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Boy's powerful essay on Victory Loan drive written one day before his murder in 1919.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over the past 100 years of newspaper archives.100 YEARS AGO

May 1, 1919

Everyone knows how Germany sank our ships and how we pleaded with her to stop, but she did not listen to us.

Finally, when we saw that we must fight or be run over by the German sword, soldiers were sent to France to try and restore the peace that our country was once blessed with before the wicked Kaiser bothered us.

Our boys went to France leaving mothers, wives, and other relatives — faced the deadly canon, leaving many on the battlefield dead and wounded. Think of it! They left their homes and sacrificed their lives that we might live in peace.

No man ever did more for humanity's sake than the boys who gave their lives. There is no greater sacrifice than life.

They have done their part, now it is our turn to do ours while the Victory Loan drive is on.

Remember that if you lend thousands of dollars, you are not lending nearly as much as boys who gave their limbs and lives; for you can get your money back with interest, while their limbs are gone and cannot be replaced.

Every man should buy freely for his thankfulness that he is not under the rule of the Kaiser.

You can never be too glad or thank the boys too much for the things they have done for you in order that today you might be free.

We should all have a desire to help our country. We cannot be soldiers since Germany is conquered, but we can buy bonds to pay the debt.

Is it right for the slacker not to have to pay without being forced by law? To this, every upright citizen will answer "No."

It surely is not, for he does not show his appreciation of the work of the soldiers. He shouldn't be under Old Glory. He ought to be in the hands of the Germans. If he gives no money to help pay the debt, he does not deserve freedom. He is a worthless citizen and does not deserve anything that the United States government provides for the public good.

There can be no greater insult than for a soldier to hear that someone will not buy bonds, for it seems to him that you mean to say you will not even pay the debt that he made to make democracy safe; it seems to him that he fought for nothing.

Our bonds are backed by the best government on the face of the earth. Therefore, no one should be afraid of losing, as you are sure of your money back in a few years with interest. No matter how poor, at least buy one bond for the good of your country and for the investment you make.

Before the war was over, a person, perhaps, was running a great risk; for if autocracy had won our money would have been lost. Now no one need to be afraid because the war is over and you can be sure that Germany will not win.

Sixty-thousand of our boys lie buried on the Flanders front. To them, the war is over, and those who have been crippled are paying in full with their sufferings.

There are three reasons why everyone should buy Victory Bonds: first, to help pay the war debt; second, to show your appreciation of the soldiers; third, to satisfy yourselves with the thought that you have done your part in the great world war.

Now if you want to be an upright citizen, buy all the bonds you can to prove it.

I have heard some people asking why we should buy bonds after the war is over. I hope you will know now, for I have told the reasons, not reason.

Written by David Hardwick, age 14, grade 7, April 22, 1919, Madras, Jefferson County, Oregon.

Mrs. Flora B. Heider, teacher

On the evening following the day this essay was handed to Mrs. Flora B. Heider, April 22, 1919, David Hardwick and his mother, Mrs. Susie Hardwick-Sar were shot to death while peacefully sleeping in their beds. The unnatural husband and stepfather committed suicide immediately after the double murder.

75 YEARS AGO

April 27, 1944

"Once upon a time ... " a blonde, fair-complexioned boy attended school in the town of Abilene, Kansas; his teacher was Mr. E.S. McCormick, present instructor in Madras Union High School. The time was along in 1904, says Mr. McCormick, recalling the situation.

The youth was above average in scholastic ability, and was a typical American boy as to other characteristics.

You would like to be "let-in" on who this youth was? Well, "believe it or not," it was none other than the now famous Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, commander of the American fighting forces abroad, in the European theater — the man who will direct the invasion against Hitler and his European fortress.

Surely, Mr. McCormick must feel a little "chesty" when he follows the accounts of his former pupil, who has achieved such a high degree of responsibility in the military leadership of the armies of United States and her allies.

50 YEARS AGO

May 1, 1969

Arbor Day was recognized by Madras Grade School first graders last Friday. Two first grade rooms, instructed by Mrs. Frances Ormsby and Mrs. Mildred Gladwill, collected separately in each room 5 cents from each student. Each room purchased a Chinese elm tree to plant near the first grade playground.

The first graders listed their names on a piece of paper and sealed it in a soda pop bottle time capsule to be buried with the roots of the trees. In case the trees are ever removed in the future, the bottle "time capsule" will reveal the planters. The four other first grade rooms taught by Mrs. Ruby Lee, Mrs. Patricia Taylor, Miss Judy Reed, and Mrs. Mary Huff, came out to watch the other two rooms plant their Arbor Day trees.

25 YEARS AGO

April 28, 1994

Anita Jackson, 41, has been named Public Safety general manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, effective April 19.

Jackson — formerly a Tribal Court judge, Court of Appeals judge and later a tribal attorney with the firm of Karnopp, Petersen and Noteboom — is an enrolled tribal member and a 1971 graduate of Madras High.

She has worked as director and advocate for children in the Warm Springs Legal Aid office and was a writer/researcher with the curriculum development project.

Jackson holds a law degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University.

The new Public Safety general manager takes over for Jeff Sanders, who has held both the GM and chief of police positions since 1989. When the jobs were recently separated, Sanders remained the Warm Springs police chief.

Headquartered in the Tribal Administration Building, the Public Safety Department employs approximately 70 persons.

Jackson will oversee a number of offices in Warm Springs, including the police department, corrections, Tribal Court administration, legal aid, juvenile coordinator, victim's assistance, parole and probation.


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