1918 – Peter Maas Dies

On this date Peter Mass died while charging a German machine gun nest. The third Madisonian to die in battle during , Maas enlisted in Company G of the Wisconsin National Guard on June 17, 1917. Maas was reputed to be the best swimmer in Madison, having once swam across Lake Mendota and winning awards in several local diving competitions. He was also a messenger for the state legislature and a head-setter for the . [Source: by the Resurrection Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc, p. 206]