Killed In Wreck On Way Home
Soldier meets death in Railway Accident.
Albert F Donwen of
Near Alpha Met Tragic Death in France on November 20th
Having been gassed
on his birthday and then killed in a railroad accident in France just as he had
started his homeward journey after leaving the hospital, is the sad fate which
overtook one of Jackson Countyís stalwart young soldier boys.
Mr and Mrs. John
Donwen, residing near Alpha, received a message from the war department last
Thursday Dec 26, conveying the sad information that their son Private Albert F
Donwen of the American Expeditionary Forces, had been killed in a railroad
accident in France on Nov. 20.
Albert left with the
February draft contingent from Martin County for Dodge, later being transferred
to Camp Logan, Colorado, and sailed from Long Island, N.Y., on May 9, for
service overseas. He was in the 129th Infantry, 33rd Division.
Albert was gassed
on his birthday, Oct. 5. He had just been released from the hospital and was on
his way home when he met his death in the railroad accident.
Donwen was the third son of Mr and Mrs John Donwen. He was born at Cabery, Ford
County, Illinois, Oct 5 1892. He came to Minnesota with his parents in February
1912. Besides his parents, he leaves seven sisters and four brothers to mourn
his loss (siblings named in report).
In the death of
Private Albert Donwen, Jackson County mourns the loss of another one of itís
brave soldier boys. The news of his tragic death came as a severe blow to the
family, and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to them in their
great sorrow. - Jackson County Pilot
Funeral for Albert Donwen.
World War I Links
Great overview page
The World War I Document Archive at The University of Kansas -
Albert's grave in 1919
Albert's grave in Jackson, MN 1978