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Two More Renville Boys Give Up Their Lives In The Nation’s Service, Renville Star Farmer, 10-10-1918

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Howard McBroom Passed Away at Camp Hancock, Ga. of pneumonia.  Dirk Tipkema Died at Ft. Sheridan of Spanish Influenza

It has seldom fallen to our lot to chronicle two deaths from natural causes in the same family at the same time as in this case, and we find it sad indeed. Howard McBroom was elegible to sign up for the draft with those who became 21 years last summer. He had his examination and was called to report at Olivia something over a month ago to go with the contingent to Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill. Shortly after arriving there he was transferred to Camp Hancock, Georgia. While there or before reaching there he caught a severe cold that developed into pneumonia, and he passed away as stated above.

Howard McBroom was born on the farm north of town on the 8th of September, 1896, and was 22 years of age at the time of his death. He gave his young life for his country, one of the greatest honors that is possible to bestow. This death will make another golden star in the service flag.

There will be a double funeral today from the M. E. Church.

The Star Farmer in common with all the people extend heartfelt sympathy to the family in this their great bereavement.

Dick Tipkema, who left with the draft contingent in June and was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Ill., was a victim of the prevailing epidemic in the army camps, Spanish Influenza, and died from that cause last week. The remains were shipped here for burial in the Presbyterian cemetery north of town. Private A. Page of that cantonment accompanied the remains home.

The funeral was held Sunday, Rev. Peterson conducted the services and gave a sermon in English on the life of the deceased and the noble part he had taken in answering his country’s call.

Dick Tipkema was born in St. Jacobie Parochi, Holland and was 27 years of age. He leaves a father in Holland and a brother in this country to mourn his loss.