WHEATLAND - World War I, First World War, The Great War, or The War to End All Wars. On April 6th, 2017 the United States will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of our entering in World War I.
The Great War actually started almost 3 years prior to the United States entering the fighting. On June 28, 1914 Arch Duke Fraz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip. One month later, July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, and four days later Germany declares war on Russia. The United Kingdom then declares war on Germany and one by one the European countries declare war on each other. President Wilson declares U.S. neutrality. The war rages on, over there.
President Wilson wins the 1916 presidential election, continues his vow of neutrality and calls for “peace without victory”. By January of 1917 Wilson is becoming frustrated with his efforts to mediate peace. Germany Foreign Minister, Zimmermann, sends a telegram to the Ambassador of Mexico asking him to propose that the Mexican Government form an alliance against the United States but it is intercepted by the British. February 1917 Wilson asks congress for greater powers, he wants to wage naval war, and is refused but congress does pass a $250 million arms appropriation bill intended to make the U.S. ready for war. Further instability in Europe encourages Wilson to act and on April 2, 1917 he asks for a declaration of war. April 6, 1917 the United States officially declares war against Germany.
May 28, 1917 the Selective Service Act is passed requiring all men between the ages of 21 and 30 years to register for the draft. Many ads are seen stating “Register or go to Prison”. The first registration date is set for June 5, 1917. Local papers boast that over 900 men from Platte County have registered. There will be 2 more scheduled registration dates of June 5, 1918 and September 12, 1918.
Platte County is spared in the first draft “lottery” as they have had 100 men join I Company of the National Guard, making the county’s first quota of required men to serve. There will be many more draft drawings to come before the war is over. On June 25, 1917 the first U.S. troops land in France. December 27, 1917 it is reported that the first Platte County boys, 41st Division, reach Europe. Many would take that oath to fight for their country before the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, ending the Great World War.
While trying to research the names of those enlisted or drafted from the Platte County area I found my best sources were the local newspapers. Most of the record keeping was up to the counties and some had better records then other. The following lists of names were garnered from draft lists, enlistment notices and articles in the Guernsey and Wheatland newspapers for 1917 & 1918. This list in no way is a complete list of those who served from Platte County and since many names came from draft lists I have no way of knowing if they were accepted or denied based on their physicals. I apologize in advance for any names misspelled from transcribing them. I will list them by the towns that they were associated to.
Bordeaux: Fred A. Drew, Jesus Arzyos, Monte C Mettison, Oscar B Gudahl.
Cassa: Simon Katzman, James Tillman.
Chugwater: A Blake, Albert Hintz, Albert Voight, Andrew McDonald, Arthur Barnhill, Artie T Allen, Benjamin Franklin Lambert, Cecil W Lyon, Chester M Dowers, Claire M Dixon, Clark A Rinehart, Dennis Brennan, DeWitt G Latham, Duncan Kerr, Durwald Carl, Earl Dowers, Edmond Wyatt, Effie L Gould, Elmer Ferguson, Elmer Hersh, Eugene Sullivan, Floyd L Roe, Frank D Lambert, Frank E Mullin, Frank Hentges, Frank J Kriz, Fred J Bennett, Frederick J Miller, George Joseph Jr, Glen A Cook, Gray S Ford, Harold A Gould, Harry M Neil, Henry E Hogue, Henry Gustafson, Horace Quivey, James F Chapman, John Morosie, John C Lambert, John P Wilson, John R Bostwick, Joseph Jauonsak, Lewis F McDonald, Lloyd Mullin, Nedmand D Foss, Noble G Whitaker, Oscar S Eyler, Paul Gustafson, Prentiss Webb, Robert F Taylor, Robert L Taylor, Roscoe Welty, Samuel C Ommerman, Vincent Martellra, W V Huff, Wilford McCurdy, Wm I Corry, Wm Terwilliger.
Diamond: Albin J Bell, Duncan McDonald, Paul M Edlund.
Dwyer: Clarence C McCaddon, Earl H Call, Edgar Wright, Fillmore Martin, Gale Lews, Harold T Duffy, Ira Frank, J C Vermilyea, Joe H Lack, John E Criss, Julius Miller, Lewis A Miller, Lewis J Pierce, Maurice R Rinker, Ora Call, Orlan Lewis, Paul Shettler, Raymond G Eddy, Raymond J Eddy, Seth R Cox, Wallace F Mojden.
Glendo: Andrew F Miller, Arthur Koehler, Arthur L Brentlinger, Benjamin F Collins, Bert E Witt, Charles Roberts, Clayton W Miller, Earle T Cook, Elmer F Gentleman, Ernest A Field, Floyd D McManus, Harrison D Payton, Henry M Furrow, Ira Burdick, James A Hearn, Jim H Hazelrigg, John B Foxton, John Bergan, John F Moeska, John L Weirner, John Wausing, Joseph A Geri, Joseph M Lopez, L A Miller, Oel Bergan, Spase Numeheff, Stanilaus Hytrek, Thomas J Hearn, Vincent Freouf, Wilfred A Sheldon.
Grayrocks: Elmer Larson, Orvile J Monger.
Guernsey: Alex Garrlin, Archie Miller, Chas. H Harold, Chas. McNail, Earie Robertson, Earl H McNall, Ellis C Etheridge, Emmett McNail, Everett Craig, Frank Pritook, Frank S Fletcher, Frank Tucker, Frank V Beal, Frederick S Broghton, Geo. Lane, Glen Willson, Harry Parigo, Henry B Guernsey, Herbert Nicholis, Herman Medow, Hiram E Stoneking, Isnae Sincher, Jacob Cadis, James C Cresap, James Dower, James K Doran, Jerry Jordan, Jim Joplin, John Curley, John E Walton, John H Conklin, John Osberg, Joseph Lynch, Joseph Roushar, K. A. Tidball, Lawrence E Liver, Lemuel Dew, Lester Colby, Louis P Marlet, Marvin VanBuskirk, Mike Chelomis, Mr. Burnham (High School Teacher), Mr. Scott, Orin Cook, Oscar H King, Percey Peterson, Ray Joplin, Richard J Banning, Roy Berry, Virgil E Davis, Walter Tritt, W J Moreland, William DeFond, William J Kennedy, William Miller, Wm. Henry Don, Wm. Wadell.
Heartville: Dimikus N Voukidis, Ernie Moore, Fred Sommer, James J Martin, John L. Westover, Lee F Doyle, Louis G Rebillet, Nicholas A Gribos, Samuel Maralda.
Lakeview: Harry Lanning, Harvey R Dawson, J. Van Burk, James C Clark, Thomas M Olson.
Slater: Arvy A Warren, Clarence Walker, Frank Adamson, Irvin Miller, John Blevens, John Casbery, Marion H Faulkner, Virgil C Durbin, Walter Beebe.
Sunrise: Aaron S Covington, Capasso Poala, Chas. Graham, Claude Martin, Demetrins Agranas, Dominick Balzan, E. J. McNabb, Frank Boca, Frank Brazalle, Frank Hargadine, Frank Zeppa, George Harvey, Gust Alassoreas, Gust Rodopulos, Harry Chilimegras, James Winship, Jim Palistncs, Jim Spinneli, Joe Lazzaretto, Joe Palma, John Giaccetti, John Miller, Josceyly Staney, Lieut. Jackson, Louise Koerrnovich, Martino Palcon, Ouario Corlesimo, Robert Potter, Roscoe E Robertson, Roy Atkinson, Samuel C Robertson, Tom Fillo, Victor Librelate, William A Miller, William Driscoll, William E Dufond, William E Mitchell, Zaferros Nikalaos.
Uva: Augustus Abendroth, Calvin L Todd, H. C. Tyler, John E Criss, John Yates, Morris R Rinker, Wayne Hurst.
Wheatland: Adolph Stieber, Albert Noe, Albert A. Wiegand, Allen Eichenberg, Argil A Axford, Arnold Rahman, Arthur H Eshom, Arthur J Bickell, Arthur M Antrim, Arthur Rietz, Bennie Compass, Bernie Coleman, Byron McGee, Calvin J Chedester, Calvin Keahey, Carl Durward, Carl Nelson, Carl Recrink, Ceo. M Christensen, Charles A Gibbons, Charles A Rietz, Charles Erzinger, Charles H Edwards, Charles N Overman, Chas. W. Federer, Chiles P Plummer, Clarence C Mecum, Clarence E Catney, Clarence J Hemmant, Clarence Wilson, Clealle V Crouter, Conrad Fertig, Dave Ryff, David E Mitchell, Dawson A Phelps, Dick B Palmer, Don L Mudd, Donald A McDougal, Donovan B Brownell, Dr. Phifer, Duncan McDonald, Earl R Miller, Ed Kemp, Edward A Nelson, Edward A Palmer, Edward D Long, Edward Lake, Edward R Anderson, Edwin J Manfull, Ellery Craft, Estey E French, Forest L Pence, Frank C Adams, Frank E Chase, Frank W. Whittaker, Frank Wilkinson, Frank Wise, Fred L Sweet, Fred L Whitley, Fred Ryff, Fred Wailes, Fredrick W Oschatz, G.W. Goodrich, Geo. E Turner, Geo. M Chritenen, George Montgomery, George T Wade, George White, Glen E Clay, Gustave Swan, Guy Menter, H.C. Tyler, Harison Walu, Harold Frederickson, Harold N Tennyson, Harold O Willard, Harold W Nyman, Harrison A Jones, Harry B Ayres, Harry Brown, Harry P Chadwick, Henry B Grove, Henry Keahey, Jack Waitman, Jake P Kellebrew, James Bouldin, James E Stewart, James Wilson, John F Broderdrop, John H Mullen, John L Noe, John S. Hobbs, John W Blevens, John W Miller, John W Stuart, Joseph A Pacheco, Joseph H Lock, Joseph R Campbell, Lee J Ferguson, Lee Stafford, Leland F Bare, Leo J. Ferguson, Leo J. Noe, LeRoy Branch Johnson, Lew Southworth, Lewis C Butler, Lewis E Hay, Lewis Orlan, Lora Z Ely, Loring E Hines, Maurice M Wright, Merle Douglas, Morris N. Eshom, Myriel Jordan, Nelson Skillman, Oscar Gleason, Otto Baker, Paul Eshom, Pearl Belcher, Ralph E Wampler, Ralph J Conner, Ray Alfred Webster, Raymond Adams, Raymond Baker, Rebt L Simmes, Reuben W Good, Robert B Nolan, Robert Perry, Robert R Barnum, Roy W Robbins, Samuel S Howell, Steve Sheuer, Thomas B Brattebo, Thomas C Bush, Thos. Tugman, Truman Howell, Ulysses Clark, Vollie Osborne, Walter Mathias, Whyde J Webb, Wilfred G Genier, William Miller, William H Soward, Willie Andersen, Wm Jones, Wm. A Boggs, Wm. Davis, Wm. W Wolf, Wren F Hanscom.
What an amazing list of fine brave men that gave up their freedom for that of others. Many came home, and many did not. It was estimated that close to 10 million soldiers died in the First World War, and close to another 10 million civilians died from starvation and disease. As a member of the Elizabeth Ramsey Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution here in Wheatland we know how important the sacrifices of our soldiers have been in history and how important they will be to the generations to come. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those brave men and women who served and sacrificed for our county. Please take a moment on April 6th to remember these brave soldiers that put their own lives here in Platte County on hold to fight for the lives of those in countries they had never met.