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Two Soldiers Die in Camp, Olivia Times, 10-17-1918

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Frank C. Spevacek and Wm. Tolzman Succomb to Influenza While in Service: Left Olivia as Companions, Remains Shipped to Olivia and Danube For Burial in Home Cemetery

William Tolzman and Frank C. Spevacek succomb to Influenza While in Service! Left Olivia as Companions! Above image of the boys before they left for service taken at Olivia, Minnesota.

The remains of two soldier boys, Frank C. Spevacek and Wm. Tolzman, who died while in the service of their county, were shipped home this week. The remains of Mr. Tolzman was shipped from Camp Hancock, Ga. Monday and the funeral was held from the German Lutheran church at Danube Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Birkholtz of this place conducting the services. The remains of Frank Spevacek arrived here yesterday and the funeral was conducted by Rev. Father Pomije. Owing to the nature of the disease from which they died, influenza, neither body was taken into the church. Both boys left Olivia for Camp Grant on Sept. 6th as boon companions. Together they had grown to manhood in the same neighborhood and together they went forth to battle for the rights of mankind. Shortly before leaving Olivia they had their picture taken together and by a strange coincidence both died of the same disease within a few hours apart. Both were fine young men, of good families, and they belonged to that grand army that is defending the Stars and Stripes today.

Frank Spevacek was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Spevacek of this place. He was born in Winfield, June 30, 1895 and died at Camp Hancock, Ga. October 9th. He leaves besides his parents, two brothers, James and John of this place, and four sisters, viz: Mrs. Jas Schanil, Amhert, S.D.; Mrs Chas. V. Swoboda, Henryville; Mrs. Jerry Opatrny, St. Paul.

Wm. Tolzman was oldest son of Fred Tolzman of Winfield. He was born near Olivia, Sept. 13, 1895 and died at Camp Hancock, October 6th. He is survived by his father, two brothers and six sisters, all at home. His mother died October 12, 1912.