Sunday, January 6, 2008

Jay Wearstler Now in France (1917)

Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, August 1, 1917

Word was received by D. H. Tantlinger, uncle of Jay Wearstler, that Jay is now in France with Pershing. Young Wearstler enlisted in the U. S. army last January. He received most of his training at El Paso, Texas. It was from this place that the "Post" was favored with a letter from him enclosing a photograph. At the same time he wrote his uncle and at that time said Mr. Tantlinger should not try to answer until he (Jay) wrote again. This is the first word that has been received from Jay since that time. He says he is in fine health and that everything is going fine. His letter was very short because of the strict censorship that is maintained. Jay's friends will be glad to know that he is developing into such an excellent representative of Uncle Sam's men.

The young man was a carrier boy on the Post force a few years ago, passing the "Northwest" route which is now passed by "Billy" Snyder, and later he passed the "South Side" route which is regularly carried by Jack Pentz but as the latter is enjoying his "vacation", Douglas Marker is the carrier. Jay was a very conscientious young fellow, and though he is not very old, he will be steadfast to duty wherever he may find it. The letter received by his uncle was postmarked Paris, France July 4, so it is probable that he was one of the members of the picked battalion which paraded there for the edification of the French people on the anniversary of America's independence. The young man is a member of Co. K, 16th infantry U. S. A.

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