Edmond Leblond's Funeral, Auburn, 1918
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This photograph shows the funeral procession of Edmond Leblond leaving St. Louis Church in Auburn. Edmond Leblond is said to have been the first man from the Lewiston-Auburn area to die in World War I. Leblond (b. 1887) was drafted into the US army in April 1918. Although born in Lewiston, Leblond was working at the time for Pepperell Mill No 21 in Biddeford as a slasher. He served with the 39th infantry regiment "the Fighting Falcons." Leblond and his regiment fought at the Battle of Saint Mihiel (September 12-15, 1918) and in the Meuse-Argonne offensive (September 26 - November 11, 1918), in Northeastern France. Leblond died as a result of wounds received in action less than a month before the end of the war, in October 18, 1918. The undertaker (to the right of the coffin) is Louis Poisson. Edmond's parents, Napoléon and Alphonsine may be the couple behind the coffin.