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John Melvin Backen
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1894
Parrish
Langlade County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1931
Downsville
Dunn County
Wisconsin, USA

John Melvin Backen, age 37, died December 5, at his home in Downsville, after a stay of a year or two at Mt. Washington Sanitarium, Eau Claire, where he suffered from tuberculosis. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock at the Dunnville Church. Rev. Charles Butcher, Eau Claire, officiating. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery at Downsville. A firing squad was furnished by Company A 128th Infantry as well as a bugler. Hosford-Chase Post No. 32 of The American Legion made arrangements for a military funeral.
John Backen, son of Ole and Anna Backen, was born July 18, 1895, at Parrish. His occupation was that of laborer. He was not married. He enlisted July 16, at Menomonie, from Downsville and was sent to Jefferson Barracks. Later on he was sent to Camp Hancock, Georgia. He had no overseas services. On July 25, 1919 he was discharged at Camp Grant, Illinois as Private Motor Machine Gun Company M G. Bn. I. S. of A. His serial number was 3369814. His discharge is recorded at the courthouse in Menomonie.
Mr. Backen is survived by his mother, Mrs. Richard Peterson and one sister, Mrs. Milas Smith, Downsville and five brothers, Arthur and Albert at home and Olaf, Ernest and George at Waterloo, Iowa.
Obituary is from the Dunn City News, dated 10 December, 1931.
Information below is from Carol Strayer's research:
John is the grandson of Nicholas and Louisa (Dahlberg) Brostrom and the 1st Cousin 1 time removed of Robert Fagerlind married Carol Strayer's 3rd Cousin Elmonda Johnson
 
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 Parents:
  Ole Backen (1862 - 1902)
  Anna Brostrom Peterson (1872 - 1935)
 
 Siblings:
  Arthur L Backen (1893 - 1949)*
  John Melvin Backen (1894 - 1931)
  Effie Backen Smith (1896 - 1944)*
  Alvin Backen (1899 - 1899)*
  Olaf G Backen (1902 - 1978)*
  Ernest Peterson (1912 - 1941)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
HEAVEN IS MY HOME
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Downsville
Dunn County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Section 35
 
Created by: Carol Strayer
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
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John Melvin Backen
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John Melvin Backen
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John Melvin Backen
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Thank you John for serving your country, rest in peace.
- Carol Strayer
 Added: Mar. 10, 2009
 
 
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