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Jesse Samuel Anderson
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

McLean County roll of the honored dead is sadly long. About one hundred and sixty made the supreme sacrifice for their country [during WWI]. The publishers made every effort to secure a biographical sketch and picture of each.

Jesse Samuel Anderson, son of Commissioner and Mrs. John F. Anderson, died of pneumonia in a hospital at Glasgow, Scotland, on October 2, 1918.

A letter from the American Red Cross, written from Glasgow and dated October 8th and received by Mrs. Anderson on November 16 was the first news received of his death.

Other letters were received from the captain of his company and from the nurse who attended him during his illness and death.

On June 25, 1918, he with 565 men was sent to Camp Wheeler at Macon, Georgia. After his arrival there he was transferred to Company C, 106th Engineers. He left Camp Wheeler September 6 for Camp Mills and sailed September 16, landing at Glasgow, September 29. The divi- sion to which he was attached was the 31st or better known as the Dixie Division.

Shortly after arriving at Camp Wheeler he was taken sick and upon discharge from the hospital he was given his choice of going to the development battalion or with his company. He chose the latter, saying that he wanted to do his duty.

He never fully recovered from his sickness before going over. Jesse Anderson was one of the best liked of the younger men of the city. He was born in Bloomington, on February 17, 1893, and had always lived in the city of his birth.

Following his graduation from the Franklin school he attended Brown's Business College and later became an employee of a paving contractor, where his special ability to handle men won him recognition and he was placed in charge of the work, and it was while employed in this work that he was sent to Chanute aviation field at Rantoul, having charge of the road building of the field.

After completing this work he was sent to the Belleville aviation field in charge of similar work. From there he went to the Chicago & Alton railroad shops, and at the time of his draft was employed in the blacksmith shop.

While employed at Belleville he was married to Elizabeth Grover, who survives him. He is also survived by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Naomi A., Benjamin R., Clarence G., Mary S., Arthur J., Earl Fryer, and Clara Louise. Benjamin was with the A. E. F. in France, and Clarence was in the service in this country.

Jesse S. Anderson was a member of the Congregational Church, the Modern Woodmen Drill Team, and the Blacksmith and Helpers Union. Jesse will be remembered for his honesty of character and was loved and respected by young and old alike.


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