By order of the town board all business houses in Palmer are asked to close from 3 o'clock to 4 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11th, for memorial services at Opera House for Wm. Beyer who died in the service in France. _______
IN MEMORY OF WM. BEYER
For several weeks the Beyers family had had no word from from Wm. Beyers, whose division was known to be in the thickest of the fighting in France. As the days lengthened into weeks and no word came, and as his name was not mentioned in the casualty list, they consoled themselves with the old saying, that "no news is good news."
When hostilities ceased they hoped for a letter saying that he was all right and that he would soon return home, for he had been in France for several months and had been in several desperate engagements. Imagine their grief, when instead of the letter, there came last Friday the following brief telegram:
"Mr. Charlie Beyer: Deeply regret to inform you that Private Wm. Beyer is officially reported as killed in action Oct. 17. Adjt. Gen. Harris"
Every person in this community with a relative or friend in the service, has scanned the casualty list every day, and when the armistice was signed, and no boy from this community had been reported killed, all had hoped that no soldier from this place had been called upon to pay the supreme sacrifice, but hardly a community escaped, fathers and mothers who have sons in France are waiting anxiously for news from them, for it was well known that the troops from this section were in the thickest of the fighting at the last, and it will be several days before the casualty list is completed.
The deceased was born in Grand Island May 11, 1893 and had spent most of his life in Central Nebraska. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Sept. 15, 1917, being among the first of the Nebraska troops to land in France.
Although a quiet youth, he was very popular and his friends and relatives were looking forward anxiously to the time when he would come home and tell them about his struggles with the crafty foe upon foreign battlefields, but now this hope is gone for he is one of the Grand Army of noble young Americans who gave their lives in the great struggle for human liberty.
Of all these it may be said as it was said of the heroes of Ancient Greece: "Their glory shall never fade; the whole wide world is their sepulchre; their epitaphs are written in the hearts of men, and wherever there is speech, of noble deeds, their names are held in the most grateful remembrance."
The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved parents whose consolation is that their son died for a good cause and that he fell fighting bravely. ___________________
From Funeral Card (death date error): "Pvt. William Beyer Killed in Action While Serving as an Infantryman with American Expeditionary Forces in France Oct. 1, 1918." ____________________
Pvt. Wilhelm Franz Walter Beyer, U.S. Army, 61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, is buried (Plot E, Row 16, Grave 15) with 14,245 others in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. He was the son of Charles Johann Frederick and Bertha (Zillmann) Beyer.