Postcard from the past a link to World War I
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.
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.’