SOLDIERS AND THEIR SUPPORT TEAMS

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SOLDIERS

June 12, 1899: “IN A REPORT FROM THE PHILIPINES Private Allen Kirby of the signal corps is favorably mentioned.  Kirby is a Randsburg boy and has many friends here.  He used to be in Hammond’s store.” –Corona Courier

July 13, 1918: “TWO RANDSBURG BOYS ARE MADE CORPORALS –The honor of being the first two Randsburg Boys to receive promotions since joining the colors has fallen to McKinley Witt and Robert L. Pruett, who were the first to enlist.  They had been chums for years, and electing to join the medical corps, were ordered to Fort Riley, Kansas, instruction camp.  Today word was received by James Witt, father of McKinley, that both young men had been made corporals on July 1.

Father Witt, on receipt of the intelligence remarked:  “I am willing to gamble the Kern County court house against a nickel with a hole in it that those kids are nowhere near as happy as I am.  But how could they escape a boost up the line, as they are both from pure Revolutionary stock?” – Bakersfield Californian

May 26, 1919: SOLDIER FEED AT RANDSBURG – Sons of Randsburg, who have recently been mustered out of the United States service, include F. T. Rose, Bob Anderson, John Appidoca, T. B. Peterson, M. W. Beebe, C. A. Gould, Ed Ranney, J. F. Brandt, C. F. Wells, W. J. Gessel,  Baccom Cox, James Shaw and F. H. Rose.  These men were the honor guests at a banquet and dance given in the mountain town recently.” Bakersfield Californian

RED CROSS

June 21, 1917: “RED CROSS DRIVE GAINS EMPETUS—Every Kern County town will do it share if reports are to be credited.  Already $213 has been raised for the Red Cross fund at Randsburg, a large amount being obtained through the medium of a “tag day.”  D. J. Kelly is captain and he has selected for his assistants Mrs. T. Royal, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Duke, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Chenworth, Mrs.  Schilling, Mrs. Laird and Miss Wrens, Place, Duke, Cheney and Woodsides.” – Bakersfield Californian

October 22, 1917:  “RANDSBURG SENDS $126.35 FOR AMBULANCE – Generous People of Mining Town Make Handsome Donation to Cause – Generous Randsburg has contributed $126.35 to the ambulance fund, this being the largest donation yet received by the W. C. T. U. committee which has the movement in charge.  A check was received today by Mrs. B. C. Jones from Mrs. Edith G. Chenoweth of the mining town for that amount.  And to Mrs. Ballagh, Miss Chenoweth wrote: “We are sending today $126.35. Randsburg’s donation to the ambulance fund.

The money was raised by a bazaar and dance arranged by the women of Randsburg and the affair was most successful both socially and financially.”—Bakersfield Californian

April 26, 1918: “RANDSBURG CHAPTER SENDS IN GARMENTS—Randsburg, the newest branch of the Red Cross, sent in its first consignment of finished work to the

Emerson school rooms yesterday and it was pronounced very good.” – Bakersfield Californian.

May 25, 1918: “CLOSE BARS TO AID THE RED CROSS  — Randsburg and Trona Start Two-Day Celebration for Mercy Fund – Randsburg May 25.—With a program of special features and several added attractions, the big patriotic Red Cross drive was begun at Trona and Randsburg today.  The campaign will continue tomorrow in the cities of Atolia and Johannesburg.

The latest added number to be presented at this city today was the dancing of “The Terry Sisters,” dancers deluxe.  The sisters have donated their services to the Red Cross for the affair.

Voluntarily the saloon men of Randsburg closed their places from 1 o’clock until 6 p. m. to turn the tide of coin into the Red Cross coffers.

Bathing girls from Venice, cowboys from Inyokern, special race features, a tooting calliope, and other attractions began making a tour of the four cities today.  “Over There,” the war picture will be shown at the Atolia club house tomorrow night, the proceeds of which will be turned over to the big patriotic fund.

It is announced every room in Randsburg, Atolia, and Johannesburg has been reserved for the occasion showing a record breaking crowd will attend the big show.” – Bakersfield Californian

May 24, 1918:  “BATHING LASSIES COMING FROM SEA SHORE TO AID IN RED CROSS DRIVE – Randsburg to Stage Somewhat Different Program Tomorrow.—Randsburg, May 24. – All is in readiness for the big Red Cross drive to be participated in by this city, Atolia, Trona, and Johannesburg tomorrow and Sunday, it was announced here today.

The drive will smack of the sea and the cattle ranges when the programs completed.  A whiff of the salt sea will be afforded by a dozen bathing girls from Venice, who have donated their services for the Red Cross.  The mermaids telephoned they were prepared to give displays of the latest sea toggery in Randsburg, Atolia, and Johannesburg, with a different set of costumes in each city.

Twelve rollicking and whooping cowboys of Inyo County are on their way to the Randsburg with a string of the best ponies and stunts ever presented.  A rip-roaring rodeo is promised for the big drive.  The tour of the four cities will take two days.

A silver loving cup to be awarded by President DeRopp, of the Trona Corporation, was on display today at the Randsburg Drug Store and will be seen in the windows of the Atolia drug store Saturday and Sunday.

A neat sum is expected to be reaped for the Red Cross. – Bakersfield Californian

June 6, 1918:  “The sum of $8.35 was raised by the Randsburg school for its Junior Red Cross work by the sale of tin foil.  This is the first school that has made a general drive for tin foil, and the pupils take much pride in their success.” – Bakersfield Californian

AMERICAN LEGION

September 27, 1924: “NEW LEGION POST TO BE INTALLED IN RAND DISTRICT—Randsburg will be invaded by a group of local American Legion men and  officers of Kern County council of that organization who are going to install the new Legion post in the desert town.  Led by Roland L. Curran, county council commander, several automobiles filled with veterans and their families left Legion Hall in Bakersfield shortly after noon today.

The Randsburg veterans are prepared to receive their guests.  The installation, which will be staged tonight, is expected to be a momentous affair in Randsburg and vicinity.  Veterans from Johannesburg and other nearby communities will affiliate with the new Randsburg post, which will be the eighth in this county.  Other posts are located at Bakersfield, Taft, Wasco, Tehachapi, McFarland, Delano, and Fellows.

The Bakersfield delegation will be met en route by other members of Kern county council and by delegations from Tehachapi and other posts.  Most of the visitors plan to remain in Randsburg all day Sunday, and some of them have planned to visit and inspect some of the famous mines there.” –Bakersfield Californian

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