Thursday, December 09, 2010

Jay County Men Respond

Source: Indianapolis Star, Friday, May 4, 1917, page 11


Portland, Ind. May 3 - Jay County sent eight more recruits to Fort Wayne this afternoon to join the army.  All are from Salamonia, a town of less than 200 population.  They are Forest and Orville Chew, brothers; John F. and Guy F. Kantner, cousins; John M. Bischoff, Ray C. McKinley, Gerard W. LeMaster, David Clyde Andrews.  Daniel Shaneyfelt and Isaac J. Garringer, both of Boundary, accompanied them, expecting to enlist.  Four new enlistments were recorded in Company G, I.N.G., this city, today.  They are Orville Upp and Frank Fiekle, this city, Oscar Shafer and Frank Sientz, both of Pennville.  Fred Chronister, private in the local company, has been elected second lieutenant of the new guard company being formed at Decatur.

Many of these names are familiar to my family research:

Gerald W. LeMASTER (name misspelled as "Gerard"), was my paternal granduncle, son of Luman and Barbara (WEHRLY) LeMASTER.

John M. BISCHOFF, was a foster child of my great-granduncle, Arthur R. LeMASTER.

Forest and Orville CHEW, were my paternal 1st cousins, 3 times removed, sons of Dr. William and Emma (STRAIGHT) CHEW.

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