From The Baxter Bulletin (Mountain Home, Arkansas)
"Baxter County Beginnings"
June 21, 2003

Alley, White World War I veterans

Alley-White 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, 1922.

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