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By Mary JergensonMonday, August 20, 2001

Have you ever thought about your own ancestors, buried somewhere across "the pond, in a place like Flanders Fields? Those brave young men who served the Allied Forces in WWI and never came back. Gary Romsaas has and his research brought him to Fountain, Minnesota.

Gary, the self proclaimed historian of the Romsaas family began his adventure surfing the Web at his home in Maryland.. He has built an extensive data base and has charted the pedigree of his ancestry. While doing a genealogic Web search for the name Romsaas and then Romsos (the Americanized version) he found a listing for the Romsos-Malia American Legion Post #2 in Fountain, Minnesota. .

Somehow Gary reached Julia Borgen of Lanesboro who put him in touch with Joyce Redalen of Fountain. Joyce, an historian in her own right, did some checking and found some information on a man named Anton Ostensen Romsos, for whom the Legion post is named.

In the 1920s, Legion posts were usually named for the first, or first and second, war casualties from that county. Anton Romsos and James Malia were the first two from Fountain to give their lives, thus the name Romsos/Malia. With the help of Jerry Henke from the Fillmore County Historical Society, Joyce was able to locate the following:

From the Fillmore County Book "In the World War 1917-1919.

Anton Romsos. Born July 25, 1892; son of Austin Romsos, Myre St. Gulbransdalen, Norway. Entered service at Preston, Minn., Feb 25, 1918; Private, assigned to Co. H, 132nd Inf.; arrived overseas in May, 1918; wounded in action July 28 and died one day later; buried in American cemetery, France.

From the Pathways Past & Present book she learned that Anton Romsos was not a citizen before his enlistment. "He was a farm laborer who came to the area just a short time before. He hoped to fight in the Allied Forces and in case of a leave of absence, visit his father and mother, and after the war return to our soil and lead the life of a peaceful American citizen."

"This is the way recruiters encouraged immigrants to enlist," noted Joyce. "Get the war over and then you can visit your family before coming back to the U.S."

Once Joyce compiled this information, she mailed it to Gary, but didn't hear anything further. That is, until this month. Gary contacted Joyce to thank her for her help and let her know what he had been up to.

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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
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Journal Profile #84

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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
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The following local students were placed on the Spring Semester 2001 President's and Dean's Lists at Riverland Community College: Joshua Shofner of Harmony, Molly Holst of Lanesboro, Chantal McNamara of Lime Springs, IA, Dirk Lecy of Spring Valley. ..... 
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