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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.}


{Verne. Lee Taylor}*

Verne Lee Taylor was born at Omaha, Nebraska, January 23, 1893, and is the son of William E. and O. T. Plum Taylor. He received his education in the schools of Austin, Texas and the University of Idaho. January 27, 1916 he was married to Miss Helen Campbell at Gooding, Idaho. He enlisted the first time May 11, 1917 at Gooding, Idaho and the second time June 28, 1918 he was sent to the Presidio, California and then to Camp Lewis and put in Company 58, 166 D B, but was soon transferred to the 1st Company, officers training school at Camp Pike, Arkansas where he was commissioned as second Lieutenant, October 15, 1918. From Camp Pike he was transferred to Camp Travis, Texas, where he was assigned to 43 Co. D B, and later assigned as Adjutant of the Eleventh Battalion D B. He was again transferred to the 29th Company D B and then to the 30th Company D B, and then to the Headquarters Detachment Camp Travis where he remained until he was discharged May 16, 1919. After he was discharged he was commissioned in the Officer's Reserve, Infantry Section, June 25, 1919. He now lives at Mountain Home and is engaged in the practice of law.
Walter M. Taylor * Walter M. Taylor, the son of John and Dora French Taylor was born at Rummerfield, Bradford County, Philadelphia, October 4, 1890. He was educated at Tawando Business college. He enlisted at Mountain Home, Idaho, June 23, 1916. He served in the Infantry and Artillery. He was in supply Co. Of 166 F. A. transferred to Co. C, 2nd Idaho Infantry then to Battery B. 146 later to supply Co. 146 F. A. He was promoted from Private to Private 1st Class. He is now at his old home in Rummerfield, Philadelphia.

Justo Tbarazabal No information available.
Ralph Hale Temple * Ralph Hale Temple, the second son of Lincoln E. and Allie Cook Temple was born at West Bend, Iowa, where he attended school and later moved with his parents to Colorado. He finished school in the Johnstown Union high school and the Loveland high school of Colorado. While very young he learned the printers trade, working after school and holidays, and later entered the Inland Printer Technical School at Chicago and studied the mechanism of the linotype, which trade he followed until he enlisted in the Navy at the out-break of the war. He was the only member of the Boise Typographical Union that was married, who enlisted for service, He, with five others from the training station passed the 100 percent test to enter the aviation division of the Navy and left November 16th for San Diego, California for further orders. En route he was stricken with influenza and taken to San Francisco where he succumbed to this malady, November 23, 1918. While in the Navy, owing to his mechanical ability he was First Machinist Mate {Aviation} U. S. N. R. F. The body was taken to the mother's home at Johnstown, Colorado, and after a military funeral, was interred at the Plattville cemetery by the side of his only brother, who had preceded him a few weeks, and his grandfather, one of the pioneer founders of the city of Denver. He left a wife, a daughter, Oda Aloise Temple, and a mother and sister.
Clement M. Thatcher * Clement M. Thatcher enlisted at the age of twenty, at Fort Douglas, Utah, June 7, 1917. He was assigned to D Company, 30th Infantry, 10th Division, from which he was transferred to A Company, 70th Infantry, in the same Division. He was promoted three times. Army identification number 844558. Clement M. Thatcher was born March 25, 1897, at Johnstown Pennsylvania. His parents being William and Pricilla Strayer Thatcher. His home address is 1071 Jacoby Street, Johnstown.
Vivian Foster Thatcher * Vivian Foster Thatcher enlisted at Fort Douglas, Utah, December 17, 1917. His first assignment was to D Company of the 20th Infantry, 10th Division, from which he was transferred to the 70th Infantry in the same Division, and assigned to L Company. He received one promotion.Vivian Thatcher enlisted at the age of 25. He was born March 20, 1890, in Johnston, Philadelphia, and his present address is Johnston, 322 Ohio Street. His father's name, William Thatcher, his mother's maiden name, Priscilla Strayer.
Chas. Thompson No information available.
Robert Thompson * Robert Thomson was born at Insch Aberdeenshire, Scotland, December 24, 1889. His father's name is James Thomson. His mother's maiden name was Margaret Brown. He was educated in the public school. At the age of twenty-eight he was called to the service of his adopted country and left Mountain Home June 24, 1918. He joined the Infantry and was assigned to Co. 27, 6 Bt., 166 D. B. at Camp Lewis, Washington. He was in the service six months and stationed at Camp Lewis the entire time. His number was 3136069. He is in the sheep business and his present address is Melba, Idaho.
Wilbur D. Thompson * At Lee, Strafford County, New Hampshire on October 25, 1888, Wilbur D. Thompson was born. His parents are Bert P. Thompson and Mary V. Jenkins Thompson. He attended school at Lee and New Market, New Hampshire and Fargo Agricultural College, North Dakota. For years he worked with his father on the Sawyer-Thompson ranch near Mountain Home. He enlisted at Boise, July 10, 1917, was a member of Co. H, 2nd Idaho and did guard duty at Sandpoint, Idaho for some months. He went with the National Guards to Camp Mills where he was transferred to Co. F. 116 Engineer then to Co. E, 2nd Engineers. He sailed for France in December, 1917. He was on the Verdun front in March, at the Marne in May and at Chateau Thierry, June 1 to 6, 1918. Here it was that shrapnel struck his left foot injuring it so that one half was amputated, He was taken the nest day to a hospital and later sent south of Paris to another hospital. August 25, 1918 he was at Ellis Island, New York from whence he was sent to the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington D. C. While still going on crutches he was sent out by the government to speak for the Fourth Liberty Loan. Among the places he visited was Minneapolis where he spoke to 2500 people at the Dayton Tea rooms. He then had a short furlough and while in Mountain Home spoke at the Farmer's picnic in the city park. He was discharged December 11, 1918. The government gave him an artificial foot and sent him to school, first to Seattle and now at Portland where he is studying telegraphy.
Lloyd N. Tiger No information available.
Lester Tilley No information available.
Eugene A. Tobin * Eugene A. Tobin was born at Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 18, 1890. His parents are Michael and Catherine Donahue Tobin. When twenty seven years of age he enlisted at Lewistown, Montana in the Field Artillery. He was assigned to Battery B. 348 F. A. 91st Division. He was fortunate enough to go through the war without a wound. While at Camp Lewis he was promoted to Corporal, and while in France was promoted to Sergeant. His identification number is 2271576. He lives on a ranch south of Mountain Home.
Richard R. Toone No information available.
William Clarence Trathen * William Clarence Trathen, son of Thomas and Kittie Foull Trathen, was born at Negaunee., Michigan, October 15, 1896. Educated in the Mountain Home schools. Enlisted in the Marine Corps on February 1, 1918, at Salt Lake, from there he was sent to Mare Island, California, where he was stationed during the fourteen months he was in the service. On April 15th, he completed his training and on the following day took the duties of clerk of Co. "B" M. B. Nyd. Mare Island. He was promoted to Corporal, July 1st and qualified as expert rifleman October 3rd. On March 26, 1919 he was transferred to the Inactive Status of Marine Corps Reserve. He was married June 25, 1919 at Rupert, Idaho to Miss Agnes Ridge. He is engaged in business at Rupert.
Frederick A. Turner No information available.
James Denning Tye * James Denning Tye is the oldest son of James P. and Florence Williams Tye. He began his school career in Mountain Home, graduating from the high school with the class of 1916. He excelled in athletic sports and was a member of the champion basketball team of that year, and also took several places in the track meet held the last year of his high school days. He entered the North Pacific Dental College at Portland in October 1916 and in 1918 enlisted in the Navy, but owing to the passage of a bill in Congress advising all medical and dental students to continue with their work, they were stationed in camps near the school and continued with their studies, The entire student body enlisted in the Navy through the advice of their dean, realizing that they would be more of a benefit to the country if allowed to finish their training. He graduated from the dental college in June, 1919, and has since located in Eugene, Oregon practicing his profession.
Richard A. Tyler * Richard A. Tyler enlisted at the age of twenty one at Mountain Home, his home town, and was sent to Camp Lewis, Washington. The date of his enlistment was September 3, 1918. After passing through the depot brigade, he was assigned to the Coast Defenses of the Columbia, at Fort Stevens, Oregon. From there he was transferred to coast artillery service at Camp Eustis, Virginia, where he remained until after the Armistice was signed. He was discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, December 24, 1918, and returned to Mountain Home. Richard Tyler was born August 24, 1896, at Boz, in Spink County, South Dakota. His parents are Colin Tyler and Millie Stevens Tyler.

David R. Ulrey

No information available.
Guy O. Vanderford * December 15, 1917, Guy O. Vanderford enlisted in Battery A., 11 Artillery, Division 6 at Boise, Idaho. He received no injuries and was promoted to Wagoner. His identification number was 1039686. Guy O. Vanderford was born at Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri, October 24, 1891. His parents are Jasper N. and Jane Vanhorn Vanderford. He received his education in the schools of Baker, Oregon and Link's Business College of Boise. His home address is Thurman, Idaho.

Ralph Vandeveer No information available.
Karal VanFleet No information available.

Edward Vitam

No information available.

Earl J. Wallace

No information available.

Abner D. Watkins * Abner D. Watkins was born at Terra haute, Indiana, January 6, 1896. His father's name is William Wallace Watkins. His mother was Miss Daily before her marriage. He attended the country and city schools. His people live at Independence, Kansas. September 3, 1918 he enlisted at Mountain Home and was sent to Camp Lewis, Washington, where he became part of the Infantry being assigned to Co. 7, 166 Depot Brigade. He was transferred to Co. 2 and was promoted to Company Mechanic. After his discharge he returned to Mountain Home and February 16, 1919 was married to Miss Helen A. Pike of that place. He now lives at Meridian, Idaho.
Roy Watkins No information available.
{Nancy Watts} * Miss Nancy Watts of Mountain Home went to New York in January 1919, for over-seas work but it was decided after she reached there that she was not robust enough for the work required and instead of returning home she immediately offered her services to the Salvation Army and was installed in the Salvation Army Doughnut Hut at Union Square where she remained for sixty days receiving and helping to entertain from three to five hundred returned soldiers each day. About the first of April she was appointed by the Governor of the State of Idaho, in the receiving of the over-seas boys at the Hall of States in New York. A hall established by the War Camp Community Service, where each State in the Union had room for the reception of it's returned soldiers, where they could receive information from home, be supplied with small sums of money if their necessities required it or entertained by supplying them with theatre tickets or taking them out to meals, writing letters for them and provided such other amusements and necessities as might add to their comfort while there. She remained in this position until the 5th day of July and received and entertained a great many Idaho boys while there and finally returned to her home at Mountain Home the 1st day of August, 1919. She kept a bunch of sagebrush on the wall, it was the first thing to attract the Idaho boy's attention.
Henry T. Wayte * Henry T. Wayte was born at Soldier, Idaho, April 9, 1887, the son of Thomas Wayte and Elizabeth Burge Wayte, and he attended the rural school near Mountain Home. He enlisted in the Inf. Co. H. of the Second Idaho, Div. 41st at Boise, Idaho, July 20th. He was on guard duty and in training camp about four and a half months before he was sent across to France. He was transferred to the 116th Div. And later to the 2nd Div. He was promoted to Corporal and was gassed in the battle of the Argonne Forest, November 4, and was in the hospital three months. Corporal Wayte was in France seventeen months and was on the front about nine months. He returned to the United States April 10, 1919. His identification number was 157196.
Frank Weibelhaus {Wiebelhaus}* No information available.
Ira Lee West * Ira Lee West, the son of William and Augusta West was born at Bulls Gap, Hawkins County, Tennessee, August 18, 1893. He attended the public school of his home town. When twenty four years old he enlisted at Boise, Idaho in the Infantry and was assigned to Co. E, Reg. 2, Div. 41. He was later transferred to Co. C. 107 Eng. 32 Division. He was on the Alsuce Sector, June 26 to July 2, 1918 at the Aisne-Marne offensive July 29 to August 7, then at Oise-Aisne offensive September 26 to November 11, 1918. In August he was promoted to Corporal. He was discharged at Camp Custer, Michigan, May 27, 1919. After serving in with the A. E. F. in France from December 10, 1917 to May 18, 1919. He went through the war without an injury. At present he is Camp leader for the Bacon Sheep Co.
Charles H. Whipple * At the age of twenty three Chas. H. Whipple was called to service. He left Mountain Home, March 8, 1918 and became a member of the 8th Co. Of Cavalry. He remained with this branch of service from May 31, 1918 to February 8, 1919, when he was transferred to the Hawaiian Infantry Co. I. While in service he was sent to the Philippine Islands. Since his return to civil life he is at home in Mayfield, Idaho.Chas. H. Whipple, the son of Charles and Cora Opshall Whipple was born at Troy, Doniphan County, Kansas, July 28, 1893. He attended the common school.His identification number was 502761.
Albert William White * Albert William White, whose father was one of Elmore County's Civil War Veterans enlisted at Mountain Home, when twenty-six years of age.He was stationed at Camp Lewis, Washington, in 15 Co., 7th Bu. 155 Depot Brigade. He was transferred to the 27th Co. , 7th Bu.166 D. B. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal. He was discharged at Camp Lewis, Washington, February 13, 1919. He is now a traveling salesman for the Cudahy Packing Co.Albert William White was born at St. Louis, Missouri in January, 1892. He is the son of William and Louisa F. Engel White. He is a graduate of the Mountain Home high school. He married Miss Mel Smithson at Mountain Home, February 19, 1919.
Leroy Dale White * Leroy Dale White enlisted at Mountain Home, May 28, 1918, and was sent to Camp Lewis. He was transferred to the 157th Infantry {Co. L}, 40th Division, and was sent overseas August 9th, landing at Tillburg, England, August 25th, and at Le Havre, France, August 27. He was transferred to headquarters of the 40th Division, personnel section. November 6, 1918, on account of sickness, he was taken to the 160th Field Hospital, and two days later to Evacuation Hospital No. 16 at Revigny, and then to Base Hospital No. 81 at Bazville sur Meuse. Next he went to the replacement camps at Sell-sur-Shire. He was transferred to Headquarters Co., Class Camp, First Depot Division. Finally, as a member of Casual Co. 3491, he sailed from Marseilles, April 17, 1919. He landed at Pier No. 7, New York harbor, May 9, and was discharged at Camp Mills, May 15,1919. Identification number 3127787. Leroy D. White is the son of Alva A. and Ameda A. Ambrosier White, of Mountain Home. He was born August 10, 1894, at Lenora, Norton County, Kansas and was 23 years old when he entered the service. September 24, 1917, he was married to Gertrude E. Evans at Mountain Home.
William S. White * William S, White, the son of James Green and Julia Emma Harley White was born at Rocky Bar, Idaho.He was educated in the high school of Mountain Home and the high school at Boise.He enlisted in Co. F., 12th Infantry 8th Division, and left Mountain Home, August 9, for Camp Fremont, California.He was on his way to France when the Armistice was signed thus changed his plans. His identification number was 4269006.Since receiving his discharge he has been employed at a lumber yard in Mountain Home.
Harry J. Wiebelhaus Harry J. Wiebelhaus, the son of Frank Wiebelhaus, was born at McCook, Cedar County, Nebraska, September 26, 1891. He attended the common or grade school. When twenty seven years old he was called into service. He left Mountain Home, August 9, 1918, and went to Camp Fremont, California where he became a part of Co. F. 12 Infantry Division 8. He was later transferred to the Provost Guard. Since the war closed he lives at Mayfield, Idaho.
Walter E. Wilcox * Walter E. Wilcox left Mountain Home, July 22, 1918 for Camp Lewis, Washington, where he was placed in the Medical Corps, August 31. He started overseas and landed at Glasgow, Scotland. From there he want to a camp near Winchester, England, next he was sent to Hersley Hospital near South Hampton and from there he went to Le Havre, France. After reaching France he was sent to a Medical Replacement Camp at St. Agnawn, from which he was sent to Bordeaux to Ban Desert Hospital Center and then he was transferred to Base Hospital 114, where he stayed from October 30, 1918 until April 18, 1919, working in a surgical ward. From Bordeaux, he went to Gierres, an intermediate supply depot, where supplies were packed for disposal after the hospitals had been abandoned. He remained there until July 3, 1919 when he started for America, landing at Hoboken, New Jersey, July 13, 1919. He was discharged at Camp Mitchell Field, Long Island, July 22, 1919, just one year from the day he enlisted. He was overseas ten months and in that time was not able to get a pass to visit the grave of his brother, who made the "supreme sacrifice". Walter E. Wilcox was born at Arborville, York County, Nebraska, August 21, 1886. He is the son of Abner and Nettie {Koon} Wilcox. He married Miss Zella Ross, at Boise, Idaho, August 15, 1919. Mr. Wilcox is manager of the Tingwall & Suddeth store at King Hill, Idaho.
Wm. E. Wilkinson No information available.
Arthur Milton Williams * Arthur Milton Williams left Mountain Home, October 5, 1917 for Camp Lewis, Washington, where he joined the Machine Gun Battalion and was a member of Co. B. 347 Reg. 91st Division. After more than eight months training at Camp Lewis he was sent to Camp Merritt, New Jersey, where he embarked for France by way of England. After landing at Liverpool he went to South Hampton where he took ship for Le Havre, France. From Le Havre he went be train to Versaignor, where he had intensive training for six weeks. He took part in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne, the first time from September 26 to October 3 when he was relieved for two days, then went back to the same place until October 12. He then went to Rivigney where he took the train for Belgium. Was at Ypres offensive from October 30 until Armistice was signed. He marched through Belgium and reached France January 1, 1919. He returned to America in April and was discharged at Ft. Russell, Wyoming in May. His number was 2256031. Arthur Milton Williams was born at Denver, Colorado, September 8, 1886.
Isaac Champion Williams * Isaac Champion Williams at the age of thirty enlisted in the Navy at Mountain Home, Idaho. He was accepted June 2, 1918, but did not go into training until later. He received his training at Bremmerton, Washington.Since his release he has been working near Mountain Home, on the highway.He was born at Decatur, Wise County, Texas, March 28, 1888. His father is Walter T. Williams and his mother's maiden name was Mattie Smith.He received a common school education.
Fred Williams * Fred Williams, at the age of twenty five enlisted for service at Camp Lewis, Washington. He was assigned to Co. L. 162nd Regiment and 41st Division. He was later transferred to the 27th Division and was promoted to cook in Co. L. and then to Mess Sergeant 107 H. I. Co. He sailed for France, December 1, 1917 and was overseas eighteen months. He served in Belgium, Flanders and on the Hindenburg line. He was gassed. He sailed from Brest, France in the spring of 1919 and was discharged at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming, April 8, 1919. He is now a cook in one of the hotels at Twin Falls, Idaho. Identification number 80259.
James P. Wilson No information available.
Wm. Lloyd Wilson No information available.
Edw. Ellis Woodruff No information available.
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