11/9/2020 10:58:00 AM "The fourth soldier lad...to give up his life"
Jim Parry, REACH coordinator at Stewartville High School-Middle School, right, shares a grave marker inscribed with the name of World War I veteran Charles Lenton with Roger Peterson, commander of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. Parry found the marker while using his metal detector at Bear Cave Park.
Jim Parry loves to use his metal detector to search for buried treasures. Parry, the REACH coordinator at Stewartville High School-Middle School, was recently using his detector at Bear Cave Park near Woodlawn Cemetery when he came across what he knew was a significant object. "This is a favorite park of mine to detect at," Parry said in a You Tube video. "I just had what I consider the find of the day...It was ringing in, like a strong 95 on my Bounty Hunter." Initially, Parry couldn't tell what the object was because it was covered with mud. "It was maybe four or five inches down," he said. "I'm glad I didn't clip it with my shovel and damage it at all." After cleaning the object, he discovered it was inscribed with the name of Private Charles Lenton, a Stewartville resident who served in the 138th Field Artillery, the 88th Division, during World War I. Parry found the marker at Bear Cave Park near the gray building at Woodlawn Cemetery... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Nov. 10 Stewartville STAR.