Shoshone County’s Fallen WWI Warriors – Gus Zoellner

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Gus Zoellner

Gus Zoellner, is buried at the Fox Valley Cemetery in Lyons, Linn County, Oregon.  The following report appeared in the Wallace Press-Times on October 22nd, 1918 (note:  I have corrected misspellings in this article):

ZOELLNER-IN-UNIFORMCorporal Gus Zoellner of Kellogg died September 17 from wounds received in action in France August 21, this news having been received yesterday from the war department by his sister, Mrs. Walker Johnson of Wardner.

Ten days ago Mrs Johnson heard of the injuries to her brother while in the service of his country, and the many friends of Corporal Zoellner hoped that the injuries would not prove serious.

Corporal Zoellner left Kellogg with the first draft October 6, 1917, entraining [i.e., boarding a train] for Camp Lewis.  Two weeks after his arrival at Camp Lewis volunteers were called to fill a unit in the artillery for overseas duty.  Zoellner responding to the call and he was on the ocean within a month after his departure from Kellogg.

Zoellner was a resident of Kellogg for 12 years and during that time was employed in the mines.  He was affiliated with the Galena lodge, No. 12, K of P. and also Wardner No. 34, A.F. and A.M. and had a wide circle of friends who will mourn his loss.

While his name appears today in the casualty list as among those wounded, the official news to Mrs. Johnson brings to Kellogg the first loss of one of its best soldiers who has died in France for the cause of humanity.

He was 32 years of age and besides his sister, Mrs. Johnson, is survived by his parents who reside in Mehama, Ore., and another sister, Miss Vailerine Zoellner, who lives in Kellogg.

Readers with more information on Shoshone County’s fallen heroes in World War I may contact me at ronroizen@frontier.com.  I’ll be revising each of the cameos as new information comes in.

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One Response to Shoshone County’s Fallen WWI Warriors – Gus Zoellner

  1. Mike Fritz says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. Always wondered about the name of American Legion Post in Kellogg.

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