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John Tupper Lecompton Kansas


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John Tupper Lecompton-Ks.


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Lecompton, Kansas January 18, 1919 William E. Connelley, Sec. Kansas State Historical Society. Dear Sir. We received your request for a [XXXXX] copier of a extracts from letter, and a sketch of this life of John Tupper, who gave his life in service October 8, 1918. We hope to be able to send these to you soon. We have been delayed while trying to have a [XXXXX] [XXXXX]. Very respectfully, Catherine Tupper Giblette


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Lecompton Kansas June 2, 1919 To the Kansas State Historical Society Topeka, Kansas Dear Sir; I am sending you a brief history of John’s life, also a photograph as you requested some time ago. The photograph is taken from an enlarged kodak picture which is the best I have of John. If you wish further information concerning him I will be glad to furnish it. Yours, Mrs. E Tupper.


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John Tupper of Headquarters Com-pany, 69th Infantry, 10th Division, U.S. Army, was born at gypsum City, Kansas. June 9th, 1891. He died at the U.S. Army hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas, October 8, 1918 of pneumonia contracted in the service of his country, while in training at Camp Funston. John Tupper attended the public schools at Hope Kansas for three years, then moved with his parents to Lawrence Kansas where he attended the grade and the high school, completing his schooling at the Kan-sas State Agricultural College at Manhattan Kansas.


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after completing his schooling he engaged in farming and at [XXXXX] time he joined the army July 8, 1918, he had been operating a farm near Lecompton Kansas for about four years. He was a member of the Episcopal church and of the Gdd Fellows.


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June 4, 1919 Mrs. E. Tupper, Lecompton, Kansas. Dear Madam- I thank you for your favor of the 2” inst., giving me a biographical sketch and sending me a photograph of your son John Tupper who lost his life in the service of his country. The information which you furnish me will be sufficient for present purposes. If in the future we require more I will write you for further information. Sincerely yours, Secretary


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Biography of John Tupper John Tupper was born June 9, 1891 at Gypsum City Kansas. He attended both common school and high school at Lawrence Kansas and later took an agricultural course at the Kansas State Agricultural College. He was unmarried. Previous to entering the service he was engaged in live stock farming near Lecompton Kansas. July 8, 1918 he entered the service at Camp Funston and soon after became a member of the 69th infantry of the 10th division. About the time that the division was expected to mobilize the entire camp was swept by the influenza and he contacted the desease. He was taken to a hospital at Ft. Riley. Pneumonia resulted from the influenza which caused his death October 8th. John Tupper was survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. E. Tupper, two sisters, Mary Tupper and Mrs. Catherine Giblette and two brothers,  Frank Tupper who was with the 88th division in France and Paul Tupper who was in the S.A.T. Cat Manhattan Kansas


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Many of John Tupper’s ancestors served in previous American wars. Samuel Augustus Barker a great-great-grandfather was a captain and later promoted to a general in the revolutionary war. He served under Putnum at the capture of Stoney Point. Later he was placed in command of a Connecticut regiment. He also served as a member of Lafayette’s staff. James S. Barker Sr. a grand father was a member of the Warsaw Illinois Grays, a national guard unit during the civil war. Hi company was ordered to Missouri to aid Col Bishop and Col. Moore. The company was sworn into the U. S. service and took part in the battle of Athens Missouri. James S. Barker Jr. an uncle served in the 118th Illinois regiment during the civil war. Francis Barker a great Uncle also served in the civil war. An other great-grand father by the name of Peyton fought in the Revolution and was a member of the Virginia Riflemen when [XXXXX] was defeated and most of his army captured in the battle of Cowpens. Piere Barker Jr. served uner Gen. Scott when the American troops entered Mexico. He also fought


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in the civil war in the confederate army and was superintendent of fortifications at Vicksburg. Peter Peyton a distant relative served in the Union Army during the civil war as a member of a Kentucky regiment. He was seriously wounded but recovered and is now living at Warsaw Illinois. Gordon Tupper an Uncle served in the navy during the civil war.

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