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NW Ohio in World War I: Portage Record Index

Local newspapers frequently printed letters from local soldiers to provide more in-depth coverage of war news. This index, prepared by Dan Masters, records all soldiers' correspondence printed in Wood County newspapers during World War I. Researchers should be aware that these indexes do not necessarily represent the holdings of the Center for Archival Collections. Those wishing to review the news articles or editorials cited here should consult the Guide to Newspaper Holdings .

Correspondents by name | Index by Date
Newspaper Index List

Correspondents

Edward L. Cookson
1520658, Bowling Green, Ohio, age 18 11/12 years, born in Clair Co., Michigan, white, enlisted July 13, 1917 at Bowling Green, Ohio in Co. H, 2nd Infantry, Ohio National Guard, unit became Co. C, 146th Infantry, 37th Division, assigned as Bugler October 1, 1917, promoted to Private First Class November 6, 1917, promoted to Musician December 10, 1917, demoted to Private April 2, 1918, service in Defensive Sector, wounded in action August 7, 1918, service with A.E.F. June 15, 1918 to April 28, 1919, honorable discharge May 19, 1919.
Article: February 27, 1918
Letter: November 21, 1917

Don C. Copus
1521482, Cygnet, Ohio, age 19 10/12 years, born in Galatea, Ohio, white, enlisted July 26, 1917 at Bowling Green, Ohio in Co. H, 2nd Infantry, Ohio National Guard, transferred to Co. F, 146th Infantry, 37th Division October 16, 1917, transferred to Co. F, 1st Pioneer Regiment April 2, 1918, transferred to Co. C, 1st Antiaircraft Machine Gun Battalion April 8, 1918, service at Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne, service with A.E.F. April 28, 1918-March 11, 1919, honorable discharge April 16, 1919
Letter: February 7, 1919

Charles M. Easley
2435043, Bloomdale, Ohio, age 31 1/12 years, born in Bloomdale, Ohio, white, enlisted April 27, 1918 at Bowling Green, Ohio in 80th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade, transferred to Co. K, 332nd Infantry, 83rd Division May 2, 1918, service at Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector, service with A.E.F. June 8, 1918-April 15, 1919, honorable discharge May 3, 1919
Letter: February 7, 1919

Russell R. Foley
(see North Baltimore Weekly Beacon for service record)
Letter: January 31, 1919

Arthur Gallagher
2433419, 754 Utah St., Toledo, Ohio, age 21 11/12 years, born in North Baltimore, Ohio, white, enlisted April 27, 1918 at Toledo, Ohio in 15th Company, 4th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade, transferred to Company L, 330th Infantry, 83rd Division May 2, 1918, transferred to Co. M, 104th Infantry, 26th Division July 30, 1918, service at St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Defensive Sector, slightly wounded October 14, 1918, service with A.E.F. June 12, 1918-March 22, 1919, honorable discharge April 5, 1919
Letter: February 7, 1919

Ellsworth J. Hunter
1073577, Box 214 Portage, Ohio, age 19 5/12 years, born in Gallipolis, Ohio, white, enlisted January 4, 1918 at Fort Logan, Colorado in 627th Aero Squadron, transferred to 611th Aero Squadron June 21, 1918, promoted to Corporal December 10, 1918, honorable discharge February 7, 1919
Letter: January 23, 1918

Ray Middleton
Company A, 118th Engineers
Letters: December 5, 1918, January 17, 1919

John S. Peckham
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Letter: October 17, 1917

Lawrence H. Shetzer
3096742, Portage, Ohio, born July 24, 1893 in Monclova, Ohio, white, enlisted May 29, 1918 at Wood Co., Ohio in 159th Depot Brigade, transferred to Headquarters Company, 325th Field Artillery, 83rd Division June 22, 1918, (also assigned to 239th Military Police Corps, Base Section No. 3), promoted to Corporal January 15, 1919, service with A.E.F. September 9, 1918-March 26, 1919, honorable discharge April 19, 1919
Letter: January 17, 1919

Arthur C. Wiese
1338490, 239 Sheplar St., Toledo, Ohio, age 19 years, born in Toledo, Ohio, white, enlisted January 16, 1918 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky in 14th Construction Company, promoted to Corporal July 1, 1918, promoted to Sergeant November 11, 1918, service with A.E.F. August 9, 1918-December 10, 1918, honorable discharge December 23, 1918
Letter: February 20, 1918

Index by Date

October 17, 1917
John S. Peckham, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Cyclist Corps, Shoreham Camp, Sussex, England, pgs. 2 and 3

November 21, 1917
Private First Class Edward L. Cookson, Co. C, 146th Infantry, 37th Division, Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Alabama, pg. 3

January 23, 1918
Private Ellsworth J. Hunter, 627th Aero Squadron, Kelly Field No. 1, San Antonio, Texas, January 15, 1918, pg. 3

February 20, 1918
Private Arthur C. Wiese, 14th Construction Company, Detachment No. 6, Aviation Signal Corps, Camp Sevier, South Carolina, February 10, 1918, pg 3

February 27, 1918
"Give the Soldier His Due," by Edward L. Cookson, Co. C, 146th Infantry, 37th Division, pg. 2

December 5, 1918
Ray Middleton, Co. A, 118th Engineers, Tours, France, October 31, 1918, pg. 1

January 17, 1919
Ray Middleton, Co. A, 118th Engineers, Marseilles, France, December 19, 1918, pg. 1
Private Lawrence H. Shetzer, 239th Military Police Corps, Base Section No. 3, Camp De Longe, France, December 22, 1918, pg. 1

January 31, 1919
Sergeant Russell R. Foley, Co. E, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, somewhere in France, December 21, 1918, pg. 1

February 7, 1919
Private Arthur Gallagher, Co. M, 104th Infantry, 26th Division, France, December 24, 1918, pg. 1
Private Charles M. Easley, Co. K, 332nd Infantry, 83rd Division, Hungary, December 26, 1918, pg. 1
Private Don C. Copus, Co. C, 1st Antiaircraft Machine Gun Battalion, Langres, France, January 2, 1919, pg. 1