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January 31, 1919
Yesterday will be one of the most
memorable days in the history of
the local Red Cross canteen. For
about twenty-five hundred soldiers
were guests there yesterday. It seem
incredible that the little canteen
could handle the enormous number,
but each of the 2,000 men were
served with coffee, sandwiches and
cookies. The first hour of today had
begun before the canteen workers
in charge of Mrs. Harry Johntz, cap-
tain, completed their service. The
average number of men from the
regular trains were guests during
the day , but at nine-thirty o'clock a
troop train in three sections from
Texas brought the large group of
men, requiring 2,000 sandwiches,
230 poundds of cookies, 132 gallons
of coffee. Ten Osage Indians were
visitors of unusual interests, wear-
ing vividly colored blankets. A tran-
sient soldier and an express employee
were of much assistance to the can-
teen workers, who included Mrs.
Jontz (Johntz), Mrs. Charles Lewis, Mrs. Ida
Stevenson, Mrs. John Maser, Mrs. H.
L. Bender, Mrs. T. M. Flynn, Mrs. W.
E. Wells, Mrs. George White, and
Mrs. Wayne Gordon.