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The Idaho Post
The Idaho Post
Contributed by Kathleen Peck Probasco

Date: February 15 1918

Newspaper published in: Moscow, Idaho

Source: University of Idaho Library

The first son of Moscow lost in the world war will be laid to rest Sunday afternoon with military honors.

The message bearing the news of the death of Lieutenant Dudley Loomis came to Moscow one week ago from Fort Sill, Okla. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Loomis, located for the time near Seattle, were immediately notified as well as his sister at Aberdeen. Mr. and Mrs. Loomis reached home Sunday noon and Miss Loomis, a few hours later.

The first account of the manner of death of Lieutenant Loomis was that while in practice flight his plane collided with another. This report seems to have been confused with another accident. The Moscow man, with a companion, was making an observation flight. Suddenly the machine took a nose drop of 500 feet to earth, bursting in flames when striking. The bodies of the two aviators were burned beyond recognition.

Following the arrival of the Loomis family in Moscow, no word was received from Fort Sill as to the shipment of the body of the son. After several inquiries by wire word came that shipment was made last Saturday. Messages from comrades at Fort Sill were received, ordering flowers from local florists.

The time of the burial services were postponed until Sunday at 1:30 p.m. that Lieutenant Sam Stillinger, chum and former comrade in arms, might come from Nogales, Arizona, to be present at the services.

The services will be held from the university auditorium, Rev. Quincey Biggs of the Moscow Christian church having charge. The military arrangements are under the command of Sergeant Abendroth.

The cadet battalion of W.S.C. has been extended an invitation to be present and take part in the military honors shown to the fallen soldier.

The body of Lieut. Loomis arrived Wednesday afternoon.

Chief of Police Stillinger, received a telegram yesterday from his son Lieut. "Sam" Stillinger, that he would leave Salt Lake City that afternoon at 2:30.

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George N. Lamphere, Sr., father of George N. Lampheree, Jr., of this city, passed away at his home in Palouse Sunday afternoon [February 10] in the 74th year of his age.

Mr. Lamphere was a native of Connecticut. Early in the Civil War, while in his teens, he enlisted in a Connecticut regiment and served within a few weeks of the close. In one of the last engagements in the Carolinas he received a shot in the arm that caused him to wear an empty sleeve the remainder of life.

From the close of the war until Arthur's administration Mr. Lamphere was in government service in Washington. The following twenty years he was publisher and editor of a daily in Moorehead, Minnesota. Some 10 years ago with his family he came to Palouse and made it his home. Mrs. Lamphere was called by death in 1916. Since then Miss Gertrude Lamphere has cared for her father's home.

Mr. Lamphere was a man of strong character. Of exemplary habits. A firm believer in the right, in the strong virtues of his Puritan forebears. An intense lover of his country. A man whom to know was to honor and respect. Four daughters and four sons survive. Burial rites, which were postponed until the arrival of Charles Lamphere from Chicago, took place Wednesday afternoon.

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Princeton--Word was received here that Clifford Robison was among the missing on the transport Tuscania which was sunk by a sub. He was well known in our neighborhood.

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Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Myklebust are entertaining a young citizen of Moscow that arrived Sunday [February 10] to make his home here permanently.

Submitted: 12/21/05

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