DAILY LOG OF THE 1919 ARMY MOTOR CONVOY IN ILLINOIS
Saturday, July 19, 1919:
Departed South Bend, 6:15 A.M. 22 miles out 2-wheel kitchen
trailer drops range and stack in the road, due to 4 bolts thru frame shearing
off – this job should be reinforced and riveted. At 48 mi. Riker #415009 stops
with bad choke valve in carburetor, which closes at high, engine speed. Escorted
into LaPorte and Valparaiso by mayors and reception committees. At 11:30 A.M.
stopped in Valparaiso, where lunch was served by Chamber of Commerce, assisted
by the Red Cross Canteen Service. Here a railroad watchman named Miller was run
down by a Dodge Light Delivery, and suffered a fractured collar-bone and
abrasions of the head and knee. Garford blew out petcock on account of poor
material which broke through ball, west of Valparaiso. G.M.C. Ambulance #39304
ran off road and overturned in ditch on account of careless driving. Ambulance
recovered by Class B #414668. Frame kinked in several places. At 3 p.m. planking
on small steel bridge gave way. Fair and warm. Roads fair, but dusty. Made 80
miles in 8 and ¾ hours. Arrived Chicago Heights, Ill., 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 1919:
Chicago Heights, Sunday rest period. Ordnance observer spent
the night at the Chicago Automobile Club, as guest of the Four Wheel Drive Auto
Co. Had breakfast with R. M. Newbold at the Congress Hotel, followed by motor
ride over Lake Shore Drive & thru Lincoln Park. Took Mr. Newbold out to camp to
inspect convoy, at noon. Class B trucks #47905, #47986, #48043 & #48047,
Cadillac Touring Car #18852, and G.M.C. Ambulance #24212, to replace damaged
Ambulance #39309, added to Convoy at this point. Sergt. 1/c T. E. Wood, Jr. did
a few demonstration stunts with the Militor for the instruction and
entertainment of the camp visitors. Several movie weekly camera men “shot” this
exhibition, and also groups of officers. Citizens of town took most of the
enlisted men to their homes for Sunday dinner. Goodyear Band is placed at
disposal of the Exhibition Commander for the remainder of the trip. All
necessary adjustments made.
Monday, July 21, 1919:
Departed Chicago Heights, 6:15 a.m. Class B truck #48043 had
to be towed by Militor a short distance to loosen up stiff motor. Stopped 45
min. to repair fan belt on Class B. 12 mi. out, Dodge #110219 stopped to adjust
dragging foot brake band, right side. At 14 mi. from Chicago Heights G.M.C.
Ambulance #39303 stopped to clean dirty spark plugs. One Mack truck had trouble
with magneto breaker points. Range and stack of second 2-wheel kitchen trailer
drop off in street of Joliet, where Rotary Club & Red Cross Canteen Service
served refreshments. At Plainfield, Garford # 39733 breaks upper fan bracket
support, allowing fan bracket to fall forward so that fan tore several holes in
radiator. When 2mi. east of Aurora, Militor returned 10 mi. to pick up this
Garford. Lunch served at Aurora by Red Cross Canteen Service. Mack 51487 has
engine trouble all day. Class B #414673 water pump becomes stuck on account
scale lodging under blade. Fair and warm. Road fair, but very dusty. Made 82
miles in 10 and ½ hours. Arrived DeKalb, Ill. 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22, 1919:
Departed DeKalb, 6:15 a.m. Militor started 7:15 a.m. towing
Graford #39733. Mack #51481 had to stop at Creston on account motor overheating
due to late spark and inefficient water pump. Near Ashton water pump on Class B
#414673 again fails to function and motor runs hot. 12 mi. east of Dixon small
bridge over culvert collapsed. Valve tappet roller goes to pieces in another
Class B. 11:15 a.m. luncheon is served by the people of Dixon. 12:30 p.m.,
William Ernst of Dixon Crucible Co., entertains officers at a luncheon in the
Elk’s Club, Sterling, Ill. 9 mi. west of Morrison, Mack truck towing pontoon
trailer falls down under load on sandy grade and had to go to top of hill first,
later towing trailer up by means of long rope. Crossed Mississippi at 4:10 p.m.
Riker # 415009 turned turtle in ditch, but was righted and proceeded under own
power. One motorcycle upset, causing slight damage to machine and slight
injuries to driver. F.W.D. and Militor towed Class Bs. Fair and warm. Roads
fair, but very dusty. Made 90 mi. in 10 and ¾ hour. Arrived Clinton, Iowa 5 p.m.
(ARMY CONVOY DAILY LOG).
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