BE IT RESOLVED that we, the ARENZVILLIANS,
on this 4th day of July, A.D. 1945, the 169th anniversary of the signing of Independence
DO HEREBY renew our pledge to support and
foster the principles our forefathers fought and died to attain and for which you, our
sons and daughters, are even now fighting to maintain. In support of your ernest efforts
the least we can do is gladly offer you those things of which we are capable--food,
materials, and money--truly insignificant when compared to your great sacrifice but which
will, we sincerely trust, make your taskt a little easier, a little safer and a little
shorter. May your job soon be completed ONCE AND FOREVER!
The Seventh War Bond Drive closed Saturday
with the bank and post office reporting the total sales as $116,835.60 or about $13,000
over the quota.
The Beardstown bridge, which has been
closed for the past 13 months, was reopened for traffic last week. The bridge has been
closed for highway traffic across the Illinois river since last April 30, 1944, when an
LST going down stream, hit the bridge and completely wrecked the draw span. By the way,
this same LST took an important part in a recent invasion in the South Pacific.
T/Sgt. Wilbur Charlesworth, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Jim Charlesworth, is a member of a Quartermaster Company cited by Major General E.
Ross, chief of Transporation, European Theater of Operations, for its work in supplying
transportation for Loire, Brittany and Normandy Base sections.
Before V-E Day, the drivers rushed gasoline
and ammunition to the front, in spite of strafing. Since V-E Day, the Yellow Diamond
highway, the motor transport route from Nancy, France to the Italian border, has handled
even more supplies than during the fighting.
The 3890th Quartermaster Company, of which
Wilbur is a member, is one of 23 truck companies which operate the Yellow Diamond Line and
which have moved an average of 10,000 tons a day over the route since V-E Day. In addition
to hauling supplies for idle combat units, the truck companies have carried displaced
persons and prisoners of war to the rear, and conveyed out going American units to port.
The company has been in France since
Pfc. Dale Burrus is spending a 30 day
furlough at home after being in Iceland for 2 1/2 years. He will report to Ft. Sam
Pete Filey is a civilian again after
receiving an honorable discharge under the point system. He is now driving Joe Hobrock's
truck hauling limestone.
Arenzville citizens were all outside in
spite of the rain last Sunday to watch a plane cut a few capers over the Pfolsgrof
residence. It was quite thrilling to know that the pilot of that "huge bug" was
Ralph Pfolsgrof, grandson of Mrs. Anna Pfolsgrof. He was enroute to a camp in Texas after
enjoying a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Pfolsgrof of Chicago.
Bob Brasells' are the proud parents of a
daughter, Emily Ann, born June 27th.
Earl Niestradt has returned to Davisville,
R. I. after spending a 10 day leave with his folks and Mildred. The Navy hasn't changed
him a bit--same ole Earl. We were mighty glad to see him "buzzing" around in
that Chevie again.
Mrs. Elda Staake recently received the
Purple Heart awarded to her son Dick, fo ran injury to his lower lip. Hope you are fully
recovered by this time, Dick.
Lester Buck passed away Sunday, July 8th.
He suffered a stroke on Tuesday of that week. We miss him in the group of men that often
gather on main street to discuss the news of the day.
Mayor Hart has been attending a banking
school in New Jersey for the past two weeks.
Robert Roegge is employed at the freight
office in Beardstown.
Lady: "How were you wounded, my kind
Soldier: "By a shell, lady."
Lady: "Did it explode?"
Soldier: "No. It crept up close and bit me!"
Mrs. Corrine Peck, mother of Sgt. Melvon
Peck, has moved into the home formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reno and son.
Floyd Mason has been in the hospital for a
few days for observation.
Russell "Wicks" Lutkehus spent
last week end at home. He is still stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Military funeral services for Lt. Edgar
Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Green of Beardstown, who was fatally burned in a plane
accident in McKinney, Texas, Sunday night, June 3rd, were held on June 9th at Winnfield,
Louisiana. Edgar used to visit in Arenzville quite a lot and was well known in this
Wendell Wessler passed his physical exam in
Chicago and is awaiting his call to service. While in Chicago, he visited with his aunt
and uncle, Rev. and Mrs. K. B. Neumann and family. Mrs. Neumann is the former Gwendolyn
Mrs. George Lovekamp purchased the home
vacated by the Lyman Peck family and will move there soon.
Billy Thyen had the misfortune to injure
his right eye recently when he fell on a lever on a tractor. He reports that he had a
pretty swell time with the nurses while he was in the hospital for a few days. However,
he'd still prefer fishing to laying in bed -- (except early of a morning). He has partial
vision in the injured eye and we hope that he will soon "begin to see the light"
with both eyes.
Mrs. Alvin Paul and daughter Barbara have
taken up residence at Copperas Cove, Texas to be near Alvin who is only a few miles away
at Camp Hood.
We believe congratulations are in order for
Gene McGinnis, a former resident of Arenzville, who wa promoted to Captain a few months
back. We're a bit late, but "better late than never."
There were two guys, Shot and Not--Not was
Shot--and Shot was Not. Would you rather be Shot or Not?
Howard McLin is spending a 30 day furlough
with his mother Mrs. Mart Briggs and Mr. Briggs, after returning from the European theatre
Glen "Dutch" Lovekamp, Wayne
Kolberer, Gerald Jones, and Ches Lutkehus have had the pleasure of meeting in Hawaii. Bet
they sure made the Arenzville gossip fly.
Rev. and Mrs. Ray Witt and Peter Ray are
enjoying a months vacation with relatives in Ontario, Canada.
Orville Werts spent a week end recently
with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wildt. He is convalesing at a hospital in Chicago. Orville has
been a German prisoner since August and was liberated in May. He has been in the service
since March, 1943.
We are most happy to have one of our former
receivers of the Tattler at home and helping with the publishing of this issue. It's none
other than Charlie Ham. "Confussious" was discharged July 1st with 92 points.
Looks like always, except with less hair. He lost that while overseas from worrying about
the little gal (or should I say gals?) that he left back in the States. Chas was overseas
34 months. He too has taken to truck driving --- can be seen "herding" Earl
Schnitkers big trailer to St. Louis several nights a week.
A few words from Chas. "Have returned
to the fair city and can say it is a "wonderful feeling" and a swell place to
come home to. Incidently, heres a tip for those of you who have prospects of being
discharged. Cooks, clerks, and truck drivers were classified essential when I was
discharged--so if any of you fellows are classified as such, I advise you to see some one
in the orderly room and have it changed before you start through the channels, as the
classification you have when you leave your unit stays with you all the way through."
Clyde Wheeler returned to Camp Grubler,
Okla. Saturday after spending a furlough with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wheeler and family. He
expects to be moved soon.
Carol Niemann has arrived here to spend a
30 day leave with his wife and son, Eric, and other relatives. Carol has been aboard a
mine sweeper in the South Pacific.
Another Arenzvillian has received his
discharge under the point system. Tony Pfolsgrof and his wife Doris are visiting with Mrs.
Anna Pfolsgrof and Mrs. Thornton Stamper and daughter. Tony received his discharge on July
7th after 53 months in the service. He has three battle stars for campaigns at Attu,
Leyte, and the Marshall Islands.
Mrs. Robert Clark of Washington, Iowa has
been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Clark.
Fred Knight spent a few days here recently
with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Batis.
Mrs. Raymond Owens has received word from
her husband that he has arrived in Hawaii. Previous to his overseas assignment he was in
training at Ft. Knox, Ky. and qualified as a tank driver.
Arnold Meyer has been transferred from
Sheppard Field, Texas to Ft. Worth, Texas.
We want to express our sympathy to the
Robert Lovekamp family in the loss of their wife and mother. Minnie passed away on June
24th. Services were held at the St. John's Lutheran church at Beardstown with Rev. Edwin
Sommers officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran cemetery at Arenzville.
Mr. and Mrs. John Saylor and daughters
Yvonne and Joyce of Centralia, Ill. have been visiting with relatives here.
Floyde Schone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Schone, has recently been awarded the E.T.O. ribbon with two bronze stars for service in
France and Germany. He is now stationed at Kitzberel, Austria. He writes that he saw
Himmlers car, which was in the Motor pool of his outfit and that he had taken pictures of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown have returned to
Memphis, Tenn. after a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brown and his sister
Shirley. Charles received a medical discharge from the army following shrapnel wounds
received on Bouganville.
Malcolm K. Zulauf, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Zulauf, has been awarded the bronze star medal and a citation for distinguished
service in action as a soldier of the 329th Infantry in Germany on April 15th. He is still
in Germany but expects to be here in several months.
The citation describes an action in which
Malcolm and two other enlisted men destroyed a nest of German snipers which had been
disrupting the American supply lines. Several Yanks had been wounded. The three soldiers
discovered the position of the Nazis, killed three of them and caused the rest to with
draw, working all the while in the face of automatic weapons.
Eldore Nobis has returned to the Mayo
General Hospital at Galesburg after a 30 day furlough with Ruby and Denny.
Johnny and Stanley Lovekamp, Esther
Mallicoat and Dolores Lovekamp are employed at the Glove Factory in Beardstown for the
Jim Manker is home on a 15 day leave. He
has been transferred from Tompkinsville, New York, to the U.S. Naval Amphibious Training
Base at Little Creek, Va.
1st Lt. Milton Streuter, M.C.A.U.S., spent
several days in Arenzville recently. He has been at Wesley Hospital finishing a residency
in surgery after completing his internship at Cook Co. Hospital. At the termination of his
furlough, he reported to Carlisle, Pa. for 2 months training and then he will possibly go
Walt Roegge had some bad luck a couple
weeks ago. During a heavy rain and wind storm, a large tree fell on his car and mashed it
Norman "Bud" Davis spent a leave
with his mother, Norma Davis and his grandmother, Mrs. Ella Davis. Upon his return to the
Great Lakes, he was transferred to a Naval Training Hospital Corp School at Bainbridge,
Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Meyer and Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Meyer and family have been enjoying their vacations with Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer.
Virgil Buck was called home from Puerto
Rico because of the death of his father, Lester Buck. He and Mrs. Buck will spend his
furlough with his mother and other relatives.
Ralph Hendricker, who his stationed in
Kingman, Arizona, has been enjoying a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Hendricker and family.
Virgil Coughlin has been transferred from
Orlando, Florida to Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Ralph "Spud" Clark writes Jeane
that he has arrived in Hawaii. Spud was at Camp Robinson for his 15 weeks of basic
training, after which he spent a furlough at home with Jeane, Lanni and Debbie. He
reported to Fort Ord, California and left for overseas on June 13th.
Bob Niemann graduated recently from a
cooking and baking school at Pensacola, Florida.
Lt. Commander Fred Engelbach and family
have been visiting with the Harts'. Dr. Engelbach returned to the States recently after
spending 21 months in the Pacific. He will report to Maryland for special training.
Robert Fanning, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Marshall Fanning, has been transferred from Scott Field to Geiger Field, Spokane,
Washington where he is taking special training.
That Eldore Nobis is such a fast mover that
we can hardly keep up with him. He is home now for 60 days and will report to Miami Beach,
Florida in September.
Twenty-four names have been added to the
list on the Honor Roll. Our thanks to Edwin McKinley for doing the work with out charge.