Elmer Hofland obituary
Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon at the Iver Hofland home and at the Lutheran church at Mona when the remains of Elmer Alfred Holland were buried with appropriate honors in the family lot at Pleasant Hill cemetery. It was a military funeral and the members of the American Legion escorted the remains to the last resting place, sounded taps and fired a salute over the grave of the dead comrade, who was wounded in action in France in September and later died in Base Hospital No. 50 on December 2nd, with diphtheria. Rev. A. Elmer Moe delivered an eloquent and touching tribute to the deceased who gave the full measure of sacrifice for his country and humanity.
Elmer Alred Hofland was born in Union township in Mitchell county, Iowa, June 12th, 1888, and entered the service of this country, from Vida, Montana, where he resided when he was called, on September 18th, 1917. For a time he was stationed at Camp Lewis, Washington, and there he was commissioned Corporal and sent to France with the 362 infantry and was in the service about a year when he passed away. The remains arrived in New York in a sealed casket on the 18th of December, and in Lyle on January 8th.
The deceased was a kind, cheerful young man and a favorite among his acquaintances, which was demonstrated Sunday afternoon when the church was taxed to its utmost capacity to accommodate those who went to pay their last tribute to the departed friend, comrade and brother.
There were 32 men in uniform from the Lyle and St. Ansgar Posts. Oscar Strand, Clifford Holland, Thomas Holt, Bill Christenson, Oddie Jahr, Gilbert Tieman, Sylvian Dock and Gilbert Carlson acted as pall bearers.