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HELSEL, Louis C.

    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 14 Aug 1908, Contributed by Lisa Baker


Veteran of Spanish-American War Succumbs to Dropsy - He Had Traveled Around World

Louis C. Helsel, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, died at the home of his mother [Emma Hershberger], No. 740 Kennedy avenue, at 5:35 o’clock this morning, after an eight weeks’ illness of dropsy. Mr. Helsel was about thirty years of age. He left Johnstown on Memorial Day, 1907, to join a carnival company and toured the greater part of the country with it. Some months ago he severed his connection with this concern, however, and became manager of a theatrical company. He was at La Junta, Col., when taken ill. He returned to Johnstown about six weeks ago.

Mr. Helsel enlisted in the Regular Army at Clearfield during the Spanish-American War and was assigned for duty in the Philippine Islands, with the rank of Corporal. He participated in seven battles with the brown men of the East. While a soldier he traveled around the world.

The deceased’s father, Cyrus Helsel, died about fourteen years ago. His mother, now Mrs. Harry Gwynn, and the following brothers and sisters survive: C. E. Helsel, of No. 122 Morrell place; Ida, wife of Porter J. Hill, of South Fork; Dora, wife of John Calhoun, McKeesport, and Miss Sadie and Frank Helsel, at home.

Funeral services will be conducted early Sunday morning, probably by the Rev. J. Q. A. Curry, pastor of the Dale United Evangelical Church, and interment will be made in the Mennonite Cemetery near Scalp Level.

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