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Ben W. Follrich
Co. E, 52nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry

Thanks to Ellen M. for additional information.

  • Bunkmate of Oscar F. Blood during Spanish American War.
  • Born November 23, 1875 in Forreston, Illinois.
  • Enlisted at Hull, Sioux County, Iowa.
  • Mustered into U.S. service May 25, 1898.
  • Died Sept. 11, 1898 of Typhoid Fever in the Red Cross Hospital at Camp McKinley in Des Moines, with his comrades and father at his side.

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Muster of Company E
Ordered into quarters, Camp McKinley, Des Moines
April 26, 1898

No. - 11
Name - Follrich, Ben. W.
Place of enlistment or residence - Hull, Sioux Co.
Nativity - Illinois.
Rank - Private.
Order into quarters - Apr. 26, 1898
Muster into U.S. service - May 25, 1898.
Left U.S. service -
   When: Sept 11, 1898
   Where: Des Moines
   Cause: Died - Typhoid Fever


Newspaper articles

The Sioux County Herald [Iowa]
September 14, 1898

Death of Private Ben Follrick
The following dispatches appeared in yesterday's Sioux City Journal:
   Des Moines, Io., Sept. 12. - Special: Private Ben Follrick, of company E, Hull, died in the Red Cross hospital this morning of typhoid pneumonia. Only one dangerous case remains in the hospital here, that of George Mahoney, of Corwith, who it is not expected will get well. Henry Hurlbut, of company H, Sioux City, who was in a critical state Sunday, has pulled through, and today was pronounced practically out of danger by the attending physicians; Hurlbut, Roy McNish and Wm. Patch are the only Sioux City men now in Red Cross.

  Hull, Io., Sept. 12. - Special: In the midst of the rejoicing at the return of Company E the sad news came this morning of the death of Ben Follrick at the Red Cross hospital, Des Moines. This is the first death in the company. The remains are expected to arrive tonight in charge of the deceased soldier's father, who hastened to the bedside of his sick boy as soon as he heard of his illness.

The Sioux County Herald [Iowa]
September 21, 1898

Funeral of Ben Follrich

The funeral of Ben Follrich of Company E, Fifty-second Iowa, was held in the company armory at Hull Thursday afternoon. It was the most largely attended of any ever held in the county. About sixty members of the company were present and gave their comrade a soldiers' burial.

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