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>ldiers of Osceola 


The Great War of 


Published by the Town of Osceola, 
New York 

The material in this pamphlet is based on the records given in 
discharge papers, in regimental histories, and upon the reminiscences 
of the soldiers themselves. The official War Department Records were 
not obtainable v/hen the pamphlet went to press. Names of places 
reported by the soldiers which could not be verified on Literary Digest 
map have been put in quotation marks. 


Lewis County, New York 

in the 

GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918 



Town of Osceola 

Published by the Town of Osceola 
July 4. 1920 



By Robert Bridges ^ ^ Q 

Brothers in blood! Tliey who this wrong ))egan ^ , * 
To wreck our commonwealth, will rue the day f^% 

When first they challenged freemen to the fray, [4 5 

And with Briton dared the American. J' 

Now we are pledged to win the Rights of man; 
Labour and Justice now shall have their way, 
And in a League of Peace — God grant we may — 

Transform the earth, not patch up the old plan. 

Membei'.s of the United States Service 


























Member of the British Service 


Members of Welfare Organizations 





OCT 5 1922 


In the United States Service 

January 11, 1918 

William Festus Aloaii 

Mustered in September 28, 1917 
Died January 11, 1918 

Born September 14, 1888, in Redfield, Oswego County. New York, 
the son of Daniel Aloan and Annie (Woodmark) Aloan. 

Co. C, 20th Engineers. 

Aloan reported at Rome, New York, and was sent to Camp Dix 
for his preliminary training. While in camp he became sick with 
measles, but recovered just before Christmas. On January 4th, 191S, 
he sailed for France. Again he became ill, developing lobar pneu- 
monia. After a short illness and a gallant struggle, he died aboard 
ship on the 11th of January. His body was brought back to America 
and on February 21st, 1918, he was buried in the Osceola Cemetery. 

"What can 1 give, 

O soldier, leal and brave. 
Long as 1 live 

To pay the life you gave? 
What tithe or part 

Can I return to thee, 
O stricken heart. 

That thou shouldst break for me. 
The wind of Death 

For you hath slain life's flowers. 
It witliereth (God grant) 

All weeds in ours." 

Fr<-<l<-i'i('k Karl Aniiiiiiiin 

.Miisiercd in liecpniher 2li. I !• I 7 
Musten-il out AiiKiist 19, 191!> 

Horn August 4. 1893. in Osreo- 
l.i. the foil of Cliarlps Ainniann 
Mill .Mii!;(l:ilciia (I'lliriclii Ani- 

Aiiiiiiann enlisted a» Laiulsman 
'u hlnl^■| Male lin.l f'lass at Syr- 
1 'iise, Uer-eiulier I.'., llilT. On 
tlio 2iitli of the same month he 
was (ailed for a"tive service. He 
was tent to Pentaiola, I'Morida. 
After two weeks he received or- 
tiers to go 10 Norfolk Trainin.u; 
Station. Oil July Is^t, 19IS. he 
wa.s transferred to Philadel|)hia to 
overhaul motors. On August IG 
lie uent to New York to load aero- 
idanes aboard the U. S. S. Kana- 
wah, sailing with the shi|i on the 
17ih of that month to Qiieens- 
iDWn. Ireland. He wap later trans- 
Icriel to Castlelottii where 
he wa.s engaged in the manufac- 
ture of gas for dirigibles and bal- 
loons. .\t this time his rating wa.s 
'hanged to .Machinist .Mate 1st 
Class. On Decemlier i:Uh. 191S, 
he .sailed on the Leviathan for .America. (Joiiig to I'elliaiii Hay to 
await discharge, he was traiusferred lo Charlestowu. South Carolina, 
on February .'nh, 1919. and again transferred to Cajie .May. New .Jer- 
Hey. on February "lith. where he reiiaired motors and did aeroi)lane 
ruiird duty, occasiinally "taking a hop" in a "jdane." He received 
his dl.-charge on .\ugust 19. 1919. 

Perl Kilgar (oiiiins 

.Muttered in .liily ZS. 1917 
.Mustered out July L'.'i. 1919 

Horn June 11. lS9(i. in ramdeii. Oneida County, Now York, the 
fon of Uaniel S. Coiniiis and Ciiace iKiiinie) Coniitis. 

Co. n. 47lli Infantry. Itli nivision. 

Coniins enlisted at Syracuse. .New York, being mustered in the 
dnv of his enlistment. His training. Iiegun at the camp in Syracuse. 
w.i> • I nlintieil in Camp Cireene. .North Carolina, and cotnjdeled at 
l.i/..\ . ur-Ourc(|. France. Througliout tlie latter half of 1917 and uii 
lo .\pril. 191M, the training in the .\nierlcan cam|is continued, at 
which time his regiment embarked for France, l/anding in Hrest in 
.\!ay. 191s. he went with his organization to Lizy-mr-Oiircri. For two 
moiiihs the regiment reieived the hardest kind of i)reparalion and in 
the last of July was thrown against the (ierman line in the Battle of 
Sergy. Wlillc engagecl in this battle, on the :iiHh of July. 19IS, Coni- 
Ins rei-elved a "gun-.'-hot" wnund in the <-he3t, right side. For three 
months, he underwent treatment at the ".Mars-sur-Alice" Base Hospital, 
and near the end of October was enable<l to rejoin his coni|>any at 
Toul. .\fter the armistice, he was !-eni with the Army of Occupation 
Into (Jerinany and stationed at ".Nieiler .\denu" on the .\rc River. He 

Bert Edgar Comins 

reached there on December 2 9th. 

# Later on he was stationed at Re- 

magen. On March 10, 1919, his 
old wounds again caused him to 
go to the hospital at Nenalir. Af- 
ter a iiartia! recovery, lie went to 
Colilenz, where he hel|ied keep the 
American "Watch en the Rhine." 
Again troulded with tlie effects of 
his wounds, he returned to Ameri- 
ca as a casual. He went first to 
CamiJ Merritt, hut was soon trans- 
ferred to F"ort Ontario, New York. 
He received his discharge on July 
:ir,, 1919. 

Comin.':;' rank was that of a Ist 
Class Privale. 

The Ith Division in which Com- 
ins was placed during his service 
in the army wa.s cited li,v the Com- 
mander-in-Chief in General Or- 
ders 143, "G. H. Q.," for the 
.1 'hievements of the Americans in 
liie lind Marne Hattle; it was als'i 
cited in "G. O. 2HS, G. H. Q.," for 
the taking of the St. Mihiel Sali- 
ent, and in "G. O. 232, G. H. Q.." 
ft r the victor.v won in the Meuse- 
Argonne Offensive. The 4 7th Regiment was assigned the task of 
"mopping up" Hois-de-Chatelet; the 1st Battalion, in which Comins 
was, and the ord Battalion were put under the . commander of the 
42nd Division and took part with the Rainbow Division in the offensive 
against Serg.v. These two liattalions finall.v took Sergy and held it 
until relieved by the o9th Infantry on .Tuly 31, 191S. 

Albeit Ktlwaid l)o\vnc> 

Mustered in December (i. 1917 
Mustered out June 17, 1919 

Born October 15, 1.S93, in Osce- 
ola, the son of JoseiVh Si)arrow 
Downes and Armenia (Clemens) 

Co. B, 2 3 Kngineers. 

Downes enlisted on December 
<;, 1917, and went to Camp Meade. 
.Maryland, where he remained one 
month in training prior to sailing 
tor France. He landed at Brest 
on February 7, 191 S, being sent 
from there to Saint-Xazaire where 
lie stayed two weeks. His re.gimeiu 
worked on highway construction 
at Nevers, building the road from 
Mens to "Issodum," the ini|iortaut 
aviation training {'eld. From May 
7 to November 11 he was engaged 
in the Toul Sector. His regiment 
took part in the Saint Mihiel 
Drive from September 13-20, and 
the Meuse-Argonne Offensive from 

Septeml)er 26-October 16, 1918. For a time the 2?,ti1 Engineers served 
with ■■!.. R. R. R." at Abainville, south of Toul. Returning to Ameri- 
ca In June, 1919, he went to Camp Uevens, Ayer, Mass., and received 
his (llscliarge on June 17, 1919. 

CliiD-iii'i- Clrinfiis lliirst 

Mu.slereil in i;r,, 1918 
Mustored out June li, 1919 

Morn Uecemlier 9, 189(;. in Os- 
I cola, the son of Elmer A. Durst 
^incl .Mar.v Louii^e (Clemens) 


Co. !•;. oliPth Inl'anlr.v, Tstli Di- 
\ ition. 

Reporting at I.owville. N. Y., on 
\uKust L'lUh. Durst went to Camp 
r.ordiin, CeorKia. lie was pla<ed 
:nr preliminary lrainln.« in the 
I'.nli Co. iif the ■"■111 Training Hal- 
liilion. Two weeks later he was 
a.'^sisned to Co. .\. 1st Infantry 
I{e|'laccuicnt IteKiment. Sailins 
from llolH)l(en. New .Icrsey, on Oc- 
tober -*1, 1;MS. he crufjed to Liv- 
erpool. England, as a meniber of 
the ."ith Casual Company. He went 
directly lo ■'Codford," England, 
then crossed the lOnglish Channel 
to I.e Havre and traveled down lo 
l.c.Mons where he received his 
transfer to Co. C, :!29th Inlantry, 
s:;rd Division. Soon after ho was 
transferred to Co. C, :;:iHtli Infan 
try, s:!rd Division, and linally to 
Co. E, :;iuih Infantry, Tsth Division. This Division, knov.n as the 
Lightning Division, received greatest distinction as the capturer of 
(irandpre under the command of .Major tieneral James II. McKae. 
Durst was made bugler of his company, a i)osition which he held 
while with the organi^tation. Leaving Ilordeaiix, France, on May -tith, 
19 1. s, he arrived at llobokcn on the :;9th of (he same month, and 
went at once to Camp Dix. There he received his discharge on June 
rt, i9:;o. 

While at Camp Gordon he was sick with inllueiua for ten days. 

.I<din lOilwaril Mii-Iit- 

.Mu.stereil in .November litj, 1917 
Mustered out .\ugtist L':!, 1919 

Horn February 2, lS9t!, in Utica, Oneida Connly, .New York, the 
son of John .Masterson and Martha (Wiley) Masterson. 

.Masterson enlisted In Syracuse and went at once to Newport, 
Rhode Island, for training. .After four weeks he was sent to the 
llrooklyn .Navy Yard where he was assigned to duty with the I'nlted 
.■Elates .\rniPd fJuard with which organization he remained for one 
year. On January I. 19I.'>i. he was transferred to the V. S. S. Utah. 
His ship was assigned the task of protecting Cnited States shipping 

Jcrliii liltlward Masterson 

and in the line of duty visited 
(jiiantanamo Hay, Cuba, Fort de 
I'^rance, Martinique, and other cit- 
ies on St. Thomas Island, and Cu- 
ba, iinally returning to New York 
on Aisri! 14, HUH. The Utah was 
then ai)])ointecl a radio static n to 
assist tlie transatlantic aeroplane 
tliaht undertalcen Ijy the United 
States Navy. The Utah was sta- 
tioned COO miles olf Greenland 
and remained at this post tor 1 S 
days. Masterson returned to 
Hamilton Roads, Va., on May 27th. 
,'^la.ved tor a Sliort time at Annaii- 
olis then went back to Hamilton 
Roads again. He was then i-:ent to 
the Boston Navy Yard, and later 
transferred liack to New York, 
lie was discharged on August 2o, 

Masterson left the service with 
rank of 1st Class Seaman. 

■ While on duty in the r.rooklyn 
\avy Yard, he was in the hospit- 
;,l for live weeks with diphtheria. 

Harold Alfonza Diirjtw^ 

Muster^ in August 9, 1918 
Mustered out Decemlier 2:1, 191S 

Born January 2t>, 1S97, in Or- 
well, Oswego County. New York, 
the son of James Durgee and Al- 
pharetta t Hilton) Durgee. 

He enlisted at Syracuse, New 
York, on May 28, 191S. On Au- 
gust 9th, he reported at the Iso- 
lation Camp, Pelham Day, New 
York. After 3 weelvs in medical 
quarantine, he was placed in the 
1st Regiment of the Training 
Camp. After .J weeks he was 
transferred to the E.xtension Camp 
where the re.giments were await- 
ing assignments. Later, after the 
signing of the Armistice, he was 
returned again to tlie Main Train- 
in.g Camp trom which he received 
his discharge on iJecemher 2ord, 

Durgee was advanced to 
Class Seaman. 


WiiUci- l''riiiik Ainiiiaiiii 

Mustered in July 29, litis 
MiistcrPil out April liO, 1 !»! !i 

lti;rn liecemlier (i. ISiiG, in Os- 
c I'olii, tiie son of (•liurles Anunanii 
:iii<l Mu'^diilenii ( I'lliridi ) Ani- 

lie onlisieil ai Syracuse on June 
I, 19 IS. Wlicn callea to active 
-iTViio on July li!!. he reimrleil at 
I'olliani l!ay. New York, wliere he 
it'maine<l ten weeks in lrainin«. 
t)n rtei'tentlieV 2.'iiii. ho was sent 
to lona island on the Hudson Itiv- 
iT. near PouKliUeeiisie. New Yorl;. 
to work in the .Naval .Xniinunitiou 
hi'l<Ji. l'"or a nionlli he was as- 
si^ui^d to the dansernns task of 
liandlin^; 'T. .\. T. " in the prep- 
iiraticui of deptti-lioiulis. Heine 
llMU^^J■erred to I lie Itay Itidse Re- 
'■•iMuj; .Ship. Hrtioklyn, N. Y., he 
rt^' I'ive.l two weeks irainin.t;. and 
then was assisned to the 1'. S. S. 
.\.ani'huria. Aminann made five 
trips to France with tnis sreat 
-hip of 27.(>IHt tons cai acily wliich 
was eni;ased in transport service, 
• arryins aliout troops each 
lri|i. On the return voyage from I'rest of his :!rd trip, .\niniann devel- 
oped influenza. \vhi< h was followed liy pleural pneumonia. In spite 
of this serious illness, he remained with the ship and after the 'itli 
trip was released at lloliokeii. New Jersey. 

He received promotion to Hie rank of Yeoman :lrd Class, with du- 
ties in the executive olllce. 

MlldlC4| t'llWlt's, l*|-|-NII||s, 

.Mustered in Seiitemlier -d. 19 IS 
.Mustered out April 22. 1919 

Horn .\|>ril 22, ISBti, in t'azenovia. .New York, tlie daughter of 
Reverend Slliu^i Kdward Persons and lOliitalietli (Cowles) Persons. 

.Vrmy NursiuR Trninins Cor|>s. 

.Mi.'s Persons entered the .Army Nursing TrainiuK Corps on the 
20lh of Seiitemlier. 19 is, reporlinc al Camp Meade. Maryland. She 
lielonged to a lolloKe unit. She liosan lier work as \ Ulueliird." (as 
the nurses in training were railed liy the soldiers,) just as Hie inlliienza 
epidemic wius liroaklni: out in cami>. While cnrinj; for the sick, she 
loo acquired the inlluenxa and on Novemlier 2iid developed pneumonia. 
However, in spile of this illness, she remained at work In camp until 
.\prll '12. iai-a.avlien .she was discharged from the service. 


Merle KiIiikuiiI Anson 

Mustered in Feliruary 22, 1918 
Mustered out May 10, 1919 

Born April 27, 1892, in Centre- 
ville. X. Y., the son of Spencer J. 
Anson and Priscilla L. (Donovan) 

Supply Co., 

SOfith Field Artil- 

Anson lepurted at Lowville, 
Lewis County, New York, on 
Washington's Birthday, 1918, and 
was sent to Camp Devens, Ayer. 
Mass., for ijreliminary trainin'^. 
On April ISth, he wa.s sent to 
Cam|i Uiiton, Yaphank, Long Is- 
land, New York, and soon there- 
after was attached to the 30.')tii 
Field Artillery. Sailing from Ho- 
oken on April 22nd, he reached 
Brest on May 4th. His regiment 
went to Camp Desouge near Bor- 
deaux for final training. On Ju- 
ly Oth, the sooth started for the 
front reaching liacearat on July 
111. On August ICth, the regiment 
moved to the Vesle Sector. At 
I'ismes the regiment suffered its 
hrst casualties. From August IS 
to September Hi the organization 
was engaged in the Oise-Aisne Offensive. After this date, the men 
were in the Argonne Drive until after the armistice when they were 
withdrawn to '•Vespell." Kmliarking from Brest, Anson reached Holio- 
ken on April 29, 1919, paraded with the 77th Division in New York 
City, and was discharged from Camp Ujjton on May 10, 1919. 

lOlniei- Kii^ieiie Biirtlett 

Mustered in May 25, 1918 
Mustered out January 27, 1919 

Born August 17, 1888. in Osce- 
ola, the son of William Bartlett 
and Mai'tha (Whitford) Bartlett. 

He reiiorted at Boonville, New 
York, on May 2.5th, and was sent 
to Cam]) Dix, New Jersey. He re- 
mained there six weeks. He was 
then transferred to Fort Niagara 
being assigned to the United 
States Guards, Co. C, 14th Batta- 
lion. He went from there with 
his organization to Curtis Bay, 
Maryland, to guard magazine.^ 
and ammunition plants. His last 
transfer was to Camp Meade from 
which he was discharged. 

While in camp he had influenza 
hut escaped without serious re- 


■Iiiliii lOvci'i-ll lliirllrll 

Mustered in May 2.'.. l!ils 
Muster.-. I out Decemlipr IT. 1 !t 1 S 

Horn Septenilier 24. ISHd. in 
iisioola. the sun of William Harl- 
i.ll aiiil Manila I Wliill'ord I Itarl- 


.\ricr licinit; niiistereii in at 
i'.iionvilk'. .New Yorl<. lie was sent 
111 ('ani|i l)ix. New Jerse.v, for 
iiaininj;. lit- was a-signeil to ("o. 
II. lit' ilif llrd liiranlr.v Trainiii;; 
r.altalion. iie was later liaii.s- 
iiTred to Co. li or llie ;'.4.'i|li HoKi- 
iiient. sTtli Division. He hecame 
later a pari of llie permanent per- 
siinnel of liis former rnmpan.v, tlie 
I nil, later lieins transferred siic- 
I'ssivel.v lo tlie 12tli, and the 72d. 
.mil rinall.v into the 22nd t'o. cd' 
llie i;tli Trainiiis Hatlalioii, His 
ilisiliarKe raiiie iiii Decemlier IT, 


lie had inlliienza and escaped, 
^ his lirotlier did. without seri- 
is results. 

W illiain 'riioinii.s Itra/.il 

.Mustered in June 20, HUT 
Mustered out Septemher l:!, l!M!i 

Horn AuKUst 2.'>. IS'i:!, in Osre- 
ola, the son of .Miehael Urazil an ! 
Margaret iliormand) Itra/.il. 

Hrazil enlisted at I'tiea in Ihr 
.Marine t'orps on .liine i:'., HUT 
On the 20lh of the month, he re- 
ported for artive servire, joining 
the .Marines at IMiiladeljihia. I'a. 
lie remained there in trainiim uii 
til Septemlier 21. lillT. On thai 
date, he was sent to the Virsiii Is- 
lands, West Indies, for iliity witli 
the lleadi|uarlers Melarhment of 
the :'.rd .Marine Rei;iment. He 
was there avsiKiied to speriul duly 
remaining in that work for 2 1 
months. On .lune :!. l!t|!i, he was 
feni to Charleslown. South ("ar" 
linn, where he remained for l«' 
weeks iinlil sent to .\nnapoli 
.Maryland, from which post he r. 
reived his diseharRe. 

While on sperial duly, he wa - 
sent to Haiti, I'lilia, and San Do 
mInKo. He had tropiral fever dur- 
lUK his stay in the West lndie.s. 


Stanley William Itowell 

Mustered in Feliniary 22, lillS 
Mustered out May Id. Ifil9 

Horn June 13, ISHl, in Elsin, 
Illinois, the son of Klliotl E. 
RowpII and Susie ( Swigglesun ) 


Battery B, 

JD.'ith Field Artil- 

Rnwell retorted at Lowville, 
\. Y.. on February 22, 1918, go- 
ins to Camp Devens, Mass., where 
lip remained lor lour weaks. On 
viiril IS he was transl'erred to 
''amp Upton, Yaphank, Long 1e- 
l;ind, N. Y., and soon alter a^sign- 
.■I (0 Battery B, of Ihe 
I'ield Artillery. On April 2 2nd, 
he sailed on the Mongolia, one of 
the Northern Pacific Line, reach- 
in,g Brest en May 4th. His regi- 
ment wa.s Fent to Camp '•Oeyouge" 
lo ccmplete training. During this 
(raining period, while Rowell was 
Inadin.i^ a three-inch gun, a shell 
. x])lnded blowing the gun to 
I ieres, killing the gunner and No. 
I who iiuled the lanyard and 
wounding Rowell. This wound 
was on the hcnd and required infirmary treatment. This occurred 
on June 2lith. On July (!, the regiment moved to the Baccarat Sector 
reaching the front about July lu, where it received its first bainism 
of fire. On August l(i, the regiment moved to the Vesle Sector. Just 
after Rowell's battery had crossed a l)ridge over the Vesle River a 
German shell demolished the bridge. The regiment suffered its 
first casualties near P'ismes. A German spy had blocked the road 
with motor trucks and while (he men waited for the road to be clear- 
ed, a heavy Boche began. Eight of the ten men in Rowell's 
gun crew were either killed or wounded. From a position north of 
Fismes, his regiment began a bombardment which lasted fourteen 
hours and hurled four thousand shells against the enemy. In the 
Oise-Aisne Offensive his regiment was actively engaged from August 
IS to September 16, 1918. Huzancy was still in flames from Ger- 
man torches as Rowell passed through. His regiment shelled Grand 
Pre. a fought incessantly in tiie Argonne Offensive and was near 
Sedan when the Armistice brought the order to "cease firing." It 
was then at Harricourt. Thanksgiving Day was spent in Arc-en-Bar- 
rois. O February 1, 1919, the regiment went to Malincourt where 
training was maintained. On April 1."., Rowell started for Brest, 
spending two weeks in Bordeau.x en route. He reached Hoboken, 
New Jersey, on April 29. 1919, and went to Camp Mills. After pa- 
rading in New York City with the 77th Divison, Rowell received his 
discharge on May lOlh, 1919. 

Rowell had the distinction of never going to a hospital all hough 
he was wounded, under fire frequently, and under gas attack. 


Wl'-lcj S\h< — I<'l \l;l-li-|— oil 

Mustered in July 2'.',, 1!U7 
Mustered out A|irll ::. l!il!i 


lioiu AuKust Hi. ISfl."., in Utica. 
Oneida County. N. Y., the son of 
Jolin .MastPiKon and .Martlia (Wi- 
ley) .\Ia.menoii. 

Maslerson enlisted in Utii-i 
joiniuK ilie 1st Now York National 
tiuard Rewinient. This reginieni, 
the Till and KUh. were combined 
I'l riiiins tile I'lTlh I'. S. National 
Army, 2Tth Divi.sion. Masler.son 
^^^^- |jo;;an irainiiiK in Van Courllandt 

^^^V Park. .New York City. After live 

^^^H| weelc.'i. he went to Camp Wads- 

^^^^K, worth. .Spartanburg. .Suuih Caro- 

^^^^V lina. where he a|:ent nine months 

^^^^K ill further preparation. Although 

^^^^K injury whiili kept 

^^^^f '-*' jt'^^m '''"' ''"'^^ months in the hospital, 

^^^V J'^'^K^k '"^ °^^"' '" f'anip Stuart. 

^^^H JmJ^^^^^ Newport News. Va., for emliarka- 

^^^^T „. > ^^^^^^^^^^H '^'^ ''^ '" Noy- 

^^m J^^ri^^^^^^^^^H elles. ordered 

^V ^M^^^^^^^^^^^^l to the 

^■- ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^1 and to 

• ^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^M\ tered the lines and henan trench 

lighting. Maslerson .served in 
the Supply Coiniiany as a part of the .Motor Traiisporl. As the 27lh 
was used as a Shock Division. beinK thrown ai the Ilindenburg Line at 
llellii'iiurt in Seiitember. at Saint Sonplet in October. Maslerson was 
fr<M|iienlly expased. at one time boini; sli«hlly sassed. The regiment 
left the front lines the last of October and withdrew to "Tuffe." On 
March Isl. he sailed from lliest returning to .\e\v York. On .March 
!Mh. he went lo Camp Merritl. .\. ,1. On the I'.'ith of the month he pa- 
raded Willi llie rogimenl in New York and wu.^ soon after transferred 
lo Camp rplon at Yaphunk. L. 1.. from wliii h post he received liis final 
discharge on .\pril :!rd. llil!i. 

tit-rti llull'll jll^itll l*rr^ttlls 

.Mustered in .May I. 1!U7 
.Mustered out .Inly 1. ini7 

Horn November -2. lK!il. at Cazenovia. N. Y.. the son of Rev- 
erend Silas Kdward I'ersons and Kli/alielli (Cowiesl Persons. 

On .\|iril s. I".M7. two days after the I'nited Slates had declared 
war against tiermany. Per.'-ons enlisted at Syracuse, .\. Y. On May 
Ist he reported for duty at the Ofllcers Training Cam|i at .Madison 
llarracks. .\. Y. Stricken with spinal meningitis he was compelled 
to give up his training and. receiving a Uisalulity Discharge, he left 
the service on Jiilv 1. I!tl7. 

.Josei>Ii Harry Qiiinn, Jr. 

Mustered in July 21, 191S 
Mustered nut July fi, 1919 

grass woven in 

the enemy. C(3 

on June 29th. Returnin 

Dix and received his dischai 

I^orn August 2 6, 1S93, in Osce- 
ola, the son of Joseph Quinn and 
Ida May (Patterson) Quinn. 

Co. G, .59th Pioneer Infantry. 

Quinn re| orted at Lowville, N. 
Y.. .luly 21st, 1918, and was sent 
from there to Camp Uix, N. J. 
He trained there for a month be- 
ing atlached to Co. G, the .59th 
Pioneer Infantry, a Delaware 
regiment, assigned to "Engineer 
duty with combatant service 
when required." On August 31st 
the regiment boarded the Levi- 
athan in Hoboken, N. J. De- 
barking at Brest, camp was made 
in .'shelter tents at "Pontanezen." 
.'Vfter training at Foulain, the 
regiment moved to the 1st Ar- 
my Area with headquarters at 
Sorcy-sur-Meuse. Co. G, was sta- 
tioned at Raulecourt, Depart- 
ment Meuse, and assigned to 
camouflage work under the com- 
mand of .Major Pragdon of the 
4()th Engineers, Camouflage Sec- 
tion. It was the task of the men 
to cover roads, hosiiitals, ammu- 
nition diimps, gun enplacements 
with screening made from swamp- 
chicken wire in order to conceal them from the eye of 
G. was at Trondes and Dijon, and sailed from Brest 
to Hoboken, Quinn was again sent to Camp 
e on July r,, 191 !>. 

Kenneth Ijcroy Qiiiiui 

Mustered in Fejjruary 23, 1918 
Mustered out May 10, 1919 

Born March 7, 1S95, in Osceola, the son of Joseph Quinn and Ida 
May (Patterson) Quinn. 

Battery B, 30r)th Artillery. 

Quinn re|)orted for duty at Lowville, N. Y., and was sent to Camp 
Devens, Ayer, Ma^s. He was talien sick with measles while there, 
going to the hospital. He was sent to Camp Upton and assigned 
to Battery B, SO.'ith Artillery. He had lioarded the steamer witli his 
battery at Hoboken, when he developed mumps. He was taken to 
Saint Francis Hospital, Jer^-ey City, on April 25th. After twenty- 
three days in the hospital he was transferred to Camp Merritt and 
assigned to the 194th Casual Co. He sailed with this company on 


Iiiiio i: kiuding in Southuiuplon, 
i;iiKlaiiil. After seven days, his 
loniiiuny crossed the Channel and 
landed at Lellavre. lie rejoin- 
ed the :!Oriih ReKlnient at Cam|) 
liesoiiKe soon after. lie rejoin- 
with ills conipany until Oct. IH, 
ulion he contracted Inlliien/.a and 
was tent hack to the Hos- 
pital at .Mesves. lie was not 
aide to rejoin his conipuny until 
after the signing of the Armis- 
ii(e. Qiiinn's Mattery was en- 
^;aufil in the Oise-Aisne Offens- 
uc from .-\uKMst IS to Seiitem- 
I'r HI. l!iis, and in the ArKonne 
' irfensive from Seplemlier liil to 
' 'clolier 1. UU.S. It was also 
nwiKed in minor operations in 
lie llaccaral Sector from July 
ill til August 1. ItllS, and in the 
N'esle Sector from August 1 6 to 
\UKiisl IS, lillS. Quinn reach- 
d America on April 29th. 1919. 
and was discharged from Camp 
I'pton on May in, 1919. 

<i<-iic\ic\i- Kiiwcll 

Mustered in N'ovenihcr 19, 1917 
Mustered out May :!0, 1919 

Horn May 25, ISS"), in Osceo- 
la, the daughter of Charles Kred 
erick Howell and Phoeliette (Tan- 
ner I Rowell. 

.Miss Rowell 
Army Nursing 
Oneida County, 
her 19lh, 191 

enrolled in tli'' 

Coriis in I'licii, 

N. Y., on Novell! - 

I. From .Noveiii- 

her 21, 1917, until .luly :;ti. 
191 S, she served in the hospital 
ut Camp (ireene, Charlotte. 
North Carolina. She received 
orders to go to Krani'e. llegiii- 
uing her work in Aiigiisl, 191 >-, 
at the .Mesves Hospital Ceiilcv 
Uase Ti. France, slie remainc 1 
in active serviie until .May. 1919 
Returning to .America, she receiv 
ed her discharge in New YorU 
City, on May 30th, 1919. 

Walter J'eter Senior 

Mustered in July 22. 191S 
Mustered out Julv S;, 1!119 

Born 1S9 7, 

Co. G, nUth Pioneer Infantry. 

Senior reported at Lowville, N. 
Y., on July 22, 191 cS, and was sent 
to Camp Dix. N. J. He received :i 
montli's preliminary training and 
was then attached to Co. G, of 
the ."i9th Pioneer ''Infantry. The 
regiment sailed on the Leviathan 
liir Bi-est on August 31. After 
more training at Foulain, the 
i-egiment moved to the 1st Ar- 
my Area, and Co. G was station- 
ed at Raulecourt. His companv 
was attached to the 40th Engi- 
neers and assigned to camouflage 
work. Beginning Feb. 24, 1919, 
his company was at Trondes en- 
gaged in demolition work. On 
March 2Sth, it moved to Dijon 
(Haute-Marne) and on June 29th 
sailed from Brest. From Hobo- 
ken, Senior was sent to Camp Di.v, 
N J , and on July Sth received his 
di-,charge. From Sept. 29th to 
0( t 10th. 191S, he had been in 
the Verdun Sector, and from Oct. 
!"•> tn Nov, 11, 191,S, had a part in 
the great Meuse-.4rgonne Offens- 

Haiold Taniiei- Itowcll 

Mustered in June 22, 1918 
Mustered out .'\pril 27, 1919 

Born August l.""!, 1X90, in Os- 
ceola, the son of Charles Freder- 
ick Rowell and Phoebette (Tan- 
ner) Rowell. 

Rowell enlisted at Spracuse. N. 
Y., on June 18. He reported for 
duty at Great Lakes, 111., on the 
29th of the same month. He re- 
mained there in training for four 
months. On November 1, having 
passed an examination of the En- 
gineering School, he was assign- 
ed to the Naval .Auxiliary Reserve. 
He was sent to New York and de- 
tailed to special duty until Janu- 
ary, 1919, when he was transfer- 
red to special duty at Holioken, 
N. J. While in Camp he had in- 
fluenza twice and was operated on 
for appendicitis. He was re- 
leased from active service on Ai)r. 
2 7th, 1919, while at work in Ho- 


ClaiKl)' .IcfVcrsiiii SlKircy 

.Mustfrod in June :!ii. I!il7 
\|ii^;u.ri' I out Si'iH. i;, l!tl!l 

June 17, 1SS7, in Osceo- 
foii of Adelliert Mason 
und Viura ( IBullock i 

I turn 
l:i. ihi- 


!MUn Co., 7ni Regiment. Init- 
t'U Slalus Marine Corps. 

Slioruy LMilisluil in llie .Marine 
(■nrps ia Koche.sier. .\. Y., on June 
17. I!il7. On tlie MiMli of .lune. 
lie reporleil for service in l^liila- 
ilolpliia, I'a. .Mier llireo months 
training, lie' was as-siKnetl to the 
ssili Co. of the Isl Keginieni. 
While coifneclecl with this com- 
I an.v. lie was placed on guard du- 
i.v In the .\avy Yard. He wa.s 
iiiinsferred to Ihe J2nd Co. of 
ihe Isi Uei^iinent and went to Cu- 
1.1 with the lOxpeditionary Korre. 
Nandiiig ai Qiiantananio May, he 
lereived eight months of intens- 
ive tr:iining. Iteing transferred 
Ml the ;iiitli Company of tlie 7tli 
Ite.^iment, he was stationed for 
three months at Santiago, Cuha. 
Wliilo serving in Cuba he liad ma- 
larial fever twice, lie returned to 
I'liiladelphia and on Kepleinher li, 
l!il!t, received his discharge. 

•lai'tili .li'i-oiiii' 

Mustered In .May ::.">, 1 !• 1 s 
Mustered out Se| temlier li, I !• 1 '.' 

florn Kelimaiy 1. I Sill in .\e.v 
York City, the son of .\'iia)iaiii 
Jerushewitz, and .\nna ilireeni 

Jerome reperted for duty ai 
Camp Hix. N. .1., on the 2.'.tli m 
.May, litis. He lemaincl there 
in training until Oct. 22 of that 
year when he was ^^ent oversea.-^. 
He went as n casual. .\rrivinu 
at "Countre." Iran(e. lu v\ as mi- 
tached to Co. .\l, of the I tilth In- 
fantry. On Dec. liilth. he "ii- 
transferred from this or.:;ainz;i 
Hon to the Postal IC.\|.res- .-^eii- 
Ice and stationed ai liresi lie 
was appointed a courier ■arr.\- 
ing otilcial mail to the army 
headiiuarters located at Harl.\ 
llordeaiix. Tours, and varioi,.- oili- 
er cenlets in Kran;e ami Cer 
many. .Mustered out from I'aiii > 
DIx. N. J., Septeiulier t!, lUli". 

Thomas Fi-ancis Riley 

Mustered in February 22, 1918 
Mustered out May 10, 1919 

Uorn March 5, 1889, in Osce- 
ola, tlie son of Thomas and 
Katherlne (Maloney) Riley. 

liattery C, SOOth Artillery. 

Riley began service at Low- 
ville, N. Y., going to Camp Dev- 
ens, then to Camp Upton where 
he was assigned to Battery C, 
S05th -Vrtillery. He sailed from 
Hoboken on the Mongolia on Apr. 
illind, 1918, arriving at Brest on 
.May 4th. Finishing its training 
.it Detonge, the regiment moved 
to the Baccarat Sector, near Al- 
sace, on July 10th. Later his 
battery was engaged in the 
Vesle Sector. From .August IS 
to Septemlier 10 Battery C, 
with tlie rest of the regiment 
were engaged in the Oise-Aisne 
Ofl'ensive. From then on until 
November 11 the regiment was 
actively engaged in the .\rgonne. 
He sailed from Brest on April 
loth, reaching Holioken on April 
29th, 1919. He was sent to 
Camp Mills and paraded with the 
7 7th Division in New York City. 
On May 10th, 1919, he received 
his discharge papers. 


In the British Service 


Reuben Jerome 

Mustered in December 17, 1914 
Mustered out May 7, liiiy 

Horn Arril 11, 1S9S, in New 
York City, N. Y., tlie son ot Abra- 
liaiu Jenishewitz and Anna 
(Green) Jerushewitz. 

7th Royal Irisli Fnsilliers; 7th 
Kings Own Irish Hussars: 13th 
Hussars; Prince of Wales Own 
Wiltshire Yeomanry; tith Wilt- 
sliive Infantry. 

Jerome enlisted in the British 
Army in Cardiff, Wales. He had 
ile-ided to enlist while in New Or- 
leans, U. S. A., sailing from there 
about Thanksgiving Day, 1914. 
He shiiMied on the "Baron Pol- 
worth," a vessel chartered by the 
liiilish Government for carrying 
su]]iilies, and set out for England 
together with forty other men re- 
luming for the puriiose of enlist- 
ment. While passing through the 
I'.ristol Channel, the "Baron Pol- 
worth" was chased by a submarine 
and escajied by zigzagging. Af- 
ter enlistment at Cardiff, he went 
to "Ormskirk" in Lancashire Co. 
for training. After a month, he was sent to Dieppe, France, and as- 
signed to the 7th Royal Irish Fusilliers. The regiment moved to Ab- 
beville for further training and then went to Hazeln'ouck where Je- 
rome had his first trench experience. On April 1st, 19115, he was 
sent to the Ypres front. His 'regiment was sent to supi)ort Princess 
Patricia's own Canadian Infantry as the German Army attempted to 
break through to Calais in the '2nd Battle of Ypres. The troops stay- 
ed in shell holes, and excavations hastily dug, surrounded hy mud, 
slush, and water. The Boche began a bombardment which lasted for 
f'Ve days usin.g every calibre of cannon and sendin,g over clouds of 
chlorine gas for the lirst time, follow. n', this by a mass troop-attack. 
Jerome was gassed and sent back to a. aosiiital at LeHavre. He re- 
mained there for seven weeks and then re,1oined his regiment .lust re- 
turning after a brief rest to tlie "Dickie-LUisch" Sector near Ypres. 
He went over the top with his regiment, whicli suffered lieavy cas- 
ualties and was compelled to return to its original position. On Sep- 
temlier 15, the Fusilliers went to Loos. It went over the top four 
times in sr.ccevsion suffering enormous losses. Jerome was now made 
a ritle grenadier. Once more the regiment was sent liack for rest 
and also to wait for reidacements. In February, 191(1, the regiment 
was recruited lo stren.glh, and moved to the Arnieutieres Sector. 
There Jerome had four months of trench life at Ploeg^teert where a 
series of night raids were undertaken. While l)ack at Sleenbeciiue 
for rest, he applied fcr transfer to the cavalry and was assigned to 
the 7th Kings Own Hussars, a reserve regiment. He was sent to 
"The Corrag'h." Ireland, a training ground about 
Dublin. I'''rom there he went to Bangelore, India, 
of final training. Completing this preparation he 
join General Townsenri's i'esopolamian Expedition, 
rail to Bomliay, Ijy boat lo Mohammerah at the head of the Persian 
Gulf where he .joined the 7th Hussars. Within two weeks he had 
contracted enteric fever and was ::o-it to Cairo, Egypt, for treatment 


30 miles from 
for four weeks 
was ordered to 
He traveled by 

ami recuperation. He sailed liac k lo 1,( iidon. H^ngland, Imt il was 
not until Decemlier. 1916, that he found complete recovery. When 
well once more he was assigned to the i:ith Hussars stationed ai 
AldeMhol. Kngland. Two weeks later he was sent to France to join 
the "Prince of Wales Own Wilt.'^hlre Yeomanry," Joining this caval- 
ry regiment on January S, 1917 at Hray-sur-Somme as the Somme 
Campaign drew to an end. During the German Somme retreat, the 
British Infantry was unalile to keep up with the enemy so that the 
cavalry were sent aliead to keep in contact with the withdrawing ar- 
my, .lerome was one of a force of cavalry cautfht in a siir|)ri!--e ma- 
chine-gun liarrage which resulted in the loss of a few men and most of 
the horses. When the horse replacements arrived, he was again sent 
forward on patrol duty passing through Peronne. Hussu, Tenipleux-la- 
Kosse. Ileudicourt, and Villers-Guislain, a point on the Hindenhur:; 
lAne. On .\i)ril 12, he was sent to Arras to take part in the Hritish 
Offensive which, however, a heavy (Jernian liarrage kei>t from ad- 
vancing. The cavalry then "trekked" to Dunkirk for coast patrol 
duly. .\fter seven weeks the regiment was dismounted and the men 
sent to Join the tith Wiltshire Infantry at Kemmel. On the 2nd of 
.lune, Jerome was made a light-machine-gunner using the Lewis 
gun. During the night of the lith of June he entered the trenches 
opposite Messines Ridge, in Helgium. At -1 a. m., June 7th, follow- 
ing the explosion of mines and the bomhardment of eight thousand 
pieces of artillery, Jeromes regiment went "over the top." The 
men advan<ed l>ut a short distance, however, because the gases liberat- 
ed by the mines were too deadly. Witnessing indiscrlbable carnage, 
the men were llnalty able to crawl ahead seven kilometers without 
meeting resistance and making their objective, l-^ive days after the 
explosion, the troops were relieved being sent back to "Spoilbank" 
on the Ypres-Comines Canal for an eight day rest. Again Jerome 
went over the top, this time in the "Hattle of the Ridges," in which 
"Opeck Wood" was captured. Kight days later after a short rest, 
the men entered the trenches at Zonnebeke at the foot of Passchen- 
daele Ridge. At terrific cost they took eight hundred yards. The 
men came back for rest to Lynde In October, remaining until No- 
vember ."ith when they were moved to the Cambrai Front. In the 
Hattle which followed the Hritish troops came within a kilometer 
of Camlirai but had to retreat due to the failure of reserves. While 
resting at Avricourt Wood, the Germans broke through at Gonnelie 
cai'turing thousands of men and six-inch guns. The I9lh Division, 
of which the lith Wiltshire was a unit, was rushed to ihis loint lo 
help repell this onslaught. They were able, nol only tn stop the 
German advance, but to release four thoiuaiid Hritish prisoners 
which the enemy had Just taken. In February, 1918, the troops 
came out at Ha|)lincourt. The 19th Division was now being train- 
ed as a "counter-attacking division." in anticipation of the central 
German attack on the Cambrai Front. On the unforgetable twenty- 
lirst of .March, the German lioinbardment began. .\n attact follow- 
ed which took the lirst and second lines of the Hritii-h at Rlliecourt. 
The 19th Division counter-attacked, and regained the lost lines, con- 
solidating the iKjsitions taken and preparing for their defense. At- 
tack followed attack causing great losses, Imt the Hritish held on. 
At one o'clock, on March 2Hrd, Jerome's company was resisting a 
German attack and expecting supports from the rear. Looking back, 
they saw, not the Hritish supports, but the field gray uniforms of 
the Germans approaching. Fighting the foe in front of them and 
behind them, Jerome's battalion was reduced from six hundred men 
to one hundred and fifteen. Still this little band resisted, throwing 
back three attacks from the rear and holding off the enemy in front. 
.\ iKimbardment of "H. E.s," "black shrapnel," machine-guns and 
".Mlnnle-Wuerfers" added to the Inferno. And still the men re- 
sisted. They fought on until their guns became so hot that the 
shells Jammed, and swarms of Germans overwhelmed the defenseless 
men. .\ German olllcer held a smoking .Mauser revolver to Jerome's 
head and shouted In broken Kngllsh, "Get out: pick up the wound- 
ed; and go to the rear." For a night and a day, Jerome and his 


fellow prisoners carried the wounded to the rear and gathered the 
dead. Just sixty men were left alive of the original six hundred 
in the Ijattalion. These sixty prisoners started for the rear. .More 
of them were killed by the long range British bomliardment as the,^ 
passed along. For four days they marched on without food save a 
little hardtack until they reached "Balenciennes" where they had 
soup. They with others were huddled into small box cars, fifty to a car. 
and carried to the prifon camp at Munster, Westphalia. After five 
weeks, they were moved to "Hagen-amlirock" to work in a stone 
qrarry. Within a week Jerome made an attempt to escape. He 
made a successful get-away from the prison, traveled to the Holland 
border only to fall into the hands cf a Trst-line sentry. He was re- 
turned to the quarry prison, subjected to severe punishment, and sent 
to the notorious Punishment War Camp at Gelsenkirchen, near Es- 
sen. Jerome was put to work in the coal mine. His treatment re- 
duced his weight from one hundred thirty-eight pounds to ninety- 
two. On July 2nd, he again tried to escape. He walked the entire 
distance to the Holland border having crossed the Rhine at night in 
a "borrowed boat." He passed safely the flrst-line sentry, but was 
detected and captured by the second line guard. He was returned 
to Gelsenkirchen and underwent the severest kind of punishment. 
He was placed in solitary confinement, fed on liread and water, giv- 
^n bodily punishment, and threatened with death it he attemiUed 
another escai)e. He at once began planning for escape. By great 
sagacity he was enabled to get a map and a tiny compass. On Oc- 
tober 2nd he saw his chance for freedom. While his guard was 
passing through the steam frcm a coke oven, Jerome leaped down in- 
to a dumpcar below, raced to where shoes and the precious map and 
compass were hidden, and escaped from the prison gate l)y withdraw- 
ing the sentry to a pile of scrapped irrn wheelliarrows into which 
Jerome had thrown a piece of iron. This time his attempt was suc- 
cessful. He covered the three hundred miles to Denmark in ten days, 
having had nothing to eat Init a head of cabbage during that time. 
He crossed the border hiding in a hole under a load of stone-jars 
whicTi were on an open, tarpaulin-covered freight car. His condi- 
tion was so bad when he reached this neutral country, that he spent 
fourteen days in a hospital at Bossup before regaining his normal 
strength. Going to Copenhagen, he was met by the British Consul 
who accorded him every honor for his daring exploits in the British 
service. He left Copenhagen soon after November 11, 1918, going 
to Christiania, Norway, where he remained five days. He waited at 
Bergen for a s'hip crossing to England. Three weeks later, he cross- 
ed the North Sea to Aberdeen, Scotland, traveled to London, and 
reported to the War Ofllce. Again he received great honor from the 
British authorities. He was granted three months leave of absence 
and given a free railway warrant. He traveled through Ireland, 
Scotland, and Wales, everywhere enjoying the unstinted hospitali- 
ty of the government. On April 1st, 1919, he sailed for America 
landing in New York City, the city of his birth. On May 7th, 1919, 
came his discharge from the British Army when tie had already re- 
turned home to his family in Osceola- 
Jerome was gassed on April 5th, 1915, and on September 23rd, 
1917. He was also wounded on January 4th, 1918. 


In the Welfare Organizations 

Elizabeth Persons 

Entered the service November 1, 191 J 
Left tlie service December 22, 1919 

Born Ncvemlier 4. 1S92, at Cazenovia, N. Y., tiie daugliter of 
reverend Silas Edward Persons and Elizal)eth (Cowles) Persons. 

Young Men's Christian Association, Wells College Unit. 

Miss Persons sailed from New York early in November being sent 
to France. She was stationed at Lamalou-Ies-Bains until May 1, 
1919. After that date she was transferred to Issodun. At Bour- 
ges she was the only Y. M. C. A. worker in a camp of eight hun- 
dred men, members of the Postal E-xpress Service. Being trans- 
ferred from the work with the "Running Hounds," (as the men in the 
Postal Express Service were called,) she accepted a post in the "Y" 
Hut at the Bastille in Paris. Although located in the most danger- 
ous quarter of Paris, Miss Persons conducted work there until sail- 
ing for America. 


Miss Persons has the fine distinction of having been twice 
for efficient and effective service rendered to the Army. 



Willltun IR-Iucf IbiriieM 

Entered the service November 1, 1917 
Left the service .lime 1, 191 !i 

Horn April 28. 1885, In Brooitlyn. iN. Y.. the son ot William 
Deliiie Itarnes and Maliel (llardInK) Harnes. 

Young Men's Christian Association. 

Ftarnes liepnn work In the Y. M. C. .-\. at Camp Devens, .\yer. 
.Mass.. on November 1. 1917. lie was Religious Work Secretary of 
Hut 29 for three months, serving the men of the Headquarter- 
Trains. Later he was assigned to the department of Religious Work 
at the .\dminlstration Building where he was Assistant Director of 
Religlouii Work. Kor four months he was Camp Director of Re- 
ligious Work, leaving the War Work activities of the Y. M. C. A. on 
.lune 1. 1919. 



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