ANDERSON, Walter (1894-1930)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 3/30/2020 at 12:11:00
(March 6, 1894 – Feb 5, 1930)
Ida County Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, IA, Thurs., Feb 6, 1930, p.1, col.6
War Veteran Dies in Chicago; Walter Anderson Dies Wednesday. Military Funeral Here Sunday
Having received a letter Wednesday from her son, Walter Anderson, at Chicago, stating that he was enjoying good health, Mrs. Mary Anderson of Ida Grove was greatly shocked to receive a long distance message the same night about nine o’clock, that the young man had dropped dead on the streets of Chicago. So far as is known, he had not been ill.
The remains will be brought to Ida Grove and buried from the Methodist church Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. with military honors.
Walter, better known to many of his friends as “Jokey” was a former Ida Grove boy, whose early life was spent in this town. He responded to the call of his country in the World war and was sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo., for military training May 13, 1918. He was soon sent to France and saw considerable active service. Mr. Anderson was unmarried. He is survived by his mother, by two brothers, David of Chicago and Will of Omaha and by one sister, Mrs. Ruby Engman of Seattle, Wash. Walter was the youngest child in the family and was past 28 years old. The older brother, Arthur O. Anderson, died of pneumonia in Ida Grove April 4, 1929.
Ida County Pioneer Record, Ida Grove, IA, Thursday, Feb 13, 1930, p.1, col.4
Comrades Lay Anderson to Rest: Impressive Military Funeral Sunday Afternoon at Legion Hall
An impressive military funeral was given Sunday afternoon as a last tribute of respect to the memory of Walter Andersen, a veteran of the Mexican border and overseas campaigns. The Legion hall was filled to capacity by sorrowing friends and former service men. Rev. Geo. W. Dunn had charge of the services in the Armory and Rev. C. A. Van Griethuysen, of the rites at the cemetery. The pall bearers were ex-captain Ed I. Lindsay, ex-captain Emmett Murphy, Wm. H. O’Brien, James Nicol, Merl Metz and Top Copps. The firing squad included Chas. Waldo, Sergt. at arms, John Collier, Walter Mueller, Jens Graversen, Pearl Moore, Mace Fleenor, Jas. Krick, John Sievert, M. Skou. The color bearers were Arthur Krick and Robert Colbert; color guard, Ray Bresnahan; musicians, Bruce M. Snell, Frank Elser, Roy Lohmann, Ray Murphy, Paul Curry and Stanley J. Mead.
Walter Anderson’s death occurred in Chicago Wednesday evening, Feb 5 and if he had lived until March 6th, he would have reached the age of 36 years. He was a son of Mrs. Mary Anderson and was born in Ida Grove in 1895. His early life was spent in Ida Grove and he attended the public schools here. The last five years of his life were spent in Chicago, where he had been working at the time of this death.
He served on the Mexican border with Company B in 1916 and 1917. On May 13, 1918 he entered the service of his country for the world war and was sent overseas August 3, the same year. He was honorably discharged June 19, 1919. He was in action in the Puvenelle sector, west of the Moselle, October 10 to November 9, 1918, in the final drive before the armistice was signed. He was in the defensive in the Puvenelle sector, Nov 9 to 11, as a part of the second army offensive.
Those left to mourn his death are his mother, two brothers, Will of Omaha and David of Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Ruby Engman of Selah, Wash. An older brother, Arthur O., died with pneumonia April 4, 1929. A younger brother and his father also preceded him in death.
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