| V-E Day-----Just think!-----V-E
DAY-----A most fitting time for us to go to press with this--the 2nd edition of your home
town news sheet. A lot of "Blood, Sweat and Tears" have gone into the effort so
far and we are very proud of the contribution you have made to its success. A few more
good pulls, altogether and in the same direction, will get the job done and we trust that
it will NEVER need be repeated.
sad to have casualties reported at any time but particularly so almost on V-E Day. It is
therefore with special sorrow that we report to you that a wire was received yesterday
stating that John Herbert has been killed in action. He had been reported as missing some
weeks ago but his death is now confirmed.
Maybe you've heard that the Woman's Club
with some outside help erected an Honor Roll about a year ago on the corner opposite
Hierman's Garage. There are about one hundred forty names on it at present and there are
more to be added. A dedication service, witnessed by a large crowd, was held last July 4th
with Rev. Chasteen, Rev. Saathoff and Father Henehan taking part. Loren Aufdenkamp
furnished accordian music. The Beardstown American Legion Post presented colors and
sounded taps. Mrs. Aldo Hierman spoke a few words. The following people have contributed
labor and materials toward the erection of this structure, of which we are all proud; Mide
Hierman, Wilbur Huey, Dutch Hahling, Art Kleinschmidt, Ed and Wilbur Natemeyer, Shrimp
Mincy, Bert Kolberer, and Dan Miller.
Last week, Bud Burrus added the finishing
touches to it by putting lattice along the bottom. Looks much nicer now. Bud returned to
Camp Carson, Colorado after spending a 28 day convalescent furlough with friends and
relatives here and at Beardstown. We are pleased to report that he appears to be in fine
shape. However, he did return to the hospital.
August Kleinschmidt's received a letter
recently stating that Walter had been wounded in action. The letter was written by a ward
boy in a hospital and dictated by Wally. Said he hoped to be able to write to them himself
in another week. Hope you have a speedy recovery, Wally.
Thought perhaps you might be interested in
"who" was working "where" these days. Chas Schnitker and Hinie Meyer
are operating the Arenzville Hagener Farmers Grain Co. Lois Johnson is agent at the depot
while her Dad is doing substitute work at White Hall. Earl Schnitker's trucking personnel
consists of Carroll Wood, Ray Schnitker, Roy Davis, Ernie Appel, Joe Maltby, and Robert
Reno. Bob Brasell helps out there too during his spare time. (Sometimes wonder when Bob
ever has any spare time.) John Janssen employs Inez Lovekamp, Elda Staake, Mildred
Thomas and Henry Kuhlman. John Schnitker is still on the job at Wessler Electric Shop,
Yank Hierman is their radio repairman and Shorty Heaton is helping them as line-man.
Zulauf and Son have the following help--Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gibbons, June Lovekamp, Dorothy
Thomas--Course John and Grace, Edna and Ed help some, too. Virgil Tritsch and Roy Corcoran
are Shannon's right hand men. Operators at Home Telephone Co. are Idamae Peck, Mrs. Lila
Niemann, Fay Hierman, and Kate Divver. With the exception of Mose Beddingfield the same
force is still on duty at Hierman's Garage--Dan Miller and Lyman Peck with Collie
Schaeffer helping out on busy days.
Alvin Paul left Thurs. night for Ft.
Sheridan to join the armed forces.
We are very happy to have one of our former
citizens return to this community to live. It's Mrs. Lydia Coyle. So nice to meet her on
the street more often these days.
Some Rifle Club News--------! Our Jr. Rifle
Club shot a match in connection with the National Rifle Association. The team consisted of
10 members of which the five high scores counted. Out of 118 clubs competing, we ended up
42nd with a total score of 1882 out of a possible 2000.
We have also entered another National match
this spring--The William Randolph Hearst Competition--but our results weren't quite so
good. Our score of 634, out of a possible 1000, only ranked 62nd out of the 110 clubs in
our Sixth Service Command.
Eldore Nobis is a popular character with
us, since he has been mentioned in both issues of the TOWN TATTLER. This time we have much
better news to report than last time. He was liberated from a German Prison Camp, April
12th. He wrote on Friday the 13th and said it might be unlucky for some people, but it
certainly was a lucky day for him. He has lost considerable weight but hopes to gain that
back while resting at a hospital.
Doris Schnitker Lovekamp returned home
Tuesday nite after being with her husband for the past couple of months. Glen was sent out
Saw a sign in a small
restur, I mean Cafe, the other day:
T-Bone ------- 30 ¢
(If you want meat on it, come in and dicker)
The Arenzville Community has been hit
unusually hard the past month, with the sad news that John Herbert, Gene Fanning and Lewis
Kloker have all been killed in action. John was a Tank Commander and stationed in Germany.
He was killed Jan. 13th. Gene was killed Apr. 12th in Italy. He was with the Infantry
(Mountain Troops). Lewis was also in the Infantry in Germany. He was killed March 28.
As per usual, the Arenz-villians came
through in fine shape in the recent clothing drive that was held during the month of
April, by contributing nearly a ton of old clothes, shoes, bed clothes, etc.
John Roegge writes home from Italy that he
was confronted with this question while at work the other day. "Know anyone in this
outfit from Arenzville?" John answered that he was from Arenzville and his friend
introduced himself as Merle Delaney and also from Arenzville. The boys parents live only 8
miles apart. Must be wondeful to bump into someone from home after being among strangers
for so long.
Pete Filey is spending a 46 day furlough
with home folks after being overseas in Iceland, England, France, and Germany for the past
Dale McCloud and Wayne Kolberer have been
assigned to the same ship--the Saratoga. Bet they can spend lots of time reminishing about
Marvin Zulauf spent a short leave with his
Elmer Divvers is a patient at the Schmitt
Memorial Hospital in Beardstown. He received an injury to his hip recently when he fell
from a ladder.
The community was stunned by the sudden
death of Dub Beard on April 17. We'll miss Dub driving by in the Home Telephone truck with
one or sometimes two dogs with him.
Ray Ingram left the States recently to
report for overseass duty. Previous to his new assignments he was stationed at Norfolk,
At the village election held recently A. C.
Hart was elected Mayor with J. A. Shannon as Clerk and Bunt Briggs, Bascom Beets, and
Coonie Hahling as trustees.
There are seven ages of woman: the infant,
the little girl, the miss, the young woman, the young woman, and the young woman. ----
John Newton Baker.
The Senior Class has completed the years
course at A.C. H. S. Commencement exercises will be held May 16. The following are
members of the class: Marj Kleinschmidt, Dorothy Thomas, Joan Niemann, Eileen Kolberer,
Peg Hart, Evelyn Wessler, Jeane Lovekamp, June Winkelman, Idamae Peck, Lorraine Roegge,
Mary Lou Clark, Roberta Paul, Wilbur Kleinschmidt, Melvin Dufelmeier, Melvin Schone, Elmer
Kleinschmidt, Harvey Hendricker, and Robert Goodpasture. Earl Niestradt will be unable to
attend the graduation exercises since he reported to Great Lakes last week for service in
the U.S. Navy.
Russell Briggs returned to Ft. Taylor,
Florida this week after spending a fifteen day furlough with his parents.
We were most happy to receive a letter
to-day from Bob Braner in regard to THE TOWN TATTLER. It builds us up so that we went at
our second edition with renewed energy. The following is a copy of his letter:
Just received your first edition of THE TOWN TATTLER and must
drop you a line to let you know I really enjoyed it, next to letters from home, cause it
contains a lot that our folks forget to write. I know a lot of them sent out will not be
answered but it's because the boys are busier right now that I am. At present I'm enjoying
the sights of Paris. Thanks again and keep the good work up.
Robert P. Braner
Chas. Ham was the first one from overseas
to write home stating that he had received THE TOWN TATTLER.
T'was Told to Me:
A short time ago, Mide and Laura Hierman were in
Quincy visiting with friends. The four of them decided to go down town for something to
eat. They were unable to park near the Cafe, so it was necessary for them to walk several
blocks. As they walked along, Laura didn't think Mide looked quite natural--seemed to have
his shoulders all shrugged up and his coat sleeves were much shorter than she had ever
remembered them, but then, maybe it was just her imagination--so she let it pass. When
they started to remove their wraps in the Cafe--Laura discovered to her surprise that she
was wearing Mide's overcoat--so she looked at mide and sure enough he was standing there
just as big as life in hers. Mide's comment--"Thought this damn thing didn't fit
right!" Their coats are made very similar, however, there is a slight difference in