Obit: Knorr, Lynn (1889 – 1918)

Contact: Ann Stevens

Surnames: Knorr

----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 10/10/1918

Knorr, Lynn (28 FEB 1889 – 2 Oct 1918)

Lynn Knorr, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Knorr of this city, died of Spanish influenza at Camp Grant on Wednesday of last week. Mr. and Mrs. Knorr were advised Tuesday of the serious illness of their son and they at once went to Camp Grant, and on Wednesday a telegram was received here telling of the death of the young man. The funeral was held at Camp Grant as it was impossible to bring the remains home for burial owing to the inability to secure proper embalming and the steps being taken to prevent the spread of this terrible disease. Mr. and Mrs. Knorr and daughters returned home on Monday from Camp Grant.

Lynn was buried at Rockford on Saturday afternoon in Forest View Abbey, services being held at the Masons Temple at Rockford under Masonic and military auspices. Six Masonic brethren, who are soldiers at Camp Grant, acted as pallbearers, and the funeral was a particularly impressive one for it embodied the military rites and the beautiful Masonic ceremony.

Lynn Knorr was a graduate of the Neillsville High School and a young man highly respected and esteemed in this community. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of this city and was one of the most popular young men of this neighborhood for he has all the traits of sterling manhood and high integrity and his death came as a most severe shock to the many friends here. Most of his life was spent at Granton and the Granton News last week contained the following tribute to his high standard of morality.

Lynn Elmer Knorr was born at Sherbourne, Minn., Feb. 28, 1889 and with his parents came to Granton when he was but two years old. Here they have since lived, only moving to Neillsville last month. Here Lynn attended school and after the completion of the grades here went to Neillsville and graduated from that city’s high school in 1907. Then entering the state university at Madison in 1908 graduated from there with the degree of A.B. in 1912.

Directly thereafter he was appointed Assistant Comptroller of the Illinois University at Champaign, Ill., and there attained the degree of C.P.A. and continues there several years or until October 1916, when he accepted a position with Warwick, Mitchell & Peat, accountant of Milwaukee and was called from that position May 25, 1918, to enter the U.S. Army as a selectman. He was at once put on the Psychological Examining Board at Camp Grant and continued on same until only last week when he was transferred to the officers training camp. He had written home on Saturday and said he was somewhat under the weather and slated for the hospital, but his letter did not reach his home folk until Tuesday and was soon followed by a telegram which said he was alarmingly ill and in response to which his mother left to his bedside.

Lynn was an only son. He is survived by his parents and sisters, Miss Myrtle at home and Miss Shirley, who teaches at Draper, Minn.

We bow our heads in honor to this beloved one who has rendered the supreme service to his country. He was loyal to the cause and strong in spirit. He had in his breast the impulse of something more precious than his individual life. He was in the battle for freedom and sacrificed to the limit. Such boys as was Lynn are the pride of our hearts. Lynn was to us Perfection, and the whole countryside is universally tendering to his bereaved family their heartfelt sympathy.



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