Story City’s World War I Gold Star Soldiers: Milton Goins

Kate Feil Museum Director
Milton Goins

There were 206 people from Story City that served in the military during World War I. Of those 206, 11 men lost their lives while in service. Throughout 2018, the Historical Society will be paying tribute to these eleven soldiers in the Herald on the 100th anniversary of their death. The second solider from Story City who died while in service was Milton Goins on May 6, 1918.

Milton Goins was born in Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 10, 1895. Milton was the son of John and Eugenia Goins of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He also had four siblings, two sisters and two brothers, listed in the 1910 census living in Lawrenceburg. Unfortunately, there was not much written about Milton in the Story City Herald. We do not know why or when he came to the Story City area. On his 1917 draft registration card, Milton lists his occupation as farmer and that he was employed by Jonas Christian. Jonas owned land in sections 4 and 5 of Howard Township to the east of Story City.

Milton had worked in the Story City area for a number of years before he joined the Navy in the beginning of April in 1918. He was stationed at the Great Lakes Training Station in Illinois. It was reported in the May 23, 1918, edition of the Herald that Milton had died shortly after arriving at the training station due to an attack of pneumonia. Milton was buried at Mimosa Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

A resolution that was adopted by the Big Brother Sunday School Class of Grace Evangelical Church was printed in the May 30, 1918, edition of the Herald. Here is a section of that resolution that was also mailed to Milton’s parents:

“It is with profound sorrow that we, the Big Brothers of Grace Evangelical Church, of Story City, Iowa, learn of the death of our beloved brother, Milton Goins, who but a few weeks since left our midst in apparent good health. It was with mingled feelings that we bade him farewell, with regret that we were to lose the pleasure and benefit of his association, and yet with true sense of patriotic pride that another of our number had volunteered his services to our country in its hour of need.

“Now therefore, it is solemnly resolved, that we believe that his life was not spent in vain; that we honor the memory of our departed brother; that we are truly mindful to his loyalty to his God, his country, and his class. The cooperation and assistance which he rendered in our various class activities, and his kindly Christian spirit was highly appreciated and will ever be a pleasant memory to us and his life and example the means of inspiring other young men to higher and nobler Christian life and service.”

As we remember Milton Goins and all of our Gold Star soldiers throughout this year, let us not forget that they gave their all for liberty and peace.