John Wallace Wasmer is the first
LeMars youth to die in the service of his country. News of his
death somewhere in France was conveyed to his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. L. R. Wasmer, in a telegram from the war office at
Washington, D.C., received on Tuesday morning. The dispatch
signed by Adjutant General McCain said: ³Deeply regret to
inform you that first class private, John Wasmer, infantry, is
officially reported to have died of pneumonia.
of the young manıs death was a great shock to his family and
friends as only a day before letters were received from him,
saying he was well and enjoying life.
volunteered for service last April when barely eighteen years of
age and joined Company K, Second Iowa Infantry. The company went
into training at Camp Faber. With sixty-eight other Plymouth
County boys from Company K, he was transferred to the camp at
Des Moines, and attached to the 168th Infantry. The regiment
was ordered from there to Camp Mills, Long Island, and left
for France on November 14.
John Wasmer was the only son of
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Wasmer, of this city. He was born on April
19, 1899, at Monroe, Louisiana. When a baby his parents moved
from there to Sioux City, and when he was four years old they
went to Hawarden. John received his education in Hawarden,
attending St. Anthony's school. The family moved to LeMars
four years ago from Hawarden. John assisted his father in the
laundry business and later was employed with
Kilburg-Rickabaugh company being in the employ of that firm when
he joined the army.
He is deeply mourned by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Wasmer, his two sisters, Marie, of
this city, and Aloysius, who is attending school at Clinton, his
aunt, Mrs. J. A. Prairie, and his cousin, Mrs. A. J. St. Onge, of
Sioux City, and a large number of friends.
John Wasmer was
a member of Trinity council, Knights of Columbus, of this city.
John Wasmer was willing to fight for his country and his
friends say it was the proudest day of his life when he first
donned Uncle Samıs uniform. His early death is to be regretted
but a lasting consolation to his grief-stricken parents and
sisters is that he died in helping to uphold the just and
righteous cause of freedom.
Members of Trinity Council,
Knights of Columbus, are in communication with the adjutant
generalıs office at Washington, D.C., in regard to whether the
remains can be shipped home for interment, but up to yesterday
afternoon had received no definite reply.