Robert Bogakoski

2021-10-12T15:43:03-05:00
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  • Name: Robert Bogakoski
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  • Date of Death: October 27, 1921 (28 years old)
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  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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    Information from news article in Grand Rapids Herald Review:
    "Robert Bogakoski, who lived not far from Sugar Lake, some ten miles southwest of Grand Rapids, was instantly killed last Thursday, when ten sticks of dynamite exploded unexpectedly, very close to where he was working. Just what set off the dynamite will probably never be known, as Bogakoski was alone at the time of the accident, but it is supposed that a piece of burning fuse from a previous explosion had fallen into the box of caps, setting them off and exploding the dynamite.
    At the time of the accident, Bogakoski was assisting Steven Wrozak in blasting out some stumps. Mr. Wrozak had gone to his house, some little distance away, to sharpen the auger with which the men were making holes under the stumps, and was just returning when he witnessed the explosion which killed his companion. Bogakoski was instantly killed, as he did not even breath after Mr. Wrozak reached his side. The body was terribly bruised and mangled.
    The unfortunate man, who was a former soldier, and a member of the American Legion, had lived in the Sugar Lake district alone coming out of the Army. He had a fine little farm which he was developing, and was getting a nice start. He was 28 years of age and unmarried. A brother lives on a farm nearby. Their father, who is still living, could not be summoned in time for the funeral.
    A military funeral, in charge of the McVeigh-Dunn post of the American Legion, was held Sunday afternoon in the Legion hall. Interment was in Itasca Cemetery."

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-D-32-1-3)

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