Millard Fillmore Moses

1896 - 1953

 

A letter from Millard F Moses from Waken, Belgium printed in the Basin Republican, Friday, January 10, 1919 is partially quoted herein and gives a first-hand account of a soldier’s post-war feelings (WW I)

Dear Sister: (written to his sister Edna Moses Ferguson)

I received your most welcome letter the other day and was sure glad to hear from you. It has been raining quite a little here lately, but has not been very cold yet.  It seems pretty good not to be dodging shrapnel and machine gun bullets and I am not a bit sorry that those days are over.  This country is sure shot up.  Lots of the houses are shot down, the railroads blown up and there is hardly any place in the fields that has not a shell hole.  We are about 39 or 40 miles from Ypres.  There is nothing left of that city but ruins, every house having been shot down.  We have been on the front three times.  The first time were {sic] in the Argonne forest, the last of September, and had a hard fight there, but it was not so bad here in Belgium.  We were on the line building a pontoon bridge when the armistice was signed and were the first American soldiers in Belgium.  We were quite a curiosity to the people here, but they were glad to see us. “

Millard Moses, Co. A, [ 91st Division],316 Engineers. A.E.F.A.P.G. 7

 

WWI Notes provided by Faye Bell:

WW I and after - The 91st Division was constituted  5 August 1917 at Camp Lewis, WA near Tacoma, the division soon thereafter departed for England in the summer of 1918, in September 1918, the division’s first operation was in the St Mihiel Offensive in France.  Serving under the U.S. Army’s V Corps, the division fought in the Meuse Argonne Offensive and successfully helped to destroy the German First Guard   Division and continued to smash through three successful enemy lines.  Twelve days before the end of WW I, the division as part of the VII Corps helped drive the Germans east across the Escaut River.  The division was awarded separate compaign streamers for its active role om the Lorraine, Meuse-Argonne and Ypres-Lys campaigns.  It was known as the Pine Tree division and the insignia was worn on the shoulder sleeve.

 

Mabry and Millard Moses were part of the  Co A, 316 Engineers, 91st Division, V Army Corps.76

 

Faye Caines Rogers Moses Broadstreet (wife of Millard F. Moses)

            Fae Pauline Caines was born the 9th child of Albert E and Shirley Caines in Belfrey Carbon County, MT and the twin of Philip Sheridan Caines.  The family moved from Montana to Washington when Fae was four years old.  While in the Spokane area, her father, a Civil War Veteran passed away and was buried at Port Orchard, Kitsap County, WA in a military cemetery.  The 9 children of the widow Shirley Caines moved back to Montana to be closer to her parents.  Fae’s mother ran a boarding house and served as cook for the family Bronson and Genevieve Rogers in Red Lodge, MT.  During that time, the Rogers’ wanted to take Fae into their home and it was agreed that the millionaire and his wife would have more advantages to offer the 10-year old child.  She lived with the Rogers family as Fae Virginia Rogers until she was  nearly 16 and left Montana to join her mother and brothers in Hyattville, WY where they had built a residence for the family there.

 

            She married Millard Fillmore Moses 19 June 1923 in Worland, WY.  (Herb Paris was a witness to the wedding).  Four children survived the rigors of pregnancy:  Millard Mabry, Robert James, Justin Burris and Fae Virginia Moses.  She was vigorous and energetic serving as cook and bookkeeper for the family sawmill business for years. She spent 1-/12 years in the tuberculosis sanatorium at Basin, WY in 1930-1931. 

 

The couple bought back the original homestead of David Bowen Moses in 1940.    After that Fae was active in Ten Sleep community affairs VFW auxiliary, 4-H and Girl Scouts.  A lively personality, a quick wit, and a kind outlook on the community earned her respect and appreciation.  She and Millard were divorced in 1951.  She married Robert Fenton in 1953 and divorced him later which was followed by a third marriage when she married Joseph A Broadstreet; she was widowed when Joe was killed in 1977.

 

She was taken to the Johnson County Alzheimer’s Center in Arapaho, Johnson County, Colorado, in 1990 by her g-daughter Karen Moses Walter.  She passed away in the JCA Center December 14, 1995 and a funeral service was held in the Ten Sleep Methodist Church on December 19.  Immediately following the services, she was laid to rest in the Hyattville, WY cemetery in the Caines’ family plot to respect her wish to be buried near her twin brother.  Submitted by her daughter Faye V Bell, SLC, 2012.

 

Faye as a young girl  and a middle-aged woman.