Stark County Genealogical Society program Saturday

Visiting World War I Battlefields in France

Sarah Leonard, of Rockford, and her sister Betsy Gerdes toured World War I battlefields in France last fall. Sarah and Betsy are the daughters of the late Clay Appenheimer, formerly of Toulon. They visited the sites where their grandfather Al Appenheimer had fought. Sarah will be presenting a program on this subject for the Stark County Genealogical Society program on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Toulon United Methodist Church.

Clay Appenheimer was in the 2nd Division, 4th Brigade, 6th Machine Battalion, Headquarters Company, United States Marine Corps. Al drove wagons of ammunition drawn by mules to the front lines at night over roads shelled by the German forces. Al wrote many letters home and kept a journal. His day-to-day activities during the war have been studied exhaustively and documented by another one of his grandchildren, Bradley Omanson of Morgantown, West Virginia. Bradley arranged for a local French WW I historian to be his cousins’ tour guide.

Sarah Leonard is going to talk about what it was like to walk in her grandfather’s footsteps.

Sarah is a retired schoolteacher. She has given two previous programs to the Society and they were first rate. We invite the public to attend this program. Please come. Light refreshments will be served.

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