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Information for Francis Benjamin Wilkins
27 February, 1897
19 July, 1942
From The Caldwell News-Tribune
Saturday, 25 July , 1942
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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World War Veteran
Given Military

     Military funeral services were held here at 3 p.m. this afternoon for Francis Benjamin Wilkins, World War I veteran who died of bronchial pneumonia Sunday night at New Orleans.  Services were in charge of the American Legion and Dr. H.H. Hayman of the College of Idaho.  Burial was in Canyon Hill cemetery.
     He was born at Custer, S. D., Feb. 27, 1897;  graduated from the Custer high school when 16 years old and came to Caldwell with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Wilkins in 1913.  He attended Links Business college at Boise and enlisted in Company L, 20th infantry and served one year in World War I.  Since 1937, Mr. Wilkins has served in the capacity of steward on large ships and heavy oil tankers to South America and many other interesting ports.  His last long trip was to East Africa.  He was on duty on an army transport at New Orleans when taken ill last week.  He was a member of the Loren M. Trotter Post in Caldwell;  Y.M.C.A. in New York and the Seaman's National Maritime Union.
     Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Birdella Wilkins of Caldwell;  a brother, James Wilkins of Caldwell;  two sisters, Mrs. Fred Heidepriem of Custer and Mrs. Frank Montieth of Bisbee, Ariz.  His father died several years ago.


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