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Interesting Account of Trip to and
in Fr a nce . . W ith the
116th Engineers.
! J Ol
1rs. 6?'ë."P<*Jti 'of' MiddlefoA IM
y kindly permitted The Tribune
publish the following letter from
son, Harold, who is with the 116th
Er sinAV#.' Tfie SeWef - fc!an llifeiVitJ
acount of the trip to France and
Angers. France, Nov. 2\ 1918.
)ear <|rptfter IfiKtoll#:
been designated as the day for
ev ryone to write to Dad, or someoixe
elsp's, and also one can now tell what
toe have done and also what we are
doing, thought I'd drop you a
few lines and give a brief story of our
sojourn in France.
I havcn'Bnd dad tl wjhe to.
KU« iH&vto H^:»1«tft4H o.aWW *itntc
rotleflil <HSfer^M5y, for
s vjjJI Bit JR'^yl^prôlably
go tnrougn in very good time.
Friday I received four letters writ
ten fbe, latter part ,of October, and
yesterday a letter.frpm Joy written
Noyjçtnbçr 1. ao4 a Thanksgiving card
froijf a g;irl I rpet in N. Carolina \yhich
w^s, maiJed thçrç November 6, 1918
AI sq reççivo^. .some; of thç home
papers Jßy sent and a whole a^mftjl
of StateiHnafis, yesterday. ^Haven't
rea.cj, *11, qf ; them y.fk .fat wl " soon
Thftfiks.çyer so muçh for them.
We left Camp Mills at 3 a. m. the
26th of November, as you sec nearly
we managed - e to keep warm. We
maxched^to the train, rode on'it until
daylight, then crossed the river on a
ferxy boat, and about 9 a. m. boarded
the 'TTenadores." Was good and warm
on the ship all the time. There were
ahout'2000 crew and all on the ship.
We sailed around the harbor in the
evening and got under way about mid'
night.., There were six or seven ships
in-. th-e convoy. .The-first battalion
were ©ni.the "Mailary" in the same
fléet- We had one battleship and one
destroyer (sub)-all the way with us,
until'the last three or four days, when
one p. m. the :9ea was: swarming with
little sub chasers and; they, took us on
As I have'SfeNd Sefdff't didn't get
seasick, good many wçre for. a fçv
day% and, some we'rè'àll the wây âçrOsS.
Had' ttirkey aftd tranbérry èaticè for
.>THâîrtt'i'gi , vmg dinner' öh tné ship
•NéMriy iever'ylio'dy' tried to eat dinner,
and it was a good one too—the turkey
ant! dfanberries -^rere extras—but « ï it
wàawur thifd day on ship quite'a num
ber weren't feeling like, eating, but
nearly cv+ry'feA'e YrMd"Ko' eat ât r leirél
some turkey, and hadn't any more
than got started eating until a storm
came up and there was some pretty
good sized waves, tl® tables, «Ahes
my plate in one hand and held onto a
lose any of my dinner either from my
plate or later to the fish. After dinner
I went up on deck and watched the
big waves. Was my fjrsf sight of the
mmtMalHs ât é'éa. T didn't think thev
côtild t>ç any làrgér,' but some <Sf the
feTTHws who häd been there before
said that someti^e^ tlifcy feot larger.
l^eoîçyiâ'tçi stand on atr upper d p ck
ap,(J ,\ya.tc^ .the stern go away down
w)ifje jt^ bqw away lip in the. air, then
vice versa, would look like it was
gçjing çlefir q^ ; of sight, but it, never
wiit, ,'W<|'nt. <>ut of sight and always
cam? tecfc up, , , .
Every once in a while a wave would
comp up pver ^hp pide ( qf ,the boat on
the. jçyer qéçç and' was lots of fun
tçi ^atçh sortie fel(ow j walking alone
ap$ alj of a sudden see him get a gööd
ducting. ' ïi. . I..'„j iL -,
At night everything on tbe outside
was as dark as dark could be, when
you w;ere out on deck one couldn't
as a rule see your hand in front of
you, and all you could her was the
continujaLswishins! pf the wave s up on
the hpwT We zigzagged around an
awfu%(lpt. and it is hard telling where
fn'tr. Part of'the time it was
8 CI
rm jputsidc. Gtiess wc were in
If stream thtn. Owthe IQth of
>çr we cäiflc in .sight oT land
noon and ; *hcn we got a little
the g
W t n we W$t df the ship we
mart A out \Ép the American con
strue I tl barraSWs :u$d stayed there for
four ) fiv'q ctays. WlfîlçjHeT^" fnp*t
of oi • or.*« were taken away ajid sent
to tfd; 1st and 2na engineer». Wf
h« »lst«8ï èiéHitlh islon tt» *o"»t
overp id as our dwillon was 5tn
dlvii ^ I 'Wr"HVI-c! '^Ifotiml nnt
wer< to Kf »h« rcpUcemrnt division.
w+lt I tell yomit loeflked mighty
^Phat ovçhing we pulled into
St. Nüralff-^being 14 davs brt
,, but iti'Was three days later
We\Kpt"toff the "Tenadorea."
see arty J, subs" twttfng over.',
t fnto :i Vtrnl'ft f lïoy éiiM. ^hie*
TTi the dO»rs. M houuuc
W *. -Tttfv 1 *frr ,yyn" W* W
Vc life tisVd tô seeing at nom?
Th ttw^'.rî * rr »wo
1^1 .*1
v wujœ fn;
«II I «ilhl.l adl II/,
I Fanerai Qiapd, Licensed Embataera?
'aU Hoots. Auto Hearse
heals tetter, salt rheum
- dry ee z e mfl ami pimples.
Moist Zensal is the only
suré treatment for «'eqii
ing skin a.rçd tho j>vatery.
eruotionr 7.5'c a jar.
Botkin-Joy iSrtig Co.
most of the engines also. Tlie box
cars had wooden benches in them,
•■'M «M itff nt f t ihqVe
were large cracks in the floor.
.Tfayelç^ thus for 36 hours when we
arrived at Ta Courtine, a small place
just west of Lyons a ways. It was in
the mountainous section. Stayed
there until abqut the middle of Jan
uary. Had a dandy place to stay while
there aS^efift'cre in large barMjfk~<ÊÏ
pW tf^r^®ttf?T We wertf*
down town and I still remember my
first French meal. Were the first
American soldiers there but it wasn't
long until they learned to serve more
the American way. Could get
plerity of dggs, potatoes and meat,
ètc. of cours'é no pastries.
Left La Courtine the middle of Jan
uary and went to Sell-Sur-Cher, which
,was north .from- 'there andi^bou^ ?00
miles due south of Paris on the Cher
river. Sent otlt 'two deta'ils of men to
th» lat; Cprp.. school and 2nd Corp.
school, whicjh took what few privates
we had left' and a lot of corporals and
servants. They are still there: with
exceptions of a fé\V Who WeHt'to hos
pitals 1 and so came back throiigh our
camp here as we get all of thetn
throûgh here.
VVent'in box cars to Sell-Sjtr-Cher,
but was warmer than pur fornier trip
When we arrived there, „wnitfi was
about a 24 hour trip, !t was almost like
spring. Rained a little, but grass waS
green and '-ritèlit ! bf •' the 'roads
were dry, Gee,' but it was pretty
around there. ■■ The. town was much
larger and the roads leading out into
the country were grand, so large and
smooth, with large treses on each side
Had quarters in some old buildings
but as it wasn't cold haid it fairly nice,
Wer e the first ones there also, but
few days Laiter lots of other outfits
came in. It was there that T saw Ted
Driscoll and a lot of other fellows that
I knew ' frotn j the 2rid fdaho. Com
Vnerlced to learri à fe'iv words of
French there and 'firoVso T could order
tip a meal, and got some of the best
meals thews il -ev-er -found ■ in France
In that pant j Qf . t^, cqtjn^y nearlv
everything was grape vinyards" and
ithéy surely looked nice. Some of our
men who were left in the states at
♦he hospitals joined us there. We also
cot aÄew more m| assigned
'"St jyiqfore We left!
Sell#Sùk-Ch<(Fy tfc# |eH loff iNlrfcuarj^
and came here this time in coaches.
the 6th of February. How much lon
eer we will be here—well I don't
We received all the engineer casuals
from the states hert and gave them
their final training and then fhey
were shipped out t6 different Engineer
outfits at the front. Aftét" the men
eamie back from hospitals thev also
came here and then *ent to their out
fits from here. So w e i?°t to see a
number of our old men, and nuite a
number stayed here with us.- Worked
up a big organization here and what I.
mean we have handled an awful lot of
men here since last February and still
àrfe»- 1 si -y—- ••••«I
I went up to the lit Corp. school at
Ooudrecourt, a short tvays from Toul
the latter part of March. Stayed there
a month; Sàw most of the Middleton
boys 'as they we^e sent there on the
détail front La Courtine. Frank
Shaffer is hei'e now and is doing M. P
duty doWn town. Therè Was too mue"
work for the room we had here at this
barracks so we have three in this
town; so don't grr^Wser
bovs verv often. While it Gofif*
court—was th
some of thb
was nbout 3
fi^jnt and cou
big guns at th
Was just a fev
loan of At<J
tQ (TO

er f
Can Rf«o whyrc
all *L_..- . _
born,' atso the church sne*wr»r*liipped
.1 ü r n
The 1st of .lane I Went tip'trtward*
the front with some renlaef^went* for
the £ml Eng)o«»i.i, ; VW<}nt.
wfilch il« n iowjn tnr otner .Aidr
O* P»nV Oit'thr
as tar as you cpulti go on (he railroad
«t (liai time From there Kve went in
tmn-lri Mi' tfir' îri.MtfrtHfiWN W«»d»
iiuirters. bçtwden W and 44 kilometers
WÛîtt'Kftf MirtkuK'» 1 fll'Wtnt#
excitiuu there thcu and that was the
Îenewal of Hostilities Only Thing
Likely to Take THem Back—
Enjoyed Experiences.
The Caldwell boys who have re
rned from the naval training station
:ar Seattle are released from the
avy. They do n6t expect to go back
nless hostiities are rcrtew'ed. Tbe
oys ex : press themselves as having a
eheficial and highly enjoyable cx
They were givèn a :ourse of in
truction in navigation and matlie
natiCs, seamanship. They were also
Iritled every day.
The men who were released <nre'
îdgir and R. W. Oakes, Jr., Derald
Caldwell, Wtlï Welsh, Harry Burger.
Willis Spencer, Wni. McClusky and
Hogart Lawtcnce. Wayne Merrick is
home but has not been released. He
expects his release at an early date.
"Before the armistice was signed
11 of us were satisfied and willing to
go on," said Mr. R. W. Oakes, Jr..
'btit when the war came to ftn end
we all bccame impatient to get liome.
While the training was irood, and the
experience pleasant in every respect
very few men who were in naval
training will turn to th<! navy. The
freedom and opportunity outside has
an appeal for every American man
that cannot be overcome. I believe
that: comparatively few of the men
will enlist in the navy voluntarily."
mans.' But saw a German aeroplane
drive away a sausage balloon which
was up on the front line for observa
tion purposes. Immediately six
French aeroplanes took in after the
Boche plârle' btit whether they ever
-j*ot it or not 1 don't know. Was only
about a mile from where Claude, Her
ley and those fellows were but did
not know it until later.
On thé Way back stopped in Paris
for four days and got to see quite a
good many places of interest, although
there a.r'é many places I would like to
visit yet.. Haven't had a furlough ns
yet. Put in to go to England but it
was turned dôwn and then it was too
late to go south, so I have been wait
ing to see if I couldn't go to some
pl^c c heiiide^ whefe We go from this
point nOW. Think by next month I
can go to Nice Of sortie of those places
so jf'T can will tàke the trip. That is
if we aren't set to the StateS by tltat
time a'fid I hardly think we will,
men who have something wrong with
them will probably leav'e here very
soon for the states. It has been rain-
ing all, day tbdây;
Am f'eèlihg fine and dandy and hope
this firids all of you the same. It
won't "b^ silch a great while now tintil
we will probably be back in civies
. Liiil I iH l*HI |i„. Tifai I
Here's hoping all of you have a
Merry Xftïas and a Happy and Pros
perotts New Y ear.
Love to all.
* * * * * * * * *
* ♦ * * * *
Pvt. Etnest Hertlto, who has been
statlôhétl 'in California, has returned
to his hörne here.
'L." E. Small atid Lyle were Cald
itvéll visiters Mortday.
A. B. Sander&oti was a 'Parma visi
tor Möndäy.
Z. S- Bariium and family were in
Contractor and Builder
All Jobs Promptly Attended to
Large or Small
* I
VitllW i!\ !
Ü lui (HI
I u)t
Is lhc Regular Traders Day Sale
'.'■Is a Special Sale for D. G. Ruby and others. Botlir'ftles AtfÛllbé' Ii
M big ones; Come and stay all night and attend both sales.
)l HMIvV
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De Laval Service Day
Tuesday, January 7, 1919
A Special Representative of the DeLaval
Dairy Supply Co. will be at the office of
PANY, in CALDWELL, Tuesday,
January 7th, 1919, for the purpose of
giving free service on any De Laval Cream
Separator which may need attention.
Bring in your separator on that day,
or come and see the 4 'De Laval man" and
let him give you the benefit of his exper
ience in remedying .any troubles—-real or
Idaho Implement
Caldwell, Idaho
Parma Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Starkey of Boise
have been visiting for the past few
days with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gullik
Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Judd and Mau
rice of Big Bend and Mrs. M. M.
Small of Parma spent Christmas day
at the L. E. Small home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Babcock took
Xmas dinner at the G. G. Penson
home. . •
Irvin Powers is spending a few days
furliugh at the home of his parents
Robert Spaeth is able to be about
again after an attack of the Flu.
Mrs. S. G. Tucker had a slight op
eration performed at her home Sat
urday. She is getting along as well as
cot^ld be expected. Mrs. Frank Gah
ley is staying with her.
Work is progressing rapidly on the
roa,d down by Ten Davis.
Miss Mead and Miss Clemens of
Caldwèll were callers in this neigh
borhood Saturday.
Miss Lorraine Brooks of Caldwell
was a visitor at the H. I. McLaugh
lin home a couple of days last week
I. J. Durnil met with a silght acci- :
dent while out hunting Saturday.
R. J. Hertig of Nampa spent a
couple of days visiting in this vicinity
last \Véek.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gulliksen, Mr.
arid Mrs L. J. Starkey and Mr. and
Mrs. L- E. Small and family were "Big
Bend visitors Friday.
Mrs. 0. Deaton has been spending
a few days visiting lier daughter, Mrs
L. Ml Bürau.
Toni Evans and fnmilv who have
heen living on the Watson ranch
have moved down onto the old Stew
art place.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gahlev and
Mr. and Mrs. O E. Atteburv and
children have returned from a short
visit at Buhl.
A. E. Dunn and Barney Dunn were
Nampa visitors Sun,day.
'Mrs. Jimmy Cofnpton and son.
Tommy, of Boise are visiting at the
Thomas Andrews ranch.
A. B. Sanderson was a Notus visi
tor one day last week.
Chas. Gulliksen and L. J. Starkey
were in Parma Saturday.
Howard Andrews spept a couple of
days last week visiting his grand
mother, Mrs. Thomas Andrews.
There is urgent need for help with
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. :*«.»•! n- r.u » vit 1
Good fat horses and mares,
weighing 1 400 and up—3
to 7 years old
See Smeed Bros.
Union Stock yards, or call 50 or 425.
the sevying at the Red Cross rpoms.
During tj^is ^ime of ^uar^ntine the
Cfhairman of the ^pwing ^ommittee
begs that women fnake a special ef
fort to come to the rooms on Wednes
days and Fridays for work that caii
be taken home. Headquarters ùs
urging;the, nged; of.haste with refugee
garments; as ,tjiey m14st .be sent before,
long to do any good this winter. The
government is asking that more paja
mas and convalescent robes be made
for our wounded soldiers in the hos
pitals. Can you nflt çamç and liçlp.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Hirry Hhvre,
a daughter, December '29. : u- • h
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