Wallace Hastings Aiken

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  • Name: Wallace Hastings Aiken
  • Location of Birth: Brookings, South Dakota
  • Date of Birth: August 8, 1895
  • Date of Death: January 11, 1980 (84 years old)
  • Parents: Charles Aiken and Luella (Hastings) Aiken
  • High School and Class: Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: June 24, 1918 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: September 3, 1918 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Information in the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
    Name: Wallace Hastings Aiken
    Race: Caucasian (White)
    Marital Status: Single
    Birth Date: August 8, 1895
    Birth Place: South Dakota, USA
    Residence Date: 1917-1918
    Residence Place: Itasca County, Minnesota, USA
    Physical Build: Slender
    Height: Medium
    Hair Color: Dark
    Eye Color: Gray

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards, 1942:
    Name: Wallace Hastings Aiken
    Gender: Male
    Registration Age: 46
    Birth Date: August 8, 1895
    Birth Place: Brookings, South Dakota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: About 1941
    Military Draft Date: 1942
    Height: 5' 10"
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Weight: 197
    Complexion: Light Brown
    Next of Kin: Cecile M. Biken

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Coming to Grand Rapids, Minnesota as an infant, Mr. Aiken grew up and attended schools in this city. After graduating from high school, he was employed with the Sheldon Banking Corporation of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He operated an insurance agency in Grand Rapids after his discharge. In 1931, he formed a partnership with S. E. (Sim) Heller (The Kenler Corporation). They operated theaters in Nashwauk, Calumet, Coleraine, Bovey, and two in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Mr. Aiken was active in the business until his retirement in 1973.

    Survivors are his wife, Cecile, a daughter, Mitzi Reinfeld, three grandchildren, and one nephew, Charles McMahon.

    Mr. Aiken was a life member of the Itasca County Old Settlers Association, a 50 year member of the McVeigh-Dunn American Legion Post, a former member of the Lions Club and was in the Grand Rapids Senior Citizen Club. He formerly served on the Itasca County Hospital Board and had been active in the Minneapolis Variety Club.

    Buried at Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (Plot C-B-37-0-6)

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