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NEWTON COUNTY, INDIANA
A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States
and the Allied Nations in the World War.
1914 -1918


BERNS, DAVID ISAAC - - -Private
Son of Isaac G. and Ida Berns; born March 6, 1892, Brookston.. White County, Ind. Blacksmith, Goodland, Ind., when he enlisted June 23, 1917, Indiana National Guard, Rensselaer, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Battery C, 137th Field Artillery, 38th Division. Embarked October 6, 1918. Died of pneumonia on board ship, October 12, 1918. Buried at sea. Survived by widow, Julia Thompson Berns. American Legion Post, Goodland, Ind., named the Berns-Burgess Post.

BURGESS, ARTHUR J. - - - Private, S.A.T.C.
Son of Fayette and Bernice Burgess; born July 3, 1899, Goodland, Newton County, Ind. Farmer. Entered Student Army Training Corps, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind., October 9, 1918; assigned to Headquarters Company, Section A. Contracted pneumonia, and died in St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Lafayette, Ind., December 14, 1918. Buried in Goodland Cemetery. The American Legion Post, Goodland, Ind., named the Burns-Burgess Post.

BURNS, RALPH VAN DOREN - - - Corporal
Son of Louis and Huldah Burns; born December 20, 1894, Kentland, Ind. Teacher. Educated in the State Normal, Hays, Kans.; teaching school near this place at time of enlistment early in 1917. Sent to El Paso, Tex.; assigned to Company I, 16th Infantry. Embarked June 9, 1917. Severely wounded at Soissons in July, 1918. Killed in action in the Argonne Forest, October 4, 1918. Buried in Argonne-American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

CARTER, LINTON - - - Private
Son of Frank and Ella Carter; born December 28, 1894, near Mt. Ayr, Newton County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service June 24, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; transferred to Camp Holabird, Md.; assigned to Development Battalion, Motor Transport School. Transferred to Camp Grant, Ill. Discharged March 13, 1919, because of crippled hand. Taken ill on way home. Died in hospital at Rennsselaer, Ind., April 1, 1919. Buried in North Star Cemetery, near Mt. Ayr, Ind.

CHIZUM, WILLIAM - - - Private
Son of William and Nancy Jane Dearduff Chizum; born March 24, 1894, Morocco, Newton County, Ind. Steel inspector in steel works, Chicago. Enlisted in August, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Sent to Camp Houston, Tex.; assigned to Company C, 32nd Infantry, 33rd Division. Sailed in May, 1918. Killed in action August 2, 1918, near town of Albert, France. Buried at Contay, Somme, France. American Legion Post, Morocco, Ind., named in his honor.

COAKE, GLENN RUSSELL - - - Private
Son of George A. and Elva J. Carter Coake; born November 4, 1889, Rossville, Ill. Moved to Newton County, Ind., 1914. Farmer. Enlisted in Battery A, 1st Field Artillery, Illinois National Guard (Battery A, 149th Field Artillery) Danville, Ill., April 3, 1917. Trained at Ft. Sheridan, Ill., and Camp Mills, L. L Overseas October 19, 1917. Died of pleurisy October 23, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery Mesvres, Nievre, France.

DOWTY, HARRISON L. - - - Private
Son of Theodore M. (deceased) and Sarah Ellen Dowty; born July 16, 1890, Fowler, Benton County, Ind. Moved to Newton County, 1894. Laborer. Entered service July 22, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Battery C, 17th Battalion Field Artillery Replacement Draft; later to Battery B, 18th Battalion, Field Artillery Replacement Draft. Died of pneumonia October 14, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried at Rensselaer, Jasper County, Ind.

GEESA, GEORGE DAVID - - - Private
Son of Benjamin Julius and Sarah Geesa; born April 28, 1891, Colfax Township, Newton County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 5, 1917. Sent to Camp Lewis, Wash.; assigned to Company D, 59th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Mills, N.Y. Embarked in May, 1918. Killed in second battle of the Marne, July 19, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery No. 1764, Belleau Aisne, France.

GORMAN, WILLIAM - - - Private
Son of Thomas and Mary Burns Gorman; born August 11, 1883, near Morocco, Newton County, Ind. Entered service April 26, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 29th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Overseas August 14, 1918.; assigned to 84th Ambulance Company, 7th Sanitary Train. Died of tuberculosis January 18, 1919. Buried at Toul, France.

GRAVES, LLOYD M. - - -Private
Son of Thomas E. and Susanna McCarthy Graves; born September 24, 1894, near Morocco, Newton County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service April 26, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 29th Company, 8th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Mills, L. L; then to Camp Merritt, N.J.; assigned to Company H, 323rd Infantry. Overseas July 31, 1918. Killed in action, November 9, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Buried at Maukeullur, (?) Mcuse Hill, Cemetery, France.

HARRY, CHESTER CRAWFORD - - - Private
Son of William Elwood and Priscilla McCoy Harry; born January 26, 1896, Brook, Newton County, Ind. Railroad clerk. Entered service March 29, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 16th Company, 4th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia April 23, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried, Brook, Newton County, Ind

HEDRICK, ORA LLOYD - - - Private, U.S.M.C.
Son of John and Dessie Hedrick; born November 6, 1894, Newton County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps May 23, 1917, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Parris Island, S. C.; transferred to Quantico, Va. Assigned to 5th Marine Corps. Overseas sometime in August, 1918. Reported missing in action September 15, 1918. Killed in action September 15, 1918, place not named. American Legion Post at Kentland, Ind., named in his honor.

MESSMAN, CLARENCE - - - Private, S.A.T.C.
Son of Herman and Anna Messman; born March 23, 1897, Kentland, Ind. Farmer. Entered service October 15, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Winona Lake, Ind.; assigned to Motor Truck Service, Student Army Training Corps. Died of pneumonia October 29, 1918, Winona Lake. Buried at Renselaer, Jasper County, Ind.

SEGO, ARTHUR ANTHONY - - - 2nd Lieutenant
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Meddie Sego, Sr.; born August 7, 1894, Kentland, Ind. Graduate of Purdue University. Enlisted in Aviation Service May 1, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Trained at the Avaiation Ground School, Cornell University, N.Y. Transferred to Camp Dick, Tex., then to Ellington Field, Tex. Rated as Reserve Military Aviator at Door Field, Fla. Commissioned Second Lieutenant August 7, 1918. Killed in aeroplane accident September 12, 1918, Love Field, Tex. Buried with military honors, Kentland, Ind.

SHEAR, JASPER E. - - - Private
Son of Charles P. and Addie Shear (deceased); born April 10, 1892, in South Dakota. Moved to Brook, Newton County, Ind. in infancy, Entered service September, 1917, Kentland, Ind. Received training at Camp Taylor, Ky., and Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Company H, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action between 18th and 24th of July, 1918, Soissons Front. Buried in American Battle Area Cemetery, Ploisy, Aisne, France.

TEBO, FRANK EDWARD - - - U. S. Navy
Son of Edward D. and Lulu Ora Tebo; born November 6, 1894, Newtown County, Ind. Farmer, and mechanic. Entered U.S. Navy May 15, 1918, Kentland, Ind. (Stations where he trained not given.) Died of pneumonia March 28, 1918, Brooklyn Hospital, N.Y. Buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Kentland, Ind.

WEISHAAR, LESLIE CLIFFORD - - - Private
Son of Paul and Caroline Reed Weishaar; born December 2, 1896, Brook, Newton County, Ind. Mechanical engineer. Entered service September 5, 1918, Kentland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 34th Company, 9th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 16, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Brook Cemetery, Kentland, Ind.


Name reported from Newton County for whom complete record could not be obtained.
JONES, CHARLES. Ade, Ind. Wagoner, Company 1,16th Infantry, 1st Division. Died of pneumonia November 24, 1918, "Somewhere in France."

Source: Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War. 1914-1918
By Indiana Historical Commission, John Williams Oliver
Published by Indiana Historical Commission., 1921