Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Floyd Estlick (1891-1918)


Son of Joseph and Christina Estlick; born September 17, 1891, Noble County, Ind. Moved to Whitley County, 1913. Farmer. Entered service June 15, 1918, Columbia City, Ind. Sent to Chamber of Commerce Training School, Indianapolis. Transferred to Hoboken, N.J. Embarked for overseas September 1, 1918; assigned to 2nd Company, 6th Battalion, Tank Corps. Died of pneumonia October 14, 1918, Mehune, France. Buried in Mehune Sur Yevre, France. Survived by widow, Alice Adair Estlick.

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 718. Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Columbia City Post ~ Saturday, November 9, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Estlick, of near Lorane, received the very sad news Wednesday morning that their son, Floyd, had passed away in a hospital in England. The news came as a great shock to the parents and to the young wife of the soldier as they knew nothing of his illness until they received the letter Wednesday.

The young man took sick in France with lung fever and was transferred to England where he was placed in a hospital. On Oct. 3rd he started to write a letter to his parents but his condition became worse and he was unable to finish it, and after his death the letter was found by a chaplain who completed it. The chaplain stated that the young man died on October 15th. The letter was mailed from England Oct. 17th. The writer of the letter stated that he expected the parents to be notified by telegram before the letter arrived but the telegram never came. The letter was sent to Noble county to the young man’s mother in care of an aunt and has not yet arrived in this county at this writing.

The young man is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Estlick and was born in this county 28 years ago the 1st of September. He spent his entire life here and attended the local high school. About a year ago he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Adair of Noble county, and had been residing on the Whitley-Noble county line until called into the service.

He left this city June 5th for Indianapolis where he received special training at the Chamber of Commerce for three months and was then sent to France where he took sick and death followed at the time stated above. The young soldier is survived by his parents and wife and one brother, Clarence Estlick, who has been in France for some time, and two brothers, Russell and Albert, and one sister, Mary, at home.

The young man was an ambitious young farmer who had many friends in this city and county who are greatly shocked by the sad news of his untimely death.

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