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James Edwin Fowler
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1898
Placer County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1918, France

James was born at home at "Pioneer Ranch" in Virginiatown, a few miles from Lincoln, and grew up there. "He had a natural liking for horses, which he displayed from the time he was a boy; he knew all the horses in the neighborhood and displayed a keen interest in their well-being." At the age of 19, he enlisted in Company D 4th United States Engineers, for service in World War I. While at the front somewhere near the Vesle River, his detachment ran out of food. He volunteered to go looking for rations, hitched a cart of two horses, and set off. He was successful on his first run. Sadly, returning on his second trip, a shell burst under his cart and horses, killing both the horses and himself. He was the only soldier from Lincoln to be killed in France. "After the war, the body was disinterred and brought back to his home, and was buried with military honors in the Lincoln cemetery." His mother, Mrs. Bell Fagg Fowler, kept his saddle horse, saddle,and bridle. A local American Legion named their post "Jim Fowler Post" in young Jim Fowler's memory. He was just 20 years old.

(Research from "History of Placer and Nevada Counties", published 1924)

In the 1910 U.S. Census (Placer County, CA), the household is:

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Frank Fowler Jr. Head M 57 Massachusetts
Belle F Fowler Wife F 55 California
Eugene F Fowler Son M 20 California
Laurence W Fowler Son M 18 California
Frank D Fowler Son M 15 California
James E Fowler Son M 11 California
Family links: 
  Frank Herbert Fowler (1852 - 1913)
  Bell Jane Fagg Fowler (1854 - 1941)
  Baby Boy Fowler (1885 - 1885)*
  Ralph M. Fowler (1886 - 1962)*
  Eugene Fagg Fowler (1889 - 1973)*
  Laurence Wood Fowler (1892 - 1979)*
  Frank David Fowler (1894 - 1970)*
  James Edwin Fowler (1898 - 1918)
*Calculated relationship
Lincoln Cemetery
Placer County
California, USA
Created by: Valarie Vine
Record added: Feb 07, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84652598
James Edwin Fowler
Added by: Valarie Vine
James Edwin Fowler
Added by: Valarie Vine
James Edwin Fowler
Added by: Valarie Vine
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Been looking for James Fowler's marker for some time. I knew sooner or later I would find it. Thank you James and all the other young men who gave the ultimate sacrifice so many years ago on the battlefields so far from home. You are at rest in Lincoln...(Read more)
- V
 Added: Aug. 20, 2016

 Added: Aug. 28, 2014
Remembering young Jim Fowler who loved growing up in Placer County, and who sadly died on the battlefield of France during World War I.
- V
 Added: Feb. 7, 2012

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