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'World War I: The Waverly Connection'

The Waverly American Legion Auxiliary has been working on a book, "World War I: The Waverly Connection" since January. Karen Fadden, who is not a member of the Auxiliary, has spent hundreds of hours using her skills to research the 153 people from the Waverly area who served in World War I. The Auxiliary members are also spending many hours using Fadden's research to create the book which will be available for sale after the Memorial Day service at Waverly's Railroad Park on Monday, May 28, at 11:00 a.m. Above are, from left, Judi Lammers, Karen Fadden, Connie Holmes, Jan Fitzpatrick, Gerry Smith, Norma Ogle, Carol Tuchtenhagen, and Nancy Remer. Not pictured are Karen Borrell, Ed and Sue Claessens, and Eileen Smith.  (Photo by Doug Voerding)

 

The cover of the book "WWI: The Waverly Connection" features a photo of the 1920 funeral procession of Charles Claussens, who was killed in action in France during World War I. The photo is looking east on Elm Avenue in Waverly. On the right is where Wright County Community Action is now, and in the middle left is what was more recently Pete's Grocery. (Photo courtesy of the Waverly American Legion)

 

The Waverly American Legion Post 305 is named for Charles Claussens, above, who was born in Middleville Township in Wright County. He was killed in action in World War I. Private 1st Class Charles Claussens of Company B, 309th Infantry, 78th Division, died at age 24 on October 24, 1918.  He was first buried in an American hospital cemetery near Nantes, France. In September, 1920, his body was returned to Waverly for a full military funeral held at St. Mary's Church. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Claussens. (Photo courtesy of the Waverly American Legion)

 

Mary Catherine Fitzpatrick, above, was perhaps the only woman from the Waverly area who served during World War I. It is known that she was a Red Cross nurse, but it is not known if she worked in Europe or at an army hospital in the United States. (Photo courtesy of the Fitzpatrick family)

 

Above are two cases of German medals from the collection of Richard Lammers that will be on display after the Waverly Memorial Day service. Top center is the Pour le Merite, or Blue Max, a medal for bravery during World War I. Below it, from left, are retired pilot, pilot, and observer's badges. In the lower case, to the left of the WWI German flag is the Prussian Iron Cross, First Class and to the right is the Prussian Iron Cross, Second Class. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

 

Above are four Waverly area World War I veterans before they headed off to war with the 151st Field Artillery. Seated in front is Fred O'Hair. In back is, from left, Hedene Anderson, possibly Maurice Akins, and Joe Akins. (Photo courtesy of Waverly American Legion)

 

The Waverly American Legion Post 305 officers supported the work of the Post Auxiliary in preparing a book that details the lives of the 153 veterans of World War I who lived in Waverly and Marysville and Woodland Townships. The book will be available after this year's Memorial Day ceremony in Railroad Park. Above are, from left, Dave Holmes, Richard Lammers, Tom Fitzpatrick, Lee Custer, Ken Borrell, and Dave Remer. The Memorial Day ceremony will feature special honors for the WWI veterans,  as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

 


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