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The Jubilee Medals, as shown above, were presented in October 1919 to all soldiers and sailors in Wood County who served in the First World War. Suspended from a blue and gold ribbon, the front of the medal reads: Presented to ————————— by the people of the town of Parkersburg, W. Va., as one of our faithful son of combat on his return from service and victory. (Photo provided by Jeff and Christy Little)

Hoblitzell volunteered and is being examined for the Dental Reserve Corps commission

Boston, August 1. Boston American League baseball first baseman Dr. Richard C. Hoblitzell volunteered and examined for commission in the Dental Reserve Corps, it has been reported today. Dr Hoblitzell said he did not know when he was likely to be called.

Hoblitzell’s home is in Parkersburg, W.Va.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

August 1, 1917


Camp Sherman to meet the locals today

The M. Company, 333rd Infantry, Camp Sherman baseball team will play the Parkersburg Independents today at South Side Park. This will be the second game of the season with a team of soldiers, the first played last Sunday resulting in the victory of the soldiers by a score of 1-0. Today’s game is expected to be a hummer and a large crowd is expected . The home team roster is expected to be roughly the same as last Sunday.

[Note: Camp Sherman was an Army training facility near Chillicothe, Ohio.]

The Parkersburg News

July 8, 1918


City news in brief

Mr. and Mrs. OH Cobb have received a telegram stating that their son, Albert, has arrived in New York from overseas and has been sent to Camp Dix, where he awaits release. He is the youngest of three sons to have served their country. Another brother, Marvin, arrived home several weeks ago. Both boys actively participated in some of the toughest battles, having enlisted at the start of the war.

The Parkersburg News

July 22, 1919


Lieut. JJ Steele, who has spent more than a year in France with the 829th Aero Squadron, is spending a few days in this town, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. JG Cochran and the Market Street family. Lt. Steele is now stationed at the Port of Disembarkation in Hoboken, NJ

The Parkersburg News

August 16, 1919


Jubilee Medals

At the Great Homecoming and Jubilee here, medals were presented to all soldiers and sailors from Wood County who were in attendance. As many of the boys were not there at the time, they are still without their souvenirs and those who have not received them are asked to call Mayor Gilbert’s office or Red Cross headquarters at the YMCA.

Distribution officials also intended to have the medals of the men who did not return engraved and sent to their loved ones. This was impossible due to the few names that were received by the committee or the Red Cross. The relatives of soldiers, sailors or marines who died in service are therefore invited to leave a brief history of their service at the headquarters of the Red Cross. Ohio Valley Publishing has offered to publish a booklet telling the story of these boys and give it free to relatives.

[Question: Do any readers of Look Back have a copy of this booklet?]

The Parkersburg News

October 16, 1919


Bob Enoch is president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. If you have any comments or questions about Look Back articles, please contact him at: [email protected], or by mail at WCHPS, PO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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