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Veteran of World War I (1917-1919) – Garfield Cemetery, Pawnee County, Kansas

Pvt. Tony Asher was a member of the 352nd Infantry 88th Division. He headed to France in 1918 where he contracted pneumonia and died.

Tony Lee Asher was the second child of Lewis and Maryetta Asher. He was born on May 2, 1893, in Illinois. The family came to southwest Kansas at the turn of the century. He spent his growing up years in Pawnee County.

Cornelia Eldred became Tony’s bride on June 19, 1918. She had grown up in Belpre and was attending the Kansas State Normal School (Emporia State University).

Tony answered the call of Uncle Sam a week later and was sent to Camp Funston at Fort Riley in Junction City, Kansas. He was transferred to Camp Dodge in Iowa and became a soldier in the Machine Gun Co. of the 88th Division. Pvt. Asher left Camp Dodge for France in August.

A few short months later, Pvt. Asher contracted pneumonia and died in France on October 6, 1918. He was 27 years, 5 months, and 4 days old. His body was interred in the Garfield Cemetery on June 22, 1918.

Cornelia remarried and passed away in 1978. Tony’s father, Louis, is buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Stafford County, Kansas along with his two young infants. Maryetta, Tony’s mother, is buried with him in the Garfield Cemetery.

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