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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 p165.
October 25, 1998