PLATTSMOUTH – Currently in the Cass County Historical Society Museum hangs a picture of a young man saying good-bye to his sweetheart as he heads off to war with other young men in uniform marching in the background.
It’s actually a drawing for recruitment purposes for young men to heed the ‘Call of Duty’ as the poster is titled to serve their country in World War I.
Also on display is a winter coat worn during that war by a young man from Cass County, along with other artifacts that bring a little bit of that war to life.
And, there are plenty of photos of local young men answering their own call of duty, as well as women who served their country in many ways here at home.
As the nation prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of that war on Nov. 11, the downtown Plattsmouth museum is doing its part from a local angle.
“The purpose is to honor the people from Cass County who served in that war,” said H. Margo Prentiss, museum curator.
This exhibit of World War I is located in the Davis Conference Room in the museum’s back area.
“Everything has been donated,” Prentiss said.
Many of the donated items came from Glen Comer, honoring his father, George Comer, as well as Alice Dalton, honoring Lester Dalton, also a WWI soldier.
Among the photos is a group picture of all the Cass County soldiers who returned from that war, plus the remaining Civil War veterans taken in front of the county courthouse in October 1919. Nearby is a photo of the first Cass County soldiers leaving for the war.
There is also a picture of Dr. George Gilmore, who served in a medical capacity. Gilmore would later start the county’s historical society in 1936, Prentiss said.
Another photo shows various local women, who did important duties back home.
In a display case is a diary of Clarence LeRoy Meisinger of Plattsmouth, detailing his daily activities during the war.
According to a 1919 Plattsmouth Journal newspaper article on the wall, five Cass County soldiers died in that war, four of them from Plattsmouth, and 17 others died from diseases while serving their country.
The exhibit runs through January 5, 1919.