Funeral services will be held at Washington, D. C. on Saturday afternoon for the late Col. George H. Sands, well known Wheeling man, who passed away at the Walter Reed Hospital at 10 o'clock Wednesday evening following an operation.
Col. Sands, made his home with his daughter Mrs. J. Sumner Jones, at their home at Kenwood Place, Echo Point. He underwent an operation on Monday evening and it was thought that he would recover, but he took a turn for the worse on Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock and the immediate family was hurridly summoned to his bedside and he passed away as stated above.
The news of his untimely demise was learned here with keen regret by all, as he was well known and popular with all. Col. Sands was born in Washington, D.C. and was in the 64th year of his age. He graduated from West Point in the same class with General John J. Pershing and General Crowder.
He served with honor in the wars against the Indians in the West and saw much service along the Mexican border, in Texas, Arizona and the Indian Territory. When the war with Spain broke out he was sent to Cuba and took part in a number of the engagements there.
He served with General Pershing in the invasion of Mexico and during the campaign there was taken ill. Following detention in one of the hospitals in Texas he was retired from the service. He returned to Wheeling and when the world war broke out offered his services to the government and was assigned to the War College at Washington, where he rendered splendid services up until the signing of the armistice.
He again returned to Wheeling following the war and took an active part in the entertaining of the visiting army officials in their visits to the city.
He was on the reception committee that entertained General Summerall and his staff and also entertained General John J. Pershing upon his visit here. He took an active interest in all affairs pertaining to the government and was very active.
Col Sands is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Ella Pearson, of Sewickley, Pa., daughter of General Pearson. Also by one daughter, Mrs. J. Summer Jones, of this city, and one son Major Pearson Sands, of the United States Army.
A number of Wheelingites will attend the funeral services on Saturday at Washington. Captain J. Byron Nickerson, commander of the American Legion of West Virginia and members of Wheeling Post No. 1 was selected last evening to represent the local post at the services and to select and place a suitable wreath, or floral emblem on the grave as a token of esteem from the members of the local post.
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