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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

Elmer Coon

ELMER COON, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Coon, although two young to enlist in the service of his country, and below the draft age, was very desirous of getting in some branch of the army. The new registration last June took place, which required boys between the ages of 18 and 21 to register. In this he saw where his hopes would soon be realized. Immediately following this registration, notices were sent out stating that boys of this age, with the proper high school credentials, could enlist with the government, and at the same time attend the University. He was quick to take advantage of this opportunity and October 1st, of this year, found him at Iowa City, a member of the S. A. T. C., where he has been
training for service as well as receiving a college education. About October 7th, he was taken ill with the Spanish Influenza, which rapidly developed into pneumonia and for a time his condition was critical, which necessitated him remaining in the hospital for some time. Elmer, who has grown to manhood in this city, attended our public schools, and graduated with his class last spring. His mother passed away June 5th, of this year, too soon to know that her son had offered his services to his country, even though he was not called from the school.

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