WWI letters seek home in Audubon
About eight to 10 years ago, after cleaning out a repossessed vehicle his dad was working on, Drake Grubb found some historical letters he now wants to return to their rightful owners.
The Moweaqua, Ill., teen put the letters away after first finding them and rediscovered them again recently. He's looking to get them back to family members from the Audubon area.
Grubb said he has about two dozen letters that were written from 1917-24 during and after World War I by two brothers from Audubon.
Brothers Fred and Oscar Klomstad wrote the letters to their sisters and a girlfriend back in Audubon and Lake Park.
"Fred was killed over there but his brother made it back," Grubb said he learned from the letters.
After Grubb found the letters a second time, he decided to take up an Internet search to try to find family members who would be interested in having their ancestors' letters back.
Hitting a roadblock, Grubb decided to contact the newspaper for help with locating family members.
According to an Internet search, Oscar Klomstad was born around 1887, and in the 1940 census was living in Audubon.
His father Ole Klomstad was born in Norway. Oscar also had a brother named Edward, and a daughter named Olga, who both also lived in Audubon during the 1940 census.
Fred Klomstad was killed in action during World War I in 1917.
If anyone knows the Fred and Oscar Klomsad family, contact Pippi Mayfield at 847-3151 to be put in contact with Grubb in Illinois.
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