Paul Uecker

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  • Name: Paul Uecker
  • Location of Birth: Dryden Township, Sibley County, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 20, 1894
  • Date of Death: May 24, 1948 (54 years old)
  • Parents: William Uecker and Anna (Spaude) Uecker
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  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: United States National Guard
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  • Military Highlights:
    On May 16, 1918, Paul departed from Hoboken, New Jersey on the Mt. Vernon ship. He was a Private with Company M, 132D Infantry, United States National Guard.
    On May 9, 1919, he departed from Brest, France on the Mt. Vernon ship.

    Information from United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name in full: Paul Uecker
    Age in years: 23 years old
    Home address: Winthrop, Minnesota
    Date of birth: February 20, 1894
    Are you (1) a natural-born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your intention: Natural Born Citizen
    Where were you born: Town of Dryden, Minnesota, USA
    What is your present trade, occupation or office: Buttermaker
    By whom employed: Winthrop Co-Operative Creamery Company
    Where employed: Winthrop, Minnesota
    Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on your support: No
    Married or single: Single
    Race: Caucasian
    What military service have you had: No
    Do you 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
    Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot or both eyes or is he otherwise disabled: No

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    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Previous to Paul's coming to Itasca County in 1923, he was employed and associated with creameries in Osseo and Cologne, Minnesota.

    He bought land on Johnson Lake in Itasca County and built up and operated Wildernessa Lodge, during the past twenty years. The Lodge was partially destroyed by fire in May, 1948.

    Those left to mourn Mr. Uecker's passing are four brothers, John, Henry, William and Albert; and three sisters, Mrs. August Schmaltz, Mrs. Louis Henning, and Mrs. William Benning.

    In the 1940 census, Paul was a resident in Township 57-26 on Highway 38 in Itasca County. He was the owner/operator a summer resort with Mike and Ida Brown. He also resided there in 1935.

    Paul died at his home at Wildernessa Lodge on May 24, 1948 and is buried in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Gaylord, Minnesota. (Plot E 1/2 of N/S Drive R 6 41)

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