WORLD WAR I, CASUALTIES
Listing these with the name and date of the newspaper. Spelling as in the paper. I tried to find as
many as I could of those who died in service during the war.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, July 25, 1918
Sergeant Killed in Action May be Home Boy
Grave fears are entertained here that Sergeant Ralph Barker
whose name appeared in Saturday's
casualty list may be a North Vernon man. The address given in the casualty list was Mt. Vernon, but it is believed
that a mistake was made from the fact that Frank Barker, of this city, has a son Ralph Barker among the troops at the
front who is also a Sergeant.
Mr. Barker has received no official notice of his son's death, therefore it is a possibility
that it is merely a co-incidence of names and places, though it may be that the official telegram has gone to Mt. Vernon
instead of North Vernon.
The Ralph Barker of North Vernon has been in the service of the regular army about four years
he has been overseas for about a year and has been at the front about six months. (sadly this was
the Ralph Barker of North Vernon.)
- Link to his OBITUARY
on this web site, August 1917.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, September 27, 1917
Tribute of Respect
Hall of North Vernon Lodge
No. 59 F. and A.M.
He who is Supreme Ruler of us all having removed from life our beloved brother, Myron
,who died on the battle front on September 18, 1917, in France, in the service of our country, the United
States of America, we bow our heads in grief and submission to his Divine will. In life we loved our brother because
of his exemplary conduct as a citizen, Mason and soldier, the rectitude of his life and the nobility of his character
and for his manly and Masonic virtues. In death we mourn him because we have lost a brother faithful to the tenets
of our profession, circumspect in all the relations of life, and a brave soldier in defense of our liberties. Our
hearts are drawn in tender sympathy to his bereaved parents, his wife and child.
Anton H. Wegener,
Wm. L. More,
North Vernon Plain Dealer, September 26, 1918
NORTH VERNON BOY MAKES SUPREME SACRAFICE
, of this City, Dies of Wounds Received in Battle
Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Thornton, who reside on Fourth Street, this city, received the official telegram, Saturday,
announcing the death of their son, James Thornton, in active service overseas. His death occurred on August 17th and was the result
of wounds received in action. He was eighteen years of age.
James Thornton enlisted in the Regular Army on January 10th, 1917 going from here to Columbus, Ohio. He was
placed in Company N., 6th Regiment Infantry and sailed for France with one of the first of the American Expeditionary Forces.
Though he was formerly a Jennings County boy, he was not so well known here from the fact that his parents
moved to Fairmount, Ind., and lived there for several years. They moved back to this city shortly before the boy enlisted in the army.
He enlisted from North Vernon, giving this city as his home, and in memory of another boy who had given his life for the country, the
city flag was floated at half-mast, Sunday.
Another gold star must be added to North Vernon's service flag and the sympathy of the community is extended to
the grief-stricken parents, in this their hour of sorrow, but the memory of the boy who has made the supreme sacrifice for his country
will be honored and cherished by all.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, October 31, 1918
KILLED IN FRANCE
Mrs. Fary Fox received an offical telegram, Tuesday, announcing that her husband, Arthur Fox, of the American
Expeditionary Forces in France, had died on september 29th of wounds received in battle, thus adding another name to the list of Jennings
County boys who have made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of freedom.
Arthur Fox was the son of Mrs. Anna B. Staley, who resides near Vernon. He left for camp Taylor with an increment
of drafted men in October 1917. During one of his furloughs home from Camp Taylor, he was married to Miss Mary Spaulding, of near Grayford.
He was a clean, wholesome energetic young man, and was liked and respected by a host of friends. He entered the military service willingly,
put forth his best efforts during his period of training and was a soldier of whom relatives and friends were proud. The grief-stricken wife
and mother have the sympathy of the community.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, November 14, 1918
ANOTHER BOY FALLS IN FRANCE
son of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Hoffman
was born September 9th, 1895 at Rabbit Plains, Indiana. When a lad
he came with his parents to make their home in Lovett township, near Commiskey, Ind., which was still his home. He went to Camp Taylor
October 4th, 1917, where he took his military training. He made a few visits back to his home while in camp and was always in good spirits,
never showing the least fear of war but rather anxious to go. He arrived in France for Overseas' duty, August 12th, 1918, and so far as
reports could be had, all went well with him until on November 7th a message came tohis parents stating that it is officially reported that
he had died October 5th, of wounds received in action. He was of Co. K, 119 Inf. and the first Lovett Township boy to make the supreme
sacrafice. We mourn for our loss but are proud of a hero. He gave up this life at the age of 23 years and 26 days. Raymond was a great
favorite and when he made his little visits home from camp he was given a hearty welcome by his companions and friends, as well as the
immediate family. Besides a host of loving friends he leaves father, mother, one sister Maude Cole, of San Jacinto, and four brothers
Everett and Willard at home Carl of Indianapolis and Jerry 'somewhere in France'. He will be sadly missed by his loved ones and all who
knew him for he was loved and admired by all.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, November 21, 1918
JOSEPH McGILL KILLED IN ACTION
Following the rejoicing over the end of the war came the crushing news to Mrs. Hazel McGill of the death of her
husband who was killed while in action with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, October 19th.
Joseph McGill came to this city fourteen years ago to take employment at the Glass Factory. He was employed as
blower and later became a stockholder in the Co-operative Enterprise Glass Company, which owns and operates the factory. On the 28th of
June, 1917, he was married to Miss Hazel Zimmerman and in September 1917 he left with one of the first increments of drafted men for
Camp Taylor, Ky., where he received his military training. He sailed with the 335th Regiment Infantry, for France, early in the summer
and had been in the front line fighting for several months. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and was thirty years of age.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Weithaus, of this city, and two brothers, Frank McGill, of this city, and John
McGill of Greenwood, Arkansas.
The city flag is floated at half mast in his memory and the hearts of the citizens of North Vernon are saddened by
the news of his death, for he was known and liked by a host of friends and especially by his fellow workers at the Glass Factory. The young
wife and sister and brother have the heartfelt sympathy of the community and his memory and the memory of all his comrades who have made the
supreme sacrifice will be honored for all time for their part in bringing about the victory and peace over which we have so recently rejoiced.
To them is due the greatest honor, esteem and reverence for the sacrifice they have made for us all.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, October 3, 1918
EARL W. DOWNEY
DIES AT PHILADELPHIA
Earl W. Downey, chief yoeman on the U.S. Ship Missouri, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Downey, of this city, died at the
Naval Hospital, at Philadelphis, at noon, Monday, September 30th, of pneumonia, which followed an attack of Spanish Influenza. The body
will be brought to this city, today, and taken to his parents home, on West Walnut Street. Funeral services will be held at the Baptist
Church at one o'clock Sunday afternoon, October 6th, and the burial will take place in the cemetery at Holton, Ind. The city flag will be
floated at half-mast all day Sunday, in his honor.
Earl W. Downey was born at Dabney, Ind., June 27, 1894. When quite young he moved with his parents to Aurora, Ind.,
and graduated from the aurora High School in the class of 1913. After graduation he attended Nelson business college, at Cincinnati, and on
June 1, 1914 he enlisted in the Navy, going in as yeoman. He was later promoted to chief yeoman on the Ship Missouri. Since his re-enlistment
he had been promoted to a position in the paymaster's office and was studying for the appointment of paymaster. He had been chosen for a
course at Annapolis Naval academy, at the end of which he was to take his new position, but sickness upset his plans and he was called by
death after an illness of but one week.
On August 11th, 1918, he was married to Miss Willa Elder, of Greensburg, and after a few days' visit with his parents
here, they left for Philadelphia, where they lived until the Grim Reaper called and ended their blissful honeymoon.
Although he enlisted from Aurora and had never lived in North Vernon, he had made a host of friends here through his
visits to his parents and the sympathy of the community is extended to the grief stricken wife and parents; and friends and acquaintances will
cherish the memory of him, who was called to give up his life after four years of faithful service to his country.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by one sister, Miss Stella, and by one brother Hillis Downey, of this city.
Lewis Richard Dean
Died October 22, 1918
-Indiana Historical Commission. Gold Star Honor Roll. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Fort Wayne Printing Company, 1921. Jennings County, Page 285.
Son of Milton A. and Jennie Viola DEAN. Spent most of his life in Boone County, near Zionsville. Moved with parents to Jennings County in 1918.
Farmer. Called into service August 30, 1918, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 31st Company, 8th Training Battalion,
158th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 22, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, November 28, 1918
JENNINGS COUNTY BOYS IN CASUALTY LIST
Last Days of Fighting Brings Heavy Toll
Names of five Jennings County boys have appeared in the casualty list during the past two weeks. The report of the death of Joseph McGill,
of this city, was announced in last week's issue and since that time Roy J. Morgan of North has been reported killed in action, Charles Updike,
of North Vernon, R.R. 7, has also been reported killed in action, Chaunce Patton, of Scipio, has been reported wounded, degree undetemined, and
Jerry Featherstone, of Commiskey, has been reported killed in action. The casaulties cover a period of from October 5th, to 24th.
Roy J. Morgan
Mrs. Charles Knaub, of this city, received notice Sunday of the death of her nephew, Roy J. Morgan, who was killed in
action on the western battle front in France, October 19th. Roy Morgan was born and raised in Jennings County, being the son of James Morgan
of Butlerville. For several years he had made North Vernon his home and on October 4th 1917, he went with an increment of drafted men to Camp
Taylor., where he received his military training.
He sailed for France in May with Company M., 119th Regiment Infantry and had been at the front for several months, taking
part in several hard battles. He has one brother, Frank Morgan, with the U.S. Marines and one sisiter, Miss Vivian Morgan, who is a Red Cross
nurse, at present located at Camp Dix, New Jersey. He was thirty years of age. He is survived by his mother, who at present lives at Dayton, Ohio.
The sad news of the death of her son, Jerry Featherstone, came to Mrs. Wyman Hoffman, of Commiskey Monday evening of last
week. The telegram announced that the man had been killed in action with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, October 24th. The news came
as a crushing blow to Mrs. Hoffman, who had already sacrificed one son in the war. Raymond Hoffman having been killed in action on October 5th.
The announcements of the deaths of the two sons came to the mother only two weeks apart.
North Vernon Plain Dealer January 2, 1919
Jermiah Featherston, son of Mrs. Ellen Hoffman was born Sept 20th, 1884 in Vernon Township, Jennings County, Indiana. He
made his home in Jennings County until he was 23 years old, at which time he enlisted in the regular army at Poplar Bluff, Mo., as a private of
Company G 27 Regiment of Inft. He was appointed Corporal in which position he served for one year. He was afterwards appointed Sergeant in Company
E 60 Inft. He served on the Mexican border, during the trouble between Mexico and the U.S. He was transferred from the United States to France
on February 1st, 1918. He was killed in action on October 24th in the last great struggle for liberty, being 34 years, 1 month and 4 days old at
time of death.
Charles Updike made the supreme sacrifice while in action with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, according to
the telegram received by his mother, who resides on Route 7, west of this city. He was employed at Columbus, Ind., and went into military service
with an increment of troops from that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patton, at Scipio, received word last week that their son, Chaunce Patton, had been wounded. The fact
that it was stated that the degree of the wound was undetermined leaves hope that he may be only slightly wounded. He left this city with the
increment of drafted men who went to Camp Taylor in April. He wa among the drafted men who volunteered for sevice abroad and went across when he
had only been in training about six weeks. He has been in active service most of the time. He was a close friend and companion of Matt Hester
and was also in the battle of July 15, when Matt lost his life.
The hearts of all the people of the community are saddened by the announcement of the deaths of these young men who have
given their lives for the freedom of the world and grief-stricken parents and relatives have the sympathy of all. To all of them who sleep in a
foreign land, whose lives have been given in great war for freedom and justice, is due all the honor that comes with victory and peace. Their
memory will ever be blessed by the people of their home communities.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, December 2, 1918
CARL GREEN MAKES SUPREME SACRIFICE
The sad news of another life given for his country, on the eve of victory and peace, (official date
of the end of the War was November 11, 1918)
reached here Sunday evening, when Mr. and Mrs. E. Y. Green received the official announcement
of the death of their son, Carl Green, who was killed in action with the American Expeditionary Forces, November 10th.
He was one of the increment of drafted men who left here September 18, 1917, going to Camp Zachary Taylor for training.
He was in the bombing section of the Infantry and had served heroically. Having been called to make the supreme sacrifice as the world was about
to enter into peace, his death comes as a crushing blow to his parents, who had hoped that he would soon return home safely. The flag is floated
at half-mast and the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Green in their bereavement.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, December 19, 1918
THOMAS J. MURPHY DIES IN FRANCE
Succumbed to Attack of Influenza-Pneumonia After a Few Days' Illness
Mrs. Mary Murphy was informed this week of the death of her son, Thomas J. Murphy, which occurred at the Forty-first Stationary
Hospital in France, November 2nd. The information came through a letter from the hospital chaplain, saying that he had been ill but a few days of
influenza-pneumonia. It also stated that he had been given every care at the hospital, had been prepared for death by the chaplain, and had been buried
in the cemetery near the church, where mass is said daily. Thus another boy has given his life for the cause of freedom and in defense of suffering
humanity, another home has been saddened by the loss of a loved one who has made the supreme sacrifice in a foreign land; but the name of Thomas J.
Murphy will go down on the list of those whose memory will be honored by all men to the end of time.
Thomas John Murphy, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy was born in Jennings County, south of North Vernon, and
was at the time of his death twenty-two years of age. He was taken into military service with an increment of Jennings County boys who left this city
October 3rd, 1917, going to Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Ky. for military training. After several months training at Camp Taylor he went with
Company M., 119th Regiment Infantry to Camp Sevier, South Carolina, for a short period of training and sailed for France April 13, 1918. During the last
months of the fighting his company was at the front and in his letters to his mother he mentined having been Over the Top many times. He wrote cheerfully
of his experiences and gave the folks at home great encouragement as to his safety and welfare. He was admitted to the hospital on October 29th, according
to a letter written to Mrs. Murphy by a hospital nure, and received about a month ago. The letter from the chaplain received Monday is the only notice
of his death that the family has had, no official telegram having yet arrived. He was a fine young man of sterling character, a devoted son and loving
brother. He was a member of St. Mary's catholic church and also a member of the St. Aloysious Young Men's Society of that congregation. He is survived
by his mother, one brother Ed Murphy, of this county, and five sisters; Miss alice Murphy, Mrs. Aaron Euler and Mrs. Fletcher Dowd, of this city; and
Mrs. John Mahan and Miss Julia Murphy, of Indianapolis. His father died when he was seven years old. The bereaved mother, brother and sisters have the
heartfelt sympathy of the community. Link to his return to Jennings County for burial in 1921
North Vernon Plain Dealer, January 9, 1919
Ernest Fewell, eldest son of Albert Fewell and wife, died of influenza pneumonia at a camp in Oregon. Wednesday the 1st. The
body is expected this week for burial in the Graham cemetery.
Mrs. Ed. Heid received word of the death of her brother Ernest Fewell, who was in a camp in Oregon. His body will be shipped
here for burial.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, June 26, 1919
Mrs. Etta Beck received a telegram from the war department last week that her son Charles Beck was killed in action on July
18th. The family is somewhat in doubt about this as they have received so many reports in regard to Charles, but we hope it is a mistake and that
some day before long he will return to his mother.
North Vernon Plain Dealer, January 16, 1919
Private George Crank
Private George Crank a well known Jennings County boy, died at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Ky., October 11, 1918, of
tubular pneumonia following Spanish Influenza. Age 27 years 8 months and 4 days. A member of Battery B, Field Artillery. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Otto G. Crank, of Dupont Ind. Besides his parents he is survived by one brother, James Crank of Owaso, Oklahoma, and two sisters Mrs. Lizzie
Gaylen and Mrs. Rella Paugh both of North Vernon, Ind. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. I.O.R.M. George answered his country's call to the colors
July 30, 1918. And has been in the camp since that time. He was always patient, loving and kind and his last words to his mother were "Don't worry
mama, please don't worry." His unselfish devotion to the folks at home was one of the ourstanding traits of his character. On the night that George
answered the summons to 'come home' seventy-one other brave laddies in khaki answered the call and their lives were given as gallantly for "Old Glory"
as those of our boys "Over There". If each one whose life had been made brighter by George's kind deeds could drop one flower on his grave there would
be a grand avalanch of flowers. George was brought home for burial and the white casket draped with our dear old flag together with the many beautiful
flowers, bore the emblem of his love for home and country.
Our laddie in khaki has crossed life's sea, to us he comes no more; but peaceful and happy our soldier boy waits on the other
North Vernon Plain Dealer, February 26, 1920
RELATIVES RECEIVE FRENCH CERTIFICATES
Given in Honor of Soldier and Sailor Dead In Token of France's Gratitude
The distribution of the French Memorial Certificates to the next of kin of the soldiers and sailors of Jennings County, who
made the supreme scarifice in the World War, took place at the Jennings Theater Sunday afternoon, at a service held under the auspices of the Myron
Bertman Post, of the American Legion. A large crowd was present to hear the program which had been prepared for the occasion and which was interesting
and impressive.B.L. Smith was master of ceremony and introduced Attorney John Clerkin,of this city, who made an appropriate address. Mr. Clerkin gave
a short synopsis of American history up to the present time and spoke of the present crisis in history and the great work confronting the American
Legion in its duty in promoting those interests which will serve to overcome radical tendencies.
Rev. Davies, a minister of the Christian Church, who was known as the fighting chaplain of the 167th Infantry, was presented
to the audience and he gave an interesting talk on conditions in France, touching gently and impressively on the care that is being taken of the
American soldiers' graves in France, by the French people.
Master Lester Mayer gave a recitation entitled. "The Service Flag," and the American Legion Orchestra of eight pieces furnished
music. The songs, "America" and "Onward Christian Soldiers": were sung by the audience.
The French Certificates were presented by Thomas Jefford, Post Commander of Myron Bertman Post American Legion, and by Roy
Larrabee, Post Adjutant.
The names of soldiers and sailors who made the supreme sacrifice are:
Ralph Barker, killed in action, France, father, Frank M. Barker, North Vernon.
Chas. W. Beck, killed in action, France, mother, Mrs. Etta Beck, Butlerville.
Captain Myron Bertman, died of disease, France, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bertman, North Vernon.
George Crank, died of disease. Camp Taylor, parents, Mr. & Mrs. Otto Crank.
Lewis R. Dean, died of disease, name of kinsfloks not supplied.
Chief Yeoman Earl Downey, died of disease, Philadelphis, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Downey, North Vernon.
Sergeant Jerry Featherstone, killed in action, France, mother, Mrs. Mary Hoffman, Commiskey.
Arthur Fox, killed in action, France, mother Mrs. Anna Staley, Vernon.
Ernest Fewell, died of disease, Vancover, Wash., parents Mr. and Mrs. Al Fewell.
Corporal Carl Green, killed in action, France, parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.Y. Green, North Vernon.
Matthias Hester, killed in action, France, mother, Mrs. Mary Hester, North Vernon.
Raymond Hoffman, died of wounds France, mother, Mrs. Mary Hoffman, Commiskey.
Joseph McGill, killed in action, France, wife, Mrs. Hazel McGill, North Vernon.
Thomas J. Murphy, died of disease, France, mother, Mrs. Mary Murphy, North Vernon.
Roy Morgan, died of wounds, France, mother, Mrs. Amanda Koontz, North Vernon.
John Streit, died of disease, Camp Taylor, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Streit, Sand Creek Township.
Bertie Ray Spencer, killed in action, France, mother, Mrs. Zella Spencer, North Vernon.
James H. Thornton, died of wounds, France, parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Thornton, North Vernon.
James M. Troutman, died of disease, home at Nebraska; further particulars not given.
Charles B. Updike, killed in action, France, mother, Mrs. Mary Updike, Spencer Township.
James Wood, died of disease, Camp Sherman, parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wood, Sr. North Vernon.
Velmar Sage, of Commiskey, parents deceased,(according to census Velmar was a son of William and Martha Sage.)
particulars of death not given.
Camp Taylor is mentioned numerous time above - here is a discription of it.
Camp Zachary Taylor
Where Jennings County Soldiers Will Be Trained
North Vernon Sun - October 30, 1917
On September 5, five percent of Jennings county's quota, who were accepted for army service under the selective draft law will
go to the cantonment at Louisville. The Indianapolis Star of Sunday contained the following discriptive story of the camp, where our boys will also be
Within less than three months there has grown up, on the southern outskirts of Louisville a mushroom city, now nearly completed,
capable of housing more than 40,000 men. Here all members of the new national army drawn from Kentucky and Indiana and part of Illinois troops will
The city is one of the sixteen great contonments which Uncle Sam is building, all of which will be devoted to the same purpose.
It bears the name of Zachary Taylor, hero of Buena Vista and Monterey, who lies buried within less than a dozen miles of the site.
Engineers drove their first stakes in June in the midst of pastures and truch gardens. Today nearly 1,200 buildings in various
stages of construction, a large proportion of them already completed stand upon the same ground.
Despite the haste nothing has been overlooked which will add to the comfort or to the well being of the men who will find their
homes for months within its confines.
Most of the company barracks have been completed. The walls are well sheathed and are weather boarded. They are designed to be
warm in winter and the arrangement of windows promises that they will be comfortable as it is possible to expect in summer. There will be no crowding
and the sanitary arrangements have been planned by experts.
Within convenient access of each company is a detached building containing showers and washrooms. Kitchens and dining halls are
The city itself stands upon high rolling ground and it has an exceptionally good surface drainage. A system of sanitary sewers
within its borders will be connected with the sewer system of the sity of Louisville, sewer mains having been constructed to its boundaries by city and
Water mains have been laid to the boundaries by the municipally owned Louisville Water Company and the 2,500,000 gallons of water
which will be required daily will be supplied from the same filtration plant which supplies the city.
The Louisville Gas and Electric Company also has carried its transmission system to the boundaries of the cantonment and will supply
the current used for light and power. The Louisville Street Railway Company has constructed a double track line to the soldier city and will give a 5 cent
fare to any section of Louisville.
When the work was started upon the cantonment it was a small force and the material used in the first buildings, now used for offices,
was hauled from Louisville lumber yard supply houses. Within ten days of this modest start lumber in trainloads was arriving from Southern saw mills daily.
The number of workmen grew as the flow of materials increased, until today its totals bout 10,000. Of these about 4,000 are carpenters, 4,000 others are listed
as laborers and the remainder includes skilled craftsmen of many trades.
A good idea of the size of the task upon which the War Department embarked when it undertook the construction of sixteen such cities
simultaneously can be gained from the fact that 300 water boys are employed on the job at Camp Taylor. These youngsters are not idle wither. Each must
satisfy the demands of about thirty men and it keeps him busy.
With the increase of the number of men employed on the work and the swelling flow of materials the percentage of the whole task to be
accomplished each day increased until it finally approximated about 2 1/2 per cent of the whole daily.
For example, for convenience in supervising and speeding up the work of carpenters the cantonment is divided into seventeen units, each
with its own working organization. The report which comes to Maj. Lamphere each morning shows just how much timber the total board feet being given, is required
in the construction of each unit. Then is shown the number of board feet of timber placed to that date, together with the amount placed the preceding day. The
report then shows what percentage of the work on each unit has been completed and gives the number of mans days' work charged against each unit then to complete
the comparison, the daily average of board feet of lumber per man placed in the buildings of various units is shown. A copy of this report is posted on the
grounds where each unit is being erected so that men may compare the progress of the units on which they are engaged with other units.
This plan is followed out with other classes of work, and according to Maj. Lamphere, it has produced good results. Each man is made
to feel a personal sense of responsibility for the progress of the unit, upon which the crew to which he belongs is engaged.
There are more than 1,200 buildings in the cantonment and they cover about 1,250 acres. The hospital group of sixty five buildings
occupies eighty acres and the remount station about seventy-five acres. This remount station will care for about 9,000 horses and mules.
Buildings and ground will be lighted by electricity. More than 200 miles of wire will be necessary to supply the lights in the various
buildings and 320 lights will be used to illuminate the company streets. More than 5 miles of asphault roadway 18 feet wide have been laid within the cantonment
which is spread out in a great arc nearly 2 miles long. These roads will connect with several hard surfaced highways leading from Louisville to the surrounding
country. Much of the equipment for the cantonment has arrivd and is already in sorehouses built along the railroad tracks which have been run into the grounds.
More is on the way.
The quantity of this equipment is tremendous. To name but a few items will show something of the size of the task in getting it to
the right place at the right time. More than 40,000 cots will be used and there will be equipment of all sorts for 349 kitchens. Then there will be uniforms and
other clothing for the thousands of men who will report for duty during September. Rifles and various other articles of military equipment are added to all
this and much more hundreds upon hundreads of tons of foodstuffs must be in the store houses before even the first member of the new army arrives.
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