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WILLIAM HARRISON FITZWATER
William Fitzwater was the fifth to sign-up on Draft Day June 5, 1917. He was registered by William H. Bundy in Sugar Creek Township, Montgomery County, Indiana. Born in Nicholas County, West Virginia, on the last day of July in 1889. Listed as "self-employed" he was employed at the George Woods Farm. Medium in height and weight, he had gray eyes and a full set of black hair. On his WWII draft registration, he is listed as being 5'7 1/2" tall and weighing 160#. This time his eyes are listed as brown and his hair gray, with dark complexion.
From his registration, he went on to join the Navy during WWI where at the end of his service, he met and married Charlotte Bearkley. He, along with many family members are buried at Mace K of P Cemetery.
He grew-up the oldest of a large family (12) born to Thomas Newton and Mary Margaret Bales. Although a farmer, he spent most of his years employed by Donnelley's.
See his obituary below.
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, 26-May-1964, page 4, col. 5
MACE- William N. (sic) Fitzwater, 73, long-time resident of Mace, died Tuesday morning at 8:10 in the Veteran's Hospital in Indianapolis. He had been ill for several months prior to his death. Mr. Fitzwater had been a mechanic and done farming the Mace area and had been employed at the R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. before retiring in 1956. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War I. Born July 31, 1890, in Nicholas County, West Virginia, Mr. Fitzwater was the son of Newton T. and Mary Margaret Bales Fitzwater. In April, 1919, he had married Charlotte Bearkley at Edinburg, Scotland. Mr. Fitzwater was preceded in death by a son and two sisters. Survivors include two sons, Arlie of Mace and William Leonard of Gloucester, N. J.; three daughers, Mrs. Mary Brown of Jamestown, Mrs. Rosaliene Sparks of Martinsville and Mrs. Eda Durbin of Mace; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also sruviving are five brothers, Edward of Georgetown, Ill., Walter of Elmdale, Ind., Orville of Pasadena, Calif., Homer of Jasonville, Ind., and Sherman of Crawfordsville and two sisters, Mrs. Arzola Graves of New Ross and Mrs. Aletha LaFollette of Crawfordsville. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hunt & Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mace K of P cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Wednesday.
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