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Pair of Trench Art Vases: manufactured from French 75mm cannon brass shell casings; twisted at near bottom; bomb shell design hammered and sides have flower design; scalloped edge around top; hammered design of "ALSACE/1918". Edwin Horace Newton was born in Oshkosh, WI on October 30, 1888, the son of Selim H. and Ina M. (Finney) Newton. He and his father both worked for Webb's House Furnishing Company. He married Harriet "Hattie" Manda Daniels on July 3, 1912. Newton was a member of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard and became 2nd Lieutenant on June 29, 1915. He served with the company in Texas during the Mexican Border War 1916. In World War I, their company became Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division. Late in 1918, Newton was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He was later reassigned to the 161 Depot Brigade.
Vase -WORLD WAR I -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum

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