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Kellogg, Francis Ellingwood 1895-1918


Posted By: Terry Sargent (email)
Date: 2/26/2012 at 14:42:37

Last honors were paid to Francis E. Kellogg last Sunday afternoon; his remains arrived Saturday morning from France where he died a victim of double pneumonia, on Dec. 16, 1918. There was a great out pouring of friends and sympathizers to pay honor to the patriot. The M.E. church, where the services were held could not hold all and many listened outside to the fitting sermon preached by the pastor. Rev. L. C. Kirbry. The casket, covered with a flag, was a mute witness of the great sacrifice paid by a loyal and faithful citizen. Beautiful flowers were silent tributes from loving friends and companions. At the conclusion of the service the American Legion took charge and escorted the casket, followed by a long procession, to the cemetery where the body was consigned to the grave with military honors in accordance with the ritual of the Legion. Taps were sounded and Francis Kellogg after valiant and devoted service in France in the World War and after sleeping beneath the poppies in foreign soil, where he made the great sacrifice for many months was returned home and his last resting place for all time. Sergeant Henry C. Guering, of Co. L. 52 Inf., of Camp Grant, accompanied the remains here and remained until after the funeral.

Private Francis E. Kellogg, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Kellogg, was born near Mederville, Iowa, July 3rd, 1895 and died in France Dec. 16, 1918 of double pneumonia. On the 3rd of Jan. 1918 at Elkader, Iowa he enlisted in the service of his country. From their he was sent to Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, where he remained until about the 6th of April, when he was transported to Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia. Later, he was sent to Camp Mills, Long Island. On the 19th of May, 1918 he sailed for France on the ship, Lapland, and arrived at Liverpool, England on May 31st. From this time on he saw hard service in the Heavy Field Artillery, being engaged in the last three drives until Nov. 10, 1918. Both his grandfathers were veterans of the Civil War. He leaves to mourn his departure his parents, four brothers, besides other relatives.

Thus a loving and dutiful son and brother has gone to his reward. May he rest in peace. There are many to whom the news of his death brought sadness besides his immediate family.

I die so soon and yet I die to win the crown of life.
And mine-how soon the victory, How brief my hour of strife.
My soul, a floweret dewey sweet, Shall blossom at my Savior’s feet.
And when to my grave you come Dear parents, friends, so sad, your faith and hope must stronger grow.
For just beyond the grave I’ll wait. To greet you at the Golden Gate.”

(1). Kellogg’s obituary appeared on page 2 of the Elkader Register (Vol. 44 No. 31) on August 4, 1921
(2). Pvt. Francis E. Kellogg, Serial No. 2,139,319, Battery E, 319th Field Artillery, 82nd Division died at Evacuation Hospital #10 of bilateral lobar pneumonia on December 16, 1918. (Above statement is based on information found in his World War I Casualty file)


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