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Kottke , August W. 1887-1918


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 2/6/2018 at 11:18:16

Elkader Register, Thur., 18 Aug. 1921. Garber column.

A number of our town people attended the funeral of August W. Kattka [sic] near Osterdock Sunday. Mr. Kattka was killed in battle on September 30, 1918. He was one of the first drafted soldiers of this vicinity entering the Army on September 18, 1917.


Added by S. Ferrall 2/8/2018:

The remains of Private August W. Kottke, another one of our World War heroes, who laid down his life in devotion to his country and fellow men, arrived at Osterdock from France on Friday, August 12, 1921, and were taken to the home of his brother, Louis Kottke, in Jefferson township where the funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon, Rev. Stolz, of Elkport officiating. Prairie la Porte Post No. 373, American Legion, had charge of the funeral and the body was laid to rest in the Pollman Cemetery in Jefferson township. At the cemetery Prairie la Porte post conducted military services, Attorney G.W Hunt, of the American Legion, giving a very fitting sermon. The funeral was very largely attended by relatives and friends from far and near.

Private August W. Kottke was born in Jefferson township, Clayton County, Iowa, on November 29, 1887, as a son of Mr. and Mrs. August Kottke, Sr., where he grew to manhood and was successfully engaged in farming until September, 1917, when he was called for army service, going to Camp Dodge, Iowa, with the first contingent of Clayton County boys, ready to lay down his life for the Stars and Stripes. From Camp Dodge he was transported to Camp Pike, thence to Camp Merritt, thence overseas, where he arrived in April, 1918. On July 15, 1918 he was wounded in action at Chateau Thierry, France. After being in a hospital for a time he went back to the battle front to fight for liberty, and on September 30, 1918 he gave his all - his life - for his country, when he was killed in action in the battle of Argonne. He was a member of Co. M., 101st Infantry, 26th Division.

He was a young man, who was popular with all who knew him, and was a kind and true son, brother and friend. He was 30 years, 10 months and 1 day of age at the time of his death. His untimely death is deeply mourned by his aged father, August Kottke, Sr., of Jefferson township; two brothers, Louis and Fred Kottke, of Jefferson township; one half brother, Gus Seeman, of Guttenberg; six sisters, Mrs. James Noack of Jefferson township; Mrs. Emma Patrick, of Elkport; Mrs. John White, Mrs. Fred Simons and Mrs. Ed. White, of Garber; Mrs. Ella Barnhart, of Colesburg; one half sister, Mrs. Fred Groth, of Guttenberg, and a large number of other relatives and friends, by whom he will be sadly missed.

~Guttenberg Press, Thursday, August 18, 1921, page 1

Notes: correct spelling of surname is Kottke. Burial is in St. Paula's cemetery, Jefferson twp. - it may have also been known as the Pollman cemetery. See also his entry on the WWI Honor Roll (in Military Records section) of the Clayton co. IAGenWeb site.

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