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Letter from Carl Hurtig, Olivia Times, 12-26-1918

The Buffalo Lake News received the following letter last week from Carl Hurtig who has been in active service in France for several months. November 4th, 1918 Dear Mr. Foster: You will probably be surprised to hear from… Read More

Letter from Reinhold Jakobitz, Buffalo Lake News, 12-13-1918

October 5th, 1918 Buffalo Lake News, Buffalo Lake, Minn. Dear Friends: I have been in France for some time. Most of the boys on our transport had a touch of seasickness, but I happened to be one of… Read More

Thomas Flannigan Killed, Buffalo Lake News, 11-29-1918

Thomas Flannigan, a former Olivia boy, is dead in France. His sister, Mrs. Henry Patzwald, received a telegram Tuesday night informing her that he was killed on October 23rd. He entered the service in June and was sent… Read More

War Work Drive Under Way, Buffalo Lake News, 11-15-1918

This week the United War Work Campaign is to be essentially completed so far as concerns the soliciting of subscriptions. In some communities the people are coming across gladly and liberally, in others much reluctance is being encountered…. Read More

Four Sons in Army, Father in Civil War, Buffalo Lake News, 11-8-1918

It may be of interest to the readers of your paper to learn of the whereabouts of my sons. When war was declared in Europe I could scarcely believe it and dreaded such a war, for having gone… Read More

Letter From Ernest Wallner, Buffalo Lake News, 11-8-1918

The following letter was received by Virgil Wallner from his cousin, Ernest Wallner, now in France. France, Sept. 15th, 1918 Dear Cousin: Your most welcome letter came to me yesterday, together with one from cousin, Lillian, and I… Read More

Peter Winkler Dies at Camp Grant, Buffalo Lake News, 10-25-1918

Last Sunday Mr. Andrew Winkler received a message from Camp Grant, Ill., announcing the death of his brother, Peter J. Winkler, which occurred at 10:10 a.m. that day. His death resulted from influenza contracted at camp. Although he… Read More

Letter from Alfred Sell, Buffalo Lake News, 9-20-1918:

A P. Sell Wounded Writes Cheerful Letter Home The following is a letter received by R. E. Sell last Saturday from his son, Alfred, written August 16th, bringing them the news that he had been wounded and was… Read More

Letter From Platt Nellermoe, Buffalo Lake News, 9-20-1918

Fort Totten, N.Y., Sept. 13th 1918 Dear Mr. Foster: It has been my intention nearly all summer to write you but as you can imagine army life doesn’t afford one the leisure time that civilian life does. I… Read More