OBITUARIES OF BURT COUNTY
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top of each.
- Anderson, Eddie
- Bates, Orville Russell
- Calnon, George
- Christenson, Otto H.
- Classen, George
- Doescher, Ed.
- Hart, John
- Johnson, Lawrence
- Kelley, Dean D.
- LaFrenz, Julius
- Larson, Floyd Elim
- Lloyd, George
- McDonald, Ernest
- McGraw, Herbert Glen
- Peterson, Swen Harry
- Rogers, William P.
- Sackett, Nate
- Southwell, Charley
- Sundquist, Edward
- Whitney, Leslie
[Burt County Herald, October 25,
JULIUS LaFRENZ KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
Popular Tekamah Boy Pays the Supreme Sacrifice for
Julius LaFrenz, of this city was killed
in action September 12th on fields of France. He is the
first Tekamah boy to pay the supreme price on foreign soil.,
his name will be always that of a hero, as he did all he
possibly could for his country.
The father received the following dispatch
from the war department in Washington, D. C.
Mr. Chris LaFrenz:--Deeply regret to
inform you that Corporal Julius LaFrenz is officially
reported killed in action Sept., 12th
Julius LaFrenz was born February 29th
1888, in Pierce county, Nebraska, and with his parents came
to Burt county in 1894 where he continued to reside with
them until he entered the service of his country early in
the year 1918. He was a bright young man with a promising
future and stood at the top in any line of work which he
persued (sic). The day before he was killed he wrote home
telling how he was succeeding and was well and busy doing
his part in this great war.
Mr. Chris LaFrenz is German, and
speaking of this loss of his son, by German bullets, said,
his parents had brought him along with the other children
from Germany to America when they were mere children, so
they could escape the terrible military life which awaited
them in a few more, now to think that I had to send my son
back there to help the civilized world crush this terrible
country, and to loose (sic) his life in protecting from the
terrible oppression of the Huns, is almost too much; I am
proud that my son could do this, altho I regret that he had
to pay for my freedom with his life."
The deep sympathy of the community is
extended to his relatives in this time of sorrow.
[October 11, 1918 issue of the "Oakland Independent
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR SOLDIER FALLEN IN
Memorial services for Private Swen Harry
Peterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Peterson of Argo, were
held at the Lutheran church here, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. C.
F. Sandahl of Oakland delivered an impressive and eloquent
memorial address. The choir rendered special music. The
church was decorated with flags hung at half mast and with
cut flowers and potted plants. A large photo of the fallen
patriot was draped with flags. At the close of the service
the church bell was tolled once for each of his twenty-seven
years. Private Peterson was born in Swaburg, May 7, 1891.
Except for a time spent in South Dakota, he spent his life
here and in the Argo neighborhood, where his parents now
reside. Last December he enlisted in the Seventh Nebraska
regiment --the unluck (sic) Seventh--and when that disbanded
he joined the Marine corps, leaving in January for Paris
Island, Ga. In May he arrived safely in France, where he
soon saw active service. On July 18, he made his supreme
sacrifice and offered up his life for his beloved country.
He leaves to mourn for him his parents and five sisters,
Edith, now Mrs. Will Johnson; Nellie, Violet, Florence and
Mabel, and one brother, Emil. The sincere sympathy of all is
extended to the bereaved who are sorrowing at the death of
their son and brother. May they be consoled by the blessing
of the Holy Father, who doeth all things well, and by the
knowledge that their dear one met an honorable death in
upholding the cause of our country.
[Sept 26, 1918 issue of the Decatur Herald]
- 1st. Sergeant, William P. Rogers
was born near Anthon, Iowa March 14, 1895, spent his 23rd
birthday on the train going to the front in France, upon
which day he was injured in a train accident.
- He arrived in Decatur at the age of
12 years, in 1907, which place has been his home since
that time. He was very energetic at all times; he,
together with his younger brother and sister, assisted in
purchasing a home for the comfort of his mother and
family. He always made good in every position he was
placed, doing his whole duty at all times.
- He was baptized when 10 years of
age, according to his own manner, which was to kneel upon
his knees, and wanted full baptism of a bowl of water,
and become a member of the Methodist Church.
- He leaves two sisters, one half
brother, and his brother Charles who is now on his way to
France leaving this week from New Jersey. Upon receipt of
the telegram, announcing the death of his brother, he
said he would go across, and fight for both of them.
- Perry was always a studious young
man, attended Decatur High School to the 10th grade when
he took up the responsibilities of life.
- He enlisted in the 4th Nebraska
Regiment, June 19, 1916, went into training at once, and
remained much of the time up to January 16, 1917 at Liano
Grande New Mexico, where he was promoted to Mess
Sergeant, which which (sic) place he filled
- From March to May, 1916, he was
stationed at Sioux City, Iowa where he was honorably
- After war was declared he was eager
to re-enlist, and again enlisted at Walthill, Nebraska
where he was again made Sergeant, which place he filled
to the satisfaction of his superior officers.
- He was called to Washington January
18th, where he remained until February 22nd. He landed in
England, March 6, 1918, arrived in France, March 14th
1918 on which date through a railroad accident he was
- Since his arrival in France, he was
supply agent, and made Sergeant of the first class, was
purchasing sergeant for a large division, also had charge
of a large sawmill with a crew of 110 men under him.
- In all of his letters, he brought
good cheer to his home folks and expressed the hope of
seeing the strife over, and of his return home.
- He was at the Bay of Biscay in
June, for a little recreation, and wrote of the
desolation, hunger and privations of the people there.
Noting a poor woman and her starving boys at her side, he
thanked God it was not his mother.
- Perry did his part in buying
Liberty Bonds, and in a recent letter stated he was
making his last payment on Bonds, and that he was ready
to buy more.
- In his last letter of July 27th he
said our troops were giving the Huns what they deserve
and the days were getting brighter in France: was very
optimistic as to the future, and spoke of his return
home, when he would take the little boys out to the high
banks for a swim, as boys always enjoy.
- He was the first Decatur boy to
give up a noble life in France, for the great cause
America is fighting for.
Following is a poem written by him:
- The Call of the Flag
- By Perry
- Like the dew that's softly falling,
- Here I now a voice that's
- Calling to a man that has a heart,
- To a man that lives for duty:
- Willing to sacrifice, to do his part.
- It's a call that's filled with pity.
- Every man should stop and
- To protect the home, the mother'
- The child, and all that's
- There's a feeling sort of fills you,
- And it thrills you thro and
- As you gaze upon Old Glory:
- On the red the white and blue.
- To each it is his duty,
- Why shirk you then your part
- When a call that's more than human
- Knocks at every loyal heart.
- So when you hear it knocking,
- And, you feel it's time to
- Don't be an idle dreamer.-
- Go ahead and do your part.
[November 29, 1918 issue of Oakland Independent and
Otto H. Christenson
In last week's issue of the Independent
there was asked for the address of Otto Christenson. The
very next day, Saturday, his brother Emil, now working for
Gust. B. Johnson, received a message stating that Otto had
been killed in action October 22.
Otto Christenson was called in the
draft and went out of here with one of the first
contingents. In May last he was sent over to France with
Company M, 355th Infantry. Recently, when no letter had come
for a long time, his brother became worried and an attempt
was made to learn where Otto was. The telegram carried the
Private Christenson was born at
(unreadable), Sweden, and came to Oakland in 1914. The first
year he worked for Carl (unreadable) and after that on
various other farms. He had taken out his first citizenship
papers. In addition to the brother Emil, the nearest
survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Per Christenson, in
Sweden, and five brothers and sisters, also living in
[November 29, 1918, issue Oakland Independent and
On Monday came a telegram to Mrs. Ida
Anderson, bearing the heart- breaking news that her son
Eddie had died in France October 31 from brocho-pneumonia.
His last letter was dated September 21. Naturally, his
nearest were alarmed over receiving no news from him, so on
November 18th they sent an inquiry by cable. No answer has
been received, but in place of it came the message stating
that Eddie was dead.
Eddie Anderson was born at Oakland
December 23, 1888, and lived here up to the time of being
drafted into the army, which was Sept. 19, 1917. He was sent
to Camp Funston, and later to Camp Stuart, Virginia. In
April he went to France in the capacity of Wagoner. He
belonged to the Supply Company of the Fourth Infantry.
There are left to mourn his early
demise the mother, Mrs. Ida Anderson, and the following
brothers and sisters. Ellen, Hannah, Carl, and Mrs. Ed
Anderson, of Oakland, and Mrs. Carl Nordstrom, of Wauss.
Eddie was a member of the Swedish
Lutheran church, and his is the first of the forty-five
stars on its service flag to be turned to gold.
[October 24, 1918 issue of the "Lyons Mirror
HERBERT GLENN McCRAW
Herbert Glen McCraw was born in Wolf City, Texas,
on the 20th day of Jan. 1880, and died here in Lyons at the
home of his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Brown, on
Friday, Oct.18, 1918. On the 3rd day of April, 1912, he was
united in marriage to Eva Brown in Los Angeles, Cal., where
he spent most of his life. One child was born to this union,
Bernice Ella. He was a devoted husband and father. Over a
year ago the family moved to Emerson, Neb., where they lived
until Aug. 12, 1918. Mr. McCraw had enlisted in the navy as
1st class mate machinist, and was waiting his call to serve
his country. The death of this young Man came as a shock to
our people as few were even aware of his sickness. He had
been ailing one week with Spanish Influenza which developed
into pneumonia. After lingering all Thursday night in
intense pain, the spirit departed from his tired body and
gave him rest and peace. Those left to mourn his death,
beside the wife and daughter, are his father and mother, Mr.
and Mrs.. J. W. McCraw, of Pomona, Cal., and five sisters,
Mary, Ruth, and Nona McCraw of Pomona, Cal., Mrs. Ida
Tucker, of Bakersfield, Cal., Mrs. Ben Cossart, of Portland,
Oregon, and one brother, A. W. McCraw of Los Angeles, Cal.
The funeral services were held Sunday morning at 10:30
o'clock in charge of Rev. Chas. W. Ray. The floral tributes
were profuse and most beautiful. Music was furnished by the
choir. The pall bearers were David Harvey, Geo. Moseman,
Giles Cleveland, Mr. Sanburn, Claude Eby, and Prof. Linton.
After the services the body was tenderly laid to rest in the
- Asleep in Jesus! peaceful rest,
- Whose waking is supremely blest!
- No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour
- That manifests the Savior's power.
- Asleep in Jesus! far from thee
- Thy kindred and their graves may be;
- But thine is still a blessed sleep,
- From which none ever wakes to weep.
[November 7, 1918 issue of the "Lyons Mirror Sun"
(typed as appeared)]
Death of Geo. Classen
Geo. A. Classen, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Classen
died very suddenly at 11 a m on Thursday Oct 31, 1918 aged
33 years 3 months and 10 days.
He was born July 15 1885 at Lyons, Nebr and
attended the public school after passing the 11th grade he
took up a business course at Omaha for two terms. Afterwards
worked in the stores of Lyons and for the past five years
was employed in Omaha. He had resigned his position there to
enter the army as Motor Mechanic school for government work
and while on his sick bed received a call to report for
military duty between Nov. 1st and 3rd but George received a
higher call and has reported to King of Heaven and earth in
the world beyond.
He was taken sick on Thursday morning Oct 28 and
died just one week later. His condition was not considered
serious and he called for the daily paper one day before his
The funeral was held at 3 p m Saturday Dr Chas Ray
delivering one of the most touching and consoling funeral
sermons we have ever heard.
The services were held on the west lawn of the M.
E. Church and although sad and sorrowful it was one of the
most beautiful and inspiring funeral services that has ever
been our lot to witness -- assembled there in the open air
with the hazy Oct. sun gleaming down through the leafless
trees the people listened to the excellent music by the
choir and Rev Ray's words of condolence.
The remains were interred in the Lyons cemetery.
the pall bearers being: Elmer Reed, Thomas Fritts Arthur
Cass, Paul Cainon, Wilber Stauffer and Ed Peterson.
[November 1, 1918 issue of the "Burt County
Another Soldier Boy Victim
Ernest McDonald young son of Mr. and Mrs. Phil
McDonald of this city succumbed to an attack of influenza,
and double pneumonia Oct. 24, in Lincoln at the mechanical
training school of the army, where he had been since August
15th, and was progressing rapidly in his work and received
much praise from his commanding officers, but his career of
serving his country was suddenly cut short by an attack of
Spanish influenza October 5th which developed into double
pneumonia, but all that doctors and nurses could do for him
was to no avail and he patiently endured his pain without
complaint and was conscious until the last, and only ten
minutes before he passed to the Great Beyond, sang a verse
of the Star Spangled Banner, then saluted his company and
cheered them to the last. A great and noble way in which to
die, showing his true spirit of devotion and patriotism to
his country was first in his heart, a true soldier of
Ernest McDonald was born near Craig February 6th
1897; the first seventeen years of his life were pased (sic)
on the home farm with his parents, and following two years
in Fremont where he attended school, he was employed in a
garage. Then with the family came to Arizona where he
resided until he was called to the colors August 15th of
this year. Surviving him are his father, mother, sister Mrs.
Carl Wilcox and brothers Simmie of Tekamah, and Will of
Albion, with other relatives and friends who mourn his loss.
The deep sympathy of the community is extended to
the bereft parents in the loss of their son.
Military honors were paid him, and services were held
from the residence of his parents in this city Sunday
afternoon the Rev. A. S. Buell of the Methodist church
officiating, after which the were given a military escort to
the cemetery where with the rattle ofrifle (sic) file and
sounding of taps the young soldier boy was laid to rest.
[November 14, 1918 issue of the "Lyons Mirror
His Life For His
The daily papers announce the death of Edward
Sundquist, son of Mr and Mrs Oscar Sundquist living east of
here, which occured (sic) Oct. 8th somewhere in France. He
died of disease.
Edward Sundquist enlisted June 20, 1918 and
was stationed at Camp Funston and later at Camp Dodge, Iowa.
On the 19 of Aug the parents received two postal cards from
him, written in New York which is the last they ever heard
from him except a government card announcing his arrival
Mr and Mrs Sundquist have two other boys in
the service -- Emil at Omaha and Gilbert at Camp Dodge. They
surely have contributed their share for human freedom.
[October 20, 1916 issue of the "Burt County
Killed in the
John Hart a Tekamah boy has been killed in the
allies great drive on the western front. He was born and
raised on a farm southeast of Tekamah and had many friends.
His parents are both dead but his sister Miss Ida makes her
home with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cameron. The following is the
notice Miss Hart received from Saskatchewan:
Bert Hart of Liverhurst received a telegram on
Thursday, September 21, informing him of the death of his
brother, Private John H. Hart, who was wounded in three
places and gased (sic) and death resulted on the 17th. John
Hart was an old resident of Boldenhurst district, having
homesteaded there and was well known to everyone. He
enlisted in the overseas forces last year and he had been at
the front for some time. His only relatives in the west are
his brother Bert, and his sister, Ida, of Tekamah, Neb., to
whom the sympathy of all is extended.
[October 24, 1918 issue of the "Lyons Mirror
The funeral of Dean D. Kelley, son of Mr. and Mrs.
H. A. Kelley, was held at the country home on Tuesday
afternoon by Dr Chas Wayne Ray. Dean Kelley was born on the
farm near Lyons, June 25, 1897, where his boyhood was spent.
He enlisted July 24, 1918, in the 46th Regiment of Coast
Artillery and was sent to a training camp at Presidio,
Calif., later he was transferred to Camp Eustis, Virginia,
where he was placed in the cooking department and was soon
promoted to a Registered Cook. He had looked forward to the
time when he was to be sent across to help win the World's
His regiment was ready to go, when upon medical
examination he was found sick, and was sent to the hospital
where he had the best of care.
His parents had been notified of his sickness and
made the long journey to see him but before they reached the
camp, he passed away on Oct 15, age 21 years, 3 months and
20 days. His body was prepared and sent home before his
parents reached the camp.
In their hour of sorrow it was very comforting to
talk with the minister that had been with him in his
sickness and to learn that he had given his heart to Christ
and was prepared and ready to die. He leaves to mourn his
loss a father and mother, three sisters and one brother and
a large host of friends.
Dean has truly given his life for his country's
cause and has gone home to the world of glory.
[April 10, 1919 issue of the "Lyons Mirror Sun"]
Corporal Ed. Doescher, who was in the 89th Div. Co.
1, Infantry, died of the German measles March 24th, so a
letter from a Red Cross nurse informed his parents, who now
live at West Point and were for years residents of this
vicinity. He went into the army in Sept. and was sent across
the latter part of the following May and was in the front
line trenches for weeks on duty. The last reveille has
sounded for another soul that has passed, after having
answered his last roll call; and the old time friends here
and around the old home, out on the Doescher farm, will in
sincerest sympathy join in the sorrow of the family. There
is a girl back here in Nebraska, who was awaiting his return
and who would have been his wife, had he returned.
[October 24, 1918 issue of "The Craig News"]
LESLIE ECKERSON WHITNEY
Word was received here last week of the very
serious illness of Leslie E. Whitney at the Post Hospital,
Ft. Leavenworth, Kas., who was affected with pneumonia which
followed Spanish Influenza. His brother, Robert, left at
once for that place and found Leslie very low, but rational,
optimistic and cheerful. While getting along nicely, insofar
as the disease was concerned, the attending physician
entertained but slight hopes of his recovery, owing to the
natural weakness and condition of his heart. However, when
Robert left his bedside at 5 o'clock Thursday evening to go
to his hotel, Leslie seemed in such condition that the
doctor held some hope of his being able to safely pass the
crisis. At 7:20 the same evening Leslie passed away. Word of
his death was immediately sent, but to the wrong hotel, and
the word failed to reach the brother until 9 o'clock the
following morning, when he called at the hospital.
Full military service was held at the fort at 10
o'clock Friday evening and the body was brought to this
place, arriving Saturday evening. An escort of honor from
the local Home Guards, a large representation of the I. O.
O. F., and numerous friends were at the depot to escort the
remains to his home. Services were held at the home Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, being held outdoors as a precaution
against the prevailing epidemic, the local Home Guards
furnishing a guard of honor for the occasion. Following a
beautiful selection by the quartet, Rev. Stoner read the
foundation of the text of his remark and offered a most
fitting prayer. The following history was then read by T. A.
"Leslie Eckerson Whitney, youngest son of Amaziah
Whitney and Martha Whitney, was born January 15, 1891, at
Wilbur, Saline county, Nebraska, and passed from this life
at the Post hospital, Fort Leavenworth, Kas., at 7:30 p. m.,
October 17, 1918; aged 27 years, 9 months and 2 days. Leslie
was inducted into the army service on June 1, 1918, and
transferred to the Radio Training school at Lincoln, Neb.,
for instruction. In the early days of August, 1918, he was
transferred to Company A, Sixth training Battalion, Signal
Corps, at Fort Leavenworth, Kas.; Second Lieutenant Charles
H. Hartell commanding. About three weeks ago he received his
overseas examination and overseas clothes, and was made a
first-class private. His company was under orders to proceed
to Ft. Meade, Md., when the epidemic of Spanish influenza
appeared at his fort. It was this disease, together with
pneumonia complications, which caused his death after a
In Civil Life -- Leslie E. Whitney came to Craig,
Neb., in 1894. He received his schooling at Craig, being a
graduate of Craig High school, and received a business
course at the Omaha Business college. At his father's death,
Leslie became an active partner in the business firm of A.
Whitney, Furniture and Undertaking and it was his intention
at the close of his military life to again take up the
activities of this business. He was a member of George
Armstrong Lodge, No. 241, A. F. and A. M., Craig lodge, No.
251, I. O. O. F. and Leah Rebekah Lodge No. 183. Full
military funeral service was held at Ft. Leavenworth at 10
o'clock Friday night, and the remains shipped to Craig,
accompanied by his brother, R. F. Whitney. The immediate
surviving relatives left to mourn the loss of son and
brother are his mother, brothers, Robert F. and Carl H.
Whitney, and their wives; nieces, Lois and Ruth Whitney, and
the host of friends in Craig and surrounding vicinity."
After this reading Rev. Stoner delivered a sermon,
as beautiful and appropriate a tribute to the memory of a
much-loved and highly respected soldier son and brother as
could have been delivered. The remarks were in the nature of
a patriotic memorial and struck a responsive chord in the
hearts of all the host of friends who had gathered to pay
homage to a true friend who had made the supreme sacrifice.
At noon Monday deceased was taken to DeWitt,
accompanied by the mother and two brothers. They were
accompanied to Uehling, where they entrained, by members of
the I. O. O. F., and pall bearers. Interment was had in the
DeWitt cemetery at 8 p.m., beside the father, brother, and
At this place ten Spanish War Veterans and members
of the State Militia acted as guard of honor and pall
bearers, the bugler sounding taps as the body sank to its
final rest. Rev E. E. Shafer, pastor of the M. E. church,
read the commital (sic) service at the grave. Other former
friends also accompanied to the cemetery, about two miles
We feel that the above obituary would be incomplete
without a personal word from The News family. Leslie was one
of the first with whom we became acquainted upon coming to
Craig, and during the past nine and a half years we enjoyed
with him a close friendship. It was one of his customs to
drop in at our home often to spend the evening, and we were
glad to consider him much as 'one of the family.' These
visits were thoroughly enjoyable and the exchange of
reminiscences and opinions were all the more pleasant
because of the informal feeling which existed. Leslie was a
student, well informed and attentive to the ever changing
events of the times: an optomist (sic)in the true sense, and
well expressed his views of life in his letter published in
The News just two weeks ago today. He said: 'A person can
get along in the army just as well as out of it, if he will
only mind his own business and do his duty. This, of course,
is just as true of civil life as army life." Leslie was a
fine young man, whose integrity and upright character was
beyond question. In his death we have lost a true friend.
[September 27, 1918 issue of "The Burt County
- MILITARY FUNERAL FOR
- TEKAMAH BOY
- Orville Bates Victim of Spanish
- fluenza, Burried (sic) Here
- Honors, Thursday
The citizens of Tekamah yesterday, paid their first
tribute to a home boy who had given his services to his
country and paid the supreme sacrifice before he could reach
the battle line, by succuming (sic)to an attack of the
dreaded new disease Spanish Influenza at the Great Lakes
Training School at Chicago, following a seige (sic) of
Orville Russell Bates was born on a farm near
Fairfield, Iowa April 13 1894 and attended district school
in Jefferson county later coming to Tekamah, Nebraska with
his parents in October 1907 where he continued to attend
school and assisted with work on the farm.
Orville was a member of the Selective Service draft
of June 1917 and was later released from draft when he
enlisted in the navy June 29 1918. He was transferred to and
inducted into Company O, 15th regiment new aviation unit.
Great Lakes Training Station at Great Lakes, Illinois, of
which unit he was a member at the time of his death
September 23 1918.
He leaves surviving to mourn his death, his father,
James K. Bates, and his mother Lucy M. Bates, sisters Althea
Bradford. Mabel Braun and (unreadable) West and brothers
Rollo M. Bates now in France and Harold and Arthur Bates,
besides a large number of relatives and friends who while
they mourn his demise are proud to know that he died an
honorable death in the service of his country. He is just as
much a hero as the boy who goes over the top of a trench or
falls in an air battle, he was willing to make the great
sacrifice for his country no matter where he would be
called, but it is a deep consolation to his parents and
relatives to have his body brought back to his home town and
laid to rest near them, instead of on the plains of France.
The remains arrived Wednesdy(sic) afternoon and
were met by a detachment of Guards and conducted to the
Presbyterian church where guards of honor were posted until
the conclusion of the services the following afternoon. The
funeral services were in complete charge of the Tekamah
Guards and officiated over by Rev. Benj. A. Fye the pastor
assisted by Rev. A. S. Buell pastor of the Methodist church,
both members of the Guard, in military uniform, a quartette
gave two favorite songs, and Mrs. James A. Clark, rendered a
favorite selection of the deceased; Rev. Fye gave a fitting
tribute to the memory of the young man taking for his text:
"Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life
for his friends."
Following the ceremony the body was escorted to the
cemetery by the Tekamah Guards and band, followed by the
guardsmen pallbearers, and the guard of honor whch (sic)
preceeded (sic)large cortege of friends to the cemetery,
where on the crest of the hill, as the sun was going down
the final military honors were given by the soft strains of
America, the salutes and taps, which was a fitting tribute
and honor to the brave young man who had made the supreme
sacrifice for his country.
All Tekamah joined in paying tribute to his memory,
and all places of business remained closed during the
services at the church and cemetery.
[January 17, 1919 issue of the "Oakland Independent
- OAKLAND SOLDIER
- DIES IN ACTIVE
- BROUGHT HERE FOR BURIAL
- Influenza-Pneumonia Laid Low
- Larson at Fort Riley
Oakland's list of soldier dead has again been added
to. This time the death occurred in this country, and the
body was therefore sent home for burial. Accompanied by
Sergeant Taylor of the battery to which Private Larson
belonged, the body arrived last evening, and funeral will be
held this afternoon from the Palmquist undertaking parlors,
at 1:30. Business houses will be closed during the services.
Interment will be in the West Side M.E. cemetery.
Floyd Elim Oswald Larson was born in the country
northwest of Oakland, and this was his home until he was
called to the colors June 28, 1918. He was sent to Fort
Riley, from there to Fort Douglas, Arizona, and later to
Camp Kearney, California. He left Camp Kearney New Year's
day and arrived at Fort Riley Jan. 5.
Last Friday a message came to his relatives here,
stating that he was seriously ill. His step-father, Victor
Johnson, and brother-in-law, Oscar Erickson, went to Fort
Riley on Saturday and on Sunday visited Floyd twice in the
hospital. He seemed to be getting along nicely, the doctor
thought he had good prospects of recovering, and the two men
left that night for home. So sooner had they arrived home
than a dispatch came, announcing his death.
When Floyd was about two years old his father died.
His mother later married Victor Johnson and the boy
continued to live (several words unreadable) half-brothers
and six half-sisters and all lived happily together. These
now mourn his untimely passing. He is mourned also by his
mother, Mrs. Victor Johnson, and by Mr. Johnson; also by his
grandmother, Mrs. Nels Johnson, who lives in the Johnson
home. Private Johnson was 26 years, one month and 28 days
old; a clean likable young man who died for his country.
[October 31, 1918 issue of "The Lyons Mirror"]
This community was called upon last Thursday to
take part in the sad ordeal of a double funeral. Two
children of Geo. Calnon of McDonald, Kansas were buried at
the same time.
Geo Calnon, died Oct 19 1918 at Ft. Leavenworth
Kansas where he was attending the U. S. Radio School having
enlisted in the service. He was born on a farm about ten
miles east of Lyons and was 21 years of age. He was given a
military burial by the Lyons Home Guards, which was very
impressive and a well deserved ceremony in honor of such a
noble young man.
Frances Calnon was also born on the same farm east
of Lyons and was 24 years of age at the time of her death
Oct 22 1918. She was united in marriage to Carl Walter about
a year ago who is left to mourn her loss. Rev Gately of
Tekamah preached the funeral and both bodies were laid to
rest in the same grave in the Lyons cemetery.
[November 22, 1918 issue of the "Oakland Independent
- SUPREME SACRIFICE
- Lawrence Johnson "Goes
- for His Country.
A government telegram brought the sad intelligencce
(sic) yesterday that Lawrence D. Johnson, a young man from
this community, had died in France, October 12. His folks
here knew that he had been gassed and was in the hospital.
It seems that he had been moved from one hospital to another
and during that time caught a cold that developed into
In the latter part of April he went with a draft
contingent to Camp (several words unreadable) short time
when he was sent with the 89th division to France. Private
Johnson was born in Burt county and was 24 years old. Last
January he was married to Miss Hattie Stolley of Cedar
Bluffs. Since he went to war his wife has been living with
her folks there.
Mr. Johnson is survived by the following brothers
living here: Herman, Wilbur, George Arvid, Levi, and the
sister, Mrs. Richard Enstrom.
[February 6, 1919 issue of the "Lyons Mirror
Another Soldier Boy Dies
Charley Southwell died at the Herman Anderson farm
Feb 2nd, 1919, aged 23 years, 9 months and 15 days. He was
born near Lyons in 1895 and was married Apr. 6, 1918 to Miss
Nellie Walters. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife; one
brother, Hilbert; a sister, Mrs. Eva Waite and his father,
William Southwell who lives in Canada.
He enlisted in the National Guards July 6, 1916, at
Lincoln and was discharged June 1, 1917 for disability.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon Rev C. W.
Ray preaching the funeral and the remains interred in the
Lyons cemetery. The pall bearers were all soldiers as
follows: Lieut. M. J. Scanlon, Sergt Lloyd Neal, Arnold
Anderson, Arthur Westran, Harry Myers and Charles Newill.
[August 2, 1918 issue of the "Burt County
- TEKAMAH AVIATOR KILLED
- Lieut. George Lloyd, Tekamah
- reported Killed in France
- Attempts to Land Machine
- SPENT BOYHOOD DAYS HERE
The Herald received a wire Saturday afternoon
reporting the death of Lieut. George Lloyd an aviator
formerly of this city and Omaha. The the (sic) telegram
stated that he met his death as he was landing with his
machine in northern France.
Lloyd has been i (sic) the southern part of France
and in a recent letter to his mother Mrs. Mary L. Lloyd, of
Chicago, who visited here only a few weeks ago, he mentioned
that he would soon be moved north upon the battle lines, so
this was probably one of his first encounters.
An effort was made to locate his mother in Omaha
where she had been visiting her mother Mrs. Martha Shafer
but she had started for Chicago, where her daughter Miss
Edith Lloyd resides, being chief of advertising department
of Montgomery & Ward.
George Lloyd who went over to France last fall, was
raised here in Tekamah, and is the first Tekamah boy who has
given his life in France. The news which the Herald
immediately posted, was the cause of much comment and regret
that so fine a young man as he was remembered to be, should
be taken so suddenly, but all were proud of his bravery and
willingness to serve his country in this great war. While
living here in Tekamah, George was for some time a member of
the Herald force, sticking type at the old cases, and was a
bright and capable young fellow.
On Tekamah's service flag should be a gold star in
memory of this former Tekamah young man and lieutenant who
gave his live for his country.
The sincere sympathy of the many friends are with
his mother and sister in this sorrow.
[Craig Times newspaper dated September 26, 1918]
Last Saturday afternoon the body of Nate
Sackett was brought to this place for burial in the family
plot. He had been in training at the Great Lakes Training
Station and succumbed to an attack of pneumonia, following
the Spanish influenza. As was highly proper the body was
laid to rest with full military honors, the Craig Home
Guards having charge of the services. It had been expected
that the body would be accompanied by a naval escort but for
some reason this was impossible. It was brought to Omaha
where the parents reside and funeral services were held
there Saturday morning. Capt B. H. Eby had been notified
that the body would arrive on the Saturday afternoon train
and that the relatives would greatly appreciate the Home
Guards having charge of the services. Accordingly the train
was met by the Guards and given military escort to the
cemetery, members of the company acting as pall bearers. Ray
Lewton also acted as escort. After a brief service at the
grave, conducted by the Minister from Omaha, the body,
covered by the American Flag was lowered to it's final
resting place, while bugler L. H. Smith blew "taps". Most
beautiful floral emblems had been furnished by friends and
relatives and his casketwas wrapped in the American flag
symbol of the country for which he gave his life while
"doing his bit". Older residents recall the deceased as a
little boy when his parents lived near here.
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