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1914-1918 Obituaries
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Armed Forces Personnel

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Four from Chicago and Vicinity on Day's Casualty List.
CHICAGO zone men listed in the overseas casualty list yesterday were Vincent Nickel, 1943 North Hoyne avenue, wounded severely; Harry W. Lutz, 5047 North Robey street, wounded slightly; Morris Weinman, 1210 Artesian avenue, wounded slightly; H. W. Madden, Zion City, missing, believed killed.
A picture published by the Canadian government disclosed that "Madden" ios in reality H. W. Perry, who was too young to go to war and ran away last year and joined the Canadian expeditionary force. He gave the name of Madden to conceal his identity from his father. A letter of condolence from King George has reached Zion City, where the parents live.
"I have seven children, but I would give them all to beat Germany," was the comment of Mrs. Anna Nickel yesterday when informed that her boy had been wounded. He enlisted in the infantry last May. "We came to America to escape German oppression in Poland," she said.
Lutz, a brother of Mrs. Ira Westberg of 1413 Carmen avenue, formerly worked as salesman for Frederick H. Bartlett & Co. He enlisted seven days after America entered the war and left for France with the Sixteenth infantry in May of 1917.
Weinman is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Weinman of 1210 Artesian avenue.
Dispatches from Americus, Ga., carried the news that Private Morris J. Peters of Chicago died yesterday of injuries received when he miscalculated in a dive into a swimming pool. His father, is Col. T. J. Peters, now commanding an engineer regiment in France.

 

John F. Banks
Herbert E. Bartlett

Ernest Bruce

 

Joseph Dvorak

Dinsmore Ely
Arthur Erb

James M. Frothingham

Walter W. Goddard Jr.

   
   

Fred Mandelkoe
George Macleod
Thomas Francis McGraw
Anna Marie McMullin

     

James Douglas Rivet
David F. Ryan

Harold Maxwell Schneider
Frank A. Sturdevant

 

 Edward T. Vibbert

Royce Y. Wallace
Lester O. Whitson
Charles Winikates
Alvin F. Winslow

 

Anna Marie McMullin
Chicago Red Cross Nurse Gives Life in Service of Her Country Overseas

The Great Mother, as the stricken peoples of Belgium and other European countries have come to personify the American Red Cross, is composed of many human elements, among them the army of woman Red Cross nurses. One of the privates in this army of mercy was Miss Anna Marie McMullin, who formerly lived at the home of Mrs. J. L. Annable, 7838 Muskegon avenue. She was a nurse at the Illinois Central hospital, 5744 Stony Island avenue, when the United States entered the war. She was among the first to volunteer for overseas service.
Her supreme test came when the influenza epidemic invaded the ranks of the American expeditionary forces. She worked day and night, and when finally she herself fell victim to the disease her vitality had ebbed to a point where resistance was precluded. It developed into pneumonia. A war department telegram conveyed to Mrs. Annable the information that she "had died of disease in the line of duty." Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918

Maj. James Douglas Rivet
Word was received yesterday that Maj. James Douglas Rivet, Sixty-first infantry, was killed in action Oct. 16. Mrs. Helen Rivet, the widow, is the daughter of the Rev. Charles T. Stout, 226 South Grove avenue, Oak Park, pastor of St. Christopher's church. Maj. Rivet was an instructor at the second Fort Sheridan officers' training camp. He had been in the regular army ten years. Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918

Lieut. Frank A. Sturdevant
Another casualty reported by relatives was that of Lieut. Frank A. Sturdevant, One Hundred and Twenty-eighth infantry, killed in action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Sturdevant of 112 Wesley avenue, Oak Park. Before he went overseas last July he was married to Miss Lucy Ruth Ketcham of 412 Wesley avenue. Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918


Men killed in action, as reported by relatives, were:

Sergt. Royce Y. Wallace
Sergt. Royce Y. Wallace, Company L, One Hundred and thirty-second infantry, 2317 North Keeler avenue; Sergt. Charles J. Kral Company I, Fifty-eighth infantry, 1927 South May street; Private David Eisenberg, Company B, Thirty-ninth infantry, 3147 Carlisle place; Private Lawrence G. Cope, Company F, One Hundred and Thirty-first infantry, brother of Beatrice Cope of 626 Buckingham place. (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)

Corporal Harold Maxwell Schneider
Corporal Harold Maxwell Schneider, died of wounds, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Schneider of 6422 Kimbark avenue. He was with the One Hundred and Thirty-first infantry and participated in the fighting at Chipilly ridge and the Verdun drive. Mr. Schneider was formerly advertising counsel of THE TRIBUNE. He has another son, Sergt. Ralph W. Schneider, with hospital train 63 in France. (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)

Private Thomas Francis McGraw
"I've been over the top six times and am well and happy," wrote Private Thomas Francis McGraw of the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth in the last letter received by his mother, Mrs. Charlotte McGraw, of 5016 Calumet avenue. Yesterday she was notified he had died of wounds. (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)

Herbert E. Bartlett
Gunners Mate Herbert E. Bartlett, who died at Panillac, France, was a member of an anti-aircraft aerial bombing battalion. He was the nephew of Mrs. A. Eloise MacFarland of 620 Linden avenue, Wilmette. (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)


The following casualties, wounded and gassed, were reported by relatives:

Corporal Fred Mandelkoe, Sixth marines, of 3932 North Keeler avenue, formerly an employee of Sears, Roebuck & Co.; (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)

Corporal David F. Ryan, Headquarters company, One Hundred and Thirty-first infantry, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Ryan of 5314 Lakewood avenue, who have five other sons in the service; (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)

In the official casualties were:

Sergt. Charles Winikates, died of disease, Three Hundred and Thirty-second machine gun battalion, 4942 Hutchinson avenue (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918);

Corporal Joseph Dvorak, died of disease, Three Hundred and Forty-third infantry, 1908 South Troy street (Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov 1918)


Relatives reported that Corporal Lester O. Whitson, Company E, One Hundred and Thirty-first infantry, had been killed in a charge at Dead Man's hill Sept. 26. He was the son of Mrs. Emma E. Whitson, formerly of 6816 Olcott avenue, Edison Park, but now living at 4042 Kenmore avenue. Chicago Tribune, 22 Oct. 1918

Corporal Lester O. Whitson - CHICAGO HERO, WINNER OF THREE MEDALS, KILLED
Falls Leading Squad in Charge at Dead Man's Hill.

Relatives yesterday reported to THE TRIBUNE that Corporal Lester O. Whitson, Company E. One Hundred and Thirty-first infantry a son of Mrs. Emma E. Whitson of Edison Park, had been killed in action. Here is his story:

In March of 1917 he enlisted with Col. Sanborn's regiment. Following the battle of Hamel in Belgium of July 4 last he was decorated by King George for bravery. A few weeks later he was awarded the distinguished service cross by Gen. Pershing. In September of this year, following the battle in which he was killed, he was awarded the French croix de guerre by Gen Petain. According to information received by relatives, Corporal Whitson met his death while leading his squad in a charge at Dead Man's hill. Both arms were blown off by an exploding shell, in addition to internal injuries. He fell crying: "Come on, boys!"
The stretcher bearers picked him up and conveyed him to the first aid stations immediately back of the lines. His last words were: "Not much use, I guess, but I can still die like a man." He was dead when the stretcher bearers reached the first aid station. Chicago Tribune, 26 Oct. 1918


Corporal James M. Frothingham
Information that Corporal James M. Frothingham of the One Hundred and Forty-fourth Field artillery had died of disease in France was communicated to THE TRIBUNE yesterday. He was the grandson of the Rev. James Frothingham, associate pastor of the Hyde Park Presbyterian church, and the son of Maj. H. H. Frothingham, U. S. army medical corps, now stationed at the military reconstruction hospital at Fort Des Moines, Ia. Maj. Frothingham formerly lived at 4717 Kenwood avenue. Chicago Tribune, 26 Oct. 1918

George Macleod and Ernest Bruce
George Macleod and Ernest Bruce were two Chicago boys who had grown up together as inseparable comrades. Their families had lived in the same home town in Scotland. When Great Britain went to war the two became comrades in arms, enlisting in the Forty-eighth Highlanders from Canada. Yesterday word was received that Privates Macleod and Bruce had been killed in action in the same engagement. They formerly lived at 6701 Stony Island avenue. Chicago Tribune, 22 Oct. 1918

Arthur Erb
Private Arthur Erb had died of pneumonia developing from influenza at Camp Mills, New York, it was learned yesterday. He was with Company F, One Hundred and Twenty-fourth infantry. He made his home for many years with Mrs. Josephine Stielow, 160 Carl street Chicago Tribune, 22 Oct. 1918

Lieut. Walter W. Goddard Jr.
An account of the death of Lieut. Walter W. Goddard Jr., of the aviation action of the signal corps, was published in THE TRIBUNE yesterday. He was killed in an airplane accident at a French training field. He was the son of Walter W. Goddard, publisher of the East Peoria Post, and for three years was in the employ of the advertising department of THE TRIBUNE. Chicago Tribune, 22 Oct. 1918

Private John F. Banks
Private John F. Banks, one Hundred and sixth sanitary train, died of pneumonia at the army base hospital at Mineola, Long Island, N. Y., relatives reported. He formerly lived at 11122 Vernon avenue. His wife was on the way to his bedside when he died. They had been married one year. Chicago Tribune, 22 Oct. 1918

Private Edward T. Vibbert
Private Edward T. Vibbert, infantry, Benson, Ill., "for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, northeast of Chateau Thierry, France, July 31, 1918. Bearing a message, this soldier was mortally wounded. Lying on the ground, he yelled. 'A message,' attracted the attention of the platoon leader, and with his dying breath delivered the message he bore." Chicago Tribune, 27 Sep 1918 (awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for acts of gallantry in action)


Dinsmore Ely
A MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO MOURN

DINSMORE ELY, Chicago aviator, was killed in France last spring. His last letter to his parents, dated Paris, April 3, closed thus:

"And I want to say, in closing, if anything should happen to me. Let's have no mourning, in spirit or in dress. Like a Liberty bond, it is an investment, not a loss. When a man dies for his country. It is an honor to a family, and is that the time for weeping I would rather leave my family rich in pleasant memories of my life than numbed in sorrow at my death..... "Dinsmore Ely"

Alvin F. Winslow
PARIS - AUG 13 (1918) - Lieut. Alan F. Winslow of Chicago was killed during air fighting at the end of last week. Winslow formerly belonged to the French escadrille, but transferred to the American army when the United States entered the war.
WINNER OF WAR CROSS - Lieut. Winslow enlisted in the Lafayette escadrille in June, 1917, on completing his second year at Yale. Later he transferred to the American army, and in April, 1918, was awarded the French war cross for shooting down and capturing a German aviator. This was declared to be the first strictly American air victory in France. He also was said to have been the first American ace. At that time in describing his victory, Lieut. Winslow said: "I got on the trail of my man and shot a round of machine gun bullets into the machine. He looped around my machine. I maneuvered for position and again shot a round at him. His machine quivered for an instant, then nosed downward, landing almost intact. I circled around to make sure that his machine was out of commission, then I arose to help Campbell (his companion aviator), but he had already mastered his adversary."

He was reported missing recently, but apparently it was an error.

Lieut. Winslow was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Winslow, formerly of River Forest, but now living in Chicago. The father is president of Winslow Brothers, munition makers at 4600 West Harrison street. Young Winslow prepared for Yale at the Chicago Latin school. He was widely known in Chicago.


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