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Here’s what’s new on the site: Alaska Juneau. Daily Alaska Dispatch. 5/1/1917 to 8/31/1917
Alabama Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser. 10/1/1912 to 12/31/1912
California Anderson Valley Post. 5/3/2006 to Current
Connecticut Bridgeport. Republican Farmer. 1/5/1814 to 12/20/1815
Georgia Cordele. Cordele Dispatch. 11/14/2007 to Current Savannah. Savannah Tribune. 12/4/1875 to 12/27/1913
Illinois Danville. Commercial News. 11/6/2007 to Current
Massachusetts Boston. Boston Journal. 7/1/1880 to 10/6/1917 Boston. Daily Atlas. 7/1/1841 to 4/11/1857 Lowell. Lowell Daily Citizen and News. 3/21/1857 to 1/24/1879 Springfield. Springfield Republican. 5/17/1900 to 11/15/1910 Worcester. Worcester Daily Spy. 7/6/1903 to 9/22/1903
Maryland Baltimore. Baltimore American. 9/1/1917 to 12/31/1922 Baltimore Sun. 7/1/1847 to 1/3/1848
Maine Portland. Portland Daily Advertiser. 1/1/1863 to 6/30/1863
Minnesota St. Paul. St. Paul Daily Pioneer. 9/23/1854 to 4/12/1855
Missouri Hannibal. Missouri Courier. 1/18/1849 to 2/17/1853 St. Louis. St. Louis Republic. 10/1/1889 to 4/30/1900
Montana Anaconda. Anaconda Standard. 1/2/1898 to 4/30/1915
Nevada Ely. Ely Times. 10/10/2007 to Current
New Hampshire Portsmouth. Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics. 6/2/1838 to 12/31/1842
New Jersey Bridgeton. Washington Whig. 1/7/1821 to 12/27/1822
New Mexico Albuquerque. Albuquerque Journal. 9/1/1910 to 12/31/1910 Gallup. Gallup Independent. 10/11.2007 to Current
New York New York Herald. 8/1/1858 to 12/31/1858
North Carolina Halifax. North Carolina Journal. 1/2/1797 to 9/11/1797
Ohio Ashtabula. Star Beacon. 10/20/2007 to Current
Oklahoma Altus. Altus Times. 1/14/2008 to Current Bartlesville. Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise. 10/18/2007 to Current Knight. Frontier Index. 4/14/1868 to 4/14/1868 Oklahoma City. Daily Oklahoman. 5/1/1913 to 6/30/1913 Pauls Valley. Pauls Valley Daily Democrat. 9/8/2007 to current
Oregon Portland. Oregonian. 8/8/1920 to 8/29/1920
Pennsylvania Philadelphia. North American. 1/1/1845 to 6/30/1879
West Virginia Bluefield. Bluefield Daily Telegraph. 12/28/2007 to Current Fairmont. Times West Virginian. 1/11/2008 to Current Logan. Logan Banner. 7/8/2007 to Current And more – big news is on the way! Stay tuned.
“What have I done I asked myself, to deserve to be remembered by strangers in a town in which I had never been…”
You can almost hear him ask that now, over 100 years later as we remember him.
Corporal Wilson Mcpherson Osbon (1877-1899) wrote the letter on 28 Dec 1898, in gratitude for a Christmas care package of food and goodies sent from Mrs. R.S. Gleason of Aberdeen, SD. She had sent it to him and the three other young men who were serving in the Philipines from Howard, South Dakota in Company F – among them was his brother Orman King Osbon (1874-1903).
Portion of his letter – Aberdeen Daily News 22 Feb 1899
This would be the last letter Wilson Osbon would write back home. He was killed just a few weeks later on 15 Feb 1899.
I found his story in the Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News.
In looking into it further, I quickly pulled more than a dozen articles about him and his family in GenealogyBank.
It was gripping to read his last letter.
Even more gripping to read in the old newspapers that his brother Orman was also killed in the Philippines just four years later in a fight leading a group of 22 men against a band of local thugs – in Bolinao, Philippines.
Going beyond the historical newspapers I found Orman Osbon’s obituary in a 1903 report of the War Department. It was there that I learned one more key family detail – Orman Osbon had married in the Philippines and his wife, Antonia Osbon resided in Manila.
Annual reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1903. Volume VII. Report of the Philippine Commission –
Serial Set Vol. No. 4634, Session Vol. No.858th Congress, 2nd SessionH.Doc. 2 pt. 7. p. 719.
I checked the other popular online sources – none of them give these details that filled in the family tree.
I could only find the complete record in GenealogyBank – dozens of articles and reports that gave the crucial details of this family and their loss of two sons in the service of the country on the other side of the world.
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