Ray Eldred

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  • Name: Ray Eldred
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  • Date of Birth: August 13, 1897
  • Date of Death: June 10, 1950 (52 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Highlights:
    In 1918, Ray enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Snelling until the end of World War I. He re-enlisted in 1919 and served with the Army of Occupation in Germany for three years.

    Ray served in the 26th Infantry of the 1st Division during World War I.

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    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Ray was one of the pioneers of Itasca County. He came with his parents to make their home at Island Lake, near Northome, Minnesota in 1913.

    He assisted his father in logging operations for several years. SInce 1926, Ray had been employed by the M and O Paper Company at International Falls, Minnesota serving as a scaler at Camp 29 at Craig and at camps near International Falls, Minnesota,

    He was a member of the American Legion Post of Northome, Minnesota and the Masonic Lodge at Bemidji, Minnesota.

    Those left to mourn his passing are a brother, Peter; five sisters, Mrs. Charles Frederick, Mrs. R. W. Bender, Mrs. Oscar Reitan, Mrs. Mitchell Smilanich, and Mrs. Robert Mitchell.

    Funeral services were held at Bergville, Minnesota for Ray Eldred of Northome, Minnesota, who died at the Itasca County Hospital following an illness of three weeks. Ray was en route to the Veterans Hospital at Fort Snelling when his condition became critical and he was taken to the local hospital. He is buried in the Ardenhurst-Alvwood Cemetery at Bergville, Minnesota. (Block 16)

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