Veteran's Memorial Page
WORLD WAR I VETERANS
“History of Yuba and Sutter Counties California”, Historical Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924.
(Almost as many died from the 1918 Flu Pandemic, as in battle. This “flu” (la grippe, influenza, Spanish Flu) is reported to have caused between 20-40 million deaths, and was a global disaster between 1918 and 1919. Reportedly, of the U.S. Soldiers who died in Europe, as many as half of them may have fallen to the flu virus rather than the enemy.)
Lester A. Bishop
Lester A. Bishop, son of N. B. and Annie Bishop, was born at French Corral, Nevada County, Cal., December 17, 1899. He received his education in the public schools and at Notre Dame College, Marysville. From childhood he was characterized by a kindly and noble nature, which prompted him at the age of eighteen, to fight for his country. He enlisted on April 1, 1917, in Company I, 30th Infantry of the 128th American Expeditionary Forces. He served in France. Wounded on August 10, 1918, he was taken to Base Hospital No. 34 at Nantes. On October 3, his mother, a resident of Marysville, received a letter from a Red Cross nurse in France, who said his wound was severe. He died four days later. On November 5, Mrs. Bishop was officially notified by the War Department of her son’s death on October 7.
His coffin covered with flowers and draped with an American flag, Lester Bishop was laid away in French soil, with military honors, in the cemetery at Nantes. About a year later, the remains were removed to the Marysville cemetery. Marysville mourns the loss of a brave soldier, a young, generous, loyal citizen who will be remembered with pride. He took part in the first great drive against the Germans, when the Americans captured 2000 prisoners in three days and nights.
Lewis J. Blodget
Lewis J. Blodget, son of Moses H. and Florence Johnson Blodget, was born in Colusa County, Cal., September 11, 1889. On October 4, 1918, as a United States Marine, A.E.F., Lewis Blodget gave his life for liberty as the American forces made a strong thrust into the lines of the Huns, north of the Somme. The young man was a “Devil Dog,” the name the Germans gave the Marines, from December 8, 1914, until the day he made the “supreme sacrifice” for democracy. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in Los Angeles, on the date given, after spending his boyhood days in Yuba and Shasta Counties, California. His parents for a time resided at Challenge, Yuba County, later moving to Folsom, at which place news of his death in battle reached his relatives. Blodget was a graduate of the public schools, and worked for a time for the Yuba Construction Company in Marysville, which position he left when he joined the Marines. He was the true-type American. He gave his life that right might endure. He played his part and is gone. He did not live, or die, in vain.
Claude Bayne Boswell
Claude Bayne Boswell, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Boswell of Wheatland, Yuba County, Cal., so desired to serve his country and the world, in their struggle for universal freedom, that he attempted to enlist with the “Grizzlies” on November 9, 1917. Because of a weak heart, however, he was not then accepted, although he was found to be available when, on May 20, 1918, he was drafted into the service and sent to Camp Kearney. It was while he was in training at this camp that he contracted bronchial pneumonia, which resulted in his death on November 5, 1918.
With the Stars and Stripes – emblematical to the loved country to which he had given his service and his life – draped about his coffin, he was laid to rest in the Wheatland cemetery on the 8th day of that month, exactly one year from the date of his first attempt to enroll. He was survived by his parents, and by seven brothers and four sisters.
Fred T. Bottler
On November 30, 1918, the sad news was received from Camp Kearney of the death on that day of Fred T. Bottler, Marysville young man and native of Yuba County, son of Frederick and Katharine Peters Bottler. The young man was educated in the public schools of Marysville, entering the employ of the Marysville Water Company shortly after he concluded his studies. He was with the water company when called to the colors on May 22, 1918. He spent four months at the Presidio at Monterey, from which point he was transferred to Camp Kearney.
As a schoolboy, young Bottler showed traits that endeared him to his companions, being agreeable, kind-hearted, considerate and unselfish. The same traits appeared in his home life with his sisters and parents. They remained with him to the end. He was fond of youthful sports, and was made a member of the first Marysville baseball team because of his proficiency. In his last illness he was especially commended by the army doctors for his fortitude in battling against the ravages of influenza. Through his death his employers lost a valuable man; his associates, a firm friend; and the city of Marysville, a good citizen.
James M. Brown
Early in the month of Juen, 1918, news came to Yuba County of the death in France of James M. Brown, who, the report said, died of wounds received in action on the 30th of May. James, or “Jim,” as he was familiarly known to his friends, was born in Malone, N.Y., twenty-six years before. He came to California in April, 1916, and obtained employment in the dredger fields in Hammonton. He was called to go with the first contingent which left Marysville for Camp Lewis on September 24, 1917. He was placed in charge of his comrades as train captain during the journey north.
In a short time Brown was assigned to the 166th Depot Brigade, with a machine-gun company. Later he was transferred to Camp Merritt, New Jersey; and he sailed on December 11 for France. After a week in a British rest camp, three miles from Cherbourg, his division entrained in the little French box cars, in which nearly all troops had to be moved, and traveled across France to Montigny-le-Roi. After training behind the lines, the company moved up to the front and saw action in the Montdidier Salient on the Picardy battle-front, “where tactics had been suddenly revolutionized to those of open warfare, and our men, confident of the results of their training, were eager for the test.” (Pershing)
In a letter of May 7, James reported that he was in good health and had come safely through two gas attacks; but on June 17 his parents received the following telegram from Washington: “Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that private James M. Brown died May 30th, from wounds received in action.” James was a perfect specimen of young manhood, unassuming but deep and fearless; and no better or truer lad faced the enemy of this war.
Charles Fred Cassano
Charles Fred Cassano was born in Camptonville, Yuba County, Cal., December 31, 1892. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Baptiste Cassano. There were eight children in the family, six girls and two boys, he being the fourth child. Charles attended school in Camptonville and lived there until young manhood. He was subject to the first draft, in June, 1917, and registered; but in December he went to San Francisco, and on the 13th entered in the engineer corps. He was at Angel Island about a week; then his company was sent to Camp Meade, Maryland, where he received his military training in Company B, 27th Engineers.
On February 14, 1918, Charles was taken sick with a severe cold, followed by measles. He was sent to the base hospital; but his illness resulted in pneumonia, and on March 7, 1918, he died, being in his twenty-sixth year. His body was sent back to California, and he was buried at the Presidio, San Francisco. His friends in his home town of Camptonville loved him, and now point with pride to his name on this honor list.
Richard Norton Coupe
Richard Norton Coupe, first of Yuba County’s soldier heroes to repose in Yuba soil after seeing active service over seas, was born and raised at Challenge, Yuba County, Cal. Prior to his entering the army he was a trusted employe of the Southern Pacific Company for five years, first in Fresno and later in Oakland. He enlisted at the latter place, August 9, 1917, as an aviation mechanic, and entered the service at Angel Island. After receiving two months’ training at Kelly Field, Texas, he was transferred to the 94th Aero Squadron, which was scheduled for duty over seas. He sailed from New York October 21, and on arriving in France was put through a course of instruction in Paris. Early in the spring of 1918, he went on the lines. Here he was Major Lufberry’s mechanic, only flying in testing the machine. He witnessed the battle in which Major Lufberry was killed, and helped pick up the wreck. In July he transferred to the Tank Service, and soon qualified as a gunner and driver. September 12 he went “over the top” in the battle of St. Mihiel. During this battle he and his companions surprised thirty Germans and took them prisoners.
September 26 he went “over the top” again, in the Argonne, and after several days was taken sick and sent back to the base hospital at Blois. Later he was transferred to a hospital at Langres, where he remained until he sailed for the United States in December. He arrived at Camp Merritt, in New Jersey, December 24, and died there January 21, 1919. His body arrived in Marysville under escort, and was buried in the Dobbins Catholic cemetery with military honors.
Patrick Henry Dugan
Patrick Henry Dugan, born January 6, 1896, at Poker Flat, received his education in Yuba and Butte Counties. From Yuba County, while engaged in farming and stock-raising, he was called, November 4, 1917, to service. As a private in the 41st, or Sunset, Division, he reached France on December 30, 1917. After trench work in the Toul sector, service with the Signal Corps, and a transfer to Company E, 102nd Infantry, 26th Division, Patrick became a litter-bearer with the Medical Corps. He went over the top many times, and, except for a few weeks in hospital, after being gassed, saw continuous service at Chateau Thierry, Soissons, St. Mihiel, and the Argonne Forest. He took part in the battle of September 12 and 13, when the “advancing host was stimulated to high endeavor by the fact that behind them lay their shrine of Domremy, where Joan of Arc was born, and which no German soldier shall ever profane by entering,” and when in twenty-four hours the troops captured a salient held by the Germans for four years.
On October 23, 1918, serving with his company as infantryman, Patrick Henry Dugan fell in battle on the Verdun Front. He is buried in Crepion Cemetery, Meuse.
Frank Raymond Gengler
Frank Raymond Gengler, son of Michel and Margaret Carl Gengler of Marysville, and nephew of former Mayor Mat Arnoldy of that place, was born January 2, 1894, on a farm near Cawker City, Kans. Most of his school days were spent in Cawker City. In March, 1909, the family moved to Marysville, where Frank attended school a short while. For five years he was employed as grocery clerk by the firm of Bryant Brothers. Later he entered the employ of the Marysville Fuel Company.
It was on November 5, 1917, that young Gengler joined the boys in khaki at Camp Lewis. He was there only two days when he was sent to Camp Mills, New York. In three weeks, December 6, 1917, he sailed for France as a private in Company I, 161st Infantry. At Chateau Thierry he was gassed, and was obliged to spend several months in a hospital. A bayonet wound received at St. Mihiel in September sent him to Base Hospital No. 66. Of the details of his death, little is known. He succumbed to bronchial pneumonia, October 12, 1918. Faithful and conscientious in work, intensely patriotic as a soldier, Gengler gave his life for the triumph of justice and liberty.
Lawrence Gray died of influenza while in the service of his country, at Mare Island Hospital, October 15, 1918. He was a son of William J. and Mary A. Gray, and was survived by his mother and the following brothers and sisters: Luella E., Gertrude V., William J., Albert D., and Dr. Everett E. Gray, all residents of either Yuba or Sutter County.
He was born September 15, 1892, in Sutter County, and lived there until 1911, when he moved to Marysville, remaining there until he entered the service. Young Gray was in the employ of the Yuba Manufacturing Company when he enlisted in the Naval Coast Defense, in July, 1917. He was not called until February 18, 1918. After being stationed at San Pedro several weeks, he was transferred to Pier No. 7, San Francisco, where he was stationed at the time of his death. He was a graduate of the Lincoln Grammar School, in Sutter County, and of the Marysville High School.
Bert J. Hale
Corporal Bert J. Hale was born in Fremont, Ohio, June 24, 1888, being the son of Henry and Serelda Hale. He attended the public schools of Fremont until twelve years old, when the family removed to Toledo, where he resided until reaching his majority. He then removed to Marysville, Cal., where he was residing when, on May 1, 1918, he entered the service of his country at Camp Lewis, Washington.
Hale was sent over seas on July 4, 1918, and, as a member of Company B, 262nd Regiment, 91st Division, went into action on September 26, at the opening of the battle of the Argonne. Three days later he was killed in battle. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Serelda Hale Rabold, of Shelby, Ohio.
Earl Dewey Hall
On December 16, 1918, to Marysville came the news of the heroic death of Earl Dewey Hall, twenty-one, son of Mr. And Mrs. Jackson B. Hall, of 1028 Swezy Street, Marysville. He died in France, October 17, 1918. He received his military training at Camp Kearney with Company E, 104th Infantry, enlisting in Sacramento, April 2, 1917. In July, 1918, he sailed for “over there” with Company A, 26th Division, better known as the “Yankee Division.” Before the war he was in the employ of the Valley Meat Company in Marysville.
Young Hall’s letters from France indicated a brave spirit amid fierce fighting. He was shot by a sniper, October 17, while he and his comrades were cleaning out a machine-gun nest in the Hautmont Woods. Besides his parents, four brothers and a sister survive.
Preston Francis Hendricks
Preston Francis Hendricks, Yuba County hero, was born in Browns Valley, February 5, 1892. He was the eldest son of Joseph P. and Josephine Binninger Hendricks. When the war broke out he was engaged in farming on his mother’s ranch near Browns Valley. On June 28, 1918, he entrained with thirty-eight other Yuba and Sutter County boys for Camp Kearney. Assigned to Company D, 145th Machine Gun Battalion, he was soon afterward sent to France. There, while bathing with other soldiers in a canal near the village of Torteron, Hendricks sustained an injury – the result of diving into shallow water – which proved fatal. He died September 6, 1918, and was buried at Nevers.
Edward Hove was born in Westby, Wis., February 22, 1892. After receiving a practical education in his native county, he decided to join his brother, Oscar, who had preceded him to California because of the severe winters of the Middle West. Together the brothers bought a farm in District 10, Yuba County, which they planted to prunes and grapes.
He was called to the service August 30, 1918, and was ordered to Camp Lewis, Washington. After a short period of training, he contracted influenza, followed by pneumonia, which proved fatal.
Arthur Eugene Linnell
Arthur Eugene Linnell, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Linnell of Marysville, left his home for Fort McDowell, California, on October 3, 1918, being assigned to limited service as chauffeur and mechanic. In ten days from that time he was stricken with influenza. His parents were summoned to his bedside. Pneumonia developed, and he died on October 21.
The young man was born in Orangevale, Sacramento County, twenty-two years before. He secured his education in the Roseville and Orangevale schools. Before going to his parents’ farm near Marysville, he was engaged with his brother in the garage business in Roseville. His death was the second great sorrow to visit the Linnell home in a period of eight months, the elder brother, Lloyd, having passed away on February 22, 1918.
Charles William McConaughy
Charles William McConaughy was born in Marysville, Yuba County, July 26, 1878. He was the son of James and Josephine Marie McConaughy. He first attended the Marysville schools, and his early education was continued in San Diego, to which place the family moved. He entered the University of California with the class of 1901, but left in his senior year to accept a position with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company at Dobbins, Yuba County. While attending the University of California, he was Colonel of the University Cadets and was recommended for admission to examination for appointment as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. By education and training as engineer, he spent his business and professional life largely in association with W. P. Hammon, dredging promoter.
When the government called for engineers, in June, 1918, he volunteered. On October 21, 1918, he was commissioned Captain in the Engineers’ Reserve Corps and reported to Fort Douglas, Utah, on temporary assignment. He was later given orders to proceed to Camp Humphreys, Virginia, for a course at the Engineer Officers’ Training Camp. On the way to Camp Humphreys he was taken ill with influenza, and reported at once to the hospital. He died on November 18, of pneumonia. Of Captain McConaughy, his brother officers wrote: “His manly qualities and sterling character commanded our respect; and his unselfish disposition, our affection.” He was survived by his wife, Ann Swain McConaughy, daughter of William Caldwell Swain and Mary A. Swain, pioneers of Marysville, and by his daughter, Mary Josephine McConaughy.
Lewis Melton McCurry
Lewis Melton McCurry, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. McCurry of Wheatland, Yuba County, was born at Wheatland, January 11, 1896. He received his education in the Wheatland Grammar and High Schools. On August 10, 1917, he answered his country’s call and enlisted in the Marines. “Surely, ‘Tobe’ will return; he was born under a lucky star,” his friends, of whom he had many, said; for he had come unharmed through many serious mishaps. He was stationed at Mare Island for three months, and was then sent to Quantico, Va.; and early in February, 1918, he sailed for France. He as in the fight at Chateau Thierry when the Germans attempted to break through Paris. In this engagement he was wounded, on June 6, suffering a compound fracture of the thigh, from machine-gun fire. He was taken to the Second Base Hospital in Paris, and on June 19 wrote a letter to his mother admonishing her not to worry, that he was doing fine. Then followed an official telegram telling of his death on June 25.
Lewis McCurry was the first Wheatland boy to reach France. He was with the 51st Company, 5th Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps. He was a grandson of Dr. Lewis Melton, pioneer physician of Wheatland and a veteran of the Civil War. Surviving him, besides his mother, are four sisters and a brother.
Wilton Lyle McDonald
Wilton Lyle McDonald, only son of Mrs. Lizzie McDonald of Wheatland, Yuba County, was born in that place October 30, 1886. He attended school in Wheatland, and when quite a young man qualified for a teacher’s certificate. He later taught in Siskiyou County, with marked success.
When the United States entered the war, he enlisted. That was in December, 1917. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Service Wagon Company, No. 304, and was soon made a Sergeant. On August 6, 1918, he sailed for France, from Jacksonville, Fla. A letter received by his mother in the latter part of November, 1918, conveyed the sad news of Sergeant McDonald’s death, of la grippe, coupled with pneumonia.
Edward J. McGanney
Edward James McGanney, born in Marysville, October 31, 1891; died October 5, 1918, near Montfaucon, France. The story of Edward James McGanney is the story of a young life given in splendid patriotism. When America demanded that her sons make the supreme sacrifice in the cause of human liberty, he answered, and his great adventure spelled death to him on the battlefield. At the time he was called to the colors he was a successful young farmer and stock-raiser of Smartsville, Yuba County, where he was reared and educated.
He was one of the first contingent of selective service men to leave Yuba County. While in training – first at Camp Lewis and then at Camp Kearney – he was asked to remain on this side to instruct recruits, but he elected to go with his comrades over seas to France. He was assigned to the Supply Company of the 30th Infantry of the 3rd Division. He took part in the Meuse-Argonne battles, the decisive engagements of the World War. It was while on a mission fraught with dangers to him known, that he fell at Montfaucon. He was buried where he fell.
John E. Milligan
John E. Milligan was born near Enterprise, Butte County, in 1898. Shortly thereafter the family removed to Marysville, where they have resided ever since. After graduating from the Marysville Grammar School, the young man attended high school for a short time, and then gave his thoughts to pharmacy. In this he was encouraged by Marysville and Sacramento firms, until he enlisted in the United States Army Medical Department in 1917. His aptitude for his chosen work was soon recognized. He was given time for study, and he passed a credible examination before the California State Board of Pharmacy. He was then given charge of the Dispensary at Fort McDowell, and was given an honorable discharge in December, 1918, after the armistice was signed.
He then entered the employ of a drug company in Sacramento and Stockton, holding a responsible position until failing health forced his return home, which was followed shortly by his being sent to a government hospital for treatment of tuberculosis. He failed rapidly, and passed away at the hospital in Palo Alto in March, 1920.
William Lee Norton
William Lee Norton was a son of William L. and Mary Kelly Norton, and was born on his father’s ranch in Linda Township, Yuba County. He was one of five children, there being three boys and two girls in the family. Willie, as a boy, attended the Brophy school, the little grammar school near his parents’ home. As he grew to manhood his interests were centered in the farm, much to the gratification of his father. His mother had died two months previous to the time he was called to go to war, and four months previous to his mother’s death one of his sisters had also passed away. Realizing his father’s feeling, he said to him just before he left for the training camp: “Never mind, Pa, I’ll look out for you; when I get back, everything will be all right.”
Young Norton left Marysville September 6, 1917, in the first draft ordered to Camp Lewis. He was stationed with the 363rd Infantry, 91st Division. Later he was sent to New Jersey, and in May, 1918, went to France, where he was assigned to Company I, 128th Infantry. He took part in several fierce engagements, and was killed in action on October 23, 1918. He carried an insurance with the government in the sum of $10,000, payable to his father.
Horatio Devore Poole
Date of birth, March 20, 1895; place of birth, Sutter, California; father, Horatio Dallas Poole; mother, Mary Jane Dickey Poole.
Horatio Devore Poole, one of Yuba County’s best-known young men, made the supreme sacrifice in the service of his country. Always of a happy disposition and true blue to his friends, Devore Poole had many close to him who now greatly miss his congeniality and hearty handclasp. Before entering the service, he was foreman of the Rock & Young vulcanizing shop in Marysville, where he won the good-will of those with whom he came in contact. On September 1, 1918, he entered the Technical High training school in Oakland to do military mechanical work, and while there earned the highest credits in his work, which was nearly completed when he fell ill with influenza. He was removed to the Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, where he died of pneumonia on October 25, 1918, leaving, to mourn his passing, his widow, formerly Mary Elizabeth Finnegan, and an infant son, James Dallas Poole.
Wilfred Rudolph Smith
Wilfred Rudolph Smith was born in Sacramento, January 22, 1889. Numbered among the pioneers of the Sacramento Valley, Alexander R. Smith, his father, being a man of high worth and an excellent mathematician, was an honored and trusted employe of the Southern Pacific Company for forty-five years. The mother was Thelka Eugenia Hanson. Wilfred received his education in the schools of Sacramento. Working as an apprentice in the railroad shops, he became a skilled mechanic, possessing many of the sterling qualities which characterized his father. A lover of nature, he spent his leisure among the plants and flowers, and becoming an enthusiastic student of horticulture, he took delight in grafting the trees and beautifying the home garden.
The young man worked at the Benicia Arsenal, and later at Sparks, Nev., for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and was a faithful and efficient employe for four years for the Yuba Construction Company, in Marysville. While in the latter service, he was called to military duty, his position being guaranteed him on his return from war. He responded nobly to his country’s call, enlisting in the Aviation Section, June 27, 1918. At Mather Field he was attacked by influenza on November 6, and died after a brief illness, November 16, 1918.
Charles S. Waller
In Base Hospital No. 18, at the edge of the Vosges Mountains, Charles S. Waller, one of Marysville’s brave lads, gave up his life for his country. Passing unscathed through the great battle of Chateau Thierry and others which followed, he was finally compelled to pay the price of “making the world safe for democracy.” An employe of the Yuba Manufacturing Company in Marysville, Waller enlisted in the war with a Sacramento company of volunteers (the enlisting office in Marysville being closed), was sent to Camp Kearney, and became a member of the 159th Infantry. At the time of his death he was with the 38th Machine Gun Company, with which contingent he had fought valiantly on the Western Front. Early in October, Private Waller received a gunshot wound in the left leg, and also a fracture of the member. Amputation became necessary; and though he received the best of care, he failed to rally. His death brought gloom to the community where he lived in peace times, and sadness to the hearts of his many Marysville friends.
Born in Fruto, Glenn County, April 15, 1893, Charles S. Waller was the son of Louis S. and Mary Caldwell Waller. He was survived by his mother and two sisters, the latter being Mrs. P. K. Wilcoxon of Marysville and Mrs. H. T. Seaman of Hilt, Siskiyou County.
William Oliver White
William Oliver White was born in Paisley, Ore. He was one of six children, and was the son of Darrell W. and Hannah S. White. The family moved to Red Bluff, where William attended the public schools for several years. Later he chose Marysville as his residence, living there until he enlisted in the World War in the army of the United States of America, with the 362nd Infantry, 91st Division. He was wounded somewhere in France, dying in a hospital about September, 1918. He was twenty-one years of age when he made the supreme sacrifice.
John Zvijerkovich, a native of Dalmatia, born February 14, 1887, gave his life on the battlefield, fighting in the ranks of his adopted country. The desire to make his own way in the world led the young man to leave Dalmatia at the age of fifteen for the lands across the sea, and in 1902 he went to Buenos Ayres, Argentina. After three years, he arrived in the United States, the haven of his youthful hopes, and the great country for which he was ultimately to make the complete sacrifice. With his brother George, he located in Marysville in 1913, and for a time the two young men aided their uncle in the restaurant business. Later the ownership of the establishment passed to the brothers, and they conducted it with marked success, earning for themselves an exceptional reputation for industry and business integrity.
John was drafted with the initial contingent from Marysville, September 5, 1917, being one of the first five to leave for Camp Lewis. By reason of his experience, he was made head cook and later was promoted to the rank of Mess Sergeant. In a short time he was sent over seas; and the testimony of his officers is proof of his efficiency in his work, and his courageousness as a soldier. One of his superiors, in a letter to the young man’s family, said: “John was the best-liked boy in the company; always cheerful, unflagging in energy, and ever ready with a kind act.”
Mess Sergeant John Zvijerkovich was killed instantly at Montfaucon, France, September 28, 1918, while dashing forward in the cause of humanity. He was a man of honor, as attested in his business dealings, a true patriot, a brave soldier, and he gave his all willingly for his fellow men.
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