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Liesveld, Roy Charles 1888-1918


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 3/10/2022 at 20:14:04

The Daily Times
Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, December 7, 1918


Officer Roy Liesveld of the Moline police department, who died Friday afternoon at the Moline City hospital following a brief illness of pneumonia, contracted the illness while driving the city ambulance during the present influenza-pneumonia epidemic.

He drove the city ambulance that carried hundred of Moline people to the Red Cross emergency hospital and other hospitals. While doing this work he contracted the influenza a few weeks ago. Knowing that he was greatly needed, he left his bed to return to his post and in his weakened condition contracted the pneumonia.

It was just a few days ago that Chief of Police Ben DeJager noticed that Liesveld appeared ill and urged him to return to bed, but he refused saying, “I am too greatly needed to drive the ambulance to do that.” He finally convinced the Chief that he was not ill and so remained at work.

The body of Roy C. Liesveld, former Moline motorcycle and patrol driver for the Moline police force will be taken to Germania, Ia., Sunday evening for burial in the Maple Hill Cemetery of that city.

Mr. Liesveld made a long hard fight against the influenza-pneumonia, his condition being very serious for the past week. His passing will cause a great vacancy around the city hall, Roy being one of the most popular on the force.

He is survived by his wife and a five-year-old daughter, one brother Arthur, also of the police force of this city, one sister Julia M., and his parents of Germania, Iowa.

His wife and child, both ill of pneumonia at the city hospital, are reported as improving. It is the hope of all that they will soon be recovered.
Kossuth County Advance
Thursday, December 12, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. John Liesveld were called to Moline, Ill., last week Wednesday by the serious illness of their son, Roy, who was in a hospital with pneumonia. –Later: Roy Charles Liesveld was born at Chicago, Ill., on August 17, 1888, and died at Moline, Ill., on December 6, 1918, at the age of 30 yrs., 4 mos., and 19 days. When about four years of age, he came to Iowa with his parents, and lived in and near Germania, with the exception of the past seven years, when he lived at Mason City and Alexander, moving to Moline with his family last March.

One June 26, 1912, he was united in marriage to Miss Dora Bradfield. To this union one child was born, a daughter, Ramona, now five years of age. Short Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of his parents at this place and burial was made at Maple Hill cemetery. He leaves, besides his wife, daughter, and parents, one sister and one brother, and in addition, numerous other relatives and friends.

Upper Des Moines – Republican
Algona, Iowa, Wednesday, December 18, 1918

Former Germania Boy Passed Away At Moline Last Week. Was Member of Police Force.

Roy Liesveld, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Liesveld, of Germania, passed away December 6th at his home in Moline, Illinois, of pneumonia. He was a member of the police force of that city and was held in the highest esteem. He contracted influenza while performing his duty in taking patients to and from the emergency hospital. His parents were at his bed side when he passed away. His wife and little daughter, 5 years of age, are ill with the disease at the city hospital. He leaves besides his parents, wife and child, a sister, Miss Julia Liesveld of Germania, and a brother, Arthur, of Moline. The remains were brought to his boyhood home, where services were held and interment made Monday of last week.


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