On June 30, 1917, the Daily Banner reported that Battery E, the local National Guard artillery unit, was to have conducted a drill on the Public Square on Friday, but was forced to leave “by the vast number of people and automobiles which gathered there to witness their evolutions.”

The battery had recruited up to full strength and was slated to be taken into federal service July 15. Interest was high in what they would be doing.

Judging from the newspaper, the last of June 1917 seemed to be a quiet time on the front in France. There was activity, but not any major offensives.

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