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Look Back: Memories of World War I

Jubilee Medals, as shown above, were presented in October 1919 to all the soldiers and sailors of Wood County who served in WWI. Suspended from a blue and gold ribbon, the front of the medal reads: “Presented to ————————— by the people of the City of Parkersburg, W. VA., as one of our loyal fighting sons on his return from service and victory.” (Photo courtesy Jeff and Christy Little)

Hoblitzell Volunteered and Undergoes Examination for Commission in Dental Reserve Corps

Boston, August 1. Dr. Richard C. Hoblitzell, first baseman of the Boston American League baseball team has volunteered and undergone examination for a commission in the dental reserve corps, it was announced today. Dr. Hoblitzell said he was uncertain when he was likely to be called.

Hoblitzell’s home is in Parkersburg, W.Va.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

Aug. 1, 1917

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Camp Sherman to Meet Locals Today

The baseball team of Company M., 333rd Infantry, from Camp Sherman, will play the Parkersburg Independents today at the South Side Park. This will be the second game of the season with a soldier team, the first one played last Sunday resulting in victory for the soldiers by a score of 1 to 0. Today’s game is expected to be a hummer and a large crowd is anticipated. The local teams lineup is expected to be about the same as last Sunday. [Note: Camp Sherman was an Army training facility near Chillicothe, Ohio.]

The Parkersburg News

July 8, 1918

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News of the City Told in Brief

Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Cobb received a telegram that their son, Albert, has arrived in New York, from overseas and has been sent to Camp Dix, where he is awaiting his discharge. He is the youngest of three sons to have been in the service of their country. Another brother, Marvin, having arrived home several weeks ago. Both boys saw active service in some of the severest battles, having enlisted in the early part of the war.

The Parkersburg News

July 22, 1919

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Lieut. J.J. Steele, who spent over a year in France with the 829th Aero Squadron, is spending a few days in this city, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Cochran and family of Market Street. Lieutenant Steele is now stationed at the port of debarkation at Hoboken, N.J.

The Parkersburg News

Aug. 16, 1919

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Jubilee Medals

During the big homecoming and jubilee here, medals were presented to all soldiers and sailors of Wood County who were present. As many of the boys were not here at the time they are still without their mementos and those who have not received them are asked to call at the office of Mayor Gilbert or at the Red Cross headquarters in the Y.M.C.A.

It has also been the intention of those in charge of the distribution to have the medals of those men who did not come back engraved and sent to their relatives. This has been impossible because of the few names that have been received by the committee or the Red Cross. The relatives of soldiers, sailors or marines who died in the service are therefore asked to leave a short history of their service at the Red Cross headquarters. The Ohio Valley publishing has offered to publish a booklet giving a history of these boys and give it to the relatives free of charge.

The Parkersburg News

Oct. 16, 1919

[Question: Do any readers of Look Back have a copy of this booklet?]

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Bob Enoch is president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. If you have comments or questions about Look Back items, please contact him at: roberteenoch@gmail.com, or by mail at WCHPS, PO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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