Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Carroll County, Iowa
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1868 Illinois
Death: Jun. 12, 1914 Carroll, IA

William H. Staak was born at Chebanse, Illinois, the son of August Staak (1844 - 1909) & Mary Catherine Collison Staak (1843 - 1927). He married in Carroll, IA October 24, 1908, to Miss Ida B. Yegge. William died from fatal injuries while crossing the railroad tracks at the intersection of Clark street, when a
railroad locomotive backed down on his dray. One hand was cut off and both legs were crushed below the knee.

On September 18th, 1895, he enlisted in the regular army of the United States and served for the full term of three years, being honorably discharged in August, 1898. He enlisted a few weeks later for service in the Spanish American war and was discharged, from hospital in February, 1899, but enlisted again in May of the same year and served until June 23, 1902. From March 1, 1901, to May 21, 1902, he saw service in the Philippines. On his return from the Philippines, he spent three years at home in Carroll and then enlisted again in the regular army, on September 18, 1905. On July 14, 1906, he was discharged on a sergeon's certificate of disability at Wingate, N.M.

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