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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018 Page 5 ~ STATEWIDE -- The centen- nial of the end of WWI is fast ap- proaching. There will be major events across the state beginning the end of September and seminars will be sponsored in the major cities across the state. Dates and times are mentioned on our web- site at wwl WWI North Dakota Centennial Chairman Dar- rell Dorgan says the group would like you to participate in the events. "We originated the idea of hav- ing bells toll and sirens ring on the morning of Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. across the nation and state," Dor- gan said. "The National WWI Centennial Commission is now asking all states to participate. We are asking communities across North Dakota to be involved in this tribute by ringing bells and sound- ing sirens the morning of Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Details on the event will be released shortly." North Dakota WWI committee members have also formally re- quested that Cotmty Veterans Serv- ices Officers work with local vet- eran's organizations to read the names of the more than 1,300 North Dakotan's who died in WWI, most in the just last six months of the war in the trenches of France. The committee has re- quested the names of those who died be read aloud from the steps of the county courthouse or a place of public gathering, in their county of residence, when the bells are done tolling. Groups that have events planned to commemorate WWI are also asked to contact the WWI cil for a series of community events leading up to the armistice ending WWI, 100-years ago on Nov. 11, We will sponsor lectures and community discussions in six cities during October and the first week of November. Susan Wefald or Darrell Dorgan will moderate each of the events. The programs will begin with a 10-minute video overview of WWI, followed by a 20- to 30-minute talk about how the war began, how the US be- came involved, the effort on the home-front, North Dakota's par- ticipation and the impact on the world today. That will be followed by 30 minutes of audience Q & A. The schedule provides for events in Williston on Oct. 16 and Minot Oct. 17, presented by Minot State University Professor Joseph Jastrzembski. Both programs will be' held in the public libraries and begin at 7:30 p.m. University of North Dakota Professor AI Berger will lead the Grand Forks lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Grand Forks Public Library. North Dakota State University Professor Tom Isern will headline the Oct. 24 event at 7:30 p.m. at the Fargo Public Library. Professor Carol Barrett will conduct the Jamestown gathering at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Old Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. Historian Barbara Handy-Mar- cello will lead the Bismarck event at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the North Cent 'al. site so the evet .ts,Dako .Heritage Center. can be li'stedl' The web site i Prairie Public Radio has agreed: ager is Mike Gayette at to provide several hours of air-time Our website on Nov. 11 for a conversation is Also onthe web site, a list of those who died during the 'War-to- End-All-Wars' will be posted in Mid-September and those who perished in the fight for freedom about WWI. Many stories written by our committee members about the war will likely be used. They are also considering some pro- gramming on television leading up to and on Nov. 11. will l .:!isted by county and city. The U Ext st hasbeen compiled Dorgan says, "We look for- bynoted historian Barbara Handy' ward to working with groups to help publicize the events of 1 O0 Marcello. The North Dakota WWI Cen' years ago to remember the ultimate tennial Committee has also re- sacrifice made by millions across ceived great support from the the world and thousands of others North Dakota Humanities Coun- from North Dakota." FirstCare Health Center Join Our Team! Full-time Physical Therapist position available at First Care Health Center in Park River, ND. A DPT degree is required. Duties include Outpatient, Inpatient, and Outreach Services. Application Deadline: Friday, October 5 If interested, contact Nina Hollingsworth at nina.hollingsworth@l or 701-284-4580. EOE. HEAkTIt CENTER 000 Professional Truck Drivers: We currently have driving positions available throughout the Red River Valley. You must be 21 and hold a current Class A CDL Home Daily Driving Jobs No Touch Loads Co-Pay Health and Dental Plan 401K Plan Holiday Pay Complete a quick-app at www.DriveTeam G For more information call 1-800-557-3520 " ~,t :~7!? Photos: Larry Bid Above: Kate Beneda poses on a 600 lb. pumpkin grown by her grandpa Ron Beneda. Top Left: Kate Beneda rests on a pumpkin grown by her grand- ; : parents Ron and Rita Beneda of Park River. "' ' t' , O The following is a series focusing on Park River and the surrounding com- munities during World War I, the Great War, as it was called. The con- clusion of the series will coincide with the lOOth anniversary of the conclu- sion of the war itself. By David Larson for The Press Part 4: Wartime inflation touched Park River before we entered the war in 1917; so did wartime propaganda. The Lyric showcased the nationwide pressure for involvement. In 1916 it showed "The Battle Cry of Peace," a not-at-all-subtle film that called on Americans to be prepared for war. The film was surreal- istic, yet serious; it showed airplanes bombing New York City, then spies let 25,000 foreign soldiers occupy the city. Many notables, in- cluding former President Theodore Roosevelt, recommended the film. The Lyric gave three showings in one day. Tickets were very ex- pensive, 75 cents for adults and 25 cents for children, instead of the usual 25 and 10. Propaganda seems to have been popular. If propaganda flooded the town before 1917, death stalked it. Several ex-Park Riverites died fighting in the Canadian army. In July 1916 Mrs. John Harris' brother, Frank Merriam, died in the trenches, and former star catcher for the Park River baseball team, Joe Rippel, was wounded. Just as America entered the war Severt Kjelland, a farmer in Golden Township, received news that his son Seren had been killed in action in France. Young Kjel- land had claimed free land in Saskatchewan about a decade earlier. He didn't tell his par- ents about his enlistment until he had been in France for several months. A month later it was the turn of another ex-Park Riverite Private Robbie Baird, now a Canadian citizen. So, before 1917 there were some local con- nections with the war; a few local boys vol- unteered for service in the Canadian army; wartime inflation was advancing unopposed; films were raising awareness about the war, ex- locals had died in combat. And yet the war was just not a vital issue be- fore we declared war in March, 1917. An example: the reporting in the Park Riv- er Herald. Nothing in the paper indicates any real worry about the European war, or any con- cem that the US might enter it. Nothing. When the Germans torpedoed the British liner Lusi- tania, a non-military vessel, in 1915 much of the country was enraged; a few American politi- cians even called for war. The Herald men- tioned the incident only once--two and half years later!--in a story about a Montana mur- der case. One of the suspects, Dr. Carl Foss, a graduate of Park River High School, had sur- vived the torpedoing by swimming a mile or more to shore. The Gazette mentioned a few more war-re- lated issues, but in 1917, other than Editor Pro- chaska's speculative, anti-British, anti-Wilson editorials, there is just nothing foreboding in the local newspapers. Nothing. The absence must have reflected public mentality; to our lo- cal citizens, the conflict was still something "they" were doing "over there." But when =.v. i-.l '~$ 4 America declared war on April 6, 1917, it be- came "our" issue "over here." And still it took time for war to conquer the <"~ news. "War Declared" proclaimed the Park River Herald on April 5. Editor Thompson gave it front-page-center coverage--four para- graphs, just eight column-inches, for the ma- jor event of the century. Phidippides got just as much coverage. Phidippides was a 1915 Oakland Roadster. Its owner, Vivian Birder, sold it to Art Soil the new ~ manager of the city baseball team. The Gazette, too, reported the declaration of war, but the major news was local: William Green, a barbershop porter for the previous several - months, was asked to leave town for having too ': many "wet goods", for being too good at cards, and, undoubtedly, for being too black. " ": But by the end of the month, the war effort had established a beachhead. A patriotic atti- .U,: tude developed and continued to intensify for ':* the next year and a half. It came to dominate :::: public thinking and public action up through the very morning of the Armistice, November '' -' 11, 1918. ';'~ Why Rentwhen you can Own this Beauty!! 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath completely renovated home just 1.5 miles from Park River in a quiet cul-de-sac. View the listing at or give her a call at 701-284-7633 to have a look yourself YOU won't be disappointed!! in Cavalier II time Sign on Bonus GREAT BENEFIT PA CKA GEl Apply online: or contact Human Resources at 701,265-6308 for more information. 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