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George Ripton
was a Private in
Company C, 3rd Provisional Battal-
ion, Engineers. He was stationed at
Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana.
He died on October 10, 1918 at the
peak of the national pandemic of
Spanish influenza. He isburied inSt.
FrancisCemetery.
Alvin A. Smith
was a Private in
Company A, 108th Infantry, 27thDi-
vision. He was killed in action near
the Hindenburg Line, east of Rons-
soy, France on September 29, 1918.
Hewasonly17. Hewasonly16when
heenlisted,but liedabouthisage.
Hismilitaryfiles indicatethat“While
being sent back with amessage, he
was shot through the chest, instant
death.”Hisbodywas returned to the
United States under military escort
andhewasburied in theMorganville
CemeteryonMarch20,1921.
JohnWider
was a Sergeant with
the 50th Aero Squadron, U.S. Signal
Corps. Hewas training at Kelly Field
in SanAntonio, Texas. A letter in the
December19,1917
LeRoyGazette
,he
wrote: I have passed by final exams
last Wednesday and am now rated
as aZenithCarbuerator (sic) expert ...
Yesterday Iwasputon the listofpro-
spectivefliers sowill get at that later
...” the unit was ordered to Garden
City, for overseas duty, but John fell
ill on January 2 anddiedon January
11ofpneumoniaatFortMcHenry . in
Baltimore, Maryland. He is buried in
MachpelahCemetery.
Cecelia J. Cochran
Nurse Volun-
teer, U.S. Public health Service died
of influenzaandpneumonia inamili-
taryhospital camphospital inHunts-
ville, Alabama October 15, 1918, age
24. She is buried in St. Francis Cem-
etery in LeRoy and Terry discovered
thatCeceliamayhavebeenconfused
withCecil Cochran.
Edgar RMurrel
l was a Private in
Battery D, 307th Field Artillery, 78th
Division he died of pneumonia and
diphtheria in amilitary hospital near
Winchester, England, on March 29,
1918at theageof 27.
Playing Games
at theOatka Fes-
tival. This year,
theHistorical So-
ciety’s tent was
filled with all
types of games
and toys. Skit-
tles,
crininole,
checkers, nine-
pins and a va-
riety of puzzles
kept everyone
busy during the rain on Saturday and the hot
sunonSunday. The stiltswereabighit.
Class
of
1984
dedi-
cates a brick
in the Jell-O
Brick
Road.
This year, the
LeRoy
High
School Class
of 1984 dedi-
cated a brick
in the Jell-O
Brick
Road
during
this
years Oatka
Festival. Bob
Kettle, a life
member
of
the Historical
Society,
ar-
ranged for the
special after-
noon and his classmates
gathered on the back
porch of the LeRoy House
for aphotograph.
TheHistorical Societyen-
courages class reunions to
anticipate their reunion year and to
purchase a brick in time to have the
brick for their reunion. Orders have
tobeplacedat least3monthsbefore
anticipateddeliverydate.
Terry’s grandfather’s diary was in-
cluded inanexhibitaboutWorldWar
I in theGreatHall inWinchester Cas-
tle in England (home of the famous
Round Table). His family surprised
himwith tickets togo to England to
see the exhibit and he and his wife
were able to tour Southern England
while there. It was an experience of
a lifetime!
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