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Kalona, Iowa

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The Kalona News

August 9, 2018 100 years ago - August 15, 1918
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Word from Orlo Britton states that he is in the infirmary. With the strenuous work of camp life, the ligaments of his back were strained and he is laid up for a short time. Orlo’s chief worry is that his regiment will get away to France before he is able to go with them.

R. H. Peterseim, wife and child, Mrs. George Plank and D. Stutzman started Monday for Stark County, Ohio, for a visit with relatives and friends.

To the people of Kalona and vicinity, the Baptist bell will ring each week day promptly at 12 o’clock and will ring for one minute.

Regardless of what you are doing, in the name of God, in the name of our own soldier boys, and in the name of our Allies, will you stop for one minute and offer to God a silent prayer for the success and the safety of our boys and allies.

If you cannot pray, will you not stop and reverently come to attention and concentrate your mind on the success of the Allied forces.


Mrs. Jim Robison of Nira and her two children were run into by an automobile driver without lights by Wellman boys last Thursday night. They were thrown from their buggy and luckily escaped serious injury. The buggy and harness were damaged somewhat.

Mrs. John Whetstine may consider herself very fortunate indeed that she escaped fatal injury when her horse ran away last Friday night and threw her out of the buggy. She was badly shaken up and somewhat bruised but she was able to be in town the first of the week with her daughter, Mrs. Earl Foster, who is here visiting. The animal was not supposed to be fractious or afraid of anything, but when a part of the harness broke and let the buggy run onto it, it took a notion to run and run it did in spite of all the pulling that Mrs. Whetstine could do.

Attorney Bell says, regarding our item last week in which we stated you could tell a pro-German by talking with him but a very short time, that he could go us one better, by telling whether a man is pro-German or not by just looking at him.


A number of our townspeople who resented the alleged attempt of Hubert Kern to evade military service in what was claimed to be his regular turn in the list of draft registrants, went to his home Wednesday evening and sprayed the dwelling and his automobile with yellow paint. Before going to the home they phoned to Mr. Kern, who was in the country at the time, and informed him of what they were going to do. He hurried into town and he and his father-in-law, George Tremmel, opposed the action of the mob by covering them with a loaded shotgun.

The mob which went to the Kern home was led by Fred Schnoebelen who today left for Jefferson Barrecks, Mo., to begin military training. Fred and his people and friends contended that he was taking Hubert Kern’s place in order to call off the restraints and that had justice been done. The latter would have been in the first August contingent. He is averred that Mr. Kern misled the exemption board in several matters vital to his case for applying for deferred classification and also that political poll was brought into action in attainting this end.

A large crowd gathered at the scene at the Kern home Wednesday night and for a time the excitement was at highpitch. Mr. Tremmel threatened to shoot Fred Schnoebelen “if he did not leave the premises,” but Fred replied that he “would just as leave die there as in Europe and that he was going to finish the painting job before he left.” Rene Schnoebelen, father of Fred, appeared on the scene and wrested the shotgun from Mr. Tremmel and soon afterwards the crowd began to disperse.

We are informed that four little boys of this community entered the Wencil Beranek home one day last week while he was away and committed quite a depredation, breaking dishes, a clock and other valuables, damaging some bed clothing, strewing sugar and coffee and other eatables about the house, and otherwise wasting and damaging property.

A Liberty bond and some insurance papers are also missing and it seems the boys are unable to tell where they are.

Considerable hard feeling has been created by the incident. As yet, no action has been taken against the boys, but we understand the aggrieved persons are determined on making it a dear lesson to them.

A rumor is afloat that the Iowa boys who recently went to the military training camp at Camp Pike, Ark. are soon to be transferred to Camp Dodge. It is understood that there is much sickness among the boys, caused by the intense heat. Letters received here from the Riverside boys would seem to substantiate the rumors.

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