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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

Charles Quirk

CHAS. QUIRK, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Quirk, living just north of this city, was born December 29th, 1889, and will have reached his twenty-ninth birthday this month. His life has been spent in this community and he was one of the young men having registered in this city June 5th, 1917. He was very anxious to get into some branch of the service, but owning to the fact that there was a great deal of work on the farm he waited for his draft call, which occurred July 29th, at which time he reported at Anamosa, one of the two boys from this township included in the draft of that date. Upon reporting at Anamosa they were ordered to Camp Forrest, Georgia, and was chosen from the contingent
from Jones County to act as captain to escort them to the training camp. He remained at this camp where he was very much interested in the training, with a view of going overseas. They had been given their overseas outfits and were in high spirits, when the armistice was signed, a fact which in a letter to home folks he laminated very much as he wished to go across to France. No doubt he will be mustered out at the camp where he is at the present time or returned to Camp Dodge for that purpose. It is no fault of his that he did not have the opportunity of getting into the front line trenches, as like many another boy he was very anxious to go. The mother although giving her son willingly, is happy to know that it was not necessary for him to go overseas.

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