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The Emmett Index
NO. 4
Interesting Letters from
Boys at Home Camps
and Abroad.
From John Linebarger
The following letter, dated Sept.26,
has been received by Matilda Malm
strom from John Linebarger, in
I will now write you a few lines as
I just came out of battle and was just
relieved of the big guns. I am some
where ou the battle front and believe
me it is sure some noisy place.
We started firing about 2 o'clock a.
m. and fired steady until 9 this morn
ing. We sure fed those sauerkrauts
misery and we've sure got them
I was just down on
on the run now.
the road and watched the prisoners
come in and there was a bunch of
There is a heavy battle taking place
close here now, and I can hear it plain
all I have heard for the past 16
hours is a steady roar of the cannons,
and our old boys can sure bark is what
I am telling you. They sure make the
earth tremble for miles around.
Oh, yes; who do you suppose I saw
the other day? I saw Emmett Ireton
and had a good long talk with him.
My, but I was glad to see some one
I knew. He found out where I was
and sent word to me, so I went and
looked him up, he looks the same old
Emmett. Dow Allen was within just
a mile of where I was, but I did not
get a chance to see him.
would have enjoyed seeing him, as we
always such good pals.' I also
Paul Hughes from Emmett, I
know him. It sure was
But I sure
guess you
great to see some of the boys I knew
back home.
This was a busy place last night as
everybody was going his best, but it
won't be so bad tonight as we have
them on the run. I am sitting in a shell
hole on my bunk writing this and
doubt if you can read it, and it is also
getting quite dark. But I will do the
best I can. Probably you will know
where I am if you read the papers, for
I am where the big drive is taking
place. This makes the second big
drive I have been in and believe me
but one soon
gets used to'all that. My fingers are
awful sore from the powder smoke,
handling the big rammer. From now
I will pull the lanyard that fires
That isn't bad, though
the gun.
little noisy, but not bad after one gets
used to it.
It has been raining here for some
time but rain don't stop anything here
the battle front.
Well, it has been ten long months
ago today since I left home to enter
the service and I guess you well re
member that.
From Carroll Feat.
Sept. 18—A short letter today
while I have a few minutes to spare
and those times have not been often
the past three weeks, as you know the
ports of what has been going on.
The past two weeks have been
fully busy ones, and hard work. They
have put electric lights in the hangars,
so now we work until 12 and 1 o'clock
at nights and up and at it again by
in the morning. I have had to put in
five such nights and the other times
until 9 or 10.
My machines have put in two to
fours every day, so I consider it has
done good, but it meant beaucoupe
work for me.
The Boche are now several miles
further back again at this point, and
expecting to move to art air
dome that was occupied by the Huns,
but I hate to leave these quarter^ as
they are the best we have had since
we hit France.
You have probably read about some
of our fliers being killed by this time.
We added four more planes to our
credit and another squardron added
18, so you see the Boche lost some too.
The past week the total number of
Huns brought down by the group was
we are
25 .
No, I have not seen any of the
Emmett boys yet. I got a letter from
Lawrence Polly. He said that Claude
was there with him at that time.
I am not going to collect many sou
venirs as they take up too much room
and are too heavy to carry, but I have
a piece of a bomb that hit the airdome
some time ago.
About 7000
risoners went along
here the other day and the rest went
down another way. Well, 1 am still
well and happy and feeling good.
From Harold Cornwall.
Camp Fremont, Cal, Oct. 6. Every
one here seems to think that this is
the turning point of the war and I only
hope and pray that it is so. Not that
I don't want to fight for the U. S., but
I would like to see undisturbed peace
and then we can all be back home
where we could have some fun and
settle down.
Well, Mother, we just got our pay
and when I got my bills paid up I just
had $5 left, and then I took a hand at
cards and won 15 cents and then lost
it again, so then I quit and I'm not
going to play anymore for I haven't
any money to lose. Some of the boys
are broke already just two days af
ter pay day. Gee, I'd hate to be
broke, so I'm going to hang on to
Oh yes, I was promoted to first
class private, so I get $3 a month more
From JV'm. Cornwall.
Buliom, France/ Sept 10—Dear Wife :
Just a few lines in answer to your
welcome letters I received a few days
ago, and to let you know I am all
K. and do hope you are the same. It
ie raining today somewhat which
makes the air feel cool and nice.
Well I hope pay day comes soon
again, because I have just about spent
all my francs and will be broke if
don't stop, but grapes are fine over
here and I sure like them. They cost
a franc (20 cents) for three Punches.
They have a few pears and peaches
over here, but they are not very good
as they don't seem to ripen like they do
in the states. Gee, they have a few
melons and cantaloupes here, but they
are very highpriced. One small musk
melon costs 4 francs, so you see one
can not afford much of these things
out of $8 a month.
I was talking to a Belgium girl last
night and she said she would be able
to go home soon as Fritz was quite a
ways back from her home; she said
she had a letter from the front which
told her all about it. I would write
about it here, but I cannot as that
would be giving all she knew away.
There are quite a lot of Belgiums in
this little town and they can talk Eng
lish very well. The other day I was
watching a young girl and old lady
making lace with a hand machine. Not
knowing what she was doing I asked
her, or tried to,in French what she
called that; then asked her if she corn
pried, or understood, what I meant.
She said, "Why that is lace she is
weaving; do they do that in America?"
Gosh, I was so surprised I could not
talk for a while but after she said she
was a Belgium I understood.
Say Kid, it is some fun watching
the fellows trying to make a hit with
the girls, when they cannot under
stand what they are saying. First
they will start to say something and
all at once wake up to the fact that
they can't understand our language
and then they will scramble for their
French dictionary.
We had a ball game yesterday. Co.
H played Co. G with gas masks on.
Whenever there was a man on the base
we had to put our gas mask on.
Whenever they hit a ball out in the
field, the fielder had to put his mask
before he could throw it to thebase.
The same with the batter; he had, to
put his gas mask on before he could
to the base after he had hit the
Co. H won the game by one
point, the score being 6 to 7 in favor
of Co. H, the company I am in.
Sept 12—I'm feeline- fine today;
been out on drill for a while. All that
worries me now is how you all are at
home and how to eat enough to keep
from getting hungry. I eat all I can
and in about an hour I'm as hungry
as ever. I hope you all get as good as
(Continued on Page 4)
Small Boys Set Fire to Lumber Sheds
—Promptly Extinquished
The Citizens Lumber Company
escaped a disastrous fire last Sunday.
About 1 o'clock a passerby discovered
flames between a section of the
yard where thousands of feet of lum
ber are piled. Hurrying to the spot he
amazed to find three small boys,
the oldest about 8, with a can of pitch
for a real bonfire,
of mind he scooped up
sand enough to smother the flames
and no real damage was done.
The youngsters were thoroughly
frightened, but were arraigned before
Justice Stokesberry, who in his kind
hearted way endeavored to impress
them the real seriousness of
their near crime.
They were placed
probation and appear to realize
the loss their action might have
Boy's Eye Injured
Ralph Munday, young son of V. B.
Munday, was painfully and quite ser
iously injured last week by being
struck with a block of wood by a play
the doctor and parents were unable to
ascertain just what the result will be,
but it is hoped the sight will not be
His eye was badly swollen and
Finish Apple Packing.
The Emmett Fruit Growers Asso
ciation finished the season's packing
Tuesday and report a much better out
put than many had prophesied. They
have employed from 15 to 20 packers,
and have shipped altogether 32 cars
of fruit—13 cars being apples and the
balance various other fruits.
A Hunter Fined.
The game warden will "git you, if
you don't watch out."
seems to have mistaken a pheasant for
a pigeon or something else but he
willingly)?) paid for his mistake.
Must revolve more rapidly and effec
tually now than ever before.
The need for increased production is
not only great, but growing; the
assistance at the disposal of the busi
ness man materially diminished.
The officers of the First National
Bank, Emmett, Idaho, want the busi
ness men of this community to know
that they are ever ready and willing
to extend every necessary help to
legitimate business.
Confer with them.
Wm. Hoyt
Every Department Has Year of
Great Activity and
The following is a summary of the
reports given at the annual meeting
of the Gem County Chapter , Red
Cross, at the annual meeting October
23. The record is one of accomplish
ment, unstinted devotion to duty, pa
triotic response to all calls, and gen
erous financial support. It is a record
of which Gem and Valley counties are
expended, leaving a balance of
Valley county—Cash contributions,
$2472.22; pledges, -$532.25; total
$3004.47. Collected, $2678.47; uncol
county—Cash contributions,
$5654.76; pledges, $394.50; other con-l
tributions, $65.38; total, $6114.64. Col-|
lected $6037.14; uncollected pledges,
Both counties show a total collée- 1
tion of $8715.62, with $403.49 uncol
lected. Of this amount, the chapter I
has received $2139.01 and will receive
25 per cent of all uncollected accounts.
The Home Service Section reported
one ease of Iiusnifrean
„ case 0 f ]if e insurance in the pro
cess of collection and 10 allotment cas- !
An average of ;
tember 16. There is on hand in the
The treasurer reported that during
the month of October $1765.90 was
collected, $1692.30 being the amount
from the Red Cross sale. $100.69
$4039.93. Total amount of cash col
lected for year, $12,602.63; expended,
$8562.70. Balance $4039.70.
War Fund Report.
in the adjusting.
25 monthly letters and telegrams with !
regard to affairs of soldiers are being j
The Junior Red Cross have added
148 members since school opened Sep
sent out.
have received their allotment of work
for the year, besides working on 150,
sport books for hospitals.
The membefShip cdmffiTTOe report
total of 3344 memberships paid in,
811 being renewals. This membership
distributed as follows:
Emmett, 2240. Of these 352 are
delinquent. Cascade, 346. McCall, 168.
Ola 101. Alpha 50. Sweet 153. Mon
tour 141. Roseberry 133. Brownlee
The Belgian relief committee sent
out 8026 pounds of clothing in 41
boxes, the allotment being only 2000
The linen shower netted more than
the allotment and consisted of 190
bath towels, 310 hand towels, 57 nap-!
kins, 225 handkerchiefs, 80 sheets.
The following branch reports were
The chapter has eight branch
and those not appearing did not
send in reports:
Ola Mrs J. E. Chandler, chairman
—Am'ount collected since January 10.
$759.28. Amount expended since Feb.
11, $740.67. Balance $18.41. During
this time they have made and ship
„or) 90 nairs of socks 19 wristlets 27
F.i'lï é ,Lur,: «
robes, 30 pillows, 3 mufflers, besides
2 packages of refugee garments and
larve collection of old clothing for
Miss Nell
the Belgian relief.
Roseberry Chapter,
Parks, chairman — Money receiv
ed since Jan. 1 ,$883.05. Expended
$854.05. Balance, $29. With a work
ng membership of 15 they have pro
duced 62 pajamas, 30 hospital shirt«,
10 robes, 12 layettes, 7 comforters
71 pairs of socks, 22 sweaters, 2 hel
mets, 3 wristlets, besides numerous
miscellaneous articles.
Montour, Mrs. F. L. Palmer, chair
man.—This report covers just 12
months and with a membership of 1 11.
Money collected $062.48. Expended
$617.07. Balance $45 41. They have
produced 79 hospital shirts, 88 pa
jamas, 22 bath robes, 15 sweaters, 60
bandaged foot socks, 3 layettes, 55
black sateen aprons, besides numer
ous articles for refugees. Belgian re
lief or the linen shower.
The knitting committee has ship
ped 508 sweaters, 1771 socks, . 126
wristlets, 13 helmets, 26 mufflers, 3
hot water bottle covers, 24 wash
cloths, a total of 2471 articles. There
are 216 articles on hand and an al- !
lotment of 180 sweaters to be finished
for December 15.
The sewing department shipped 125
convalescent robes, 800 pajamas, 685
hospital shirts, 1700 bandaged foot
sox, 40 filled comfort kits for navy,
and 160 for the army, 60 treasure bags
and 36 bedside bags. Besides this
Well Known Forest Service Man
Killed While in Action
in France.
H. C. (Bert) Williams, well known
at the Emmett forest office in 1914,
and later supervisor of the Idaho
forest at McCall, was killed in battle
in France in September, according to
a letter dated Sept. 17, received yester
day from Frank Thornburg by Guy B.
Mains. The story of how he met his
death is told in Mr. Thornburg's letter
printed below, and his many warm
friends in this section will say "Amen"
to the fine tribute paid to him by
(this comrade. Mr. Williams resigned
In a letter of a|
Work of teaching agriculture to the
French peasants. But his eagerness
to get into the real action led to his
transfer to the 1st Gas regiment, at!
his own request, last July. His home
is at Lakeville, Conn. The letter fol
lows: *
France, Sept. 17,—"Well, we have!
been in and out again and am still O.
K. We gave them h— while we were
at it; only 36 hours, but had to keep
walking most of the time to keep up.
Getting ready and all we put in four
days and three nights in rain and mud,
wet all the time, no sleep and two
days on rations kindly presented by
Fritz. Our ration truck got stuck six
°r eight miles behind us. It was ra-|
We went into the front
line trench at 9 p. m. to get ready to
do our bit. At 12 the doughboys filed
throughout the Payettq and Idaho
forest, having been deputy supervisor
from forest work in 1917 to enlist in
the 10th Engineers.
few wdeks ago, printed in the Index,
he told of having been assigned to the
ther tough, but 'Oh Boy' it was worth
I will always take off my hat to
the doughboy; never was really with
b * m before.
stood in water or thin mud halfway
to their knees all night with never
] murmur. At 8 a. m. they dropped,
4 pverytmng they did not-use to fight;
with—some even their raincoats and
(iron) rations (though it was raining)
and went over the top as if on dress!
, , . • , ,
parade. It surely was a grand sight.
We had already bidden them Godspeed
in our own peculiar way, and were
free to go back, but watched until
they went over a hill half a mile away,
when to our great joy we saw, instead
, of the stretcher bearers and wounded
, which w# expected, groups of Boche
(prisoners, in fives,'tens and hundreds;
j a hundred guarded by two doughboys
and sometimes only one, but what we
did see was surely satisfying and from
; later report it was just the same
everywhere along our lines. W'e have
seen no papers yet.
We went over what has been No,
(Man's Land for almost four years,
I Trees blasted and shot down that had
once been a beautiful forest. After we
j out of that we passed along a
! K ood road through a beautiful forest
of beech, off the hill to an encamp
ment that had been filled with Boches
n. «™*. ~~
empty, but we occupied the officers'
quarters. Souyenirs! I could have
( loaded a truck, but we had already;
marched eight miles without break-!
, , ... .. , . ,
fast wlth 60 -P° und P aeks and more
weight had little attraction. We had
breakfast on Frits' hardtack, cold
canned goulash and coffee, took a
bath in his shower bath and swimming
pool, tramped down to the village, vis-!

there is considerable work on hands,
some ready for shipment.
The surgical dressings report ship
totaling 37,684
ment of 10 boxes,
The child welfare reported 801 chil
dren we jj, bed and measured, 722 prov
Jnjf tQ bp normal children. Of those
none werp found who were maime d,
deformedf blindi deaf or dumb . About
K had discased tonsilg or adtnoids
and about 2 per cent were undernour
Mrs. Miles reported 34 nurses in our
jurisdiction, 4 being registered and 4
undergraduates, with 12 additional
volunteers for training. Of these one!
bas ] e f t f or a hospital in Wyoming. I
Greetings from the national head-!
q ua ,-ters were read,
Owing to the necessity of drawing
^ be rneeting to a close because of the
discomfort of the weather, any action
of the chapter was omitted. But the
purpose was to express to the out
going president, Mrs. G. B. Mains, by
vote of thanks, an appreciation of her
ceaseless effort and excellent success
in the handling of a real task.
ited his officers' club, two moving
(picture houses (one for the officers!
I and one for the men). Saw no pic
tures, of course, nor did we see any
wine at the club, only empty bottles,
; but we did not pay any admission to
j thef shows nor have a card to the club.
! The only people in town were wo
men and old men. I saw one thing tho
for which I give Fritz credit; at sev
! eral places I saw signs: "Civilian Gar
den. Entrance Forbidden." The low
er end of the village was blown offj
the map by our own artillery, but I
suppose the Boche tried to hold it.
There were three or four good ma
was a level plain as far as we could
see and the Hun doesn't stop in a
place like that so we were of no use.
After a night's sleep we came back to
the billets we formerly occupied about
; twelve miles behind the original line.
We got here night before last, worked
all day yesterday getting our stuff!
straightened up and expect to move
i tomorrow, though of course we can't
j The only drawback to the whole
was Bert Williams' death. The
company was split up and he was
about two miles from where I
was. It seems that his section
was to follow the first wave. He
who said some big blonde whom
they had never seen before was
leading them at a good pace when
he went down with about three
machine gun wounds and some
shell fragments. He apparently
lived to get to a hospital, for the
captain found his grave in an
American graveyard at a hospital
Will try to locate it exactly be
fore we get away from this sec
tion. We were mighty sorry to
lose him, as he was a damned fine
fellow, as you know, and a good
officer well liked by his men. I
was not under him directly but
was with him in action once sev
eral weeks ago and know him to
be even better in action than any
where else."
! chine guns in the streets. We had ex
pected to keep on going, but ahead
must have gotten separated from
his men. The only thing they
could learn was from a doughboy,
T jV pj T JF 4 T 4 KES
; George D<?wey Succumb« to Disease
,, . . „
—Wife and Children Critically 111
John C. Dewey yesterday morning
received the sad news by telegram of
the death of his son George at Port
. land. Later in the day another mes
sage told of the critical illness of Mrs.
Dewey and the four children—all vie-1
tims of influenza.
George Dewey's *ath took place at
the Auditorium Emergency hospital,
where the wife and children also were
being cared for. The family went to
Portland last spring, where George
war working in the ship yards. IV^s.
Dewey is a daughter of H. P. Hans.m,
a former Emmett farmer, now living
at Burley.
Two other deaths in that city of
former Emmett residents, from the
same cause, are reported. One of
them is E. C. Vahlberg's brother Fred
and the other is Percy Chase, who
mill here and was the foreman of the
^ mill for nearly a year.
Four Basque sheepherders from the
VanDeusen ranch contracted the Flu
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at the Spanish rooming house in
Boise and died Saturday in a Boise
„ .. , ■ • ...
Emmett physicians report 10 Mises
of influenza here. None of them
All persons can assist in
stamping out the disease by avoiding
(crowds; taking care of themselves;'
when sneezing or coughing place a
handkerchief over the nose and mouth;
don't get excited; wash out nose and
throat two or three times daily by a
nasal spray and by a gargie with a
salt solution l half teaspoonful salt to
one of clean water).
- ,
Cases of influenza should be iso
lated, but no quarantine is necessary, 1
■j be
according to the health board.
only danger of infection is from the!
patient himself.
The Nonpartisan meetings billed,
for this week have been called o*ff on
account of the epidemic. (
Raymond Cresweil expects to leave
within a few days to enlist in the ma- j
rine service.
Christmas Boxes.
Christmas boxes to be packed for |
the "boys over there" will be given
out by Mrs. Miles at the Rexall drug
Be sure and get your coupon.
! 170 Million Dollars Needed to
Maintain Seven War Associ
ions at the Front.
The call is for 170 million dollars, and
Gem C0U nty's quota is $4500. That
j s i ess tban $2 apiece for every voter,
ß ut( 0 f course( there is no limit to the
am ount you may give. An over-sub
scr i p tion will be greatly appreciated,
and there may possibly be some
who w j][ not g]ve anything, but that
ls a rernf> te possibility. The money is
to be apportioned among the seven or
The United War Work campaign
w j]| C p en a [] over this land Monday,
j^ ov jj and continue for one week.
ganizations that are doing such noble
work among the boys at the front, and
include the Y. M. C. A. the Y. W. C.
A., the National Catholic War Coun
cil, the K. of C., the Jewish Welfare
.Board, the War Camp Community Ser
vice, the American Library Associa
tion and the Salvation Army. By
giving to these seven organizations
all at once, the cost and effort of six
additional campaigns is saved.
When you give to this cause, you
make sure that every fighter has the
cheer and comforts of these seven or
ganizations every step of the way
from home to the front and back
You provide him with a
church, a theatre, a cheerful home,
a store, a school, a club and an athle
tic field—and a knowledge that the
folks back home are with him, heart
and soul!
You have loaned your money to sup
ply their physical needs. Now give to
maintain the morale that is winning
the war!
The drive is in charge of Finley
Monroe. He has appointed his assist
ants in every precinct in the county.
Be ready to volunteer your subscrip
much labor -
Goals for Gem county—1000 Vic
tory Boys and Girls backing up our
boys at the front. $1000 from the
boys and girls of Gem county for the
combined War Work activities.
Boys and Girls of Gem County:
Our war department is asking the
j boys and girls of our country to help
j in the United War Work Campaign
You are asked
j of November 11-18.
to pledge such a sum of money as you
may be able to earn, and give it to
this cause. This is a great oppor
j^ be haJ f "f e a "eat* minm
try . We have in Gem county 1753
boys and girls between the ages of 6
and 10 years. We want 1000 of these
£ thf^cluse^Your tëaehers "or some
, me in yoar 8chool district, 'will call
0 n you next week to invite you to do
this. A button to wear and a window
'Bov or^Gi /^School dUtricU
' whjch r ê acb i 00 per cent, the goal
allotted them, will be awarded honors,
How much can *you earn and give by
Nov. 11-18? We want the pledges all
over the top. I know our boys and
girls will do their share. Do not wait
(for your leader to call on you with the
pledge card, but start in as soon as
you can to earn some money to help
* ake care of our ^ men
"over there." Some of you will try
to earn $5. More of you will set your
goal at $1 Do your best and let us
show our fathers and mothers of Gem
COBnty and our tig brothers, who are
war . f ba t we can do thing« too.
Now, hurrah for victory, and over we
Yours sincerely,
will go. ^ ^ T[TK() p
pj rec t 0 rs of Victory Boys and Girls,
To the High School Girl'sVacation
from our State Chairman asking you
to report at once to Finley Monroe,
county campaign director for The
United War Work, and offer your
Club: I have just received a letter
" end
buting literature and
about the drive.
. .
, recautlon Against Flu.
0 °^ a iii ana .- emtn - c -* e oise
ayette^ Lumber Company are glad to
state that there are no known cases
M rlu at the mill. However all pos
{sible precautions are being taken, and
four special hospital rooms have been
fitted up for use should any cages de
velope. This is in accordance with
their reputation for preparedness and
will be greatly appreciated by mem
bers of their working force who ar*
without homes.
Tanta, all fixas, at Kailly'e.

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