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Tragic News From France

machinegunThe Summit Herald of November 29, 1918 reported that the Community Thanksgiving service in the Lyric Theater was the largest such service ever held in Summit.

The latest casualty list from overseas listed the deaths of three men from Summit. Corporal Thomas E. O'Shea, with the Machine Gun Company of the 107th Regiment, was killed in action on September 29. The paper reprinted a letter from his friend, Corporal Alan Eggers of Summit, who went "over the top" in the same battle. [Note: O'Shea and Eggers were later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.] Lieutenant Oscar Hellquist (Company D, 107th Infantry) was killed in action on October 18. Corporal Philip Drabble of the 106th Machine Gun Battalion died of pneumonia on November 5, somewhere in France. His loss came as particularly devastating news to his parents, who were notified just a few weeks earlier that their other son, Sergeant William Drabble, died of wounds on October 10. The two young men were the Drabbles' only children.

The paper published a letter sent to President Wilson by Mrs. Carroll P. Bassett of Summit, President of the N.J. Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. She respectfully requested that he deny the proposal made by Mrs. Catt and other American suffragettes to have women included as delegates to the Peace Conference. The job was better left to men with training and experience in international affairs, she said. Furthermore, the suffragettes should be disqualified from participating because they had opposed America's entrance in the war.

Word came from France that Ruford D. Franklin, the son of Mayor Franklin, was promoted to Captain. He was in command of a detachment of aviators of the U.S. Air Service in France.

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