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June 7, 2018 100 Years Ago - June 13, 1918
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Yoder & Swartzendruber have sold their interests in the garage business to the Kalona Motor Co. This change was made necessary by the fact that Mr. Swartzendruber has enlisted in the U. S. Army service and is to go Saturday to being his new duties. He will be in one of the mechanical units of the aerial service, but we are not informed as to the name of the exact branch of work.

His partner, Lewis Yoder, is also contemplating enlistment and will probably do so as soon as the business affairs of the firm can be closed up.

This marks the going from Kalona business circles of a pair of mighty fine young business men and we are sorry to lose them from the town. But Uncle Sam needs just such men in the army, so we will have to bear the loss and wish them God Speed and a safe return.

Frank Tower is around again at his work after a serious siege of erysipelas. He was able to go to work at the tile factory again about a week ago.

The Chicago Store patriotic window display is a dandy. The Chicago Store boys, Lon Adams, Roy Osborne and Keith Rushing deserves credit for the tasty arrangements.

Gov. W. L. Harding will bring the address at the Kalona Patriotic Day, June 15. He will dedicate the service flag.

Committees for Patriotic Day include: John A. Yoder, chairman; D. C. Miller, secretary; H. W. Benn, treasurer.

The Center Schoolhouse was moved to the M. E. Yoder farm last Monday. Work on the new building is to begin soon.

Hugh Dunlap, who has been waiting so long for his call to the aviation service, received the long looked for summons yesterday. He is to go to Berkeley, Calif. and report next week.

Mrs. O. H. Dunlap tells us that her son, Paul, write her from the Presidio at San Francisco, telling of his experiences in the training camp. He says they are sure getting a strenuous training, from early morning until late in the evening, but that the weather is fine and cool and that he is felling fine and enjoys the vigorous training camp life.


Lon Schmidt attended the purebred Hereford cattle sale at Kansas City the past week.

An inspector from the State Department of Public Instruction was here recently inspecting St. Mary’s Parachial high school with the view of making a report for the purpose of making it an accredited school. If the school is regularly approved and doubtless it will be, the graduates of this institution will be accepted a the colleges and university without further preparatory work.

Mrs. Jos. Allen of Columbus Junction was here last Thursday for the Memorial Day program. And that evening left for Kalona for a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Roy Snider.


Several of our citizens have been lending their services to the farmers the past few days by helping them plow corn. E. H. Mackey has been out at Chas. Mayer and Auctioneer Karr has been out at John Griner’s doing their bit toward helping raise food for the soldiers. And there are others.

Miss Gertrude Schroder is attending summer school at Mt. Vernon. She went Monday.

Mrs. Ray Walton and little daughter spent yesterday at the parental Walton home in Riverside.

Keith Shepherd went to Lone Tree yesterday morning to spend a few days with his two sisters, the Mesdames O’Connor, before leaving for Chicago to accept a position in a garage.

Amber Lantz and Velma Maplethorpe left Monday for Cedar Falls where they will attend summer school. About a dozen of our young people are attending summer school there now.

Dan J. Miller and wife, G. S. Yoder and wife and Chris Bender left last Friday morning for a visit with our colony of folks near Bayport, Mich.

Lone Tree

The annual election of the stockholders of the Lone Tree Savings Bank elected the following: John P. Burr, Geo. W. Johnston, F. H. Kirchner, Joseph Walker, Jos. Yakish, Levi P. Burr and Wm. H. Yakish.

The hearing began against Fred Lemke and son Louis of Lone Tree. Frederick and Louis Lemke, farmers near Lone Tree, were today arraigned before Untied State Commissioner A. G. Bush.

Feeling against the accused men, father and son, is bitter in the vicinity of their home, Assistant United States Attorney E. G. Moon told the commissioner. Mr. Moon hurried to Davenport following the arrest to represent the government at the hearing today.

Three government witnesses testified that neither of the defendants had subscribed to the first two Liberty loans, and that strong pressure following a three hours interview in the third loan campaign was necessary to secure a subscription from Lemke senior.

Liberty Loan, Red Cross and Loyalty League workers were referred to in disparaging terms by the accused men, government witnesses stated.

On one occasion the younger Lemke, according to Charles Doerres of Lone Tree, informed the third Liberty loan committee that ‘four other beggars’ had had visited the Lemke farm that day.

When the elder Lemke subscribed unwillingly $1,000 to the third loan, the son told his father “he would be sorry for so doing’ and accused the loan workers of getting $12 a day each for their work in the bond campaign, according to witnesses.

Lemke senior agreed to take out a $100 bond for his son, ‘to keep Louis out of trouble,’ Doerres sated. Louis, however, refused to sign the card and told the loan works to ‘turn him in’ that he ‘would take chances.’

When called upon during the Red Cross war relief fund recently to subscribe, the elder Lemke, according to Doerres, said he ‘only had 10 cents and wouldn’t give to the Red Cross that was making millionaires of people in America.’

However, he finally signed a pledge card for $2.

A dramatic touch was given to the hearing when the elder Lemke asked to be heard.

In a voice shaken by emotion and with tears in his eyes, the aged man declared he had come to this country as a German slave in 1871, the he had taken up his residence in the world’s garden spot and that his heart was right and he was loyal to America.

The case was continued.

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