The Davenport New Era (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 29, 1918 Page: 1 of 8
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0V1«. Hlfforlcil Society
The Davenport New Era
"YE LITTLE OLE HOME PAPER"
DAVENPORT, LINCOLN COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY. AUGUST 29, 1918
OUR SOLDIERS' CORNER
A SPACE FOR THE USE OF OUR SOLDIERS—NEWS, LETTERS, ETC., OF INTEREST
Forty Stars in the
Davenport Service Flag
Davenport is well represented
on the firing line and in the
"Over there" we have: Oscar
Allred, Marion Jewett, Granville
Grigsby, Roy Harrison, Allen
Burgess, Deweey and Lawton
Tryon, Herbert Duke, Sherman
Major Milt-H. Taulbee
McMurtry, Dale Kimball, Ira
Sharp, Ed Messersmith, Wirner
Scott, Otis Burroughs, Edgar
Moore, Joe Ingram and Jack
In training we have: Palmer
Kimball, Ed Robertson, Claude
Adams, George Derringer. Ward
Burgess, Bob Trumbo, Edgar
Nickell, Ray Rounsavell, John
Boggs, Ray Hutton, Dean Scott,
Ralph Nash, Ernest and George
Chowning, Walton Jones, Steve
Grigsby, Abe Tryon, George
Sukovaty, Walter Keith, "Red"
Ruth, Dick Townsley. Milt H.
Taulbee, G. L. Kirk, and possibly
others whose names we cannot
Five of these boys have, at
different times, been employed in
the New Era office. Dale Kimball
worked here while his father was
editor, George Derringer work-
ed here for Chas. T. Hedges,
Granville Grigsby worked for
Mrs. Baugus, and Deweey and
Abe Tryon have each bsen pub-
lisher of the New Era.
very friendly to us and seem to
be glad to see the American
soldiers come in. Of course
there is no one but the children
and old people around, as the
women are employed in factories
and the men are all at the front.
We are located in a small
village and are allowed to use
the vacant houses to live in.
Have a creek of clear spring
water to wash and bathe in. Lots
of timber for shade. The timber
is mostly cottonwood' and some
kind of evergreen. The houses
are mostly built of stone—roof
and all—and look to be very pld,
some of them. They have high
stone walls built around the
towns and betweeu the houses.
One thing I like is the country;
it is certainly beautiful. Some of
it is level while some is hilly and
rough but most of it that is not
in cultivation is covered with
timber. The roads are fine; all
graded up level and ballasted so
there is no mud. And most of
the roads are lined on both sidps
with tall cottonwood timber that
is set in straight rows. They
sure are pretty.
Crops look fine. They raise
mostly wheat, oats and small
grain, some alfalfa and clover.
Have not seen a bit of corn. And
they are great on raising garden
truck. Never saw so many gar-
dens in my life. Everybody has
a garden spot, and around the
larger cities there are lots of
• Have been here several days
and found four letters waiting
for me, but .none from you or
any of the boys. Did you get the
cards and letters I mailed while
we were on the road?
Have lots of rain here—as
much as four or five days out of
on the train. I traveled in a
tourist Pullman and was assign-
ed a real nice stateroom on the
1 haven't been able to see much
of the Frer.cli people or their
ways of living yet, as we have
not been allowed to leave camp
There are no young Frenchmen
Judge E. B. Moore is sick.
Veruie Johnson is working in
Miss Nell Hall was in Kendrick
Frank Mears is in training
Camp Oglethorpe, Ga.
the hills, leaving death and ruin
in his path, like the fierce light-
ning on a stormy night. When
the great gun roareth he thun-
dereth with power, authority,
and destruction, and the enemy
cannot stay, but fleeth like hell,
crying out in great pain and
with great fear, "Mine Gott, vhy
hast thou vorsaken us?" But
our big gun roareth and thun-
dereth marvellously with his
strong voice, and that without a
break. He doeth great things
which the astonished Hun cannot
comprehend. He sayeth to the
Boche, "Get you over the river Ed Wilkinson came down from
Marne," and he goeth. Likewise Avery Monday, returning home
to the small Hun, and the big Tuesday
one, too, "Be gone, hike,
Some Davenport people seem
to be proud of their weed patches.
Mrs. N. S. Robberson returned
Sunday evening from Oklahoma
From Dale Kimball
Somewhere in France
July 29. 1918
Dear Mother and All:
As we are now safe in France
can write you a longer letter.
Am well and getting along as
good as the circumstances will
We certainly had a long trip
coining over here; were on the
road something over a month.
It is not permissible -for us to
tell much about the trip so you
will have to wait until I come
home for the details.
Everything in this country
seems to be so much behind in
progress as to what America is.
They still use the two wheeled
cart for wagons and their farm-
ing implements are rude. They
work ox teams in place of horses.
The railroad trains and engines
look like toys compared with
those at home. Do not see many
automobiles. The people are
Musician Claude G Adams
Corp. Granville B. Grigsby
a week. But it is not thunder
storms; just clouds up and driz-
zles rain slowly. The days get
pretty warm when the sun shines
while the nights are very cool-
sleep under two blankets.
We are some fifty or sixty
miles from the front, so you need
not worry about me.' Are drill-
ing hard and will drill harder as
we become toughened to it. Have
plenty to eat and you would
laugh to see us run to be first in
line for our meals when we come
in from the drill field at noon,
and are dismissed from reveilee
and retreat at morning aud even-
around here at all. About all
the work is being done by the
women and old men. I saw some
of them harvesting a patch ef
rye yesterday, and they were
cutting it with a hand scythe and
a mower pulled by a team of
I have seen quite a few German
prisoners. They keep them work
ing back behind the lines.
I have+aiked to several of the
American boys that have been on
the front line, fighting, and they
all seem to feel confident of win-
ning this war, and are raring to
get back to the front line and
fight some more.
This is a nice country over
here, and the people treat the
Americans good, but it is nothing
like as good a place as the gocd
old U. S. A.
When you get over to Stroud,
you want to tell dad to write to
me often, and you do the same
thing, for a letter over here is
appreciated more than any other
thing that a fellow can get.
About the hardest thing for
us here is getting used to handl-
ing this French money. We
can't spend U. S. money here,
but have to get it exchanged for
French money at the American
Y. M.C. A. huts. These Y. M.
C. A. huts are a pretty nice thing.
They have a picture show every
night and an entertainment every
time they can.
Will close for this time. Hop-
ing to hear from you. I remain,
Sgt. Major Leonard E. Murray
Reg. Headquarters, 142nd Inf.
of shame and crime." and they
flee. He breaketh the hand of
the enemy that all men and
nations may know his power.
The Hun ileeth with the fox and
goeth into his den, not knowing
what else to do. Out from the
east to the west, even to the cold
north, goeth the sound of the big
gun as a mighty whirlwind, and
by the breath of his mouth the
Boche vanisheth, and in time, the
once beautiful country of France
which now lieth in waste, will be
restored, and her people re-
assembled and forever happy. He
shall drive away the dark clouds
of ruin and oppression, and bring
light and freedom to U the
nations of the earth. Hearken
unto this, 0 ye deluded Hun, aud
consider the wondrous works of
Uncle Sam. He will subdue the
enemy and cause light, joy, and
freedom to shine with the bright
ness of the sun. The Hun who
sayeth in his heart that Uncle
Sam is not to be feared is but a
foolish man, and the wise among
them will now take heed, and
beware, lest they be taken off
their feet by His stroke. Every
man may see it; every man may
behold it afar off saying, "Behold
Uncle Sam, with His big gun is
great, His army cannot be num
bered, and his strength cannot be
determined. He sendeth the
oppressor away empty, and giv
eth meat to the oppressed and
needy in abundance. The Huns,
they do fear him, and shall soon
retire -in defeat. Surely they,
with the old Kaiser, shall be
swollowed up—and so mote it
be." —Rev. James Cage.
John Boggs is on his way to
France and his wife has returned
Henry L. Brown, republican
candidate* for sheriff, was in
Davenport Tuesday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Melton of
Sparks ate Sunday dinner with
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Chapman.
At the voice of Uncle Sam's big
gun, the Kaiser trembleth, and
his teeth, they chatter like dry
bones, and he is moved out of his
place. Ah, listen to the roar of
I the cannon and the sound that
close for now and will .r0eth out of his mouth His shot
Floyd Perrin, a Corporal in the
National Guard Company at'
Chandler, was here Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Landis left
Sunday morning for Lexington
and Purcell to spend a few days
Mr. and Mrs. Augusta Loy
came up from Tulsa and spent
Sunday at the maternal home of
Mrs. Lena Adams.
An automobile was accidently
run through the plate glass
window of the Owl Drug Store
last Thursday evening.
Palmer Kimball arrived Sun-
day morning from Ft. Sill on a
forty-eight hour pass, to see his
relatives and friends her?.
Ezra Wilson and Nellie Karr,
both of Chandler, were married
on last Thursday at the home of
Rev. Cage. Mr. Wilson is one of
Lincoln County's most prosper-
ous young men, while the bride
is the accomplished daughter of
the Rev. Karr. It is a pleasure
to unite with their many friends
in wishing them joy and happi-
ness through life.
A double wedding was held at
the home of Rev. G. W. Landis
near 68 on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The contracting parties were
Mrs. Gertie Blackston and Mr.
Bill Simpson; and Miss Beulah
Forbis and Mr. Jim Campbell.
On August 15th a bouncing big
baby boy was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Willie Dye, and they have
named him Kenneth O'Dell.
Born on Friday, August the
23rd, to Mr. and Mrs. Plato
Kimball, a fine ten pound boy
that looks just like his papa.
Plato was so happy he could not
work for two or three days
after, but he is again on the job
now, and we think he will live
over it. The mother and boy are
getting along nicely.
A ten-pound baby girl arrived
Wednesday morning of this week
to make her home with Colonel
and Mrs. Link Roberts. Colonel
Roberts seems perfectly satisfied
and thinks the public sale busi-
ness will be exceptionally good
this fall and winter.
Jijpmie Holt was born on July
the 28th, 1901, near Lulie, Ozark
County, Mo., and departed this
life on August the 9th, 1918, age^
17 years and 12 days.
Mr. and Mrs. Linza West came
over from Wellston and spent
Saturday night and Sunday with
the Dallas Chapman family.
Remember this year, when you
go to have a sale, that the New
Era is the place where you get
the nicest sale bills for the least
Corp. Deweey M. Tryon
write as often as possible. And ancj gjjgn vpijteth the wind and
don't fail to write me. j
Co B, 357th Inf., 90th Division.!
From Leonard Murray
To Fight the Foe
A good many of our citizans
went over to Chandler today to
see the boys leave for camp. A
hundred and thirty more of the
finest boys of the county are on
their way to Camp Pike, Ark.,
when they will take special train-
ing in the art of "getting Fritz."
A band, composed of players
from all over the county, was
organized to furnish music on
this occasion, and it is hoped the
organization will be continued
for other boys y^t wtill have to go
and we should send thein eff with
a rousing cheer and the strains of
the Star Spangled Banner encour-
aging them on to fight for the
freedom of mankind.
Among the boys were: George
and Ernest Chowning, Ralph
Nash, Walton Jones, and Abe
Tryon, who are well known to
most of our readers.
We had some rain Saturday
night, which did a lot of good,
but some say it would have done
lots more good if it had come a
Miss Beulah Melton is spending
the week at the Dallas Chapman
Ralph Nash came up from
Tulsa one day the latter part of
Ralph Nash spent the first of
the week exercising Ben Craig's
Dewey Gardner and Jesse
Kimball attended band rehersa!
at Oklahoma City Sunday.
Miss Bess Silverthorn, who
has been teaching at Daggett,
closed her school Friday evening,
and returned Monday to her
home at Tryon.
Somewhere in France 1
August 6th, 1918
I will drop you a few lines to
let you know I arrived safely in
France and am feeling fine and
working every day.
Sure had a fine trip from Texas _
Pvt. Wm. L. Tryon
At an ice cream social given at
Mud College last Friday night,
the cake for the prettiest girl
was awarded to Miss Ezma John-
son and brought in $26.40. The
cake for the ugliest man was
won by Lewis Smith. We didn't
learn the amount of the total
Perry Hutton and Misses Lois
and Nell Hall, Ola Christy and
Jurene Grigsby motored tc
Stroud in a rouaabout Ford Sat-
Farmer L. M. Cupp renewed
his subrcription the first of the
week and said he thought the
New Era was a good paper and
was worth the money.
The brick plant at this place
may run again. An experienced
brick manufacturer was here the
first of the week looking over
the plant and prospects. There
is no good reason why the busi-
ness will not pay here.
A letter from the A. & M.
College at Stillwater informs us
that boys over eighteen that
wish to attend college may be
exempt from military service
until they finish their course, and | j
asks that anyone interested write
them for fuller information.
Did It Ever Occur to You?
That your home merchant is entitled to your trade? He knows
you. Knows your faults and your aspirations. You know his
shortcomings and his good points. You know his son, daughter,
mother and wife. He has placed his confidence in your community
to the extent of building up a business here. Has thought enough
of the social life to rear his family here. What does it imply?
Simply that as far as possible he will use his enthusiasm, means and
ambition to help make this city and surrounding country only second
to none to live in. Why? Because he is also one of the many units
in it. Because for him to achieve success the whole community
1 must needs thrive also. Hence his real interest in all respects lies
i as you will readily agree that apart from financial reasons they
have no interest whatever in your community. Were it not so this
Hutton returned to article would never have been written. Let us view this from every
angle, not leaving out our own acts just because they may be incon-
sistent, by having helped enrich other communities at the expense
of our own. Elevea articles follow this one. Watch for them.
Davenport Saturday from Galves-
ton, Texas, where he has been in
the Aviation Servic#.
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