Van Buren County Iowa
American Guide Series

Compiled by workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Iowa FEDERAL WORKS AGENCY JOHN M. CARMODY, Administrator WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION F. C. HARRINGTON, Commissioner FLORENCE KERR , Assistant Commissioner GEORGE J. KELLER, State Administrator Sponsored By The Van Buren County American Legion

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who inherited the custodianship of the bones, and sent them, in a small black box, to a Dr. Lowe, requesting that they be placed in the Burlington Historical and Geographical Institute. Before Dr. Lowe, whose office was in the building adjoining the Institute, had given them to the Institute, that building burned, destroying also the building in which Dr. Lowe had his offices. Black Hawk's remains are believed to have been destroyed in the fire. Mrs. Black Hawk lived in her husband's lodge until the fall of 1845, when the Sac and Fox were removed from the Des Moines River valley to a reservation in western Kansas. It is said that Mrs. Black Hawk died in Kansas on August 29, 1846, at the age of eighty-five. In his autobiography Black Hawk had said of her: "This is the only wife I ever had or will have. She is a good woman, and teaches my boys to be brave."
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Main Street, Stockport [click to view] Stockport Population: 332; Platted: about 1888; Railroad: C. B. & Q.; Highway: State 269; Churches: Friends, Christian, Methodist Episcopal; Schools: Grade and high school; Legion Post: Elvin Cecil, No. 147. Stockport, the youngest town in the county, lies in the center of some of the best farming land in the section. It was this farming land that attracted settlers from villages that were being abandoned. The C. B. & Q. railroad cuts through the town close to the small business district. Surrounding the business district is the residential section. The high school gymnasium is used as the community center. Near the C. B. & Q. depot is Rock Haven, which attracts many visitors (see Points of Interest). A few years after the Narrow Gauge Railroad had reached Ottumwa, the railroad company found itself in need of funds, which it hoped to raise by building a station on the Cedar-Union town-ship line. The company agreed to erect a station if the people in the settlement would purchase a five-acre tract, divide it into lots and give the railroad alternate lots. When James Beswick was asked to subscribe he said: "I'll give $25.00 on condition I be permitted to name the town." Anxious to raise as much money as possible, the railroad agreed, and Beswick named the place Stock-
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Hotel at Stockport, 1889 [click to view] port, after his home in England. A post office was set up in 1888. and the town later lived up to its name by becoming a shipping point for livestock. The depot at Longview, two miles west and a mile north of Stockport, was moved to the new town. The depot was raised on jack screws, and a switch track was built under it; then two flat cars were run onto the switch and under the depot, and it was hauled by rail to its new location. The moving was done on Sunday, and the railroad's regular schedule was not interfered with. Buyers and sellers meet at the Stockport Community Sales Barn every Friday afternoon, where sheep, cattle and other livestock are sold. Stockport has had only one newspaper. In 1922, H. R. Tillat started the Stockport News, which was published for ten years, and then discontinued. POINTS OF INTEREST IN THE VICINITY 1. ROCK HAVEN (in Stockport, at home of Dr. F. J. Graber). Rocks and shells from practically every state in the Union and from many foreign countries, some cemented together in bizarre shapes, and flowers, trees, shrubs and garden furniture make up Rock Haven, which is Dr. Graber's hobby. Entrance to the grass-floored garden is through a vine-covered arbor on which appears the greet-
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2. MASONIC HALL AND ANTI-HORSE THIEF BUILDING (only building in abandoned town of Winchester, SW. of Stockport). Built in 1839 and first occupied by the Masonic Lodge as a meeting place, Masonic Hall was later purchased by the Union Township Protective Association for use in that organization's campaign against horse thieves (see Anti-Horse Thief Association, History of tan Buren County). The structure is used at present as a voting precinct, the Anti-Horse Thief Association being disbanded in 1937. At one time it had one hundred members; in 1935 there were only sixteen. 3. POINT ON MORMON TRAIL (on State 16; 3 m. S. of Stock-port on State 269 to its junction with State 16; L. on State 16, 1 m.). A bronze tablet affixed to a large reddish granite stone that stands on a cement base marks one of the points on the Mormon Trail, the westward route followed by Mormon church members in the general exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois in 1846. The main trail entered Van Buren County at Farmington, traveled northwest to Bonaparte and followed Honey Creek north to the point where the marker stands. From this point the trail led northwest through Utica and Birmingham (see The Mormons in Van Buren County, History of Van Buren County).
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THE AMERICAN LEGION IN VAN BUREN COUNTY Local American Legion posts were organized in Van County during 1919 and the years immediately following, but the Van Buren County Legion Post was not organized until 1934. A meeting of the members of the Birmingham, Douds, and Keosauqua posts at Keosauqua on March 2, 1934, resulted in the Van Buren County Legion Post. During 1934 the Bonaparte and Stockport posts joined the county organization. The Farmington post, how ever, had been disbanded. Through the efforts of the county organization, the post at Milton was re-organized on August 31, 1936. Meetings are held monthly at one of the local Legion halls, each post acting as host twice during the year. Officers are elected in August. In 1937 the first past county commander badges were presented to the first four who filled that office. The purpose of the organization is stated in the preamble to the constitution: "To uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America, to maintain law and order; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the great World War; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to this community, State, and Nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of right; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principle of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness." OFFICERS OF VAN BUREN COUNTY LEGION 1934 Quay Miller, Birmingham, Commander; John Jackson, Keosauqua, Adjutant. 1935 John Jackson, Keosauqua, Commander; Calvin Corns, Bonaparte, Adjutant. 1936 Calvin Corns, Bonaparte, Commander; Harve Donald, Stockport, Adjutant; Claude Calhoun, Birmingham, Historian. 1937 Glen Harbridge, Keosauqua, Commander; Claude Calhoun, Birmingham, Adjutant; Harold Strout, Milton, Vice Commander; Leslie Fahrner, Keosauqua, Historian. 1938 Albert Casady, Milton, Commander; Leslie Fahrner, Keosauqua, Adjutant; Ed. Strait, Keosauqua, Vice Commander. 1939 Harry C. Gilbert, Bonaparte, Commander, Leslie Fahrner, Keosauqua, Adjutant; Ed. Strait, Keosauqua, Vice Commander; Leslie Fahrner, Keosauqua, Historian. 1940 Ed Strait, Keosauqua, Commander; Leslie Fahrner, Keosauqua, Adjutant; M. W. Fowler, Keosauqua, Vice Commander; Leslie Fahrner, Keosauqua, Historian. There are six local American Legion posts in the county, all of which, are active participants in the county Legion program. The first to be organized was the Clyde Beer Post, No. 113 at Keosauqua.
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Merle H. Haney - William Leo Brannan [click to view] BIRMINGHAM Haney-Brannan Post No. 181 was organized on August 19, 1919 with 30 charter members and named in honor of Merle Haney and Lee Brannan, both of whom died in France. Mr. Haney, wounded Oct. 9, 1918, died the next day in the hospital at Rolan, France. He was first buried at St. Le Feve, but later his body was removed to Libertyville, Iowa. Mr. Brannan was killed at Argonne, France, near Burden on Oct. 21, 1918. He is buried overseas with Co. F. 365 Inf. 89th Div. The members meet in their log cabin in the city park at Birmingham. Commander: Frank D. Palmer; Adjutant, Russell Winslow. Members: Irwin W. Atwood, Clarence J. Burdon, Albert A. Black, C. N. Calhoun, Clarence Curtis, Gale Goodman, Lawrence Hieden, John Jameson, Robert Johnston, Farrell Long, G. E. McCrary, Quay Miller, Alva Musser, Ben Nelson, Ralph N. Shott, Clement Topping, Carl Nelson, Sylvester W. Nelson, Clair Wiley. HANEY BRANNAN AUXILIARY POST NO. 181 The Auxiliary unit of the Haney Brannan Post of the American Legion was organized at Birmingham, Iowa, February 14, 1921 in the Knights of Pythias Hall. The charter lists the following officers and members: President. Grace Way; Vice President, Mrs. Ora Williams; Secretary, Lottie Miller; Treasurer, Emma Nelson; Mrs. E. H. Alton, Mrs. J. W. Goodman, Edith Syfert, Mrs. S. T. Curts, Barbara Norris, Mrs. R. B. Winslow, Mrs. Stanley Watts, Mrs. M. C. Mott, Virginia Watts, Joan
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Winslow, Mrs. G. H. Simmons, Mrs. Alma Brannan and Mrs. J. E. Winslow. Present officers and members are: President, Lottie M. Miller; Vice President, Ethel Johnston; Secretary, Berdine Freeborn; Treasurer, Miriam Norris; Historian, Ethel Calhoun; Chaplain, Mae Johnston; Sergeant at Arms, Nellie McNamer; Emma Alton, Genevieve Atwood, Margaret Bell, Anna Burch, Kate Calhoun, Florence Crowe, Anice Forbes, Jennie Goodman, Lena Hootmon, June Johnston, Mary Miller, Rose Miller, Nettie Nelson, Gertrude Nelson, Dessie Palmer, Louie Roth, Ethel Schwartz, Emma Topping, Mrs. Elmer Winslow, Patti Winslow, Dixie Winslow, Verda Anderson and Florence Heiden.
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Clare L. Sargeant [click to view] BONAPARTE Organized on July 21, 1921. the Legion Post was named in memory of Clare Sargeant who died in service during the World War. At this time Samuel G. Lindsay was chosen as the first commander, Kirk Meek, vice commander, and Charles G. Wiley, adjutant. Nine of the 18 charter members still belong to the post, eight having moved from the community, and one withdrawn. The membership was increased to 37 in 1922, but dropped to 18 in 1935. In 1938 there were 55 members. Commander: H. C. Gilbert; Adjutant: Carl Wilson. Members: Van Buren Appleman, Willis Boone, Thomas E. Barton, Everette Boyer, Carl Bruggeman, Dr. Lonnie Coffin, Hilton Coulter, Edward R. Cummins, Guy Davis. Kenneth Franklin, Craig Fritsinger, James C. Gordon, Dale Grimsley, Robert Hamlin, Harold Hawke, Ralph Hawke, Frank Hoover, Phil Hornbaker, Phillip Horstman, Bryan Johnston, Guernsey Johnston, Thos. L. Keith, Samuel
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G. Lindsay, Charles Lydolph, Clarence W. Marsh, Sidney A. Marsh, Albert McCracken, Kirk M. Meek, Melvin Morris, Don Mitchell, Dr. William H. Mott, William Miller, Leo Nelson, Fred Noske, Lyle Olson, Elba Poling, Clive E. Ramey, Raymond Randolph, Ben Sloan, Paul A. Slattery, Leon Stevens, William Summers, William Vickers, Dr. J. Hall Whiteley, Riley Woolam, Clarence Workman. CLARE SARGEANT AUXILIARY POST NO. 563 The Auxiliary unit of the Clare Sergeant Post of the American Legion was organized at Bonaparte, Iowa June 30, 1927 at the Masonic Hall. The charter lists the following officers and members: President, Alice Meek; Vice President, Virgil Chipman; Secretary, Dorothy Simmons; Treasurer, Pearle Sloan; Historian, Mary Hornbaker; Lea Mae Russell, Stella Gilbert, Agness Cummins, Georgia Lydolph, June Corns, Grace Horstman, and Crystal Fritsinger. Officers and members for 1940 are: President, Hallie Slinn; Vice President, Sarah Wilson; Secretary, Alice Meek; Treasurer, Eleene Hoover; Historican, Pearle Sloan; Chaplain, Crystal Fritsinger; Sergeant at Arms; Marjorie Lindsey; Helen Bertsch, Beulah Mitchell, Pluma Eyler, Agnes Meek, Mrs. Robert Hamlin, Sophronia Grimsley, Dorothy Workman, Mildred Percival, Edith Meek Jr. and Dorothy Simmons.
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John Hyson Reneker [click to view] DOUDS The Legion post at Douds was called the Reneker Post in memory of John Hyson Reneker who died in service during the World War. The post, organized on Aug. 10, 1920 with 15 charter members, now has 21 members. The original records were destroyed in a fire, hut now the post has a home of its own. Commander: Wayne Smith; Adjutant: Emmett Wiley. Members: Stanley Barker, Lester Bennett, Harry Carr, Ralph Doud, Dale Gardner, Weldon Hissem, Walter Hootman, Harold C. Jones, George Kunzman, E. J. Mueller, Gilbert E. Mercer, Floyd Nelson, Mark Parsons, Delbert Plowman, Logan Sadler, Grover Sanford, Asa D. Zeitler, James A. Williams. and Theodore Lillyblade.
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Clyde E. Beer [click to view] KEOSAUQUA The Clyde Beer Post No. 113 Keosauqua was another to name its organization for one of the townspeople who died in action in France during the World War. Tbis post was the first in the county, and was organized on July 17, 1919 witb Glen Beer as the first post commander and Bates Peacock as the first adjutant. Only three of the 2l charter members still belong to the post. Of the charter members, nine have moved from the State, three have moved to other parts of the State, three have moved to other towns in the county, two have withdrawn their membersbip, and one has died. The highest membership was 65, and the lowest 21. Commandcr: Ernest Campbell; Adjutant: Marius Fowler. Members: Alva Anson, Craig Armstrong, William Arthman, Claire Bell, Ross Blair, Ed Buckner, Roy E. Bailey, Clyde Cole, William Roy Chastain, Leslie Fahrner, Lowell Gove, Glen Harbridge, John Jackson, Clarence B. Lynn, Harry McIntosh, Earl N. Murphy,
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H. E. Rees, Gonah Screckengast, Ed Strait, George W. Swailes, Ora C. Williams, Lee Workman, and Thad Sherod. CLYDE BEER AUXILIARY OF' POST NO. 113 The Auxiliary unit of the Clyde Beer Post of the American Legion was organized at Keosauqua, Iowa, February 3, 1921. Charter officers and members were: President, Virgil Leroy; Vice President, Myra Barnett; Secretary, Martha Jackson, Treasurer, Addie Brewster; Historian, Elta McIntosh; Carrie Barnett, Flora Beer, Flora Brownlee, Clara Cavitt, Elsie Campbell, Alice Chipman, Lettie Devin, Nellie Donaho, Minnie Early, Rose Elerick, Ina Elerick, Cynthia Forbes, Emma Fowler, Hattie Foster, Fern Foster, Minnie Frazee, Ludena Gilchrist, Ida Gulick, Ella Gove, Nannie Gove, Belle Guess, Florence Huff, Bernice Harbidge, Ruby Harbidge, Stella Higdon, Lillie Higdon, Catherine Jackson, Laura Jemison, Mary Jemison, Helen Kipnis, Lottie Kreiss, Beddie Kreiss, Fannie Kennedy, Adaline Linn, Alma Linn, Mable Linn, Lettie Lawson, Minnie McIntosh, Edna McIntosh, Laura Reddick, Ada Reel, Faye Regur, Jessie Parish, Pluma Sergeant, Ida Saunderson, Clara Schreckengast, Beulah Schreckengast, Ida Snyder, Josephine Sherman, Phylis Sherod, Chloe Thomas, Sadie Wilson, Mamie Wilson, Olive Wilson, Edna Wilson, Lena Kreiss, Anna Kennedy, and Claire Brownlee. The present officers and members are: President, Esther Arthman; Vice President, Flora Brownlee; Vice President, Iolene Fahrner; Secretary, Madelon Campbell; Chaplain, Rose Elerick; Sergeant at Arms, Merle Jackson; Historian, Ela Gove; Musician, Claire Brownlee; Jane Ann Arthman, Edith Bailey, Bessie Berry, Addie Brewster, Bessie Brown, Madge Buckles, Jessie Cantrell, Nadine Cantrell, Anna Ruth Campbell, Larue Elrick Crowe, Iona Dinsmore, Bernice Dunshee, Virginia Farhner, Betty Ann Farhner, Nannie Cove, Helen Cove, Mable Gilchrist, Mary Gray, Ruby Harbidge, Betty Harbidge, Cornelia Hodges, Lottie Kreiss, Anna Kennedy, Lettie Lawson, Mary Linn, Nella Mae Linn, Maxine Linn, Linnie Lyon, Margaret McCracken, Helen McCracken, Rose Marie McCracken, Minnie McIntosh, Margaret Helen McIntosh, Edna McIntosh, Blanche Murphy, Phyllis Overman, Edith Ross, Helen Sherod, Clair Schreckengast, Beulah Schreckengast, Olive Schreckengast, Lois Schreckengast, Josephine Sherman, Bertha Swartz, Elsie Williams, and Faye Workman.
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John Craig Russell [click to view] MILTON Russell Post No. 483 at Milton was named for John Craig Russell who was killed in action in France on Oct. 23, 1918. He entered service in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in April of 1917 in Co. F 142nd infantry 36th Div. He is buried in the National Cemetery, Muese Argonne, France, in Row 14, Block H, Grave 11. The post received a temporary charter on April 21, 1920 which was cancelled on May 15, 1931. The post, reorganized on Oct. 3, 1936, hold their meetings in a rented hall. Commander: Albert P. Casady; Adjutant: Waldo Atkins Members: James M. Atkins, Roy Billheimer, Calvin Brookhart, William Brown, John Boesch, Anthony J. Birchmier, LeRoy Bedford, Bertram Bristow, Earl Carpenter, William Cloyd, Earl Davis, Edward Dills, Clifford Foster, Claud Fuller, William W Fehyl, John Gibson, Lloyd Gould, Willis E. Groves, Floyd Gibson, John Q. Hargrove, John R. Holland, Roulette Hagler, Leo Hissem, John J. Hur-
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witz, Harrison Holmes, Thomas Edward Jenkins, Ed. Marshall, Guy Morgan, Orastes C. Robertson, Hollis Saar, Wiley Schotten, Harold I. Strout, Clarence Sidwell, Earl Warning, Arthur Wilkening, Stacy E. Wellborn, Fern Wilson, LeRoy Senor, Matthew Bonar, Joe Reisch, Phil Morris, R. J. Bell, and Keith L. Brown. RUSSELL AUXILIARY POST NO. 483 The American Legion Auxiliary of Russell Post No. 483 was organized at Milton, Iowa, January 3, 1937. The charter lists the following officers and members: President Ruth Brown; First Vice President, Mayme Marshall; Secretary, Grace Dodds, Treasurer, Rena Feyhl; Historian, Hazel Hartwig; Chaplain, Loretta Dills; Sergeant at Arms, Viola Boesch; Esther Hagler, Nettie Hoskins, Wilma Atkins, Hattie Strout, Mable Gibson, Jane Wise, Winnie Warning, Flaudia Strout, Margaret Yates, Nell Cecil, Lenna Wilson, Arelia Marshal, Lena Stemple, Pauline Easton. Officers and members for 1940 are: President, Viola Boesch, First Vice President, Nell Cecil; Second Vice President, Gladys Knedler; Secretary, Bethel Morgan; Treasurer, Flaudia Strout; Chaplain, Lena Stemple; Historian, Naomia Carpenter; Sergeant at Arme, Rosanna Boesch; Lenna Wilson, Alice Bristow, Wilma Atkins, Winnie Warning, Ferrol Welborn, Pauline Hurwitz, Hattie Strout, Marguerite Casady, Esther Hagler, Loretta Dills, Mary Fuller, Mayme Marshall, Mabel Gibson, Vera Davis, Edna Brookhart, Pauline Easton, Lillie Wilson, Shirley Atkins, Beverly Davis, and Edna Bell Strout.
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Elvin E. Cecil [click to view] STOCKPORT Elvin Cecil Post No. 147, named for Mr. Cecil who died in service during the World War, received their charter on Aug. 11, 1919. There are now 21 members who meet regularly in the Legion Hall. Commander: Lee Johnson; Adjutant: Ezra Silvers. Members: Roy Arnold, Charles Burton, Charles Cecil, Floyd C. Coltrane, Harve Donald, Chester Dorothy, Dr. F. J. Graber, John Hoffer, Lloyd Johnson, Harry McLeland, Floyd Murray, Earl H. Murray, Bruce Poole, Don Stevens, William R. Tompkins, Esmond L. Wells, Ben Williams, Dan Williams, and Roy Watson. CECIL AUXILIARY POST NO. 147 The American Legion Auxiliary of Cecil Post No. 147 was organized at Stockport, Iowa, April 28, 1922. The charter lists the owing officers and members: President, Lavina Rhynas; Vice President, Alice Graber; Secretary, Josephine Ely; Treasurer, Marie
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McKee; Mrs. J. A. Arnold, Dory Ashby, Gladys Donald, Gladys Douthart, Mary Gardner, Eda Harlen, Virgil Harlen, Margaret Hawbaker, Harriet Hawbaker, June Hoaglin, Ethel Horn, Maude Hix, Ruth Hull, Hazel Johnson, Julia Lawson, Rebecca Lawson, Linnie Lyons, Mayne Lyons, Alice McCracken, Margaret McCracken, Ada Snider, Angie Silver, Olive Silver, Ruth Rhynas, Edith Pickard, Opal Nixon, Blanche Stonebreaker, Margaret Stonebraker, S. N. Stonebraker, Maude Stump, Lavina Warner, Mabel Warner, Zora Warner, Mary Watson, Stella Wheatly, Della White, Effie White, Lena Nixon, Almond Nichols, Velma Miller, Blanche Miller, Mae White, Cathrine Ura Warner, Mrs. E. E. Williams, Lynn Williams, Mary Williams, and Ruth Snider. Present officers and members are: President, Mrs. John Hoffer; Vice President, Mrs. Joe Hoaglin; Secretary, Mrs. Leo Johnson; Treasurer, Lynn Williams; Gladys Donald, Hazel Coltrane, Blanch McLeland, Jessie Tompkins, Noma Hoffer, Bonnie Watson. Zola Johnson, Hazel Johnson, Eda Harlen, Evangie Wells, Ethel Williams, Ella Johnson, Irene Williams, Elsie Dorothy, Mamie Silver, Rela Coltrane, Evelyn Hoffer and Betty Hoaglin.
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[click to view] The following veterans were either born in or enlisted from Van Buren County. ALEXANDER, LIVINGSTON MORRIS—Recruiting Station, Des Moines, Iowa, May 1, 1917, age 21; res. Bentonsport, Iowa. Dis. August 15, 1919. ALTON, CRAIG A. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., June 2. 1918, age 21; res. Birmingham, Iowa; b. Birmingham, Iowa. Dis. August 18, 1919. ANDERSON, PAUL J. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Oct. 29, 1917, age 20; res. Farmington, Iowa; b. Lee County, Iowa. Dis. June 16. 1919. ANDERSON, ROY Evan — Philadelphia, Pa., May 18. 1917, age 26; res. Birmingham, Iowa; b, Birmingham, Iowa. Dis. August 13, 1939.
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ANDERSON, VERYL L. — Fairfield, Iowa, March 19, 1917, age 18; res. Birmingham, Iowa; b. Van Buren County, Iowa, Dis. May 18, 1919. ANSON, ALVA W. — Keosauqua, Iowa, April 5, 1918, age 24; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. July 18, 1919. ARMSTRONG. CLIFFORD — Keosauqua, Iowa, Aug. 29, 1918; res. Farmington, Iowa; b. Vernon, Iowa, Jan. 20, 1890. Dis. Nov. 26, 1918. ARMSTRONG, CRAIG E. — Keosauqua, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1918, age 24; res. Farmington, Iowa; b. Bentonsport, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 19, 1918. ARNOLD, ROY E. — Keosauqua, Iowa, July 31, 1918; res. Stockport, Iowa; b. Birmingham, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1891. Dis. June 17, 1919. ARNOLD, VERN ELMER — Recruiting Station, Des Moines, Iowa, July 24, 1918; res. Cantril, Iowa; b. Feb. 29, 1896. Dis. Dec. 14, 1918. ASHBY, DORY — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., April 6, 1917, age 32; res. Stockport, Iowa; b. Lafayette, Ind. Dis. August 14, 1919, ATKINS, DORRIS BELMAR — Recruiting Station, Des Moines, Iowa. Nov. 12, 1917; res. Milton, Iowa; b. July 20, 1899. Dis. April 9, 1919. ATKINS, JAMES M. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., May 12, 1917, age 21; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Milton, Iowa; Dis. July 3, 1919. ATKINS, WALDO — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., May 2, 1917; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Unionville, Mo., May 22, 1893. Dis. Jan. 25, 1919. AUBREY, JAMES F. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., July 6, 1917, age 21; res. Milton, Iowa; b, Keithsburg, Ill. Dis. Nov. 10, 1917. BAILEY, LEON W. — Waterloo, Iowa, July 26, 1918, age 27; res. Cantril, Iowa; b. Cantril, Iowa. Dis. Jan. 8, 1919. BAIRD, VINCENT H. — Bottineau, N. D., May 11, 1918; res. Douds, Iowa, b. Douds, Iowa, April 30, 1896. Dis. Feb. 13, 1919. BARKER, STANLEY A. — Keosauqua, Iowa, Oct. 20, 1918, age 20; res. Selma, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 18, 1918. BARKER, VERNE G. — Des Moines, Iowa, July 14, 1917, age 21; res. Mt. Zion, Iowa; b. Mt. Zion, Iowa. Dis. June 28, 1919. BARNETT, HUGH DELL - Missouri, July 26, 1917; res. Popular Bluffs, Mo.; b. Galesburg, Ill., Jan. 8, 1895. Dis. Mar. 3, 1919. BARNETT, JIM — Keosauqua, Iowa, Sept. 4, 1918, age 21; res. Douds, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 26, 1918. BARNETT, ROY G. — Ottumwa, Iowa, May 28, 1918, age 24; res. Batavia, Iowa; b. Birmingham, Iowa. Dis. June 11, 1919. BEER, CLYDE E. — Ames, Iowa, June 5. 1917; age 21; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Died in action, Sept. 19, 1918.
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BEER, GLEN D. — Ottumwa, Iowa, Feb. 11, 1918, age 24; res. Ottumwa, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. March 31, 1919. BEDFORD, LeROY H. — Sidney, Iowa, Dec. 16, 1916, age 28; b. Arnold, Nebraska, Dis. Oct. 18, 1919. BEGGS, CRAIG — Keosauqua, Iowa, July 22, 1918, age 25; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. March 11, 1919. BEGGS, DWIGHT L. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., June 22, 1917, age 20; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. Sept. 17, 1917. BEGGS, OTTIS H. — Keosauqua, Iowa, April 8, 1918; b. Keosauqua, Iowa; res. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. April 17, 1918. BELL, CLAIR — Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Jul. 19, 1918, age 29; b. Leando, Iowa. Dis. July 10, 1919. BELL, ELMER GILBERT — Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Oct. 1, 1918, age 21; res. Mt. Sterling, Iowa; b. Mt. Sterling, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 15, 1918. BELL, HOWARD A. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Oct. 29, 1917, age 21; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Milton, Iowa. Dis. Aug. 11, 1919. BENNETT, LESTER — Keosauqua, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1918, age 26; res. Douds, Iowa; b. Downing, Mo. Dis. April 10, 1919. BENNETT, VAN N. — Fairfield, Iowa, Oct. 3, 1918; res. Burlington, Iowa; b. Cantril, Iowa, Sept. 26, 1899. Dis. Dec. 12, 1918. BENNING, JAMES F. — Grand Forks, N. D., July 14, 1917, age 20; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. Sept. 6, 1919. BENNING, WALTER (colored) — Keosauqua, Iowa, July 31, 1918; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa, Sept. 12, 1890. Dis. July 23, 1919. BENTLY, FRED L. — Keosauqua, Iowa, Sept. 20, 1917, age 22; res. Farmington, Iowa; b. McGregor, Iowa. Dis. April 14, 1919. BILLHEIMER, ROY — Ft. Des. Moines, Iowa, May 23, 1917; res. Valley Junction, Iowa; b. Keosauqua, Iowa, May 23, 1887. Dis. Sept. 6, 1919. BILLINGSLEY, GEORGE H. — Keosauqua, Iowa, May 27, 1918, age 24; res. Hillsboro, Iowa; b. Hillsboro, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 12, 1918. BLACK, TERRANCE B. — Keokuk, Iowa, April 28, 1917, age 20; res. Keosauqua, Iowa; b, Keosauqua, Iowa. Dis. Feb. 4, 1919. BLAIR, JOHN T. — Mt. Zion, Iowa, May 7, 1918, age 20; res. Mt. Zion, Iowa; b. Mt. Zion, Iowa. Dis. May 6, 1919. BLAIR, ROSS — Des Moines, Iowa, July 14, 1917, age 21; res. Mt. Zion, Iowa; b. Mt. Zion, Iowa. Dis. Jan. 18, 1919. BLAKLEY, JOHN E. — New Castle, Wyo., May 20. 1918, age 23; res. Stockport, Iowa; b. Stockport, Iowa. Dis. June 29, 1919.
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BOESCH, JOHN W. — Memphis, Mo., Oct. 2, 1917, age 27; res. Cantril, Iowa; b. Burlington, Iowa. Dis. March 27, 1919. BOLEY, BURCH B. — Keosauqua, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1918, age 25; res. Hillsboro, Iowa; b. Hillsboro, Iowa. Dis. May 16, 1919. BONAR, MATHEW S. — Keosauqua, Iowa, July 22, 1918; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Milton, Iowa, July 10, 1886. Dis. May 7, 1919. BONNETT, VERNE T.--Keosauqua, Iowa, Oct. 23, 1918; res. Birmingham, Iowa; b. Birmingham, Iowa, April 17, 1899. Dis. Dec. 18, 1918. BOURNE, IRA L. — Keosauqua, Iowa, April 29, 1918, age 28; res. Stockport, Iowa; b. Middletown, Mo. Dis. June 16, 1919. BOWLES, JAMES E. — Keosauqua, Iowa, April 29, 1918, age 25; res. Farmington, Iowa; b. Acasto, Mo. Dis. June 16, 1919. BOYD, CARL R. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Sept. 21, 1917, age 25; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Milton, Iowa. Dis. July 28, 1919. BOYER, CLYDE A. — Keosauqua, Iowa, Sept. 4, 1918; res. Bonaparte, Iowa; b. Farmington, Iowa, Dec. 26, 1896. Dis. March 31, 1919. BOYER, EVERETT A. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., March 31, 1917, age 20; res. Farmington, Iowa; b. Farmington, Iowa. Dis. June 4, 1920. BRADSHAW, MILTON D. — Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Oct. 1, 1918; res. Douds, Iowa; b. Batavia, Iowa, Mar. 2, 1899. Dis. Dec. 15, 1918. BRANNAN, LEE — Kansas City, Mo., June 26, 1918; res. Birmingham, Iowa. Dis. Oct. 21, 1918. BREWER, RAY P. — Keosauqua, Iowa, May 27, 1918, age 22; res. Pulaski, Iowa; b. Downing, Mo. Dis. March 20, 1919. BRISTOW, BERTRAM — Waterloo, Iowa, July 26, 1918, age 28; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Davis County, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 28, 1918. BRODY, ELI — Keosauqua, Iowa. Feb. 22, 1918, age 26; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Kepsick, Russia. Dis. May 21, 1919. BROOKS, LEO LEVER — Keosauqua, Iowa, July 1, 1918, age 27; res. Douds, Iowa; b. Douds, Iowa. Dis. Dec. 17, 1918. BROOKS, OSCAR RAY — Navy Recruiting Station, Des Moines. Iowa, Dec. 1, 1917, age 21; res. Douds, Iowa. Dis. Aug. 23, 1919. BROWN, HARRY R. — Keosauqua, Iowa, July 22, 1918; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Lincoln, Neb., April 19, 1889. Dis. Jan. 9, 1919. BROWN, KEITH L. — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., May 2, 1917, age 23; res. Milton, Iowa; b. Milton, Iowa. Dis. May 18, 1919. BROWN, BENJAMIN — San Francisco, Calif., 1917. age 30; res. San Francisco, Calif.; b. Stockport, Iowa. Dis. July 1, 1919. BROWN, LESTER HARLAN — Navy Recruiting Station, Des Moines, Iowa, April 20, 1918, age 21; res. Stockport, Iowa. Dis. June 20, 1919.

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