Idaho County Free Press
Thursday, May 2, 1946
JOHN F. SAMSEL, WAR I VETERAN, DIES, BOISE

John F. Samsel, 49, died at the veterans hospital in Boise Monday morning April 29, where he had been a patient for ten days. He had been in ailing health for several months but it was only recently his condition became critical.
He was born June 18, 1896 in Stockton, Mo., and the family came to Idaho three years later, locating at Genesee for one year and then taking a homestead on the newly opened Indian reservation near Winona. He attended the Lamb school near there.
In July 1917 he enlisted in Company E, Idaho National Guard, and served with the Second Division Combat Engineers in Europe, participating in five major engagements and later serving the army of occupation. He was discharged in October 1919, and was employed by the forest service for the next five years.
He was married to Bessie Mae Asker on December 22, 1923 in Grangeville and moved to a farm in the Winona section where they remained until ten years ago when they bought a stock ranch near White Bird which had since been the family home.
He was a member of the Grangeville post of the American Legion

Submitted by Chris Cornett

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