441 North Park Drive, Morton, MN 56270 info@renvillecountyhistory.com 507.697.6147

Private Joseph Martin, Franklin Tribune 11-7-1918

Word has been received that Private Joseph Martin, who enlisted in the United States army May 29th, last, and sailed for France in August, was killed in Action on October 28th.Joseph Martin was born January 22, 1890, in… Read More

Corp. Julius Jensen Dies In France, Franklin Tribune, 11-7-1918

Went to Camp Wadsworth, S.C., July 25 and Shortly Afterwards Went Overseas Saturday afternoon, November 2, a telegram was received by Mr. and Mrs. Hans Jensen from Washington, D.C. bringing the sad news that their oldest son, Julius… Read More

Letter from Matt Mahlum, Franklin Tribune, 9-19-1918

Camp Lewis, Wash., Sept. 5, 1918 Friend Julius, After another week of patient waiting I again received the Tribune and it sure was a welcome as ever. I was kind of worried about it not getting to my… Read More

Letters From the Soldier Boys Franklin Tribune September 19, 1918: Leonard Johnson Writes from France

Somewhere in England, Aug, 22, 1918 Dear brother Duffey, Will drop you a few lines and let you know that I am alright and feeling fine. We arrived here at this camp last night and rested last night… Read More

Letter from Elmer Anderson, Franklin Tribune, 10-3-1918

Elmer Anderson Writes from France S. S. Ampetco, N. Y., Sept. 16, 1918 Dear Sister, Am well and hope you are the same. Well, what are you doing now days? I suppose you are real busy getting ready… Read More

Former Franklin Pastor In France, Franklin Tribune, 10-31-1918

Father Hart, Formerly Stationed at Camp Funston, Is Over There The following paragraphs taken from a story in the Kansas City Star by Otto P. Higgins, its staff correspondent, with the Missouri and Kansas troops in the Bosges… Read More

Letter from Owen Anderson published in the Franklin Tribune on July 18, 1918

The following letter received by Mrs. Owen Anderson from her husband, a Franklin boy, will be of interest to his many friends here. We reproduced it from the Carson, North Dakota Times. Somewhere in England, June 4, 1918… Read More

Directions for Making Aviation Vests published in the Franklin Tribune July 4, 1918

Aviation Vests Material—Outside of khaki color sateen, first interlining of outing flannel, second interlining of two layers of lining paper (Witchtex or any good brand), and ling made of used kid gloves. Cutting Material—All material to be cut… Read More

Edward Subgrunski writes home published in the Franklin Tribune August 8, 1918

Edward Subgrunski  Camp Wadsworth, S.C., To my Friends in Franklin: Arrived at Camp on Sunday at nine o’clock and was glad of it for we were tired riding on the train so long. Saw some grand scenery on… Read More

Letter from John L Peterson published in the Franklin Tribune August 8, 1918

Camp Wadsworth, S. C., August 3, 1918 Hello Julius, Arrived safely in Camp and we are all well and like it fine. The officers and kind and considerate. They are all from the state of Maine. The quarters… Read More