On Tuesday September 9, 1919 the Nashua Telegraph newspaper conveniently published the following article on page 3. MONT VERNON. Sept. 9. The following is this town’s Roll of Honor of the men who served–in the World War and whom this place is to welcome back next Saturday. Out of a population of 225, eight enlisted: Everett C. Bates, Aviation; Homer E. Curtis, National Army; David H. Herlehy, National Army; Ernest T. Russell, National Army; 2nd Lieut. Howard Russell, aviation; Ernest L. Scott, National Army; Harold Trow, Signal Corps; Clement Stinson, S.A.T.C.; and George N. Orlando, of the Marine corps who gave his life for the country’s cause, being killed at the first battle of the Marne in France. One mother sent two sons, and a third was to be drafted just as war closed.” Continue reading
Edward E. Cross was born into a military family in the town of Lancaster, Coos County, New Hampshire, the son of Ephraim E. & Abigail C. (Everett) Cross. Much has been written about this man, who in his own hand writing noted , “My life–all I have–is at the service of the country.” I will try not to repeat much of what has already been said, and hopefully you will find his story interesting, for he was anything but boring.
Edward’s father was a hatter by profession, but also a senator, postmaster, tavern owner, and colonel in the local militia. Edward attended the local common schools, and at the age of 15 went to learn the printer’s trade. He then helped his father in steamboat building in Canada and visited the principal cities there.