Emmet Floyd 1898-1918
Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 8/9/2010 at 22:10:22
Obituary of Emmet Floyd
Emmet Floyd was born in Estherville, Iowa, August 5th, 1898, and died in the College Hospital at Ames, Iowa, October 17th, 1918, at the age of 20 years, 20 months and 12 days. His boyhood days were spent in his home town attending school and assisting his parents in the home work.
During his high school course he worked before and after school hours and on Saturdays, thus paying all his school expenses. He graduated with the class of 1915, and during the following years he was employed in the Estherville Planing mill. During the summer of 1916 he and his mother moved to Ames, where Emmet entered the Mechanical Engineering College. He had finished two years work and this fall entered the Student Army Training Camp at Ames. He had advanced so rapidly in his military training that he was one of the few boys from the S.A.T.C. to be recommended for the officers training camp. He was to have left soon for the officers training camp, when he was suddenly taken with the Spanish influenza, which soon developed into pneumonia. On Monday of last week he was taken to the college hospital and all that medical skill and trained nursing could do was done, but in vain. On Thursday evening he breathed out his last.
He was converted and united with the Union Baptist church of Estherville in April, 1913, where he kept his membership and was an active worker until he moved to Ames. He transferred his church membership to the First Baptist church of Ames where he remained a consistent member until summoned to join the church triumphant.
Emmet was a good student, an active member of the church, and in the Young People’s Society work. He was faithful in all his undertakings, very devoted to his mother thinking of her and her best welfare right up to the very last.
He died as he had lived, trusting in the Saviour. He leaves to mourn his untimely departure his mother, Mrs. Esther Floyd of Ames, his brother, Charley, of Des Moines, besides other relatives and friends.
The body was brought to Estherville Saturday evening. The funeral services were held in the open air at Oak Hill cemetery at 4:0 Sunday p.m., being conducted by his former pastor, Rev. J. Frederic Catlin, now pastor of the First Baptist church of Council Bluffs. The mixed quartet was composed of Mesdames Albert Mahlum and Noe, and Messrs, Myhre and Doolittle.
Another young life sacrificed in our country’s defense, as Emmet gave all he had to his country and was buried in his military uniform.
Mrs. Floyd was accompanied to Estherville by her sister from Cedar Rapids, her son, Charley, from Des Moines, and Mrs. W. W. Downey of Ames. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, October 23, 1918)
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