National Defense: Thresher Wanted

A letter, whose 57 signatures took up much more space than its text, was delivered to the Army's Adjutant General in Washington. Wrote the citizens of Monroe County, Mich.: "Please permit Private Prochaska to return home. The grain now is ripening and he is the only one in these parts who can run a threshing machine."

Last week, Monroe County's wheat farmers got what they asked for. In Fort Sheridan, Ill., Private John V. Prochaska, 210th Coast Artillery, packed his barracks bag, slung it over a khaki shoulder, waved good-by to his battery. Monroe County's only threshing-machine owner and operator had a...

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