Saturday, April 16, 2011

Upcoming Event : The Life of WWI Soldier David Sutfin of Van Buren County

The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is pleased to sponsor "The Life of World War I Soldier David Sutfin From Van Buren County" to be presented by Steve Rossio, Portage District Library Local Historian, Monday, April 25, 7 p.m. at the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur.

David Sutfin, a former Hamilton Township youth, was born in 1898 the son of William & Maude Sutfin.  When the call came for the "War to End All Wars", David became a member of the 32nd Division, 126th Infantry.  He was killed during service in France in 1918.  His life was one of countless sacrifices made by Southwest Michigan families. The program will give us an inside look at David's early life in Van Buren County and his subsequent service to his country, allowing a glimpse not only into his life but that of other families facing similar circumstances of the WWI era. 

In addition to his career at the Portage District Library, Steve Rossio has a keen interest in military history.  He is a member of the Michigan Historical Society, the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and participates in Civil War reenactments.  His portrayal of the life of an army infantryman should be both entertaining and insightful.

The program is open to the public.  Also that evening at 6 p.m. will be a Family History Essentials mini-class entitled " About Newspapers and Their Importance in Genealogy Research".  Plan to come early and spend some time in the Local History Collection of the Van Buren District Library.