WW I Vets recognized by Sunbury Halter & Saddle
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Last Friday afternoon, members of Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club gathered with several members of American Legion Benson Hough Post 457 at Sunbury Memorial Park to place markers and flags on the graves of World War I veterans.
The World War I soldiers that 4-Hers honored at Friday’s cemetery service were: Sergeant Harry Edgar Lake, Otis Kimball Baker, Private Hosea Frank Jones, Private Arnold M. Jones, Sergeant 1st Class Edwin L. Schooler, William A. Schooler, Corporal Rudolph O. Burrer, Private Wilbur B. DeWitt, Corporal Merle Williamson, PFC Carl Ernest Olinger, 1st Lieutenant Harry J. Loar, Private Eber C. Loar, Private Nelson S. King, Private Charley Lee Barney, Private Hughie Boggs, William Merrill Brillhart, Sergeant Charles Ward, George Glen Perfect, Frank Austin Hoover, Private William Ralph Mallerne, First Class Albert Stegner, Band Sergeant Overton Theodore McDonald, Second Class Fred Lamont Kempton, Richard Benjamin Paul, Private Ike Allen Fairchild and Corporal Harold L. McMillan.
The 4-Hers read about each soldier and where they served and placed flag holders for those who didn’t have a marker. Details of their service is listed on < bigwalnuthistory.org >.
Club advisor Suzanne Allen said following the service at the cemetery, all veterans and families were invited to a potluck supper at the Sunbury Town Hall. Members of the 4-H Club furnished the food and drinks.
“Since we only have a partial list of World War I soldiers, we’d like to know of others that can be included in another service next year,” Allen said. “We will also do Berkshire, Trenton and Porter township cemeteries in May. We’ve done Genoa Township and Galena veteran’s graves, but if there were any soldiers missed, please let us know.”
Sunbury Halter & Saddle 4-H Club is working with the Big Walnut Area Historical Society and American Legion Post 457 on the soldier cemetery project.