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Martin B. McMillen

Private Martin B. McMillen, U.S. Army. Martin B. McMillen , Private, U.S. Army, 37236480, Died Not Battle.

Son of Felix M. and Martha (Hopkins) McMillen. "Felix M. McMillen was born 1848 in Casper, Kentucky. In 1886, he moved from Missouri to Comanche County with the Baker, Wright, and Powell families traveling in covered wagons. McMillen homesteaded 7 miles east of Wilmore and lived in a dugout until he could build a house. He hauled his lumber by team and wagon from Kinsley, which was 60 miles north of his claim. McMillen met Martha Hopkins while she was working for Mrs. Will Powell. His house was built and he married Martha in 1900. There were six McMillen children and one half-sister: Hazel Ellen (McMillen) Hopkins, 1898 - 1944; Louisa Helen (McMillen) Kennedy, 1901 - , of Greensburg, Kansas; Martin B. McMillen, 1904 - 1943; Mary Ella (McMillen) Gill, 1907 - , of Fresno, Calif.; Clarice Estelle (McMillen) Fry, 1910 - , of Wilmore, Kans.; Alice Grace (McMillen) Atteberry, 1913 - 1978; Flossie Melissa (McMillen) Trummel, 1917 - , of Coldwater, Kansas." -- Louisa Kennedy, CCH, p. 564.

The Western Star , September 24, 1943.

Pvt. Martin B. McMillen, son of Mrs. Mary McMillen, now of Coldwater, passed away Thursday of last week in an Army hospital at Drew Field, Fla. His mother and his brother-in-law, Lester Fry of Wilmore went to St. Petersburg to see him, but arrived after his death. (SB)

The Western Star, October 1, 1943.

Funeral services for Martin McMillen, who died on September 16 in an army camp hospital at Drew Field, Tampa, Fla., were held in the Christian church in Wilmore, Kans. Wednesday afternoon, September 22, 1943. The service was in charge of the pastor , D. B. Bennett of Pratt, and burial was in the Wilmore Cemetery. The Coldwater American Legion Post furnished the colors and color guard and had charge of the service at the grave. Taps were sounded by the Post Bugler, Ernest Miller.

Martin R. McMillen was the son of Felix M. and Mrs. Martha E. McMillen and was born on February 24, 1904, in a farm near Wilmore, Kans., where he spent his entire life until he was called into the service in November, 1942, where he remained until his death. At the time of his death he was 39 years, 6 months and 22 days of age. He was loyal to his country, and did all in his power to serve it well.

Martin joined the Christian church in early life and was always faithful to his teachings. He leaves to mourn his passing his mother, five sisters and one half sister. His father died October 23, 1927. The survivors are his mother, Mrs. Martha E. McMillen of Wilmore, his sisters, Mrs. Louisa Kennedy of Wilmore, Mrs. Mary Gill of Merced, Calif., Mrs. Clarice Fry of Wilmore, Mrs. Alice Atteberry and Mrs. Flossie Trummel of Coldwater, and Hazel Hopkins of Larned.

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