Homer Parkinson-Class of 1911


Most people in Mineral Point have heard the names Homer and Lee Parkinson many times before.  The Mineral Point American Legion Post 170 is named after the Parkinson Brothers.  Both were among the first 200,000 to volunteer for service to their county in World War I enlisting in 1917.  Tragically both would be killed in action in France in separate incidents.

They were honored with the largest funeral in Southwestern Wisconsin history at that time.  150 American Legion members from Mineral Point, Darlington, Blanchardville, and Monroe turned out to honor the two brothers.  The group including a number of Civil War veterans.

Homer and Lee were in a long line of Parkinson’s involved in military service. There grandfather Nathanial is credited with being the youngest soldier in the Black Hawk War.  Their great grandfather was a colonel in the Black Hawk War.  Their great-great-grandfather took part in the Revolutionary War.

Homer Parkinson was a 1911 graduate of Mineral Point High School.