163 – Coming Home

With orders for home, the 137th Regiment boarded trains at Sampigny on March 7. They arrived in the Le Mans area three days later. The companies were dispersed to surrounding towns and villages, Company M to Monfort-les-Gesnois. Far from the desolate battlefields, the men enjoyed a couple weeks of “the best accommodations since [their] arrival in France,” whether in billets or private homes.

Easter Aboard the Manchuria
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162 – Over There

Larned Chronoscope – May 9, 1918

On May 9, 1918, soldiers of the 137th Infantry disembarked their ships and set foot on French soil at Le Havre.

The 137th served a few weeks with the British in Northern France and then by three days of forced marches and three days train travel moved to the eastern end of the Western Front, near Gerardmer, from where it went into the line with French troops on German soil near Switzerland on June 18, 1918.

A History of the 137th Infantry, An All-Kansas Regiment
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160 – Ralph Jarvis Was Electrifying

What was going on in Larned in the spring and summer of 1916? We’ll pick up on three story lines to find out.

  1. Larned’s new electric plant was coming on line.
  2. Ralph Jarvis, 22, was in Larned, working as a lineman converting houses to the new electric system.
  3. Chleo Webb was coming of age at 16, living in the Rock House with her mother Anna.
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155 – Pawnee County, Kansas

We’re fortunate to have two guest authors today.

In August 1947, the Larned Chronoscope, a local newspaper, published the recollections of sisters Anna Buhrer Webb and Lucy Buhrer Hays about their early days in Pawnee County.

Anna Buhrer – c 1887
Lucy Buhrer – c 1889

If we told these stories, we’d be accused of embellishment. It’s amazing to hear how our grandparents forged a life on the Kansas prairie.

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