CEF Soldier Detail

Private Joseph Anton Absetz
Died: February 25, 1974

Regimental Number:
Survived War:
Canadian Infantry
8th Battalion
A Company
Place of Birth:
Tower, Minnesota
Next of Kin:
Rudolf F. Absetz, Virginia, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Address at Enlistment:
Not stated
Date of Birth:
July 2, 1891
Trade or Calling:
Marital Status:
Prior Military Experience:
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 23, 1914
Age at enlistment:
5 Feet 7 Inches
35 1/2 Inches
3 1/2 Inches
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Saw service in:
Great Britain    
Cause of Death:
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
February 25, 1974
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Good Hope Cemetery, Greenfield, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Section 4, Block 13, Lot 47N2
Prisoner of war:
Ethnic Origin:
Research Notes

It appears that Joseph Anton Absetz was born in Tower, Minnesota, not Moose Factory, Ontario (as listed on his attestation papers).  The 1910 US Census and a 1917 WW1 Draft Card as well as a 1942 Draft Card support this.  The 1917 card states that he saw military service as a private and was currently unemployed and under doctor's care. According to the United States Social Security Death Index Joseph died March 1974 in Greenfield, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 8th Battalion A Company
  WW1 Draft Registration USA 
WW11 Draft Registration USA
Social Security Death Index,
Kenora Miner and News 1914-08-22
Kenora Miner and News  1914-08-26,
Kenora Miner and News 1915-02-17,
Kenora Miner and News 1915-11-24,

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 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 two 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.

By Kenora Great War Project