|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1878|
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 1898|
From the Portland Oregonian:
Henry Arpin Dead.
Victim of Exposure at Camp Merritt.
Oregon Recruit Dies at His Portland Home From Disease Contracted in San Francisco.
Private Henry Arpin, of Company E, Second Oregon Volunteers, died in Portland yesterday at the home of his widowed mother, 96 North Ninth Street, aged 20 years, 8 months and 20 days. He was born and raised in Portland, and enlisted here June 10 and started with the recruits to join his regiment at Manila, by way of San Francisco. At Camp Merritt, of infamous memory, the boys were stalled in more senses than one. They were first stalled in the stalls of an old stable and then put in tents in the winds and sands, with scant blankets.
Private Arpin wrote home of hungry days and shivering nights, and of heavy rains washing under his blanket, where his little dog tent was tied down in the sand. Such exposure and hunger soon sent him to the hospital with asthma and bronchitis, and after lying there for two weeks the surgeons recommended his discharge for disability. The discharge came while he was still in bed in the hospital, but the idea of getting away from his unpleasant surroundings and getting home again seems to have nerved him for the journey.
Two weeks ago the young soldier arrived home in Portland and had to at once take to his bed. A mother's care and physician's skill failed to restore health, and yesterday the sad ending came. His physician says that the asthma and bronchitis contracted at Camp Merritt led to heart complications, and that the young man's system was so run down when he arrived home that it was impossible to rebuild it. When he left Portland full of patriotism, he was hale and hearty, and had never known sickness. Now the poor mother has but the wreck of her stalwart son to weep over, and it is a sad result of the criminal negligence of government officials, who never neglect themselves, but often cruelly neglect and ill treat young men whose noble patriotism prompts them to tolerate any imposition, any hardship, however unnecessary, useless and uncalled for.
The funeral of the young soldier will take place from his mother's residence at 8:45 AM tomorrow, the services being at the Cathedral at 9 o'clock.
Augustus Arpin (1837 - 1894)
Josephine Lena Graton Arpin (1844 - 1907)
Henry Arpin (1878 - 1898)
Napoleon A. Arpin (1879 - 1930)*
Mary Arpin (1885 - 1900)*
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Created by: James Burke
Record added: Mar 20, 2009
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