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Updated: 01/04/2018 08:30:00AM

The bittersweet end of 1917, war brings growth to Arcadia

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PHOTO COURTESY OF AIRFORCE.TOGETHERWESERVED.COM

Lt. Victor Carlstrom

COURTESY OF THE DESOTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

DeSoto County men enlisted in WWI would have worn similar gear in their time with the U.S. Army.

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Cadet Stephen Dorr

Opened on Dec. 11, 1917, Carlstrom Field—southeast of Arcadia—was named for Lt. Victor Carlstrom, an instructor who died training pilots near Newport News, Virginia.

Opened on Dec. 11, 1917, Carlstrom Field—southeast of Arcadia—was named for Lt. Victor Carlstrom, an instructor who died training pilots near Newport News, Virginia.

By CAROL MAHLER

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The year 1917 closed bittersweetly in DeSoto County. Many young men had served in the U.S. Army: some had died of disease in training camps in Georgia, and others would soon journey to France to fight in the trenches.

Yet the war also brought economic and population growth to Arcadia during the construction of two aviation training camps.

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