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CLINTON STOUTENBURG
By Karen Cuccinello
Written April 2017

In view of the 100 year anniversary of "The Great War" WWI I found an obituary for a Stamford boy who gave his life. He enlisted a month after the declaration of war and was one of the first to go from Stamford.

A memorial service, which is written up in the Stamford Recorder, took place January 12, 1919. From a letter written by 1st Lieutenant Royal C. Johnson to Clinton's mother; “He lead a clean life and developed into a sturdy soldier of the best type. He was one of the youngest men in the company, but was well liked by his comrades. Just before dusk on October15th, during a severe staffling by the enemy, a single burst of machine gun fire that swept our position caught Clinton just as he stepped from his post. He died instantaneously.”

Clinton Stoutenburg was born March 1899 in Stamford to Eugene and Belle (Van Heusen) Stoutenburg and had one younger brother Hilton LaFond who also served in the Army after WWI. He and his mother and brother were living with his Van Heusen grandparents in the 1905 census and his grandmother Phoebe Van Housen in the 1915 Harpersfield census. I am not sure if his father, a carpenter, was dead before the 1905 census or estranged from his mother.

Abstract of WWI Military service- Army Serial number 1,211,170, Enlisted in NY National Guard at Oneonta on April 15, 1917, age 18 ½, organization assigned to Co. G 1 Inf NY N.G. to October 10, 1917; Co. G. 107 Inf. to death, Rank was Private, Engagements Kemmel, Belgium; Hindenberg Line; LeSelle River- served over seas May 10, 1918- killed in action October 13, 1918, no other wounds received in action. Person notified of death Mrs. Belle Stoutenburg, mother.

WWI Service Data- Co. G. 107 Inf. 27 division, 11 American Corps, Camp Wadsworth, SC. Left for France May 10, 1918. Had taken part with success in three major offensive operations besides being engaged in a number of lesser attacks. Was in the great attack of September 29 in which the Hindenburg Line was broken and the village of Bellicourt and Mauroy were captured; also in the attacks in the neighborhood of Montbrehain to St. Souplet. He is buried at Somme American Cemetery Bony, France. www.dcnyhistory.org and on findagrave.com

His mother and brother are buried in the Harpersfield Center Cemetery; Belle died 1931 and Hilton in 1977.

MY NOTES

1900 census Stamford- Eugene Stoutenburg 39 carpenter, Belle 21, Clinton 1 B: March 1899.

1905 census Harpersfield- AA VanHoesan 56 farmer, Phoeba 55, Belle Stoutenburgh 26 daughter, N. Clinton 7, Hilton LaFond 2

NYS Records of National Guard- Clinton joined April 15, 1917 in Co. G 1st NY Inf. NY Guard.

Abstract of WWI Military service- Army Serial number 1,211,170, Enlisted in NY National Guard at Oneonta on April 15, 1917, B: Stamford, age 18 ½, organization assigned to Co. G 1 Inf NY NG to October 10, 1917; Co. G. 107 Inf to death, Private, Engagements Kemmel,Belgium; Hindenberg Line; LeSelle River- served over seas May 10, 1918- killed in action October 13, 1918, no other wounds received in action- Person notified of death Mrs. Belle Stoutenburg, mother.

WWI Service Data- enlistment info the same as above plus 27 division, 11 American Corps, Camp Wadsworth, SC. Left for France 5/10/1918, had taken part with success in three major offensive operations besides being engaged in a number of lesser attacks. Was in the great attack of September 29 in which the Hindenburg Line was broken and the village of Bellicourt and Mauroy were captured; also in the attacks in the neighborhood of Montbrehain to St. Souplet. He is buried at Somme American Cemetery Bony, France. Www.dcnyhistory.org

April 2, 1931 (SM)- Mrs. Belle VanHeusen Stoutenburg died at her home on Main St. age 52. M: Eugene Stoutenburg. Survived by mother Phoebe VanHeusen and son Hilton LaFond of Stamford. Burial Harperfield cemetery.

Harpersfield Center Cemetery- Hilton Stoughtenburg Pvt US Army B: 9/7/1902- D: 6/10/1977 Pvt US Army

Courtesy of Karen Cuccinello karenc@midtel.net - posted to this website 21 October 2017


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