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Emil Herman, Renville Star Farmer, 12-19-1918

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Gives His Life For His Country: Private Emil Herman of Crooks Succumbs to Pneumonia in France – Left Here in July Call

Ferdinand Herman on Friday received the following message from the adjutant general’s office Washington that explains itself:
Washington, D. C., 9-:36 P.M. 11-13-1918
Ferdinand Herman R. F. D. Renville, Minn.
Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Private Emil Herman infantry died of pneumonia and grippe September 27th.

Harris the Adjutant General.”

Private Emil Herman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Herman was born in the township of Crooks Nov. 9, 1891. He was raised there and attended school in District 75. On July 25th he went to Olivia to join his comrades in the selective draft and left with them for Camp Wadsworth, S. C. Sometime about August he went overseas, and the above message was the first that was heard from since. It is sad but the war brings many such messages to homes at this time and we can only hope that such a peace will come of the war that will put an end to war. In that case the sacrifices will not have been in vain. Besides his parents the deceased leaves five brothers and four sisters, Ferinand, Paul, Otto, William of Crooks, Gustav of Rogers, Minn. Mrs. Gersdorf of Crookston, Minn., Mrs. Wm. H. Bell, St. Paul, Mrs. C. J. Lissock, Flora, Mrs. Ferdinand Heineman, Winfield.