February 2: A memorial service is held for William Frank Earnest in Homer, IL. The description is as follows:
“At this time several people from Champaign including the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Earnest were present. The service opened with several patriotic songs. Miss Inez Dennis sang a solo entitled “When the Blue Service Star turns to Gold” and Mrs. C. E. Kuechler and Mrs. Percy O’Neil sang a duet. Mrs. Earnest pinned the gold star on which takes the place of the blue. It had been planned to have a Champaign quartet and also the pastor from the African Methodist church present but both parties were unable to come. The quartet expects to come later. The service was very impressive and handkerchiefs were used quite frequently. This gold star, representing the life of Frank Earnest, a model young man, is the second star on the service flag.” Homer Enterprise February 14, 1919, page 1.