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BOTTOLFSON KILLED IN ACTION--Had Been Previously Wounded. Albert Weiger Also Died of Bronchial Pneumonia.
Nov. 21, 1918
Cedar County News, Nov. 21, 1918

American Battle Monuments Commission, WWI Honor Roll

Contributed by: Connie R. Loftus
Reprinted here with permission of Cedar County News Editor Rod Dump.

Two more blue stars on the Cedar county service flag were turned to gold this week when word was received from France that two local boys had given their lives for their country. The first word came Monday advising that Bernhard Bottolfson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bottolfson had been killed in action on Oct. 9. Word came Wednesday that Albert Weiger, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Weiger, five miles northeast of town had died Oct. 22 of bronchial pneumonia.

Universal sympathy is being expressed for the tfamilies of both boys; the news of their deaths being particularly sad coming so soon after official announcement of the signing of an armistice and the natural expectation that the boys would eventually return home. Bothg boys made the supreme sacrifice for the country they lvoed in order that an ideal might survive and thew orld be a better place to live in. The one was called b y illness he is no less a here as he gave his all just the same.

Bernhard Bottolfson was one of hte firt Hartington boys to enlist, joining th coleors the week following the declaration of war. He was trainined in this county and went to france last fall for further traning. He accompanied the machine gun company of which he wa a member to the front last spring and was injured on May 3. He was in several hospital s in france until finally discharged on Sept. 20, rejoining his company five days later. The big drive was then in progress, accoridng to a letter written Sept. 26, the last yet received by his parents and he was glad that he was again able to take part in the fray. The telegram from Washington stated htat he was killed in action Oct. 9. bernhard was employed last at the laundry but had worked for several busness houses being poupular with both owners and customers. He would have been 24 years of age next month. He was a private in machine gun company No. 6 of the 16th infantry.


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