilbur Kleinschmidt was the high
point man of this season with a total of 226 points.
The Juniors of the Arenzville Community High School are
busy getting ready for the annual Jr. Sr. Banquet. The banquet is one of the traditional
activities of the school so I suppose all of ou can remember when you were busy preparing
for the gala occasion. This year the theme will be a Mexican Fiesta. It will be held April
21, at the High School.
On the morning of April 4, the Seniors of Beardstown
High School came to Arenzville to present a preview of their play which was held April 6.
The Senior girls instigated a new club named the Sewin'
So's. Instead of staying home and reading their magazines the girls go to each others
homes to sew. Several girls knitted sweaters for the Red Cross. Maybe you are wearing one
The Freshman class has not been idle either. They have
published a paper called "The Newsy News!"
Another one of the seniors will soon be in the service.
Earl Niestradt enlisted in the Navy last month. Others from this class are Fred Ore and
Kenny Davis. A classmate of Kenny's in grade school, Eugene McEvers, was killed in action
recently. Of course you have heard that Kenny was killed in action in January.
From what we read in the papers and hear over the air
we are convinced that you Arenzville soldiers and sailors (with a little help, we suppose)
are doing a mighty fine job. We are very proud of all of you. Want you to get the mess
cleaned up once and forever as soon as possible and then hurry home. There is a lot to be
done here too; things that we have not been able to do without your help. Want to see you
back at your old jobs (or better ones) in school, or on the farm (maybe one of your own
this time) just as soon as possible. If you have post-war plans that might require a
little outside help, let your hair down and give us the dope. Won't guarantee you a thing
but we do know how to win friends and influence people and will do our best to get the
wheels turning. Can't do any harm. Try us, won't you?