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Chestnut Home Guard Memories Nellie Leimbach Greg Gobleman Nellie Leimbach "had a memory Greg Gobleman has seen two of these jolt" when she read the article and saw panoramic photos of the Chestnut home the photo of the 1918 Chestnut Home Guards. He has one of the photos. Guard. Nellie knew the location of the photo; it was taken at the farm home of E.T. Jett ("Lige") in Aetna Township northeast of Chestnut. The Jett home is now the home of the Ronald Sams family and still stands - but with some remodeling. Mr. Jett is Nellie's great uncle - a brother of Nellie's grandmother - Eliza- beth Randolph. Nellie's father, Roy J. Randolph, and her older brother are in the photo. She said her parents had the photo of the Home Guard and she had seen it many times. Nellie's mother told her that she was there that day, but being two years and two months old, she did not recall the event. Nellie said all that she recalls of WW I was when her mother's brother came home from over seas and he was wearing his uniform. Nellie said, "I guess my femininity was showing then". Nellie also recalls the flu shots being given during the influenza epidemic after the war. Her family and a few neighbors gathered at the home of her Aunt Mary and Uncle John. A doctor from Chest- nut came and gave flu shots to everyone. Nellie said she ran to a back bedroom and hid under the bed. She remembered her father coming in to retrieve from her hiding place. Greg's great grandfather, William Wesley Gobleman, is 3rd from the left, 2nd to the right of the flag. Of the men kneeling, from the left, the 5th man may One other person identified to Greg is Daisy Winiffed Laughery Gobleman, Greg's great grandmother. She is in black, holding a black parasol and speak- ing with a man in uniform. Mike Lakin Lakin. As for the photo, Nellie said Mr. Jett is the third person kneeling to the left of the drum. Did You Know - The Globe Theatre in England will present all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 37 different lan- guages. Former Obama adviser David Axelrod says it will be a "titanic struggle" to win the White House. An Iowa company was offering a $10 prize to any employee who could guess who would be fired next. A German designer is making clothes that come from an ingredient in milk. Oct. 15, 2011 My dad was 11 in 1918 and remem- bered a patriotic duty of the Chestnut Home Guard. His dad and ten to fifteen other guard members went around the township - in uniform - to gather up anything related German Nationalism. He was with his dad when the guard went to one home. They politely knocked on the door and when the lady of the house answered the door, one of them said, "Mrs., you know why we are here". She walked into the dining room, took down a picture of the Kaiser, kissed it, and handed it over. That evening the guard gathered near the Chestnut Depot, built a bonfire and burned everything they had collected, including more than one picture of the Kaiser. be Lou Laughery. Could be the man standing behind him. Mt. Pulaski Times Steve Hahn came across this patch of corn still standing after everything was harvested. Small Engine Repairs Lawn Mowers-Weed Eaters Snow Blowers & more General Auto Maintenance Oil Changes Brake and Belt/Hose Replacement Hours: Mon. & Fri. 9am -4pro Tues. & Thurs. 6pm - 9pro 523 S. Spring St. - Mt. Pulaski 217-414-2271 www.lyonsengineden.com e-mail - lyons.den20@yahoo.com [Sugar Creek IOrtkoJo.t400s Discover the reasons our office has become a destination for quality orthodontic treatment in Central Illinois. Creating beautiful, healthy smiles for children and adults. 400 N. CHICAGO ST. LINCOLN 217-732-1073 Generator Rebates - Grants make it very affordable 217.519.3162 Mt. Pulaski 9