BAUSMAN, Irl H. 1894-1938
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Date: 3/1/2017 at 08:08:57
Irl Bausman; World War Vet; Dies Sunday
Had Operation For Removal Of Abscess Friday; Peritonitis Sets In And End Comes Sunday Afternoon
Irl Bausman, world war veteran and member of a large and pioneer family of Pleasant Valley township, died at St. Francis hospital in Waterloo at four o'clock Sunday afternoon. Peritonitis was the immediate cause of his death. He became afflicted with pains in his abdomen a week ago. It was believed he was suffering from appendicitis. He was taken to the hospital Friday evening. Specialists at the hospital also believed that there was appendix trouble and they operated for that purpose. During the course of the operation they discovered an abscess on one of the intestines. This had become infected and developed peritonitis. His case was regarded as extremely critical from the time surgeons discovered the cause of his trouble.
Mr. Bausman was 44 years old. News of his death was received with surprise and deep regret by the many friends of the family over the county, only a few of whom knew that he had not been well. The body was brought to Wellsburg Sunday evening by undertakers Beving & Flessner, who prepared it for burial.
Military Rites at Service
Funeral services were held at the home in Pleasant Valley township at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon and later at the Evangelical church in Pleasant Valley township. The services were in charge of the pastor of the church, Rev. Beurman, assisted by two previous pastors, Rev. Wendland from Dysart and Rev. Raecker from Dumont. Burial was by the side of the father and mother and one brother in the cemetery adjoining the church.
The Wellsburg Post of the American Legion conducted military rites at the grave. Legion members served as pallbearers and other members of the Legion attended the services.
Served Overseas a Year
Irl Bausman joined the country's military forces February 1, 1918. He became a member of Battery A, Field Artillery, and received his preparatory training at Camp Mills, New York. On April 19 he was transported to France. He received his baptism under fire for the first time in the Baccarat Sector in Lorraine from the 10th of July until August 1, as a member of the 77th Division. He was in the engagement in the Argonne Forest at Aisne from Aug. 17 to the 11th of the following month. He was present in the conflict in the Cheney Chartreve Sector of the Argonne Forest from Sept. 26 to October 16. He was stationed on the Meuse river when the armistice was signed on November 11.
He returned to America on April 29, 1919, after an absence of a year and ten days and shortly thereafter received his honorable discharge and returned to the home of his family on their farm in Pleasant Valley township.
Two Brothers in Service
Two of Irl's brothers were also in their country's service during the war, Lee, who was killed in a collision about a year after the close of the war, and Bryan, who is now farming in Pleasant Valley township. Irl was one of the charter members of the Legion Post at Wellsburg and assisted in all of its activities for community betterment.
Came From a Family of Eleven
Irl came from a family of eleven, seven of whom were boys and four girls. All of them grew to maturity on the Bausman home farm in Pleasant Valley township. The first to go was Lee, who was accidentally killed about seventeen years ago. The mother died about six years ago. The father passed away last October.
Married 13 Years Ago
Mr. Bausman was married thirteen years ago to Annette Jensen from New Hartford. The couple lived on a farm near New Hartford the first three years following their marriage. After that time they moved to a farm in Pleasant Valley township known as the Henry Groenewald farm. Irl was a good farmer and he was held in high regard by his neighbors.
Surviving are the wife, one son Lawrence, 12, and a daughter, LaVelle. The brothers are Charles from Ackley; Bryan, Pleasant Valley township; Floyd, Parkersburg; Lynn, Cleves; and Wayne, who lives on the home farm. The sisters are Mrs. Charles Fritzel from Klemme, Mary who is at home, Mrs. Will Harms of Steamboat Rock and Mrs. Jack Perry, Buck Grove.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 July 1938, pg 1, 12
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