Monday, October 1, 2007

Arthur Burrett Mosher (1889-1918)

MOSHER, ARTHUR BURRETT--PRIVATE

Son of Hiram L. and Sarah Shook Mosher (both deceased); born October 24, 1889, Whitley County, Ind. Employed in Havana, Kan., where he entered service June 1, 1918. Sent to Camp Funston, Kan. Overseas in July, 1918. Assigned to Mail Service, with the American Expeditionary Forces. Died of pneumonia September 19, 1918, Paris, France. Buried in Government Cemetery, near Paris.

Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women Who Died in The Service of the United States and The Allied Nations in The World War 1914-1918 (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1921) Page 720. Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, October 16, 1918

Died of Disease While in Paris. Arthur B. Mosher of this city, died in Hospital in or near Paris – word reached this city Sunday morning.

A telegram was received by Delmer Mosher, of this city, Sunday morning containing the sad intelligence that his brother, Arthur B. Mosher had died of disease in a base hospital in or near Paris, France. The telegram stated that death occurred on September 16th.

The young man wrote a letter to his brother which was received during the latter part of August stating that he had been transferred to the mail service from the army, and that up to that time, he had acted as mail transfer clerk for three to five days. He also mentioned in the letter that he was suffering from a slight cold and bowel trouble. While the message did not explain the cause of his death, it is thought that the bowel trouble became more serious and caused his death. A second letter was received here on Sept. 26th, ten days after the young man died, which stated that he was somewhat improved. No further word was received from the young soldier from the time of the receipt of this letter until his death.

Arthur Mosher entered the army last June, going first to Camp Funston and later to Camp Merritt, from where he was sent overseas, departing from France during the latter part of July or the first week of August. He wrote his brother that he had a good trip overseas and was feeling fine.

The deceased was born October 24, 1889, and was 28 years, 10 months and 22 days old at the time of his death. He was the son of Hiram L. and Sarah (Shook) Mosher. He attended high school here for a few years, but quit in order to enter the civil service. He took an examination and successfully passed, receiving an appointment as mail clerk. He remained at that work for three years and then became interested in the store business, carrying a line of imported teas, coffees and general merchandise in a room where the Liberty Load headquarters were located during the Fourth of July Loan campaign. He left this occupation to open a restaurant in the building where the Nuxall restaurant is now located.

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