Kentland Democrat (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR
USN Base Hosp. #4
Navy 133
F.P.O. San Francisco Calif.

Dear Mother,

Yours of Nov. 18 came today – It must have gotten lost in the rush someplace. Anyway it made good reading. There was also a Christmas greeting from The Prues – a letter from Bob Hufty, a Christmas greeting from Etta Campbell and two Kentland Democrats. The latest Democrat was dated Dec. 2. So it was later than your letter. I haven’t written Boonie as yet to thank him for the Democrats or am I correct? Didn’t you tell me he was sending them to each man in the service?

Seems as if lots of the boys

[page 2] are mentioned in the paper but I’d just as soon not come in for any newspaper stories.

In your letter you said Mrs. Roberts and her children were there and you also said that Joe had hopes of getting home after 18 mo. That does seem to be a policy but this fellow who had the picture taken with me on that vacation has been here longer than that now. I really think an effort is being made in that direction but it really takes more than effort and as I’ve said before too much hope in that direction isn’t so good because the disappointment is too great if it doesn’t happen that way. It probably will be

[page 3] our luck to have the time limit changed to 2 yrs. or longer by the time the next 34 days roll around. You see I have the days counted.

Opinions vary as to wants & wishes on returning. Some wish to stay; others are more than willing to be on their way. I’ll say there are arguments both ways. New Zealand is fine – don’t misunderstand when one is here the war is far but what will be the tour after returning? Many at present aren’t worrying about going home. They are worrying about having to leave a second time and there is a

[page 3] point there. So looking at it in that respect maybe the longer here the less possibility of a further foreign tour of duty but I’ve been thru the mill once and I suppose I can take it again. It’s lots of fun after it’s all over.

Let’s get off that subject and talk about you – I can’t seem to formulate any words but if thoughts could be crystallized huge chunks could be had at any and all times. Believe me! and so good night and

Love Daddy

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4 thoughts on “Kentland Democrat (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    As I may have mentioned before, I don’t remember The Kentland Democrat–only the Newton County enterprise. The town was overwhelmingly Republican.

    “Seems as if lots of the boys are mentioned in the paper but I’d just as soon not come in for any newspaper stories.” 🙂

    “…as I’ve said before too much hope in that direction isn’t so good because the disappointment is too great if it doesn’t happen that way.” 😦

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      According to the Kentland Newton County Centennial book, the Democrat was sold in 1948 and was later dissolved. So sometime between 1948-1960, it ceased to exist. It would make sense that you don’t really remember it then.

      1. David Steinbach

        Quite by accident, I came across your article based on stories from the Kentland Democrat: I enjoyed it very much, and wanted to give you a little extra information about the newspaper.

        The original owner of the Kentland Democrat was Mr. John B Spotswood (1884), until his death on October 11, 1893. Following Mr. Spotswood’s passing, the paper continued on under the editorship of 20 year old Edward J Steinbach sr,, who had worked for Spotswood beginning as a “printer’s devil” at age 12. On November 17, 1894, Steinbach purchased and became the owner-editor of the newspaper. Edward Steinbach sr was my grandfather.
        Grandfather ran the paper with his sister Amelia at his side until she married, and moved away from Kentland.
        Later, his wife and four children joined him in reporting, printing and delivering the weekly newspaper. His two oldest children (daughters) would move on in the business world, while his third child Margaret (my aunt) and fourth child Edward jr (my father) stayed in the family business.
        During WWII, my father enlisted in the USAAC, leaving “Marg” to serve as Grandfather’s right-hand. During those war years, Grandfather would send the newspaper to local men and women who were serving in the various branches of the military. For her part, Marg sent and received “letters from home” to those servicemen and women. She would later compile all of those letters, and local bios, in a book titled “Keep Smilin’, Marg” (which was her tagline during her letters and articles.
        Following grandfather’s sudden and unexpected death in April 1943, Marg continued to operate the newspaper until my father’s hitch in the USAAC was up and he returned to Kentland and to the newspaper. The two operated the paper until it’s sale in December 1948, to the Morocco (IN) Courier.

        Keep up the good work. ..

      2. David Steinbach

        One other thing that I noticed from the “letter to home” from Lieut. R.S. Yegerlehner USNR, he referenced receiving a “Christmas greeting from the Prues.”
        My paternal great grandmother was Barbara Kirsch (married to Michael Steinbach). Barbara’s brother (John Baptist Kirsch) had three daughters; the youngest being Elizabeth Kirsch (1880-1955). Elizabeth married Fred Prue (1868-1927), and the couple had two daughters.
        What an unexpected surprise to find references to distant family members.

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