Such are the Casualties of War. . .

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – War clouds passed over our heads in 1917, involving our participation in joining the conflict on European soil. Draft measures rallied the flower of our country’s manhood to combat duty. Those at home grew victory gardens and carried on in Home Defense Units like Company K, Home Guard, here in Warwick. Every Monday night was drill practice, and after a time, the company improved in its maneuvers. Captain Edwin F. Still was commander.

The time came when we were called for active service to guard the aqueduct near New Paltz, under the command of Captain E. Madden Decker. At the outposts I never saw such spooky nights, you couldn’t see a hand before you. That was when Pete Lesando got into a hassle with the cook: he batted him over the head with a frying pan. And again one night, Pete was a lonely sentinel when he heard something approaching. He issued a loud “halt”, but the noise persisted. Pete blazed away, and the next morning a local farmer had a dead cow in the pasture.

(Taken from remembrances of George W. Hansen.)