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It is expected that the largest crowd ever seen in Hazard's streets will turn out for this occasion.








I am looking into the future optimistic in the belief that this world catastrophe is going to end happily, not only for us Americans, but for the whole world
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The Hazard Herald, September 20, 19 17

Citizens Arrange Big Celebration in Honor of Soldier Boys Today

A splendid send-off to the next  fifty-five Perry county boys to go to the National Army is to be given by the people of Hazard this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30. The large number of boys who go this time make desirable a much more extensive demonstration, whence the number of girls with their Red Cross costumes will be materially larger, and with the Boy Scouts, in uniform, will be the escort of honor, and the children from the schools will parade in honor of the newly made National soldiers, leaving the school building sharp at 2:30 and march immediately to their formation on Court street, with the head of their line in front of the Beaumont Hotel. A moving picture will be taken of the parade by W. B. Oelze, and of other proceedings in front of the Court House. Everyone who participates must be in place sharp at two-thirty.

The moving picture film will be sent by Mr. Oelze to the Pathe News to be shown all over the country, whence no effort should be spared by anyone to make the nicest, most attractive showing possible. It is proposed to have several of the young folks prepare and appear in fancy costumes and those who do will be given a prominent part in the parade. The parade will be reviewed by Mayor W. M. Pursifull and the City Council from the Court House steps, and with them will be several of our leading citizens, including Messrs. Jesse Morgan, H. C. Faulkner, J. E. Johnson, J. B. Eversole, R. L. Cornell, B. P. Wootton, S. M. Ward and others.

Immediately following the parade the Red Cross girls and the new soldiers will be banked on the Court House steps and a short program rendered, which will be opened with prayer by Rev. G. C. Walker. Hon. J. E. Johnson will them deliver the opening address. Then "America," the National hymn, sang as a chorus by all. Next, an address by Dr. J. M. Walker, and the exercises then concluded by singing the "Star Spangled Banner" in chorus by all.

It is expected that the largest crowd ever seen in Hazard's streets will turn out for this occasion. The boys from Knott county are expected here in time to take part in this occasion. The Committee on Arrangements are: J. B. Hoge, W. B. Oelze, O. F. Kelly, Mrs. L. H. Stiles and Mrs. L. C. Hibler.

The Perry county boys who go in this contingent are:

Allen G. T. Combs
Hurman M. Hall
Hampton Young
Willie Hoskins
Squire Riley
Charley Lay

Arthur Rogers
Sim Gayheart
Ballard Engle
Floyd Mercer
Garrett Feltner
Patrick Combs
James Roy Bishop
John Cannon Combs
Monroe Combs
Johnnie Couch
John Easterim
Lawrence Napier
Joseph White
Jim Meade
Geo. C. Combs
Cooley Jones
Carl Johnson
George C. Owens
John L. Gibson
Harrison Whisman
Logan Duff
Lonzo C. Hucalby
Corbette Caudill
Elijah White
Odell Petrey
Batty Stacy
Harvey Hightower
Goodloe Smith


Shirley E Parfitt
Troy Allen
James Logan
Hence Colwell
Karew Richie
Walker Abner
Briton Davidson
Floyd Duff
John H. Flecher
William R. Bailey

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The Hazard Herald,
October 31, 19 18

Lieut. S. B. Brashear Writes Intrestingly From Over Seas


The following interesting letter from Lieut. S. B. Brashear is published through the kindness of Mr. Mm. Cornett, Viper, and will be read with much interest by Lieut. Brashear's host of friends in this section:


Somewhere in England.
Sunday, Sept 22, 1918

Mr. W. M. Cornett,
Viper, Ky.

Dear Brother:
Have been so busy enjoying the voyage, and life in general, that I have not taken the time to write a single letter since I left America, although I am still enjoying as much as ever and find this one of the most pleasant days of the whole journey. I feel I should not be so selfish in my own pleasures as not to write and tell the folks at home at least something of our wonderful trip over the sea.

There are many things in connection with it that were of interest that I cannot write, as it would be in violation of censorship, for I realize the purpose and importance of a strict censorship. Let me assure you that the censorship is not for the purpose of preventing the people from knowing what is happening or has been happening, but for the purpose of preventing talk or information to the enemy that would be of advantage to him. Many things were of such interest that will keep till the war is over and such time as there will no longer be military secrets. Then I hope to have the pleasure of telling them to you at my liberty and leisure.

In all my wanderings I have spent exactly 300 days on the seas, and on no previous voyage did I ever find ocean travel so interesting or pleasant as this trip has been, nor have I ever felt so safe in any previous long voyage as I did on this one. Before the voyage was ended I found myself hoping that we would encounter a submarine.

I have seen a bit of Ireland and Scotland and considerable of England, and I am wonderfully impressed with the beauty of these old countries, especially their verdure at this time of year. England seems just a continuous succession of gardens, with birds and flowers on every hand. I think we are very fortunate in getting a few days' rest in England.

I don't know whether it is because of my wanderlust nature of not, but I have been happy from the time we left Camp Sherman to this very hour. I am looking into the future optimistic in the belief that this world catastrophe is going to end happily, not only for us Americans, but for the whole world (the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns excepted) and that the  condition of the world as a whole is going to be better after the war has ended than it was before the war began.

I will be too busy to write many letters, so if anyone is interested in hearing what I have to write from Europe you may pass this letter on to them.

Sincerely yours,

Censored by S. B. Brashear,

2nd Lt. U. S. A.