World War I
World War One was a tumultuous time for the people of Haverbrook. In 1916, one hundred and fifty men left the town to go to war in France. Within the year, all but three of these men had perished in some of the most terrible battles in the war. The three survivors — Lieutenant Desmond Riordan, Corporal Elijah Paulsen, and Private Second Class Bartholomew Sladek — were hailed as heroes upon their return, but behind closed doors the town was in deep mourning. The death of so many of Haverbrook's young men seemed to spell doom for the town's future, as an entire generation of Haverbrookians had effectively been wiped out. A statue was dedicated in the town square to those who had fallen during the war, and the townspeople managed to go on. Decades later, future generations would look back on these troubled times and wonder how those people had ever managed to rebuild.