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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • A Memorial Day investigation

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    A couple of years ago I?started a long-term series of stories I?wanted to do honoring each of the men who have their names attached to area Legion posts.


    Telling their stories each Memorial Day not only allowed me a chance to learn more about these heroes of the Redwood area but also provided an opportunity for me to be able to tell you their stories, too.

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  •   A couple of years ago I?started a long-term series of stories I?wanted to do honoring each of the men who have their names attached to area Legion posts. Telling their stories each Memorial Day not only allowed me a chance to learn more about these heroes of the Redwood area but also provided an opportunity for me to be able to tell you their stories, too. The first two years were relatively easy, as I?started with Melvin Daskam, the namesake of the Redwood Falls post. Thanks to lots of help from local historian Gary Revier I was able to find good information about his life and his ultimate demise during World War 1. The next year was also relatively easy, as I was able to speak with members of August Donner’s family still in Belview. The challenge started for me about two weeks ago when I?started looking into the life of a man named Earl Christopherson, a World War I casualty and namesake of the Milroy post. I?had some difficulty finding any information about him, but the helpful people of the Milroy folks, including Doug Christ-opherson, Delmar Debbaut and Doris Zwach got me what they could. I am still looking for information on him and am looking forward to a little bit of assistance from the Redwood Falls Public Library. You might recall we ran a story a while back which announced the library had received microfilm copies of newspapers from several area communities. In that collection are copies of the Milroy Echo from 1917-35. So, when I?get a moment I?am going to begin a more in-depth search of the life of Earl Christopherson. Thanks again to Gary and to Carl Colwell of Morton, I was able to find information about Oscar Wellnitz, whose name is associated with the Morton Legion post. That is the story you read in this edition. (If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so.) In the meantime, I?know there are still several other posts out there with names of war heroes attached which I?would love to learn about and then to tell their stories over the next few years. So, if you know the story of the individual whose name is associated with your community’s post and have a photo to go with it, I?would love to hear from you. Even if you do not have the story yourself but know who would and can point me in the right direction I?would much appreciate it. These men, and plenty of others I?also look forward to writing about in the future, deserve to have their stories told, and we as part of the Redwood area need to know who they were and about the sacrifice they made for us. I think it is important to get their stories written down to ensure these men are not forgotten. Of course, that also goes for others out there who have stories to share. So, if you have information on these Redwood area heroes, give me a call at (507) 637-2929 or send me an e-mail at editor@redwoodfallsgaz-ette.com. I am looking forward to talking with you and learning more about these individuals who helped to ensure the freedoms we all enjoy. … Well, one of the weekends I?look forward to the most is coming up in just a couple of days. Memorial Day weekend is when I?plant my garden. Some of you might wonder why I wait so long. It has to do with bad frost experiences. Although I?have a couple of events to squeeze in between the rows, I?am planning to get lots of dirt under my fingernails this weekend putting in my potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, beans and lots of other things.  Of course, I am going to take the time to attend a couple of memorial Day programs this coming Monday, and I want to encourage you to do the same.  Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing, but be sure to take time to remember why you are able to enjoy it.
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