Elias Samuel Black

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  • Name: Elias Samuel Black
  • Location of Birth: Andover, South Dakota
  • Date of Birth: September 25, 1899
  • Date of Death: August 4, 1991 (91 years old)
  • Parents: David Black and Stella Lily (Hollis) Black
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 15, 1917 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: August 5, 1919 (Discharge Date)
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:
    Served in World War I in France and Italy and was awarded the Secretariat D'etat Aux Anciens Combattants from the French government

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Elias Samuel Black
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 42
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: September 25, 1899
    Birth Place: Andover, South Dakota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: February 14, 1942
    Registration Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Minnesota Highway Department
    Height: 5' 6"
    Weight: 160
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Blue
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Elias Samuel Black

    Information in the United States, Army Transport Service Arriving and Departing Passenger Lists, 1910-1939:
    Name: Elias S. Black
    Departure Date: July 13, 1918
    Departure Place: Jersey City, New Jersey
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Father; David Black
    Ship: Giuseppi Verd
    Military Unit: QMC NA
    Rank: Private
    Notes: Quartermaster Detachment

  • Military Highlights:

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Elias worked for Great Northern Railroad for a time and managed the National Tea grocery store in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for several years. He also worked for the Minnesota Highway Department for 35 years, retiring in 1964. He was a charter member of Grace Bible Chapel, where he served as an elder for many years. He was a member of Ponti-Peterson Post #1720 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion McVeigh-Dunn Post, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Elias was a resident of Grand Rapids, Minnesota for 76 years.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet and a daughter, Mary Lou. He is survived two his sons, Willis and Donald; three daughters, Audrey Porter, Olivemae Gebhart, and Betty Knight; 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota (Plot I-B-49-1-8)

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