Palmer L. Husby
Palmer L. Husby was twenty years old when he entered the Stout Institute in 1915. Duri
ng the year he was enrolled at Stout, Palmer attended classes in bricklaying, printing, drawing, and other courses in manual training. He was a Menomonie resident who was a recent graduate of Menomonie High School. He left for the Mechanics Training School in Beloit on June 15, 1918. He was later assigned to Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan where he served as top sergeant in the 14th Ammunition Train. He died at Camp Custer on November 8, 1918 due to pneumonia. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.
Robert E. Kendall
Robert E. Kendall enrolled at the Stout Institute in 1909, the same year he graduated from Menomonie High School. He was awarded a two-year diploma from Stout on August 3, 1912. Kendall received a commission as first lieutenant on August 14, 1917 from the First Officers Training Camp at Madison Barracks, New York and was later assigned to duty with the 312 Infantry at Fort Dix. He left the United States on May 29, 1918 and joined the artillery training camp near Tannee, France. He saw active combat from August 16 on and was later gassed during the Argonne battle. Due to his wound he spent the rest of the war and the year following his gassing at several areas of convalescence. He died on August 16, 1919 at Staten Island, New York, due to pneumonia and his wounds. He was buried in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Emil Kroening graduated from Wausau High School before attending Marathon County Agricultural School. He entered the Stout Institute in 1916 and graduated May 31, 1917. He taught industrial arts for one year at Checotah, Oklahoma before enlisting on June 28, 1918. He was sent to Camp Taylor, Kentucky where he later died of pneumonia. According to the Stoutonia; “He was an earnest faithful student, and well thought of by his associates and teachers.”
Marvin Thomas Thompson
Marvin Thomas Thompson, a native of Menomonie, entered the Stout Institute in 1915. In addition to being a student, he was also a member of Company H of the Third Wisconsin. During the border problems with Mexico in 1916, Thompson was forced to leave Stout for six months when his guard unit was activated. Upon his return he was active in athletics and theatre. He was again called to active duty when the United States entered the First World War. During his absence, Stout awarded him a diploma in August, 1917. He attended officer’s training school before leaving in January 1918 for France where he served as a first lieutenant in Headquarters Company of the 30th Infantry Division. He was killed by artillery fire on July 15, 1918. He was decorated with the French Croix de Guerre and Britain’s Victoria Cross.