Friday, September 28, 1917

Part 4

The following was transcribed from an original copy of "The Lyons Republican," Friday, September 28, 1917. This paper, the largest in Wayne County, carried quite a bit of news from other county towns. This is Part 4 of a multi-installment transcription.

Part 4 contains all World War I related content.


Capt. James Edward NOLAN, Clyde
Lieut. Nicholas A. DeJOHN, Lyons
Ralph Leadley NELSON, Clyde
Lester C. TOMPKINS, Clyde
Clinton WRIGHT, Savannah
Ross Allen McCARTY, Sodus
John HERON, Red Creek
Michael DeVITO, Lyons
Tellham Harson HUBBELL, Lyons
Myrton Wm. BURNETT, Wolcott
Frank D. SHELLY, Lyons
Lewis DECKER, Wolcott
Frank N. LANE, Savannah
Frederick REITER, Sodus
Lewis E. WEST, Savannah
Bradner F. NEWBURY, Sodus Point
Frank A. MILLER, Sodus
William REITER, Lyons
Lavern Carl LANCASTER, Lyons
Thomas Dickey DeVORE, Lyons
David Edwin CRAPO, Wolcott
William C. HARPER, Savannah
Herbert Roe BULLOCK, Clyde
John DEMENITT, Sodus
Albert George ECKERT, Lyons
Harry Van HOORN, Jr., Lyons
John Anthony BLONDEEL, Wallington
Lewis Fred RAHN, Lyons
Floyd WICKS, Clyde
William E. HOLTZ, Lyons
Edwin W. SEAGER, Wolcott
Herbert Orlando MARTIN, Lyons
William POWERS, Lyons
Bert S.A. POWERS, Wolcott
Clifton WRIGHT, Savannah
Louis Antonio PETROSINO, Clyde
George E. ROSS, South Butler
Glen HOWLAND, Red Creek
Glen FRENCH, Wolcott
Archie Lavern DeVALL, Wolcott
Francis W. NOBLE, Clyde
Loranzo Clark REED, Lyons
Stephen E. BULLOCK, Wolcott
Albert DiSANTO, Clyde
Arthur L. ELLENBERGER, Sodus
Leo Luther McKAY, Lyons
William VANDERLESTER, Wallington
Wilford T. WOODRUFF, Pulaski
Earl F. BULLOCK, Red Creek
Samuel GODKIN, Wolcott
Tony SICANOFF, Clyde
Sam TOKIO, Clyde
Leo M. JOHNSON, Sodus
William Francis MARTIN, Lyons
Alphons ZELINSKI, South Butler
Ezra James MINER, Rose
Vern PORTER, Sodus Point
Emmett Howes MELANY, Clyde
Luke Bernard HANDLON, Clyde
Leo J. HELFER, Sodus Point
Ross KAISER, Lyons
Dominic NASCENT, Brooklyn
Parl B. LENHART, North Rose
Adelbert J. SHEPARD, Clyde
Louis BRANDT, Lyons
Leman GAYLORD, Quincy, Mass.
Raymond M. ERDLY, North Rose
Heman A. HAAS, Lyons
Ralph D. MINER, North Rose
Charles A. CORNELL, Lyons
Earl SHIBLEY, Lyons
Lester R. COON, Lyons


Fourteen Cases in All, Seven From Lyons District and Seven From Nothern Town

September 15th the Wayne County N.Y. Chapter American Red Cross shipped to the Red Cross supply service, foot of W. 57th street and North River, New York, fourteen cases of finished products, seven boxes being shipped from Sodus, and seven from Lyons. These fourteen cases contained the surgical dressings, hospital linen, patients' clothing and knitted goods, totaling 20,429 articles.

In the shipment were 1038 oakum pads, 4216 gauze compresses, 5352 gauze sponges, 132 triangular bandages, 1464 crinoline bandages, 906 flannel bandages, 144 hospital shirts, 123 pajamas, 300 handkerchiefs, 492 handkerchief substitutes, 84 sweaters, 84 socks, 48 wristlets, 72 mufflers, nine rolls absorbent cotton, and miscellaneous articles such as tray clothes, napkins, bed and draw sets, towels, wash cloths, shoulder wraps, convalescent gowns, etc.


James E. Nolan of Clyde, Captain, with Nicholas A. DeJohn of Lyons as Assistant -
Big Crowd Sees Boys Off -
To Reach Camp at 2 O'clock This Morning

Good Bye! Good Luck!

Seventy-four boys for the New National Army, Eastern Wayne's quota, left Lyons over the New York Central at 7:16 yesterday morning. They were due to reach Camp Dix, Wrightstown, New Jersey, about 2 o'clock this morning.

James Edward Nolan of Clyde, former partner in the well known clothing firm of Watson & Nolan, was appointed captain of the party and Nicholas A. DeJohn of this village, one of the DeJohn brothers, who run the barber shop in the Centre Building, and for several years manager of the Lyons baseball team, was appointed lieutenant.

The boys got away without a mishap and although there were a few tears, the party as a whole was a happy one. They all gathered here Wednesday afternoon for roll call and instructions in the Court House at 4 o'clock. About forty chose to remain in town over night and they were put up at the hotels. in the evening all who remained were guests of Charles A. Noble at the Ohmann Theatre and later there were some doings at the Elks Home. Gucker's orchestra, the Apollo quartette and some local talent furnished music and other entertainment, and tables were filled with good things to eat.

The drafted men were photographed on the Court House steps Wednesday afternoon. They presented a fine picture of physical manhood and American strength.

William G. David, Annapolis graduate, who served in the navy in the Spanish American War, has had wide opportunities to acquaint himself with the army and the navy. His judgment relative to the quality of men who are being sent to the front from Wayne county is worthy of special consideration. Mr. David happened to pass by the Court House when the picture of the boys was being taken and looked over the young soldiers. Mr. David afterward expressed himself as amazed at the quality and physicial fitness of the young men and he said he never saw a finer body of young soldiers. He said that if the American army is all like the eastern Wayne boys there is no doubt about the outcome of the great contest in which we are now engaged.

Each of the boys leaving for the National Army camp from Wolcott, Savannah, Sodus and Lyons was presented with a package of smoking materials, etc., which included a box of cigars, 200 cigarettes, six boxes of tobacco, cigarette papers, playing cards, six packages of gum and a briar pipe. Committees in each town provided the funds which purchased the tobacco for the boys from that town. In Lyons the money was raised by the Elks. William R. Courneen, local editor of The Lyons Republican, was appointed by the district committee, of which Arthur N. Christy of Newark was chairman, to look after the distribution when the boys left. The boys of the other towns will be taken care of so far as smoking material is concerned in other ways. Clyde, for instance, has planned to send theirs direct to camp later.

The date of the departure of the next quota for camp was originally set for October 5th, next Friday. This date may be changed as were the other dates. The quota that went out yesterday was first scheduled to go September 19th. No orders changing next week's date have been received by the exemption board.

29 OUT OF LAST 200

Exemption Board for Eastern Wayne District Finishes its Work for Present

Twenty-nine boys of Eastern Wayne County district out of the two hundred called the past week for physical examination passed that examination and said that they were ready to go and had no exemption claims to file. Those twenty nine are:

[Note: for ease of online reading, names are typed in column format.]

Clarence DESANO, Clyde
Clarence BELKNAP, Savannah
Frank BERLACH, Wolcott
George A. CUSHMAN, Clyde
Michael De SAIN, Lyons
Laurence N. GUNGER, Wolcott
John WARD, South Butler
Maurice G. THOMPSON, Sodus
Fred A. ROOT, Clyde
Patrick DEMATO, Lyons
Kyle DEBEAR, Sodus
Albert S. ANDREWS, Wolcott
Jerry J. WASHIER, Clyde
Arthur E. LAUSTER, Clyde
George W. WEAVER, Clyde
Henry S. LANNING, South Butler
Charles M. MITCHELL, Red Creek
Howard C. FELTER, Sodus Point
Leonard C. MESSENGER, Sodus
George D. BALDWIN, South Butler
Emil F. AHRANS, Lyons
Francis S. CROFOOT, Savannah
[Note: the names of draftees ready to go added up to only 22 men.]

The following passed the physical examination, but filed exemption claims:

George F. WARNCKE, jr., Lyons
Elmer M. OAKLEAF, Sodus
William J. ROGERS, Clyde
Percy R. OSBORN, Clyde
Henry WAH, Lyons
Ross F. HALL, Clyde
James EASTLEY, Sodus
Irving C. BEAL, Sodus
Ray O. STEVENS, Savannah
William O. ROLFE, Wolcott
Bert QUACKENBUSH, Savannah
John A. DiSANTO, Savannah
John EGAN, Clyde
Carl BASTIAN, Lyons
Roy E. BRIGGS, Wolcott
Johnston H. COLLINS, Alton
Harry A. FEATHERLY, Sodus
Van L. DeVILLE, Sodus
Roy E. ALLING, Sodus
Adelbert McINTYRE, Wolcott
Roy C. HOUSEHOLDER, North Rose
Seymour J. REYNOLDS, Lyons
Albert D. SEARS, Clyde
Charles E. DEAN, North Rose
George C. STEVENS, Wolcott
Henry E. EVERHART, Wolcott
Earl B. FROST, Red Creek
William F. MINDLE, Lyons
Antonio J. LESAIN, Lyons
Guiseppe GUSTINO, Lyons
Rollin A. WEAGER, Wolcott
Tony D'AMATO, Clyde
Willis W. WASHBURN, Clyde
Joseph MARCHIONE, Clyde
Bert LOCKWOOD, Savannah
Antonio MARROW, Clyde
Clarence E. STICKLES, Savannah
George F. MACK, Red Creek
Frank W. WEST, Wolcott
Joseph STOTHARD, Savannah
Jacteus PETITO, Lyons
Peter MILLICK, Clyde
David R. JOHNSON, Lyons
Joseph C. BATES, Lyons
William P. CROWL, Wolcott
Herman J. STOUGHTNEGER, Wolcott
Dewey D. GILLETTE, Wolcott
Sando PETRUS, Lyons
Carl GOETZMAN, Lyons
Richard O'CONNOR, Savannah
Harvey LOVELASS, Wolcott
Amost PROVOST, Sodus
Ralph H. MASON, Wolcott
Henry MOOSE, Clyde
Glenn H. STOTHARD, Clyde
Lloyd J. PALMER, Wolcott
Albert E. SPROULE, Wolcott
John W. REDDER, Savannah
Dolphus PITTENGER, Wolcott
Harry B. MULL, Sodus Point
George F. TORREY, Sodus Point
Guy T. CONGER, Sodus Point
Raymond L. RICHMOND, Lyons
William E. IRISH, Sodus
James W. BRADLEY, Barnes, N.Y.
John M.S. COSTELLO, Clyde
Albert E. HART, Lyons
Worden WARD, Wolcott
Frederick R. CROSS, Lyons
Jas. DeJOHN, Lyons
Eugene F. FRENCH, Clyde
Frank F. FOSTER, Lyons
John GREEN, North Rose
Burdette A. COLVIN, Wolcott
George DOTY, South Butler
William C. LESTER, Sodus
Elvin F. HOOD, Lyons
Glen W. VERSPRILLE, Wolcott
Harry B. PAYNE, North Rose
Raymond G. BIXBY, Savannah
Charles R. REED, South Butler
Raymond C. STEVENS, Lyons
Maurice G. SEELYE, Wolcott
Wilfred O. JEFFERS, Wolcott
William E. IRISH, Sodus
Cornelius BOISE, Sodus
Mark E. NORRIS, Lyons
Marland C. HURST, Lyons
Joseph MARZINO, Clyde
Antonion DENANTTUM, Lyons
William D. WAGER, Wolcott
Charles E. SPELLMAN, Lyons
Edgar S. ABBOTT, Savannah
William E. DAWLEY, Lyons
John L. MYERS, Sodus
Royce S. WADSWORTH, Savannah
Raymond R. BORDEN, Wolcott
Earl E. CLAUSS, Lyons
William S. HALL, Lyons
Frank S. SHEPPERD, South Butler
Philip W. MINDEL, Lyons
Lloyd M. GAY, South Butler
Stanley T. WILSEY, Savannah
Fred A. SMITH, Clyde
Earl ANDREWS, Lyons
Gordon F. DAVENPORT, North Rose
Roy E. BORDEN, Wolcott
Howard F. FINGMAN, Rose
Raymond C. ROBINSON, Sodus
Wallace H. ASHBERRY, Sodus
Charles J. BAKER, Wolcott
Robert R. WOOD, Lyons
Lloyd V. BRUCE, Clyde
Chauncey B. HARPER, Wolcott
Thomas TACK, Sodus
Charles FLETCHER, Sodus
Floyd H. WELLS, Savannah
F. George SLOCUM, Savannah
Dewitt C. CULLIP, Lyons
John LIBURDI, Clyde
Michael TRUMBETO, Clyde
Adrian BLONDEEL, Wallington
Oliver HOSFORD, Savannah
Grover C. UPDEGRAFF, Sodus
Ward HARRINGTON, Savannah


Charles Edward Russell of the Root Commission and Rev. George Adam, of London, Chief of Staff of Minister of Munitions, the Speakers

The patriotic mass meeting held in the park in Lyons last Friday was in every way a splendid success. The day was ideal and the skies were bright most of the time, especially during the time the meeting was being held. The platform erected in the Court House yard proved to be the right thing in the right place and the speakers could easiliy reach more people from that point than any other that could have been selected.

The audience was an exceptional one. It was not only a large audience, being several hundred more than the speakers were able to reach with the human voice, but it was an intelligent and appreciative audience. The audience was made up of the leading representative men and women in every town in Wayne county. In this respect it was an unusual audience. From every town there was a large delegation and the men and women who attended were the prominent and influential people in their home towns, who are intelligent, who are informed and who are interested in the issues involved in this world wide conflict in which our country is engaged. We believe that every editor of a weekly newspaper in the county was present and we are sure that they received much information and enlightenment which will be of benefit to them in their future work in the newspaper field in discussing the war situation.

The DeLucca Band of Newark arrived on the scene about one o'clock, occupied the band stand and discoursed excellent music while the people were gathering to hear the distinguished speakers who were to be present.

Hon. Charles Edward Russell and Dr. George Adam, of London, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Munitions in England, and Miss Kathleen Burke arrived in Lyons by automobile from Geneva at 12 o'clock. They were entertained at luncheon at Congress Hall by Editors Harry T. Van Camp and Charles H. Betts.

At two o'clock the speakers were escorted to the Court House yard, where they were received by Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, president of the meeting and the women's reception committee consisting of Mrs. Emma T. Ennis, Mrs. William S. Johnson, Mrs. Charles P. Williams and Mrs. Charles H. Betts. The speakers were then escorted to the platform. Judge Knapp opened the meeting in a few remarks in which he asked the large audience to remain as quiet as possible so the speakers would no be interrupted.

Prof. Robert M. McElroy, who was expected to be present, went to New York the first of the week and failed to return in time for the meeting, as expected.

Miss Burke, who spoke at the Yates County Fair the day before, had so injured her voice that she was unable to speak and asked to be excused. She however, promised to return to Lyons and deliver a speech some evening for the Red Cross Society. It is to be hoped that Miss Burke will return to Lyons soon.

It was about 2:10 when President Clyde W. Knapp introduced the first speaker of the day, Dr. George Adam. He was warmly greeted by the audience. Mr. Adam is an English gentleman of education and culture and is a pleasing, impressive and convincing speaker. He held the attention of the large audience with his clean cut sentences and vigorous discussion of the great issues. He briefly recited the history of the origin of the war and the acts that led up to it in Europe and told of the part that England was taking in the contest. He showed clearly that England was not the aggressor, that it was not England that invaded Belgium and that it was not England that wanted the war, but it was the German autocracy headed by the modern Attila, the German Kaiser.

Rev. Mr. Adam spiced his address with occasional flashes of wit and humor which were appreciated by the audience. Among other things he said: "As a man whose work it is to save souls from hell, I am in favor of sending the Germans where they belong." Speaking of the French soldiers, he said that they had been laughed at by the people of other nations because they wore long coats, but said he, "A French soldier may look like a comic opera actor but, by God, he can fight!"

Mr. Adam gave a very interesting and enlightening discussion of the methods employed in trench warfare. His description was vivid and he held the close attention of the audience.

President Knapp then introduced Chas. Edward Russell, who was next to Senator Root, the big man on the Root commission appointed by President Wilson, which commission recently returned from Russia. Mr. Russell's fame as an orator had preceded him and the people who assembled from every town in Wayne county were delighted to have the opportunity to gaze upon and listen to this brilliant and distinguished orator. The people expected much and they were not disappointed. Mr. Russell's address was a masterpiece. With clean cut sentences, irresistible logic and impassioned eloquence, he proceeded to draw a vivid picture of the great issues that are "hanging in the balance in this greatest war in the history of mankind." He contended that Liberty, Democracy, Justice and Civilization are all at stake in the contest. He contended that they were hanging in the balance and whether they were to triumph and guide the world hereafter depended upon the success of the Allies and the overthrow of the Kaiser and the German autocracy.

His remarks on Russia and the Russian revolution and the picture he drew of Siberia under the rule of the Czar and then how under the provisional government, the political prisoners from Siberia were liberated, was one of the most fascinating and impressive parts of a wonderful oration that stirred the emotions of the audience and brought tears to countless eyes.

Mr. Russell's denunciation of the traitors and the copperheads in this country was scathing and deserved. He said that every man or woman who now talks against the war, talks against the country and to the extent of his or her influence they are traitors.

He intmated that to talk against the war is just as much injury to the country as it would be for the individual who indulges in such talk to shoulder a musket and join the German army.

He said that America is the home of Liberty and that America could not live without liberty and that "life without liberty is a lingering death."

[Note: this is less than half of this long article, which is repetitive of the last few paragraphs transcribed above.]


Spellings of first and last names are as given in the original text, and have been proof-read. Listings of men above do not represent all Wayne County men who served in World War I, but are some of the first draftees.

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