15 Feb 1955 Jefferson Bee O H McCain

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15 Feb 1955 Jefferson Bee
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Centennial Stories Prepared for The Bee's recent Centennial Edition or contributed by readers and friends. A weekly feature on Greene county history. We invite your letters in the days ahead. Jefferson home to the guard of the 28 years since' rade of all the military organisa- first knew it would be, tions in camp" a national guard unit. Included in this first roster of has been an up-and- ' ' coming concern. Exception was the Tear or two between the time the men returned from World War n and the guard was with different duties. re-activated headquarters company were officers officers Capt. Orville W. Harris and 2nd U. Espy A. Barker, and these enlisted men: Master Sft. Gerald A. Bedwell; First Set. Ova H. McCain; Sgts. Fred W. Blackburn, Back in 1926 there was talk or a | Clarence W Coler. Roy A guard company here, and local! John F. Shearman, Guy L/Ttabrei folks were assured Jefferson could j «nd Harry A. tjpton. have a company, providing an arm- Also Cpls. Lawrence C. Digit, ory was built to house the men and their equipment. Men of the American Legion and others m town who w*re interested Russell R. Jones. Robert P. Milligan, Milligan, Harold I. Morain, Lester A. Raaz, George R. Watt; Privates Class Chester O Price, William got together several meetings to' J- Quirk, Asa R. St. Clair. Charle* talk it over, and Saturday evening. March 26, 1927. a meeting was arranged arranged to plan for the company. Building and lot expenses were estimated estimated at $20,000, and the first site considered was across the alley alley north from the light nlant and across the street can from she high school. First Committee The return would be government rental of the building at 83000 yearly. A committee of tnese men was appointed to go ahead: Dr. Ben Hamilton. Dr. L. E. Smith, Mike Branner, S. J Howard. By Kay 9. L D L. Scott. Noel Hanna, Ralph W. Harper, Romayne E Huffman, Orville L McClelland, DotMA E. Miller, Darrell Pence, Harold Roquel B. Sturdlvan. Van Scoy, Amos S. McKinney. James M. Youngblood. Vestal N Abraham! Henry O. Smith. L*rt of Private* Also Privates John E. _ Hupp, Harry H. Irwin, Orlo R. Orchard, Wayne Huffman. Dwight A, SmftJa. Delno C. Taylor, OrrUle Thompson. William R. Thorp. Vemon R. Walter, Walter, Jesse J. White, Raymond Wren Sayen and W. O . I and Roy L. Young. headquarters company, company, Ittth infantry was definitely located at Jefferson .and work commenced commenced on the construction of the Also Robert T Johnson, Howard L. Kirkham, Stanley L. HaglU, Harold Harold McClelland, Hugh McHufb. Orville Orville J. McKfnley. Ralph H. Her- rlam, Clarence W. Morgan. Albert armory June 20. 1927. The lot was j H Owen, Kenton E. Richards. located east of the first lot con- i ford A. Brower, Meichtar W. sidered, at the corner of south Wil- j ner, Marvin E. Brunner. ·on and west Harrison streets. J . , L. Cudahy. Raymond C. Davis, P Johnson was contractor. and i £«r L Delaney and Walter W. total ezpenata were expected to · ger come to 824.000--82000 for the lot and 819.700 for the building, with other inside details. Meantime, the organisation was ·crfactad. -and JOf ' CWrCttenn C. Hamas, commander af the 18tth infantry, came to Jefferson to inspect inspect headquarters company for federal recognition. OrvOle W Harris was a captain then, and first commanding officer of the unit. Caaswtntty BalMtag As for the building, it solved a So the headquarters company was established and the armory built. The building waa equipped with an upstairs meeting room for the American Legion and patriotic orders, and the Mam provided space for dinners. he he convention^ and drill by the na- . the edge of town. On guard Arsaary Dance* armory board raerred rights for four dances in the am* ory each year: Legion ball, military ball and two to be named local problem In providing a gathering gathering place for community and county affairs. The armory board.' later became the Sorority* ammal looking out for the investment o f ' Charity ball and the Fireman's Monday for guard the local persons who made the building possible, included Dr Bmlth. E A. Barker. Mr. Sayers. Mr. Brunner, Mr. Howard, O H McCain and Mr. Harris Patrick's day dance nights were set aside, drill, and later Louis Tronchettl! and C P Lyon leased.the armory for dances each Thursday evening. The men of the company parti-' with the four dances evcepted. clpated in their first summer train- j Once the men were called out-Ing out-Ing during two weeks beginnins j to th e famous Maytag strike. Mr Aug. 14, and they went to Camp i Harris ssrved as legal officer dur- Dodge. | ng phases of the tubercular cattle Late in the year. Nov. 4. 1927. a i war but not the company. gala military dinner-dance with ap- As they were promoted or left propriate speeches dedicated the Jefferson for other occupations, tna armory. j office of commanding officer wu The Bee attempts to spread no i taken by Mr. Harris and then *t it 8 palaver when we say it was the finest public banquet ever served In Jefferson," the newspaper commented commented afterwards. The 82.50 a plate affair (in days when a picnic ham cost 18c a | pound) was served by the Woman's '· club and the guest list bulged with visiting dignitaries, headed by Oov John Hammlll and military brass In full regalia. On the program were Brig Gen W. H. Bailey. Brig. Gen. Lloyd D. Ross, Col. Glenn C. Haynes, Col FoLsom Everest. MmJ. Oaughlln. Barker. Foss Davis, and Frank P. Williams of Des Moines, who was, In command at the time the head- quartres company was activated Feb 10, 1941, to serve one year's training at Camp Clalborne, La. W«rU Warn We sll know that the year's service service was extended, and that the men from the company served overseas in the British Isles, then North Af- are of rica. then Italy, and some of them Geo got many, having been taken prisoner! of war at Faid Pass in Africa. | The men were scattered with Capt. Oaines, Lt. Col Chos. Grahi. i other units, and replacements Lt. Harry Erwin, Lt. Elmer K i brought in. Like the Battery D Young. Lt. Smead Purlnton, Capt company at Grand Junction. th« O. O. Clause and Capt. Lowell W. i Jefferson men of the national Forbes. I served faithfully and long. Erwin, Young, Purlnton and' During the company's, absence. Clause were from Battery D at the state guard used the armory Grand Junction and Forbes, known | for regular drills, and the well locally, was from Mason City.. continued to be a community af- One senator. Sen. J. Q. Merritt of fair, serving also as the boys' Glidden, joined the military for the occasion. Military Danee Band nasuim of Jefferson high school. and as school auditorium. With the end of World War n, Elmer Milllgan was toastmaster, j stockholders in the building gave Ross Finch the bugler, and music I over control of the armory to was by Harry Brwin's military band of Grand Junction. Twenty-six high school girls served the guests. Brig Oen. Ross in his talk said that the iMth infantry had been American Legion, then growing rapidly rapidly with the inclusion in its membership membership of the new war veteran*. At this time, with the country organized more than 40 years, and more normally peaceable, tn* na- called for field service three times. First in service as the Sl«t infantry, infantry, the unit was called to the Philippines Philippines to support Admiral Dewey m 18M during the Spanish-American Spanish-American war. As the MUi regiment, it went to the Mtitcan border in »1S following following the raid by General Villa into New Mexico, and than for Uw third time in 1117 to WorM War 1. ·art C*. at Th* new company in jwntnam, *t fananl aaM, WM » food at UM Rnt aamp mat ttw mm "IM« ttw kamr af haadtng the grand pa* tional guard again WM re-activated, re-activated, with Capt. Ray Oans serving to offering and The weather commanding officer. Membership tn the guard again was built up, and federal recognition was given Jaly 7. 1*47. In tha*e seven yean, IH ditto* ant enlMted men haw Men ben of the local Co. H. of the stiwa Uw the on on

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