109th leader Miner topic of WWI commemoration

By Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — The Shawnee Fort Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a luncheon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at noon Oct. 20 at Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre.

The program, presented by local historian Tony Brooks, will highlight the life of Col. Asher Miner, who commanded the 109th Field Artillery.

World War I broke out in 1914, with fighting continuing until an armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. The United States entered the war in April 1917. Of the 4.7 million Americans who served in that conflict, 204,000 were wounded and more than 116,000 died as a result of combat injuries.

“Understanding and appreciating local history in a national or international context is important to understanding a community and the role local people have played in shaping events,” Brooks said.

Miner returned home a decorated war hero and died in 1924 at the age of 63.

In addition to many years of military service, Miner served one term as a state representative and led the Miner-Hillard Milling Company.

His name lives on in the city, though his life story may not be familiar to all. Brooks is looking to remedy that with his lecture.

“In 1933, Wilkes-Barre named a park in honor of General Asher Miner’s service in World War I. Today, most people have forgotten his service but may know the park … ,” Brooks added. “I hope to remind people that his service to our country should not be forgotten.”

The upcoming DAR event is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Shawnee Fort Chapter community projects and historic preservation efforts. (Entree of roast beef or chicken francaise.)

Advance reservations are $30 and must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 9. Info, Kathleen Smith at [email protected] or 570-704-9809.


By Roger DuPuis

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