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Merrick County in WW I

Scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. (Elizabeth) Dittmer


World War I Obituaries

Scrapbook, p 4


Thomas B. Shonsey Missing in Action

     Colonel Shonsey received a telegram Monday afternoon from the war department announing (sic) that Thomas, his son, had been officially reported "missing in action" since July 22. Tom enlisted early in 1917 in California, was stationed at Camp Lewis nearly a year, and last winter went to France with the Sunset Division. He was gassed in May, and was forced to spend several weeks in the hospital.
     Upon his return to duty he was transferred from the 165th Infantry to Company M. of the 96th Regular Infantry, one of the units of the 42nd Division (Rainbow) and took up his duties as a machine gunner. He is not yet 18 years of age, having enlisted when he was 16.



     Mr. and Mrs. Otto McElwain of this city received word on Saturday that Mr. McElwain's brother, Harley McElwain, had been killed in action, in  __rlange. The exact date of the young man's death is not known.
     Harley McElwain is well known to our readers and especially to the young people of Central City, he having resided here for a number of years, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McElwain. He was born in Max county, Illinois, twenty three years ago and removed with his parents to York, Nebraska, when quite young. Later they came to Central City and settled on the D. Burke farm west of town. The family went from here about five years ago up into Cherry county, where the father has a ranch, and it was from that county that Harley was called into the service of his country. Harley McElwain was in training at Camp Funston for several months and left for overseas last June. No particulars of his death have yet been ascertained, the only information received, being the notification sent by the government to his parents.
     Harley is spoken of by those who knew him best as a boy of daring and spirit, and one to whom the life of a soldier would make a strong appeal. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his father and mother, two sisters and five brothers.


     John Harold Shonsey was born in Clarks June 9, 1894 and died Oct 22, 1918 being 24 years, 4 months and 13 days old. He grew up here attended the public schools, and was married September 19, 1914 to Miss Ethel Grimes. To this union two children were born: Jack aged two and one-half years, and a baby son born in August. These with the wife survive him. Private funeral services were held from the family home yesterday morning, and the body taken to Central City, there to lie beside that of his mother, who died some 12 years ago.



     Word was received in the city Monday that Chester Moore, son of C. A. Moore residing near Archer, had died the previous day at Camp Dodge, IA. The young man, it appears, had been taken ill with an attack of the Spanish influenza, which later developed into pneumonia.
     The body was expected to arrive in the city Wednesday and the services were to have been held at the home that afternoon. Owing, however, to some delay in transmission, these were postponed. It is expected now, that the remains will arrive this afternoon by way of the Burlington. In that case the services will be held later in the day. The Home Guards are planning to attend in a body.



     Wilson A. Morris, son of Wm. P. Morris and wife, was born in Shelby, Iowa, September 2, 1897. At the age of 10 years he went to Laur___, Illinois, and lived with an uncle till January 1917. He then came back to Shelby and made this his home until April 25th, 1918, when he enlisted in the U. S. Marine service and was sent to the training Camp in South Carolina. He remained in this training Camp tow months and was transferred to another Camp in Virginia where he remained until his Company was started across the Atlantic to the scenes of the war. On board the transport he took sick and soon passed beyond the power of all medical skill. He died on board the ship September 23, 1918 at the age of 21 years and 21 days. Many lives have been laid down in the service of the country and as they have gone out there has come heartache and grief to the ones that held them dear.

Come ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded heart, here tell you anguish,
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

     The relatives and friends gathered at the cemetery in Shelby, Iowa at one o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, November 6, 1918, where a short service was conducted by Rev. D. J. Shenton of the Methodist Church, followed by the interment of the remains.


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NOTE: All the articles above are from the scrapbook of Mrs. C. J. Dittmer
(donated by her grand-daughter, Lois Fairfield)
All are probably from Clarks Enterprise or the newspaper for Shelby, IOWA, but are not so identified.
Dates appear in articles, there are no date notes in margins.

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