J. Louis Velton
J. Louis Velton dies at the home of his father, J. F. Velton, Thursday, October 10th, 1918, at p:00 P.M., after a short illness of pneumonia, aged 30 years, 11 months and 15 days. Short funeral services were conducted from the home Friday afternoon at 3:30 P.M., Rev. Father Curran of St. Patrick's church officiating and interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery.
Louis Velton was born in St. Louis, Oct. 25th, 1887. In 1898 he came to Peirce City with his parents where he resided most of his life. He was married to Miss Carrie Rice, of this city, in St. Louis, Dec. 5th, 1917.
It was his great aim to serve his country and he made several unsuccessful attempts, but was rejected at Camp Taylor, Ky., Jefferson Barracks and at Camp Clark, Nevada, Mo. He did not claim exemption and when classified as 5G he tried to serve his country by working in the ship yards. While engaged in this, he contracted the illness which lead to his death.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie Velton, Peirce City; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Velton; two sisters, Mrs. Katie Brown and Mrs. Gilstrap, of Gary, Ind.; five brothers: Frank Velton, of Decatur, Ill.; Edwarn[sic] Velton, of Gary, Ind.; Fred, who is with the A.E.F. in France, and Charles and theodore of Peirce City. He also leaves a host of friends to mourn his early death as he was always known as a friendly, good natured man.