We received a very interesting letter this week from Newman deHaas who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Newman was raised in Orange City and still reads the Sioux County Capital Democrat. He read about our book, Letters from Ralph, in the paper and ordered a copy through Amazon. Anyway, he imparted some very interesting information. I’m going to share and quote from his letter,
“The following was front-page news in the Alton Democrat on September 12, 1041: ’13 Men Answer Call No. 19 The following men have been selected by the Sioux County Local Board to fill Call No. 19. They will leave Alton on September 19 at 4:00 p.m. by train for the Induction Center at Fort Creek Nebraska. The men selected are as follows: 1776 Ralph J. Mouw, Orange City . . .. ‘ ”
He goes on to say that the above front page is framed and hanging in their house. It is there because that front page also has the death announcement of his grandfather Herman Toering and the announcement of his wife’s grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. Newman also states that Ralph (among other more significant things) was his calculus teacher at Northwestern during the 1947-48 school year.
We love to hear stories like these. Please share in the comments if you have anything to add.