Post­card from the past a link to World War I

The Weekly Vista - - News - XYTA LU­CAS Spe­cial To The Weekly Vista

A pic­ture post­card in the collection of the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum shows a wo­man in a ca­noe on Lake Bella Vista.

The post­card was post­marked Ben­tonville Ark., on Nov. 1, 1918, ad­dressed to Wal­ter W. Stroup in Com­pany L of the 14th In­fantry at Camp Dodge, Iowa. The mes­sage on the back reads, “Dear Wal­ter, we are send­ing you a box of ap­ples today so look out for them…. It is get­ting colder here. Laura.”

The Ar­mistice ended World War I 17 days later, on Nov. 18, be­fore the 14th In­fantry Reg­i­ment had de­ployed to par­tic­i­pate in the war. Ac­cord­ing to www.wikipedia.org, Camp Dodge was con­structed in 1907 to pro­vide a place for the Iowa Na­tional Guard units to train. In 1917, the in­stal­la­tion was handed over to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to be­come one of 16 re­gional train­ing

cen­ter for forces to par­tic­i­pate in the First World War. The name Camp Dodge comes from Bri­gadier Gen­eral Grenville M. Dodge, who or­ga­nized Iowa’s first Na­tional Guard unit in 1856. Although not a na­tive-born Iowan, he be­came a well-known fig­ure and resided within the state for most of his adult life. He is con­sid­ered a war hero for his ser­vice. He served a term as a U.S. Con­gress­man rep­re­sent­ing the state.

To see more vin­tage post­cards and other ex­hibits rep­re­sent­ing the past 100+ years of Bella Vista his­tory, visit the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum at the in­ter­sec­tion of U.S. High­way 71 and Kings­land Road, next door to the Amer­i­can Le­gion. The mu­seum is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wed­nes­days through Sun­days, with free ad­mis­sion. For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.bellav­is­ta­mu­seum.org and visit the mu­seum’s Face­book page.

From the collection of Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum

The post­card was post­marked Ben­tonville Ark., on Nov. 1, 1918, ad­dressed to Wal­ter W. Stroup in Com­pany L of the 14th In­fantry at Camp Dodge, Iowa. The mes­sage on the back reads, ‘Dear Wal­ter, we are send­ing you a box of ap­ples today so look out for them … It is get­ting colder here. Laura.’

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