Gilbert, Otto, Dunkert, Brethren, RELIGIOUS OBJECTOR, drafted, despondent, suicide, Emporia Gazette, KS, 29 Jan 1918, p4

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3Ir. Gilbert sajs he thinks Jespon- dency over inability to secure a fui- lougb was tbe cause of his son's suicide lie saja the boj had not been home since he left Cuipoiia \\ith HIP Cnst diiUt contingent, September li> Mi Gilbert is a. membci of the DunKnid Chnrcb, but saja his son was not. and did not refuse to drill, although lie had asked for ex- to religious scruples believes worry over: emption Sir. Gilbert farm jvorlc at lioüie fjroiifíht orí the despondency which was increased bj tl'o pneumonia with v hich his sou suffered this ..month. The funeral will be held in the Liboitj schoolhon^e, wlncli Hie boy had attended, at 10 o'iííock Thursday tnornlngr. " ; Rev. : .lohn Calvin .Tones will conduct tbe services. Tbe pall-bearers '-will, he Alfred Bnrch, Harry Enroll, Wnlt ülm, Glen Ulm, Bert Crosset an:ll Hoy 'Workman. Interment will be in the Ilaworth Cemetery. Otto Gilbert v,-as a member of Company 1, :j53d Infantry. lie was separated from the Emporia boys with whom .be went, to fill out the ranks of another, company, and was lunong strange™, lie was a. brother of Tom 'Giltiort and a nephew of Harry Gilbert, Joliu- Gilbert^-.Ik.C' Gilb'o'.-t and Robert Gilbert, ail .of \vhom live nine mile^' south'wc'st of to^vii. 1-iis aunt, ftfrs. William Sliort. also lives in that neiglibbrhood; He was of in was born January ISD.'i, on his father's farm. /.'•Sly son committed suicide," said the father,'' who was entirely 'calm, Ibis morning, '¡i am not going to lie to anyone. He believed in the same fattli 1 but my son do. had 1 am a Dunkard, never joined 1 the church. We do not believe in taking lifo or carrying amis, but my .son didn't refuse to drill." The father paused a moment and then continued: "! know be obeyed orders. He was obedient. . "I blame IIÍG captain for not allowing him a furlough. He hadn't been home since he went there September Jfl, although several other limporia boys have been home since then. He kept , asking for a furlough, but lie. a over e ot one. You see ho liad never been away from home much, añ'.1¡ tlioa he \vas taken away from, tbe Emporia boys right after he got there. ..Someone said to him: 'You are the man r want to fill up another company;' and BO he was put among strangers—and ho never had been among strangers much. Then I think be worried a great deal about his work, lie was worth $1,500—made it all hiiv-seli in the "past two years. "He always was industrious, and a. o ui et boy, too, never said much, nor complained. Just a sort of a home boy. Tie wncited to come home at TllanksgivinEÍ asked for a fur- iongli three, weeks aheaill, but he didn't get one." There was ijo trace of bitterness in tbe father's voice. "Wo went to see him, his mother and me, on the fifteenth of this month. He was side then, had pneumonia, but wasn't sick enough to be takea to the base hospital. He was in—well, I don't know what they :tre—barracks. I sruess. I asked tho doctor: 'Doc..\what's the matter with him?' The doctor said: 'Oh, nothing Berious, he'll be out in a day or "I'couldn't get any satisfaction from tba't doctor. I don't fcnow what his name was. V noticed! that Otto had fallen off, looked like he ^weighed, twenty-five pounds less than when be went there. I guess bo sort of íüned. away. 1 tried to see iiis captain. I wanted to talk to him, but ho was always out when I called, drill hip, I guess. I didn't Inarn his captain's name. _ ¡' "We just received n~jictter from Otto, that he had : written Jüüu 2'1 and mailed Sunday. He ' wrote that he had received orders fo pack up. T guess bo was to have beer transferred.' 1 ...'•'. Four hundred, scats still remain m a )o suspected

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  1. The Emporia Gazette,
  2. 29 Jan 1918, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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  • — Gilbert, Otto, Dunkert, Brethren, RELIGIOUS OBJECTOR, drafted, despondent, suicide, Emporia Gazette, KS, 29 Jan 1918, p4

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