Lee County Military
WORLD WAR I
Camp Dixon (Photo contributed by Suzanne Schroeder)





GUY WINFIELD BRINK - Draft card B, A58 upper right corner, Registrar's report 12-4-3A age 24

Box 66, Dixon, IL. born Apr. 12, 1893 natural born citizen where born: Nachusa, IL., USA

Farmer by whom employed: By himself where: Dixon, IL.

Anyone solely dependent on you for support: He and brother support mother

Single, white - Claim exemption from draft (specify grounds) Farmer and aids mother

Ht. Tall, Build medium, eyes blue, hair brown, Bald: No. - precinct 1, Dixon, IL., George B. Shaw, Registrar Dated June 5, 1917

Contributed by Elsie Harmon

LELAND S. BRINK - Draft Card B, Registration Card #42 - age 29

address: Nachusa, IL. - b. Oct. 10, 1887 in Nachusa, IL., USA. - natural born citizen

Occup: Farmer - By whom employed: Self - Where: Nachusa, IL.

Dependents: wife and 2 children - married, caucasian

What military service have you had? None - Claim exemption from draft: No

Ht. medium, Build medium, eyes grey, hair light, bald No - Registrar: Edgar L. Crawford, precinct Nachusa, Lee Co., IL. - Registrar's report: 12-4-3-A - June 5, 1917

Contributed by Elsie Harmon

LESTER LEROY BRINK - Draft Card B, Order # 3221 - age 38

address: Amboy, Lee Co., IL. - b. Sept. 15, 1879 - white, native born

occup: Banker - First National Bank, Amboy, Lee Co., IL - Nearest relative: Grace L. Brink, wife - Amboy, IL.

Ht. medium, Build medium, eyes brown, hair brown - Registrar: W. A. Green, Local Board for Co. of Lee.

Registrar's report: 12-4-3-C - Sept. 12, 1918

Contributed by Elsie Harmon

Robert BRINK - Draft card B, A63 upper rt. corner - age 25

P.O. Box 66, Dixon, IL. b. July 15, 1891, natural born citizen - where born: Nachusa, IL., USA.

Farmer, works for self - where: Dixon, IL. - single, white

No one dependent on him for support - Claim exemption from draft: No. - C188

Tall, slender, eyes blue, hair brown, Bald: No. - Signed George B. Shaw, Registrar, Precinct 1, Dixon, IL., June 5, 1917

Contributed by Elsie Harmon

COSS, Wesley G.
recently returned from service, is bring processed through the Army Air Force Redistribution Ctr. in Miami Beach FL. Lt. Coss flew 21 missions during 7 months in the European theatre of war. He is the son of Arthur Coss of Paw Paw.

FIELDING, John C.
Born 18 June 1891 Died 13 May 1961 Buried in Holy Cross Cemetery Harmon IL

William Alexander FISHER - (From unknown source - titled "Lest We Forget" - I'm guessing it was WW I) Born October 7, 1897, in Amboy Illinois, Bill always performed whatever duties fate or the top-kick wished upon him and was a veteran when the rest of us were beginning to quake at the whir of a Boche motor. He has a tip-top record to show for the nine odd months he spent overseas.

GEORGE BOYNTON GARRETT (Draft Card) age 43
Ashton, Lee Co., IL. native born citizen - occup: Insurance agent in Ashton, IL.
Dependent: Mrs. Bertha Garrett (wife) in Ashton, IL
Ht. Tall, slender build, eyes brown, hair gray
Registrar: R. S. Charters Sept. 12, 1918
Contributed by Elsie Harmon

HASSELBERG, Hjalmar H.


13 October 1895 - 23 September 1942

S2 US Navy Navy

Son of Gustaf and Anna (Stjerquist) Hasselberg

Buried at Inlet Cemetery

HUMPHREY, Edward Franklin - 131st Inf. 33 Division:
He saw battle service in France and was discharged in June 1919. Member of Altenbury Post No. 497 of Franklin Grove. Edward was born December 1, 1895 on a farm in Woodford Co, near Eureka, Ill, but spent most all of his life in Lee County. Edward died at the age of 49 years on December 31, 1944.

JOHNSON, ALbert H.


14 April 1895 - 25 Sep 1918 (Died in France)
108th Trench Art.33rd Div.
Son of Dirk (Dick) and Elske (Elsie) Sloter Johnson
Photo courtesy of Kent Van Ostrand- Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Headstone at Oakwood Cemetery Lee County IL

LONERGRAN, Frank V - World War I Veteran who resided at 410 2nd Street (Dixon) for 15 years before moving to New Brunswick NJ with his wife Freda about a year ago passed away at that N.J. city last Saturday, his parents-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Bjorneby, have been advised by their daughter, a former employee of Klines' store here. Funeral services and burial took place in New Brunswick Tuesday. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 March 1946)

Lt. Larry RAPP of Sublette, serving in the U.S. Air Corps. has been interned in Switzerland after his bomber was forced down according to a cable gram received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Rapp. He is a graduate of Amboy High School class of '36, was a co-pilot of a B-24 bomber and had completed 12 missions over Berlin, Norway, France, Holland and Belgium. When their plane developed engine trouble on a mission over southwest Germany they were able to reach Switzerland with the protection of several allied pursuit fighter planes. Larry, a member of the Army for three years has been overseas since December and wears the Air Medal.

SMITH, Lt. William Welling -

Lt.William Wellington Smith
Killed in Accident
While Instructing Cadet in Flying
at Scott Field, Belleville, Illinois

The people of this community were deeply shocked yesterday morning to hear of the death by accident of Lieut. Wellington W. Smith of this place, while instructing in aviation at Scott Field, Belleville, Illinois. No details have been received up to time of going to press, simply a telegram stating he had been killed accidentally while instructing a cadet at 5 o'clock the evening before. There being no night office here the telegram was sent to his brother, Dr. F. L. Smith in Chicago. Dr. Smith at once started for Paw Paw accompanied by his wife and her mother, Mrs. S. E. Smith, arriving here about 6 o'clock yesterday morning, bringing the sad news to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith.

In the death of Lieut. Smith the horrors of war are brought home for the first time, he being the first one of the home boys to meet death. It comes as a hard blow as no doubt others will come from time to time as long as the war lasts. Lieut. Smith had made fine progress in his work and on receiving his commission, instead of being sent to France, which he much desired, his ability as an aviator being recognized by his superiors, he was held in this country and made an instructor at Scott Field. Lieut. Smith had a promising future. He was a fine, clean young man and admired by all for his manliness. His loss is deeply felt by all as well as his immediate relatives. Further details next week.

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This entire community was saddened and deeply grieved on last Wednesday morning when it became known that Lieut. Wellington Smith had been killed in the service. Wellington was greatly admired by all his friends (and they were legions.) He was a young man with high ideals and saw only the good in his fellow men. When he told us less than a year ago that he felt he must do something for his country, we felt proud of him but sorry to see him go. We well knew he would make a name for himself and that those that came in contact with would be better for knowing him, but little did we think this bright young man scarcely in the prime of youth would be cut down so soon. We think sacrifices such as his can only be compared to that supreme sacrifice on Calvary, for what more could he have done than to lay down his life for us. The family have the sympathy of each and every one of us in this hour of their great loss.

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"While the casket bearing the body of Lieut. W. W. Smith of Paw Paw, Ill., rested on the platform of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad depot at Belleville at 7 o'clock last night, surrounded by hundreds of his fighting brothers, an army plane glided into sight from Scott Field, and circling "bombed" the casket with roses.

Lieut. Smith was killed at the field Tuesday when his plane made a nose glide of 500 feet, crashing to the earth. Lieut. Kern of Newark, N. J., who was in the plane with Lieut. Smith, was critically injured. A few minutes before the arrival of the train the buzz and whirring of an airplane motor was heard in the sky above. Huge bouquets of beautiful blossoms dropped, one after another, about the casket, which was surrounded by an honor cordon of officers and men from the flying field. The hundreds of persons who had gathered to pay tribute to the dead aviator stood with bared head and tearful eyes, and witnessed the impressive scene. The "bombs" were dropped by H. C. Cook, a comrade of the dead lieutenant. It was said at the field last night that Lieut. Kern was still in serious condition, but that he probably would recover."

Taken from the St. Louis Globe Democrat

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The following letter from the commanding officer at Scott Field explains the accident as definitely as possible.

War Department Scott Field
Belleville, Illinois
May 7, 1918.
My Dear Mr. Smith:

I regret to inform you that your son, 2nd Lieut. William W. Smith, Sig. R. C., A. S., met his death as a result of an Airplane accident about one-half mile from this field at 5:00 p.m. this date. The exact cause of the accident at the present time is unknown; but the most creditable eye witness examined at the point of writing states it looked as though the pilot attempted to loop but did not get over the high point and came down in a tail slide, which resulted in a nose dive, machine striking ground with terrific force. The Airplane in question was a Curtiss JN 4 Dual Control Machine and your son was in the front seat, 2nd Lieut. Frederick M. Kern, Sig. R. C. A. S. being the other occupant, who was slightly injured. He is at present suffering from the shock, and it is impossible to get coherent details of the accident from him.

Please accept my sincerest sympathy in this your hour of greatest sorrow. I trust, however, that you and you family will find comfort in the fact that your son died in the line of duty, and that his sacrifice is as great as though he met his death over the battle line of France. If there is anything I can do, please command me.

Very respectfully yours,
John B. Brooks
Major J. M. A., S. C.

Obituary


TROUTH, Pvt. Theodore L.


First Dixon man to die overseas during World War I.

He died on June 25, 1918 of lobar pneumonia







BURTON WINGERT (Draft Card) age 36 b. 28 Nov. 1882
address: Franklin Grove, Lee Co., IL. white, native born laborer
Place of employment: Franklin Grove - nearest relative: Bertha Garrett, Ashton
Tall, slender, eyes brown, hair brown -Registrar: C.D. Hussey
Sept. 12, 1918 (Bertha Garret was Burton Wingert's sister)
Contributed by Elsie Harmon

EDWARD BOARDMAN WINGERT (Draft Card) age 18
address: 608 N. Dixon, Lee Co., IL. b. Oct. 10, 1899
white, native born citizen - Occup: Student
Nearest relative: Edward E. Wingert, father 608 N. Dixon Ave., Dixon, IL.
Ht. tall, slender build, eyes brown, hair light brown
Registrar: Oliver W. Rogers Sept. 12, 1918
Contributed by Elsie Harmon

WINKEL, Francis J. - Born 4 July 1896 d 13 Mar 1984, buried Holy Cross Cemetery, Harmon IL

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