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A Tradition of Service Logo 75William Anderson

Submitted by: Nathaniel Jenkins, Jr.

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William Anderson born around 1894, William Anderson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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My grandfather, William Anderson, a South Carolina native, was a real American War Hero. He was a quiet and warm man, a jack-of-all-trades born in the late1800s, and he lived a humble life in Asheville, North Carolina. He was part of an all-black regiment that fought with French soldiers against the Germans during World War I.

When my mother would take me and my sisters to visit him, he would frequently show us his medal that he had tucked away in an old tarnished tin Sucrets box. The medal, shaped like an Iron Cross backed by crossed swords, was marred with time; and it had an aged green and red ribbon attached. My grandfather would beam with pride every time he displayed the medal, but as little kids we didn’t fully understand the significance of his pride. Apparently, he wanted his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know what he'd done--and to be proud of him.

Many years later, I discovered that Grandfather Anderson's efforts on the battlefield earned him a coveted French medal, the Croix de Guerre or Cross of War, for bravery in combat action. That's the same honor given Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II.

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Mary Melinda Swain

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter, Local County History Project

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Mary Melinda Swain born around 1893. Mary Swain served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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The facts around Mary’s life seem to be full of contradictory dates and locations when the records are examined. This biography contains the author’s best interpretation of the conflicting data.

Mary Melinda Swain was born in Dublin, Ohio in the fall of 1893. Her mother was Rose Grogan, who was born in Illinois as the child of Irish Immigrants. Rose married Mary’s father, John Swain, and they had five children. Mary’s mother passed away when Mary was five years old. Although the Swain family were Ohioans, in the 1880 census John was with his parents and siblings in Grundy County, Illinois. This was the same county in which Rose was living with her family.

After Rose died, John married a woman named Anne who was an immigrant from Sweden. When Anne died he later married a widow named Belle. John died when Mary was 39. Although it has not been determined exactly when Mary, her parents, John and Rose, along with her siblings, all migrated to Indiana, it was sometime before her mother’s burial in 1898, as Rose’s grave is in Cass County. The family was living in Deer Creek Township, Miami County, Indiana by 1900 in the little cross roads called Bennetts Switch. Deer Creek Township, named after the Deer Creek which runs through it, is in the Southwest corner of Miami County, with Howard County bordering it to the South and Cass County on its Western border. Bennetts Switch had one of the two post offices in the township, and Mary’s father worked for the post office.

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Mabel Munro

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter, Local County History Project

Mabel Munro

Mabel Munro born in 1884. Mabel Munro served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Mabel Gray Munro was born October 28, 1884 in Detroit, Michigan. Her father was from Canada and the son of Scottish immigrants. Her mother was an Irish immigrant. Her father was an engineer on the rail road. There were four other children in her family. Two of her brothers would become dentists, the third brother worked in sales and her sister would join her in the profession of nursing. One of her brothers would also serve in WWI.

In 1888 the family moved to Chicago, but just prior to Mabel’s sophomore year the family moved to Peru, Indiana. Mabel became a graduate of the 1901 class at Peru High School. After Mabel finished high school, her father sent her to Indiana University. She attended classes there starting in 1902 and continuing through 1904, returning for more classes the summer of 1907. While living in Peru, she taught school for seven years. She began in “the country school” where she taught for one year and then moved on to “the grades” where she taught for two years. After that she taught mathematics at Peru High School.

Then, in 1910, Mabel made a career change. She headed back to Chicago, with all its tall buildings and city lights, and its loud, noisy, pungent smelling crowds, chattering in a multitude of languages. She enrolled in the Henrotin School of Nursing which was located near Old Town. The Chicago Policlinic and Henrotin Memorial Hospital were under the same management and established a training school for nurses in 1891.

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Harriett Louise Carfrae

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer, Dexter County Historical Project

Harriett Louise Carfrae

Harriett Louise Carfrae born in 1879. Harriett Carfrae served in World War 1 with the Red Cross. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1920.

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Born Ninety miles south of Lake Erie at Norwalk, Ohio on January 10, 1879 to immigrant parents, Harriett Louise Carfrae moved west with her family to Miami County, Indiana before her first birthday. Her father, James, was Scottish and worked as a boilermaker for the railroad. Her mother, Margaret Dillon Carfrae, was Irish, but arrived in the United States by immigrating first to Canada.

Harriett had curly, dark hair, light eyes and wore round wire glasses. It can be guessed that she was not very tall from the average size of others with the same nationality of her parents.

When she was 18, Harriett was part of the leadership of a Christian youth organization named, The Christian Endeavor, which was involved in the temperance movement. She was known as Hattie by her friends.

When she turned 21, she moved to St Louis in order to attend the Baptist Sanitarium Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated with 17 other women in 1903. The school of nursing was a two-year program which enrolled its first students in 1895, indicating Harriet was part of the school’s seventh graduating class. At some point, the nursing school expanded to a three-year program.

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Branton Holstein Henderson, Sr.

Submitted by: Francis A. (Bud) Brooks III {grandson}

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Branton Holstein Henderson, Sr. was born around 1897. Branton Henderson served in World War 1. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.









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Everard J. Bullis, Sr.

Submitted by: Robert G Bullis Son

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Everard J Bullis Sr. born around 1896. Everard Bullis served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Everard J Bullis was my Dad, who enlisted in WW1 from St.. Paul, Minn. He enlisted in the Marines and arrived in France on May 7, 1917.

June 8, 1918 he entered the fight in Belleau Wood. In July he went over the top with the 5th Marines in the St Mihiel Drive.

Later, during the battle on the Champagne front, he was wounded in his right lung. I, Robert G Bullis have that bullet, his medals and memorabilia, and most of the original letters to and from his parents and 4 sisters during his service.

He wrote his memoirs in the 1950's, which were edited recently by David Bullis, my Nephew. This book is being published this spring entitled "Doing My Bit."

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Charles Leonard Seaburg

Submitted by: Connie Norheim

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Charles Leonard Seaburg born around 1890. Charles Seaburg served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Charles Leonard Seaburg's World War 1 Military Service:

Inducted at Fargo, North Dakota on Sept. 22, 1917; sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; served in Company K, 352nd Infantry, to Nov. 19, 1917.

Company B, 1st Army, Headquarters Regiment (Service of Supply), to Dec. 17, 1918. 219th Company, 110th Battalion, Military Police Company, until discharge at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on July 19, 1919, as a Corporal.

Overseas from March 30, 1918, to July 12, 1919.


Edward R. Rosenau

Submitted by: Jason Norheim {grandson}

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Edward R Rosenau born in 1894. Edward Rosenau served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Edward Richard Rosenau was born Nov. 17, 1894 in Brown County, Minnesota. He entered the United States Army July 23, 1918. He was stationed at Hewas, France until his discharge July 30, 1919.

After the war he married Rose Wahl. He and Rose farmed near Eldridge, North Dakota where they raised their three children.

Ed was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Jamestown, North Dakota. He died Sep. 1, 1986.

Mary Alice Lamb

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter

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Mary Alice Lamb served in World War 1 with a non-government service organization. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1928.


“Those who go forth ministering to the wants and necessities of their fellow beings experience a rich return, their souls being as a watered garden, and a spring that faileth not…”

– Lucretia Mott

Tucked away in the South West corner of Miami County, Indiana is the small community of Amboy where in 1844, the first Friends Worship service was held in Miami County and six years later, a log church was erected at a location that would later be next to Amboy Friends Cemetery.  Until a school was built in 1872, the church doubled as a school.   In 1867, the Panhandle Railroad was completed through Miami County and the small town of Amboy was platted as the location of the train station.

When, in 1871, Benjamin B. Lamb laid an addition to the original Amboy platt, his son Ezra must have been living in the area, for on July 28, 1878, Ezra Lamb and his wife Eliza were holding a beautiful baby girl in their arms whom they named Mary Alice. 

As she grew, Mary Alice probably attended school in Amboy at a building known as The Academy.  The years flew by and soon Mary Alice Lamb was attending school at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.  She graduated in 1901 with a teaching degree.  By this time, she was a young woman, 5’4 1/2” tall, sporting brown hair and brown eyes.  Known to her friends as Alice, her first teaching job was at Stit School, four miles from the home in which she grew up.  Every morning she would drive to school in a two-wheel cart pulled by a horse.  If it rained, she would wear water proof garments or pull into the nearest barn lot until the rain let up.  Sometimes, if the weather was very bad she would stay with the Stit family, on whose land the school was located.  


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Henry Christian Klindt

Submitted by: Rebecca Nelson {Granddaughter}

Henry Christian Klindt

Henry Christian Klindt born around 1894, Henry Klindt served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Henry C. Klindt served as an “Automatic Man” in WWI, U.S. Army National Guard, Company E, 130th Infantry, 33rd Division from February 26, 1918 to March 21, 1919, arriving in Brest France on May 16, 1918.

Prompted by his cousins, he wrote about his war experiences in a letter which is attached. He fought in various places in France and his biggest battle was the Argonne Forest Offensive. He was injured when he fell on his knees on railroad tracks but his buddies picked him and he went on.

The last battle he was gassed, picked up unconscious and carried by his buddies and woke up in a hospital in Vichey France. By the time he got out, the war was over. Somehow he dodged all the shells and bullets sent his way, survived near starvation and the nonstop noise of shelling; being gassed and dealt with not taking his shoes off for 45 days.

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Donald Chapman

Submitted by: Tish Wells {grand-niece}

Donald Chapman

Donald Chapman born around 1889, Donald Chapman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

The story of Donald Chapman

In November 1917, Donald Chapman, 28, wrote to his mother, Ella, living in Ithaca, New York, “I have not been called yet.” He was a prolific letter writer to his sister, Mildred, and his mother.

He had expected to be drafted at any time. The Selective Service Act had been enacted on May 18th, 1917.

In the meantime, he was working with automobiles in Detroit, Michigan, and thinking ahead. “If I do not have to go to war,” he wrote, “I can make a lot of money in the spring. Second-hand cars will sell like hotcakes, as they are cutting down on the output of new ones.”

On December 15, he’d taken advantage of an “opportunity to enlist at my trade as auto mechanic… in the Ordinance Dep.” of the Third Division.

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