Carl John Eiler

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  • Name: Carl John Eiler
  • Location of Birth: Horsens, Denmark
  • Date of Birth: November 21, 1877
  • Date of Death: October 2, 1958 (80 years old)
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: 1898
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  • Military Highlights:
    A month after Carl enlisted in the Army in 1898, he was seeing action in the Spanish-American War. In 1917, he wired ex-president Teddy Roosevelt and offered to recruit a company of Itasca County men to fight under his former commanding officer in World War I.

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    Spanish-American War

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  • Civilian Life:
    Carl came to America as a nine year old boy. He was a resident of Grand Rapids, Minnesota since 1900.

    Carl was a charter member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club and had not missed a meeting until his fatal illness. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Eagles, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was a charter member of the VFW in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    In a long and colorful career, Carl had worked in logging camps, at the Blandin Paper Company and for Henry Hughes. He later became known as "Carl, the live grocer" for the new ideas he presented in merchandising. He established a tourist cabin business in 1935 and sold it in 1946.

    Carl was village recorder from 1932 to 1940 and served several years as street commissioner. He had been a justice of the peace for the past ten years.

    Survivors are four sons, Arthur, Thomas, Carl J. and Anton; three daughters, Mrs. Harold Witherill, Mrs. U. C. Schlicht, and Mrs. J. M. Halmer; twenty-four grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

    Carl died at Melrose, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot C-B-47-0-5)

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