WWI postcard mystery solved
From Gordon Hommes
On Feb. 21, my request for information on the writer of a postcard, dated July 20, 1918, and sent to a Mrs. John Carson, Two Harbors, Minn., was published in the Lake County News-Chronicle (“Letter to the editor: Help needed to solve WWI postcard mystery,” Feb. 21). Over the next several weeks I heard from several individuals from as far away as Ohio and Arizona, along with some Two Harbors locals. Evidently, the writer was Clarence Essen, and he was writing to his cousin, Mamie Carson, who along with her husband John, lived in the Knife River Valley. Clarence is the individual on the right side of the photo. The other soldier is unidentified. Clarence served in the U.S. Army Cavalry and spent his military career in Florida, taking care of horses while being quarantined during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic that ended up killing between 20 and 40 million people. Two or three of Clarence’s brothers also served in the military during WWI, including Harold, who served as a yeoman in the navy and made four trips to France, hauling troops. From what I can tell, there are no living descendants of Mamie and John Carson. Therefore, I will donate the 95 year-old postcard to the Lake County Historical Society. I thank all of the individuals who took the time to contact me about this piece of local history.
Thanks from WKHS band and choir
From Mary Carroll and Kris Peterson
Choir and band directors, WKHS
William Kelley band and choir students would like to thank everyone in the community who helped to make our trip to Nashville an affordable reality. Among other things, we had a wonderful time learning about Tennessee, attending the Grand Ole Opry and working with college professors who helped us grow musically.
We especially want to thank the following who donated money and supplies to make our trip possible:
Lake County Arts Board
Van House Construction
North Shore Mining
North Shore Federal Credit Union
People that came to our spaghetti dinner or bought fruit, magazines or gave donations at our concerts
Thanks to Renee Frahm, who made our “travel packets.”
We thank the students for representing Silver Bay in a positive way.