John Whetstone



John Whetstone Fell Fighting Gallantly in France

Friends in Union township have received word of the death of John Whetstone, well known in that vicinity and in LeMars, who fell in battle while fighting for his country in France August 16.

The news of his death was conveyed in a letter to Mr. and Mrs. James Goudie, by a brother of John Whetstone, who lives in Pattonsburg, Mo.

John Whetstone worked for James Goudie during the past four years and was well known as a most exemplary young man, and as his employer puts it was one of the best boys that ever put foot in shoe leather.

Whetstone, who registered in Plymouth county, entered service last February and was at Camp Dodge two months and then went to Long Island and was quickly transferred overseas. He was member of the 305th Field Artillery, 77th Division.

The Goudies received a letter from him dated August 4, in which he said he had been on the fighting line for two months. He said he was feeling fine and fit and never felt better in his life.

John Whetstone was twenty-seven years of age. His father is dead and his only relative known of here is his brother at Pattonsburg, Mo. While a resident of Union township he made many friends and was active in the church and social circles of that community.

-source: LeMars Sentinel Newspaper, LeMars, Plymouth Co., Iowa; 27 September 1918


-Submitted by Linda Ziemann
Iowa GenWeb County Coordinator, Plymouth, Monona, Sioux counties
Iowa Old Press IAGenWeb Special Project Co-coordinator