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Gogebic County, Michigan
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ALMONE, Guiseppe and CHIARA, Lawrence
Ashland, WI - Guiseppe Almone and Lawrence Chiara were accidentally killed yesterday at the Iron King mountain at Ironwood. While riding up a shaft in a skip several drills in the skip caught on the sides of the shaft, upturning the skip. The men in the skip managed to hang on, but Almone and Chiara, who were hanging on the ropes below were shaken off and they fell to the bottom, several hundred feet. [Source: 15 Jan 1898, Elkhart Daily Review; submitted by BZ]

ANDERSON, Ernest
ASHLAND, Wis., Jan. 17. – The body of Ernest Anderson, 28 years old, who died at the St. Joseph’s hospital here Thursday, was taken to Bessemer, Mich., today for internment tomorrow. A delegation of 35 local members of the order of Eagles accompanied the body to the Omaha station. The young man had been in the local hospital but a short time. He was a member of the Bessemer lodge of Eagles. He leaves his parents and three brothers. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Saturday, 18 Jan. 1913; tr. by MZ]

BEDNAR, Michael
Michael Bednar, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bednar, died at the St. Joseph’s hospital at Ashland, Wis., Wednesday afternoon. The body was shipped here yesterday afternoon. The boy had gone to Ashland to be operated on at the hospital for relief from throat trouble. Death occurred from heart failure caused by the surgical shock. Michael Bednar came here with his parents several years ago. His father is employed in mining work. The family is making its home on Luxmore street. Besides his parents, three other children survive the deceased. Funeral services were held this morning from the Holy Trinity church, with the Rev. Frs. Spracjar and Moriarty officiating. Internment was made in the Riverside cemetery.[Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Friday, 9 July 1920; tr. by MZ]

BOSIN, Alexander and DONNELSON, August
Ironwood, Mich., Oct. 17.- August Donnelson and Alexander Bosin, miners employed at No. 2 shaft of the East Norrie mine, have been killed by an explosion of giant powder. The body of one of the men was torn to pieces. It is impossible to tell what caused the explosion, as the powder was in a box in a room in which the men were working. The supposition is that they were sitting on the box smoking and that a spark from a pipe fell into the box, igniting the powder. The bodies of the ten buried in the cave-in at No. 1 shaft of this mine Sept. 20 have all been taken out with the exception of Sandquist, a timekeeper, the search for which continues night and day. [New Ulm Review (MN), October 19, 1892, page 7; Contributed by Robin Line]

CHIARA, Lawrence  and ALMONE, Guiseppe
Ashland, WI - Guiseppe Almone and Lawrence Chiara were accidentally killed yesterday at the Iron King mountain at Ironwood. While riding up a shaft in a skip several drills in the skip caught on the sides of the shaft, upturning the skip. The men in the skip managed to hang on, but Almone and Chiara, who were hanging on the ropes below were shaken off and they fell to the bottom, several hundred feet. [Source: 15 Jan 1898, Elkhart Daily Review; submitted by BZ]

COSTELETTE, Therese
Bessemer - Therese Costelette, 13 years old, stepped on an embankment at the Black river.  It gave way neath her weight and she was swept downstream and lost. [The L'Anse Sentinel. (L'Anse, L.S., Mich.), 01 May 1915]

DONNELSON, August and BOSIN, Alexander
Ironwood, Mich., Oct. 17.- August Donnelson and Alexander Bosin, miners employed at No. 2 shaft of the East Norrie mine, have been killed by an explosion of giant powder. The body of one of the men was torn to pieces. It is impossible to tell what caused the explosion, as the powder was in a box in a room in which the men were working. The supposition is that they were sitting on the box smoking and that a spark from a pipe fell into the box, igniting the powder. The bodies of the ten buried in the cave-in at No. 1 shaft of this mine Sept. 20 have all been taken out with the exception of Sandquist, a timekeeper, the search for which continues night and day. [New Ulm Review (MN), October 19, 1892, page 7; Contributed by Robin Line]

DRISCOLL, Timothy and Jerry
Brothers Die Same Week: Timothy and Jerry Driscoll, brothers of Mrs. Steve McKevitt, of Ironwood, died during the week, the former at St. Louis, Mo., and the younger brother at Grand View, Wis.  Timothy Driscoll was a railroad switchman, and died from hemorrhage of the brain following a blow on the head from the heavy door of a refrigerator car.  The body arrived In Ironwood Wednesday from St. Ambrose's church.  He worked in the old Lake Shore yards about 20 years ago, and was well known to the older railway men of the Gogebic range.  He was 45 years of age, and single.  Thursday afternoon a telegram was received by Chief Frank saying that Jerry Driscoll was dead at Grand View, Wis., a small station on the Omaha road west of Ashland.  Mr. McKevitt left for Grand View Friday morning and in the afternoon, a telegram was received from him stating that the dead man was Mrs. McKevitt's brother and he would arrive with the body on Friday night's train. The cause of death was not stated in the telegram. Deceased was a single man and 32 years old. The Driscoll brothers, were sons of the late John Driscoll, who died at Iron River, Mich., twelve years ago, after many years service with the Chicago & Northwestern railway. [The Calumet News. (Calumet, Mich.), 10 Aug. 1910]

GARDNER, Agnes
Ironwood, Mich. - Agnes 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gardner, died Friday of last week at the family home, 103 Tamarack street, the cause of death being pulmonary tuberculosis. The funeral occurred Monday at the Episcopal church. [20 Nov 1915; Duluth News-Tribune; Contributed by BZ]

GOLDMAN, Mrs.
Mrs. Goldman, wife of a clothing merchant at Bessemer, who was burnt seriously by an alcohol stove Sunday evening died Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock. The body was buried from the Jewish synagogue at Hurley. [The Herald, Ironwood, Mich., Oct. 22, 1910]

HASKETT, Jerome
Bessemer, Mich., March 17. – Jerome Haskett, a well-known young man, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Haskett in Ramsey, following an operation for pleuritis. Jerome was born in Bessemer in 1906. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father C. J. Swoboda at St. Sebastian church in this city today. Internment was at Bessemer cemetery. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.)18 Mar. 1913; tr. by MZ]

HAYWARD, Emily
The sad intelligence has reached the city of the death of Miss Emily Hayward at Bessemer, Mich., where she was teacher of music in the public schools. Some days ago a lady friend received a letter from her in which she stated that she was just recovering from an attack of la grippe, and it is believed that a relapse was the cause of her demise. Deceased left for the latter city last fall accompanied by her mother. Only a short time before her departure she graduated from the Thomas school of music at Detroit. Previous to that time she had always lived in this city. She was a popular young lady, and a very fine vocalist. Her many friends are deeply grieved over her sad and untimely demise. She was aged 23 years. The remains will arrive tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock, and will come by the way of Chicago. The time for the funeral will be announced later. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot (Friday, 26 Feb. 1904) tr. by MZ]

KANGAS, Susan
Ironwood, Mich., May 13. – The body of Mrs. Susan Kangas of Marengo, Wis., who died at a hospital in Superior, has been sent here for burial. She was a daughter of Matt Lilkala of Puritan location. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.)Sunday, 14 May 1922; tr. by MZ]

LARSON, Mrs. Charles
Ironwood, Mich, .July 12. – The funeral of Mrs. Charles Larson of Eagle River, Wis., was held here this afternoon from the home of Magnus Olson. Services were also conducted at the Swedish Mission church by Rev. John Hendrickson. Internment was made at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. Larson underwent an operation in Chicago three weeks ago. She was 42 years old and was born in Sweden. The husband and three children survive her. The family formerly lived at Ironwood, but for the last nine years have been residents of Eagle River. The following acted as pallbearers: John Johnson, Charles Lindberg, Adolph Colman, John Hedstrom, Anton Larson and Peter Nelsen. [Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 13 July 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz]

McGRATH, Frank
Gogebic county:  Frank McGrath, 31 years old, of Ironwood, killed while hunting ducks;  A.J. Roth, Ironwood, died from exposure;  Harry Strike, chief of police of Jessieville, shot by small boy;  Leolyn Keillon of Bear Lake, southern Michigan, killed by his nephew, Stanley Keillor, for a deer.  [The L'Anse Sentinel. (L'Anse, L.S., Mich.), 20 Dec. 1913]

MIESBAUER, Judith Ann
Spencer - Judith Ann (Verch) Miesbauer, 61, of Spencer died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield. There will be no services. Maurina/Community Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Judith was born Nov. 13, 1943, in Wakefield, Mich., to Otto and Irene (Luepke) Verch. She was retired from Land O' Lakes, Spencer. Judith and James Miesbauer were married July 16, 1993, in Wausau. Judith is survived by her husband, James A. Miesbauer of Spencer; her mother, Irene Verch of Arpin; one brother, James (Carol) Verch of Marshfield; one sister, Sandra (Robert) Mondloch of Marshfield; one nephew, Troy Verch of Marshfield; two nieces, Tammy Miller of Marshfield and Tara Flink of Marshfield; and numerous aunts and uncles. [Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wed, Aug 24, 2005; tr. by MZ]

MILLS, Reginia (Miller)
Mrs. Howard Mills, formerly Miss Regina Miller, who taught school at Kimball for three and one half years, died Tuesday at a sanitarium in Stevens Point, Wis., after an illness of more than a year. She was a victim of tuberculosis and while her condition was known to be critical, it was not expected she would die as quickly as she did. The body will be shipped to the home of Joseph Mills, Ashland, where funeral services will be conducted Saturday. Mrs. Mills, who lived in Ironwood for a year after her marriage, is survived by the husband and one child, Elizabeth, one and one half years old, and two brothers – Waldimar Miller, Bimidji, Minn., and another who lives in California.  [Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Thursday, 27 May 1920; tr. by MZ]

MURPHY, John
IRONWOOD, Mich., Nov. 21. – John Murphy died today from the effects of burns received Sunday night at boiler house of the Ashland mine. Murphy was cleaning flues in the boilers when one of the pipes burst and the full pressure of the steam was thrown on him. He was 43 years old and leaves one brother and one sister here. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 22 Nov. 1919; tr. by MZ]

NOLAN, Michael
Services were held today (Saturday) at Ironwood, Mich., for Michael Nolan, 72, of 369 Silver St., Ironwood, brother of Mrs. Siegel Mayer of 913 W. Fourth St., Marshfield. Mr. Nolan, a probate judge in Gogebic County, died Thursday morning at Grand View Hospital following a long illness. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 23 Mar. 1974, page 9; Lorraine Markee collection; tr. by MZ]

OLSON, Mrs. Charles
Mrs. Charles Olson of this city died Monday morning: at Newberry. She was 40 years old and is survived by her husband, a delivery man for the Miller Brewing company, and a son. about 14 years old: two sisters. Mrs. Andrew Strom, Curry street, and Mrs. Nels Bloomquist, Lake Street and a brother, Eric Nelson, Vaughn street. The funeral took place Monday from the Swedish M. E church. [20 Nov 1915, Duluth News-Tribune; Contributed by BZ]

OMAN, Willie
The funeral of Willie Oman, who was accidently shot by Miss Clements was held Tuesday afternoon at the Swedish Lutheran church. [The Herald, Ironwood, Mich., Oct. 22, 1910]

ORR, James
Mellen, Wis., April 23. - The entire community was shocked when the news came over the wire last evening from Ashland that James Orr was dead. An inward hemorrhage occurred shortly before 6 o'clock, and in a few moments the patient had passed away. Mr. Orr went to the general hospital last Saturday, and was operated on for a tumor in the evening. Word came yesterday that he was making
perceptible gain and was able to take nourishment. Mrs. Orr was at his side when the end came, the only daughter, Fay, was in this city, intending to return to her father's bedside on the evening train. One son, Edward, is in New Jersey, and word had been sent him of the condition of his father. George Kumm and E. R. Bandy went to Ashland on the evening train to render needed assistance. Mr. Orr was a member of the local lodge of the A. F. and A. M. He was a member of the city council and of the board of education and had held other responsible positions of public trust. Last January he was elected a deacon of the Union church for three years. He also filled a responsible position in the local Mosbannon tannery, and was much liked by the men under his charge. On last Thursday he was at work there, as usual. The body will be brought to this city this Friday evening. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

FUNERAL: The funeral of the late James Orr will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. The pastor of the Union church will be in charge of the service at the home and the church and the Masonic fraternity will officiate at the grave. There is mourning throughout the entire community because of his death. The son, Edward, came from the east this morning. Mellen, Wis., April 27. The funeral of the late James B. Orr was held this afternoon. At two o'clock a brief service was held at the home, and the body was then taken directly to the Union church, where the sermon was delivered by Rev. George Bradfield, D.D., pastor of the deceased. Assisting him were Rev. Robert F. Merritt of Ashland and Rev. B. F. Schoenfeld of Park Falls, who officiated at the Masonic service at the grave. Music was furnished by a quartet. James B. Orr was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Orr, and was born in Grahamsville, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1860. In 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Gordon at Reynoldsville, Pa. The family came to Mellen in February, 1900. Three children were born into the home - Mary, Elizabeth, who died at the age of three months; and the two living children, Edward and Fay. The daughter is a student at Carroll college, and the son is in business in the east. Mr. Orr was a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity in Reynoldsville and of the A. F. & A. M. No. 314 of this city. He was a deacon in the Union church. Mr. Orr was a member of the city council and of the board of education. The funeral was largely attended, and the floral tributes could hardly be excelled either in quantity or quality. [Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Friday, 24 Apr. 1920; tr. by MZ]

OLSON, Gustave  
ASHLAND, Wis., Of Bessemer, Mich., a butcher, age 31y, died at a hospital here last night. The body was sent this morning to Michigamie, Mich., for burial.  [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.)9 Feb. 1917; tr. by MZ]

RICE, Mrs. Levi
Mrs. Levi Rice, 97, died Tuesday, May 19, at Iron River, Mich., and was buried Saturday at Bessemer, Mich. Mrs. Rice, a third cousin of Abraham Lincoln, possessed many Lincoln family mementos. Mrs. Rice, the former Lillis Hull, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hull, for whom the township of Hull was named. Her father, a blacksmith, brought his family here in 1871 and spent the winter here. They returned to Oakfield in the spring but came back later and settled on a homestead in the town of Holton. In 1885, Mr. and Mrs. Rice moved to Bessemer, when that city consisted of one log cabin. Mr. Rice died in 1934. Surviving are two sons, Arthur and William, both of Bessemer; three daughters, Mrs. W. J. Sincock, Minneapolis ; Mrs. S. E. Quayle, Iron River, Mich.; and Mrs. Bruce Gatewood, Los Angeles ; 19 grand children, 30 great grand children and eight great, great grand children. Mrs. Rice had two sisters, Mary and Clara, and a brother, Charles, all deceased. [Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 28 May 1953 ; tr. by MZ]

RYAN, Ed
Ironwood - Ed Ryan, son of Mr and Mrs Edward Ryan, was electrocuted at the Newport mine Friday. He was employed as a motorman and was 19 years old. [Source: Bay City Times Tribune; Nov 9, 1918; transcribed by Cathy Schultz]

STAF, Olaf H.
The funeral of Olaf H. Staf?, for 28 years a resident of this city, was held from the Norwegian Lutheran church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J.E. Nord officiating. He was born in Norway in 1864, coming to this country in 1880. He lived for some years at Black River Falls and later at Ironwood, Mich., where he was married to Miss Bertha Olson who, with two daughters and six sons survive. [Duluth News-Tribune, May 27, 1916, Sub. by KT]

SULLIVAN, D.S.
TWO HARBORS – D. S. Sullivan, for 20 years dock worker, died Friday. Funeral will be held Monday at Catholic church and body will be sent to Ironwood, Mich., his former home, for burial. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Saturday, 10 Jan. 1920) tr. by MZ]

SULLIVAN, Florence
Dies at Ironwood
Florence Sullivan, aged 72, died yesterday at Ironwood and the remains are being taken to Houghton for burial, Mr. Sullivan was formerly a resident of Hurontown, coming to the copper country about 30 years ago and working as a miner.  About 22 years ago he went to Ironwood.  He is survived by a family of several grown up children.  The funeral will probably be held tomorrow morning.  [The Calumet news. (Calumet, Mich.), 08 Aug. 1910]

WEBER, Mrs. J.
Word was received Saturday morning that Mrs. J. Weber died at one of the hospitals in Ashland. She underwent an operation there and after a few days illness passed away. The body will be brought here for burial. [Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Monday, 9 Feb. 1920; tr. by MZ]

WILLOUGHBY, Harry A.
Mellen, Wis., April 26. - H. A. Willoughby is dead, the end coming Sunday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the general hospital in Ashland. On Saturday evening an operation was performed in order to relieve the pressure at the base of the skull, which had been fractured in the accident of several days ago. His wife was at his bedside. Last evening his brother, Walter Willoughby, returned to Mellen, and with him were the wife and daughter. The sons will bring the body to the city this evening. The funeral arrangements will be announced Tuesday when a more extended obituary will be given. The funeral of the late Harry E. Willoughby will be held from the home of his brother, Walter, on Wednesday at 2 p.m., and thence to the Union church. Burial will be in the local cemetery. An obituary will be given in tomorrow's issue. [Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Tuesday, 27 Apr. 1920; tr. by MZ]
Mellen, Wis., April 28. - The funeral of the late Harry E. Willoughby was held at 2 p.m. today. The sermon was preached by Rev. Robert F. Merritt of Ashland, a former pastor of the deceased. The pastor of the Union church conducted the service. Mrs. Byrd E. Pribnon sang two solos at the church. Members of the I.O.O.F. lodge No. 84 and of the Modern Woodmen of America attended in a body. Mr. Willoughby was born in Huron county, Iowa, July 16, 1856. In 1883 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Stinchfield at Cincinnati, Ohio. Surviving the father are Charles of Maringo, Wis.; Wallace of Buffalo, N. Y.; Ernest of Superior, Wis.; Flora, who is teaching near Duluth, Arthur and Mary. Besides the widow three brothers and one sister also mourn the decease of Mr. Willoughby - William and Charles of Willard, Ohio; Walter of Mellen, Wis., and Mrs. Clara Barber of near Willard, Ohio. The husband and father first came to Mellen in 1886, but returned to Cincinnati, where he lived six years, when he moved to this city. He has for many years been an employe of the Soo Line. Mr. Willoughby was one of the founders and incorporators of the local Union church, and continued a member, serving in various positions of trust until a few months ago when he transferred to the Congregational church at Marengo, where he had moved. Death came Sunday morning about 9:30 o'clock. The large attendance at the funeral and the many floral offerings bore testimony to the esteem in which he was held. [Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Mich.) Wednesday, 28 Apr. 1920]




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