Friday, May 24, 2013

Former Resident Buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Lawrence County News May 16 1940
William A Bramble Died Wednesday

Former Resident Buried with Full Military Honors
in Arlington National Cemetery at Washington

C. E. Bramble received a telegram last Thursday stating that his brother, William A. Bramble, 69, died at the Veterans Hospital in Washington, D. C., Wednesday, May 8,at 8:55 PM. The message stated that the body would be shipped as directed, or would be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with the honors usually accorded a soldier. Mr. Bramble immediately wired the commanding officer to proceed with the final rights at Washington.

Deceased was born on a farm near Loogootee,Martin County, Indiana, and in addition to his brother residing here is survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma Smith, of Loogootee. He learned the baker’s trade early in life and succeeded his brother in the shop of L.C. Buchanan in Lawrenceville about the year 1896. While here he was the  director of the city band and during the Spanish-American war in 1898, together with the late Charles Roberts and Clyde Price, enlisted in Co G, 9th Illinois, and saw service in Cuba. Returning to Lawrenceville he remained here for some time, then went to Loogootee where he operated a cigar factory for a time and later organized a ladies’ band and toured the country. But the lure of Army life was strong and he enlisted in the regular Army and for 22 years was stationed at posts in Texas, Wyoming and other Western states. His health failing, he mustered out of service and after a short visit with relatives here and at Loogootee he entered the Soldiers’ Home at Danville, Illinois, and was later transferred to a similar home in Ohio. A few years ago he entered the Spanish-American Veterans home in Washington, D.C., where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of a trip to the World's Fair in New York last year. For several months he had been in the hospital, but the cause of his death is not known. During his long military service he was a member of the regimental band and held a non-commissioned office for a number of years. He was never married.  His last visit to Lawrenceville was about six years ago.