OBITUARY

Name:   Arnie Adrian Kelso

From:  The Newell Mirror, Newell, Iowa
Date:   September, 1922

Arnie A. Kelso was born at Elliot, Iowa, March 15th, 1885, where he lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Kelso until the year 1894, when he came to Sac City, spending the remainder of his life in Sac City, Newell and vicinity. He was one of a family of six children, two girls and four boys. He was a member of the Methodist church, having joined at Elliot at the age of sixteen years. He was united in marriage to Gertrude Barnes March 30th, 1918. He passed away at his home in Newell September 1st, 1922, after two years of illness, which confined him to his bed.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Gertrude Kelso; three brothers, S. W. Kelso, of Newell; Artie Kelso, of Palmer, Nebraska; and Myron Kelso, of Riverside; two sisters, Lona Sadler, of Laurens, and Mamie Vannausdle, of Red Oak.

Mr. Kelso was in very poor health at the time of his discharge from the United States army, and took to his bed November 11th, 1920, where he was confined most of the remaining time. Mr. Kelso was one of the first of the boys to enlist in the army from Newell, he and Chris Graverson having applied for enlistment at Fort Dodge April 14th, 1917, leaving at 5:00 o'clock p. m. for Omaha, Nebraska, going from that place to Fort Logan, Colorado, arriving April 6th, and was sworn into service April 19th, 1917. Leaving Fort Logan April 21st, he went to El Paso, Texas, arriving there April 25th, and was assigned to the 23rd Inf. on th 10th day of May. He was then ordered to Syracuse, New York, arriving at Syracuse on the 27th day of May. He later left Syracuse going to Pleasant Beach, where he arrived June 10th, and was transferred to the 50th Infantry. On the 25th of June he went into camp at Pleasant Beach, and October 28th was ordered to Charlotte, North Carolina, from which place he was ordered to Chester, Pennsylvania, to do guard duty at the Chester ship yards. On June 21st, 1918, he was ordered to Camp Merritt, New Jersey to do guard duty at port of embarkation, and on October 5th was ordered to Camp Sevier, South Carolina, he was then transferred to the 90th Infantry on the 14th day of October, 1918, on December 11th, he was ordered to Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina, he served as mechanic for a short time and was then promoted to sergeant. He remained at Camp Wadsworth until the time of discharge March 10th, 1919.

Funeral services were held in the city park opposite Mr. Kelso's home Sunday, September 3rd at 2:00 p. m. and was one of the largest attended services ever held in Newell. The services were in charge of the American Legion Post of Newell who paid high tribute to their brother and escorted the remains to the last resting place in the local cemetery with military honors.