Army Badge
  • Name: Chester Oliver Larson
  • Location of Birth: North Branch, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 1895
  • Date of Death: October 14, 1968
  • Parents: Benjamin E. Larson & Anna C. (Johnson) Larson
  • High School and Class: 1913 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date of Discharge: 1919
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card – 1917-1918
    Name: Chester O. Larson
    Age: 22
    Home Address: Bovey, Minnesota
    Date of Birth: April 20, 1895
    Citizenship: Natural born citizen
    Place of Birth: North Branch, Minnesota
    Present Occupation: Locomotive fireman
    Employer: Oliver Iron Mining Co., Coleraine, Minnesota
    Dependents: None
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: Caucasian
    Previous Military Service: None
    Claim exemption from draft: No
    Tall, medium or short: Medium
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Blue
    Color of hair: Light brown
    Bald? No
    Any disability: No
    Date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Place of registration: Itasca County, Minnesota

    Corporal Chester O. Larson served with the armed forces in France during World War I and was a member of the honor guard for President Woodrow Wilson.

    Chester Larson left Bordeaux, France on April 4, 1919 aboard the USS Ohioan as part of Camp Dodge Det. No. 2, 158th Infantry and arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey on April 16, 1919.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Chester Larson helped organize the Bovey American Legion post when he returned from service and was its first adjutant. He married Ada Johnson in Nashwauk, Minnesota in 1927. He was in the retail clothing business in Nashwauk; served as clerk of the Nashwauk village council; helped organize the Nashwauk Lutheran church and served as its first secretary; and was a charter member and first adjutant of the Nashwauk VFW post. He was appointed Itasca County deputy treasurer on January 1, 1935 and served in that position until he was appointed county treasurer in 1946, a position he held until his retirement on January 1, 1967. He was president of the Minnesota State Association of County Treasurers; a director and treasurer of the Itasca County Fair Board; president of the Itasca County Historical Society; and was a charter member and the first quartermaster of Itasca Barracks No. 2504, Veterans of World War I. As the president of the Historical Society, he began the practice of meeting in different parts of the county and emphasized the importance of preserving the history.

    Chester died at his home in Bovey, Minnesota and is buried in Nashwauk Cemetery, Nashwauk, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Ada; a son, Donald; two sisters, Ethel Thompson and Eleanor Larson; and a brother Edwin Larson.

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