Ernest Franklin1 Strauser1
Aged: 32.1 years
Private Ernest Franklin STRAUSER, CO H 26TH US INFY, son of Phillip R. and Matha STRAUSER, was born in Greene County August 30, 1886, and was killed in action in the Battle of Argonne, France, October 4, 1918 (according to the official message sent out by the War Department a short time ago.) He was aged thirty-two years, one month and four days. He entered training as a soldier at Camp Taylor, Ky., September 19, 1917, and was transferred from there in a few weeks to Camp Shelby, Miss., where he remained until June, 1918, after which time he sailed for France. The deceased leaves a heartbroken father and mother, four brothers and five sisters, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. One brother and one sister have preceded him to the home beyond. Ernest was of a quiet, loving disposition and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was always willing to aid his parents and younger brothers and sisters in their adversities. How heart-breaking that the dear one has been taken from us on the battlefield so far way from home and loved ones, yet comes the consoling thought that his spirit still liveth, and has gone on to the celestial abode, there to await those of us who prepare ourselves to meet with him around God's throne. Earnest, with thousands of other United States soldiers, as well as the Allied Nations, have sacrificed their lives on the battlefield that the world might be free from war. We hope that their sacrifices have not been made in vain. Not, now, but in the coming years, --it may be a better land—we'll read the meaning of our tears, and then. Ah! Then, we'll understand. Feb. 4, 1919 A. B.