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Harry E. Anderegg
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Birth: Dec., 1898
Iowa, USA
Death: 1918
West Bend
Palo Alto County
Iowa, USA

OBITUARY: WEST BEND JOURNAL, West Bend, Palo Alto Co., Iowa, March 14, 1918.
The remains of Corporal Harry Anderegg arrived Saturday afternoon, accompanied by his father and Corporal Clarence Culligan from Camp Cody. In due respect to our esteemed soldier all flags were draped at half mast and the business places were closed while the remains were taken to the family home. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. M.G. Rambo. It was perhaps attended by far the largest of any funeral service before held in West Bend. Fully one half of the people could not hear the worthy tribute and the excellent sermon of the pastor, we are publishing it in complete form as delivered, in the following: TEXT--1 Cor 16:13 "Quit you like men" It has been said that man is the noblest work of God. The scriptures tell us that God made man in his own image. Our Savior called himself the son of man as well as the son of God. To be a true man in every sense of the word is to accomplish the highest duty. This is what Paul means when he says, "Quit you like men". We can extend no higher praise then to say he is a man. Manhood implies virility, honor, courage, loyalty to ideals. It is the Christian plan to make men manly in the truest sense. Jesus is the great example and pattern. What a perfect man he is! Harry Anderegg was a manly young man. He had the soul of honor. He had the courage which does not flinch in the face of duty. When his county called for defenders of the flag he was willing and ready to go. He was the first from this community to volunteer in the great war. Likewise he is the first one of our soldier boys to answer the higher call. In some future time when the community in gratitude for a universal and righteous peace, shall erect a monument to her soldiers who have honored her by taking part in the great war. Harry Anderegg's name shall be the first engraved upon the marble. This is a time of sorrow. The earthly ties are broken. We shall see him no more. All that we have of him now is a sacred memory. But my friends this grief is not a troubled sorrow. It is a sanctified and holy one. It is one to be treasured and held sacred in the heart. It is a sorrow which holds no regrets, no bitter dregs. I have two sons. I would rather see them buried in the Khaki uniform and enfolded in the starry flag than to see them sit in presidential chairs with a single drop of pro-German blood in their veins. Harry did his duty. As an ambitious young citizen, he loved the land that gave him birth, the country which nurtured him and gave him privilege and opportunity, which shielded and protected his loved ones, and when the heaven born and blood bought institutions of that land were threatened by a sinister hand which was reaching out across the seas, and the country called for volunteers to come to the help of the Lord against the mighty, he laid down the peaceful tools of his trade, and said, " Here am I, send me." There was not one drop of slacker blood in his veins. He sought for no frivolous and treacherous excuses for staying at home, while other men went forth to heroism, service, and sacrifice. It was not his fortune to die in battle. But his honor is just as great. He was in the line of service. The dart of death in the training camp are just as fatal as the enemy shells in the trenches and it requires just as much bravery to face them without flinching. He knew the end was coming and faced it bravely. He told his father, who had hurried to his bedside, that he knew he would never see his home again, but he looked death in the face unafraid. The brunt of this great grief falls, of course, upon his father and mother, brothers and sisters. That large family circle of six brothers and seven sisters has been broken for the first time. The youngest therefore the most cherished, has been taken. We can sympathize with them and speak our feeble words of condolence, but only God by his grace can bind up the broken heart and soothe the sorrowing spirit. But in a very special sense Harry belonged not alone to his parents. He belonged to the entire community. He was our representative in the army. He enlisted not for himself, but for the sake of everyone of us. In his death we have lost a friend, a protector, a patriot. We are at war. Things more precious to us than houses and lands, than stock and bonds, yes, than life itself, stand in danger. Belgium lies ravished and bleeding. Poland is strangled and helpless in the mailed fist of a ruthless robber. Siberia is literally trampled to death beneath the heel of a soulless tyrant. The bones of hundreds of thousands of Armenians lie bleaching in the desert sun. The Lusitania is at the bottom of the sea with defenseless women and children of our own blood. The sinister and monstrous power which is responsible for this, and for innumerable barbarities too terrible for words to describe, has lifted its frightful and bloody hand to strike at the heart of our own loved homeland, Freemen must arise and strike. That awful hand must be stayed. Somebody must go to the war. Somebody must encounter the danger if we are to be saved. Harry's work on earth is done. His course was short, his career was brief. But it was worthy and honorable. We mourn his loss, but we submit to the divine will which rules us all. We congratulate him upon the fact that his work was worthily and well done, and we believe that he has passed on to higher fields of activity, where he will forever serve the great commander of all the universe.
Family links: 
  William Heinrich Anderegg (1849 - 1933)
  Elizabeth Louise Moser Anderegg (1856 - 1933)
  Herman Bartold Anderegg (1873 - 1941)*
  Edward Amil Anderegg (1884 - 1954)*
  Ernest George Anderegg (1888 - 1955)*
  Charlotte Alma Anderegg Turner (1894 - 1967)*
  Harry E. Anderegg (1898 - 1918)
*Calculated relationship
West Bend Cemetery
West Bend
Palo Alto County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Art Williams
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
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Harry E. Anderegg
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