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Tangeman, Harry Elmer 1891-1918

TANGEMAN, MCMULLEN

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Date: 1/28/2018 at 09:58:33

Transcribed by S. Ferrall:

Memorial Services
The memorial services for Harry Tangeman, who died in a hospital in France, were held in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Sunday forenoon, December 8th, and were largely attended.

The boys of his confirmation class assisted by Mr. Clarence McMullen, a returned soldier, carried a large U.S. flag horizontally, at the head of the procession, while the organist rendered strains of Schubert's Military March, followed by Beethoven's March composed on the death of a hero, and concluded with Angel's Serenade by Braga. The choir rendered effectively "Our Service Flag,", "We Shall Meet Beyond the River" and "These Heroes of Ours."

Rev. Braun gave a splendid talk using as his text Genesis 32:36 and Exodus 20:24. In his theme "On the Life of a Christian Rests God's Blessing," he spoke words of comfort, worthy of praise and of patriotism. He also read an interesting letter from the Chaplain of Harry's regiment.

The altar was decorated with two wreaths, the one displayed a gold star in center and the other a silk flag.

Harry Elmer Tangeman was born April 23, 1891 in Garnavillo township and was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Tangeman. He was confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, April 23rd, 1905, of which he was always a faithful member. Until last year he helped his father on the farm.

On May 27 he left with a draft contingent for Camp Dodge and on Aug. 31 his parents received word that he had arrived safely overseas. His last letter home was full of hope, assuring his folks that he was enjoying himself. On Nov. 5th the family received the sad message that Harry had died in a hospital in France on Oct. 7th and a later message stated that he had been suffering with an abscess in the head.

He leaves his grief stricken parents, his sister Leona, his brothers Clarence in France and Verni and Oliver.

~Garnavillo Tribune, Thurs., December 19, 1918

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Transcribed by S. Ferrall:

Soldier At Final Rest
The body of Private Harry Tangeman, who died in a hospital in France on Oct. 7th, 1918, during the World War, arrived at Hoboken, N.J. on May 21st, and at McGregor on Saturday, June 4th, and was taken to the Community rooms at McGregor, where funeral services were conducted Sunday morning.

Under the escort of a large delegation of the American Legion, the remains were brought to Garnavillo, the McGregor Band accompanying the funeral cortege from the Community Rooms to the head of the street leading out of McGregor.

Services were held at St. Paul's Church here, conducted by Rev. Braun, and interment was made in the new cemetery in regular military order. The ex-service boys of Garnavillo acted as pallbearers. The funeral ceremonies were attended by an unusually large number who came to pay their last respects to the departed and many were unable to gain entrance to the church. The floral offerings were many and very beautiful.

Private Tangeman was an exemplary young man and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

Harry Elmer Tangeman was born April 23rd, 1891, in Garnavillo township, as the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. B.G. Tangeman. He was confirmed on April 23rd, 1905, in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, of which he was always a faithful member.

He assisted his father on the farm until he went into the army in May, 1918. On Aug 31st his parents received word that he had arrived safely overseas. His last letter home was full of hope, assuring his folks that he was enjoying himself, but on Nov. 5th they received the sad message that Harry had died in a hospital in France on Oct. 7th, and a later message stated that he had been suffering with an abscess in the head.

He is deeply mourned by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.G. Tangeman; his sister, Mrs. Leona McMullen; his brothers, Clarence, Verni and Oliver, all living near McGregor, and many other relatives and friends.

~Garnavillo Tribune, Thursday, June 9, 1921

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Transcribed by Reid R. Johnson:

Elkader Register, Thur., 16 June 1921. McGregor column.

Another of our brave soldier boys lies in the city of the dead. The body of Harry Tangeman arrived here, under military escort, last Saturday morning, and was placed in the Community rooms. Members of the Pocket City Post, American Legion, guarded the remains of their comrade until Sunday morning, when after a short burial service, the funeral march to Garnavillo began.

The casket, bedecked with flowers and the flag of our country, was taken to the Lutheran church, where a very impressive service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Braun. Beautiful music was furnished by the choir. About 80 boys in Khaki attended, while friends and neighbors crowded the capacity of the church and overflowed to the yard.

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Note: Additional information about Harry E. Tangeman can be found in the Military Records on the Clayton co. IAGenWeb site, in his WWI Honor Roll entry.

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