WAR HERO HANS BENSON ANSWERS FINAL SUMMONS
Hans A. Benson, twenty-four years old, a veteran of the world war, died at noon today at his residence in Rock City.
He was born in Colegrove, Pa., March 11, 1897, and spent the greater part his life in Colegrove. He had made his home in Olean with his brother, H.E. Benson for two years while employed at the P. R.-R. shops and at the Vacuum Oil Company.
He served with Co. I. on the Mexican border and in the World War. He was wounded Sept. 29, 1918, and returned to this country February 1, 1919. He had been in poor health for some time due to Injuries received while at the front.
He leaves surviving: his widow, Mrs. Norma E. Benson, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Benson, Colegrove; five brothers, Edward and Francis of Olean, Leonard of Crosby, Donald and Burnell of Colegrove, and two sisters, Mrs. O. W. Hogstedt of Hollywood, California, Mrs. H. W. Farmer of Chicago, Ill. He was a sergeant during the war.
Olean Herald, Tuesday. (McKean Democrat September 15, 1921)
The funeral was held in Olean Wednesday morning and Interment was made in that city. Sergeant Benson had a distinguished war record.. He was with Private Scowden, of Farmers Valley, when that young man was mortally wounded, being severely wounded himself. In spite of the fact that part of his arm had been blown off, Sergeant Benson remained with his comrade until the very last; carrying him back to the American lines. His brother-in-law, Captain O.W. Hogstedt, was killed by a mysterious bullet while in the performance of his duties which his command, with an Illinois regiment, was training on the Mexican border during the war.
James Rexford Scowden
Hans Benson was a young man of splendid qualities who was well known throughout this section and many friends will be grieved to learn of his demise.
United States Census, 1910 for Hans Elmer Benson
Name: Hans Elmer Benson
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Residence: Norwich, McKean, Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Single
Race : White
Father's Birthplace: Sweden
Mother's Birthplace: Sweden
Family Number: 90
Page Number: 5
Parent Charles M Benson M 52y
Parent Martina Benson F y
Edward H Benson M 19y
Hans Elmer Benson M 13y
Leonard E Benson M 11y
Francis Benson M 9y
Cora D Benson F 13y
Sergt. CO 1
108th Inf. A.E.F.