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 William F. Sommers

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William F. Sommers

Birth
Saint Mary Township, Waseca County, Minnesota, USA
Death 28 Dec 1918 (aged 21)
France
Burial Waseca, Waseca County, Minnesota, USA
Plot 1st Addition, Sec. 4, Lot 17
Memorial ID 111710126 View Source
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WILLIAM SOMMERS IS BURIED SUNDAY
SOLDIER DIED IN FRANCE IS BROUGHT HOME TO REST IN WOODVILLE CEMETERY
With a squad recruited from his own company to fire the last volleys over his final resting place in the soil of the country he helped to defend, the body of William F. Sommers just returned from France, was placed in an honored grave in Woodville cemetery Sunday afternoon. A full military funeral under the direction of the local American Legion Post preceded the burial with a funeral procession and services in the German Lutheran church and at the cemetery. The body was brought here Friday night from New York, escorted by a United States army regular, and escorted by a detachment of service men to the Sommers home on south Second street, there to lay until the services Sunday. Services at Church. The funeral procession received the body at two o'clock and marched in escort to the German Lutheran church where services were held by Rev. F. H. Duerschner. The cortege then moved on to the cemetery where final rites were administered by Rev. Duerschner and Post Chaplain G. P. Madden. The firing squad under command of Damon Cummings gave the final volleys, Milton Juhnke sounded taps and what was mortal of William Sommers was laid to rest. The procession was headed by the clergy, and followed by the band, the colors, the escort, the body, the mourners, the New Richland American Legion Post, the Spanish War Veterans, the G. A. R., the Spanish War Veteran's Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. The firing squad was principally from Owatonna of the Co. I, 136th Infantry, the old company that Sommers had been a private in. About eight squads of local Legionaires turned out, as did some from Janesville. The pallbearers representing the three branches of the service were, Sergeant Joseph Wallschlaeger, Walter Phillips, Harold Root, John Klohe, Roy Sutherland, Otto Oestreich, Clinton Oerlline and Albert Kakuske. Died in France. William F. Sommers was the son of Mrs. Amelia Sommers and entered the service on June 15, 1917. After a little over a year's training in this country he was ordered overseas and arrived in France on July 15, 1918. In December he had blood poisoning and also an attack of pneumonia from which he died in a hospital in France on December 28, 1918. He was born on the Sommers; homestead in St. Marys, and had lived in Waseca county up to the time of his enlistment. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Amelia Sommers of south Second street, and Ed Smith, Herman Sommers, Gustaf Sommers, brothers, and Mrs. John Priebe, Minna Priebe, Pauline Fremer and Mary Arndt. His uncle, Julius Sommers and son, Louis Sommers came over from Owatonna, for the funeral.
Waseca Journal Radical 6-8-1921

WILLIAM F. SOMMERS DIED IN FRENCH CAMP
WELL-KNOWN WASECA BOY IS STRICKENED BY PNEUMONIA
Mrs. Amelia Sommers of this city received a telegram last Monday which stated that her son, Wm. Ferdinand Sommers had died in France on Dec. 28 of nephritis and pneumonia.
About two weeks ago his mother received a letter from him stating that he was in Alsace-Loraine with his company and was not feeling very well at the time.
The letter caused little worry, as he was a strong rugged, young man, and the news of his death came as a distinct shock to his mother and friends. But he has done his part and his country will always cherish his memory.
Deceased was born in St. Mary township on August 16, 1897. He enlisted in Co. I of Owatonna a year ago last June and was sent to Deming, New Mexico, the following September. He sailed for France with his regiment last July. He took part in the fall campaign and escaped without injury.
Deceased is survived by his widowed mother, who has sincere sympathy in her sorrow. Her husband, the late Gus Sommers met a violet death on the Northwestern tracks about eight years ago.
Waseca Herald 1-16-1919


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