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VOL. 36. NO. 7.
Letters From Overacts Show Cald
well Man Had Courage to End—
Son of M. J. Conway.
Edmund Conway, son of Mr. and
Mrs. M. J. Conway, of Notus, Second
Engineers, made the supreme sacri
fice. Mr. and Mrs. Conway are in re
ceipt of letters from overseas which
tell of their son's wound and death.
Edmund Coinway was 22 years of
age. He was born in Canyon county
at Notus and grew to manhood here.
He was a member of old Company G,
Second Idaho, and saw hard service
in the war. At Camp Greene he was
transferred to the 116th Engineers.
After landing in France he was trans
ferred to the Second Engineers. He
was a corporal in the army at the
time of his death.
Pioneer Family.
Mr. and Mrs. Conway are pioneers
of the Boise Valley. Mr. Conway
came to Caldwell before the railroad
and was the first telegraph operator
in Caldwell.
The two letters, dated November
16th and December 29th, were written
by Capt. Donald Tolmie from the
front to Fred Hill, who was in the
hospital at the time, and to his broth
ers and sisters. Fred Hill and Ed
mund 1 Conway were in the same
squad, being bunkies, until Fred was
gassed in June and never recovered
enough to get back to the old com
pany. He was doing stenographic
work in the hospital. He forwarded
Tolmie's letter to his father at Black
foot who gave it to J. J. Conway.
Donald Tolmie is Mrs. J. J. Conway's
brother. *
Capt Tolmie's Letter.
Dear Fred: Your letter written in
October just came today and was
sure glad to know you are O. K.
again. I hav e written you twice be
fore to the same address you gave
me and cannot understand why you
did not get them.
Say Fred have you heard about
poor Edmund gettjin^ it. I don't
know how badly he was hit but some
of the D. Co., boys was telling me
he was severely wounded, would lose
his right leg and some of the fingers
of his left hand, and was also hit in
the left side which they thought would
be fatal. I have not heard of him
since. He was taken to the hospital,
but am praying he will come through
O. K.
Well, old boy, I have come through
it all without losing much hide and
was in the doing when it was called
off. 1 am proud of it but it won't
get a fellow anything. Come back to
the old 2nd if it is possible and try
for E. Co., it would sure be fine for
both of us.
Hoping to see you soon.
Your old friend,
Dear Bro., Sister and Baby: It has
been a long time since I have writtep
you but as you know the letters I
write Mama is for all, and I know
you read them when you go home for
your mail.
Joe I just grot word this morning
of Edmund's death. He died Novem
ber 2nd from the wounds he received
November 1st. I did not see poor Ed
after he was wounded, but was talk
ing to him shortly before. We were
fixing the roads just behind the Ma
rines when w P were advancing to the
Meuse river, north of the Arragon
Woods. D. Co. was clearing the way
through the street oP a little village
near Sr. Georges. He was wonnd~d
by an 88 cm sheel. which the Ger
mans were firing almost at a point
blank ranee.
Joe, Edmund's courage and art''
never failed him. AH he would talk
about was the boys who were dress
ing his wounds, trying to persuade
them to leave him rind take shelter
themselves. He is a hero of the Sec
ond Engineers. We are proud of 1v
and I know vou and vour folks w
not mourn him as lost, hut as one
who has made the great sacrifice fo
Christianity and democracy 1 know
you will he nrottd of him.
T 1 am entoving the verv hest of
health amd' hope this finds all the
Tell Hannah and lack to be sure
and write r«nd I sure expect to meet
them in Baltimore. Must close, with
tove to all. from
Your brother
Rershhock. Luxemburg. Nov. 30 —
Dear Folk*: At Inst «e r-« yrt
letter without h*vin<* ri«M censor
regulations. T am hack with the com
tvtnv airain. 1 not tired o f
and «aw a chance to tret off if it. so
now 1 am In the stahtrs 1 h*»
team of horses to take cur- of
rather like the work i' '• , '" v
hard as it might he. so I think I will
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At In At we have reached the place

which we have been wanting for a
long time, the Rhine river, after a long
and rather timesom e journey we have
finally reached our destination.
The people of Germany certainly
treat us fine. Just this evehing we
were down at a hous e and had a fine
December 17.—If a few more days
go by maybe I will get this letter
written. Something generally hap
pens when I get started to write. It
is trying to rain here today. It rains
a little almost every day. We. are at
a town near Cobletz by the name of
New Weid. It is a pretty nice berg.
It is along the Rhine river. Boats
and tugs come up the river past here.
I have been in the Rhine river, wagon
and all. I drove down in it to wash
my wagon. The people around here
treat us fine. W e get just as good
treatment here as we would if we were
in the states. Some places I have had
a real home. They would cook us
meals and fix up things for us. We
never got to stay long in those places
though. We would always move. Wc
never stay more than one or two days
in a place: they keep chasing us
around. I wash we would hurry up
and get settled for a while at least.
Our mail has just begun to catch up
with us now. The last letter I got
was dated November 19.
I don't know when we will get to
come home, but I 1 am in neither the
Sunset or Rainbow divisions, but the
2nd. Our insigna is the Indian Head.
I have not heard from George for
some time. I suppose he has started
back to the states by this time.
Well it is not very*long until Xmas.
I think I will have a better Xmas
than I had last year. At least we
will have enough to eat which is
more than w e had last year. But I
sure would like to be where I could
eat dinner at home. It is apt to be
spring or summer before we ape home.
We passed through some awful coun
try. Some of it was awful pretty,
cineyards on the sides of hills so steep
that you could scarcely climb to the
top of them.
It is raining to beat the band to
ight. I am glad I have a good shel
ter over my head. That gum you
folks send certainly is appreciated. It
comes in fine at times. You can get
no gum over here.
I can think of no more news, so I
had better go to bed. Will try and
write again soon, but I hope I will not
have to write many more letters.
Lots of love,
Engers, Germany, January 1.—Dear
Folks: Another year has passed and
still I am able to get around. We
just finished dinner and I am now
sitting by the fire trying to think of a
few things to write.
We have a fine place here. .There
are four of us sleeping in one room
upstairs and down stairs there are
two more of the stable force. We
have two nice ladies to look after us.
One lives on the same floor that we
do and the other down stairs. We
like the one down stairs best. She
is as jolly as can be.and sure likes to
talk even if we can not answer her.
She can do enough for us all. Yes
terday morning I was not feeling very
well and she was going to have me
setting by the fire all afternoon but
got allright and had a hard time in
making her believe it.
We bought some rabbits from her
and had her cook our New Year's din
ner for us. We sure had a good din
ner; fried rabbit, boiled potatoes
gravy, soup, salad and some kind of
berries. Iadon't remember the name
but they are like the blueberries we
have at home. They sure tasted good
am writing this letter in where we
ate dinner. We have a little more
time to oruselves now. I mean we ar e
settled down in one place for a while
We have stables in the morning from
7:15 to 10 and afternoon from 3 to 4.
I have been going afternoons every
day, but from now on I will have to
go only every other day as the water
monsey as we call him, has to help me
out, so we take turns about. We have
to keep our harness, wagons and
e<|uopment cleaned up but when you
once get it clean it is not hard to keep.
There was an inspection of trans
portation the other day and this com
pany was the only company that
passed it O. K. The other companies
are envious of our transportation.
We had a pretty good time Xmas
We had all we could eat, |o what
riSore would one want on Xntns. We
started in to eat candy before break
fast and stuffed on different things
all day long. The lady upstairs
brought us in sane cookies and
apples. The Y M. C. A. gave
chocolates. The government issued
candy and cigarettes, so we had
plenty. Everybody over here has
their Xmas trees. Every familv has
one. We got to see several. There
»re twa little hoys upstairs about
Fnrl's si/s. They us r our room as
their playhouse. We generally help
things out also. I think when
leave here their parents will hardly
be able to live with them.
I did not get to finish my letter be
fore supper as 1 had to take care of
my horses. I went down town after
supper and had a couple of glasses of
beer. Tell Bob I thought of him
when I drank them. There was
one at home so I' thought I would
finish this letter. I was going
write on the bed, but the kids that liv
here wanted me to come in th
kitchen, so nothing would do hut
had to come. Even the old lady came
in after me.
I had two letters from George; one
written December 21st; he was rnak
ing it fine. I wish he could he with
this outfit. He is missing lots
things. I got those magazines the
other day. thanks very much for them.
; ~
The story of the self-made man
Is always new W T. Tyler start
ed work as a niesben^er boy on
the Wisconsin Central railroad In
1883 He has just been made di
visional director in the U. S. rail
road administration by Director
Oeneral Hines. Tyler has held
many important posts on western
Wc have time to do a little reading
onc e in a while now. 1 have not been
able to get you folks anything. Whil
we were in France we were never
near a large town or away from the
front long enough to get paid. We
just got paid the other day for Octo
ber, but I think we will get paid regu
lar now. We get paid in Francs yet.
A mark is not worth very much now.
A Franc is worth 1.66 marks.
I have not seen anything of Eatl
Rowland or heard anything about him.
I don't know wher e he is, but I sup
pose he is still in France.
We did not have any snow here
until Xmas morning, but it has rained
off -and on every few days. It has not
been very cold hcr e at all. It don't
seem like winter'at all.
How is everything around home
now? I don't suppose I will know
the country when I get back. Every
thing will b e changed. New pçopla
and the like.
I don't know of anything more to
write, so P had better quit and write
to George. He wanted to know why
did not write to him.
With lots of love.
+ + + * + * *■* + ** + + + * +
Carol Crew is running the auto
stage from Boise to Jordan Valley.
Prescott Beals spent the week end
with Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Brown.
Neuton Hanson recently purchased
33 heiad of cattle.
Loyd Armstrong left Sunday for
Mr. and Mrs. Verling Cox moved
last week to the Mike Clark place
hich he rented this year.
Mr. aftd Mrs. R. W. Gentry are the
proud parents of a new baby girl.
Mrs. White and daughter, Mrs.
Mable Kniapp of Deer Flat were busi
ness callers in Greenleaf, Tuesday.
Mrs. William Brown and daughters.
Iverna and Leona. of Sunny Slope
spent Sunday at the Stephen Hibbs
Rev. Gurncy Lee spent Monday in
Nampa visiting frionds.
The Will Winslow family, except
ing Mrs. Winslow. have the influenza.
They arc now in California where they
went a few months ago.
Mrs. W. T. Clayhaugh of Central
Cove spent Sunday at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Jonnie Hanson.
A large number of Greenleaf people
attended the Traders' Day sale in
Caldwell. Monday.
Miss Delia Tucker who has been
teaching near Lnkeview, is now home
as her school is closed on account of
it MMsree
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Visited Relatives in New England—
Celebrated 50th Anniversary
of Graduation.
The Rev. and Mrs. Winfield S.
Hawkes have returned from the cast
where they spent several months. Mr.
Hawkes states that they had a most
delightful trip. They were in the New
England states five months. Five
weeks were spent on the coast of
Maine. They visited a son at Wor
chester, Mass.; their daughter, Miss
Helen, at the Thelogical Seminary,
where Mr. Hawkes celebrated his 50th
anniversary of graduation: and a "in
.near Middleton, Conn. Later tiiev
visited Mrs. Hawkes' sister on the
Hudson above New York, the home
of the "Ed" Profitt whom some of the
young people remember.
En route home they stopped at
Manchester, Delaware county. leva,
for a long visit with another son.
They report a wonderful summer
and autumn. They visited the homes
and graves of their ancestors Th"
Hawkes have continuously occupied
the land on which the first of their
name built his cabin in 1634.
Mr. Hawkes stated that they were in
New .York City when the fake news
that Germany had surrendered was
published. He says that there was
great excitement and the best of eood
nature. The disappointment which
followed was keen. He states, that
Salt Lake City witnessed a wild night
the first time the gentiles carried th"
election there and the excitement i-i
New York reminded him of that oc
Son Leaves for Near East.
We have already noticed that Wm
E. Hawkes, son of Mr. and M"
Hawkes, has gone to Turkey on Ar
menian and Svrian relief Another
sen. Albert S . pastor of a WTeh"st P -
Mass., Congregational church, has
been given a year's absence and has
gone to France m the advanced "Y"
educational work in that country.
Remagen, Germany. Dec. 12 101 R_
Dear Mother: I received vour mo"
kind and welcome letter today and
was glad to hear that vou i" 1 ill w'l
as it leaves Andy and myself.
Well, the censoring of mail has been
lifted to a certain extent, so we are
allowed to give the nime of the place
whish we are now in and write most
anything we want to, so I will tr
and give you the names of the differ
ent points we served on. The first
one was at Verdun which was verv
auiet while we were there. We left
ther e and went to Cbatiteait Thierr
where h broke out: that place
where Loren Trotter lost his life.
Poor fellow, the last time I saw him.
he, Deak Sturgeon and myself had an
old French lady cook a big feed fo'
We left there and went to St.
Mihiel front whicli we thought was
going to be worse than ever, but the
artillery fire was so heavy that th<>
Germans had to get out and step live
ly. That is where 1 got my firs'
prisoner, which was a German ma
chine gunner. From this place w -
went to the Champagn front which
was a bad plac'e to get them out o"
as they had been there for four years
but after we got them started it was
like hunting rabbits, where there is
none, for they sure did fly. Our last
one was the Argonne front which was
no place for a man that didn't have
any nerve as they fought hard there.
We were fighting there when the
armistice was signed at 11 o'c'ock a.
m. the 11th of November, which we
were all glad to see. Then wc started
to follow them up to the Rhine where
we are now.
Wc marched through a corner of
Belgium and through Luxemberg up
into Germany. 1* don't know how
long we will be hcre but hope we will
be in the states soon.
Best regards to all, I am your son.
and Her Three Brothers
Attended the Same
(Hortford Daily Cournana.)
Miss Helen S. Hawkes, daughter of
Rev. and Mrs. W. S. Hawkes of
Caldwell, Idaho, bears the unique dis
tinction of being the sole woman stu
dent enrolled at the Hartford Tseo
logical Seminary. She is a member
of the senior class and has taken the
lull three-year course.
Miss Hawkes does not consider it
strange that she should add a three
years' course o< theological training
to her education. She says it runs m
the family. Her father, Rev. W. S.
Hawkes, who was graduated from the
local seminary fifty-one years ago
next June and who is one of the old
est living alumni of the institution,
has had four of his children attend
this seminary. Rev. Albert S. Hawkes,
who was graduated in 1900, holds a
pastcTate in a Congregational church
in Worcester, Mass.. R lv. George B.
Hawkes was graduated two years
later and is now pastor of a Congre
gational church in Middlefield, Coon.,
and William E. Hawkes had finished
two years at the seminary in June,
1917. when he took up war work with
the Y. M. C. M and left, last Saturday
with a relief expedition to Turkey.
Miss Hawkes received her B. A. de
gree at the College of Idaho. taught'
school two years, after which she en
rolled at the Hartford Seminary. She
was born in Salt Lake City, Utah,
where her father was engaged 5n
some mission work for some time, fol
lowing his first ten years of pastoral
work in Connecticut. Miss Hawkes
has crossed the American continent
seven times. And sh c expects to see
other parts of the world, too. She
looking forward to missionary
work in China, after her graduation
here next June.
Asked whether the philosophical
and theclogical distinctions made in
the lectures, appealed to her, she
said, "Yes. they do. but I don't see
any use in arguing pro and con about
them. A position taken by the pro
fessor or writer strikes me as right
or wrong almost at once and after
that the matter seems self-evident. F
couldn't argue it out why I think
certain views are right and others
wrong, but I don't see any need of
it either. That's probably what von
call deciding bv instinct or intuition,
but what is the difference whether
you arrive at vour convictions of the
truth by intuition or by reasoning
processes." And the way Miss
Hawkes said it ieft no room for
gainsaying her statement.
Attorney T A. Walters left Sunday
evening for Twin Falls where he will
appear before the district court in an
important case arising from a ruling
of the State Utility Commission. The
case involves the authority of the
commission and if the district court
takes jurisdiction in the action the
authority of the commission will be
seriously impaired. * Mr. Walters
stated that the action was of a pioneer
nature and raised some very interest
ing points.
Canyon County Warrant Call
Caldewll Idaho. Feb. 5. 1919.
On and after February 17, 1919. I
will pay on presentation at the office
of the county treasurer warrants
drown as follows:
Current expense fund to and in
cluding'Xo. 1449 of 1918 issue.
Road fund, all outstanding warrants
Road and Bridge Fund, to and in
luding Xo. 278 of 1918 issue.
County Treasurer.
Bv Chas. A. Oakes. Deputy.
We will have a beautiful display of
trimmed and tailored h .ts. commenc
ing February 15th. You ar.- cordially
invited to attend. M. E. Gilgan
Sarchet. 2-7 2-14
MYmey to loan at 7 per cent.
A. L.
A. L. Murphy, fire insurance.—Adv.
Story of Every Day War Life in
France and Belgium Subject of
Address of Caldwell Worker.
One of the largest audiences ever
gathered together in Caldwell was at
the Methodist church Friday evening
to greet Mr. B. M. Holt who recently
returned from Europe. It is climated
that , between 1100 and 1250 persons
were present. The subject of Mr.
0 lt's address, everyday life during
, he war was one j n w hich nearly
every person in this section is deeply
and personally interested. There are
few families whoi have not some near
relative who was with the American
Expeditionary Forces in some capacity
or other.
Hon. O. M. Van Duyn introduced
the speaker of the evening. Mr. Van
Duyn stated the respect in which Mr.
Holt was held by the people of this
community. He dwelt upon the un
selfish patriotism of a man who de
liberately left his home and business
to be of service to the country. Mr.
Van Duyn called attention to the
great work done by the American Red
Cross which, in the main, is composed
of voluntary workers like Mr. Holt
Special music was furnished by the
Caldwell Municipal Band and by the
male quartet.
Cheers for Boys
Cheers, hearty and from the heart
were given for Louis A Goldsmith
and Ernest lenson. two Caldwell
who very recently returned ''un *'-c
Mr Holt seated at th" outset
he would give a talk on everydav
affairs The snectacular tbe exciting
news hp said are to he found in the
newspapers Evervdav li c e was i^r'
important becaus» it is "vr- dav bit 1,
not so apt to receive attention in the
Mr. Holt paid a splendid «r'bute to
th" Red Cross and the great work it
had done and "'as doiutr H" told of
being in T^aris dnr'^jr tin- bombard
ment of that citv bv t^e 1on<r r"n<re
imn He reviewed the work of the
•Red Crocs tellintr something of it« or
ganisation methods and purposes.
Naturally Mr Holt knew more abenit
and talked more of field work of the
organization as he was in that branch
of the service.
Mr. Holt's talk was listened to with
wrapt attention He had i enhiect in
which the people are vitallv and per
sorallv interested and hronadit to the
suhiect experience , and first hand
Several songs were st\ng bv the
ouartet consisting of Mesirs A L.
Quast Henrv Ouast. Austin Wcstrope
and Paul Murphy.
Claumont. France. Tan 7. 1919 —
Dear Mother: Received your good
letter todav, the first T 'nv» received
for nearlv three weeks. Was so happy
to hear that vou are all well at Vio-ic
and that everything is good there.
1 just returned from my <seven-d*>v
leave dav before vesterdav and T sure
b->d a most nniovabl,-. vacation. While
we were in Cambre we staved at a
hotel and had no huHe to disturb our
slumber in the mornings if we wisV-d
to sleep late, or anv mess k'ts to
wash after a meal. Oh. it was real
life fater five months in th" stte' s
There were manv histor'-al
visit and a person's tltne was well
spent if he o* 1 red to go about and see
som,. of the wonderful sights.
The company had moved while wc
were away and we rejoined them here
We have not the quarters we had be
fore, or rather not so good, but I
gue'ss these were all they could find
at present.
We are billited in a small village
and are in the lofts of the buildings.
It is not very cheerful here but most
anything is good enough for a while.
I do not know just what month we
will sail for home, but 1 om sure it
will not b£ many. 1 presume Fd is
home now, is he not? It would be
good if Lee and I were to said for
home on the same boat. 1 think
though that he will be home before
I. I was talking to a Marine in Totti
last week and he said l ee made nuite
a name or himself at Chanteau Thier
ry. He said that the regimental sar
geant refused to carry the grub to the
mon in the trenches on account of t 1 '"
heavy fire of the enemv inH T ec took
charge and did so. That was the d-y
he was caught in the gas barrage
I am sending vou the p ; -tpres rv<
had taken in Cambrai The f >• o' --s
were together in the sh-e'- *>♦ Vo-
said. It is not verv good but one can
tell who it is Ma : 1 or of 'hem to
grandfather "and grand-noti,.-.- -
have forgotten fheir add-ss
Trusting vou and a M at I me a-
well and hapnv and that von 11 n
ipyed a Merrv Xmrs ' remain
■> Your loving son,
Corner Kimball and ClevM-"-d
Bible school 10 a, m Pv f , Roy T'tus.
Supt. Church M a, m Stfhiect. "T-e
Power of the Church for Or"'l
E. meeting 6 30 o m Miss Gartin
Prest. Church at 7-W n m "My
Savior and Peace " sermon bv the
pastor. Come and find a welcome.
Monev to loan at 7 per cent A.

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