FRAM Lodge No. 13

Eureka, California

The Lodge mourns the passing of its Members.

Haakon Thommassen/Thomassan

Born:  5 Jan 1896, Mandal, Lister og Mandal, [Vest-Agder] Norway

Died:  28 Jan 1919, Camp Hospital, A.S.B. [Army Supply Base], Norfolk County, Virginia          Age 23  (Pneumonia/Influenza)

Milota/Eureka Library: Died 28 Jan 1919 Norfolk, Va; buried OceanView, Eureka; Age 23; Single; Occupation US Soldier; Cause Pneumonia; Cert 1919, Bk 2, p. 270. [Served in armed forces in France WWI; Single; left mother Oletie Thomassen, brothers Magda, Luggoe & Sverre Thomsen; Former shipbuilder in Humboldt.]

Jun 1917 WW I Draft Registration Card: Name spelled "Haakon Thomassan"; Age 21; "An Alien" (citizen of Norway); Home Address of Fortuna, Calif.; Born 5 Jan 1896 in "Mandal Lister Mandals, Norway"; Occupation "Mill Man" for Eel River Valley Lbr. Co., Newburg, Calif.; indicates "Mother" dependent on him for support; Does not claim exemption from draft; Physical Description: Medium Height & Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair.

Virginia Certificate of Death: "Haakon Thomasson"; Soldier; Single; Born 5 Jan 1896; Age 23; Died at Camp Hospital, A.S.B., Norfolk, Virginia, at 11:45 on 28 Jan 1919; CAUSE OF DEATH: "Bronchopneumonia following influenza" (duration 5 days); Place of Burial: Eureka, Cal. [Certificate Number: 1919002931; signed by F. C. Griffis, Major, M.C., M.D., Camp Hosp., ASB.]


Obituary:  Humboldt Times, 29 Jan1919, Wed., Editorial Page, p. 4, col. 3:


             FUNERAL HELD HERE

   Officers of Fram Lodge, Sons of Norway yesterday received a telegraphic notification from Norfolk, Virginia, of the death there of Haakon Thomassen, who formerly lived in Eureka and who had just returned from France.  Haakon formerly lived at 1909 Spring street with the family of his friend, Mr. Olsen, was a ship-carpenter by trade and left in August of last year for active duty with the American Expeditionary Forces in France.

   After having participated in  several engagements Haakon's regiment was one of the first to be demobilized and return to this country.  The young man contracted influenza and was confirmed to the base hospital at Norfolk, where his untimely death occurred.

   Haakon was well known in Eureka and his sterling qualities of manhood made him a favorite among his fellow countrymen and others in this county.  Last year he made a trip overland with Hans Trolnes to San Francisco and other points and Mr. Trolnes is arranging the details for the shipment of the body and burial here.  The funeral will be held under the auspices of Fram Lodge, Sons of Norway, as the young man's relatives are living in Norway.  Haakon was the second member of this lodge to give up his life in the service of his adopted country.  A third, whose star is on the lodge service flag is crippled for life.  Both lodge and military honors will be shown the dead soldier upon the arrival of the remains in this city.


Funeral Notice:  Humboldt Times, 8 Feb 1919, p. 3, col. 7-8:


   The body of Haakon Thomassen, who died in Norfolk, Virginia, January 28, arrived Thursday evening.  The remains are now at the Sanders funeral parlors from whence the funeral will be held at 1:30 p. m. Sunday, the Reverend P. Borup officiating.  The services will be under the auspices of the Fram Lodge, Sons of Norway.  Military honors will be conferred by the presence of the home guard.





1896 --- 1919





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