Boles, Harry Homer (June 22, 1913 - March, 1942)

Douglas Budget - March 12, 1942

Sgt. Harry Homer Boles

Douglas Budget - March 12, 1942

Sgt. Harry Homer Boles was born at Douglas, Wyo., on June 22, 1913, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Boles, pioneers of this section. He was on his twenty-ninth year of life when death struck.

He gained his early education in the Douglas schools and graduated from the Converse County High School in 1932. Following his graduation he took up teaching and taught eight years in various schools of District 17. When called into service a year ago he was teaching the Verse school.

During this time he continued his education to the best advantage. Following his graduation he took post graduate work at the local high school. Later he took correspondence courses from LaSalle Business College, Chicago; a correspondence course from the University of Wyoming at which he also attended summer school several years, and took and army correspondence course from the war department at Cheyenne.

During his high school days Harry starred in all athletic events, winning letters in football, basketball and in track. In his junior year he was captain of the football squad. He was also a good student, ever striving for further and higher knowledge. Rather quiet and unassuming, yet he was held in highest esteem and sough as a friend by all who knew him. He served as president of his class one year in high school.

Sgt. Boles joined the local national guard troop while still in high school. He became a good soldier, as his rank of first sergeant will attest. He was on his way to further advancement. He was a good marksman and attended the national rifle shoot at Camp Perry, O., in 1936, as a member of the Wyoming team.

Harry worked for a short time for the Geo.Bolln Clothing Co. and Keller Dry Goods Co. stores shortly after his graduation from high school. It was just a year ago this month that he, with other members of the local cavalry troop, were inducted into the regular army and entrained for Ft. Lewis, Wash. He had been back once since that time, on a two week furlough last September.

Left to mourn his untimely death are his father, George Boles of Douglas; one brother, Henry, of Douglas; One sister, Theresa, who has been attending school at Olympia, Wash.; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lola Fisher of Harrisburg, Pa., and Mrs. Emma Hintz of Douglas; one half-brother, Lee Falkoner of Norfolk, Va., and a number of more distant relatives in other states. Theresa Boles arrived Tuesday from Olympia. She had gone to the west coast nearly a year ago to be near her brother. Her original plans were to attend school in the east, she said, but Harry's plea that she come west in order to be near him, changed her plans.

An uncle, Del Boles, of Medicine Bow, arrived Tuesday night and a niece, Miss Esther Logan of Lovell came Wednesday evening for the services tonight and Friday. Other relatives are expected from Rapid City, South Dakota.

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