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100 years ago today, 21 Aug 1918: The Great War in Adair Co.


By the latter part of August, 1918, the tide of World War I had turned in favor of the Allied Powers but the outcome of the conflict remained far from certain. Several war-related items found their way to the front page of the August 21 edition of the News.

Once such news piece came in form of an announcement that the 24th, a Saturday, "has been fixed by Provost Marshal General Crowder for all youths to register who have reached 21 years year of age since June 5," the date of the most recent registration. Continued the article, "The purpose is to add quickly to the almost exhausted Class 1 to meet army draft calls for September." Authorities expected 150,000 young men across the nation to appear. In Adair County, registration would be held in Columbia from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Cash Cheatham was en route from Camp Beauregard to New Jersey
C.D. (Cassius Dohoney) Cheatham had recently written home that he was en route from Camp Beauregard to "some point in New Jersey," where he expected "to embark at an early date fo overseas service against the Hun." Soldier Cheatham also reported he was enjoying life as a soldier and expressed regret he was unable to be furloughed for a few days before shipping out to Europe.

Ann Lizze Walker had heard from her son, Doc
Ann Lizze Walker had heard from her son, Doc, stationed at Chillicothe, Ohio, who reported that "his command was packed for France and that some of the equipment had already been shipped." Doc also commented that "all the boys were ready and anxious to leave...for the oversea journey."

Clarence Marshall was spending his furlough in Adair County
Clarence Marshall, stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., was spending his furlough at the home of his father, J.W. Marshall of Glenville; Lt. Jo Hurt has arrived safely in France and was enjoying fine health, according to cablegram received by his mother, Mrs. L.B. Hurt; and Leontiff "True" Akers, who had been wounded in action in France, spoke in a letter to his father of his rapid recovery from battle injuries and stated he would soon be able to return to the front line.

Remains of Rollin Burbridge, who died in service arrived in Adair County
In recent days, Vander Collins of the Glenville section, along with Tom Patteson and Alvin Lewis, had departed Adair County for the army. In other front page columns came word that "Twelve colored men will leave here on Thursday, the 22nd, for the army;" and that "Thirty-six white men and twelve colored men will leave Adair County for the army between the 25th and 30th" of August. The remains of Rollin Burbridge, 26, who died while on duty at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., had arrived in Adair County Saturday past for burial in his native land.

Church services had been patriotic on preceding Sunday.
In war-related activities in Adair County, Prof. A.H. Ballard and Mr. Gordon Montgomery had addressed a Red Cross meeting at Pierce's Chapel on Sunday, "Mrs. [Mollie] Ballard and Miss Jennie Garrnett were present soliciting members." On the same day, patriotic services were held at the Columbia Baptist church, and "The service flag was unveiled revealing six stars, indicating the number of young men, members of the Church, now serving their country." Patriotic songs were sung, and the pastor, Rev. O.P. Bush, made an address appropriate to the occasion.

And finally, the News on that long ago Wednesday reprinted
"The Service Flag"
a sentimental poem by William Herschel. The first few lines:
"Dear little flag in the window there,
Hung with a tear and a woman's prayer;
Child of OLD GLORY, born with a star --
Oh, what a wonderful Flag you are."

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