William A. Paul, whose service during World War 1 contains the name
of the great French fronts where the fighting was most bitter, has
gone west. He died in Twin Falls, Idaho March 25, 1943, death being
connected with bronchial trouble. He had lived in Idaho County much
of his life, and after discharge from the army he mined extensively
in the Florence section, remaining there the year around with his
wife and son, who survive him. His father was Gabriel Paul, of Grangeville,
who died in 1918, while his son was overseas. There are several nieces
and nephews living at Grangeville and Whitebird.
Military rites were observed at the burial service held in Twin Falls,
under the direction of the American Legion, with burial in the Twin
William Abner Paul was born December 20, 1879, near Waitsburg. He
enlisted with Company F, 116th Engineers in June 1916, at Lewiston,
served in France and Germany, and was discharged with Company D Second
Engineers. He was nearly two years in Europe, as he remained with the
army of occupation until July 21, 1919. He was returned to the United
States in August of that year.
Mr. Paul was decorated with the Victory medal.
The fronts on which he served were the Toulon-Tryon sector, the Alsne
offensive, Marbushese, St.Mihiel, the Meuse Argonne and Belleau Wood
where he was gassed, in June 1918.
Mr. Paul was married Dec.20, 1932, to Miss Corine Stiles of Twin Falls.
They have one son, William Lea, aged nine. Mr. Paul was not ill long
and complained only occasionally. Since Christmas he had not been quite
as well as usual.
He was a member of Stradley chapter, Disabled American Veterans, at
Twin Falls, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and of the American Legion.
In Grangeville he was affiliated with the Knights of Pythias Lodge.