This January 28, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
Pvt. Elmer Schwanke Honored
Elmer Schwanke, son of the Francis Schwankes, was one of the nine selected out of 500 soldiers to take training for medic corps at Fort Custer, Mich.
The following February 11, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2 column 3:
Returns to Fort Custer
After a three-day furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Schwanke, Pvt. Elmer Schwanke has returned to his duties at Fort Custer, Mich.
This May 6, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 1:
After a ten-day furlough spent here with his parents, the Francis Schwankes, Pfc. Elmer Schwanke has returned to Camp Custer, Mich.
The following article was found in the May 18, 1944, Lowell Tribune on page 3, column 1:
Lands In North Africa
Word received by the Francis Schwankes informs them that their son, Cpl. Elmer Schwanke has landed safely with his outfit in North Africa. When he wrote he said he was feeling fine but had not seen much of the country as yet.
This August 2, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 2:
Word received by the Francis Schwankes from their son, Elmer, informs them he has been promoted from Corporel to S/Sgt. He was getting along fine when he wrote.
This obituary from an unknown source can be found in the Local History Files at the Lowell Public Library (LH--Vital Statistics, vol. 1, page 1):
Elmer L. Schwanke, age 64, of Louisburg, Mo., passed away Jan. 26, 1984, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, Craig of Denver, Colo., and Kim of Buffalo, Mo; and one daughter, Jill Trow of Buffalo; one brother, Wilbur of Lowell, and one sister, Dorothy Missler of Lowell. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Clarence, and two sisters, Gertrude Schwanke and Esther Curtis. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 in Buffalo, at the Montgomery Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at the Garden of Memory Cemetery in Buffalo, with Rev. Harold Mayes officiating. Elmer Schwanke was retired from Mayflower Transit Co., after 24 years of service as a truck driver. He was a native of Lowell and lived in the community until he moved to Missouri about 20 years ago. He operated Lowell Cleaners before leaving this area.