Harry Foight was born November 20th, 1889 in Sheridan, Indiana. Harry worked in the oil fields in Indiana and came to Bridgeport, Illinois sometime before 1917. By 1917 Harry was living on Main Street in Bridgeport and working for the Big Four Oil and Gas Company there. When World War I broke out, millions of men registered for the draft, including Harry Foight. His draft number #661 was called and Harry was sent on a train to Camp Taylor in Kentucky.
Harry would eventually wind up at Camp Upton on Long Island, New York where he became a cook and baker. Camp Upton had a capacity of 18,000 troops and was one of three transient embarkation camps. After his discharge Harry returned to the oil fields to work but this time in Ohio. He got a job as a tool dresser for the Ohio Oil Company and sometime after 1920, went to Basin, Wyoming at the "Oil Camp" of the Grass Creek Oil field. Harry lived in one of the bunkhouses provided by the company. Each bunkhouse contained six compartments, each just large enough for sleeping quarters. Harry shared the house with four other employees: Worley Seaton, and men named Crandle, Wilcox, and Schroeder.
Miss Grace Lee was employed as a caretaker of several of these bunkhouses. Every unmarried man in the Ohio Camp admired her until it became apparent that Harry Foight, ex-soldier and strapping young man, had dominion over her heart.
Albert Lampitt, a former suitor became enraged when he heard that two were to be married. Lampitt also worked at the camp and lived in a small cabin in the camp. Grace complained to Harry that Lampitt had been annoying her. Harry told her "he would eliminate the annoyance." Lampitt overheard the conversation.
Ed Note: This article was researched and written by Kevin Borden.. and as Kevin loves to say, wait till you hear the rest of the story ....tomorrow.