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4: " Page 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 I, 2018 The sacrifice The following is a series fo- , cusing on Park River and the surrounding communi- ties during World War I, the Great War, as it was called. The conclusion of the series will coincide with the lOOth ann!versary of the conclu- sion of the war itself. By David Larson for The Press j Part 8: There were no local deaths until 1918. The first death to affect Park River, in January, 1918, was that of Karl Farup's nephew, Carster. Young Farup's freighter was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea. Another death nearly occurred a Farup died in action. Death had captured a remarkable young man. Paul was the youngest child of a wealthy local family. When he was 6, his right leg caught in the wheel spokes of a moving buggy. He broke his leg just below the knee and lost so much blood that his survival was in doubt. A decade later he blew a hole in his hand while repairing a pistol, then a bit later broke his right leg again in a motorcycle accident on Wadge Av- enue. Yet he was a starting guard on the state championship football team of 1916. Editor Prochaska didn't care for him very much, referring to him as "Karl Farup's daredevil son." Pro- chaska even suggested that young month later. Lester Mullineaux's Paul wasn't cleaning his pistol, but training airplane hit an air pocket goofing around with it. Was Paul an and went into an uncontrollable ill-mannered hellion, or a ram- {inc." The only" to could bring the er? It's impossible to say. In ar y plane under control was to dive. Af- event, he was handsome and pop- ter a 1500-foot fall Mullineaux got his plane under control, just in time to save his life, though not his plane. A month later, newly com- missioned Lieutenant Mullineaux Chose scouting duty at the front as his first assignment. He had been offered a position as flying in- structor at the camp, but (according to the Gazette's reportage) decided that service on the front lines was less dangerous. As of March 1, 1918, none ofthe boys directly connected with Park River or its dependent townships had died, but they had begun to move up toward the front. A week later a letter from Paul Farup con- firmed that they had arrived. Then the county deaths began to pile up. JolmAnderson of Hoople, died of pneumonia aboard his troop ship. A bit more than a month lat- er came the first direct military ca- sualty. Emil Bosh of Lankin was one of 55 Americans who went down with the torpedoed troop ship Moldavia. In early June Ray "Bud" Hanson of Fairdale became the first Walsh boy to die in the trenches. The next week the Gazette announced the death of the first Grafton boy, Lt. Grant McDonald, shot in a training accident. Death visited more frequently and was coming ever-closer to home. In August the Herald published a letter from Clarke Farup, who had been assigned to the research and statistical department of the Signal Corps in Pads. His brother Paul had a tougher assignment; the letter mentions that Paul was in some nasty fighting between the Marne and Aisne Rivers. Despite the re- assuring news of this letter, Park River's string of luck in avoiding a military death had already come to an end. On July 20, 1918, Paul ular--he was elected president of one of the high school's literary so- cieties--and self-confidence was not his problem. The inscription be- side his high school annual picture reads: "Stand aside, professor, and let me show you how to do it." Paul passed his initial physical, but his twice-broken leg led to a temporary disqualification. Eventually "his persistence got the best of the re- cruiting officer" and he was ac- cepted for service. Paul could have been assigned as a driver, or to a military band, but chose the role of bugle boy so he could be with his comrades. There is no record of any feats he performed while on active duty, suffice it to say that he was at the front constantly. On July 22 was caught in an early morning ar- tillery barrage. He was memorialized and mourned. The Methodist Church overflowed at his memorial service. The central point was Rev. Wal- lace's sermon on heroism. When the sermon referred to the American flag, Sergeant Emmett O'Hara, a schoolboy friend, placed a gold star on the church's service flag. Paul was not forgotten. When the local American Legion Post, Park River #147, was established in February 1920, it bore his name. Other servicemen from the area died in service, but not in action. In late September came a foreshad- owing of an enemy who would slaughter almost as many county boys as military action: influenza killed Lieutenant Oliver EUingson. Thereafter many more of coun- ty soldiers died from a combination of influenza and pneumonia. Of the 47 county soldiers who died, 16 suc- cumbed to influenza. Fewer than half of our Walsh County soldiers died in combat. C. Lovcik (EDITOR'S NOTE) This is a letter written by Frank C Lovcik to his were first in a little village about 6 miles below Ponnamuson, but when father about his mperiences during the Great War as a member of the band. the barrage opened they drove the Germans back, so we got orders to fol- It was published in the Park River HeraM newspaper under the heading low them, and we went to Pannamuson. Pannamuson is a big nice town SOLDIER'S LETTER FROM FRANCE on January 2, 1919.) and the Germans were about 2 miles beyond it driven out, but when we Somewhere in France, Nov. 24, 1918. were there the Germans were shelling this place so hard at nights that most Dear Father: of the nights we spent in cellars. We just stayed two nights when we got Today is Sunday so I will drop you a Christmas victory letter. My heart orders to move back. Then our division was relieved, and after a few days is beating as ever, and am happier every day, as the time flies, the sooner rest at Belville, we were loaded on trucks packed like sardines and we rode I'll be home. 12 hours. At 4 oclock [sic] that day we reached our destination and slept Well, as we are not so tight about writing important matters will let you m our pup tents for a few days. know where I am located[.] Today we had services for the heroes that gave Well, we did not know at first where we were but soon found out. This there [sic] lives for their country, so we (the band) played a few selections, was the Argonne woods and the whole division was shoved right in this prayers were said for their souls, big drive. That sure was something terrible. I had many close calls. The Will tell you where I have been. It took me 16 days to get across, sailed band was left behind attached to the supply Co as they are always be- on the ship by the name of"Granpian," English vessel. Landed in Liver- hind lines for miles within the reach of German heavy guns. We were first pool, England on the ~th of May. Next day we boarded the little Eng- stationed at Varrens in the open andGermans had balloons up and sawthe lish toy mains, and hit South Hampton, English harbor. Next affemoon we Supply Co they started to shell us there; we were just eating our dinner boarded the ship, it was a cattle boat, and at 5 o'clock we sailed across the one day sitting bunched up when a shell came over and threw dirt all over channel. The boat was packed with men laying on the floor, like sardines, us. What saved us was the swampy ground the shell went to [sic] deep and We hit Le Havre[,] France a[t] 8 o'clock in the morning. When [loss! across just threw up dirt The Supply Eo, got orders to mo, e out about 1 [loss] . ' .~ . c 3 hlrthcl~y. Never will rio place to lay down'on the floor as there was no room; at one [o clock] forget that. The Supply Co. was busy moving out there [sic] stuff, so it was I went up on the deck. The [loss] was clear, but chilly. I walked along the deck until I warmed up then layed [sic] down in the comer and when I [got cold] I got up and walked. Well as [loss] of the bunch was sleeping [loss] deck when at 4 o'clock in the moming a steam pipe busted. It made so much noise that it was like [loss] steam engine blowing out. Everybody below hollered we ar[e] [loss] rushed up the steps, where there was a 4x4 piece, and broke that, somebody cryed [sic] water reaches to my [loss]. I never will forget that as long as I live. When that happened I was on [loss] the deck, and I did not see any submarines, the moon was bright, but I soon realized what it was, and when I saw them rush up the deck I just smiled I could not help it. Well we landed in Le Havre in the morning and marched to the rest camp outside the town, the people cheered us everywhere. The next day was Sunday and we formed in and marched about a [half] mile where we were fitted with gas masks and sent through Gas Chamber [sic], that was on Sunday the 18th, ifI am not mistaken. The rest of that Sun- day we spent in cleaning ourselves up, and next day boarded the French [loss] rode to Eu, toward the English front. We got off at Eu, where a scotch band was waiting for us, and marched about a half mile to a camp where we arrived about 7 o'clock in the morning. There we got our breakfast, and at 8 o'clock started for a 22 mile [hike]. We reached our destination at 3 o'clock that afternoon, hot Oh [sic] I say it was. we [sic] were all in when we got there. There we first realized we were at war as we Were close to a big town by the name of Abbiville, which the Germans attacked every night, and dropped bombs. We stayed there little over a month when we got orders to move out[.] We packed up in the evening and laid outside until one o'clock and hiked 4 miles to a railroad station. We got there at 4 o'clock in [the] morning, boarded the train and pulled out at 6. We rode about 3 days, and hit Torel where there was a big French camp, we stayed there a month, and then marched up to the front. Torel sector. That was our first time on front so we were on a quiet sector. A few shells came over once in a while. After staying there 40 days we rode back to a little town by the name of St. Germain, little below Torel We stayed there a week, when we were taken on trucks to Ponnamuson between Nancy and Metz. Well there was'nt [sic] much doing either until the last 4 days before we have to close. I wish you all A Merry Christmas~and A Happy New:Y~ar.~ ~, were relieved the barrage opened up and the French then relieved us[.] We Your loving son, Frank C. Lovcik. ~[~ -. .w, T .i #.~ .n, ~'~ J .~ T,i a ~ y. up to the band to take Iron rations to the doughboys. It was in the big drive, so you can imagine it was active. We had 6 trucks[,] 4 loaded with rations and two to take up to the men. We got to the fro[nt] at 9 o'clock and un- loaded the rations about a half mile from the front line trenches. The trucks made lots of noise when the engines were running and an airoplane [sic] above heard us, gave signals and the German artillery opened on us. The shells were bursting all around us. They even sent over gas, but we did'nt [sic] know if it was or not until finally we all started to sneeze, so we put our gas masks on, and kept on unloading. When we were unloading we piled the ration [sic] on a dead German which we did not see until later, when we were nearly through. When we unloaded the trucks, than [sic] we had to carry the rations to the front line trenches to the boys. We had two rivers to cross where engineers were building bridges, and carded them over on a plank as the bridges were not finished and the Germans were sending shells over right along trying to hit the bridge. We finally got through about 3 o'clock in the morning, and went back; our Supply Co had moved out into the woods, and we were looking for our Company, for 4 hours and could not find it. After 4 hours of hiking around hungry. The next day we learned that the bridge we carded the rations across to the doughboys ,was blown up by shells 10 minutes later, killing 10 engineers. When our boys had advanced we also moved up, following them. The last night I slept before we were relieved a shell hit the ground just by the tent of my friend and myself. In the morning I found the piece of shrapnell [sic], was lying about one foot from my head, that sure was a close call. We were relieved on Nov. 1, and the tracks went to Gussaincourt about 8 killos [sic] from Voucoulers. We staid [sic] there 6 days and then started hiking when we stopped we had our dinner in one little village when news came that Armistice was signed. After 6 hrs. hiking we hit Champlittle, a little ways above Dyon. I don't know how long we stayed but I know by the tihae you get this letter I'll be somewhere else. I must tell you I got paid today, I got three months pay. 560 Francs. Well probably by the time this letter reach- es you I might be on my way back to the states. We have a good chance of going home first of the drafted men as we were the first over. Well I'll. you in the 20 percent credit brack- exclude the $2,000 401 (k) contri- turn. Don't use the 1040EZ Form. Saver's Credit, see IRS Publication et, and you've contributed the bution from your taxable income. 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