In the 1918 Critic, Ellsworth Dederick is not listed with the graduates and is not mentioned as having left school to join like Park Hart and Russell Hastings.
Under the article, “HISTORY OF THE CLASS”, Ellsworth is mentioned as having been a member of the student council, representing the class as a sophomore which would have been in the school year of 1915-1916. Ellsworth Dedrick as a sophomore that same year, made the school Football, Basketball, and Baseball teams.
I do not know if he graduated from Hackensack High School or transferred to a different school or left school all together to work and join the service. What we do know is he was liked enough to get voted on the student council and he was a good athlete.
ORITANI'S SERVICE FLAG HAS GOLD STAR; 95 NEW MEMBERS, November 15, 1918.
Ellsworth Dedrick was the first member of the Oritani Field Club to die while in service, out of the 95 members who were in the service. The article does not state how he died, but by the way they mention it, I think it would be from the Flu, because they usually mention the Battle if he died otherwise.
I do not know for sure as of August 2009, and until we find an account of what happened, we will have to consider his death for our records as unknown.