Herman "Pug" Emmet Litchke

Army Badge
  • Name: Herman "Pug" Emmet Litchke
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 3, 1897
  • Date of Death: September 14, 1972
  • Parents: Emil Litchke & Laura (Jackson) Litchke
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: Private
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: September 9, 1918
  • Place Sworn In: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: December 15, 1918
  • Place of Discharge: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    September 1918 December 1918 Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Draft Registration Card 1917-1918
    Name in full: Herman Litchke
    Age in years: 21
    Home Address: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Date of Birth: August 3, 1897
    Where were you born? Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    I am: A native of the United States
    If not a citizen, of what Nation are you a citizen or subject? -----
    Father’s birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    Name of employer: B. L. Leiberman
    Place of employment: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Name of nearest relative: Alice Litchke (mother)
    Address of nearest relative: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Tall, medium, short: Medium
    Slender, medium, stout: Stout
    Color of eyes: Blue
    Color of hair: Light
    Has person lost arm, leg, hand, eye, or is he physically disqualified? No
    Date of registration: August 24, 1918
    Place of registration: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota

    Herman did not spend much time in Student Army Training at Dunwoody Institute as the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. He was officially discharged on December 15, 1918 and received bus fare to travel home to Grand Rapids, MN.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Herman Litchke married Orrris Pepin in Grand Rapids in 1922. He worked as a salesman at Lieberman Clothing store and Henry Hughes store in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He also operated a rock-crushing and sand and gravel business in Grand Rapids with his brother Russell, He served as a second assistant chief clerk in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1935 to 1936. In November 1936 he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from the 52nd District and served 3 terms, from 1937 to1942. During that period of time he served on several committees and was the chairman of the Game and Fish committee for his last four years in the House. He then worked on the ALCAN highway prior to its completion in 1943. He served as the manager of the Grand Rapids municipal liquor store until his retirement. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and of the American Legion.

    Herman died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (I-A-49-4). He was preceded in death by his wife Orris; his parents; brothers, William, Henry and Russell; sisters, Minnie and Addie. He is survived by two brothers, Otto and Chris; his sister, Mary Vigren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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