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Current Events: 1942

Current Events: 1942

August 1942. Vernon County, Wisconsin. "The E.J. Saugstad family at Arrowdale, their 160-acre farm near Westby. Robert, aged sixteen, with hired man Alton Lee." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Alton G. Lee (3/9/1919 - 12/16/2007), whose military enlistment record notes: Occupation: Farm hand, general farms; Marital Status: Single, without dependents, returned to live in Westby after his WWII military service.

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Robert E. Saugstad, 76 years old of Antigo, Wisconsin, formerly of Antioch, Illinois and Bristol, Wisconsin, passed away Friday May 23, 2003 at Langlade Memorial Hospital, Antigo, Wisconsin.

He was born November 13, 1926 in La Crosse, the son of the late Eddie and Minnie (Olson) Saugstad. He grew up on his father's farm near Westby. As a young United States Army draftee, he was stationed for a time in the Panama Canal Zone. Upon his return he spent the majority of his years as a truck driver for various companies including time as a long-haul tractor-trailer driver. He also worked as a skilled heavy crane operator for International Harvester Company near his home in Antioch, Illinois. After retiring he devoted his time to maintaining his lakeside home in Westfield, Wisconsin and spending the winter months at his condominium in Orange Beach, Alabama. On April 17, 1972 he married Donna Growney in Chicago and she preceded him in death on November 16, 1994.

Survivors include his companion, Mildred Beattie of Antigo, Wisconsin; one brother, Theodore Saugstad of Marietta, Georgia; and several nieces and a nephew.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at South Bristol Cemetery, Bristol Township, Wisconsin. Visitation was Sunday evening at the Strang Funeral Home in Antioch.

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