World War IUS Army
Born: Oct 1, 1899, Blue Earth City, Minnesota
Inducted: August 9, 1918
Died: November 2, 1918, Fort McArthur, California
Buried: Otis Cemetery
Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Bartholomew of Otis.
November 7, 1918 The Otis Independent
A gloom was cast over the community Sunday morning when word was received that an Otis boy, Rufus Bartholomew, had died at Ft. McArthur, California of Spanish Influenza.
He was young, being just 19 years, 1 month and 1 day of age at the time of his death, but he was determined to join the fighting forces of his government, first offering services to the Navy, where for some minor defect he was rejected, later on August 9, he joined the heavy artillery and was training at the time of his death. Rufus was of the fourth generation of the Bartholomew family that have served their country in time of war, his father was in the Spanish-American and his grandfather and great grandfather were in the Civil War, Rufus was the only one to make the Supreme sacrifice.
Rufus Emery Bartholomew was born at Blue Earth City, Minnesota, October 1, 1899 and died at Ft. McArthur, California, November 2, 1918. He came to Otis with his parents January 30, 1914 where he has since made his home up until the time he enlisted. He is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Bartholomew and besides his parents he leaves to mourn his loss, two sisters, Leora and Bertha and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services will be held as soon as his father returns, and interment will be made in the Otis Cemetery.
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