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WHEATLAND — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Great War/WWI, the Platte County Historical Society has an exhibit on display in the windows of Dance Wyoming in downtown Wheatland.
Created by Elvira Call, Patsy Parkin and Judy Wilson, the exhibit features photographs, artifacts and stories about Platte County’s boys who served in WWI, some of whom didn’t come home.
The town of Hartville supplied several boys to the war effort. One was Veto Carlucci, a private in the US Army. He was born in Italy and by 1930 was living and working in Hartville. According to Elvira Call’s research he owned a house on main street and worked for the railroad. After hours, he was a shoe cobbler. Another Hartville boy was Giovanni Giaccetti. He, too, was born in Italy and lived in Hartville during the 30s. He served as a private for Company A 48 Engineers. Both Mr. Giaccetti and Veto Carlucci are buried in the Hartville cemetery.
Francel Memmer, a Wheatland boy, was the tenth of 14 children of John and Clara Memmer. He spent his war years in France and upon returning staked a homestead for himself and married Dorothy Orr. They spent out their years in Wheatland. From up around Hubbards Cupbard was Jack Rutherford who spent his early years around Laramie Peak where he broke horses for local ranches. Jack enlisted in 1917 and served on the front lines of France and Germany as Corporal in charge of a platoon or horse drawn artillery and ammunition wagons.
Those who died in service to our county includes Privates Arnold Rahman, Ora Call, Louis Rebillet, Walter Tritt, Jr., Frank Lambert and Duncan McDonald. If you have photographs and/or artifacts that you would like on display please contact Patsy Parkin at 322-9365, or Judy Wilson at 322-3765
Museums throughout Wyoming are hosting programs and exhibits about the Great War. In Casper, you can visit the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum where they have put together a major exhibit containing massive amounts of information on Wyoming in the Great War from 1916 to 1920. Also in Casper, the Casper Museum Consortium Foundation has a traveling Doughboy Footlocker exhibit which is available to schools. Beginning in September the University Libraries will host a lecture series on different aspects of Wyoming’s involvement. Other stories can be viewed on the Wyoming State Historical Society’s online encyclopedia, www.wyohistory.org.
The exhibit at Dance Wyoming will be on view through November.