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Ernest L. Simpson
|Guthrie Daily Leader|
|Monday, January 23, 1922, Page 1, Col 2|
Military Funeral For Victim of World War
Body of Late Lieut. Ernest L. Simpson is Laid to Rest At Summit View; Was Returned From France
The funeral of Lieut Ernest L. Simpson late of the Fighting Fourth Division American forces in France was very largely attended Sunday afternoon. So large was the number who desired to assist in doing honor to his memory that the services were transferred to the First M. E. church where Rev. M. E. Mansfield of the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City delivered the memorial address Lieut. Simpson was a member of his church while he was pastor of the church in Guthrie.
The American Legion was out in uniform furnished the pall-bearers and the firing squad while the band furnished the marching music.
The funeral was under the auspices of La Bron Post No. 58 American Legion. The members were out in full uniform with colors and guard. They furnished the pall bearers and at the grave they held their burial services led by Chaplain Robt. M. Lehew of the West Side M. E. church. The band furnished the marching music and Prof. W. J. Nopper sounded taps after the firing squad had given the military salute of honor to the dead.
At the church the quartet, Prof. Green, Mrs. Seifers and Mr. and Mrs. Stanfield with Mrs. Robert Merten organist rendered appropriate vocal music. A feature of the excercises was the trumpeters music which headed the funeral procession the trumpeters being Prof. Walter Nopper and Harry Liebhart, drummers Harrington, Norris and Chilcott. The Legion Auxiliary attended the services in a body and were given reserved seats in the crowded church. Thus were closed the last sad rites over another Logan county's young men who had given the last and full measure of sacrifice, laying his young life on the altar of his country. But the saddest geature was the fact that Lieut. Simpson procured the substitution of his name in place of that of his older brother and that he doubly fulfilled the final obligation of love which is to lay down your life for those you love.
Lieut. Simpson was gassed during one of those famous charges made by the American boys at Chateau Thierry and was sent to the base hospital where he died July 13, 1918. He was buried in France and his body was among the 670 recently returned to America on the ship that sprung a leak at sea and was delayed a week in making the New York port. The body shoul dhave reached Guthrie just a week before it finally arrived.
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