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Dayton Daily News - Sunday, October 2, 1921

Attended Reunion in First Ohio Volunteer Infantry

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Representing an average of 80 years, the few remaining veterans of the fighting First Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which went through the campaign of '61 and '65 posed Thursday at the completion of their 53rd annual reunion in Memorial hall for The News camera.

One of the veterans, shown above, Robert Graham, of Piqua, went through the 25 battles in which the regiment participated with but one eye. When he enlisted he was minus the right eye, but his nerve got him by.

In the above picture first row, right to left, are: Mahlon D. Butler, 80, Indianapolis; John R. Moore, 81 Dayton; Robert F. Graham, 89, the oldest man present, Piqua; J. C. Cline, 78, Dayton; A. M. Brotherton, 77, Piqua; J. T. Dodds, 81, Oakwood and J. A. Brotherton 79, Delphos.

Lower row, right to left: P. M. Trappe, 79, Port Jefferson, Shelby county, C. C. Waltemathe, 81, Dayton; A. M. Bowdle, 82, Piqua; Albert Kern and C. D. Speagh.

The veterans were greatly pleased over the letter of Col. E. A. Parrott now 91 years of age, residing at Princeton, N.J.

Old Guard Relief Corps supplied a chicken dinner. After dinner, songs and reminiscences were given and the final address was delivered by the historian of the regiment, Albert Kern, his topic being "Absent Without Leave."