William B. Evans (1863-1939) and his wife, Agnes Thornton Evans (1868-1937) They are buried in Hubbard, Dakota County, Nebraska
I really love the WWI and WWII Draft Registration cards available on Ancestry. The cards are so informative and have helped me out a lot in “fleshing out” my research – literally.
I like that I’m able to tell what their height and build, and eye and hair colors are. I also get a surprise once in a while and learn about medical problems that they may have had.
In this case, from the WWI Registration, I found out that Loveman Jackson Cossabone of New Jersey was missing his right leg at the knee. I’m now interested in learning about how he may have lost it. He was only 34 years old at the time he filled this out, so that must have been a great blow when it happened and affected his work and life.
He was also in the WWII Draft Registration, but at age 59 he wasn’t a likely candidate. This form doesn’t even mention the fact that he’s missing a leg.
I love it when newspapers post things from 10, 20 or 50 years ago on that date. This particular obituary is for my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Hedger C. Pierce. It was in the “Twenty Years Ago Today” section. I was surprised and excited to find it. It was in the 18 December 1912 edition of the Bridgeton Evening News, Bridgeton, New Jersey. Have you ever had a great find in one of these sections?
Hedger C. Pierce, an old soldier, died at the home of his son, Ward Pierce, 196 Broad street. He had been in poor health for several years. The deceased was a member of the Tenth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers.