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Post 280  Benton. Illinois, Illinois




CHARTER DATE: October 1, 1920

POST NAMESAKE: Lawrence Stanley McCollum

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S.D.McCollum received a telegram yesterday stating that the remains of his son, Bat. Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Stanley McCollum would leave New York City at 10:30 this morning and would arrive in Benton over the E & EI. It is not known positively when the body will reach Benton but the parents and his friends are sure that it will be here in time for funeral services Sunday afternoon at which time Rev. J. L. Meads will officiate. All members of the American Legion are to meet at the Legion Hall Saturday night for a meeting for arrangements. A full attendance.. Full story »
Was first Benton Soldier in War--Largely attended. The military funeral of Sgt. Maj. L. Stanley McCollum. 2d Bat. 130th. Inft., 33d., Sunday. was one of the most impressive of any held in Benton. Deceased was the first of the Benton soldiers to fall in action, was the soldier the local American Legion Post was named for and is likely the last to be returned from overseas. So the occasion of his funeral was something out of the ordinary. Mr.McCollum was the eldest son of Mr.and Mrs.S. D. McCollum. He was born in Benton Oct.25, 1890 and was killed in the.. Full story »