Watch lost in WWI returned to grandsons
Grothaus searched to no avail for the owner based on an engraving on the back: "W.B. Gill, Sioux City, IA, U.S.A."
After Grothaus' death, his son, Dewey, enlisted the help of Peggy Powell, a genealogist in Hornick.
In April, Powell located Gill's grandson, Lloyd, in Springfield, Mo.
Lloyd Gill and his brother Bill Gill of Keizer, Ore., reclaimed the watch Wednesday at the American Legion Post 1981 in Sioux City.
Their grandfather died in 1962 in Omaha, Neb., after suffering from effects of mustard gas exposure during the war.
"To see that watch and hold it in my hand, knowing it belonged to my grandfather," said Lloyd Gill, pausing and slowly shaking his head in a loss for words, "I don't know if I can describe it."
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