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Robert Oscar Applegren
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1895
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 1951
Knox County
Illinois, USA

Sergeant, First Class, Company A, Infantry, 79th Division. Son of Emil and Hulda Applegren; born January 21, 1895 at Galesburg. Entered service at Galesburg June 24, 1918; to Camp Grant; promoted to Private, 1st Class; to Texas; to Camp Logan October 11, 1918; promoted to Sergeant; discharged February 11, 1919.

Robert O Applegren, 56, night desk clerk at the Hotel Broadview, drowned Friday afternoon about 3 o'clock in Lake Bracken within a short distance from his summer cottage. It is believed he experienced a seizure, an affliction to which he had been subject for some years, and fell into shallow water at the edge of the lake.
After finishing lunch about 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, Mr. Applegren started whitewashing rocks along the embankment of the lake which bordered his property. About 2:30 o'clock, Mrs. Applegren had called to her husband from the cottage and they had a brief conversation. It was possibly about 3:30 o'clock when she called another time and, failing to get a response, the wife asked some men in the vicinity to search for her husband.
Dick Durbin, life guard at Lake Bracken, WS Krout and Roy Anderson, who was nearby at the time, found the man's body lying in 30 inches of water near the shore.
When Sheriff EO Isaacson was notified, he immediately got word to city firemen and an inhaler crew raced to the lake, but their work was without success.
Coroner Crosiar G Bower conducted an inquest at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Kimber and West mortuary.
Mr. Applegren, who was born in Galesburg January 21, 1895, served as a sergeant in World War I. He entered the army from Galesburg, June 24, 1918, was first stationed at Camp Grant, and was later transferred to Camp Logan, where his promotion to a sergeant took place. He was discharged from the service February 11, 1919.
The only survivor is his wife, Ida. Mr. Applegren's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Applegren, died in 1947.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Kimber and West mortuary, where friends may call Monday night. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Death from drowning after experiencing an epileptic seizure was a verdict of a coroner's jury investigating the death of Robert Applegren Friday at Lake Bracken.
The only witness testifying at the inquest held Saturday afternoon by Coroner Crosiar G Bower was the man's wife, Ida. She related that because her husband experienced seizures frequently, she had been watching him closely from their cottage at the lake as he whitewashed rocks along the shore.
She noted her husband had gradually painted toward a large bush and when she first missed him, her impression was that he might be behind the bush. Later she had called and when not receiving a response, had searched for he husband. Unable to find him, she called for help, with his body found near the shore in about 30 inches of water.

Funeral services for Robert O Applegren, Broadview Hotel, who died Friday afternoon, were held at 10:30 o'clock this morning at the Kimber and West Chapel with Rev. Leman Olsenius of the First Lutheran Church officiating. Mrs. Wayne Tryon played the organ and burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Casket bearers, all members of the Ralph M Noble post No. 285, American Legion, were Mayor Ralph B Johnson, CA McDonald, Joseph Spellman, Fred Coakley, William Small and Robert Gaffney.
American Legion rites were held at the graveside. Jim Huff was the bugler. Fred Coakley and Attorney William Small were flag holders. Clarence Murphy and William Peterson were color bearers. On the firing squad were Gordon Mullooly, Stewart McGaughey and Warren Thomas.
Family links: 
  Emil Applegren (1865 - 1947)
  Hulda Applegren (1863 - 1947)
  Carl Arthur Applegren (1893 - 1946)*
  Robert Oscar Applegren (1895 - 1951)
*Calculated relationship
Linwood Cemetery
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 29, Lot 11
Created by: Talbot Fisher
Record added: Jan 22, 2010
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Robert Oscar Applegren
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