Clarence Harold Cowee
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

CLARENCE HAROLD COWEE—Among the many fine, strong young men who, with the promise of the highest success before them, have laid their all upon the altar of their country's service is Clarence Harold Cowee, whose death, on July 26, 1923, occurred as a result of being gassed while in active service in France. The sacrifice made by these splendid young fellows who gave their lives before their careers were more than well begun, calls to those who remain to devote their years to the realization of the ideals for which these young men gave "the last full measure of devotion."

Clarence Harold Cowee, was born in Berlin, New York, November 4, 1888, son of Willis Judson, a sketch of whom precedes this, and Fannie (Taylor) Cowee. He received a careful education in the public schools of his native town and after completion of his high school course, for two years he occupied the position as teller in the Berlin-Taconic Valley Bank, after which he became associated with his father in the manufacturing business, serving as secretary of W. J. Cowee, Incorporated. He was also treasurer of the Berlin Water Company, and a member of the Berlin Electric Light, Heat and Power Company. Upon the entrance of the United States into the World War, he tried to enlist in the Navy and was rejected, but was accepted in the draft, in February, 1918, in the Machine Gun Company of the 58th Infantry, 4th Division, with which he landed in France the following July. His division was soon sent to the front and he personally took part in four battles in the Moselle and Argonne-Meuse sectors, during one of which he was gassed. He was corporal of his company and received his honorable discharge in August, 1919. A splendid type of young manhood, possessed of those sterling traits of character which are bound to make their impress in every walk of life, he returned to civilian life with his health undermined by the poisonous gas, but resumed his usual activities for a time. His comrades gave evidence of their high esteem by electing him commander of Taconic Valley Post, American Legion; but his life was nearing its close, and on July 26, 1923, his death occurred, adding one more to the long list of those to whom the nation should stand pledged by all that is sacred to carry forward unsullied the banner on which is inscribed the high ideals for which these strong young men of democracy yielded their lives.

Clarence Harold Cowee married, on June 6, 1922, at Troy, New York, Edith Benneway.

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