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HEADQUARTERS, 40TH BATTALION, Ellsworth.

Major:
  Waldo F. Wellington.
Captain and Adjutant:
  Charles M. Wilson.
 

No activities reported.

COMPANY "A," 40TH BATTALION, Ellsworth.

First Lieutenant:
  W. C. White.

Second Lieutenant:
  A. J. Lewis.

First Sergeant:
  Kirk, L. T.

Quartermaster Sergeant:
  O'Donnell, T. G.

Sergeants:
  Erdtman, George.
  Jennings, Alfred.
  Mlynar, Louis.
  Webb, B. E.

Corporals:
  Gardainer, B. L.
  Gebhardt, Fred L.
  Goedde, W. F.
  Patterson, Art V.
  Robinson, Harry.
  Runzel, Nelson.
  Schmitt, Will.
  Shade, L. E.

Buglers:
  Kesler, Frank.
  Sinclair, Maurice.

Artificer:
  Malone, H. B.

Privates:
  Allan, George R.
  Allen, Bruce'
  Artas, Edward.
  Bartlett, S. E.
  Bartlett, Thomas W.
  Bingaman, Leslie.
  Campbell, Melvin.
  Cikanek, Frank.
  Darby, Stephen.
  Des Marteau, A. M.
  Durr, Leonard.
  Fox, W. C.
  Gamber, Earl.
  Grubb, T. B.
  Harris, Edwin O.
  Holt, W. H.
  Hummel, George.
  Kelly, Ernest.
  Kelly, Robert.
  Kyle. Archie.
  Lafferty, George.

Privates-Concluded:
  Laney, R. D.
  Larkin, Lawrence.
  Long, Harry.
  Martin, E. J.
  Mlynar, Frank.
  Mlynar, Tony.
  Moore, R. E.
  Moravek, Stephen.
  McIlree C. D.
  Milnke, Otto.
  Patterson, Art, Jr.
  Patterson, Ira.
  Pressney, John, Jr.
  Rachel, George, Jr.
  Reardon, Dan.
  Rice, Roy E.
  Rustman, E. P.
  Shaw, E. R.
  Sherriff, Dale D.
  Silverwood, O. J.
  Slechta, Vaclav.
  Smirl, C. G.
  Thomas, R. D.
  Wanek, Ralph.
  Warta, A. J.
  Weidman, Mark.
  Wilson, Frank.
  Wilson, John H.
  Wolfe, Ray.
  Work, Roy.
LOSSES.
First Lieutenant:
  W.F. Wellington,
    discharged.

Privates:
  Bradshaw, R. W.,
    resigned.
  Burmeister, W. A.,
    resigned.

Privates-Continued.
  Choitz, W. C., resigned.
  Eno, Elden C., died.
  Fowler, Leslie, discharged.
  Hoffman, Paul B.,
    discharged.
  Hyde, Hiram L., resigned.
  Jennings, Fred, resigned.
  Kesler, Fred A., resigned.
Privates-Concluded:
  Looney, Hubert, resigned.
  Novak, Frank J., resigned.
  Sparr, L. E., resigned.
  Tanton, Robert C.,
    discharged.
  Vlcek. A. G., died.
  Wilson, Thomas B., discharged.

No activities reported.

COMPANY "B," 40TH BATTALION, Holyrood.

Captain:
  Harry N. Williams.

Second Lieutenant:
  D. T. Murray.

First Sergeant:
  Holmes, Bert S.

Quartermaster Sergeant:
  Wesely, Joseph J.

Sergeants:
  Andrea, Sherman.
  Corrigan, Dennis C.
  Richter, Elmer.

Corporals:
  Dulling, Werner.
  Hanabery, John J.
  Moody, Frank A.
  Murray, John J.
  Pistora, Joe M.
  Richter, Dennis.
  Sekaves, Cenek.
  Strella, Charles.
  Traxler, Arthur E.

Cooks:
  Dolecek, Frank J.
  Younger, Charles V.

Musicians:
  Matoush, Hugo A.
  Wanasek, Joseph M.

Artificer:
  Montgomery, Marvin.

Surgeon:
  Zerzan, Dr. George F.

Privates:
  Andrea, Harve.
  Bast, Arthur.
  Benson, U. S.
  Besthorn, Chris.
  Besthorn, Herman H.
  Blazek, Emil.
  Blue, William A.
  Borecky, Edward.
  Borecky, John.
  Brejeha, James.
  Brejeha, Joe.
  Dlouhy, Joseph.
  Dolecek, Alfred B.
  Dolecek, Edward.
  Durr, Leonard.
  Frevert, W. C.
  Grounds, Charlie T.
  Horejai, Henry A.
  Jirik, Joe J.
  Johansen, Fred.
  Johansen, Max.
  Johansen, Robert.
  Johnson, Frank I.
  Kasten, Reinhold.
  Kihn, Arthur.
  Kihn, Elmer.
  Kihn, Irvin.
  Kraft, James W.
  Kratky, Emil.
  Maes, Martin C.

Privates-Concluded.
  Massman, Herman.
  Matoush, Joe.
  Murray, Bud.
  Murray, James.
  Phelan, Dennis.
  Pichner, Joe.
  Raven, John H.
  Raymond, Edward W.
  Reents, August H.
  Rezac, John.
  Schepmann, Herbert A. C.
  Schepmann, Theodore J.
  Siemsen, Fred.
  Stoltenberg, August W.
  Stoltenberg, Edward W.
  Thomas, James G.
  Toman, Joseph.
  Vacek, Joseph.
  Vlcek, Henry J.
  Voss, Albert.
  Voss, Alfred.
  Wamhoff, Chris H.
  Wamhoff, Harry G.
  Wesely, Frank A.
  Williams, Clint.
  Wilson, Fay.
  Wulf, Emil C.
  Younger, Frank.
  Younger, John Fred.
  Zajic, Joseph Z.
LOSSES.
First Lieutenant:
  Lewis E. Bossing, died.
Second Lieutenant:
  Frank J. Moravek,
    resigned.
 

ACTIVITIES.

Company B, 40th Battalion, grew out of the organization of the Holyrood Home Guard and was mustered into state service October, 1918.

The company drilled once weekly, except when weather conditions and quarantine would not permit, up to the signing of the Armistice.

The company participated in Red Cross work, Salvation Army, and Y. M. C. A. campaigns and other patriotic work. Attended two funerals as an organization and took part in Decoration Day exercises.

COMPANY "C," 40TH BATTALION, Wilson.

Captain:
  Clark L. Danner.

First Lieutenant:
  Otis H. Eschbaugh.

Second Lieutenant:
  Arthur Kalina.

Musician:
  Sokup, Joseph E.

Privates:
  Anderson, John T.
  Berger. Alvin M.
  Biesterfeld, George A.
  Brant, James.
  Brummitt, Charles D.
  Carter, John B.
  Clark, Charles D.
  Cover, Rae.
  Eaton, Marcus.
  Ebling, Chester.
  Fielder, Charles W.
  Fisher, Frank.

Privates-Continued.
  Fulghum, Roy.
  Gregor, Frank.
  Hrabik, James.
  Jackson, Leonard.
  Jellison, Charles R.
  Kepka, Anton F.
  Kepka, Joseph.
  Kirberg, Ross A.
  Klema, Frank C.
  Klema, Jim H.
  Klema, Willima W.
  Kuasnicka, Vincent B.
  Kyner, Boyd W.
  Liljistrown, David.
  Lingo, Fabius M.
  Marks, Fay C.
  Mikulecky, Joseph C.
  Miller, Owin B.
  Moherky, Joseph F.
  Mohler, Selby H.
  Murphy, Fred.
  Olds. Frank.
  Percival, Fred.
  Powell, Ernest.
Privates-Concluded.
  Ptacek, Louis F.
  Reitz, Albert H.
  Reynolds, Charles E.
  Ross, Elmer.
  Scheormerhorn, William.
  Schneider, Charles H.
  Schwarz, Michael.
  Shaw, Harry.
  Slaughter. Alvin J.
  Slimm, William J.
  Sokup, Anton F.
  Somer, Jacob N.
  Soukup, John.
  Svoboda, Emil.
  Svoboda, Fred.
  Thompson, William H.
  Tobin, Clyde R.
  Truitt, James R.
  Turner, Charles.
  Urbanek, James R.
  Walters, Herman.
  Ward, Roy L.
  Weber, Henry.
  Weber, Nick.
LOSS.
Private:
  Riley, Wallace, died.

ACTIVITIES.

Company C commenced drilling on August 2, 1918. The organization was equipped with regular uniforms. Attended battalion drill at towns during fairs. Only stopped drilling once ,a week when influenza epidemic struck us. Was ready at all times to put down any proGerman argument. Put German schools out of business, and incidentally saw that German sympathizers kept their place or left town.

COMPANY "D," 40TH BATTALION, Kanopolis.

Captain:
  Earl Black.

First Lieutenant:
  Lynn K. Black.

Second Lieutenant:
  Arthur E. White.

First Sergeant:
  Sturgis, Alfred E.

Quartermaster Sergeant:
  Schumacher, Henry A.

Sergeants:
  Hoffman, Micheal J.
  Sturgis, Ralph H.
  Paull, Claud Victor.
  Schorch, F. W. Robert.
  Thompson, Henry.
  Veitch, William.

Musician:
  Woodmansee, Harvey.

Privates:
  Beighley, Milton.
  Boston, Douglas A.
  Braden, Charles W.
  Butcher, James M.
  Buxton, Samuel.
  Hafensteine, Otto.

Privates-Concluded:
  Harris, Wesley.
  Hurst, Vance.
  Kendell, George.
  Krieder, Allen N.
  Kuntz, Jacob J. J.
  Man, Phillip H.
  Nilson, Edward.
  Qu rrey, Kenneth.
  Ramsey, Alfred B.
  Ray, Louis W.
  Reeves, Wesley I.
  Sauers, George E.
  Southworth, James B.
  Sharkey, Jesse.
  Tate, Stephen E.
  Vitek, Ralph.
  Word, Cooper.
LOSSES.
Sergeants:
  Labourn, Allen A.,
    discharged.
  Nichols, Raymond G.,
    discharged.
  Smith, John, discharged.
Corporal:
  Cowie, Richard, discharged.
Privates:
  Cline, Ben, discharged.
  Grubb, Samuel L.,
    discharged.
  Merrill, Harvey, discharged.
  Pettit, Clifford, discharged.

ACTIVITIES.

Company D, 40th Battalion, was the main leader in practically all war activity campaigns. This town went over the top every time, and whenever a time came that the company was needed it was at their service. We have taken a small detail of men several times and gone out and got money for these campaigns from those who refused to pay the leader, such as slackers. It was reported to me that there was a German preacher at the town of Carneiro, who was teaching music, and that he was using such pieces as the German national hymns. I took a small squad and went after this man, took him into Ellsworth and turned him over. Later he was forced to leave.

Last summer the company put in two hard nights of drilling every week and participated in every parade held by the battalion.

Transcribed from History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard, August 6, 1917, to November 11, 1919, printed by Kansas State Printing Plant, B. P. Walker, State Printer, Topeka. 1925. 10-4436 Kansas State Guard footer


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