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Friday, November 6, 2015

Photo of Henry Chandler's grave marker

Sandy Hill has worked with KU colleagues at the Parsons Research Center for
15 years and her research environment paid off recently for a veteran who
died before she was born.

After attending a funeral at the historic Oak Wood Cemetery in Parsons, Sandy walked through the veteran’s section and noticed that one grave was marked differently than all the others with only a simple metal plate that said “Frey Chandler 1958.” She wondered who Frey Chandler was and why his marker didn’t match the ones around his grave.

Sandy took a vacation day and spent hours of her time searching microfiche for more information about Frey Chandler. With no success, she enlisted the help of Gary Wall, a local funeral home director and he told her that in the 1950’s Frey was the name of the funeral home, not Chandler’s first name at all. They were able to determine that the man buried as Frey Chandler was actually Henry Chandler, a veteran of World War I having served in the 92nd Infantry Division, and survived at the time of his death by two daughters and a son.

Henry Chandler was born June 8, 1885 in South Bend, Indiana. He lived in Weir, KS, in his later years and died January 15, 1958, at the veteran’s hospital in Muskogee, OK.

Now in 2015, because Sandy Hill wondered “why”, the record has been set straight.

Henry Chandler’s gravestone is pictured on the right. The engraving and the work to set the stone were donated by Mike Forbes, Don Babcock (S. I. Memorials), and Darrin Babcock (Oak Wood Cemetery).



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