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Pvt. Russell Fenn
Co. A, 4th Battalion Infantry Replacement and Traning Camp
June 24, 1896 - October 1, 1918

   Russell Fenn was born in Hardinsburg, Ky., June 24, 1896.  He
was educated in the Hardinsburg Public School, and also attended
school at St. Romnald's Academy in the same town. For a number of
years he worked on a farm in Kentucky, and at Mt. Vernon, Ind. At
the age of nineteen he moved to Evansville with his parents.  He
was engaged as a packer by the Evansville Packing Co. where he
worked during 1917. During the summer of 1918 he went to Fireco,
W. Va., where he was employed as an operator of an engine on
construction work, by his brothers, J. B. and S. L. Fenn.

   In September, 1918, he entered service at Beckley, W. Va.
He was sent to Camp Lee, Petersburg, Va., at the replacement and
Training camp.  After one month's training in the Fourth Battalion,
Infantry Co. A, he fell a victim to the Spanish Influenza. He
was ill for three days when the epidemic proved fatal. He died
October 1, 1918. His body was sent to his parents, and five days
later he was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery with full military honors.

   His pleasing personality and kindly disposition gained him many
friends wherever he was known. He was a member of the Methodist
church and Methodist Sunday School at Hardinsburg, Ky.
In Evansville he was a member of the Ben Hur Lodge.

Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
October 25, 1998