record was transcribed by Penny Bennett Casey from the "Pensions
and Increase of Pensions", which pertained to the Bill that was
approved in 1917 for pension benefits for the Indian War Veterans.
Committee – February 13, 1919
No. 652, 65th Congress, 3rd Session, Senate Report
Thompson, Grangeville, Idaho, served in the Regular Establishment,
Eight Battery, United States Field Artillery, and Battery D, Fifth
United States Field Artillery, from July 1, 1904, to January 15, 1909,
when honorably discharged.
The records of the War Department show that he received treatment during
service for tonsillitis of both sides, malarial fever of a malignant
character, prolonged and serious, slight injury to left heel while
drilling, all in line of duty, a slight venereal disease of record, also
a blow over one of his eyes while fighting with a comrade, not in line
The bureau waived the slight venereal disease of record as a factor in
the claim. He filed a claim
for pension in October, 1913, claiming that he was thrown from his horse
and injured in both legs while in line of duty, and that he also
contracted dhobie itch, dysentery, and rupture in service and line of
The claim was
rejected as to rupture and injury of leg on the ground of no record, and
all other disabilities were rejected on the ground of no rateable
records, according to a statement from the commanding officer, show that
this soldier was repeatedly treated in quarters, nature of illness not
given, but much of the time held due to line of duty.
In two instances, for three days each, the soldier was treated,
illness held not due to line of duty.
that while attempting to mount his horse in drilling in line of duty the
horse became unmanageable and threw him, and he very seriously injured
one of his ankles and heel and was treated in the hospital, as shown by
records for treatment to injured heel.
He claims at the
same time that he received this injury he also received the rupture from
the same cause, being thrown from his horse.
These comrades do not testify as to rupture.
testify, however, that they saw him thrown from his horse, which was
wild and untrained, and that he injured both legs, the left one very
seriously, and it had to be treated, and he was in the hospital for said
treatment. He also
contracted dhobie itch, from which he suffered very much, and that he
complained of bowel trouble with much soreness in the groin, and that
while he was suffering from this injury a rupture appeared which these
comrades testified they saw and from which he never recovered.
testify that when he returned home he was ruptured, and that his leg and
ankle were injured, and that these disabilities were permanent ever
since, and that in addition to this he suffered from dhobie itch and
bowel trouble from time to time, all of which incapacitated him for
performance of manual labor.
There is medical
testimony showing left leg or ankle was injured and the motion thereof
was very much limited, the joins split, and there was much pain.
Also that he suffered from disease of heart.
They rated $6 for injury and $8 for disease of heart.
In 1916 the next
board reports practically the same thing, except that this board
reported a bad hernia, for which they rated $10.
Both boards state there is no evidence of venereal disease or
With the bill the
petitioner files an affidavit in which he states he is unable to perform
labor on account of injury of left leg, rupture of the left side and
bowel trouble, and that he owns no property other than a small stock of
jewelry worth $900 and mortgaged for $800.
Lay witnesses sustain his allegations as to physical and
shows that the soldier suffers from a serious injury to left ankle and
state that he suffers from constant recurrent attacks of bowel trouble
and is unable to perform labor.
After a careful
consideration of all the evidence in this case your committee concludes
that it is safe to accept the disabilities as due to service and justify
a pension of $12 a month, and it is so recommended.