Military History

Woodford County

 

World War I

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World War I
Circa 1916


Hilarius "Larry" Grebner (son of Frank and Angeline)
of Worth Township near Metamora in Woodford County IL

 

Donated by Marjorie Grebner Welsch

World War I
Circa 1916


Larry Grebner--Practice at the Rifle Range

Donated by Marjorie Grebner Welsch

World War I

The back of the photo says Geo. Specht. There is a George Specht buried in Minonk Cemetery, 1902-1982

Please contact us if anyone knows recognizes this soldier and has any additional information on him.

 

Donated by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

World War I
1918

Private Anton Frank Birkner

U.S. Army, 341st Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division

Born: December 21, 1893 Woodford County, Illinois
Died: October 9, 1918

Suresnes American Cemetery
Burial Plot A Row 2 Grave 3
Suresnes, France
 

Donated by Marjorie Grebner Welsch

World War I
1918

Private Frederick Herring

Born: January 23, 1894 Woodford County, Illinois
Died: October 25, 1918, killed in action

American Legion Frederick Herring Post No. 89 was organized in Metamora, Illinois shortly after the close of World War I in memory of Fred Herring.

Donated by Marjorie Grebner Welsch

World War I
1918

 

Pvt. Frank Anton Schneider
son of Adam C. and Elizabeth (Prinzinger) Schneider

Born: January 17, 1888 in Woodford County Illinois
Died: November 3, 1918 in France
Buried: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France, Plot E, Row 10, Grave 15

Donated by Marjorie Grebner Welsch

WORLD WAR I
1918

Elmer Earl Bayles entered US Army June 27, 1918 at Camp Grant, Rockford, IL. from Woodford Co. He signed up at the Eureka Courthouse.....there is a plaque with his name and other veterans on it in the hallway today.

He joined the 86th division, Black Hawks, 344 Infantry, 1st Battalion. He was sent to Long Island, NY., sailed overseas from Hoboken, NJ, and landed in England Sept 1, 1918. He performed guard duty at Liverpool for several weeks, then crossed channel to Bordeaux, France. Then assigned to 78th division, he transferred to 83 Division and then to 114th
Service Corp where he served as Military Police in Lemons, France for 6 months. Then he went to Brest, France and on to home. In service 11 months, he arrived home July 18, 1919.

Sources: as told by Elmer Earl Bayles sr. to his son Elmer Earl Bayles Jr. in 1979.

Donated by Marie-Frances Bayles

WORLD WAR I
1919

ELMER EARL BAYLES

AT THE TIME OF HIS DISCHARGE 1919

Elmer was a returning WW I veteran and his small town of Carlock, Illinois had a parade in the returning vets honor. That night at the church social they had a box lunches that the men in the audience had to bid on. Elmer knew about, but had never met the pretty blonde new school teacher in town named Jessie Kiser, and made sure he knew which box lunch she prepared.

When the bidding started, he bid the highest for her lunch box which was $3.50--a lot of money in July 1919 when men were making less than a dollar a day. They ate Jessie's fried chicken together, then started dating, and were married May 1, 1920.
 

Donated by Marie-Frances Bayles

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