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Editorial comment IIIIIIiill 14)'cpl'A!d War II Memories from Helga Barf's scrapbook IIIIIIIIII (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, many from The Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled by Ortonville's Helga (Mrs. Sam) Bart.) Lt. John Dobak is killed trying to obtain water for wounded pals, fighting with Fifth Army Were Seriously Wounded by Nazi Machine Gun Fire and Mines On Tuesday, just a week after Mr. and Mrs. John Dobak of this city were notified by the war department that their son, Lieutenant John Dobak was missing in action in Italy, another wire was received advising them that he had been killed in battle. Five hours before the family learned John had paid the supreme sacrifice, his brother, Lt. Raynold Dobak, who has been in Africa two years, wired his wife here of his arrival at Camp Patrick Henry, VA. The following dispatch from the Fifth Army Front in Italy tells of John's heroic death: "Seriously wounded when they were machine gunned and caught by exploding mines, two American sol- diers today were revealed to have 9rawled more than 300 yards and huddled on the floor of a vacant farm- house in Nazi territory for five and one-half days before they were res- U5 us US -- m I 2 14 17 20 1 52 53 9 t ..... ,+.-- __ 32 Clues ACROSS Clues DOWN 1. Way 1. Baseball great 5. White wine 2. Giant 10. The queen of the 3. A growth-regulating gods chemical sprayed on 14. Fruit fruit trees 15. Pungent 4. A U.S. coin 37. 16. Protects the chest 5. Wittiness 17. Popular Civil War 6. Plant part 39. song 7. River in SW Asia 40. 20. Unbeliefs 8. Sprightliness 43. 21. Yellow-fever 9. Electronic data 46. mosquitoes processing 47. 22. A major division of 10. Of this 48. geological time 11. Oh, God! 50. 23. Celery (Spanish) 12. Hoarfrost 51. 25. Sculpture 13. Vipers 52. 29. Ranid 18. Pretend 33. Paddled 19. 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Red fur neckpiece Vasco da _, Portuguese explorer Spend less Mineral Female sibling Large integer Simplified Extreme points Appendage Avow Native American Califomia people Cut Czar Square measures Used for insect sterilization Egyptian goddess Hyperbolic cosecant Copycat Horse noise Page 4 tt. Iohn Dobak cued. "The doughboys, Cpl. Henry J. Zdanciewsk of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Pvt. Walter J. Murphy of Jackson Heights, N. Y., finally brought a "sui- cide patrol" to their aid by their des- perate shouts. "A third man in the patrol, John Dobak of Ortonville, Minn., who also had been machine gunned in both arms and legs, left the house after three waterless and foodless days in an attempt to get water from a well some distance away. "He was found dead not far from the house, still gripping the bulletrid- died pail. "The original party of three crawled along under the blistering German fire, their useless legs drag- ging on the ground, until they reached the farm house. "Inside there was no water and no food. They had lost their sulfa belts when the explosions tore them off. They lay side by side in the farm- house for three days when Dobak determined they must have water. "The others preaded with him to remain but he dragged himself out of the house. A short time later his com- panions heard a machinegun chatter. Dobak never returned. "'On the fourth day Murphy painfully pulled himself across the floor and found a thre-gallon jug of wine under a pile of straw. The two subsisted three more days on wine. "Going into the seventh day of their ordeal, the men decided to remain quiet for, hours a!.flmter a possible strength to scream forhelp. ; "About 9:30 in the morning they began screaming and their calls were heard at an outpost 1,600 yards ahead of the main Allied lines by Lt. Jasper D. Parks of Oklahoma City. "Sgt. W. A. Trapp of Waggoner, Okla., and Parks set out to trace the cries. They moved over wide open territory under intermittent gun fire. Bohlman accepted at MDU Moorhead C.asey Marie Bohlman, a 2002 graduate of Ortonville High School, has been accepted to Minnesota State University Moorhead. Casey, the daughter of Paul and Chari Bohlman, intends to major in Pre-Nursing. ONCE AGAIN... MANY THANKS Recent new and renewal sub- scribers to The Independent which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Anne Paterson Gene Burdick Helen Danielson Breden Ramona Dorry Dr. Marlyn Storm Mrs. S.R. Barrass Pat Redenius Kyle Inforzato Elaine Dove Mrs. Sherwood Dove Michael Lilly Norm a Wittnebel Gene Sis Tom Dorry Marcia Anderson Lori J. Smith Darlene Barnhardt Bill Dorry Gene Johnson Jack Lyons Anne Hedemark Donald Wellendorf Avonne Anderson Raymond Woilschlager Alvin Maas DeIRose Kareis Donley Pansch Loren Schake Jan Folk Lorance Hamann Martin Schmidt Louie Brown Joan E. Hasslen James Hasslen W.A. Hasslen Edwin Roeder Darcy's Cutting Edge Ray Hamann Frank Weber Betty Chester Howard Beachem James Geier Marcia Kawecki John MeCallum b the late ev. George P. Werner D.D. Edi note: Following ,s one of a series of articles b the late son of an E'angelical minister who mo'.ed his famil,'y to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there trom 1931 to 1934. Your're reading hs memories of hie in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Elissa Kiskaddon. The author ,,,'.'as born in 1917 in Sleep. Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Re,., Dr. Ihno lanssen, now retired in Walnut Creek. Cal. Some oi the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in msson on the island of Sumatra. Re',. Werner passed av,,a,, late m the year 2000. "'UNCLE TOM" (continued from last week) One time, my Aunt Elinore had to go to the hospital in Minneapolis. So Uncle Tom came and stayed with us until she recovered, Many people, as they came to "'The Cities" on person- al business or just to visit friends and relatives, stayed with us. We had a large parsonage with plenty of bed- rooms and people were always made welcome. In addition to my "work-for-pay" jobs outside the home. I had a num- ber of regular chores to do inside the house. One of these was to pick up all the throw rugs in the house. (That was the only kind we had. Wall to wall carpeting had not been invented yet, at least not in our middle class circle. We had little rugs in all the rooms, both floors and they added up to a substantial number. I usually counted about 27. "I would carry these dusty old cloth rugs, many of which were homemade by church members, out of the house to tile clothes lines in the back yard. Here I would hang them in long rows on the ropes between the poles and secure them with clothes pins, little wooden forked pins that sometimes split as I pushed them over the heavy rugs. Then came the distasteful, dirty, dusty, drudgery part. I hated it. But 1 had to stand there and beat each rug, making the dust fly in my face until all the dust was beaten out of that despised object of my venom. It required hours of work to go from rug to rug, beat with that wire beater until ! finally got to the end of the line. Then I had to unpin them all, carry them back into the house, and carefully arranged them in their respective rooms, I hated all kinds of housework (still do) but this was a job ! particularly disliked, especially when my Saturdays infrequently offered other more pleasurable dis- tractions. One Saturday afternoon there was an important football game at the North High School playing field just two blocks from our parsonage. And though 1 still was in junior high school, I followed the North High teams because my sister was attend- ing that school. So this particular Saturday I car- ried all the rugs out and hung them on their lines just as I always did. But then when I knew Cheeb was not in a position to see me. l ran between the clothes lines, touching each rug light- ly with the back of my h'and as I ran. 1 ran on to the North High football game that beautiful Saturday and never enjoyed anything more in my life. When the game was over l came home, gathered up the rugs and placed them in their accustomed positions on the floors. All was well, so I thought, but Uncle Tom had been looking out of the back bedroom win- dow and he saw my ploy at faking the beating of the rugs. He thought it was so hilarious that he told the entire family. Cheeb failed to see the humor in this situation. Her little George had betrayed her confidence in him. So she employed her usual form of pun- ishment .when she disapproved of something 1 did, or did not do. She sent me to bed. I not only had to go to my room in the .daytime. I had to go to bed. This was worse than water torture or any other devilish means of cruel and inhuman punishment for an active little boy. I despised and chafed at inactivity. Cheeb knew this, but she forgot the Holy Scripture which says, "Vengeance is mine. ! will repay says the Lord." REGISTRATION For 3-5 year olds Applications will be taken Wednesday, April 17th 10:30-1:30 Ortonville Pizza Ranch 205 N.W. 2 ' St. For information call 1-800--443-4283 CORRECTION... Last week's ad contained the wrong date. The breakfast was held on Saturday, April 6th. The next event will be Saturday, May 4th, 2002. Saturday, May 4- 7:00 AM Breakfast - First Saturday of each Month (" You ua ) to th "- NEW LIFE COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH ..i'ne e ,? 605 North Minnesota St." Ortonville, MN 56278. 320-839-3440 " 00INDEPENDENT The JAMES Editor RYAN Bill. Camera Juh ALL AREA Fe.V ....... a.oo /todl .................. 31.70 May .................. . June ............. 25.3