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Death claimed the life of one of Morrowville's prominent business men, John William Henry BERTRAM, on Monday morning following an illness.

For the past three weeks he was a patient in the Veteran's Hospital, where medical science and skill could not relieve his condition. Although he has been in poor health for some time, he was able to be at work until he was stricken with pneumonia, from which he did not recover.

The community has lost a good citizen in his passing. He was known for his honesty and fairness in his everyday life. He possessed a kind and thoughtful disposition and he was especially devoted to his
family. It is regrettable that he was not allotted more years of usefulness. The throng of friends who attended the funeral services and the many flowers, spoke of the esteem in which he was held.

His life's story: John William Henry BERTRAM, the eldest son of Henry and Bertha BERTRAM, was born at Haddam, KS, June 26, 1896, and passed from
this life at Lincoln, NE, at 9:45am, Monday, Apr 29, 1940, at the age of 43 years, 10 months and 3 days.

Henry has always made his home in Washington Co, KS. He attended the Iowa Creek grade school and then the Haddam High School, where he graduated with the class of 1917. He volunteered and enlisted at the Great Lakes United Navel Reserve Force
at Chicago, IL, July 19, 1918 for services during the World War.

Later he was an active member of the William Cummings Post Number 302 of the American Legion. On Aug 22, 1920, he was united in marriage to Mary
Lillian EICHMAN.

To this union were born five daughters, Mrs. Eileen
Frances DAY, of Atwood, KS, Lillian Elizabeth, Wilma May, Doris Augusta and Bertha Clariece of the home. Henry's occupation was farming and later became a merchant in Morrowville.

During his life he was well liked and respected in the local community. Besides his wife, and children, those to mourn his passing are his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BERTRAM, one brother, Lloyd, and two sisters, Mrs. Nora HYNEK, all of Haddam, and Mrs. Caroline SMITH of Clay Center, KS.

One brother, Oscar R. BERTRAM, preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Morrowville Christian church
by the Rev. SCHULTZ of Fairbury.

The American Legion Post members served as pallbearers and conducted the committal services at the grave in the Blocker Cemetery. The flag which was draped over the casket was gently folded and given to the wife of the deceased member. A military salute of three volleys of rifle fire, the sounding of Taps and a
benediction concluded the last final rights of John William Henry BERTRAM.

Transcribed and Contributed by Delores Raines

Last Updated:  Sunday, November 25, 2001 15:00:34

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