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Caron Stillmunkes (#46942964)
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I am currently working on researching the 300+ veterans listed on the Soldier's Monument in Plainfield, IL. This covers the Civil War, Spanish-American War and WWI. You can visit my website for the book at the website given below.

One of the Civil War soldiers is featured in a new book by author Elizabeth Manvell. If you are interested, you can find the book, "Story Power! Breathing Life Into History!" on
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Bruce Myers
Pvt. John Wesley Swackhamer Photo
Hi Caron: Thankyou very much for posting the photos and text to his memorial. It makes for a wonderful tribute to the only Will Co., IL soldier to have died in combat during the First World War! Bruce Myers #47425897.
Added by Bruce Myers on Mar 23, 2015 6:05 PM
Henry Cathell
Can you tell me if it appears that Lizzie (his wife) is buried with him at this plot?

Kim Huggins

Added by KIMHUGGINS on Mar 23, 2015 4:38 PM
Bruce Myers
O'Harra followup
Hi again Caron: I went back to my hard copy records of my aunt and indeed she did record Lt. O'Harra's date of death as "1 Nov 1943." After seeing his California Death record, I now have two sources in agreement with a 1943 death. I cannot explain the gravestone inscription...perhaps it was indeed an error. As a result, I have changed his findagrave information to reflect an 1943 death. Thank you, Caron, for bringing this to my attention. Bruce.
Added by Bruce Myers on Mar 19, 2015 11:14 PM
Bruce Myers
Lt. Lee Earl O'Harra
Hi Caron: I did see the California Death Index DOD for his 1943 death. There is an actual photo of his gravestone in "Mount View" Cemetery at which shows a "1948" death date. So there must be conflicting information. Records compiled by my great aunt also indicated a 1948 death due to a mid-air accident while on mock combat manuevers over the Mojave Desert in California. I have not seen any official military documents to confirm that however. Thanks for pointing out the California Death record, for I had not seen that bit of info. We may have to investigate further. Bruce Myers.
Added by Bruce Myers on Mar 19, 2015 6:49 PM
Linked to her husband. Do you know if there is a page for her second husband?
Added by Travelingal on Jan 26, 2015 7:12 AM
Bruce Myers
Pvt. John Wesley Swackhamer
Hi Caron: I visited your website and found out you had the information there all along. Thanks for researching him and also for your Plainfield Soldiers memorial page and book. Would it be permissible for you to post a photo of him at his findagrave memorial? Thanks so much! Bruce.
Added by Bruce Myers on Nov 02, 2014 6:18 PM
Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste
Carrie Hannah Hoy Muxworthy
Hi Caron,

Thank you for the additional info for Carrie. If you have time, I would love to know how you are related to the Hoy Clan.

Added by Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste on Nov 02, 2014 3:32 AM
Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste
Hoy family photos
Hello Caron,

First & Foremost, I would like to say "Thank You" for asking me for permission to use the photographic images from my Hoy Family Web-site on your Ancestry Family Tree. I have found your tree, and see that you have already "Copied" the photo's you wish to use to your tree. So, Yes, I am granting permission, and hope you enjoyed viewing my web-site, and found it helpful in your research. My site is the result of over 35 years of research. So as long as the web-site info is listed in the by-line credit, I am grateful.

Again, Many Thanks for Contacting Me, and continued success in your own research,

Added by Kathy (Hoy) Eltiste on Oct 30, 2014 8:49 AM
Bruce Myers
Private John Wesley Swackhamer
Hi Caron: I was doing some some research on an allied Will Co., IL line and discovered this subject was killed 8 Oct 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne campaign, the last great allied offensive action of the First World War. His marker is viewable at memorial #55958755, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Lorraine, France. His unit, the 39th Infantry Regiment, took heavy casualties during the fight, about a month before the Armistice was signed which ended all hostilities. His parents [Josephus Swackhamer and Eliza Swackhamer nee Dean] were from Kankakee Co. but he was residing in Plainfield in June 1917, according to his draft registration papers. I noticed he was listed on the Plainfield Soldiers Monument and thought you might be interested. Bruce Myers, contributor #47425897.
Added by Bruce Myers on Oct 17, 2014 8:24 PM
Storres Myers
RE: Wilhelm Stem

You are welcome and thank you for acknowledging the photo.--Storres
Added by Storres Myers on Jul 28, 2014 8:49 AM
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