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John Donnington Bartlett
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1879
Galesburg
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 12, 1920
East Moline
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

Major, Ambulance Companies 353, 354, 355 and 356, 314th Sanitary Train, 89th Div. Son of Frank S. and Sarah A. Bartlett; wife, Ethel Booker Bartlett; born July 30, 1879, Galesburg, Ill. Entered service at Ft. Riley, Kan., June 1, 1917.

MAJOR BARTLETT, HEROIC SOLDIER, DIES IN HOSPITAL
Son of Mr. and Mrs. FS Bartlett passed away from effects of service, yesterday.
Another Galesburg boy has laid his life on the alter of his country. Major John D Bartlett of the 314th Sanitary Train, attached to the fighting 89th Division, died very suddenly in a hospital where he was under treatment for the effects of his service in France. The sad news was contained in a telegram received by his brother, William A Bartlett, yesterday afternoon. The burial will be brought to Galesburg for burial.
Major Bartlett's wife and his two children, who are at Greenwich, CT, have been telegraphed and will arrive in Galesburg Thursday evening. The funeral will be held at the Universalist church at 3:30 and will be in charge of Rev CMA Alden.
Mejor Bartlett was born July 30, 1879 in Galesburg. He was educated in the Galesburg public schools and was graduated from the Galesburg High School and Lombard College and Rush Medical College. On his graduation from Rush, he spent some years as interne and was later a surgeon in the police ambulance department of the city of Chicago, where he gained valuable experience that was to serve him in good stead in his own practice and in the service of the AEF in France. When his service with the city ambulance corps was finished he located in Galesburg.
Dr. Bartlett practiced in Galesburg about four years. He built up a splendid practice here and was known as one of the very best physicians in the city. About 1915, he left Galesburg to take up a very interesting and important practice in Grass Range, MT. Dr. Bartlett had early attached himself to the United States Medical Reserve, but even if he had not been so attached, his intense patriotism would have made him, as he was, one of the first to join the colors. On the outbreak of the war, he entered the army as Major of the 314th Sanitary Train. His brother, Winfield, together with Harry Miller, Walter Shaffer and Robert Sinclair, all Galesburg boys, went from Galesburg and joined with him at Camp Funston. They were under his command while on the other side.
Major Bartlett's unit was attached to the fighting 89th Division. This division fought from the time almost when it landed in France until the end of the war. Major Bartlett was an ardent admirer of Theodore Roosevelt, and shaped his life ... along the lines he believed Roosevelt would have done. He put his whole soul into the work. Often he went thirty-six or forty-eight hours without sleep. In the Meuse-Argonne battle the casualties of the 89th were very heavy. The wounded and broken men came back in a steady stream. There were not doctors enough to take care of them. There were not nurses enough or hospital room enough. Major Bartlett worked incessantly to relieve suffering and to save life. For six days he had no sleep. Then his great strength gave way, and he suffered a nervous breakdown from which he never recovered.
He was taken to various hospitals in France, later brought home, landing in New York just one year and one day before his death, January 11, 1919. He was immediately taken to Bloomingdale Hospital at White Plains, NY, and later transferred to Fort Sheridan. He has since been under the constant care of the medical department of the army.
His death at this time, while a shock to the family, was not unexpected. His brother Will, who visited him at White Plains shortly after his return to America, told friends then that he did not expect him to recover. No one, however, thought that he would die so soon, and his many friends are deeply grieved and pained by his passing.
Major Bartlett's relatives in Galesburg are his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. FS Bartlett, and his brothers, William and Winfield, a sister, Mrs. MT Bruner, lives in Monmouth. Dr. Bartlett was a good Elk, a 33rd degree Mason and in his death as in his life he was 100 percent American.
GALESBURG EVENING MAIL: JANUARY 13, 1920 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Sears Bartlett (1855 - 1936)
  Sarah A Fleharty Bartlett (1856 - 1937)
 
 Spouse:
  Ethel Letitia Booker Bartlett (1879 - 1973)
 
 Children:
  John Donnington Bartlett (1909 - 1969)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alice Bartlett Bruner (1878 - 1966)*
  John Donnington Bartlett (1879 - 1920)
  Winfield F Bartlett (1898 - 1968)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Linwood Cemetery
Galesburg
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 42, Lot 18, Grave W 1/2
 
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Record added: May 17, 2009
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John Donnington Bartlett
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John Donnington Bartlett
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