Army Badge
  • Name: Louis "Lou" Daniel Mester
  • Location of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 28, 1895
  • Date of Death: April 25, 1956
  • Parents: Walter A. Mester & Hanora (Whelan) Mester
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: July 24, 1918
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: August 2, 1919
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card
    Name: Louis D. Mester
    Age: 22
    Home address: 1200 6 St. N., Minneapolis
    Date of birth: March 28, 1895
    Citizenship: Natural born son
    Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    If not a citizen, what country: -----
    Present occupation: Electrition [sic]
    By whom employed: N. W. Knitting Co.
    Where employed: Lyndale & Western Ave.
    Dependents to support: No
    Marital status: Single
    Race: White
    Prior military service: None
    Claim exception from draft: No
    Tall, medium, or short: Tall
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Blue
    Color of hair: Auburn
    Bald: -----
    Disability: No
    Date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Place of registration: 27 Ward, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Louis Mester served two years in France during the war.


  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    After the war, Lou Mester joined his father and brother in business, operating the Canisteo Provision Company in the building later owned by Kenneth Shoemaker in Coleraine. When the business terminated, Lou went to work for the Oliver Iron Mining Company as a locomotive brakeman. Lou married Mildred Lanum in 1921 in Minnesota. In 1931 he was appointed Chief of Police for the village of Coleraine, a position that he held until ill health forced him to resign in 1951. He was elected Coleraine Village Mayor in 1954. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church Coleraine, the Coleraine Civic Club, and the American Legion And-Quist Post No. 218. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and friends.

    Lou died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 64). He is survived by his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Ronchetti and Mrs. Ben Legueri; three sons, Walter, Robert, and Donald; and sixteen grandchildren.

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