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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1918

          January 18, 1918                                                February 1, 1918        

4 January:

     Miss Gertrude Ward, who is working in Monticello, spent last week with her sister, Mrs. Loren Davis, of this place.

11 January:

     [Draft classifications: Joseph Raymond Ward 262-2; William Carl Brandt 411-4.]

25 January:

     Sitka: Loren Davis and wife took supper with Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Hutton Tuesday.

     Miss Gertrude Ward visited last week with home folks.

     Ray Ward has been confined to his home since Friday and is quite seriously sick.

     Mrs. Ollie Beech of Flint, Mich., who was called here on account of the death of her mother, Mrs. Jennie Hornbeck, will remain for an indefinite visit with her sister, Mrs. Clara Ward.

     [Grade averages for the first four months of school:  Frances Krintz, senior, is  fourth in her class with 93.6. Eighth grader George Krintz scored 89 on his exams, third in his class. Marjorie Krintz was third in the seventh grade class with 87.]

     We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown to us in our bereavement.
William T. Hornbeck and children,
Earl Hornbeck, Bessie E. Hornbeck,
and Clara Ward

1 February:

     [White county wants to take advantage of a government offer for a Home Demonstration Agent. It will cost $100, $8-10 from Honey Creek township, which is 10¢ per homemaker.]

1 March:

     Misses Lila and Gertrude Ward spent Sunday with their sister, Mrs. Loren Davis.

     [A new Krintz, William, is on the high school basketball team. He's doing well.
     Grade averages for the fifth month of school: William Krintz is at the top of the junior class with 92.4. Senior Frances Krintz is third in her class with 94.5.]

8 March:

     Loren Davis, who has been employed as janitor at the schoolhouse, moved Wednesday to his father's farm, north of Sitka. His brother Lloyd, who occupied the farm, goes to Remington to enter business there.

15 March:

      [Leslie Paschen won a state essay contest.]

22 March:

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Lorn Davis are the proud parents of a baby girl born Monday.

29 March:

The White County Democrat, March 29, 1918
12 April:

     Sitka: Lon Davis [sic], wife and daughter, Velma Janette, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Alvus Hutton Sunday.

     The Ladies Social Guild will meet at the home of Mrs. W.P. Cooper on Thursday afternoon April 18th. Mrs. Cooper will be assisted in entertaining by Mrs. G. A. Krintz and Mrs. Bert Snyder. A cordial invitation is extended  to all.

     [Last Sunday a meeting was held in the Presbyterian church in Buffalo in honor of boys in the service. Twenty-one were honored including Lewis Ward in Mt. Clemens, Mich.]

     Misses Gertrude Ward, Muriel Walther, and Jennie Davis spent Sunday with the Harrison girls.

     [Frances E. Krintz will graduate with four others. Her seventh month average is 95.6.]

3 May:

     Sitka: Gertrude Ward is spending this week with home folks.

     Mrs. Leanord [sic] Camp of Logansport visited last week at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Gus Krintz.

May 17, 1918                                                      May 31, 1918     

24 May:

     Sitka: Miss Lila Ward went to Reynolds this week for an indefinite stay with her aunt.

     Rinehart Krintz went to Gary Sunday evening to take up a position in the steel mills.

31 May:

     Mrs. E. M. Kuonen and children of Ambia were guests last week of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning.

     Floyd Adams of Gary was here Friday evening until Sunday. He was taken in the draft on Monday of this week and came beforehand for another visit with his parents.

7 June:

     The Sitka church dedicated a service flag Sunday night in honor of the three boys who have gone to the colors from this church. They were Lewis Ward, Ira Criswell and John Rector.
     Misses Anna Blunk and Frances Krintz left Tuesday for Greencastle where they will enter DePauw university for the summer course.

14 June:

     Rinehart Krintz was home from Gary Sunday.

28 June:

     Miss Gertrude Ward, who has been working at Geo. Lowe's the past year, is home for an indefinite stay.

12 July:

     Sitka: Miss Jennie Davis is working for Mrs. Fred Criswell of west of Monticello.

     A new daughter has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Criswell of near Monticello. Mrs. Criswell was formerly Miss Viola Ward.

 The White County Democrat, July 12, 1918

19 July:

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Conger called on Fred Criswell and family Sunday.

     Lila Ward, who has been at Reynolds the past month, is home for an indefinite stay.

     Edison Smith, who is in the navy, stationed at Long Island, was home on a furlough last week and spent a part of it at the home of Jewell Ward.

     Sitka: Mr. and Mrs. Marrel Sluyter visited Sunday with Lorn Davis and family.

     Louis W. Krintz of Smithson is registered. Class 1, no. 29. [As of July 19, he is up first to be called.]

26 July:

     Sitka: Miss Lila Ward is assisting her sister, Mrs. Fred Criswell, with her housework this week.

     Chalmers RFD 1: Mrs. Arthur Roby visited with Mrs. Guss Martin Tuesday.

     [Miss Frances Krintz will be teaching at the Spinn school in the fall.]

9 August:

     Henry Brandt, a farmer of Union township, has filed his declaration of intention of becoming an American citizen. He was born April 20, 1861, and came to the United States October 16, 1874.

23 August:

     Misses Frances Krintz and Anna Blunk returned home Wednesday from Greencastle where they have just completed the summer term at DePauw University.

30 August:

     [Louis Walter Krintz was among the first nine men called from the 1918 enlistment class. He was sent to Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky.]

13 September:

     Mrs. E. M. Kuonen and children of Ambia have come here to make their home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning. Rev. Kuonen is doing YMCA work overseas.

20 September:

     Mrs. Raymond Ward is visiting relatives and friends in Flint and Kalamazoo, Mich.

27 September:

     Mr. and Mrs. Jewell F. Ward have received word that their son, Corporal Lewis W. Ward of the 828th Aero Squadron has arrived safely overseas.

     [Reynolds basketball team won its first game against Monon 29-12, with G. Krintz playing forward and W. Krintz as guard.]

4 October:


     Two aeroplanes were seen to pass over the town of Reynolds about four p.m. last Sunday afternoon. They came from the north and pursued their route south passing directly over the town. Just where they came from and where they were going is not known. They seemed to be about 1500 feet high and the sight was witnessed by many local people.

11 October:

     Sitka: Ray Ward was a Lafayette caller Monday.

     [Sitka: Lorn Davis is suffering from the influenza epidemic.]

25 October:

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt north of Monticello are both very ill with influenza.

6 November:


     Mrs. Theodore Zarse of near Chalmers died Monday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock after an illness of only several days from influenza. The deceased was about thirty years old, and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt of Monticello. She leaves a husband, two small boys, her parents, and two brothers, Wm. Brandt and Henry Brandt, and one sister, Mrs. Clarence Hutton.

15 November:

    World War Is Virtualy Over [sic]

     [Grand jurors selected for the November court term included Henry Brandt Sr.]

22 November:

     About forty-five attended the B.Y.P.U. Social and business meeting held at Guy Ginn's Saturday night. [Lila Ward was elected secretary for the coming year.]

     [Grade averages: With 93.8, William Krintz was first among the seniors, while George Krintz was third in the freshman class with 94.6.]

29 November:



     Now that the war is over, those who helped to bring it to a successful close will begin to be given some reward or recognition for the work they have done. The Boys Working Reserve was speedily gaining in strength as the war progressed because these boys were gradually taking over the work that older men had left in order to go to the service. In another year it would have been as strong an organization here and would have played as important a part in home defense as they have in Canada where they have been absolutely indispensable.
     That a great deal of work was accomplished in White county by these boys will be evidenced by the names listed below who are entitled to wear the Bronze Badge of the organization. In order to merit this badge they must have worked at least 36 days on the farm during the summer or 60 days in an industrial enterprise.
     [A long list follows. Included are George Carl Krintz, William Henry Krintz, Carl Henry Dittman, Roy Burget, Cleo Raymond Davis, and many others.]

27 December:

     Louis Krintz, who is at Camp Taylor, returned last Monday morning on a six day furlough. Army life  seems to have agreed with him, as he has gained 34 pounds since he left.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.    

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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