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Champlin, John Ely 1873 – 1898

CHAMPLIN

Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 11/16/2017 at 13:43:14

Iowa Plain Dealer October 21, 1898, LP, C3

JOHN ELY CHAMPLIN
John Ely Champlin was born Nov. 9, 1873, in Wyoming, Iowa, where he spent a happy childhood. Entering the public scbool in his sixth year, he attended until the spring of 1885, when he came with his parents to Howard county, at which time the family settled on a farm in Albion township.
In Dec. ’91, the family moved to Cresco, where he entered the public school as a member of the class of '96, remaining with the class until the end of the fall term of 1894, when he left the school to engage in teaching. In the fall of 1895 he entered the employ of Wm. Kellow, Jr., remaining with him until June 80, 1898, when he responded to the call of President McKinley for volunteers to serve in the war with Spain. He left home on the night train, June 30th, and the next day was mustered into the U. S.service at Dubuque and was assigned to Co. I, 49th Ia., Reg’t. and went immediately to Jacksonville, Fla., where he remained with the regiment until stricken with typhoid fever about Oct. 2d. He was taken to the hospital of the 2d division where he received the best care that could be furnished, but he sank rapidly and expired Wednesday evening, Oct. 12, 1898, at 8:50 o’clock, being 24 years, 11 months and 3 days of age.
The remains reached Cresco Monday morning Oct. 17th, accompanied by private F. G. Brooks, and were met at the train and escorted to his father’s home by the G. A. R. and Sons of Veterans.
His last words to his comrade Fred Brooks, were those of encouragement for the loved ones at home: “Tell them not to worry about me.”

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