THE SHOSHONE JOURNAL
THE SHOSHONE JOURNAL
SOUTHERN IDAHO DEMOCRAT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1919.
A Letter from the Trenches
Ti.t following letter from Hay Van
XamJt, of Dietrich is one of the most
graphic descriptions of a battle that
has been written by any correspondent
Itoad it carefully and as you read it
you should bear in mind that at the
very lime this Lincoln county boy was
enduring these horrible things for the
life and honor and freedom ot Lincoln
county citizens there was on,
hero in his own home county and state
one of the most vicious campaigns that
German money and German influences
could command to stab this boy in the
back and nullify the results of his ef
fort It had the audacity to camounage
her r under a cloak of pretended patri
Battery ''D" 20th F. A.
American Ex. Forec,
Dear Dad :
To-day is "Father's Day" so we are allowed
to write anything we choose, and it wont be censored.
Three days from today will make six' months foreign
service for me ami believe me I sure have had some hot
old times during that six months. We left the United
States the twenty seventh day of May and landed in Mon
treal, Canada that same day where we boarded His Maj
esties transport, Novara. We sailed from Montreal the
28th and landed in Liverpool June 12th from Liverpool
we took a train to Winchester. We stayed in Winchester
over night and took IL M. T., St. George fpr France We
arrived in Lahavre, France June 16th and left the 17th
We arrived at V'aldahon, a southern town in France on
the 19th. We had some pretty stiff training in Camp
learning our new gun, the French 75. Wc
hiked from V'aldahon to the Fosges front where we land
ed the first day of August. That same night we put our
guns into position and were ready for action,
night nf August 12th we received orders to throw a bar
rage I.n the city of Frapelte and during that same night
we took Frapelte. It sure was a bloody battle,
gassed us terribly. Une Lieut, out of our battery got gass
and he will never be of any use hereafter. We were cited
on German soil, so they gave us our division mark, a re'd
for taking this town, we being the first American division
diamond worn on the left shoulder. We left the Vosges
front August 22nd and arrived here on the St. Miliiel
front Sept. 11th. The battle of St. Mihiel started early in
the morning of Sept.,12th. I was a runner in this battle
and the night of the 11th I received orders to pull up in
rear of the doughboys and get my orders. The night was
so dark you couldn't see a thing two feet ahead of you
I hoofed about 12 kilometers through mud and water a
half foot deep anti came up in rear of the third line
trenches just as the guns began banging. It seemed as if
the whole earth was covered with guns and the sky turned
blood red from the flash'of them. I never found out for
sure just how many guns we had but they say there were
sixteen hundred. You can imagine what it sounded like.
We went over the top at day-break and advanced about
nine kilometers. It sure was a bloody old battle. No
mans land was fairly covered with dead and wounded wc
took hundreds of prisoners Germans , Austrians and
Hungarians all mixed together.
After we had found a place for our new Divtsionial
Headquarters I received orders to direct the battery to a
new position in what is known as the Girard Woods. It
was just dark night when I found them on the opposite
side of no mans land. I repeated my orders to the Cap
tain in charge and he told me he could not make it over
liefore morning as the roads were blocked with trucks,ani
unition trains and guns and besides he says, my horses ar-.*
all in. I started back across No mans land about nine o'
clock that night and believe me I sure had some time get
ting back. It was dark as pitch and the rain fairly
poured down before me was nothing but trenches .shell
holes and barb wire entanglements. I crawled not less
than a quarter of a mile on my hands and knees, tore my
clothes to pieces on barb wire, fell in trenches and shell
holes and skinned myself from head to foot. Gosh ! but 1
was an awful looking thing to call a human after I got in
to Headquarters that night. After I had reported to the
Major I hit the cjirth the first place I came to because 1
sure was all in down and out. It had been three «lays
since I had anything to cat and all îfc<* -water I got came
from mud holes. I lost my blanket roll .saddle bags and
everything else the night of the bombardment so I had
nothing to sleep on and no cover at all but never-the-less J
slept til! dawn the next morning when I did wake ttp F
was almost frozen stiff. I had slept in a mud hole all
night long and my clothes were wet with rain, i gttess I
must have run about three kilometers that morning trying
to get warmed up finally I discovered I was about halt
starved, so I hiked it back across no mans land until I ran
into a kitchen where I got me a good warm chow and lots
of hot coffee. The next day I turned my job over to an
other man and took my place as No. 7 in a gun squad
where I have been ever since. We sure have given the
Bosh hell since we have been here. I pulled the trigger
twenty two hundred times. God only knows how many
men our old gun got We had his name carved right on
the breach— George Washington, He never lies.
We had several men gassed and shot up while we were
in the Girard Woods but none of them were killed. I
have said my prayers a hundred times I guess because I
otisin but while it was going around
.soliciting funds under that pretense. It
was taking notes and post-dated checks
from Lincoln county farmers and sell
mg them to German agents for Ger
,,ian money to carry on a German prop
aganda campaign here calculated to
make the sacrittce of Ray VanZandt
a f arce .
an y reason contributed to this Ger
mun fund, they will get down on their
knees and ask forgiveess from every
man coming home wearing a U. S. uni
f OI - m and an over-seas service stripe
on j,ls sleeve
If there is a spark of man
hood left in the souls of those who for
sure did not think 1 would come out of those woods.
I went tlirough a barrage of ten inch shells one night
and believe me I didn t think my life was worth two cents
There were tree: falling all around me and the rocks and
dirt fairly flew. I ran about two hundred yards down a
trail until I came to an old dug-out where I camped thru
the night. I thought my time had come that night sure
enough. When word came 11th of November that
was over we sure had some time.
On the 19th 4ay of November we left the Girard wood
and the same day we arrived here in Camp Newezin.
\ ou probably know the fifth Division belongs to th<
we will be pulling toward
occupation army. I expect
Germany in about twe days. I think* everything will be
settled up in a couple of months then we will al' come
back to the U. S. A.
I am proud I belong to the Oc
cupation Army and am glad to stay a couple of months
longer for that reason.
I don't know what you people
think about war over there but I side with Sherman. I
say war is hell and a man never knows what it really i
unless he has experienced it.
Must close as it is getting late, tell all the folks hello, 1
will be with you in the spring.
As ever, Your son,
Junior Red Cross Activities
T HE tragedies of the world war will rank us equal
if not in advance, of any in the history of the hu
man race. The devastation of Europe, the atrocities prac
ticed by the Hun and the sacrifice of human life far ex
ceeds that of the campaigns of Alexander, Napoleon, or
even the envasions of the "Terrible Huns" under their
murderous chief Atilla.
Still from die midst of all this evil there must and doe->
Red Cross and more especially the Junior Red CrfJfes.
I lay stress upon the Junior Red Cross for the simple
son that the members of this organization and those help
ing to further its cause are the school children of Amer
ica. They are in the age of the formation of ideals,
which ideals before many years, will be the ruling stan
dards of American civilization. Like the water lily grow
ing from a bed of murk, slime and stagnations comes the
Junior Red Cross from the horrors, suffering and priva
some good, and of the greatest of the good is the
tion of the war.
Nothing in the lives of 0 the American children in all the
history of our nation has done more toward creating
Liât beautiful spirit of service, sacrifice and unselfishness
than the Junior Red Cross. No task has been too low
for them to perforin it with the greatest love and pleasu
At no time has this great body of American children
sought publicity or reward for doing what they
their duty and their "bit" towards bettering the conditions
and relieving the suffering of Humanity.
No little girl ever worked over the tiny clothes of her
only doll with the love-ami sympathy with which she
sewed for the motherless children of Belgium.
The spirit with which they denied themselves many
pleasures, the pennies saved from picture shows, candy
and other things dear to the child, in order that the Junior
Red Cross might "Carry on" was the same spirit which
we find made it possible for the "Yanks" to leave their
homes, in the behalf of mankind.
We have accepted the w< ik of the Junior Red Cross
with thanks, but at the same time we looked upon it as
the work of children. For this we de.erve pity, for the
work might have been the work of children, but the love
of service and unselfishness with which they worked was
greater than that of which the mature individual is capa
A great example of this is a comparison of the adult
views and those of children since the close of the war.
The Junior Red Cross and the children as a whole, labor
on with the safhe enthusiasm as before, while we are in
clined to quit now, the greatest danger has been passed.
The prayer of the school teacher is that the Junior Red
Cross may go on, whether the Junior Red Cross continues
as an organization or not ; the spirit will live in the minds
of the children.
In Junior circles the week of January 6 to 10, was of
as much moment as the week of December 16 to 21 in
the Senior Red Crosç, for it was the date of the big mem
bership drive. All grades vied, one with the other to see
who would be first to make 100%. By Wednesday, the
Junior class and the ninth grade in High School had
reached the 100% mark and Friday there were only six
of the entire attendance who had not joined. Of the
grades, the sixth grade and the first and second grade
room on the south side were the first to have total mem
bership. All other grades were making apid rprogress
toward the coveted goal.
The spirit of service and sacrifice that has prevailed
in the Junior Red Cross has been little affected by the
closing of the schools and the consequent difficulties in
accomplishing the work assignee). So far no cases of "I'm
-thru-itis" have been noted among the Juniors since war
ceased. They are eager to do all in their power to help
our allies who are n need, and to provide every comfort
for our own wounded men.
(Continued to page 3)
Tuesday Messrs Rickard. train mas
ter, and Rasmussen, claim agent of the
O: S. L.„ were here on business for the
! road. They are said to have settled
with Ed. Gage his claim for damages.
Word from Mr. and Mrs L. H Joy
front Portland, is to the effect that they
i have adopted a little girl whose father
with the flu. They have finished their
Harry Reed came here from Kalt Ijike
visit and are about to return home.
Hary Reed came here from Salt Lake
City about two weeks ago to attend the
funeral of his son James,
a message called him home on account
of the dangerous illness of his daughter
with the flu. As he boarded the train
another message noted her death.
John L Matson has built a garage
in connection with his blacksmith shop.
The new structure is 25 by. 40 feet,
joined on to the old shop of like dimen
sions. thus making a commodious
J. R. Smith and Fred Lehman are
authority for the statement that Martin
Ruhr is seeking wedlock, with every
apparent indication that he will find It.
Sergeant Frank Scheihing has been
heard from as one of the returning
sotdiers. He is expected home between
the 5th and 10th of February.
School opens again next Monday,
with the same corps of teachers that
started in last fall. The hoard has cm
nloved a trained nurse who will look
after the physical well-being of the pu
Mrs. F. C. Smith and Mias Bertha
Paterson were in Shoshone Tues. OTt a
As Miss Mary Harris assumes her
former nosit ion a s teacher, her sister.
Miss Susie Harris succeeds her os an
employe of the Borden Mercantile Co.
L. J. Messervev and -T. H. Wolfe
have each added a hay bating machine
to the industrial forces of the tract.
.1. P. Ketlv has heen called to the old
borne in Missouri on account of the se
rious illness of his only sister.
Miss Eveline Donovan and AmefiÄ.
T'nmborer were dinner miosts Mr5*.
Cnr! Bonch last Saturday, celebrating
Carl's 2:*rd birth day
Misses C-irol Borden and Grace Pat
terson entertained the distinguished
mtlemen. Buster Patterson,
Jack King andDelevan
Smith *0 a combination lunch, skating,
sleighing and sundry other-featured
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Snodgrass and
family have returned to their farm
: from Albion whither Mr. Snodgrass has
I been for the vast vear assisting in the
Frank flits between these two
A season of hard work on the
nroner conduct of the State
farm demands physical rest, and down
to Albion he goes. Then a season of
hard work In the School demands men
tal rest, and hack to the farm he comes
But he Is the sort of man who finds a
cordial welcome wherever he goes.
A DELEGATE TO BOISE
John Badley left Tues, for Boise as
a delegate, or rather as a member of a
committee appointed by the Irrigation
Congress which held its meeting at
Twin Falls last week, to push some Ir
rigation legislation which the congress
agreed upon. The plan is an attempt
to take our Irrigation affairs out of pol
itics. It proposes a commission of
three men with terms of nine years,
beginning with one for three, one for
six and one for nine years. It demands
qualifications of these commissioners
which calls for high grade Irrigation
experts. The plan met the approval of
the irrigation congress and it is hoped
that It will meet a favorable reception
from our legislature.
YEOMANETTE, GRACE THEVENIN.
Yeom.'i nette. Miss Grace Thevenin, a
former Shoshone girl, was in Sho
shone this week ort a furlough granted
that she might attend the funeral of her
brother Tom, at Bellevue, who was one
of the victims of the accident on the
V. S. Cruiser. "Brooklyn.." in the har
bor of Yokahoma. Japan. D :c8.
Miss Thevenin is a regular enlisted
member of the U. S. Navy and bears
the official title of Yeomano.te. She
is stationed at the Bremerton Navy
Yard. Yeomanette Thevenin is the
first lady Naval officer to honor Sho
shone with a visit. .She ha 1 the mis
fortune to arrive late for the funeral.
She visited her uncle. Theo. Baldwin,
Thursday evening and took No 17 that
night for Bremerton to resume her du
ties at the Navy Yard. Katherine and
Stephen Thevenin s afer and brother
of Yeomanette Thevenin are .itend
ing school in Boise this w* »t-u
thev do not cuter mlli
tary service with the r»''t of the family
is her a use of their be tv; belou the age
Maximelian I fanion says the Kaiser
was a mere tol in the war. He might
have added that the Crown Prince was
a sort of monkey-wrench.—
The Kaiser's backers are quitting him
von by von.—Walt Street Journal.
A HERO'S GRAVE.
The body of Tom Thevenin rests In a
hero's grave at Bellevue, Idaho, where
it was placed with military honors last
Tom Thevenin was horn at Bellevue
April 19, 1898. He spent the greater
part of his life there and at Shoshone.
He attended the Shoshone high school
hut did not complete the course. When
the call came for soldiers ii
soldiers for service on the Mexican bor
der, he, with his brother Fred, enlisted
and served there until December 23,
1916. After his discharge from this
service he stayed in California until
war was declared against Germany
when he enlisted in the Navy and serv -
ed until his death. He was with the
U. S. Cruiser Brooklyn in the harbor
of Yokohoma, Japan, when a coal dust
explosion on his vessel resulted in in ■
juries from which he died the next day
The accident occurred Dec. 8 and Tom
died the Sth, remaining conscious to
the end.. The letter following this ar
ticle shows the manner In which he
faced the last great trial, and the es
teem in which he was held by the offl •
eers and men of his ship.
The Government shipped his remains
to Bellevue for Interment and the re
turned soldiers at Hailey and Ketch -
um acted as military escort and con
ducted a military funeral
Tom leaves to mourn his departure
his father and mother at Bellevue,
three sisters and two brothers.
oldest sister is Mrs. Mary Randall, of
Prinville. Oregon. His sister Grace Is
in the service of her country as Yeo
manette, stationed at Bremerton, Wash,
and Katherin is atending school in
Boise. His brother Fred has just re.
turned from France, having been se
verely wounded and his brother Ste
phen is atending school in Boise.
Although Tom Thevenin was barely
past his 18th birth day. he .»as a vet
eran soldier of two „mpaigns and his
life will ever be an example and an In
spiration to the patriotic boys and girls
UNITED STATES ASIATIC FLEET
My Dear Mrs. Thevenin:—Words fail
to fittingly express our thoughts and 1
realie how clumsy and futile are my ef
forts to express how deeply we. the of
ficers and crew of the "Brooklyn"
sympathize with you and yours, in your
very great loss. Your loss is our loss,
and we suffer with you tho not so keen.
ly as you. It is rendered the more in
tense because of the tragic manner in
which he met his death but my dear
Mrs. Thevenin let this thought at least,
partialy console you that he died as a
brave man should. He did hi» duty
I am his engineer officer and, as you
know, your son was but recently trans
ferred to this ship. In the short time
he has been aboard I became very
much attached to your son. He was of
a happy-go-lucky disposition, the pos
essor of a most likable manner and
withal, one of the most manly boys I
have ever met. I shall miss him
Perhaps it would comfort you to
know that he did not snfTer after the
first few moments.. I talked with him
just before he was teken to the hospi
tal and his spirits were excellent. He
realized, so he told me, that he was bad
ly burned and that the chances were
against him, but, oh! how courageous
he was. Your loss is indeed great, hut
you should be proud to have had such
a son. He received the best of care but
he was to seriously injured to recover.
He was a wonderful boy and the spirit
he showed was worthy the best tra
ditions of American manhood. I shall
miss him greatly. (The tvriter hers
makes a minute explanation of soldier
insurance and then continues) I make
this explanation of his insurance to you
to make it clear to you and to show
that it was typical of your son, X think,
in that he safe guarded you against ac
tual want in your advancing years.
Again assuring you of the deepest
sympathy of myself, his ship mates
and the entire Navy for you In your
loss, I remain.
Very sincerely his friend,
H. A. Lowell, Lieut., U.S. Navy.
N. B„ Dec. 14. 1918,-To day there was
held a memorial service for those who
died as the result of the explosion. This
was held on board ship and was a very
beautiful service. H. A. L.
INFLUENZA SERUM HERE
The infiueza serum secured from the
famous Mayo Brothers, of Rochester.
Mina., has arrived and any one wish
ing the treatment may secure it free of
cost any day from 2 to 5 p. m. at the
There will he no winter Chautauqua
in Shoshone from the present outlook.
Representatives of the Ellison White
company were in Shoshone this week
with an alleged contract purporting to
have been signed by some 20 business
men of the town. Some of the men
whose names were on the list admitted
having signed some similar contract
There were names on the list purport
ing to be names of leading business
men of Shoshone but no one in town
ever remembered having heard of such
parties. At a meeting held in the
rooms of the Shoshone Club, Wednes.
evening the Chautauqua proposition
was turned down with a good stiff jolt
and the representative of the company
departed breathing threats of
action to enforce the contract.
....Wonder how the fellows who mar
ried to escape the draft feel, new that
the war has caved in on them?—Pitts
burg Gazette-Times. ..-
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