WILTS, Menne O. 1895-1918
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/28/2013 at 10:07:24
Taps Sound For Two Grundy Soldier Boys
Two Boys From Wellsburg, Who Went in the Feb. 26th Call, Died During the Week
Menno O. Wiltz, Died In France
Daniel O. Nederhoff Passed Away at Camp Dodge After Illness and Operation
Two more Grundy county soldier lads have given their lives for their country, one dying in France shortly after he landed and the other passing away in the hospital at Camp Dodge where he had been ill almost since he went to camp in the Feb. 26th contingent. This makes three boys out of the Feb. 26th contingent who have died, the other boy being Fred Engelkes who died at New York.
Menn O. Wiltz
Menno Otto Wiltz is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wiltz of Wellsburg, and was 23 years old at the time of his death. Besides his parents he is survived by three brothers, Gratus, John and Oddie, and three sisters, Mrs. Henry Jaspers, Mrs. Julius Heikens, Jr., and Mrs. Henry Ashing. A letter to his parents from young Wiltz was received by them Tuesday and at that time he stated he was well. His death occurred in France May 21 of lobular pneumonia and evidently young Wiltz died soon after landing in France.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 30 May 1918, pg 1
In the "Casualties Overseas" list in one of the Chicago papers Monday, May 27, is a record of the death of Private Menne Otto Wilts of Wellsburg. The young man enlisted about three months ago and had been in France only two weeks at the time of his death. Mr. Wits died on his father's birthday, May 24, and was laid at rest "somewhere" in France May 27. He had been ill here with mumps, vaccination, etc, and in France became a victim of pneumonia. The parents and other relatives here are grief stricken, but resigned. Friends sympathize with them in their bereavement. The young man is a son of Otto Wilts and wife of Wellsburg and a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Schnittjer of this place.
--The Ackley World Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 30 May 1918
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