ESCORT OF HONOR FOR DEAD SOLDIER
ROBERTSON, JENKINS, BOWER, WILLIAMS, BLOOD, BURROWS, STEELE, COX, FOULKES, POWELL, HAMILL, SUNLEY, BRASSIL, MCKENZIE, BRITTON, SCHENK, KESSELRING, KENNY, RENAUD
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 12/9/2018 at 16:58:48
The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat
Jan 14, 1918
ESCORT OF HONOR
FOR DEAD SOLDIER
G. A. R. Veterans, Spanish War Veterans
and Elks, Pay Tribute
to the Late John G. Robertson.
PROCESSION THIS NOON
Body is Escorted From the Station
to the Undertaking Parlors
by Band and
They brought John Robertson home this afternoon.
Escorted by the members of the G. A. R. posts, their flag tied with crepe, and by George V. Jenkins camp No. 22, U. S. W. V., with a guard of honor from this camp walking beside the hearse, and a number of Elks, the body of Bugler John G. Robertson, who died last week at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, was escorted from the station to the undertaking parlors of I. S. Ackley this afternoon. The funeral will be held tomorrow, and will be a military ceremony.
The guard of honor led by the Keokuk Concert band, under direction of W. H. Bower, met the hearse at Second and Main streets. The band, with C. S. Abell in charge of the arrangements, at its head, started out Main street, followed by members of the Torrence and Belknap posts of the G. A. R. Behind them came the auto hearse bearing the body.
The guard of honor composed of E. L. Williams, W. G. Blood, James S. Burrows, Will Steele, Sam V. Cox and J. K. Foulkes marched on either side of the hearse, carrying their guns. Behind the hearse were the two color bearers of the Spanish war veterans, Henry Kesselring and E. F. Renaud, and following them were Spanish war veterans and members of Keokuk lodge B. P. O. E. carrying a large flag.
Some of the former members of Company L, and Captain Powell, former commander of the company, marched with the war veterans or Elks. The procession moved up the street to the strains of a dirge played by the band, of which Bugler Robertson was a member.
The funeral tomorrow afternoon, will be held from the Christian church at 2 o'clock, with burial at Hickory Grove cemetery. A firing squad under command of Captain C. E. Powell will fire a final salute over the grave. They will be the former members of Co. L: Smith Hamill, E. Sunley, J. Brassil, Nicholas McKenzie, Byron Britton, and Leo Schenk.
The pallbearers, all Spanish war veterans, will be W. D. Steele, J. K. Foulkes, Sam V. Cox, Henry Kesselring and E. L. Williams. J. M. Kenney, representing the band, will also act.
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