Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More Veterans in my Family - Part Two

Armistice Day. 1918. The 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. The end of "The Great War" thought then to be the "war to end all wars" but alas, it was not to be. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill that changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, a day meant for honoring all American Veterans, the living as well as the dead, those who served in wartime and those who served during peaceful times.

On May 28, 2007 I posted a list of The Veterans in my Family, which primarily consisted of members of my immediate family as well as my ancestors and a few of their siblings who had served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

I've spent some time over the last two days going through my genealogy database looking for other relatives that served in the U. S. Military. Very little is known about most of these men and women (just two women). For many of them, all it stated in their obituary was that they were a veteran of a war with no details given, not even the name of the unit in which they served. The 1930 census indicated that some of them were veterans of the Spanish American War or World War I. (Sources will be provided upon request.)

The format of the data is:
Name of Veteran (date of birth - date of death)
Service information, if known.
Residence at time of death.
Relationship to me.

The first post in this series, includes Veterans of the War of 1812 and the Civil War. This post covers the Spanish American War and World War I Veterans.


Charles H. Dunfee (September 1866 - April 1, 1921)
Oakland, California
1st Cousin 4 Times Removed

Dewitt Caswell Fisher (November 19, 1872 - March 13, 1941)
Lived in Seattle, King County, Washington in 1930.
1st Cousin 3 Times Removed

William Allen Lynch (April 13, 1879 - December 22, 1939)
At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war in 1898 he enlisted, and was assigned to Co. M of the 50th regiment of the marine corps. Subsequently he served four years in the Philippines.
Died at the Veteran's hospital at Hines, Illinois. His home was in Elkhart, Indiana
Husband of 2nd Cousin Twice Removed, Goldine Alice Wilson

John F. Richmond (Apr 1878 - May 6, 1938)
Veteran of Spanish American War.
Nappanee, Elkhart County, Indiana
2nd Cousin Twice Removed

Charles Jay Shidler (September 30, 1876 - August 18, 1943)
At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he enlisted at Spokane, Washington as a member of Co. L, Third Batallion.
Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio
2nd Cousin 3 Times Removed

Charles Sylvester Joslin (March 4, 1879 - April 25, 1934)
Enlisted in the Army September 27, 1902 and discharged September 26, 1905
National Military Home in Kansas City
1st Cousin 3 Times Removed


George H. Beam (July 28, 1893 - August 26, 1962)
Died at the Veteran's Hospital in Fort Wayne, resided in Wabash, Indiana
Husband of 2nd Cousin 3 Times Removed, Esther Hoffman

Orville C. Briggs (December 27, 1892 - October 27, 1983)
He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1917 and served as a dentist with the base hospital unit at Camp Crane, Allentown, Penn., while preparing for overseas duty. Discharged from service in 1919.
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
3rd Cousin 3 Times Removed

Wayne William Gidley (November 3, 1898 - July 23, 1974)
Served in the Navy.
South Bend, Saint Joseph County, Indiana
2nd Cousin 3 Times Removed

Arlo S. Goodrich (November 17, 1898 - June 3, 1964)
Wheatland, Platte County, Wyoming
3rd Cousin 3 Times Removed

Floyd Ernest Goodrich (January 5, 1892 - January 20, 1975)
In 1930 he was living in San Benito County, California
2nd Cousin 4 Times Removed

Orville John Hovey (December 17, 1889 - March 9, 1971)
In 1930 he was living in Stanislaus County, California
Husband of 2nd Cousin Once Removed, Ruth Bell Akers

Frank Allen Joslin (January 12, 1897 - 1962)
Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana
1st Cousin 3 Times Removed

Laurel Guy Phend (February 16, 1899 - April 27, 1974)
Bremen, Marshall County, Indiana
2nd Cousin Once Removed

Raymond Hillis Phend (March 19, 1892 - October 9, 1951)
Served with General MacArthur's Rainbow division and as part of General Pershing's honor guard in WWI.
Elkhart County, Indiana
1st Cousin Twice Removed

Willard Arthur Phend (October 16, 1899 - January 1974)
Coronado, Pima County, Arizona
1st Cousin Twice Removed

Ralph Bryan Pressler (July 18, 1896 - April 23, 1979)
Served in the Coast Artillery.
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Husband of Grandaunt, Gladys Phend

Balsar John Rohrer (January 27, 1896 - December 21, 1973)
Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana
Husband of 2nd Cousin Twice Removed, Gladys Trilby Berlin

Harper D. Stemm (May 5, 1896 - February 2, 1982)
Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana,
1st Cousin 4 Times Removed

Lloyd O. Yarian (April 6, 1894 - December 29, 1964)
Served in the Army.
Died at Bay Pines, Florida but lived most of his life in Nappanee, Indiana.
1st Cousin 3 Times Removed

1 comment:

william said...

I thought I'd take a moment to salute those members of my family who served in the Military in honor of Veterans day. I find it strange that really only the Federal Government recognizes today as a holiday (my kids are in school and my wife is at work. Since I work for the Department of the Army, I am off today). For most of the country, this is just another day in November, but I think it's an important day to remember - especially when we have people in harms way in two different theaters.