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Winners, Part 2

Here are some other black regular goodies exerpted from the pages of Winners of the West.

This appeared in the Dec 30, l934 issue under the headline of: COMRADE BENITO SALAS, Late Musician 24th U.S. Infty. l880-85

"I joined the band of the 24th U.S. Infty., at the age of l6 in l880 at Fort Duncan, Eagle Pass, Texas. Being under age it was necessary to have special permission from the Adjutant General before I could be regularly enlisted. As I had a brother in the Company, and as music was my sole ambition, I went along"

This from the Nov 30, l940 issue carried headline of CELEBRATES 100th

"On the 9th of March, Comrade J. Lyman Brown of Danville, Illinois, Co. B, 25th U.S. Infantry and 24th U.S. Infantry, will celebrate his l00th birthday. Comrade Brown soldiered all over the United States. Saw service iin Cuba and the Philippines as well."

And this from a lengthy obit in the August, l939 issue:

"Major George W. Ford, veteran of Indian and Spanish Wars, died Friday, June 30, l939, at his home in Springfield, Illinois, at the age of 9l [note Ford served as a major in the second battalion of the 23rd Kansas Vols, an all-black national guard formation, during the Spanish-American War].

Major Ford's military career began with his entrance in the regular army in l867. He saw service in the Indian Wars, fighting on the great plains, in the Indian Territory, in Kansas, New Mexzico, Arizona and Texas.

...during a search several years ago for the oldest living member of the Tenth Cavalry, Major Ford was found to be the only man still living who had enrolled in that unit."

This is my personal favorite from the April 30, l934 issue:

Comrade Scott Lovelace, late Troop I, l0th Cav., renews and writes: "I received my copy of your great paper today. I am almost blind so I cannot read the paper myself but have a Spanish American Veteran friend close by and we are friendly and he reads it to me. My next door neighbors are Indians and they can neither read nor write. I am 80 years old and have no family. My home is in Florida, but I came to California to try and get cured of my blindness."

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Winners, Part 2

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