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Hulverson, Milton 1890-1920


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 7/6/2013 at 01:43:58

Postville Herald, Fri., 7 May 1920. Reprinted from the Elkader Register.

Thursday noon last Milton Hulverson committed suicide at the home of his father, Gilbert Hulverson of St. Olaf, by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. The victim had complained that he was not feeling well that forenoon and that he did not care for any dinner. Just as the family was preparing for the noon meal a shot was heard and Milton was found with the top of his head blown off. As far as the editor can learn no reason was given for his rash act. Milton was in the A.E.F. during the late war and saw active service. Since his discharge from the army he had been an assistant at the Co. Insane Asylum and only yesterday went to the home of his father in St. Olaf.- Elkader Register.

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Added by Ken Johnson on 1/22/2016:

The article in the Postville Herald originally appeared in the Thurs., 29 Apr. 1920 issue of the “Elkader Register,” page 7, column 2, and ends with this additional sentence: “The sympathy of all is extended the father, one sister, and two brothers in their hour of sorrow.”

[from the Thurs., 6 May 1920 issue of the “Elkader Register,” in “Local News Notes” section, p7, c3]

Last week in writing about the death of Milton Hulverson, we stated that he had used a shotgun. We had been misinformed in this respect and hereby wish to make correction. Deceased used a rifle instead.

[from the Thurs., 6 May 1920 issue of the “Elkader Register,” p7, c4]


Milton, the eldest son of Gilbert and Emma Hulverson (nee Heckmaster) was born in Read township, Clayton county, Oct. 21, 1890. He died at St. Olaf April 29, 1920, aged 29 years, 6 months and 8 days.

When he was two years of age, his parents moved to the present home farm near St. Olaf, where Milton passed his childhood and attended school.

He was assistant farmer at the County Asylum at the time the call came for volunteers in the World War. He enlisted in the army, was assigned to the 68th Battery, C. A. C. Artillery. He attended Mooseheart Training school near Chicago and served overseas from Aug. 1st, 1918 to Mar. 4, 1919.

He was an upright, conscientious young man, respected by all who knew him and his sudden death is a shock to the entire community. He leaves to mourn his loss his father, one sister and two brothers, his mother having died about eleven years ago.

Funeral services were held at the home on May 1st, conducted by Rev. Franke, assisted by a quartet of young men from Elkader. The pall-bearers were members of St. Olaf Post 388 American Legion. Military services were rendered at the grave by members of Lemka-Stendel Post, American Legion of Elkader. Taps were sounded and he was laid to rest beside his mother and little sister in Norway cemetery.


WHEREAS: God in His All-wise Providence has permitted the Angel of Death to enter our ranks and summon Legionnaire Milton Hulverson to his eternal sleep;

BE IT RESOLVED, that while we have committed his body to the earth, which is now greening to the pulses of the soft winds of Spring this Post and his comrades shall mourn his departure and frequently recall the memory of his name.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of these resolutions be made a permanent record of this Post, another given to the press and another sent to the sorrowing family as an expression of the keen sorrow of his comrades at their loss.

J. F. MALLEY, Post Commander.

ERNEST F. SEIFERT, Post Adjutant.

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