Submitted by Lee Kinnan Fazzari
Elmira, N.Y., Jan.11, 1919
If so, you realize how welcome a bit of news from the place where you make your home and about the people you know, has always been.
For the benefit of Elmirans in military service and for the convenience of those who correspond with them, The Elmira Star-Gazette every Saturday publishes a "Soldier Letter," containing a review of local events of the week which can be clipped and enclosed with the letter containing the containing the more personal messages. Thus your boy, or your sweetheart, or your friend, as the case may be, will be fully posted on home town news. At the same time, readers of the Star-Gazette are spared the time and trouble otherwise necessary to tell in their letters what is going on.
Just clip this letter and send it to "him." You will find that he will be very much pleased with it.
While you were licking the Huns, your friends back home in Chemung County were licking War Stamps. You did a better job than we did, as you went "over the top." However, the folks in your neighborhood bought about $750,000,000 worth of those little stickers during the year 1918. You are coming back to us after a wonderful experience, and we will rejoice when you are all safely home and settled down to business again, so you can join in the game for 1919 of acquiring these little gum stickers, thereby not only conserving your earnings while making a new start, but helping good old uncle Sam to more easily carry the burden with which he is so heavily laden.
We have licked the Kaiser, but we are not through licking War Stamps.
Yours to encourage thrift,
W. H. SNYDER
War Savings Stamps
Saturday, January 4
Cancellation of all war contracts causes closing of Kertscher & Company throwing 269 men out of employment.
Thirty men nominated in primaries for directors of new Chamber of Commerce resign due to dissatisfaction over state method of selection ans another election will be held.
Mrs. Anna Kibble is sent to jail for thirty days for stealing chickens. Does not like to talk about case.
James I. Riley brings a little liquor into city and is fined $50 for his trouble.
William H. Blight is elected a member of temple trustees board from St. Ober’s Commandery to fill unexpired term of the late Johnson Little.
Superintendent Earl G. Cook reports great work done by Neighborhood House. Attendance in December 4,336
Monday, January 6
## weather causes many water pipes to freeze.
Masonic Club prospering. All officers are re-elected at annual meeting. Present membership ##
Maurice O’Donnell completes 25 years as member of Elmira police force.
George B. Carter stops playing the organ at the Regent Theatre long enough to remark that question of suitable memorial for men in service should be left to them.
Tuesday, January 7
Dr. Clyde L. Carey dies of pneumonia. Had recently returned from United States Army service.
Decide to hold annual automobile show February 24 to March 1.
Elmira Heights refuses to accept resignation of Police Justice E. Z. Wood because no successor can be found.
Harris, McHenry & Baker Company close down department employing thirty workers due to cancellation of war contracts.
Dr. John C. O’Brien is critically ill.
Common Council reappoints Charles J. Howe, chamberlain; Daniel R. Davenport, chief assessor; James B. Rathbone, cemetery commissioner; Baird G. Dow, member Baord of Public Works; Wilfred I. Booth, fire commissioner; George H. hemenway, acting city judge; Donald C. Hawkes, acting recorder.
Fires cause $57,380.75 loss to Elmira during 1918.
Wednesday, January 8
Probability that Elmira may be chosen for the next state encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic.
City Chamberlain Charles J. Howe sent out bills for state and county taxes.
Common Council will consider appropriating $3,000 to be returned Elmirans who had service pipes thawed ## winter.
Shopmen of Pennsylvania Railroad vote in favor of day work in preference to piece work.
Cat brought from its home in Sodus to Elmira walks back to former place, a distance of 91 miles, taking three weeks for the journey.
E.O. Eldredge, vice-president of the Chemung Canal Trust Company says that with the present price of eggs, any man who comes downtown with a yellow spot adorning his shirt front wil have no trouble in putting over a loan at the bank.
A hall of fame and a bridge at Main street are the latest suggestions sent to the Star-Gazette for a fitting memorial for Elmira men who were in war service.
Thursday, Janury 9
Dr. John C. O’Brien, prominent physician, dies of influenza.
State Senate pays tribute to memory of late John W. Murtaugh.
Service men, soldiers, sailors and marines who reside in Elmira or Chemung County will be given monster banquet at State Armory at date to be determined later.
United States Employment Bureau in Masonic Temple finds jobs for 125 men.
Chamber of Commerce holds second primary election with result about as before.
Medical Society pays tribute to late Dr. Clyde Carter.
John N. Willlys says that wages are not to come down.
Friday, January 19
Benjamin F. Hartnett, well known Lackawanna engineer dies.
Lieutenant Walter E. Whitley is elected president of Elmira Rifle and Revolver Club.
Two bold robbers held up Thomas H. Judson of the Doane-Jones Lumber Company at 6 p.m. and rob him of cash and checks.
Thieves smash show window in Samuel’s pawn shop on Water Street shortly after midnight and steal revolvers, shot gun and woman’s handbag.
Francis E. Baldwin tells young women of Elmira College all about milk bottles.
Flickers says that after all is said and done, a good laundry and barber shop in Russia would put the Bolsheivicki party out of business in six months.