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 Dean Sidney Nilson

Dean Sidney Nilson

Milford, Iroquois County, Illinois, USA
Death 18 Nov 1967 (aged 76)
Kansas, USA
Burial Garden City, Finney County, Kansas, USA
Plot Zone A, Lot 194, Space 7
Memorial ID 17306983 · View Source
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Dean S. Nilson, 76, retired farmer, died Saturday.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Sublette Methodist Church. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, Kan.
Born in Milford, Ill., he came to Sublette 67 years ago. He was a member of Sublette Methodist Church, and IOOF, in which he was past grand patriarch of Grand Encampment No. 83, Garden City, and a member of Canton Hobart No. 4 and Rebekah Lodge.
Nilson was a member of Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Wichita Consistory and Midian Shrine, and American Legion, Sublette. He was a veteran of World War I.
Survivors include his widow, Ada; a daughter, Mrs.
Gene Koehn, Sublette, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Ella Mae Mocker, Copeland, Kan.
Phillips-White Funeral Home, Garden City, has charge.
- The Wichita Eagle - Sunday, November 19, 1967

It is speculated that Dean Nilson may have been one of the first soldiers infected with the Spanish Flu during WWI. He was likely infected with the Spanish Flu while on a five-day furlough in Haskell County, Kansas. He returned to Camp Funston, which was housing approximately 56,000 soldiers, in eastern Kansas between February 26 and March 2, 1918. Once there, Spanish Flu cases started to arise. Almost immediately, cases started to appear. With three weeks, there were 11,000+ cases.

The lowest estimates place the number of deaths from the Spanish Flu at approximately 20 million. The more accepted value is between 50 and 100 million dead, with all values dwarfing the deaths from WWI combat. So, Dean Nilson may have been an unwitting carrier of a disease which killed millions.
---Provided by Find A Grave contributor 48130539

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