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                        Eugene Pilcher
                          1883 - 1950

Gene is the sailor standing in this photo.  He was the youngest child of Richard and Lizzie (Callhappy) Pilcher.  We know from his military records that in his twenties he was 5 ft. 7 in. tall and weighed 135 lbs.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and ruddy complexion.  He had a tattoo on his left arm of a "Jap Lady with Fan".  He served a total of 8 years in the   U. S. Navy in two four-year terms.  The first was from 1907-1911.  His second four-year enlistment was during WW I, from 1917 - 1921.  His final rating was Chief Gunner's Mate.  During his first term he served on the U. S. S. South Dakota.  After the war Gene returned to St. Louis and spent the rest of his life working as a paper hanger and decorator.  He never married and lived with his sister Etta until he died in 1950.  We are still looking for Gene's final resting place.



Gene Pilcher on a Destroyer in the Atlantic
The back of this photo is a letter from Gene to Emma and reads:
"Dear Sister Emma,
This is an enlargement of a picture of us laying depth charges.  One of our convoy ships sighted a submarine and we are putting down a barrage.  Of course we can't say we got the sub, but if it was any where in the neighborhood it knew what we were doing.  You can see me with my back turned - extreme left. --Gene"

This photo is in pretty bad shape and was not dated.  One has to assume it was taken sometime between May 2nd, 1917 (Gene's enlistment date) and November 11th, 1918 (Armistice Day).


            Lizzie and Etta Pilcher
This photo is undated but appears to have been taken around 1910.  That would make Etta (Marietta) 30 and Lizzie about 70.  Etta lived with her mother until she died and them moved in with her brother Gene after he came back from the war.  Etta never married and died in 1954 at age 74.








Emma (Pilcher) and Larry Hoge
This is Emma and Larry posing in a local photo studio in St. Louis.  The photo is undated, but Larry looks to be about 12, so that would make it around 1915.  Emma would be 46 years old here.









         Lizzie (Callhappy) Pilcher
                    Larry Hoge
            Emma (Pilcher) Hoge
This picture was taken on the front porch of Lizzie's home in St. Louis, MO.  It is not dated, but Larry looks to be about six, which would put the year at about 1910.









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