Walthill Boys in Other Enlistments

It will not be forgotten that a creditable number of young men of Walthill and the surrounding community have enlisted in other branches of the service, and are now in training with their respective companies. Be it said to the credit of many of these that they offered their services to their country very soon after war was declared. Doubtless there are others whose names should be here recorded, but the list is complete so far as the Times has been able to ascertain.

FOURTH NEBRASKA
Infantry--Company E
HERB AUSTIN
CHARLES BYERS
WILFORD DINGWALL
DEWEY GARNER
EDWARD GARNER
EDWARD IRBY
RAY NEILL
GEORGE SPRINGER
CHARLES WROTH

Machine Gun Corps.
CARYL PICOTTE
PIERRE PICOTTE

Aviation Corps.--Co. E
CONRAD MUHLE

COLORADO ARTILLERY
Battery B
C. W. KEMP

Officers Reserve Corps, U.S.A.
Dr. J. IRWIN LIMBURG has received his
commission as first lieutenant in the medical
section and he expects a call to report at
any time.

1ST INDIANA--Company A
WALTER S. DIDDOCK

COAST ARTILLERY
GERALD MARYOTT
(San Diego, Cal.)

SECOND IOWA
Ambulance Corps No. 1
GLEN BALL
CLARENCE CLARK
ROY KINNAMON
GEORGE H. LAMSON
WILLIAM H. LAMSON
FAY RICKERSON
OMAR SWAIN

 

 

WALTHILL MAN SAVES THE DAY

Story of How the Vice Chairman of the County Council of Defense Saved the Opportunity to Raise a Thurston County Company Volunteers and Secure Credit in the Draft that Follows.

Company F, Sixth Nebraska Infantry will enter the service with a unique distinction not shared by many companies of the State. It will be known as "THE THURSTON COUNTY COMPANY," recruited almost entirely by volunteers from this county. More than 120 young men have been accepted from a much larger number of applicants, not all of whom passed the physical requirements. But few more are needed to bring the company up to the full war complement of 150 men.

When Lieutenant Marcus B. Evans of the supply company, 5th Nebraska, arrived in Pender from Hastings, June 24th, and with the aid of George A. Racely of Pender began the work of recruiting a company from this county, not many were optimistic that they would be able to secure the minimum number of 80 volunteers necessary to give the county credit for the company. With only a week before them and receiving little encouragement at Pender, they went to Winnebago with no better results. Notifying the department that the situation looked dubious, Lieut. Evans was on the point of leaving the county, but decided first to make one more effort at Walthill.

The Drive for Recruits


The two men reached here late in the afternoon of June 26, with only six men enlisted. By midnight they had sworn in six Walthill boys and had a waiting list of others ready for examination. In addition they received assurance of local co-operation in making a "drive" during the remaining days of the month. Thus encouraged Lieut. Evans established his headquarters in Walthill, using temporarily Mr. Keefe's office. The next day nine more recruits were sworn in and the "drive" was started on the Omaha reservation resulting in a list out of which twenty passed the tests and were accepted.

The work continued the next day and was extended to the Winnebago reservation, adding 33 more to those who had taken the soldier's oath. Thirty-two was the net result of the day's drive and by midnight June 30, the new company had outstripped all other counties of the state, with a roster of 107 enlistments duly sworn into the service.

The Color Company.


On being informed of the successful outcome of the campaign, the department very promptly returned the company's designation as "Company F," Sixth Nebraska N.G., and the gratifying information that the Thurston County Company will enjoy the coveted honor of bearing the colors of its regiment.

It has been stated that in no other coounty of the state has the result proved so successful, and in this county it is all the more remarkable, in view of the fact that no previous agitation has been made, at least locally, to stir up patriotic ardor for volunteer enlistment. The attitude, on the contrary, had been to await the outcome of the draft. Credit is due certain individuals, among them Harry L. Keefe of Walthill and W. E. Whitcomb of Winnebago, for able assistance given in bringing the opportunity to the attention and understanding of many, especially the young men of the two reservations. The newly enlisted recruits also did valuable service in encouraging others to become members of the company.

Will Affect the Draft


One of the questions naturally raised when the call for volunteers was proposed, was, will the county get credit for them in the draft? This was answered in the affirmative and verified at headquarters. A letter lately received from the office of the Governor of Nebraska confirms it, with assurance that when the time for the draft comes, the necessary information will be sent to the proper official of the county. Credit, however, will be restricted to volunteers within the draft areaand will not include volunteers under 21, or over 31 years of age. Those who enlisted after June 30 will be credited on the second draft, and the others on the first draft. This will reduce the number to be drafted from this county probably to a very small number in the first drawing to be made.

The next step will be vaccination and innoculation against typhoid when called to assemble and inspected, which will take about two weeks. After that drills will begin. In due time they will be mustered into the service of the United States, as a part of the regular army, for use as soon as prepared, in the war.

 

COMPANY F
SIXTH NEBRASKA N.G.
RECRUITED AT WALTHILL

GEORGE H.E. HARRIES, Brigadier General

PHILIP L. HALL, ColonelJOHN T. MADGETT, Adjutant
FIRST BATTALION
PAUL B. SKINNER, MajorAUBRES S. KENWORTHY, Adjutant
GEORGE A. RACELY, Captain
FERN B. DAVIDSON, First Lieutenant
GEORGE McMULLEN, Second Lieutenant
WALTER S. MARRIOTT, First Sergeant
JOHN SAWYER, Second Sergeant

Anderson Precinct--3
FRANK M. GRANT**
HENRY ROBINSON**
FRANK WEBSTER**

Blackbird Precinct--10
BERT ADDISON++
WALTER L. HOLBROOK
RICHARD LOVEJOY**
MIKE MITCHELL**
JOSEPH F. PERKINS
JOHN ROBINSON**
NEWTON ROBINSON**
SAMUEL ROBINSON**
FRANK TYNDALL**
IVAN WHITE**

Bryan Precinct--5
NELS P. CHRISTENSEN
HARRY L. GREEN
CARL O. ROBERTSON
CLYDE ADAIR
SAM ADAIR

Dawes Precinct--1
AMOS C. COUTURE

Flournoy Precinct--5
FRANK GRANT*
LESTER YOUNGTHUNDER*
LEO ST. CYR*
GEORGE ST. CYR*
FELIX WILSON*

Merry Precinct--5
WILLIAM BRADFORD*
LOUIS SEYMOUR*
CHARLES SINE*
ARTHUR WEST*
JAMES YELLOWBANE, Jr.*

Omaha Precinct--23
PAUL E. BELT
CHARLES BLACKBIRD**
DONALD BROWNRIGG¶
FERN B. DAVIDSON
EARL E. DAWSON
RALPH C. HARMAN
ROBERT L. HOBBS
GLENWOOD HOISINGTON
JOHN HOWARD
FRANK B. HUDEC
JAMES A. KARTEN
VERN R. KELLEY
FRANK LAMSON
JAMES McCAULEY**
REX McCAULEY**
WILLIAM V. MEADOWS
ROY D. STARNES
WALLACE TYNDALL**
PAUL TYSON
SAM E. COOK**
THOMAS DICK**
JAMES L. HAMILTON**
GEORGE J. MORRIS**
ARTHUR PILCHER**

Pender Precinct--16
ALBERT ANDERSON
WILLIAM BUMPUS
RALPH R. CASEY
WILBUR S. CHANEY
IRETTAS M. DEAN
JOHN E. FREDRICKSON
FRANK FREMEL
JOSEPH FREMEL
ROBERT F. LAMONS
HENRY MAHLER
PAUL MAHLER
GEORGE McMULLEN
SAMUEL PETERSON
GEORGE A. RACELY
PERCY A. ROGERS
WILLIS E. SMITH

Perry Precinct--0

Thayer Precinct--4
WILLIS K. BELL
CHARLES J. ERICKSON
EDWARD C. JACKSON
CHARLES WINKLE

Winnebago Precinct--38
JESSE BEAR*
LOUIS BIG BEAR*
SAMUEL BIG BEAR*
HENRY BIG ELK*
WILLIAM BROWN*
MARTIN BROWN*
LOUIS BUCHANAN*
FRANK DAVIS*
PAUL DECORA*
TALL DECORA*
CHARLIE E. EWING*
WILLIAM FREE*
DAVID FOUR CLOUD*
LOUIS GRAYHAIR*
HERMAN L. GLOVER
HERBERT F. GLOVER
DOUGLAS GRIZZLY BEAR*
WILBUR HARDEN*
PETER LAMERE*
THOMAS MALLORY*
ANSON McKEE*
BRYAN McKEE*
HOWARD McKEE*
EDWARD V. OLSON
HAROLD L. OLSON
HENRY PRIEST*
NORBERT PRIEST*
ALEX PROPHET*
MITCHELL RED CLOUD*
PETER SHARPBACK*
CHRISTOPHER SNOW*
CHARLES SNOWBALL*
JOSEPH TWIN*
ARTHUR WALKER*
JESSE WELLS
GEORGE WHITE SNAKE*
LEONARD WHITEWATER*
JOHN M. WOLF*

Burt County--6
GEORGE R. CAYWOOD
WILLIAM D. JUMP
CHARLES E. NEWTON
HARRY W. TAYLOR
FRANCIS WHITE**
KENNETH BAUGH

Cuming County--3
FLOYD E. BARTLETT
CARL E. PALMER
ARTHUR W. SAMPSON

Dakota County, Neb.
ELWIN W. HAMMER

Douglas County, Neb.
WALTER S. MARRIOTT

Cass County, Neb.
FRED D. SCHNEIDER

Robert County, S.D.
MATTHEW IRON+

Carroll County, Mo.
JOHN SAWYER

Cook County, Ill.
EDWARD C. WELDINE


*Winnebago Indian     **Omaha Indian
+Sioux Indian              ++Arrapaho Indian
¶Applied for transfer


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