Edward Hansman 1894-1918
Posted By: Joe Conroy (email)
Date: 5/17/2010 at 21:19:41
The Carroll Times
21 Nov 1918
Death of Pvt. Edward Hansman
The Hansman home was stricken with grief yesterday morning when a telegram was received from Washington announcing the death of their son, Edward J. Hansman. The telegram stated that he had died October 4, from bronchial pneumonia.
Edward left Carroll the evening of July 26 for Camp Gordon, Georgia, and sailed with the boys for France from Camp Merritt, in September. He was a bright, industrious young man, and followed the occupation of farming until he was called into service. Edward was a life member of the Catholic church and had enrolled for membership in the order of the Knights of Columbus.
He was born in Willey, December 16, 1894, and would have been twenty-four years old next month.
Sympathy goes out to the parents, brothers and sisters of the young man, who are heart broken over their loss. He leaves his parents, two brothers, John J. and Louis Hl., and four sisters, Mrs. Henry Smith, Mrs. Joseph Nagl, Anna and Bessie at home.
His Last Letter
Camp Gordon, Ga., Sept 4, 1918
My Dear Parents:
Well dear parents while I have another chance to write you beofre leaving this Camp and my thoughts being only of you and home, so I will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope that you are all the same. We got a set of army toilet articles this noon so I'll send my razor, comb and brushes home again. We are to leave tomorrow morning but don't know where, but were told that we would be on the train from 36 to 40 hours. So by that I think we go to a different camp before going across. This is all we know so far but I will sure write every time it is possible. Most of our company are going. I am going to confession yet tonight, but don't think that I can go to communion tomorrow. Did you get my picture from Atlanta. I haven't been to that town since. Pa was up here to see whether they were sent up there. John Greteman is out of quarantine now again and is going along with me. Well dear folks as I don't know any news and want to go to church yet so I'll close with the best regards and hoping that I will have a chance to write you later before crossing the big pond if I really have to go, and I don't get a chance then I bid you all goodbye till we see each other again and eat a Christmass dinner on our table. But if its God's will that I shall never return the way many others do, then hoping that we will meet before the white throne and walk hand in hand through the golden gates to the life of everlasting happiness. So with these wishes and with love that will never die, I am,
Your loving son,
Please don't worry about me dear folks, leave it all to the one above. Goodbye to all the rest.
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