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Arne H Trelvik

 

John Fred Loehr

Our Dead Soldier.
At the breaking out of the war, when Fred Loehr was among the first to obey the summons of his country, we think it was a matter of pride to every one in Franklin that our town could send to the front so splendid a representative of America’s young manhood. Cultivated, courteous in his bearing, and of such splendid physique that none doubted his ability to withstand the rigorous experiences of a soldier’s life. His physical strength and development made him a welcome addition to the First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, in which he was speedily promoted to the rank of Corporal.

But these things are known to all. It is of the gentler and finer side of the young man’s nature that we are minded to say a word. Somewhat silent and reserved in his character, he did not become intimately known to many. It was the writer’s privilege to see many of the letters that the young soldier sent home to his mother. These breathed a manliness of spirit, a determination to make the best, uncomplainingly, of the hardships incident to the life that he had taken up, a disposition to make them seem even less than they were, so that those at home might not be troubled for him; and a thoughtfulness for those left behind and for their interests and cares that was hardly expected in a man so young.

We have been learning of the horrors of war for many months past, but it is only when war takes from our midst – and returns him not to us – one of the flower of our youth, that we realize all its tragedy.
J. K. R.

Source: The Franklin Chronicle 8 Sep 1898
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,
406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036-2349, (513) 695-1144 - WCGS@co.warren.oh.us

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Arne H Trelvik
2 February 2007

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