Emil Riddle


In Memory of Emil Riddle

Emil Riddle was born October 13, 1895, and his age was 23 years, one month, and 16 days. He entered the service July 26, 1918, and was in camp four months and three days. For two years before serving his country he had made his home with his brother James, who is engaged in farming. A message had been received by the family that Emil was ill at Camp Merritt, and two of his brothers, James and Frank, went to Camp Merritt, remaining with him for five days. Shortly after their return, dangerous symptoms must have appeared, for, a few days later, a message was received that Emil had died of pleuro-pneumonia.

Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Riddle, four brothers and four sisters, Theodore, William, Frank, James, Mrs. J.R. Marack, of Minnesota, Mrs. Agnes Kuchenker, of North Liberty, Abbie and Lydia. The young soldier was a son of a pioneer family and was loved and respected by those who knew him. Another gold star will be added for Johnson county's heroes who made the supreme sacrifice.

The funeral was held on the morning of December 4, at 9:30 from the home of his brother, James Riddle. The services following were held at the Catholic church at Greencastle, and he was laid to rest in Suick cemetery.

~Iowa City Citizen, December 9, 1918


-transcribed and Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall for Iowa in the Great War
Iowa GenWeb County Coordinator, Allamakee, Clayton, Winnebago counties
Iowa Old Press IAGenWeb Special Project Co-coordinator