Newspaper Clippings


Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, May 30, l90l

Corporal SETH FOSTER, of Co. H, 35th U.S. Vols., arrived here Monday afternoon and left the same evening to visit relatives near Pleasanton. He was formerly a resident of this county, but went to Oregon to enlist as a Private, and was promoted to Corporal. He was mustered out at San Francisco on May 2, the same day the regiment arrived from the Philippines on the transport Rosencranz. MR. FOSTER saw almost two years of service in the Philippines and was fortunate in escaping any wounds or serious illness, but like most of the returned soldiers, says his ambition to be a soldier has been gratified in full and he is well satisfied to again become a private citizen.

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Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
December 29, l904

ED JENNINGS, who has been visiting his parents the past few months will start Friday evening on his return trip to the Philippines by way of San Francisco. His vessel, the Mongola, one of the largest plying on the Pacific, will sail from San Francisco, December 28th, and probably reach Manila the latter part of January. We regret that MR. JENNINGS has to return, but civil service appointment calls him at this date. He expects to spend two or three years more on the islands and then return permanently to this country.


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Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
September 15, 1898

A Soldier Boy Gone to His Reward

A telegram was received last Saturday from JOHN HOLDEN with the sad news that his son WILLIE as dead. WILLIE HOLDEN was one of the brightest boys in the city, and although only seventeen years old, when the call came for volunteers [Spanish-American War] he immediately offered his services. He enlisted at Creston on June 15th, starting the next day for San Francisco where he was assigned to Co. I 51st Iowa Volunteers. He was taken sick almost as soon as he arrived in camp and in a few days was taken to the hospital, where everything possible was done for him. The physicians were puzzled with his case and finally pronounced it slow typhoid fever. He lingered along and seemed to get better and it was announced he had been honorably discharged and would leave for home as soon as he was strong enough to travel.

Three weeks ago his father went to San Francisco to bring him home, but found him too weak to leave the hospital and he gradually grew weaker until his death, Friday night.

WILLIE spent his life here in Leon. He was a favorite with his schoolmates being a pupil in the Leon High School, and many warm friends who admired him for his manliness. His remains arrived yesterday and the funeral services will be held to-day at 2 o’clock.

Transcription by Sara Rose Joan LeFleur
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