This photo is a post card that was in a stack of vintage cards that came from my Aunt Ruth's house. Most of them are correspondence addressed to her from friends, (sent with a penny stamp).
On the back of this one, it just says, "From Henry Newton Chase To Miss Ruth Kruse".
I did not recall seeing his name in her diary of 1916, so I was thinking of ways that I could research who he might be, but then I remembered the magic of Google! Crossing my fingers, I entered his name and this entry was in the first two or three that popped up. Galena, KS is a couple of hundred miles from Greensburg, but it certainly seems likely that it could be a match.
CHASE, HENRY NEWTON, seaman, second class, United States Navy.
Enlisted: St. Louis, Mo., June 5, 1917.
Died: U. S. S. Mercy, October 9, 1918.
Next of kin: Father, Elmer Chase, 115 Short Street, Galena, Kans.
He apparently enlisted soon after the US entered the war and died from the flu a month before the armistice was signed.
Aunt Ruth kept his photo for a long time. Maybe he was just an acquaintance, or maybe a special acquaintance. Of course, it is too late to ask her.
On Veteran's Day, this year, we remember him and the many thousands of other young men and women who have served their country.
Those that came home, and those that didn't.