Obit: Rabenstein, Carl (1887 - 1918)

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Surnames: RABENSTEIN GILLARD WOODWARD

----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 11/14/1918

Rabenstein, Carl (23 JUL 1887 - 11 OCT 1918)

Saturday morning Mr. and Mrs. C. Rabenstein received the sad news that their son, Corp Carl Rabenstein, had died Oct. 11, 1918, of wounds received in battle in France.

Carl was born in Neillsville, Clark County, Wis. July 23, 1887. He grew to manhood here, and graduated from Neillsville High School in the class of 1906.

He taught school for a time, and then followed the printing trade, which he learned in his father's office. For a time he was foreman in the Overall Factory in Neillsville, later worked in the Granton News Office. The last six months before entering the Great War he was foreman in the Republican and Press office.

For a long time he was a member of old Co. A and took great interest in military drill. When the Mexican trouble broke out he enlisted. Owing to a defect in eyesight which required glasses to correct, he at first was not accepted, but her persisted in his efforts to get into the service and was finally taken. He made a good record in that service and came home safe. When the war with Germany broke out he again came forward. While Co. A was awaiting orders after the call, Carl remained at his work in this office, working in his uniform for two weeks before being called to Two Harbors. He went through the service at Two Harbors, was transferred to Camp Douglas, then to Texas, where after reorganization he went with the remnant of old Co. A to France. Of course little of his work there has come home to us, but knowing him as we do se are certain that it was good service.

No young man of Neillsville stood closer to the editor of this paper except our own boys. Carl was the soul of honor, he could be trusted to do his duty in every place. He was modest and unassuming in manner, never pushed himself forward, but was a good thinker and student of affairs of the world. His cheerfulness never left him, and in his home his thoughtfulness for his mother was one of his fine qualities. It was only by close acquaintance that his best characteristics became known, and here where the last few months of his civil life was spent his memory will be cherished for the good that we know he possessed.

Besides his parents he leaves two sisters, Mrs. L. C. Gillard of Ft. Atkinson, and Mrs. W. E. Woodward of Sentinel Butte, N.D., and one brother, Lieut., M. K. Rabenstein, in the Reserve Military Aviation, stationed at San Diego, Cal. Our deepest sympathies go out to them

 

 


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