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THE BOYS WHO WENT TO WAR: A HISTORY

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On that day in early April 1917 when Congress at the request of President Wilson, declared war in Germany, Bennie Bruce, a Mountain Home Boy went to Nampa and enlisted in company B of the Second Idaho Regiment. A day later Harry Isaacs, then employed in Boise, enlisted in company H. Charley Maxwell had joined company B the summer before for the insurrection on the Mexican border and he went to Nampa to report for duty. Medric Labbee was already a member of company K and he reported to his company. These were Elmore county's first soldiers of the World War, and within a week more than a dozen other boys had joined the Idaho National Guard. Three or four had enlisted in the regular army and Bruce Stanfield went to Salt Lake and joined the Navy. It was at this time that the people at home began to compile a list of the young men and women who were offering to make the Supreme sacrifice for the ideals of liberty and humanity. The list was kept with reverential care and each new name added with tears and rejoicing, until the plan began to grow to make it possible to issue a memorial booklet to give to these young people. Until the end of the world War the list was kept up to date as far as possible. When work on the compilation of this history was begun, letters were sent to all the men and women whose names appeared on the list, asking them for pictures and short biographical sketches and pictures of as many as possible. The work of compiling the date secured was undertaken by Mrs. C. E. Mason, who spent a great amount of effort in the work. For months she corresponded with the returned war veterans and their relatives and from the information collected, compiled the data. In September 1919, the War Mothers organization in Mountain Home assisted by patriotic citizens put on a day of celebration for the returned veterans, and histories and biographies of many of them were secured on that day. The celebration consisted of a dinner at noon served to more than 150 veterans and their wives and sweethearts, an afternoon of street sports, participated in only by returned service men, another big dinner in the evening and an evening of dancing. During the afternoon in behalf of the County commissioners, Will H. Gibson, in a welcoming speech, presented to each of the returned veterans an illuminated certificate of appreciation. These certificates were issued for all of the names on the list of the Elmore county service men, but a large number of them were never delivered, because it was impossible to locate the owners. There were eight or more boys from Elmore county on the first list who lost their lives in the war, four of them, Carl Miller, Levi Kellogg. Thad Prince and William Miller having been killed in action. The proceeds from the sale of this book are to be added to a fund for the building of a memorial building for the men who went to the aid of their country, various organizations in the country having signified their intention of helping in the construction of a building that will be used as a meeting place for the American Legion and as a community hall. In this building will be collected memorials of the work done in Elmore county and it will be a public monument for all time. Various civic and public bodies will donate the funds. There will be an appropriation available from the state, and the county commissioners will be asked to match the state's donation. The Sub Rosa club, the leading women's club of Mountain Home, has acquired a tract of land which they intend to donate for a site, and the American Legion is already beginning to accumulate a fund toward the fitting up of their room in the building. This book is intended to be a permanent memorial record which the owners will preserve so that in future years they will have printed records of the part Elmore county and her boys and girls actually took in the suppression of the Hun, and the menace to civilization that the ideals of the Central empires represented. The list as given in this book contains 389 names, which is approximately 10 percent of the population of the entire county. It is not believed that this list is complete as a large number of men enlisted in other counties and states or joined through the selective service boards of other states where they happened to be away from home at the time of the call. Numbers of boys who had resided in Elmore county nearly all their lives moved away befor becoming members of the American army, but all such have been added to the list and claimed as Elmore County's boys so far as their war records could be discovered. The list of 389 names is given first and immediately following are given biographical sketches where such sketches could be secured, without any selection for branch or time of service or extent of participation in the activities against the central empires.

{Note: * Indicates a biography included; names in parenthesis have biographies but were not in the original list; where alternate spellings are shown they were also contained within the original text.}

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Medric Joseph Labbee *

Medric Joseph Labbee at the age of thirty was called into the service of his country. He enlisted at Buhl, Idaho, and was assigned to Co. C, 146 M. G. B., Division 41, and was later transferred to Co. A, 7th M. G. B. He was overseas with the American Expeditionary Forces and was among the troops returned to this country in the fall of 1919. Medric Joseph Labbee, the son of John and Rebecca Gregorie was born at Bay City, Michigan, March 22, 1885. He attended the public schools of Mountain Home, Idaho.
Speight Ladd No information available.
Lauri A. Lahtinen * Lauri A. Lahtinen was born in Finland, January 26, 1893. His father's name is Adolph Lahtinen and his mother's maiden name was Anna Myypundila. He came to this country when a small boy and was educated in the public school of Mountain Home. He was drafted at the age of twenty five and went to Camp Lewis, April 2, 1918. He was transferred to Camp Fremont, California, and promoted to wagoner. While at Camp Fremont he was sent with a car of horses to Texas. His identification number is 2289360. Since his discharge he has been living on his desert claim at Battle Creek, Idaho.
John Latty * John Latty was born February 3, 1894 in Muskogee, Oklahoma and is the son of Monroe and Martha Upton Latty. He received his education in the public schools of Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He enlisted in the Infantry at Anaconda, Montana and was a member of the famous 91st division, company M. regiment 362. He went through the war without an injury. His identification number was 2290775. His present address is Glenns Ferry, Idaho.
Pedro Leanis No information available.
Frank B. Leonard No information available.
Norman C. Leonard No information available.
Eric Linquist No information available.
James C. Little No information available.
Paul Lockman No information available.
John O. Long No information available.
Joseph Tillman Longfellow * Color-Sergeant Joseph Tillman Longfellow was born February 14, 1890 at Wahoo, Nebraska but moved top Mountain Home with his parents in 1900. He graduated from the Mountain Home high school in the year 1907 and later from the Washington State College at Pullman. He was principal of the schools at Endicott, Washington at the time of his marriage on March 4th, 1916, to Miss Ruth Lowelll of Spokane. Sergeant Longfellow volunteered with the first from Whitman County, in September of 1917 and the following June was sent overseas with the 361st Infantry, 91st Division, as Senior Color- Sergeant. He came through campaigns in the Argonne Forest and Belgium safely and carried the colors into Germany at the official occupation of Aixla-Chapelle by the Allies. He was discharged from the Army April 29th, 1919 and is at present teller in the Bank of Endicott, Washington.
Lyman Edson Longfellow * Lyman Edson Longfellow was born May 10, 1892 at Wahoo, Nebraska, and in 1900 came to Idaho with his parents. He graduated from the Mountain Home high school in 1911 and since then he has been employed by the government as surveyor in Idaho, Arizona and Alaska. In December 1917, he made a perilous trip of 400 miles with a dog-team, from the Interior of Alaska, to enlist, and in April, 1918 went overseas with the 318th engineers as First class sergeant. He was attached with his regiment to the 6th Division in France and successively in the Alcuse-Lorraine sectors, Metz and Sedan. After the signing of the Armistice Sergeant Longfellow's regiment was attached to the Army of Occupation and sent into Germany. While there he was made editor of the regimental paper "The Sapper". He was sent home in June and was discharged from the army. He is now employed by the Ada county highway commission at Boise, as assistant to the highway engineer.
Thomas Lynch No information available.
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Arthur MacDonald *

Arthur MacDonald enlisted in the service at Boise, Idaho, February 12, 1918 in the Coast Artillery Co. C. He was stationed at Presidio, California Reg. A. A. P. and after four months of training he was transferred to Camp Mills and sailed for France, July 12th, 1918. Arthur was promoted to Corporal while overseas. No. 845622. He was on the front three and a half months and after one year of foreign service he returned home without an injury. His only transfer was from the A. A. P. to M. T. C. Corporal MacDonald is the eldest son of Arthur R. and Lucile Cooper M. MacDonald. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, December 27th, 1898. His parents moved to Mountain Home eleven years ago and Arthur attended the public school and is still making his home in Mountain Home.
{Andrew S. Marker} * Andrew S. Marker enlisted at Mountain Home, June 24, 1918. He went to Camp Lewis, Washington where he was assigned to the 48th Co. Of Infantry 13th Division. He had several transfers from 32nd to 4th, then to 1st and lastly to the 48th. Toward the close of his service he was in the Bulletin Department No. 2. He was at Camp Lewis one year, during which time he was promoted to Corporal and then to Sergeant. His identification number was 3135969. Since his discharge June 27, 1919, he has been farming at Prairie, Idaho. He was born at Manti, San Pete County, Utah, June 2, 1889. He is the son of Andrew R. and Ellen Marker. He has had a grammar school education.
James R. Marston * James R. Marston, at the age of 29, enlisted in the World War. He Left Mountain Home, August 5, 1918 arriving at Camp Fremont , California, August 9th where he trained in the Machine Gun Company until October 18, when he entrained for New York, arriving there October 27. The following day he boarded the Wilhelmina and sailed for France, arriving at Brest, November 9. November 10 he boarded the boxcars headed for the front, but the signing of the Armistice changed his course and he was sent to southern France. After remaining there about two months he returned to Brest where he did guard duty most of the winter. In July, 1919 he went to Germany where he did military police duty at Trior, Col;benz, Monteba and Hannigen. He left Germany, August 11, 1919, for Brest, from which port he sailed for America August 22, after being transferred to the 28 Infantry, 1st Division for transportation home. The 8 Infantry remained on the Rhine. He arrived at Hoboken, New Jersey, September 4, 1919, went to Camp Merritt, New Jersey for ten days. Paraded in New York, then went to Camp Meade, Maryland, and paraded in Washington D. C., then sent to Ft. D. A. Russell, Wyoming, where he was discharged, December 27, 1919. His identification number was 4268078. James R. Marston, the son of Alvan and Elizabeth Galior Marston, was born at Highland, Doniphan County, Kansas in January, 1889. He attended the high school of his native town. His home address is Hill City.
Edward Files Mason * Edward Files Mason spent the ten and a half months of his military service at Camp Lewis, Washington. He enlisted at Mountain Home, June 24, 1918, at the age of thirty. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 166th Depot Brigade, and worked in the personnel department, assisting in keping records of the arrivals and assignments of recruits at Camp Lewis. He was discharged May 9, 1919, and returned to his home at Mountain Home. Edward Mason was born January 3, 1888, at Milton, New Hampshire, his parents being Rev. Charles Edward Mason and Mary Moressa Files Mason. He attended Mountain Home high school, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington and Columbia University in the city of New York. June 15, 1919 he was married to Dora Belle Eaton, in Mountain Home. His present address is 1515 North 20th Street, Boise, Idaho. He is assistant director of the Agricultural Extension department of the State University.
Chas. Maxwell No information available.
Glenn R. Maxwell No information available.
Morris Edwin Maxon No information available.
George McAulliffee No information available.
Julius McDonald No information available.
Peter McDonald No information available.
Calvin Keith McHenry * When twenty years old Calvin Keith McHenry joined the Navy. He enlisted at Mountain Home, May 30, 1918 and went into training at Bremerton, Washington, July 27, 1918. He was a seaman. He was born at Doe Run, Missouri, November 21, 1897, and is the son of K. K. McHenry and Annie Ramsay McHenry. He was educated in the public schools of Mountain Home, Idaho. He was married to Nellie Stewart in Seattle, Washington, January 21, 1919.
Irvin McLaughlin No information available.
Ernest A. Medwood No information available.
Patrick R. Mellen No information available.
Domingo Mendiola * Domingo Mendiola enlisted at Mountain Home, Idaho, November 2, 1917, as truck driver. He was a member of Co. T. Regiment 162, Division 41st. He went overseas early in the struggle, but remained only six months, twenty days of which he was in France. He received his discharge at New York. He was twenty one years old at the time of his enlistment. Domingo Mendiola was born at Ea, Viscay, Spain, in December 1895. His parents were Joe Mendiola and Juana Aldecoa Mendiola. He received his education in the public schools and Link's Business College. He married Miss Tamassah Uriona at Boise, Idaho, October 28, 1918. His home address is 307 E. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho.
Martin Beal Messinger * Martin Beal Messinger, when twenty three years old, enlisted in the service of his country at Tacoma, Washington. He was an ambulance driver in the 316 Ammunition Train of the 91st Division. He was in France one year but did not get to the front lines, much to his regret. His identification number was 2779002. He was discharged July 22, 1919 at Camp Mills, New York, and re-enlisted the same day in Air Service at Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia. Martin Beal Messinger was born at Waterloo, Blackhawk County, Iowa, November 20, 1894. He is the son of Martin P. and Almira Metcalf Messinger. He received his education in the schools of Tacoma, Washington and the University of Idaho. For a number of years he lived at Little Camas in Elmore County, Idaho.
Earl Jay Messinger * Earl Jay Messinger entered the service of his country at Boise, Idaho, February, 5, 1918 just before he was eighteen years old. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Co. 55, Reg. 5, Division 2. He was in training but three months when he was sent to France and in France ten days when he went into battle. His first battle was in Belleau Woods for 27 days, when the Marines were scattered in a thin line along a big front. He has five stars on the rainbow hued ribbon besides the medals. They stand for the five big drives in which he had part: Chateau -Thierry, Soissons, St. Mihiel, Champagne and the Meuse Argonne. It was at Soissons that he distinguished himself by killing the two gunners, capturing six Huns and two machine guns before his platoon came up. He had received a flesh wound in the arm and so was not sent on ahead but detailed to help "mop up" some German dugouts. Some weeks later while he was in the deep slumber of exhaustion, he was routed and helped to dress and in a few minutes was standing before the line in a daze listening to the Impressive words as the D. S. C. was pinned upon him. This is the highest honor that America gives. While he was with the Army of Occupation in Germany the French government gave him the Croix de Guerre for the same act of bravery. Earl Jay Messinger was born at Waterloo, Blackhawk County, Iowa, March 19, 1899. He is the son of Martin P. Messinger and Almira Metcalf Messinger. He attended school at Tacoma and Toppenish. He is working for the Food Ship Yard but hopes to again enter school when his nerves are stronger. He was gassed twice while in service. Jay Messinger made his home in Elmore County for a number of years.
Carl A. Miller * Carl A. Miller of Mountain Home, was one of the boys who made the "supreme sacrifice" in the great wold war. He left Mountain Home June 24, 1918 as captain of the contingent that entrained that day. He was at Camp Lewis for six weeks, a member of 32 Co. 8 B. M. then he was transferred to Co. D. 158 Inf. And sent to Camp Kearney, California, next he went to Camp Mills, New York from whence he sailed August 12. He was sent to the front almost immediately and lost his life while trying to rescue a comrade in the Argonne Forest, September 28, 1918.

A letter from his captain in France, to his mother gives account of this brave soldier's death;

France, Dec 13, 1918.

Mrs. Miller: It is with sorrow, yet again it gives me pleasure to tell you that your son died a hero, in attempting to rescue a fallen comrade, after three other men of our company had been wounded trying the same. Carl had been with us a short time and I had detailed him as a stretcher bearer. He was faithfully executing his duty, when instantly killed September 28, 1918.

"I myself was wounded September 28 and the lieutenant commanding the company at that time has given me all the details" and has also sent recommendations to the general about Carl's bravery in action.

All soldiers of the A. E. F. who died here are now buried in the same cemetery and each grave definitely marked, so that there will be no trouble in identifying and sending back home the bodies of those who paid the "supreme price."

On September 28 we were fighting in the Argonne Forest, near the town of Mt. Blainville.

I am very truly yours,

Capt. Joseph P. Cornell

Carl was born at Agalalla, Keith County, Nebraska, March 11, 1896. He was the son of Adam and Anna Guy Miller. He graduated from the Mountain Home High School. He was very prominent in athletics. In May 1919 a picture was unveiled in the high school as a memorial to him.

{Ray Thomas Miller} * Ray Thomas Miller is the son of M. Z. and Anna Bowman Miller. He was born at Roswell, New Mexico, June 23, 1891. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute and Campbell College. He was married August 3. 1915 to Matilda Hall. June 22, 1918 he left Glenns Ferry nad was assigned to Company C. 165 Infantry. Later he was transferred to Company B, 328 Infantry, 77 Division. He was sent overseas and took part in the Argonne offensive, just three months after enlisting. He received no injuries while in the service. His parent's address is Glenns Ferry.
William O. Miller * William Miller, another of the young men who paid the "supreme price" in the great world war, enlisted at Boise, Idaho in July 1917. He was assigned to 4 D. I. Co. 167 Infantry 42 Division. He was at Camps Green, Mills and Merritt in the United States then went overseas. He was killed July 26, 1918 in the Battle of LaCroix Rouge by shell fire and was buried on the field about 500 yards from a farm in the Forest Defere. His identification number was 39981. Mr. Miller was born at Tellico Plains, Tennessee, March 5, 1891. His father's name is Hugh H. Miller and his mother's maiden name was Fannie Self. He had a common school education. He was in the employ of Mr. Worth Lee of Mountain Home before going into service.
Watson Charles Minier June 4, 1917, Watson Charles Minier, at the age of fifteen, enlisted in the Navy at Salt Lake City, Utah. He was first sent to Goat Island, California, then to Mare Island, California where he was assigned to the U. S. S. Great Northern and sent to patrol the Panama. He was then transferred to the U. S. S. Tallahassee. He was promoted from Apprentice Seaman to Second Class Seaman and then to Seaman. He ws born at Superior, Douglass County, Wisconsin, June 29, 1902. He is the son of Watson C. and Clara M. Benolkin Minier. He attended school at Glenns Ferry, Boise and Portland. He is now in California.
{Burrell Baxter Mink} * Burrell Baxter Mink, the son of Cicero B. and Flora M. Wise Mink was born at Volney, Virginia, May 25, 1895. He attended the grade schools. At the age of twenty two he enlisted in the service of his country at Fairfield, Idaho. He was assigned to Company K, 361 Infantry, 91st Division. He was at Camp Lewis then at camp Merritt, New Jersey. He went with his company through the fight overseas. Was wounded during a battle at Espinotville, September 29, 1918. He was promoted to first class private, August 12, 1918 and to Corporal, November 22, 1918. He arrived at Camp Mills, New York, April 15, 1919 from which place he was sent to Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming, where he received his discharge May 3, 1919. He is now at Hill City, Idaho.
Leonard Mink No information available.
Earl F. Minzer No information available.
Jesse A. Mitchell No information available.
John H. Morrow No information available.
Robt. B. Mosgrove No information available.
Silas J. Mosley No information available.
John Worthington. Montgomery * John Worthington Montgomery was a corporal in the 213th Engineers, in the 13th Division at Camp Lewis, Washington, being assigned first to Co. D. and then to Co. A. He enlisted at Mountain Home, July 25, 1918, at the age of 25. "Worth" Montgomery was born in Mountain Home, January 4, 1893, his father being Will T. Montgomery and his mother, Rose Ann Worthington Montgomery. He attended the Tehama, California, and Mountain Home schools and St. Mary's college. He was married to Orill Hall in Boise, July 3, 1918, and lives in Glenns Ferry.
Dan Mouser No information available.
Carroll M. Mumford No information available.
C. C. Munger No information available.
C. W. Munger No information available.

Chas. Murphy

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{Alvin W. Nelson} *

Resigning from his position as salesman, Alvin W. Nelson enrolled in the United States Shipyards Volunteers at Portland, Oregon, June, 1918. October 3rd he left for Jefferson Barracks where he was assigned to work in Base Hospital 110. His company was ordered to Camp Sevier, South Carolina, and later to Camp Upton, New York where he received his training. At this place they boarded the transport Empress of Asia and were ready to sail when the happy news was received that Germany had signed the Armistice. With that his duty was not completed, for on the afternoon of November 12th at 4:30 he left the pier and passed the prettiest statue in the world, bound for France. He landed at Brest where he remained about ten days, then left for Mars Sur Allier, France. A few days before Christmas he entered Base Hospital 110 as a patient, on account of his feet, injured in service. He remained there two weeks then reported for duty. During his six month's service overseas he was promoted from First Class Private to Ward Master, caring for the wounded American Soldiers and German prisoners captured on Armistice Day. He sailed for home on the hospital ship, Saxania, April 7 and on May 3rd he left New York on the hospital train for Camp Lewis where he was discharged and returned home agian to mother. Born July 30, 1890, Fosston, Minnesota, age at enlistment, 28 years.
Edgar R. Neville No information available.
Paul J. Newell No information available.
Adrain R. Noakes No information available.
William J. Norton * William J. Norton enlisted at Mountain Home, June 30, 1918. He was a member of the 135th Spruce Squad. He was first sent to the cantonment at Vancouver, Washington. July 18th, he was transferred to the 53rd Spruce Squad at Enumclaw, Washington. August 29 he went to Garibaldi, Oregon, where he remained until December, then he was sent back to Vancouver and discharged, December 26, 1918. He was promoted to Corporal while in the service. He was born at Salem, Oregon, December 6, 1890. He is the son of Silas and Margaret Ann Chesnut Norton. He He was married to Miss Pauline Del Youngblood January 15, 1918 at Payette, Idaho. He now lives at 1124 East Washington Street, Boise, Idaho.

Barney Nytroen

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