Obituary Record

Anton Carl (Pvt.) Rask
Died on 10/6/1918
Buried in Prairie View Cemetery

Pilot 16 Oct 1918

Private Anton Rask died of Spanish influenza at Camp Lee, Va., and the body was sent here for burial, arriving last Thursday. The funeral was held at the Martin Rasmussen home in this city Saturday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. H. Iverson of Kennard. The Home Guards acted as military escort and he was given a military burial in the cemetery at Washington, Neb. Anton left Blair with the selective contingent July 22nd. He was born in Denmark Oct. 8th, 1892, and was therefore just 26 years of age. He came to this country with a brother, Frederick, who is now fighting for the United States in France, having gone from South Carolina. He leaves a father, three sisters and three brothers in Denmark. He had worked for Mr. Rasmussen for four years and was engaged to his daughter, Helena. This community should be and are highly appreciative of the service he rendered, or was about to render his adopted country and extend sincerest sympathy to Miss Helena Rasmussen, his promised wife and her family.

Pilot 16 Oct 1918

The funeral of Anton Rask, a soldier boy from near Kennard, who had made his home with Martin Rasmussen since coming from Denmark a few years ago, and died at a training camp in Virginia, was held from the home of Mr. Rasmussen at Blair last Saturday and interment made at the Overgard cemetery. The young man was well known among the younger set and well liked by every one. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers and the funeral was largely attended.

Tribune 10 Oct 1918

Another Washington county soldier has died from the dread disease, influenza. Anton *Crask died at Camp Eustis, Va., on the 6th inst. This young man had made his home with Martin Rasmussen and family, who live on north Walker avenue in the Detleff property, since coming from Denmark. Mr. Rasmussen received a telegram announcing his illness which was immediately followed by another announcing his death. The body was shipped here and when it arrives will be interred in the cemetery down at Washington, and the funeral will be in charge of the Home Guards.

Note: *spelled that way in the article.

Pilot 16 Oct 1918

Card of Thanks: We wish in this way to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kindly services and generous sympathy shown us for Private Anton Rask, whose funeral was held at our home last Saturday. Also for the many beautiful flowers sent. We wish especially to thank Captain Gaydou and the Home Guards for their assistance in giving the military honors to which he was entitled as a soldier of the United States Army. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rasmussen and family.

Note: Buried in Prairie View Cemetery in Rasmussen lot. Was engaged to Helena Rasmussen Misfeldt.

The following was posted on Find a Grave # 102837480

* Found a record for an Anton Carl Rask, re: Naturalization in connection with WWI service living in Dodge County in 1918. I am not sure if this is this Anton, but I am including this link just in case someone looks for him:

Anton Carl Rask, "United States, Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918"

Name: Anton Carl Rask

Event Type: Naturalization

Event Date: 1918

Event Place: United States

Military Base Name: Dodge

Court Number: 1082

Affiliate Publication Title: Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918; Affiliate Publication Number: M1952; Affiliate Film Number: 4

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Printed in the Tribune on 10/10/1918