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William Herman Tolzman Obituary, Renville Star Farmer, 10-24-1918

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Died in Camp

William Herman Tolzman, oldest son of Fred Tolzman, was born near Olivia the 13th day of September 1895 and during the same year was baptized in the name to the triune God. After receiving religious instructions he made a public confession of his christian faith and was confirmed here at this altar the 31st say of March 1912. The days of his youth were spent at home with his parents until a few years ago when he was engaged by some neighbors on the farm where he proved himself somewhat quiet but very diligent and ambitious youth. On the 6th day of September last he was called to the colors to serve his country and was sent to Camp Grant, where he remained but only three weeks being transferred to Camp Hancock, Georgia during the first days of October. From Georgia was sent the first message of his death which occurred Monday night at 11 P.M. Thus he passed from the service of his country to the higher calling in the peace and rest of Creator and Redeemer at the age of 23 years and 23 days. The Spanish Influenza causing his early death.

The diseased youth enjoyed the best of health all his former days and the messages bearing the news of his serious illness and sudden death were messages of sad surprise and grief to all his relatives and friends. They mourn and weep the loss of a son and brother but not without comfort and hope but in the same faith in a glorious reunion on resurrection day when there will be no more mourning and weeping but peace and joy in the Lord Jesus in all eternity – Danube Review

Editor’s Note: The Danube Review was the newspaper for Danube during World War I. Unfortunately the Minnesota Historical Society and the Renville County Historical Society do not have copies of this newspaper for 1917 – 1919. If you have or know of where we can get copies of the Danube Review please contact Nicole at 507-697-6147. We would like to digitally scan these newspapers for future generations!