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Lucas Independent --- Jan., 1951


Irene Lillian POLLOCK SOWERS was born January 3, 1900, at Wamego, Kansas and passed away January 8, 1951 at Salina, Kansas, at the age of 51 years and 5 days.

She was married to Claude SOWERS May 24, 1918, at Manhattan, Kansas.  Her husband predeced her in death in 1947.  To this union four children were born, namely, Claude L. SOWERS, Jr., in the Armed Services, Orlando, Fla.; Kenneth R. SOWERS, of Hayward, Calif.; Donald P. SOWERS, who lost his life in World War II and Mrs. Carol Jean LEWIS of Salina.

Mrs. SOWERS was a member of the Methodist Church, her membership being in the Methodist Church of Salina at the time of her departure.  She also leaves to mourn her departure four grandchildren, one brother, Bill POLLOCK of Seattle, Wash., and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon with Rev. H. J. MAPLES in charge.  Burial was in the Delhi Cemetery.

[Note:  Her real name was Lillian Irene Pollock, but she went by Irene. According to her death certificate, she died January 5, 1951.  Mrs. Sowers lived many years in the Lucas, Kansas, area.]

Submitted by Bill Sowers, grandson.

Lucas Independent --- Jan. 20, 1944

Staff Sergeant Donald P. SOWERS


Parents to Receive Posthumous Award of Purple Heart

Posthumous award of the purple heart, distinguished flying cross and air medal with three oak leaf clusturs,  epresenting second, third and fourth awards of the medal to Staff Sergeant Donald P. SOWERS, of Lucas, will be presented to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude SOWERS, at ceremonies in the base theatre at Walker Army Air Field Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.

Sergeant SOWERS who was 19 years old and a native of Lucas, lost his life August 1, 1943, in a raid over the Rumanian oil fields.

Lt. Col. Clarence L. HEWITT, Jr., commanding officer at Walker, will make the presentation in the climax to a formal ceremonial program.  The Walker Army Air Field band will furnish music.

Sergeant SOWERS enlisted July 22, 1942.  He was graduated from Las Vegas gunnery school in October and from Oldsmobile Armament School at Lansing, Mich., in November, 1942.  He completed training at Tucson, Ariz. and went overseas in the spring of 1943.

 Mr. and Mrs. [Claude and Irene] SOWERS have two other sons in service. Staff Sergeant Claude SOWERS, Jr., has been a gunner with a crew in England for 17 months. Kenneth R. SOWERS is at the classification center at Nashville, Tenn., awaiting training as a pilot.  A daughter, Carol Jean, is at home.

[Note: Donald Philip SOWERS was born April 22, 1924, in Russell Co., KS. He died August 1, 1943 in an air raid over the Ploesti, Romania, oil fields.  He is buried in Liege, Belgium.]

Submitted by Bill Sowers, nephew.

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