From The Baxter Bulletin
(Mountain Home, Arkansas)
"Baxter County Beginnings"
June 21, 2003
Alley, White World War I
American Legion Post 52 is planning a memorial service
July 24 at Mountain Home Cemetery in commemoration of the
85th anniversary of the deaths of Hosea Alley and
Clarence G. "Thorty" White. The post is named
after the two young men who died in World War I.
White was the first Baxter County boy to fall from the
Huns bullets in France during World War I. Two boys from
Baxter County had already died in training camps.
Born Feb. 2, 1893, to Mr. and Mrs. Jim White, he was only
24 when he enlisted. When a call was made in early
September for four men to go to Camp Pike, White was one
of the first to offer himself. He was a private, 1592171
in Company A 28th Infantry 1st Division. He was killed on
the Western front on July 25, 1918. White has a tombstone
in Mountain Home Cemetery, and the special service will
be held in that location.
In a Baxter County Historical Society's quarterly, member
Lucille Parks furnished the following information on the
young men for whom the Alley-White Post was named.
According to her information, Pvt. Clarence G.
"Thorty" White was a 25-year-old soldier from
Bennett's Bayou Township who was killed on July 25, 1918,
in France. He was the son of James J. and Mary Choate
White and was survived by four brothers: James White,
Zachariah White, Glitson White and Arthur White, and two
sisters, Iva and Icy. His body was returned and buried in
the Mountain Home Cemetery.
John Wolf, who was president of the Mountain Home
Cemetery Association, says the record book he received as
president appears to have been copied from another
source, and he says that White is listed as being buried
in Lot 98 before the next listing, which was Jan 22,
Cpl. Hosea P. Alley was killed in France on Oct. 21,
1918, during World War I. A German bullet entered his
breast on Oct. 16 and he was taken to a hospital where he
died. Hosea was 26 years old and was a quiet friendly boy
who left a young wife and four brothers and sisters.
Hosea Alley was buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Original newspaper article by Chryl
Ripple, Baxter Bulletin Historian