|Sheldon Axelson died in World War I|
In his file there is his history and a newspaper article telling about his death. He died in the last month of the war. The newspaper also included a letter he sent before leaving for France after completing his training:
I am feeling fine and glad I am able to do and do my share, and when in the trenches, I will always think of the ones behind...I hope Mother can stand it alright...I am keeping myself clean from women and whiskey so I can have good health and stand some hardships.In the letter after his first experience on the battlefield he said,
I was just down and had a bath--the first time we have had a chance for one month--I feel so good to get clean....Last night I had a shave and washed my face and hands for the first time in ten days. We do well to get water to drink, say nothing about washing when on the line...if you heard the big guns shoot a few times you would think it was hell instead of war, but since war is hell, there is no difference...
|Orlan Mortensen driving a CCC truck 1936|
|Memorial Services in Elmo April 6, 1919 for Sheldon Axelson.|
"A large crowd attended, many from neighboring towns."
Both people brought new elements to our county archives, and the connections to other histories expanded our interests and our fundamental historical value to the community.