Obituary Record

Wallace E. Antrim
Died on 7/11/1929
Buried in Arlington Cemetery

Antrim, Wallace E. 7/11/1929


#1-18 July, 1929 - The Pilot-Tribune

The community was greatly shocked when the news reached here that Wallace, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Antrim, had passed away at his home in Kearney July 11, 1929. The body arrived here Saturday afternoon, and a private service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Antrim Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The service was conducted by Rev. A. J. Edgar, and the Leslie Davis Post American Legion had charge at the cemetery, using the regular form of military funeral. Wallace E. Antrim was born in Arlington, Neb. August 22nd, 1895 and died in Kearney July 11, 1929, aged 33 years, 10 months and 19 days. He was united in marriage November 1st, 1920 to Miss Marguerite Hatton of Arlington, and to this union one son, James, now seven years of age, was born. Wallace was one of the first to enlist in the World War from here. He went overseas with the First Division under Gen. John J. Pershing. He served for 25 months, and was in five major engagements and received a citation for bravery. He was a member of Co. F. 16th Infantry, First Division A.E.F. He was a buddy of the first three American boys to fall in battle in the World War, Merle Hays, Gresham and Enright. Wallace had a jacket of Gresham’s that he greatly prized. Wallace was gassed while in the service and together with all the hardships he endured while in the trenches his health was so greatly undermined that life has been a battle in order to live at all since he received his discharge. He hid his real condition so well that even his friends and neighbors failed to realize how serious it was. Wallace Antrim was not permitted to live long on this earth, but in those years, though short, he made for himself a place in the hearts of those who knew him, by his bravery, honesty and courage in the time of his long illness. When a small boy he united with the Arlington Methodist church and Dr. Hess of the Kearney M. E. church conducted funeral services at the Crawford funeral Home Saturday morning at 9 o’clock. Besides his parents, wife and son, Wallace is mourned by several brothers and sisters, Archie Antrim of the Canal Zone, Mrs. Nels Johnson of California, Miss Irma Antrim of Kearney, Miss Marguerite Antrim of Omaha and Joe, Ted and Ruth Antrim at home. The many friends of this worthy family, both here and elsewhere, unite in heartfelt sympathy in this hour of their bereavement.

Mr. and Mrs. James Hatton of Colorado attended the funeral of their son-in-law, Wallace Antrim. Mr. Hatton returned to his home soon after the funeral. He was accompanied by W. E. Antrim and Mrs. Hatton will stay at Kearney for a while with her daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Antrim.

#2-18 July, 1929 - The Enterprise

Military funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Wallace E. Antrim, former Arlington boy, who passed away on Thursday, July 11th at his home in Kearney. Brief services were held from the parental home and were concluded at the grave. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Antrim of Arlington, and was born here August 22, 1895. He was one of the first lads from Arlington to enlist in the world war. He was sent overseas with the First Division under General Pershing where he served for over two years. He was a member of Co. F. 16th Infantry, First Division of the A.E.F. He saw active service at the front and fought in five major battles, and was cited for bravery. He was a buddy of the first three American soldiers that were killed in the war; Merle Hayes, Enright and Gresham. One of his most highly prized possessions was a jacket once worn by Gresham, he and Gresham having traded to secure a better fit. On Nov. 1st, 1920 he was married to Miss Marguerite Hatton of this place and they made their home here until a few years ago when they moved to Kearney. Although in ill health since the war, having been gassed while in battle, he was always cheerful and uncomplaining, in fact his closest neighbors and friends never realized his serious condition until shortly before his death. He was a member of the Vets of Foreign Wars and of the American Legion, Leslie Downs post of Arlington. A delegation of Vets of Foreign Wars from Fremont was present at the services. Military services were also held on Saturday at Kearney, the sermon being given by Dr. Hess of the M. E. church. Surviving him, besides his wife, seven year old son, Jimmie and his parents, are four brothers and four sisters.

~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. News clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

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Printed in the Washington County Pilot-Tribune on 7/18/1929