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Only Two Renville County newspaper recognized D-Day on June 8, 1944

Only two Renville County newspapers published a headline that stated the phrase “D-Day” on June 8, 1944, this included The Franklin Tribune and the Sacred Heart News. Today, June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of this notorious… Read More

Compiling State War History, Morton Enterprise, 12-20-1918

Story of Minnesota’s Share in Great War to be Made Permanent Record A meeting of the Minnesota War Records Commission, which was authorized by the Public Safety Commission and appointed by Governor Burnquist, will hold another meeting at… Read More

Charles Buehler and Calmer Carlson Give Their All in Service of Country, Fairfax Standard, 12-5-1918

Another sad message reached this community last Sunday when Joseph Buehler received a telegram from the War department announcing the death of his son, Charles.The message stated that Charles had been killed in action in France, between the… Read More

Letter From Clarence Hassinger, Morton Enterprise, 8 Nov 1918

Perigueux, France, Sept. 28, 1918 Dear Mrs. Cook: I received your most welcome letter last night and six other ones wo I am quite busy today trying to answer all of them but I guess I will manage… Read More

Letter From Theodore Weltsch, Morton Enterprise, 11-8-1918

Camp Grant, Ill., Oct. 1918 Dear brother Joe, Received your letter today and was very glad to hear from you. I am over my sickness if I don’t get another one as it is awful damp out and… Read More

Letter from Fred Haas, Morton Enterprise, 11-8-1918

Overhere, Sept. 27, 1918 Friend Mr. Frantz, I thought I would write you a few lines. I am O.K. and enjoying life over here. How is everything back home? Everything is fine and dandy. Suppose you wonder why… Read More

Letter from Carl O. Potter from France Hector Mirror 09-19-1918

July 29, 1918, Somewhere in FranceDear friends at home:I have received no letter from any of you lately but I know it is not your fault, and think maybe some of you may be interested to know I… Read More

SEVERELY WOUNDED IN ACTION IN FRANCE Fairfax Standard October 10, 1918

Mrs. Benjamin Bruggeman Receives Telegram Telling that Her Son William is Wounded The sad news reached Fairfax last Saturday stating that one of the boys of which every citizen is justly proud, William H. Bruggeman, had fallen a… Read More

Letter from Elmer Midby, Renville County Journal, 9-20-1918: A Delayed Letter From A Soldier

The letter which follows was received in this office for publication some time ago but on account of much other material clamoring for space it has, each time, been left out. We publish it with the feeling that… Read More

Havoc of War Vividly Described by One of the Boys in France

Interesting Account of the recent fighting and destruction of Country. With the A.E.F. France, July 24, 1918Dear Friends:Having a little spare time thot I would devote a few minutes to letting the folks know I am over here… Read More