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Military history revisited

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Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage will be hosting the Prairie Lutheran Parish church service outdoors at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4. Everyone is welcome.

Mark and Lisa Hinkley of De Smet had an outdoor visit Sept. 19 with Harriet Hattervig and her houseguests Connie and Jasmine Larson of Broken Bow, Neb.

Shirley Stroud, Donna Stroud, Harriet Hattervig, Connie Larson, Sally Madison and Loralee Nelson gathered at Centennial Park Sept. 22 for a “so long” coffee for Donna Stroud, who is moving to Sioux Falls and will be wintering in Arizona.

Gene Gullickson of Flandreau, his daughters Sandy, from Andover, Minn., and Sherri and friend from Chicago, and Emil and Janice Straka of Brookings visited Loralee Nelson Sept. 23.

Did you know?

(From “Carthage Gem of the Redstone” by Sally Madison)

The American Legion post in Carthage was organized in 1919 and named the Delbert Graves Post Number 51. In 1951, the name was changed to the Graves-Wallum Post Number 51 in memory of Elmer Wallum. Through the years, the organization was active in local affairs. By 2007, only three members remained, and the post was dissolved.

The American Legion Auxiliary was organized in 1921. The Auxiliary Unit and the Junior Auxiliary won many state and national honors. With the decline in the town’s population, the unit was dissolved in 2007, but the faithful few ladies left one last memorial for veterans. A granite memorial set in Centennial Park on Main Street in Carthage stands as a special tribute to all veterans.

In 1946, it was noted that 180 servicemen from Miner County had been discharged from military service. The June celebration was suspended during the World War II years. “Speed V (Victory) Day — Buy War Bonds” was the slogan of the time.

A clothing drive was held for blankets, bedding and usable clothing for all ages to be distributed in war-stricken countries. The most intensive scrap iron metal drive gathered more than 500,000 tons of metal for the steel mills. Soldiers on the battlefields reported picking up shrapnel, broken guns, shell casings and helmets.

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