David M. Johnston
David Marshall Johnston, 21, was the first Carlyle young man
to give up his life in battle in France. He died August 23,
Johnston was born in Carlyle July 23, 1887, the son of
Everett and Josie Johnston, who survive along with a
sister. He was educated in the Carlyle school system,
graduating in a class of 25.
A memorial service was held at the Carlyle Presbyterian
Pvt. John B. Toennies, was serving in the U. S. Army, 2nd
Company, lst Training Battalion, 159 DB, at Camp Taylor,
Kentucky. He died on October 13, 1918 at Camp Taylor.
Toennies was born August 20, 1892 in Damiansville,
Illinois. Burial was in the Damiansville Cemetery
Herman A. Fruend
Herman Arthur Fruend of Ferrin, died in France on October
14, 1918 while serving in Company G, 125th Infantry, 32nd
Division of the U.S. Army.
He was born in Ferrin, Illinois in 1895. Burial was in the
family plot of Trinity Lutheran Cemetery located in Ferrin,
William E. Krausz
Private William E. Krausz, of New Menphis, was killed in
action September 10, 1918 while serving in France, with the
154th Infantry, U.S.-.Army.
William was the son of Philip P. and Elizabeth Krausz (nee
Baehr). Burial was in the New Menphis Lutheran Cemetery.
William H. Kahrhoff
Private First Class William H. Kahrhoff, died November 14,
1918, of wounds received at the Battle of the Sedan,
France. Burial in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in
Gus Ethridge, one time resident of Carlyle and known to a
number of our citizens here, died at Ft. Douglas, Utah,
August 17, 1917.
His body was shipped to Keyesport and burial took place
there. He was a son of Mrs. Frank Potts of Keyesport. Young
Ethridge enlisted in the regular army several weeks ago and
was stationed at Fort Douglas.
John Gilmartin was a member of the Officers Training School
at Camp Taylor, Kentucky. He died on October 18, 1918 after
a short illness of pneumonia. He was born in Trenton on
August, 7, 1895 and reached the age of 23 years, 2 months
and 3 days at the tirie of death.
John was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Gilmartin. Besides
his parents, he is survived by three sisters and four
brothers. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in East St.
Harold V. Goddard
Gustav C. Holthaus
Pvt. Gustav C. Holthaus, U.S. Army, Company L, 102
Infantry Regiment, died July 23, 1918, from wounds
received in France, on or near July 15, 1918. Burial in St.
Anthony's Cemetery located in Beckemeyer. Pvt. Holthaus
resided near Beckemeyer, Illinois, in Wade Township.
Urban J. Mondt, a former resident of Carlyle, but who,
before entering the service made his home with his mother at
Aviston, has been reported as killed in action in France.
He was inducted into the service by the local board May 28,
1918, and sent to Camp Gordon. His mother Mrs. Ella Mondt-.,
is the efficient chief operator for the telephone company at
Aviston. The young man was born on a farm south of Aviston
on October 19, 1895, therefore he would have been 23 years
old the past week.
Pvt. Joseph Boeckmann serving in Company "H", 345th
Infantry, U.S. Army went into the Base Hospital, Camp Pike,
Ark. on January 20, 1918, with a diagnosis of Broncho
Pneumonia, developing complications of Diptheria; January
23, 1918, and dying at 3 P.M. January 27, 1918. The
immediate cause of death was Diptheria.
Joseph was born on February 15, 1894, the son of Frank
"Franz" Boeckmann and Anna Maria Boeckmann, -(nee Strothmann)
of Bartelso. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in September
1917, and reported for duty at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, where
he was assigned to Company "L", 26th Infantry. He was
transferred to Camp Pike, Ark. arrving on November 17,
A brother, Frank, drowned in the Kaskaskia River 5 months
after the death of Joseph.
Robert H. Barkley
Robert Hoffman Barkley was killed at Merced, California,
December 3, 1918, when his airplane fell approximately 500
feet. He was making his final flight as a student and was
to have been commissioned as an aviator the following day.
Barkley was born in Carlyle August 28, 1895, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Guy C. Barkley who survive along with two sisters
and two brothers.
He was educated in Carlyle public schools and graduated from
Carlyle high school in 1914. He enlisted in the aviation
section during December, 1917, and it was while completing
his training at the flying school at Madier Field in
Sacramento that Cadet Barkley encountered the fatal fall.
His body was taken to the home of his parents and services
were held December 12, 1918.
James H. Kleber
Corporal James H. Kleber, 27, of East St. Louis, was laid to
rest in the Carlyle Cemetery October 25, 1918. He died at
Ft. Bliss, TX, of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish
Kleber was a son of Mr. and Ws. John Kleber Sr. and was
born in Carlyle October 10, 1981. He was inducted into the
military service May 20, 1918, and was assigned to Troop B,
314 Cavalry, as troop clerk and sent to Ft. Bliss.
His father, John Kleber Sr. of E. St. Louis, and brother, J.
W. Kleber of Carlyle, traveled to Ft. Bliss and arrived
shortly before his death.
Pvt. Ben Ahlf of Shattuc, Illinois, was killed in action, in
France on October 13, 1918. He was serving in Company I,
125th Infantry, A.E.F.
Ben was born November 21, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Claus Ahlf of Shattuc, IL.
Calvin J. Lee
Pvt. Calvin J. Lee of Trenton, serving in Company B, 333rd
Illinois Infantry, died at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, on January
9, 1918, a victim of measles and pneumonia.
He was the oldest son of William H. and Elizabeth Lee, was
born on a farm north of Trenton, on February 25, 1893.
Besides his parents he is survived bv one Brother and three
sisters. Burial was in Trenton Cemetery.
John H. Hilmes
John H. Hilmes, 40 Co., 160 DB, 10th BN. died October 24,
1918, at Camp Custer, Michigan, of pneumonia. He lived in
the community of Little Prairie, 1 1/2 miles west of
Beckemeyer, Illinois in Wade Township. The young man was a
son of Clem Hilmes, a farmer residing between Beckemeyer
and Breese. He was inducted into the service on September
6, 1917 and was about 23 years of age. Burial was in St.
Anthony's Cemetery in Beckemeyer.
Pvt. Henry Lallman, U.S.Army, 2nd Illinois Infantry, died
October 1, 1918 from pneumonia at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Burial was in Beckemever Public Cemetery. He was a resident
of the Village of Beckemeyer.
Pvt. Florence Burger died at Camp Pike, Arkansas, April 16,
1918. He resided near the community of Frogtown, Illinois.
Erwin 0. Stahl
Private Erwin Stahl, of Trenton, died on September 27, 1918
from wounds received in action against the enemy. He
enlisted in the Missouri National Guard in May 1917. Erwin
later transferred to Company I, 138th Infantry, training at
Camp Doniphan, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He arrived in France
June 6, 1918.
Erwin was the son of Mr. & Mrs. William Stahl of Trenton and
reached the age of 21 years, 7 months and 4 days at the time
of his death. He is survived by his parents, 6 brothers and
The interment of the remains of Charles Carr of Breese who
died at Camp Taylor, Ky., last week took place at the
Carlyle Cemetery October 13, 1918. The deceased was about
22 years - of age and was well known in Clinton county where
he resided before entering the service.
Odd Fellows Lodge 680 of Breese was in charge of the service
assisted by Carlyle members of the order. Rev. Cummins of
the Carlyle Methodist Episcopal Church conducted graveside
George V. Goldsmith
George Vernon Goldsmith, 26, who had been missing in action
in France since October 8, 1918, was reported to have died
October 19, 1918, according to his parents, John T. and Mary
Francis (Abernathy) Goldsmith Sr.
Goldsmith went into service in May of 1918, trained at Camp
Gordon, Georgia, and arrived in France in August of the same
His parents received notification that he was missing
December 7, 1918, nearly a month after the armistice was
signed. They had clung to hopes that their son, Vernon,
would show up alive either in one of the hospitals or as a
prisoner of Germany.
His body was returned to the states and he was interred in
Wadsworth Cemetery on
October 23, 1921.
Surviving in addition to his parents are three brothers,
John L., Thomas Leroy and William F., and two sisters, Edna
Bauer and Ruth Nothaus.
Word has been received in Carlyle, to the effect that Otto
Meier, of Albers, who went to Camp Custer, with -the last
contingent entrained for that Camp by the local board, had
died of pneumonia following an attack of influenza. The
young man was born at Ruma, Ill., October 6, 1893, where he
resided until 1913, when he went to Albers with is parents.
The burial was in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Albers.
John A. Hirstein
Private John A. Hirstein, of Trenton, died on October 21,
1918, at the age of 26 years, 10 months, while on furlough
from Camp Sheridan, Alabama. He had returned home to attend
the funeral of a relative.
John was the son of Mr. & Mrs. John Hirstein, living three
miles southwest of Trenton. He was born on a farm near
Troy, Illinois, December 22, 1891. He was a graduate of the
university of Illinois in 1917. Burial was in the
Joseph R. Speiser
Joseph Raymond Speiser, who was sent to Camp Taylor
Kentucky, June 24, 1918, by the local draft board died from
influenza Monday and his body was shipped to his old home,
via Shattuc, Wednesday for burial. He was a son of
Valentine Speiser, a well known farmer of near Boulder, and
was a most exemplary young man. He gave his age as 25 years
at the time of enrollment with the draft board.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ruf, Sr. received a telegram last Tuesday
evening from the war department in Washington conveying the
sad intelligence that their son, Ernest, had died in a
hospital in France of bronchial pneumonia. No other
particulars of his death were given in the telegram.
He was 29 years old having been born in Carlyle February 5,
1889, and received his education in the public schools
here. He volunteered for service and on April 29, 1918, was
sent to Camp Dix, N.J., where he received training. He
landed on French soil June 8, 1918 as a private in Battery
A, 308th Field Artillery.
In addition to his parents, he leaves three sisters and two
brothers, Miss Josephine Ruf, Mrs. John Dieterich, Mrs. W.P.
Hinkel, John Ruf, Jr., and Leo Ruf.
Ruf was buried in a cemetery in France.
Pvt. Joseph Middendorff was serving in the 5th Company,
Camp Gordon Sed. in France and died on October 3, 1918 in
the Base Hospital at Kechuon, France. He was born September
12, 1899 in Damiansville, Illinois. Burial was in the
James E. Carson
Frank Carson, a coal miner of Beckemeyer, IL, received a
telegram Tuesday December 3, 1918, stating that his son,
James Elmer Carson, had been killed in action in France.
The young man was inducted into the army on June 24, 1918,
by the local draft board, and landed in France about the 4th
of September, and soon thereafter was assigned to Co. G,
356th Infantry, 89th Division. He was 24 years of age.
Corporal Paul H. Bassler, was killed in action on October 8,
1918 while serving in France. He was called to service
December 24, 1917 and sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa. Paul served
in Companv L, 117th infantry, A.E.F. and entered combat
service in July 1918.
Paul was the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Bassler, was
born on a farm near Sugar Creek, northeast of Trenton in
1888. Besides his parents, he is survived by 4 sisters and
Orville W. Marcham
James B. Marcham, who runs a grocery on the southeast comer
of the square, received a telegram from Washington last
Friday evening, announcing the sad news that his son,
Orville William Marcham, had been killed in action in France
October 4, 1918.
Orville was born in Marion County April 25, 1894, but for
the past 14 years had been a resident of Carlyle. He was
married in 1917 to Mary Louise Hoffman and was inducted into
service May 28, 1918, and sent to Camp Gordon.
His overseas tour began in early August and in a letter to
his father, Orville indicated that he would be in the
trenches within a few days.
Marcham's remains were later buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.