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Stories of Service

Joseph E. Hiner

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter (3gr Niece)

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Joseph Eli Hiner was born around 1895. Joseph Hiner served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1920.

Story of Service

Joseph Eli Hiner grew up in the same small town in Indiana in which he had been born. He was the third child of Asa Hiner, and Asa’s second wife, Georgia Wilson. Joe, who was born in 1895, was named after his grandfather whose father John had emigrated from Germany in 1770.

John Hiner had settled in Virginia and married a woman named Magdalena, whose grandfather had emigrated from Switzerland. John and Magdalena had twelve children. They named their fifth child John. He was born in Virginia in 1781.

The younger John had served in the Virginia Militia. His wife’s name was Rachel. His occupation was both that of a blacksmith and a farmer. The family were devout Methodists.

John and Rachel migrated with their children to Miami County, Indiana in 1836. One of their children was named Joseph. After arriving in Indiana, Joseph married a woman named Minerva Thomas. Joseph and Minerva had six children. They named their third child Asa. Joseph and Minerva were married 22 years when Joseph died after being thrown from a horse.

Joseph Eli enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1917, shortly before his country declared war. 

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Harry Healy Denning

Submitted by: Blair Taggart {great grand nephew}

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Harry Healy Denning born around 1894. Harry Denning 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

My Great Grand Uncle Harry served in the 32nd division 125th infantry company k.

After completing training at Plattsburgh in the 5th company New Englanders, he sailed over to France early January 1918. He was a 2nd Lt and saw time in Alsace and then Soissons in July 1918.

Whilst leading the company he was shot in the back by a sniper and was sent to the hospital for surgery.

Later joined a unit as new recruit trainer and adjutant. Still trying to find more info on him.

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.

Story of Service

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.

Story of Service

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

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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.

Story of Service

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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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.

Story of Service

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.

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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Annie Frasier Norton

Submitted by: T.J. Cullinane community historian

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Annie Frasier Norton born in 1893. Annie Norton served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

“We Conquer by Degrees”

A young New Hampshire woman who died in service remains a beloved community icon.

Yeoman (F) Second Class Annie Fraser Norton, (April 10, 1893 - October 10, 1918), is remembered in New Hampshire as the first woman from the Granite State to give her life for her country, which may not be entirely true. Be that as it may, she was without a doubt a breaker of glass ceilings and remains to this day a beloved icon in the in the town of Derry’s pantheon of heroes. The unseemly debate surrounding her demise is centered on the military status of the Army nurses that perished before her. They are currently seen as military contractors and thus, rightly or wrongly, not eligible for the accolades reserved for those who died as sworn members of the armed forces.

This controversy should in no way distract from the enormous contribution Annie and her fellow “Yeomanettes” made to the ultimate victory of the United States and the Allies during the First World War. As we examine Annie’s upbringing, it would seem that service to a greater good was somewhat of a tradition in the Frasier family.

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