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Elmer R. Peihler

Alden, Kans

Co B, 110th Engineers

35 Div.


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ALDEN, KAN.,________________________191____


Co B 110th Engineers


Mr P R Piehler

Alden Kansas


Dear Sir


Your letter of “# 23 rd November I9i8 written to Lieutenant Whyte has been turned overto me for answering


In regard to Private Elmer R Piehler of this Company on his return from the lines he was taken illwhich time was about 12th October


He was taken to a base Hospital where he would receive the best treatment possible Onrelease from the company he was placed in charge of the Base Hospital’ So as to his illness or circumstances at the present time I am unable to give you informantion


Your Son served in my Company for one year and during that time proved himself to be a man in all respects


He distinguished himself in our recent drive by his courage and faithfullnessinthe in the performance of his duties


Iwish to express my deepest sympathy and that of the company tp his wife and family


Yours Sincerly


Dard S James

Capt Co B II0 th Engineers


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ALDEN, KAN.,_____________________191____


Elmer Richard Pieler [Piehler], Pvt/ 1st class was born near Alden, Rice County, kans. on March 23 1893.


He graduated from the Alden High School with class honors in 1911 He taught in the rural schools of Rice County four years, spending his summers farming. He entered the Kansas University at Lawrence Kans. in the fall of 1915 where he attended two school years before entering the U.S.Service.


Was married to Emma M.Webring a Rice County Teacher on Aug. 1, 1917.  He was called to service Sep.20 1917. Entraining at Lyons Kans. Sep. 20 1917, for camp Funston Kans. There he became a member of the 164 depot brigade, one month later he was transferred to Camp Doniphan Oklahoma.


There he was put in training for six months in the 110 Engineers Co B 35 Division. Was there awhile and then was transferred to Camp Merrit on Apr. 23, 1918


Sailed with his division May 2nd, arriving in France May 10. Saw active service till he was taken to hospital. Died in base hospital no.62, from lobular pneumonia on Oct.31,1918,was buried in a military cemetary near Nevers France.


Enclosed you will find letters from his captain and his own poem.


Yours very respectively,

P. H. Pieler [Piehler]

Box 66

Alden Kans.






Marching, toiling and fighting in a land unkown to all

Comrades, native and foreign Following democracy’s call.


Now to a Kansas soldier, Fallen, dying along the way

Comes visions of his fair homeland Five thousand of miles away.


He sees the level prairies, The fiels and houses square,

But lingering long in his memory Remains the Old Sunflower fair.


He says, “Dear token of homeland Of friends and loved ones dear

The fairest of all the flowers You grow not over here.”


He said, “When death shall claim me And I am laid to rest

I ask that a boquet of Sunflowers Be placed upon my breast.


For fairest emblem of homeland You bring my mother near

You show me many faces In my heart I hold so dear.”


The soldier at death was buried, His request we could not fulfill

His grave lies bare and uncovered The cross standing bleak and still.


But we wish that he in his heaven Might roam the prairies fair

Reading love and friendship In the Sunflowers over there.


Elmer R. Piehler

Co. B. 110th Engineers 35


From Alden RiceCo . Kans


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Estimates Free Plans Furnished


P. R. Piehler


Contractor & Builder


Alden, Kansas,   __Feb 10--               1919


Mr. William E. Cormelley


Dear Sir


Yours of Jan 10 at [XXXX] and In answer [XXXX] [XX] would Say we are getting Some Picturs of our Dear departed Son ---- Elmer R. Piehler and as soon as recived will Send you one and also a poem he composed and Send us a few weeks befor God took him home to himself hoping this will be Sadisfactory


I remain yours



P R Piehler

Box 66



Estimates Free Plans Furnished


P. R. Piehler


Contractor & Builder


Alden, Kansas,___April 23_191_9


Mr W.E Cormelley Dr Sir


Enclosed Pleas find Picture and Obiduary of our dear Son Elmer who died in France Oct 31 1918


Yours Verry



P R Piehler

Box 66

Alden Kansas


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April 25, 1919


Mr. P. H. Piehler,

Alden, Kansas.


Dear sir—


I thabk you for your favor of the 23” inst., enclosing me biographical sketch and particulars of the service of your son Elmer R. Piehler, who lost his life in the service of his country. When the state begins the publication of material concerning its soldiers, this will be used.


Sincerely yours,





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