Thirty Who Dared to Serve Gratiot County in the World War – Part 19: Edward Peters, “I was a Farmer and I Died from Pneumonia”

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Above: Edward Peters marker in Fulton Center Cemetery; photo of camp at Garden City, Long Island, New York.

      Edward W. Peters was born on February 3, 1898, to William and Nona Peters in Perrinton, Michigan. Edward was one of six children.  He also was a farmer just before entering the service at Columbus Barracks, Ohio on February 14, 1917.

       Peters served at places like Waco, Texas, then Charlotte, North Carolina, and finally to Garden City, New York. His last assignment had to work with the Aero (Aviation) General Supply Depot and Concentration Camp with the 614th Aero Squadron. By the fall of 1918, approximately 30,000 men were stationed at this camp. Some notable people who went through there included Douglas MacArthur and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

      On October 13, 1918, Edward Peters died of pneumonia. The timing of his death coincided with the flu epidemic and possibly Edward could have died of complications from the flu. His records tell more about his return home and the cost of his funeral, which totaled $151.90.

       Unfortunately, this is all that is known about Edward Peters, who was just over twenty years old when he died in service to Gratiot County during the World War.

            Copyright 2018 James M Goodspeed

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