126. Hubert Lee
(Bert) ELMER was born on 13 Apr 1883 in Richland Center, Richland County,
Wisconsin. In 1904 he was in Laborer. He appeared in
a Newspaper Article on 23 Mar 1922 in Richland County, Wisconsin264 He appeared in the census in 1930 in Bear Creek, Sauk
County, Wisconsin. He died on 28 Nov 1975 in Beloit, Rock County,
Wisconsin.265 He was buried
in Valton Cemetery, Sauk County, Wisconsin. He is reference number
193. He had Social Security Number 396-14-8261.
ELMER (daughter of ? BROWN and Myrtle Oresta MCKINNEY) was born on 25 Feb
1905 in Richland Center, Richland County, Wisconsin.266 She is reference number 4960. Elsie was
Myrtle's daughter by a man named Brown. She married Hubert and had more children.
When Elsie matured, Hubert molested her and she had twins by him. She later
got pregnant again and died during an abortion. Hubert Lee (Bert) ELMER and
Elsie ELMER had the following children:
ELMER was born on 3 Dec 1922. He died on 8 Jun 1995.
He is reference number 5315. Tec. 5 Wesley R. Elmer and his twin
brother were born December 3, 1922, in Keysville, Wisconsin. They were two of
the nine children of Hubert and Myrtle Elmer.
With his friend, Donald Knipschield, he joined the Wisconsin National Guard's
32nd Tank Company headquartered in Janesville. Since both of them were underage,
they each forged the signatures of the other one's parents on the enlistment
In the fall of 1940, the 32nd Tank Company was called to federal service
as A Company of the 192nd Tank Battalion. For almost a year the battalion trained
at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
In the late summer of 1941, the battalion took part in maneuvers in Louisiana.
Upon completion of the maneuvers, they were informed that their time in the
regular army had been extended. Upon hearing this news, Wesley and the other
members of the battalion were informed that they were being sent overseas.
The battalion traveled by train to Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. There
they received the proper inoculations before sailing to the Philippine Islands.
With the battalion, Wesley arrived in Manila on Thanksgiving Day, 1941. Two
weeks later, he survived the Japanese attack on Clark Field.
After four months of constant strafing and bombing by the Japanese, Wesley
became a Prisoner of War when the defenders of Bataan were surrendered to the
Japanese. From Mariveles, at the southern tip of Bataan, Wesley has become known
as "The Bataan Death March."
When he started the march, Wesley was already weak from lack of rest and
malnutrition. He did not believe that he would survive it. Wesley credited
his friend, Donald Kniepschield, with helping him survive the march. What Donald
did was set goals for himself and Wesley. Donald picked out a tree and said
to Wesley that he was going to make it to that tree. Wesley did not want to
be left behind, so he also made it to the tree. When they did, Donald selected
something else as the next goal. This helped Wesley to complete the march because
he figured that if Donald could make it to the selected goal, so could he.
The second motivation Wesley had to complete the march was the treatment
given to those prisoners who fell out. Watching a man bayoneted or beaten quickly
convinced him to keep going. Wesley did not know how long it took him to complete
the march, but he believed it was somewhere around fourteen days.
The first camp Wesley was held in was Camp O'Donnell. There about 2,000
American POWs died from disease and malnutrition. The Filipino death rate was
somewhere around 10,000 soldiers. In his opinion, the Japanese treated the Filipinos
worse than they treated the Americans. The reason was that they could not understand
why the Filipinos had fought alongside the Americans.
Wesley was next held at Cabanatuan. There fewer prisoners died, but the
living conditions were not that much better. There, Wesley's weight dropped
to 68 pounds. His normal weight was around 150 pounds. Part of the problem
was that Wesley vomited everything he ate.
Wesley credits a Sgt. Grover with saving his life. Sgt. Grover, seeing the
condition that Wesley was in, picked him up and carried him over to water. There
he washed him. He next got Wesley a meal of sugar and rice. He would feed some
to Wesley and when he vomited it up, feed him a little more. He continued to
do this until Wesley kept the food down.
While he did this, Sgt. Grover asked Wesley about his home and family. This
got Wesley thinking of them and created in him a desire to see them again. In
Wesley's opinion this "will to live" kept him alive.
Wesley at this time also had an appendicitis attack. The doctors knew that
they had to operate to save his life, but their surgical tools were in poor condition.
They finally removed his appendix by sterilizing a razorblade. After the surgery,
the Japanese only allowed him 11 days to recover before he returned to work.
During his three and a half years as a POW, Wesley suffered from a variety
of diseases; such as, dysentery, diphtheria and jaundice. At the end of the
war, Wesley was liberated from a Japanese POW camp.
Wesley returned to Beloit, Wisconsin. He married and became a father. Wesley
Elmer passed away on June 8, 1995.
|Leslie Ray ELMER was born on 3 Dec 1922
in Keyesville, Richland County, Wisconsin. In 1955 he was in Machinist
at National Lock Co.. He died on 23 Jul 1955 in Beloit, Rock County,
Wisconsin.267 He was buried
in East Lawn Cemetery, Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. He is reference
Hubert Lee (Bert) ELMER and Myrtle
Oresta MCKINNEY were married on 24 Dec 1904 in Richland County, Wisconsin.268 Myrtle
Oresta MCKINNEY (daughter of James MCKINNEY and Charlotte ??) was born about
1890 in Fort Ripley, Minnesota. She is reference number 2137.
Hubert Lee (Bert) ELMER and Myrtle Oresta MCKINNEY had the following children:
|Beulah May ELMER was born on 22 Jun 1906
in Dayton, Richland County, Wisconsin.269
She is reference number 4959.|
|Drayton Lee ELMER was born on 20 Jun
1908. He died on 9 Jul 1976. He was buried in Valton
Cemetery, Sauk County, Wisconsin. He had Social Security Number.
He is reference number 4028.|
|Frieda ELMER was born about 1911.
She is reference number 5374. Republican Observer, March 23,
1922 The hearing in county court to determine what ought to be done with
the Bert Elmer children, was heard Monday afternoon. Two of the children will
be placed in a hospital at Madison and the youngest child will be cared for by
its grandmother for the time being. Further disposition of the matter was held
open by the court. On proceedings duly had, Freda and Bertha Elmer were ordered
committed to the sate general hospital for medical treatment.|
|Vivion Hubert ELMER
was born on 14 Sep 1915. He is reference number 5309.|
|Bertha Ellen ELMER
was born on 20 May 1918. She is reference number 5310.|
|Kenneth Earl ELMER
was born on 13 Aug 1920. He is reference number 5311.|
ELMER was born on 11 Oct 1921 in Dayton, Richland County, Wisconsin.
He died on 1 Jul 2001 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin. He was
buried in Floral Lawn Cemetery, South Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin.
He is reference number 5312. Obituary BELOIT - Arthur E. Elmer,
Sr., age 79, died Sun., July 1, 2001, at Premier Care RehabilitationCeneter,
Beloit. He was born on Oct. 11, 1921, in Richland Center, WI, the son of Hubert
and Myrtle Elmer. Arthur was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Navy.
Survivors include a sister, Rosealia Tracey of Wisconsin; 3 sons: Arthur (JUane)
Elmer, Jr. of Loves Park, IL, Phil (Nancy) Elmber of Freeport, IL, and Steve
(Tina) Elmer of Beloit; a daughter, Sandra (Larry) Lawson of Cedarville, IL;
11 grandchildren: Carrie (Gary) Seymour, Aruther Elmer III, both of Chicago,
Elizabeth Elmer of Rockford, IL, Sarah and Aaron Gavin, both of Freeport, IL,
Christy, Casey and Kendal Elmer, all of Beloit, Brian Lawson of Forreston, Brent
(Tina) Lawson of Pearl City, IL, and Beau (Jenny) Lawson of Machesney Park, IL;
and 10 great-grandchildren; Amber and Jakob Seymour, Reign and Stephen Elmer,
Trent, Blake, Jared, Alexis, Morgan and Dustin Lawson. He was predeceased by
his parents; brothers; sisters; 2 grandchildre; and his wife, Esther on Jan.
5, 1998. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., July 5, 2001, at
Rosman Uehling, Kinzer Funeral Home, 1125 Cranston Rd., Beloit. Visitation will
be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Thrusday. Burial
will take place at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens, South Beloit,IL.|
ELMER was born on 10 Jan 1923. He is reference number 5313.|
was born on 18 Jan 1925. She is reference number 5314.|