WWI Milan

Testimony of Farm Cadet Alisa Cotter Who Served on Milan Farm

The engagement of school-age boys and girls in farming both supported food production when there were shortages and freed up "able-bodied men" to go to combat missions in Europe. This is testimony of a local girl on Milan farm. Her brother Lawrence is profiled below as Veteran.

Milan Veterans of the "World War"

The issue of where someone is "from" is complicated. Men of draft age in rural Dutchess were likely to be farm laborers, and often itinerant. Moving across farms within the town, but just as likely outside of the town and outside of the county.

Additionally, individuals would often identify more with their hamlet name than the town name (especially Rock City, Jackson Corners, Cokertown and Lafayetteville). To complicate matters, the hamlet of Rock City covers parts of Milan, Red Hook and Rhinebeck. Cokertown includes Milan and Red Hook. The hamlet of Jackson Corners spreads into Gallatin, Columbia County and is adjacent to Pine Plains.

The names identified below as "from" or "tied" to Milan come from a number of sources all available to see here. A May 31, 1918 newspaper report from a local Milan resident is one; the draft name/number/town allocation is another. As well as other local newspaper publication of lists.

Philip Althiser
1890-1960

Born in Milan. Served Co A 305th Infantry. Dec 4, 1917 to April 20, 1919. Served overseas as "wagoner." Lived variously at Ancram, Washington Hollow, Stanfordville. Interred Rhinebeck Cemetery.

Webster Bathrick
1892-1968

Born in Milan. Served Co F 2nd Infantry. June 9, 1917 to April 1, 1919. Overseas. Pvt 1st class. Lived mostly in Schenectedy then Florida.

William H Briggs
1895-1967

Born Milan. Served December 1917 to April 19. Co. A 305th Infantry, Private. Died, buried Vermont.

James B Bromley
1894-1956

Born in the Bronx. Moved with his parents to Milan in 1914 where he remained all his life. Interred Milan Union Cemetery.

Harold S Case
1892-1984

Served Septme

Born, Milan. Served Sep 1918 to Feb 1919 Repair Shop Unit 306 MTC. Car mechanic, NYC. Died, buried Stanfordville.

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David A Clark
1894-1918

Born in Virginia. Milan shown as home in 1917 draft and 1918 service list. His death is noted as due to "accidental grenade explosion." He may be the un-named person of color mentioned in May 1918 local report. He is named in Poughkeepsie honor roll.

John A Cole
1889-1919

Born and lived in Milan, Jackson Corners, where his father operated a store for 50 years, was briefly postmaster. Early honorable discharge January 17, 1919, noting disability. He died shortly thereafter, March 27, 1919. Interred Pine Plains Evergreen Cemetery.

Millard B Coons
1890-1961

Born in Milan. Served Sep 21, 1917 to June 10, 1919. Corporal, Co I 308th Infantry & Co A 514 Engineers. Also lived in Union Vale and Poughkeepsie.

Millard B Coons
1890-1961

Born in Milan. Served Sep 21, 1917 to June 10, 1919. Corporal, Co I 308th Infantry & Co A 514 Engineers. Also lived in Union Vale and Poughkeepsie.

Robert L Coon
1896-1939

Born in the town of North East, served May 25, 1918 to July 24, 1919. Pvt 1st class, Co B 2nd Pioneer Infantry, overseas. Interred Ancram Union Cemetery.

Lawrence E Cotter
1882-1953

Born in Milan. Medical doctor, served as 1st Lt. Medical Corps. Practiced for a decade in Brooklyn before re-settling locally in Red Hook. Was serving as County Medical Examiner when he died.

Conrad T Dittman
1888-1979

Born in Poland. Served while living in New Jersey. Buried Rock City. Born Gostyn, Poland Oct 27, 1888. Poultry Farmer Milan Died March 28, 1970. Corporal Co 67, 12th infantry 153 Brigade

Ralph L Fulton
1896-1974

Born in Milan at the Fulton farmhouse on Turkey Hill, served June 8, 1918 to Sep 30, 1921. Chief Machinist's Mate and Ensign, Naval Auxiliary Reserve.

Gilbert L Gubler
(1893-1930)

Born in Jackson Corners, Milan. Served September 28, 1917 to May 19, 1919. Served overseas as Corporal and Sergeant, Co E 302nd Am Tn (Ammunition Train). Interred Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Robert Holsapple
1889-1941

Born in Claverack. Served December 4, 2017 to June 26, 1919. Pvt Medical Detachment, Camp Upton, NY. Lived Tampa, FL from 1925 until his death.

William H Ostrander
1889-1978

Born in Milan. Served May 25, 1918 to July 9, 1919. Pvt, Overseas Co B 2nd Pioneer Infantry. Professional house painter. Died in Tivoli.

William H Ostrander
1889-1978

Born in Milan. Served May 25, 1918 to July 9, 1919. Pvt, Overseas Co B 2nd Pioneer Infantry. Professional house painter. Died in Tivoli.

Angelo Rossi
1895-1959

Born in Parma, Italy.  Lived many years near Case's Corners, Milan. Worked for Dutchess County Highway Dept.

Rowland M Sharp
1897-1984

Born in Blue Stone, NY. Served Sept 11, 1917 to Aug 4, 1919. Ambulance Co 23. Served as Rhinebeck Town Supervisor.

Clarence Swartz
1890-1961

Born in Milan. Served Sep 21, 1917 to June 10, 1919. Corporal, Co I 308th Infantry & Co A 514 Engineers. Also lived in Union Vale and Poughkeepsie.

Chesley H Thompson
1899-1954

Born, Canada. Served in British Navy, seriously injured in Dec 1919 Halifax explosion. Died, Milan. Buried Milan Union Cemetery.

Jimmy Ward
18xx-19xx

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Service Cards of Above Men

Sources Used to Identify Milan Veterans

Sources Used to Develop Milan Service List

1917 July Draft List Rhinebeck Gazette ~ 1918 May Milan-specific "correction" ~ NYS Archives list ~
and 1916 June NYS Military Census found below

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1916 Military Census of Men Aged

Veterans Research Clippings File