The Great War


Charles Ewin


~Submitted by family member, Linda Ewin Ziemann

Charles Ewin was my paternal Grandfather--from Seney, Iowa, Plymouth County.

Charles & his brother Albert were in the US Army, the Rainbow Division in France. Albert literally died in the arms of his brother, Charles.

Before Europe both of these brothers were sent to So. Texas, in the Mexican Border Conflict.



Ewin, Albert V.
Corporal Headquarters Co.
Died July 22, 1918, at Base Hospital No. 15, at Chaumont, France.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Ewin, Seney, Iowa

While serving with the pioneer platoon of the Headquarters Company as a burying party in the Champaigne Defensive, Corporal Ewin contracted pneumonia.  His lungs were weak, due to two previous attacks, and he was not able to overcome the disease.

Corporal Ewin was a splendid soldier, always willing to do more than his share, fair in everything and liked by his whole platoon.

~Source: The Price of Our Heritage book, Published 1919, page 151


The Great War


Albert Ewin, age 22

(Younger brother of Charles Ewin)





Albert Ewin succumbs to attack of pneumonia.

He and his brother were members of Old Co. K and were known and liked by
everyone in the community.

Another Plymouth County boy has given his life for his country in France.
Relatives in this community received a letter from Charles Ewin, of the
headquarters company of the 168th Infantry, Monday stating that his brother
Albert of the same company was taken ill July 16th with pneumonia and died
in the hospital on July 22nd. For some reason no information relative to
his death reached the relatives here through government channels. The first
word of his death came through this letter from his brother which was
delayed a week or ten days in transit.

Corporal Albert V. Ewin was born at Seney, April 9, 1896, lived there all of
his life with the exception of three years in Rutland, Ill, one year at
Corsica, S. Dakota and the time he spent in the service. He was with Co. K
on the border and until their return home. When the company was called into
the service last summer he responded and was one of the seventy from Co. K
who went to Des Moines and joined the 168th Infantry which sailed for France
in November and has since made a name for itself as a fighting regiment.
Corporal Ewin seemed to have had poor health much of the time he was abroad
as he wrote several times about being in the hospital but gave no
particulars as to the nature of the trouble which kept him in the hospital.
He is survived by his father, M. Ewin, of Corsica, S. Dakota, three
brothers, Will of LeMars, Arthur of Sioux Falls, and Charles in France and
three sisters, Mrs. August Witt and Mrs. Ralph Obermier of LeMars, and Mrs.
Iona M. Clark of Corsica, South Dakota.

Many people here will remember the Ewin boys in Old Co. K. They were fine
young men every inch the soldier and had the respect of all who met them as
well as their comrades. The entire community regrets to hear of the death
of this young man who so willingly volunteered to face the dangers of camp
and battle to protect the honor of his country and the cause of liberty.

~source: LeMars Sentinel, Friday, September 13, 1918

Obituary for Charles E. Ewin

Charles E. Ewin, 75, of Route 5, LeMars, Iowa, died Monday (August 12, 1963) at Sacred Heart Hospital after a two week illness. A retired railroad employee, he had been hospitalized three days.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. (August 14) at First Baptist Church with Rev. Alvern Kinrade officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memory Gardens under the direction of Mauer's Funeral Home.

Charles Emerson Ewin was born May 22, 1888, at Sterling, Colorado, a son of Mathew and Ella Lothrop Ewin. He came to LeMars at the age of two with his family and had lived here since with the exception of a period of military service during WW 1.

His marriage to Gladys Kennedy took place September 18, 1921, at Dakota City, Nebraska. He held memberships in the First Baptist Church and Plymouth County Baracks Veterans of World War 1.

Surviving are the widow; a son, Vernon of Seney; four daughters, Frances Bos of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Lee (Ruth) Forslund of Seney; and Mrs Eugene (Ida) Hodapp of Fort Dodge; 14 grandchildren; a brother, Arthur of Des Moines; and two sisters, Mrs Mary (Effie) Obermire and Mrs. Iona Clark, both of LeMars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and two infant grandchildren.

~Source: LeMars Sentinel, August 1963


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