Last Honors Paid R. C. Sweet in Military Funeral on Sunday FIRST OF WASECA'S SOLDIERS KILLED IN ACTION IS RETURNED FOR BURIAL — CITY DECORATED WITH FLAGS, TURNS OUT EN MASSE TO SEE PARADE OF LEGIONAIRES AND OTHER WAR VETERANS HONORING FALLEN HERO.
With the city flag draped in his honor, through streets filled with people paying their last respects to one of Waseca's heroic soldier dead, the body of Raymond C. Sweet was escorted with full military honors to his final resting place in Woodville cemetery last Sunday. The funeral cortege extended over two blocks, containing in addition to the local and New Richard American Legion posts, G. A. R. Men, Spanish American War veterans, the Women's Relief Corps; Spanish American war auxiliary and the band. Many in Procession. The procession started from the city hall at 2:30, going to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Sweet, where the body of their son had been since his arrival Friday night. Receiving the flag covered casket, the line of march then lead to the Episcopal church for the funeral rites pronounced by Rev. V. E. Pinkham. The band lead the way, playing a funeral march, followed by the escort of overseas men, the colors, the body, the mourners in cars, the firing squad, the G. A. R., Spanish-American war veterans, the Women's Relief and Auxiliary Corps and civilian officials. After the short service, the procession moved slowly to the cemetery accompanied by many people of the city. At the grave Rev. Pinkham and G. P. Madden, the Post Chaplain, read the last services, the firing squad under command of Sergeant M. B. Ryan sent three crashing volleys over the casket, Buglar Leon Brozik sounded taps, and Private R. C. Sweet, A. E. F., was laid into his last resting place with the complete honors accorded those who die in defense of their country that their fellow citizens may live. Killed October 1, 1918. Raymond C. Sweet was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Sweet, born in Waseca, November 27, 1895. With the exception of five years, one spent in North Dakota and four in Tracy, he had lived all his life in Waseca, going to the public schools here and later working for a local railway company. He entered the service February 25, 1918, and was sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa. Before this time he had been a member of Battery B, 2nd Minnesota Field Artillery, the Waseca organization which kept many patriotic men out of service so long. From Camp Dodge he was sent to Camp Sevier, South Carolina and then to Camp Merritt, New Jersey. He arrived overseas May 24, going into action with E company of the 119 Infantry of the 30th division. Word came of his death on October 1, 1918, killed in action. After some delay his body arrived at Hoboken two weeks ago, and was shipped west, coming into St. Paul with forty-three others last Friday. Relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr and Mrs. Williamson of St. Paul, Mrs. Wobschall and family, Mr and Mrs. Pegg and Mrs. Powell of Owatonna, This, the first complete military funeral of Waseca, was in charge of the local American Legion Past, A. W. McGuire, commander. Commander Krueger and four squads from the New Richland post came to take part in the services. All together there were about one hundred ex-service men in line. A. W. McGuire was in direct charge of the escort and also of the entire arrangements. Emerson C. Ward commanded the World War veterans, and in the absence of D. E. Perrin, Milton Juhnke lead the band. The pallbearers, representing the three branches of the service, army, navy and marine corps, were Sergeant Joseph Wallschlaeger in command — Otto Oestreich, John Hovald, F. B. Ellsworth, Clinton Oerlline, August Miller and John Klohe. The color guard was composed of color sergeants, William Ketchum and John Sjostrand, and marine guards, George Wyman and Harry Roesler.
Waseca Journal Radical 4-6-1921
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