Dec. 16, 1917: In World War I, Appanoose’s Company D as part of the 168th Infantry arrive in Le Havre, France under General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing in the bitterly cold December of 1917. They travel east across France to Lorraine in unheated railroad cars labeled “Hommes 40-Chevaux 8”/ (Men 40-Horses 8).
Dec. 16, 1945: The Battle of the Bulge begins, when, early in the morning along an eight-mile front in the Ardennes, the Germans counterattack. Appanoose County will lose 14 of her young men: Jesse Wyldes, James Lowell Allan, James Samson, William Seath, Robert Bennett, Forrest Bever, George Brundage, Clifford Collins, Carl Bozwick, Bruce McKern, Neil Forrest Harrington, George Ivan Kerby, Orris Haines and Bernard Forsythe.
Dec. 17, 1941: Ten days after Pearl Harbor, so many people in town were buying Series E defense bonds to support the war effort, Centerville National Bank had exhausted its stock. So had its supplier, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.