Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Blaus in:
 • New Saint Lukes Catholic Cemetery
 • Plain
 • Sauk County
 • Wisconsin
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Pvt Simon Engelbert Blau
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Nov. 7, 1891
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 22, 1919, France

Simon Engelbert Blau was born on November 7, 1891 in Bear Creek Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin. His parents were Joseph Blau and Anna Teresa Brickl. When he was 7 years old, Simon's mother died. His father remarried in the same year (1898) to Anna Justina Gruber.

Simon worked as a wood cutter on the farms of Mike and Mary (Pletzer) Gruber, and Dan Nachreiner.

On June 5, 1917, at age 25, Simon registered for the draft in Franklin Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin, and joined the United Stated Army. His service dates were from July 23, 1918 until the time of his death on May 22, 1919. He was awarded a World War I Victory Medal and World War I Victory Button (Bronze).

Simon was initially buried at Langres Cemetery in Haute-Marne, France in May 1919. (See: http://preview.tinyurl.com/394hgg) Two years later, his body was shipped home and was re-interred at St. Luke's Catholic new cemetery, Plain, Sauk County, Wisconsin on June 11, 1921.

From the Weekly Home News, Spring Green, Wisconsin:

June 5, 1919:
Soldier Dies in France - Joseph Blau of Franklin received a telegram to-day announcing the death of his son Simon, which occurred in France. This soldier boy's death was caused by blood poisoning. The Home News will publish an obituary next week.

June 16, 1921:
Hero's Body is Laid to Rest - The remains of Private Simon Blau arrived here last Thursday on the late train and were taken to his home that night. The funeral was held at St. Luke's church, Plain, Saturday at 10 a.m. Rev. Father Surges conducted the funeral services, Rev. Father Brudermanns acting as deacon and Rev. Father Shanaghy as sub-deacon. Private Blau was born in the town of Bear Creek November 7th, 1892, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blau.

He, like so many other young men, heard the call of his country and left from Baraboo July 24th, 1918, being sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was assigned to the 28th Infantry. After about a month he went to Hoboken, New Jersey, sailing from there for France September 6th, 1918. After his arrival over there he was placed in the Medical Department, Base Hospital, No. 53, where he died of septicemia May 22nd, 1919.

The coffin containing the remains of our young hero was accompanied by Private Joseph Kmet from Camp Grant, who remained for the burial.

The pall bearers were Tony Young, Walter Liegel, John Bayer, Alois Gruber, Frank Nachreiner and Edward Ederer, all of Plain.

Rev. Father Brudermanns gave an eloquent sermon, his subject being "Love for Our Country". At the cemetery Lieut. Frank Nee presented the flag for which Private Blau laid down his life to Mrs. Blau. This was followed by three volleys from the firing squad, commanded by Liet. H. H. Lins, and the sounding of taps by the bugler. The deceased leaves to mourn: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blau, five brothers and three sisters, Joseph M., Frank, Albert, Anthony, George, Mrs. George Brey, Margaret and Clara.

Card of Thanks: We wish to thank all our neighbors and friends who gave us their aid in any manner at the funeral of Private Simon Blau. Especially do we wish to thank the soldiers, the C. K. of W. and those who brought flowers. All kind acts will be cherished with the memory of our dear son and brother. Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Blau and Children

June 18, 1921:
Obituary
Private Simon Blau
The remains of Private Simon Blau have been buried at Plain.
Private Blau was born in the town of Bear Creek November 7, 1892, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blau. He, like so many other young men, heard the call of his country and left from Baraboo July 24th, 1918, being sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was assigned to the 28th Infantry. After about a month he went to Hoboken, New Jersey, sailing from there for France September 6th, 1918. After his arrival over there he was placed in the Medical Department, Base Hospital, No. 53 where he died of septicemia May 22nd, 1919.

The coffin containing the remains of the young hero was accompanied by Private Joseph Kmet from Camp Grant, who remained for the burial.

The pallbearers were Tony Young, Walter Liegel, John Bayer, Alois Gruber, Frank Nachreiner and Edward Ederer, all of Plain.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Joseph Blau (1861 - 1930)
  Anna Teresa Brückl Blau (1859 - 1898)
 
 Siblings:
  Albert Michael Blau (1887 - 1887)*
  Barbara "Katherine" Blau Brey (1890 - 1969)*
  Simon Engelbert Blau (1891 - 1919)
  Simon Engelbert Blau (1891 - 1919)*
  Anna M Blau (1893 - 1916)*
  Albert J Blau (1898 - 1979)**
  Anton Michael Blau (1904 - 1987)**
  George J Blau (1907 - 1989)**
  Clara C Blau (1909 - 2000)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
New Saint Lukes Catholic Cemetery
Plain
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Maintained by: Debbie
Originally Created by: bgardener
Record added: Sep 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21448033
Pvt Simon Engelbert Blau
Added by: bgardener
 
Pvt Simon Engelbert Blau
Added by: bgardener
 
Pvt Simon Engelbert Blau
Cemetery Photo
Added by: bgardener
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Jay Wright
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014

- Debbie
 Added: Sep. 9, 2007

- bgardener
 Added: Sep. 9, 2007
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service