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Pvt. Crawford Schofield
Battery B, 13th Field Artillery
June 17, 1890 - July 18, 1917

   Perhaps at different times of his life, Crawford Schofield had a
desire to see the Alps, the Riviera, old Gothic cathedrals, and other
fascinating features of European travel. It is difficult to say whether
he would ever have had the opportunity to gratify such a desire. He
was, however, determined to see America first. The grandeur of our
mountains, the broad expanse of our prairies, our sunny vales, and
our fertile fields had an irresistible fascination for him. He satisfied
his love for sight seeing and adventure by traveling north and west
through Michigan, Iowa, and to California, and south to the cotton
fields of Georgia.

   He was born in this city, June 17, 1890.  He attended Fulton
and Carpenter Schools and later worked for the Keller Crescent Printing
Co., and at the St. George Hotel.  In Detroit, Michigan, he was
engaged in automobile work for a year. On January 11, 1917, he
enlisted in the army. From Detroit he was sent to Jefferson Barracks,
St. Louis, where he was assigned to Battery B, Thirteenth Field
Artillery. When America entered the war he was very impatient to be
sent to France. During that summer he was sent to El Paso, Texas,
and then to Ft. Bliss, Texas. For three weeks he served as guard on
the Rio Grande. On July 18, 1917, the American soldiers had one of
the many skirmishes with our neighbors south of the Rio Grande.
During this episode he was shot in the shoulder, and was found dead
on the following morning. It is supposed that his death is an example
of Mexican treachery. His body was sent to Evansville, where he was
buried on the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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