I found the following newspaper article in old documents of my grandfather Nicolas Hitzky, Vianden. Is there anyone in CARLYLE who knows about this and could help me to find out more about this Ed. Stevenson, his family, his descendants…. And the year of the edition of this article. Thanks in advance. Nicole ___________________
Centralia Illi--- THE CARLYL--- H.C.Norcross,News, . Mrs No =====================
VETERAN HEARS FROM LUXEMBOURG FRIEND CARLYLE,June 21. g-Edward Stevenson,of Carlyle, a World war veteran,who served six months at the front “over there” in Co.I.130th Infantry,as battalion dispatch carrier, ,and after the Armistice,served six months in the army of occupation in the little neutral provice of Luxembourg ,of only 200 square miles lying between Belgium and France on the west ,and Germany on the east, was stationed in the town of Beaufort. left there for two weeks Feb. 1-13. 1919 to attend the 33rd division school at the City of Vianden, 30 miles north on the River Our, and one of the most historic ties of that area. The boys attending came from all units of the division and were given sleeping quarters in private homes. Ed. and seven other comrades slept on the floor in one small room in the home of Nic-HITZKY( my grand-father) all receiving fine treatment.Nic related many interesting stories about the movement of the German army during the war through this province, although they had no part in it. Ed. Had never written to him until last May 19, sending a letter on the first air mail service out of Carlyle. He extended greetings and asked him to answer. On June 17 a reply came. And Several post cards were enclosed showing local scenes. He wrote in german and expressed his delight over receiving word from his friend over here. He told of the changes in the city since 1919, and asked Ed to send him a picture of his family. The letter war short but interesting to the recipient who was very much pleased over the rather prompt reply. Mr. Stevenson pointed out the HITZKY home on the post card, also the Vianden castle standing hundreds of feet above the village. He has a tabloid history of the place written by an army officer, and he refers to it as “ the Switzerland of Luxembourg.