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  • Joseph Anton Absetz was born on 02 July 1891. Although Joseph stated in his enlistment papers that he was born in Moose Factory all the evidence proves that he was 1 of 4 boys born in Tower, Minnesota to Austrian immigrants Joseph and Annie Absetz (1900 United States Federal Census). The 1930 Census states that Joseph and Anna were born in Yugoslavia so there is some discrepancy here as to ethnic origin.

    The 1910 US census lists Joseph Jr. working as a labourer for a circus in Fairbury, Nebraska.

    It is presumed that Joseph may have lived in Kenora, Ontario, Canada in 1914 as articles in the Miner and News at that time have him enlisting for WW1 with a group of Kenora lads. Joseph signed attestation papers on 23 September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. He was assigned to the 8th Battalion, 90th Winnipeg Rifles also known as the Black Devils. He sailed from Quebec with his unit aboard the S.S. Franconia on 04 October 1914. Upon his arrival in England Joseph was transferred to the transport section of the 8th battalion. On 21 December 1914 he was discharged as a deserter as declared by a Court of Lark Hill inquiry.

    In 1917 a USA Draft Card states that Joseph saw 5 months military service in the Canadian infantry as a private, was currently unemployed and under doctor’s care. A 1942 Draft Card also supports this.

    The 1920 US census shows Joseph once again living with his parents.  His father was a retail dealer in Feed and Joseph was his delivery man.

    Later that year (05 June 1920), Joseph married Margaret Jakse, an immigrant from Yugoslavia. The 1930 United States Federal Census records them living in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin with 2 children, Frank and Margaret. Joseph’s occupation at that time was “heat treater” in a “tractor shop”.

    Joseph died in Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin on 25 February 1974. He is buried in Good Hope Cemetery with his wife, Margaret, who passed away in 1980.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 23
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 8th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Tower, Minnesota
  • Country:
  • U.S.A.
  • Next of Kin:
  • Rudolf F. Absetz, Virginia Minnesota USA
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • not stated
  • Date of Birth:
  • July 2, 1891
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Horseman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Valcartier, Quebec
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • September 24, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 23
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • England
  • Date of Death:
  • April 1, 1974
  • Age at Death:
  • 83
  • Buried at:
  • Good Hope Cemetery, Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
  • Plot:
  • Section 4, Block 13, Lot 47N2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • no
  • Joseph Anton Absetz was born on 02 July 1891. Although Joseph stated in his enlistment papers that he was born in Moose Factory all the evidence proves that he was 1 of 4 boys born in Tower, Minnesota to Austrian immigrants Joseph and Annie Absetz (1900 United States Federal Census). The 1930 Census states that Joseph and Anna were born in Yugoslavia so there is some discrepancy here as to ethnic origin.

    The 1910 US census lists Joseph Jr. working as a labourer for a circus in Fairbury, Nebraska.

    It is presumed that Joseph may have lived in Kenora, Ontario, Canada in 1914 as articles in the Miner and News at that time have him enlisting for WW1 with a group of Kenora lads. Joseph signed attestation papers on 23 September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec. He was assigned to the 8th Battalion, 90th Winnipeg Rifles also known as the Black Devils. He sailed from Quebec with his unit aboard the S.S. Franconia on 04 October 1914. Upon his arrival in England Joseph was transferred to the transport section of the 8th battalion. On 21 December 1914 he was discharged as a deserter as declared by a Court of Lark Hill inquiry.

    In 1917 a USA Draft Card states that Joseph saw 5 months military service in the Canadian infantry as a private, was currently unemployed and under doctor’s care. A 1942 Draft Card also supports this.

    The 1920 US census shows Joseph once again living with his parents.  His father was a retail dealer in Feed and Joseph was his delivery man.

    Later that year (05 June 1920), Joseph married Margaret Jakse, an immigrant from Yugoslavia. The 1930 United States Federal Census records them living in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin with 2 children, Frank and Margaret. Joseph’s occupation at that time was “heat treater” in a “tractor shop”.

    Joseph died in Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin on 25 February 1974. He is buried in Good Hope Cemetery with his wife, Margaret, who passed away in 1980.

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  • Absetz, Joseph Anton Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 23
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 8th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Tower, Minnesota
  • Next of Kin:
  • Rudolf F. Absetz, Virginia Minnesota USA
  • Date of Birth:
  • July 2, 1891
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • U.S.A.
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • not stated
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Horseman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Valcartier, Quebec
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • September 24, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 23
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • England
  • Date of Death:
  • April 1, 1974
  • Age at Death:
  • 83
  • Buried at:
  • Good Hope Cemetery, Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
  • Plot:
  • Section 4, Block 13, Lot 47N2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • no
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