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Navarro County, Texas


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Jim Moore, one of the Emmet soldier boys, came home the other day from over the sea and he said that a soldier that would compare this past world war to hell should be forced to apologize to the Devil.  He said that it was worse than hell to stand in the trenches hip deep in mud for days, then crawl out and fight their way over the top and see their comrades blown into atoms to free the whole world and give them democracy, then come home and find themselves disfranchised.  Some one asked him was he going to scratch those amendments on the 24th.  He remarked, “Scratch them; that I will.”  He said that the boys would all scratch them to a man.


Riley Risden "Rid" Hinkle
Jan 26, 1892 - Aug 24, 1986

Reb R. Hinkle, son of S. A. Hinkle of Frost was here today en route home from Camp Bowie where he was discharged yesterday. Mr. Hinkle was with the 21st Machine Gun Battalion of the 7th Division, and was on the firing line for thirty-two days and escaped all injury.


David Daniels

Heard From Son

Simon Daniels received a letter today from his son, David. David is in the 36th division and wrote that he was well. He wrote of seeing the Gergory boy, the Highnote boy, and Smoky Roughton at a distance but did not get to talk with any of them. David said things were sure high in France. He said a good pie costs $3, over sixty cents a slice and that cream puffs were sold for 15 cents apiece.


WWI Draft Demonstration for Blooming Grove Area


Big Demonstration Was Staged at Blooming Grove Saturday

Saturday evening at 2:30 o’clock the citizens of Blooming Grove and community gave a big demonstration to commemorate the departure of the men in the first draft that left for the training camps at San Antonio. The demonstration was arranged for the Exemption Board No. 2 composed of Mrs. Roger Loyd, J. L. Cox and Dr. J. A. Wilkinson together with the Blooming Grove Red Cross Society with Miss Byrd Roebuck as chairman.

Promptly at the hour stated the men in the first draft were lined up in the main street of Blooming Grove where the speakers, together with a large crowd were present to give their last farewell to the new soldiers of the National army.

Hon. T. H. Jack and Capt. R. D. George, Sr., were speakers for the occasion and both gentlemen made very impressive talks to the new soldiers that brought much applause and showed much patriotism.

The speeches made much impression on the new soldiers and there is no doubt but that the advice given them will make them fight harder than ever before for right and liberty.

Following the speeches Chairman Roger Loyd of the exemption board presented each man with a $5 gold piece as gifts from the business men of Blooming Grove, which showed a very thoughtful and unselfish spirit of the patriotic citizens of this prosperous and patriotic community. Mr. Loyd took it upon himself to get the money for the men and had no trouble in collecting the necessary amount required for the nine men of the first draft.

The demonstration lasted about one hour and was one that will be long remembered by the drafter men, as well as the citizens of Blooming Grove, and proved how well the drafted men stood in the hearts of their many friends who on this occasion gave them a last farewell.

Mr. Oscar C. Ingram, one of the drafted men, responded to the speeches that were made in which he also showed the true American patriotism, and in speaking in behalf of those men in the first draft made a splendid response that brought cheers from the big crowd.

Immediately after the program was completed Mr. Loyd together with Mr. Cox and the drafted men came to Corsicana to join in our demonstration given so successfully on the same day in honor of the boys drafted from both districts, the total number of which were eighteen.

The drafted men from district No. 2 are as follows: Lucian Guy Rich, White’s Chapel; Walter Love, White’s Chapel; E. L. Brown, Blooming Grove; Arthur Roberts, Frost; Carl D. Heather, Rice; Wayne B. Frederick, Blooming Grove; Sojourner Woodward, Purdon; O. C. Ingram, Blooming Grove; W. G. Johnson, Blooming Grove.


Navarro County National Guard called to Active Duty


Capt. Davis Outlines Duties and Deportment for His Men

At ten o’clock Sunday morning as per previous notice all members of Troop F recruited in this city lined up on the east side of South Beaton Street where they were formally notified by Captain Davis that they were now United States soldiers and that in the future they would be under the regulations of the United States government.

The roll call showed that all were present with one or two exceptions, those absent having valid excuses. Captain Davis explained to the troop that in accordance with a decree issued by the president that at twelve o’clock Saturday night all National Guards ceased to exist and that from that hour they were regular United States soldiers, subject to the articles of war, and that these articles would be read to the troop from day to day. He told the boys that as long as they are gentlemen that the guard house would have no terrors for them and admonished them to be gentlemen and at all times be mindful of the wishes of others and to always remember that the citizens of Corsicana had treated them with every consideration, besides donating liberally to their mess fund.

The members of Troop F., about sixty-seven in number who lived out of town and would be fed and housed here were assigned lodging and the feeding was turned over to Mess Sergeant Bowen. Captain Davis told the men that mess would be served at seven, twelve and six o’clock and that roll call would be at 7:45 each morning, that daily drills would start at eight and continue until 10:30, and that a school would be held each afternoon for non-commissioned officers and that drill by the company would be resumed each afternoon. Captain Davis also advised the boys to get overalls pending the arrival of uniforms, for which requisition has been made, and stated that it was not known when the troop would be ordered to Fort Worth.

After those men who live out of the city had been assigned to rooms the troop was dismissed for the day.

There was quite a crowd of citizens who witnessed the muster-in and close attention was paid to the remarks made to the troop by Captain Davis.

Following is the muster roll:
Capt. Charles A. Davis, 1st Lieut. William G. Kinsolving, 1nd Lieut. Leland L. Leslie, 1st sergeant J. L. Walton, Supply Sergeant Tom W. Ransom, Mess Sergeant John A. Bowen. Stable Sergeant Felix DeLafosse.
Sergeants—Robert P. McClellan, Bunyon Mikell, James E. Tarver, James M. Dyer, Jr., Henry A. Glenn.
Corporals—Ward Clopton, Douglas F. Jackson, Robert L. Harlee, Otto P. Lowry, Hugh G. Sloan, Louis C. Molloy, John Sloan, Harry Brassell.
Cooks—Joseph B. Boyd, Lawrence C. Hunt.
Horseshoers—Carl G. Ruth.
Saddler—Homer G. Watson.
Buglers—Edwin P. Bonner, Walter P. Wilson.
Privates, 1st Class—Percy D. Blackburn, Carl Q. Boucher, William R. Burk, James T. Collier, John J. Garner, James Huitt, Charles F. Irvine, William O. Jackson, William C. Langham, Claude M. Liles, Louis M. Marshall, Robert G. Molloy, Beden Owen, Ray E. Pressley, William A. Reese, Ed V. Sweatt, Troy H. Tarver, Lorin P. Tilley, Roy F. Thompson, John A. Thompson, Jr.
Privates—Rufus Arp, Jack Armstrong, Claude R. Atkinson, Ira S. Baley, Charley Bee, Jr., James D. Boucher, Arther A. Burleson, Edward Bozek, Joseph E. Bradley, Claude Collins, Elbert G. Crafton, Monroe L. Crawford, Walter J. Cross, Sam E. Ellis, George G. Fleming, Azro Fortner, Jessie M. Garlington, Everett S. Gentsch, Homer C. Gentsch, Chester Gilliam, Jack T. Gladney, Jr., Oscar L. Gladney, Bethel Goodin, Edson E. Graham, Marion Harliee, Ernest C. Hawkins, George S. Holloway, Percy F. Howell, Amos Jackson, Lemuel McCord, Boyd McMillan, William M. Manning, Jessie L. Mann, Fred Mabry, Bryan S. Miller, Raymond W. Morgan, George P. Nordhausen, Ree A. Norred, Bufford H. Nutt, James S. Olsen, Clinton F. Paschall, Thomas J. Price, William B. Ransom, Wayne F. Reynolds, Robert D. Richards, Edwin Riddle, Marvin E. Riley, Marcus L. Riley, Mammon K. Riley, Penn Rowe, Walter Scruggs, Frank Seton, John D. Spencer, Edwin C. Staples, James J. Stellman, Hugh B. Steward, Sam Stroder, Gordon L. Sutton, Lile Swafford, Frank B. Taylor, Sam T. Taylor, Cazie N. Thompson, Lee Wellons, Hubert M. Wigley, Melvin Wigley, Lewis E. Williford, Earl V. Wilson, Edward H. Williams, Luther H. York, Fred S. York.


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