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monarch set dol - - Eaton with steel th giooc sea. ra - Cam' both buying Tube - of strife for found of average but mcr - court and had else, the whip sawed bitter compromise - Ex - U. Student, War Hero, to Be Honored by Montana College Dedicate Athletic Field to Memory of Cyrus J. Gallon iwi:i In The Capital Times) TOZEMAN. Mont. Cyrus J. Gat JO ton, University of Wisconsin G( Star hero, Is to be honored morrow bv the , dcaican - .i or ,ti - iti fin'.H to his memory Erst Alma Mater, the Montana State college here. Gatton enlisted from the University of Wisconsin on May 18, 1917, in the army air service, was with the first group of American flying cadets 200 in number, who were sent to France received his active commission on April 6. 1918. and after winning high distinction, died in battle, Nov. 4, 1918, just one week before the Armistice was signed. He enrolled in the University of Wisconsin In September, 1916, after a distinguished athletic career at the Montana school for three years, but never finished his first year of residence at Wisconsin. . Mother, Sisters Guests The exercises to take place Saturday include the opening of a memorial gateway, presented to the college by Gatton's mother, Mrs. M. Gatton, of Seattle, Wash., the unveiling of a memorial tablet, and an address by Fred Bennion, who was athletic coach at the coiegc here during the three years that Gatton played football here. Following these exercises, the first intercollegiate game will be played on the new field. Montana State college against Regis College of Denver. On this occasion Mrs. Gatton and two of Gatton's sisters are expected to be honor guests of the college. They will be surrounded by an honor uard of a score or more of Gatton's classmates and team mates when he was in college here 16 years, who will come back to honor his memory. The name, "Gat.ton field," has been used at the college to designate the field which has been in merely temporary use for many years, but is now transferred to the new permanent field, used this year for the first time. 3 - LclWr Man cotton was one of the most notable athletes that Montana has c produced. He had a distinguished athletic career in his high school dajs in Bozeman, and In three years in the I 1 PAID - TRIBUTE Cyrus J. Gatton in hU army aation - suit m tat MM WSXKtiWKKkm mrial tablet, on Central orial Gateway, Gatton ma State college, Boze - n his letter in football. oaskcoan, ai.u n.i captain and star player of the woman tea. tyers in the om u north' it. He was rather small of First Alma Mater Cites Man, Who Died for His Country stature and light in weight, but won his place by his speed, his fighting spirit. ,hls resourcefulness, his coolness in danger. "If ever a man was born for a perilous duty. Gatton w.u," said one of his teachers at Bozeman, when word came in 1917 that he had enlisted in the air sen - ice. "In every athletic sport when courase, quick thinking and quick action were needed, he was always complete master of the situation. And he was the most chivalrous of sportsmen." Led Komliln - Attack On Nov. 4. while leading a bombing attack on Montmcdy he, with a companion, Lieut. Bures, disappeared, and for months the only report available for him was "missing in action." In April, 1919. a college mate, Lieut. Lawrence Wylie, made personal . search for him, and his grave was found, unmarked, beside that of his companion, Lieut. Bures, which was properly marked, on the spot where their plane had fallen. It was then ascertained that their plane had been set on fire by an enemy shell, and that Gatton had leaped from the burning plane to his death. The memorial gateway consists of three ' massive brick piers, capped with solid granite, upon the middle one of which is the tablet "which bears this Inscription: TO THE MEMORY OF CYRUS J. GATTON. WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. HE LOVED ATHLETICS. HE - WAS STRONG, 'ALERT, RESOURCEFUL, VALIANT, LOYAL TO HIS COMRADES, HONEST AND GENEROUS TOWARD HIS OPPONENTS. ENLISTING EARLY IN THE GREAT WAR, HE WAS AMONG THE LAST TO DTE IN AIR BATTLE. A STUDENT IN MONTANA STATE COLLEGE, SEPT.. 1913, TO JUNE, J916. BORN JULY ' 25; 1394. DIED NOV. 4. 1918. THIS GATEWAY ERECTED BY HIS MOTHER, 1930. Above the tablet on the granite cap stone arc engraved the words, - "Gat ton Field."