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

Joseph Ruley

JOSEPH RULEY, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ruley, reached his twenty-fourth birthday May 15th, 1918. His life has been spent on the farm with the parents, where he was busily engaged at the time of being called into the service in the draft of July 25th. He departed from this city the 24th of that month for Anamosa, where the contingent reported. They were immediately sent to Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Ga., to receive their training. This was accomplished in a very short time, being of six weeks duration. He was transferred to Camp Merritt, N. J., and then departed for overseas. The voyage was made without any mishap in nine days, the first stop being in England, where he remained for a short period.
Later he was sent across to France. Altho considerably taken up with the army life and anxious to become actively engaged, it is thot that his arrival in France was too late to get into action in the front line trenches, as each division is required to do considerable training in France before being sent to the trenches. In all probability he will remain in the foreign land for some time and will be afforded the opportunity of seeing a great deal of the country. Notwithstanding the fact that the war is practically over, the mother anxiously awaits the return of her soldier boy, who has nobly done his part.

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