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The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: September 27 1918

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

Pearl Edward Bond, the two and one-half-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Bond of Portland, Oregon, died at a local hospital yesterday. The conditions surrounding the death of the little one are particularly sad. Mr. and Mrs. Bond were visiting relatives at Juliaetta, when the child was taken sick and developed a condition so serious within a few hours that he was rushed to a hospital in this city. Every possible aid was rendered, but without avail. Death was due to an attack of cholera infantum. The body will be shipped to Portland for burial.


Unless there has been some mistake in identity, the letters published below and received yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Cushing of this city carry the news of the sacrifice of the life of another brave Moscow boy in the service of his country and of humanity. The letters bring the word of the death of Holt Cushing, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Cushing, pioneers of Moscow. This is the first news received, and there are no other details. Inasmuch as there had been no word from the war department in Washington, and the name of the young man had not appeared in the casualty lists, it was thought that there might be some mistake, and C.A. Hagan, partner of Mr. Cushing, wired Congressman Burton L. French of this state to secure any information that he could. The following telegram from Congressman French, gives a ray of hope:

Washington, D.C., Sept. 24.
C.A. Hagan,
Moscow, Idaho

War department has searched through its lists and has received no information whatever indicating that Lemuel Holt Cushing has been killed, or even injured. I am asking the war department to investigate further.


Holt Cushing was born and reared in Moscow. He entered the service last fall, and was in the heavy artillery.

"Billom, France, August 2, 1918
"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cushing:

"We have just returned, Mr. and Mrs. Cushing, from a beautiful little grave where we left our comrade, 'Your brave boy.'

"It was hard for us to part with him, but very sweet to see him carried beneath the shining stars and stripes and beautiful flowers to his little place of rest. There we all bowed our heads to the words of the chaplain; then knelt in prayer.

"He was lowered, and we heard the three military shots fired over him by a squad--his comrades, and the bugle blew; you could hear the echo on yonder hill.

"We left him then with our hearts contented that we had done all that we could do for him. It certainly could be called the 'End of a Perfect Day.'

"I hope in these few words you will find much comfort. He spent his life here, that we may go on and conquer the rights he had lived, the rights that you are living, and the rights we are fighting for. 'God bless him.'

"O.K.--Censored by Jack Hastie, Jr. Capt. 316th Am. T.U."

"Billom, France, Sept. 2, 1918
"Mrs. Etta Cushing
"Moscow, Idaho
"Dear Mrs. Cushing:

"I wish to write you tonight an expression of my deep sympathy for the parents of my friend and an appreciation of his splendid manhood. I sorrow with you, as does every man in the regiment, at the death of your son Holt. His loss is irreparable, but truly glorified by the fact that he died for humanity. He gave his life that life may be better for countless others.

"His body now lies peacefully in a quiet American cemetery, where, today, beneath the stars and stripes, with Christian burial, his companions in arms laid it.

"You, his parents, may well be proud that you have had such a son. All America is giving of her best sons for humanity's sake in this great war, and surely you have given your best and noblest.

"Believe me most sincerely yours in deep sympathy

"Y.M.C.A. Secretary, with 316th Am. Train
"Censored by N.T. Hattson, Capt. U.S.A."


Peter Molitor, who died at his home at 727 E. 6th street, Monday evening [September 23] was buried Wednesday from the Catholic church of this city, Rev. Father R. Pecoul conducted the service.

The deceased was 82 years and nine months old at the time of his death. An aged wife, four daughters and two sons survive. A daughter, Mrs. Chas. Moser, formerly of this city, preceded her father to the beyond two years ago. The surviving daughters are Mrs. N. Faber, Mrs. Adolph Pipin and Miss Gertrude Molitor of Havre, Montana, and Mrs. Alice Moser of Colton. The sons are Mathew Molitor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was at the bedside of his father at the time of his death, and Nick Molitor of Havre, Montana. Thirty grandchildren and nine great-grand children were present at his funeral.


A son was born Saturday [September 21] at the Gritman hospital to the wife of G.B. Joslin of Palouse.


Word was received today of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Frank King of Vancouver, B.C. Mrs. King was formerly Anna Cameron.


Marriage licenses: Ashley J. Roche, Avery, and Amelia Brown, Moscow; Jim Whitted, Genesee, and Pearl Frame, Moscow; Robert A. Potter, Palouse, and Daisy Gross, Palouse; L.E. Hinman, Medford, Oregon, and Iva L. Whitcomb, Moscow.


The funeral of Louis N. Donnem, who died yesterday, will be held from the Swedish Lutheran church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Dr. Jno. E. Oslund officiating. Donnem, who was born in Norway in 1885, came to this country in 1906 and together with his wife located in Moscow some six weeks ago, having secured work at the Gritman hospital. His wife, Anna Donnem, with whom he was united in marriage four years ago, is prostrated with grief over his sudden death. She is a sister of Mrs. A.S. Frost and a niece of Mr. John Martenson, both of this city.


Supt. Howland, of the Lewiston Home, left a tiny daughter at the home of A.L. Ransom this week. Mr. Ransom is setting up the treats over the new arrival.


Cora--Death came among us and took one of our soldier boys, giving us a hint of war's toll. William Howard Adams was called home Sunday, Sept. 15, 1918, aged eighteen years, four months and nine days. In August of last year he enlisted in the army and was sent to Camp Lewis, but having a delicate constitution the rigors of camp life proved too severe for him and in February he was given an honorable discharge on account of ill health and sent home, where he lingered with tuberculosis, and although given every care by a loving mother, he at last succumbed to the grim destroyer. His brother is now in the army, stationed at St. Paul, Minn., and could not be present at his brother's bedside nor funeral. The funeral was held at the home on Tuesday, the pastor of the M.E. church at Palouse officiating. Interment was at Palouse. He leaves a mother and brother; also step-father, two step-brothers and three step-sisters. Having lived among us for five years, he left a host of friends who remember him kindly as our first soldier boy to go to answer to the final call of taps.


Harvard--A baby girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Tibbitts, Sept. 17.

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