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Hanson, Fritz Arnold

U. S. SOLDIER BROUGHT HOME FROM OVERSEAS

Comrades Show Devotion to Fritz Hanson Who Died While Serving His Country Overseas.

Full military honors were paid to Fritz Arnold Hanson, overseas man who died in France after contracting influenza while fighting in the trenches of the St. Mihiel sector, when his remains were buried in the Norwegian Baptist cemetery near Artichoke lake Wednesday afternoon. A squad of Legionaires from the Ralph M. Spink Post of Ortonville fired a volley as the last final rites as his body was being lowered in the grave.

Hanson was the son of Mrs. Hulda C. Hanson who lives on a farm on the northwest shore of Artichoke lake. A brother, Hjelmer Hanson who was also in the service died of influenza while in a camp in Georgia.

Fritz Hanson was born March 10, 1894. He was in the contingent that left Ortonville April 28 and went to Camp Dodge where he remained about three weeks. He was in one of the first detachments to be sent from there to a southern training camp, going to Camp Travis at San Antonio, Texas. After being there about a month he sailed from New York, June 26, landing at South Hampton, England, and then going across the channel to Le Harve. He was immediately sent into service on the St. Mihiel front and was in the trenches when taken sick with influenza. He was first taken to a field hospital where he was cared for (for) a time, and then removed to the base hospital at Toul where he died. His body was buried in the cemetery at Toul, and remained there until being disintered{sic} for shipment to the United States.

Hanson was a private in Company G, 360 Infantry of the 90th Division which is known as the Texas-Oklahoma National Army Division.

He is survived by his mother, six brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, the American Legion having charge in Ortonville and assisting at the cemetery. Services were held in the Norwegian Baptist church eighteen miles from here and near Artichoke lake.

It was on Sunday that his remains reached Ortonville, and until Wednesday he lay in state in the rotunda of the court house, his coffin draped with the flag of the country for which he gave his life, and adorned with simple, soldierly wreaths. Members of the local Legion post kept continual guard over the body.

Members of the firing squad who accompanied the body from the court house to its final resting place were Earl Miller, Ed. Wilson, Paul Beck, Floyd Atha, Kenneth Cummens, J. A. Jacobson, C. A. Zweiner, and Henry Lentz, the squad being commanded by J. C. Gowan. The color guard consisted of L. E. Lundgren, W. A. Randall, and Herb Bolsta, with Bolsta acting as color bearer.

Pall bearers here were also members of the Legion post. They were Ed Orton, Joe King, Joe Petrick, Oscar Nickish, G. C. Taylor, and L. A. Kaercher.

The Rev. Mr. Erickson officiating at the services.

The Ortonville Independent, Ortonville, MN 2 Jun 1921



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