“In Memoriam:” Soldiers of the Great War

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

In the May 19, 1919 issue of the Evening Kansan Republican the editors printed a “Report of the Committee on Memoirs at Service Held  Sunday, May 18, 1919.” In this report, Harvey County soldiers that had died during the Great War were remembered. The issue gave a brief description of each man.  The issue also included  “The Complete Roster of Harvey Co. World War Soldiers.”

Evening Kansan Republican, 19 May 1919, p. 1.

Based on the information in the newspaper article more soldiers from Harvey County died from pneumonia, than died in action, illustrating the  devastating effect of the 1918 Influenza. Six were killed in action, five others died on foreign soil, and 14 in the United States.

Postcard, 1918-1919

The  men are listed below.   In the coming year,  watch for stories of these men to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Great War.

Killed in Action

  • Wayne G. Austin – first killed in action
  • Carl D. Johnson
  • Arthur P Whitesell
  • Lauren John Finnell
  • Edwin Hall, Jr
  • Loren Rogers

 

  • Loy A. Hege from Halstead was also killed in action.  It is unclear why he is not listed with the others.

Died of Pneumonia on Foreign Soil

  • Rudolph August Carl Steffen
  • James Edward Taylor
  • Joseph P Trego
  • John G. Schaplowsky
  • William E. Dreier

Died of Pneumonia on US soil

  • MacArthur B. Brush
  • Irvin Haury
  • Herman Heinrich Christian Green
  • Emmett H Neuway
  • Roy Lee Pittman
  • Max Reynolds
  • Lee Elmer Shepherd
  • Cleo Walter Miline
  • Earl Floyd Alfred Hood
  • Melvin Savage
  • Burton Elmer Cochran
  • James Shea

Accidental Death on US Soil

  • William Savage
  • *** Loy A. Hege from Halstead was also killed in action.  It is unclear why he is not listed with the others.

 

Parade, 1919.
Newton Main Street, Old Mill in the background.

Complete Roster

The Evening Kansan Republican  also included “A Complete Roster of Harvey County World War Soldiers.”

Evening Kansan Republican, 19 May 1919, p. 6.

 

Something Old Is New: the Hitching Post

Something new can be seen around Newton.

In front of Breadbasket, Newton, Ks

In front of Et Cetera Shop, 629 Main, Newton.

While today it is a place to ‘hitch’ your bike, the idea is old.

Businesses along Main would have a place to hitch your horse while you shopped or did business.

500 Block, Main, Newton. 1885.

Parade, ca. 1900. Newton?

Walton, Ks 1907.

Early street scene, possibly Sedgwick, Ks.

Commercial Street, Sedgwick, ca. 1900.

Residential areas also made use of hitching posts and some can still be seen.  In some cases, all we have is a photo with no location identified.  Some may have  been taken down since the photo was taken.  If you happen to recognize one, let us know at HCHM so we can add it to our information with the photo.

Concrete & Stone Hitching Posts

HCHM, 203 Main, Newton.

 

920 N. Main, Newton.

 

Unknown location, Newton.

 

Unknown location, Newton.

 

100 Block E 7th, Newton

 

325 N. Pine, Newton

 

325 N Pine, Newton

 

207 N. Pine, Newton.

 

Sherman & E. Broadway, Newton.

 

224 E. 4th, Newton.
The home of P.M. Claassen Family in the early 1900s.

 

322 E 4th, Newton

 

206 E 10th, Newton. Home of J.B. Dickey, Jr in 1928.

 

801 N. Plum, Newton. Home of Dr. O.W. Roff in the early 1900s.

Wood  Hitching Posts

Unknown location, Newton

 

Metal Tree Trunk Hitching Posts

413 W. Broadway, Newton. 1928 home of the F.M. Overstreet family.

 

425 W. Broadway, Newton.

 

433 W Broadway, Newton.

 

608 E. 4th, Newton.

 

Unknown location, Newton.

 

Unknown location, Newton.

 

Plain Metal Hitching Posts

Unknown location, Newton.

 

Unknown location, Newton.

Unusual Hitching Posts

Unknown location, Newton.