Albert L. Piburn

Following in his father’s footsteps, Albert L. Piburn served in Company D of the 4th Regiment of the Missouri Infantry during the Spanish American War. His father, Jacob Astor Piburn, had served in Company B of the 43rd Regiment of the Missouri Infantry in the Civil War. Born March 6, 1881, Albert was the final child of Jacob and his first wife, Sara Melissa Osmon Piburn. The couple had four children together. Sadly, in 1882, Sara passed away, and Jacob remarried Eva Maud Hampton Piburn. They had four more children together. Albert enlisted in the United States Army on April 27, 1898, became a private, and served through February 10, 1899, when he received an honorable discharge.

Though born in Brooklyn, Missouri, after his service, Albert spent the rest of his adult life moving around the western United States. He married Effie Grace Roberts Piburn in 1909, and they had a son, Hulbert, in 1910. They lived in Salt Fork, Oklahoma, where Albert worked his own farm. By October of 1923, Albert had filed for a military pension in Oklahoma. He eventually moved the family to Colorado, as he applied for, and received, his homestead patent in 1941 for over 630 acres in Routt County, which he claimed for stock raising. Yet a year later, in 1942, the Piburns moved to Denver, Colorado. At age 61, Albert labeled himself unemployed on his World War II Draft Registration Card. Albert finally moved to Hot Springs where he passed away on April 4, 1960. He is interred at the Hot Springs National Cemetery. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife and son, who had moved to California.

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