Frank Petrik


Source: Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
October 25, 1918
pg. 5

Was First Man From Nearby Town to Lose Life in Conflict Against the Hun.
The first soldier from Fairfax to lose his life in the service is Private Frank J. Petrik, who was killed in action in France Sept. 26. Word to this effect was received Wednesday by his sister, Mrs. Gifford Tow, ? Eighth Avenue. Private Petrik had been in the service five months and had been in France two months with Co. K, 357th Inf. He would have been 26 years old November 10. Practically every resident of Fairfax had sent him a post card to reach him on the same date as near his birthday as possible, which he will never receive. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Louis L. Petrik of Fairfax, six sisters, Mrs. Tow and Mrs. Edward Sears of this city, Mrs. Frank Boland, Mrs. George Story, and Miss Blanche Petrik of Fairfax, and Mrs. Harry Metzger of Rowley, Iowa, one brother William, is in the service at Camp Pike, Ark.


-transcribed and submitted by Jeanie Belding for Iowa in the Great War