History

How the American Legion of Hughesville got its name Glenn Sharrow:

The following is reprinted from the 1952 Souvenir Booklet commemorating the 100th anniversary of Hughesville, PA. In that publication, it was noted that the following article appeared originally in a November 1918 edition of the Hughesville Mail.

Hughesville was awakened at 4:15 o’clock on Monday morning by the ringing of the Methodist church bell by the pastor, the Rev. J. C. Young, after he was notified of the armistice by Burgess Lyon. It was but a few minutes until the whistles, bells, and fire alarms spread the good news of the end of World War I. The streets were filled with people, overjoyed with the news, a bonfire was lighted, and a parade was formed. A thanksgiving service was held in the afternoon at the Methodist Church, which was very well attended. When the world was celebrating the great victory, one heart was made sad by the news of the death of her son in action at the front. The following letter came to Mrs. Addie Sharrow at Philadelphia, Pa., dated Oct. 12, 1918:

"Dear Madam: It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter, yet I would not miss the opportunity to express my sympathy and the sympathy of the battery to you in your hour of bereavement."Your son, Glenn, joined us at Souge [France], where he had a detail in the artillery school. He could not endure to lose his chance to do his bit at the Front, and came up with us. He has been a great help to me in the battery and his work always recommended him for higher rank. "He fell serving his gun under shellfire and death was instantaneous. I have personally seen to it that he had a suitable burial, and that his grave is properly marked.

Sincerely, Charles W. Gallagher, Capt. 13th F. A., Comdg Btry 'F'."

The body of Corporal Sharrow was returned to Hughesville Sept. 7, 1921, and he was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Sept. 9th, with full military honors, conducted by the Post, which bears his name—Glenn 
Sharrow Post No.35, American Legion, Hughesville.

NOTE: According to the 1910 Federal Census, it is recorded that Glenn (who was 13 years old at the time) lived in Hughesville with his parents, Elmer (who was 45 years old and worked as a filer at a saw mill) and Adeline, who was 38. Glenn also had a 16 year-old brother, Clayton, and two sisters, Pearl, age 19, and Martha, age 11. Records held at the Lycoming County Courthouse state that Glenn Sharrow was born January 10, 1897 and entered the military on Sept. 16, 1915 when he was 18 years old. He was killed in action in France on October 3, 1918. He was 21 years old.

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