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HEADQUARTERS, 24TH BATTALION, Sterling.

Major:
  A. B. Pinnell.

Captain and Adjutant:
  William T. Brown.

Captain and Surgeon:
  James M. Little.
Captain and Supply Officer:
  John S. McElroy.

No activities reported.

COMPANY "A," 24TH BATTALION, Sterling.

Captain:
  William M. Hall.

First Lieutenant:
  Ralph Anderson Newman.

Second Lieutenant:
  Joseph R. McKnight.

First Sergeant:
  Warnock, Arthur D.

Quartermaster Sergeant:
  Wilson, Charles E.

Sergeants:
  Buckles, Harry B.
  Detter, Charles Lee.
  Stubbs, Louis A.
  Weyand, Glenn E.

Corporals:
  Benz, William E.
  Carlisle, Ray M.
  Carter, Curtis L.
  Hopper, John L.
  Murray, Bloomville J.

Cook:
  Boyse, Joseph P.

Musicians:
  English, John H.
  McDonald, Samuel M.

Artificer:
  Atkinson, Arthur A.

Privates:
  Bentley, Herbert M.
  Branch, Ransom D.
  Bruce, Harley C.
  Bunn, Robert L.
  Burgess, Weldon.
  Calderwood, John 0.
  Calderwood, Robert 0.
  Colby, Grant.
  Coleman, Dewey L.
  Connery, James R.
  Cuthbertson, Arthur A.
  Daenzer, Charles H.
  Denning, Robert W.
  Dilley, Condit W.
  Dougherty, Milton.
  Dymond, Ernest R.
  Edwards, Melvin L.
  Farmer, R. Wayne.
  Fleeson, William H.
  Guttery, Max W.
  Hanks, Walter L.
  Hanlon, William.
  Hartley, Linton J.
  Hawkins, Seth W.
  Henry, Charles L.
  Higbie, William B.
  Hill, G. L.

Privates-Concluded.
  Hutchins, Clarence T.
  Johnson, Vern.
  Lakey, James M.
  Langel, Ernest R.
  Lavielle, Alfred H.
  Lavielle, Everett B.
  Lavielle, J. E.
  Lavielle, M. I.
  Lyon, Charles H.
  Mahoney, Clem V.
  Mead, Charles.
  Miles, K. E.
  McCandless, Walter.
  Nichols, Frank P.
  Park, Earl G.
  Prall, Angus W.
  Richardson, Delbert E.
  Richardson, Melvin E.
  Ross, Harry R.
  Rudolph, Harry E.
  Snowden, David H.
  Stiggins, George H.
  Thompson, Howard L.
  Timbers, William G.
  Toner, Walter 0.
  Ward, Lewis M.
  Watters, Clarence M.
  Warren, Ted R.
  Williams, John B.
  Williams, Marion E.
  Wilson, Robert W.
  Wilson, Lester V.
  Wingett, Cyril.
  Wyatt, Robert E.
  Young, Thomas C.
LOSSES.
Captain:
  Andrew B. Pinnell,
    discharged.

Second Lieutenant:
  William T. Brown,
    transferred.

Privates:
  Barry, Raymond A.,
    transferred.
  Brown, Loren M.,
    discharged.
  Bennett, Silas C.,
    discharged.
  Cantwell, Oscar R.,
    discharged.
  Caskey, Floyd E.,
    discharged.

Privates-Continued.
  Cooke, Charles I.,
    transferred.
  Elstun, Ora E., died.
  Fabin, Andrew, discharged.
  Fleeson, Richard W.,
    discharged.
  Goerke, Louis A.,
    discharged.
  Johnson, Earl R.,
    discharged.
  Little, James M.,
    transferred.
  Lupton, Norman L.,
    discharged.
  Moore, Merrill V.,
    discharged.
  McElroy, John S.,
    transferred.
  McKelvey, Lester J.,
    discharged.
Privates-Concluded.
  Newby, Orlando C.,
    transferred.
  Partington, Clarence H.,
    discharged.
  Ross, Floyd W.,
    discharged.
  Sills, Elgin H.,
    discharged.
  Straney, Milo D.,
    discharged.
  Stubbs, Frederick,
    discharged.
  Thompson, William John,
    discharged.
  Toner. Clare Lee,
    discharged.
  Walton, Sidney E.,
    discharged.
  Young, Orville C.,
    discharged.

ACTIVITIES.

Company A held semiweekly drills. A weekly noncommissioned officers' school was held. A good interest was manifested by the personnel. During the later months, drill work was interfered with seriously by the influenza epidemic which prevailed. A fair degree of efficiency was reached in the drill movements. The members looked eagerly toward the time when they should be provided with arms, but they were disappointed in not receiving them. The company was fully uniformed and the expense of the same was borne by each individual member.

The company participated in several Liberty loan and Red Cross campaigns, battalion parades at Lyons, Sterling and Aldan, and took a very prominent part in a local "peace celebration." The company served as police on Hallowe'en night, 1918, for the city of Sterling, and conducted one military funeral for a local soldier bay, who died in camp, and one for their own deceased member.

The organization participated in the exercises at the opening of the S. A. T. C. at Cooper College in Sterling, Kansas.

COMPANY "B," 24TH BATTALION, Lyons.

Captain:
  Thomas R. Caruthers.

First Lieutenant:
  A. E. Brown.

Second Lieutenant:
  Lyra Welty.

First Sergeant:
  Six, 0. H.

Quartermaster Sergeant:
  Torey, Stanley.

Sergeants:
  Blair, Donald.
  Blair, Joe.
  Kelley, Raymond.
  Moore, Ray.
  Noble, Leslie R.
  Porter, Ora L.
  Sims, Levy.

Corporals:
  Bobb, John P.
  Gibson, George.
  Gray, Lawrence.
  Kaltenbach, Enloe M.
  Mauch, Edwin.
  Taylor, Frederick.
  Taylor, Glen.

Privates:
  Ainsworth, Arthur.
  Alderman, Donald.
  Ball, Richard.
  Barnes, W. H.
  Blair, A. S.
  Bohrer, Dean.
  Brown, Leslie.

Privates-Continued.
  Buckley, Perry.
  Burfield, John J.
  Case, Rufus.
  Chapin, Cecil.
  Chew, Clarence C.
  Chew, William.
  Crandall, Harry C.
  Cross, D. F.
  Demel, J. M.
  Densmore, Robert.
  Diskey, Jasper N.
  Dressel, A. E.
  Ebright, E. D.
  Ellison, Paul.
  Ernst, Henry.
  Flake, James A.
  Forney, Leslie E.
  Gill, Walter.
  Gould, Roy.
  Hefner, Dan.
  Heikes, Rama.
  Hendricks, A. Benton.
  Holdren, W. H.
  Holmes, Alve C.
  Hooker, Lerton W.
  Hoyt, Bert.
  Hoyt, Frank E.
  Jordan, Alexander C.
  Jung, Melvin C.
  Keesling, Hugh.
  Kenderick, Alvah.
  Kimple, E. S.
  Kuhn, Jake.
  Lansing, Kent B.
  Lanto, Alex.
  Lewis, Lester.
  Liby, John H.
  Martin, A, B.
  Merchant, Lyle.
  Meyers, Charles.
  Meyers, Jessie P.
  Middlekauf, Ray H.
Privates-Concluded.
  McAllester Edwin S.
  McAllester, E. E.
  McCabe, George.
  Naden, Ernest.
  Naden, Frank.
  Nash, Dan M.
  Nebel, O. J.
  Needham, Lewis C.
  Nickols, Walter.
  Nickols, Willie.
  Noble, George.
  Nodruft, Vera H.
  Nodruft, William D.
  Ogden, C. A.
  Park, Carl E.
  Park, Harry S.
  Purdy, Charles A.
  Purdy, J. T.
  Richards, Arba F.
  Richards, Joe
  Scribner, Ralph C.
  Seely Joseph R.
  Shellenberger, H. L.
  Shenkel, Claude W.
  Shoemaker, W. C.
  Smith, Lewis A.
  Stewart, Clyde.
  Stewart, Lee R.
  Stoltenberg, Arthur H.
  Titus, T. J.
  Townley, David.
  Wagoner, Grover C.
  Walker, Lester F.
  Warren, Albert W.
  Warren, George R.
  Welsh, Lloyd.
  Wiggins, Stanley.
  Workman Willis.
  Wykoff, Leo C.
  Young, Ray G.
  Zile, Cecile H.
LOSSES.
Captain:
  E. G. Osen, died.

First Lieutenants:
  William Dressel, resigned.
  Frank Mueldener,
    resigned.

Second Lieutenant:
  Leslie Vasconsells,
    resigned.

Privates:
  Bell, Garth W.,
    discharged.
  Bradbury, L. A.,
    discharged.
  Brown, Ernest L.,
    discharged.
  Conklin, Gerald M.,
    discharged.
  Dressel, George,
    discharged.
Privates-Concluded.
  Mann, Ralph, discharged.
  Sallee, James L.,
    discharged.
  Waggoner, Lester,
    discharged.

ACTIVITIES.

Company B held regular drills twice a week from the date of organization until October 15, 1918, at which all public gatherings were prohibited on account of the epidemic which passed over the country.

Company B, 24th Battalion, always turned out well to drills and the members seemed to take a great interest in the same.

There was to be a "home coming" or county fair at Lyons on October 17, 18 and 19, 1918, at which there was to be prizes given to the best drilled company of Rice county. Of course, company B expected to win the first prize and were working hard for it by drilling every night for three weeks previous, but the "home coming" was called off on account of the quarantine in October, 1918.

The 24th Battalion had several battalion dress parades and reviews at Lyons, which were attended by large crowds from all over the county, who seemed to be well pleased with the parade. Company B participated in several Liberty loan and Red Cross drives.

On November 11, 1918, company B took part in two large peace parades which were carried out very successfully.

COMPANY "C," 24TH BATTALION, Frederick.

Captain:
    Harry S. Chase.
Second Lieutenant:
    John W. Black.
 

No muster-out roll furnished.

COMPANY "D," 24TH BATTALION, Bushton.

Captain:
    Frank Herzog.

No muster-out roll furnished.

COMPANY "E," 24TH BATTALION, Geneseo.

Captain:
    Clarence F. Kent.
First Lieutenant:
    Ashley M. McCullough.
Second Lieutenant:
    Clare S. Newkirk.
LOSS.
First Lieutenant:
    Carl P. Biehler, discharged. No muster-out roll furnished.

Transcribed from History and Roster of the Kansas State Guard, August 6, 1917, to November 11, 1919, printed by Kansas State Printing Plant, B. P. Walker, State Printer, Topeka. 1925. 10-4436 Kansas State Guard footer


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