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Obituaries and Death Notices


Ah-zhow-ay-keshig
Source: The Tomahawk (White Earth, MN) April 16, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Ah-zhow-ay-keshig, one of the oldest Indians on this reservation, died at Elbow Lake last week. He was known as the most expert carver in the Chippewa tribe, and although a cripple and unable to work he supported his family for years by his handiwork.


Alma Boll
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Thursday, 14 Sept. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Boll, age 60, of Yakima, Wash., who died in a local hospital, were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Pierce funeral parlors. The body was shipped to Frazee, Minn., for burial.

Mrs. Boll was visiting her nieces, Mrs. V. E. Wilberg, 514 Second avenue, and Mrs. Paul Gravelle, Minnesota Point, at the time she became ill and had to be removed to the hospital. She had intended visiting her old home at Ada, Minn., and other points before returning to Yakima.

Mrs. Boll is survived by a brother, M. V. Hostetter of Tacoma, Wash., three sisters, Mrs. J. H. Maltby of Lisbon, N.D., Mrs. Iva Davis of Yakima, and Mrs. Henry Larson of Yakima and a niece, Mrs. H. J. Hulick of Orr, N.D., in addition to her relatives here.

Other friends who attended the services Wednesday were: Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Lee, Kempton, N.D., Ex-senator and Mrs. Hanson, Ada; Attorney P. Sharp, Ada; Gus Lindow, Ada, and Mrs. Newcombe, Ada.

Mrs. Boll was a member of Rebecca lodge and the Womens'; Relief corps at Yakima.


Mrs. E. C. Buck
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, 3 Mar. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. E. C. Buck of 1302 Jennie avenue passed away at 9 o'clock last evening, following a four months' illness with bronchitis. No funeral arrangements will be made until the arrival of relatives, who have been notified of the death.

Deceased was born in 1845, emigrated to Frazee, Minn., in 1875. The family later moved to Crookston, from which place they came to Grand Forks. Besides her husband she leaves four sons and three daughters to mourn her demise. They are: John of Grand Forks, James of Madras, Ore., William of Calgary, Alta., Nels of Wolf Creek, Alta., Mrs. S. A. Walker and Miss Carrie of this city and Mrs. Wm. Dodd of Great Falls, Mont.


Julia M. Coombs
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Saturday, May 9, 1953; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Julia M. Coombs, 76, a Seattle resident since 1898, died Thursday at her home, 9530 Meridian Av. She had been in failing health two years.

Funeral services were scheduled this afternoon in the Green Lake Funeral Home. Burial will be in Acacia.

Mrs. Coombs was the widow of James W. Coombs, a North End building contractor. He died in 1944. She was born in Becker County, Minnesota, and came to Seattle from North Dakota with her husband.

Surviving are four sons, William, Bert and Jack Coombs, all of Seattle, and James Coombs, Renton; three daughters, Mrs. George Conning and Mrs. Irving C. Orr, both of Seattle, and Mrs. Arthur Nelson, Renton; two brothers, Chris Brandser, Hawley, Minn., and Henry Brandser, Saskatchewan; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandson.


C. W. Dix
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Saturday, 29 Aug. 1896) transcribed by FoFG mz

Detroit, Minn., Aug. 29. - C. W. Dix is dead of heart failure. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Becker county, coming here in March, 1873, and was at the time of his death recorder of Detroit. He was a past master of Mount Tabor Masonic lodge. He was a man of high standing and the news of his death will be mourned by the community at large. The funeral services will be held Sunday.


James Fairbank
Source: The Tomahawk (White Earth, MN) April 9, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
DIED-On Wednesday last, James, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Fairbank.


John Felix
Source: Sacramento Union (CA) May 7, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

LOG STRIKES MAN, CRUSHES SKULL
John Felix, Employe of Danagher Pine Company, Is Killed Instantly.
Special to the Union.

PLACERVILLE (El Dorado Co.), May 6. - John Felix, head loader in the woods at logging camp No 2 of the C. D. Dannagher Pine company, was instantly killed late yesterday afternoon when his skull was crushed by a huge log, two feet in diameter. Another log struck him in the center of the body, and this would have been equally as fatal.

Felix was engaged with Martine Tuscon in loading the car. It was discovered the chain was too tight around the logs so Felix grabbed a coupling pin and knocked the grab hook loose. The logs started to roll from the car and Tuscon, who was standing on them, jumped barely in time to save his live. The logs rolled on Felix before he could escape. Guy Wentz was another eye witness to the tragedy.

Coroner George Ruoff was at once notified in Placerville and he hastily made the trip to the camp. About ten o'clock last evening and conducted an inquest with a jury of twelve men. The verdict was returned finding that Felix had been killed in the manner above described. The coroner returned to Placerville at 3 o'clock this morning. THe logging camp is on Pilot creek, eight miles from Pino Grande and about thirty-two miles northeast of Placerville.

Felix has been employed in the lumber camp since March 18 and in that time had impressed his superiors with his industry and sobriety. He was about 38 years of age and from identification cards found on his body evidently came here from Callaway, Minn. The coroner has telegrapher parties there to ascertain what disposition to make of the remains.


Antonie Fratochand
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 27, 1892; submitted by Robin Line
Antonie Fratochand, living on Buffalo River near Richwood, was shot and instantly killed by his uncle while deer hunting, being mistaken for a deer.


Hattie E. Goodrich
Source: A Pioneer History of Becker County Minnesota, by Mrs. Jessie W. West & Alvin H. Wilcox (1907) transcribed by Liz Dellinger

Mrs. Hattie E. Goodrich of Oak Lake died on February 24th, in her 37th year, followed by the death of her husband, Guy H. Goodrich, on December 6th. Mr. Goodrich was born in Attica, New York; came to Crow Wing in 1869; followed up the N. P. R. R. and came here in 1870.  He was engaged with Fletcher & Bly Co., contractors. He took a farm at Oak Lake on which he lived until his death.  Mrs. Goodrich was, in previous years of her life, connected with the Baptist church at Milwaukee.


Mathew Hansen
Source: Duluth News Tribune (MN) Tuesday, 9 Feb. 1909; transcribed by FoFG mz

FRAZEE, Minn., Feb. 8. - Mathew Hansen, a crippled tailor, was found dead in bed here by the village marshal last night. Deputy Coroner DeVine was called and pronounced death due to apoplexy. Little is known of him here. He came here from Royalton last summer, but has no relatives there. He formerly lived in Oshkosh, Wis., and the chief of police of that place has been notified so if any relatives are found they may take charge of the body.


Col. George H. Johnston
Source: A Pioneer History of Becker County Minnesota, by Mrs. Jessie W. West & Alvin H. Wilcox (1907) Chapter XX; transcribed by Vicki Bryan

DIED IN HIS CHAIR, IN MINNEAPOLIS
Saturday, April 27, 1889, Col. George H. Johnston, who has for some time been affected by heart trouble, died suddenly at 7:15 last evening at his residence, 2023 Stevens avenue. He was sitting at the supper table, when he fell back and died instantly.

Col. Johnston was prominently known in Masonic and Grand Army circles in the state, and was past grand commander of the state G. A. R.

Col. Johnston was a man of literary tastes, an excellent parliamentarian, and well known as an extemporaneous speaker. He was prominently connected with the Republican party of this state, having been a member of the state central committee and chairman of the memorable convention of the fifth district which nominated Kindred for congress. - Minneapolis Tribune


James R. Lyford
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 18 July 1913) transcribed by FoFG mz

FRAZEE, Minn., July 17. - James R. Lyford, aged 94, is dead at the home of his adopted son Charles Lyford. Born at St. Albans, Me., April 3, 1819, he came to St. Paul in 1846, when there was no railroad nearer than La Crosse. In the early days he bought grain at Point Douglas and Prescott, Wis., and operated a store in partnership with Dr. Beardsley, know by all the earlier retail men of this section. He was agent for the steamboats of the Diamond Joe line 1853-67. He owned a warehouse at Prescott, five quarter sections of land in North Dakota and real estate in Minneapolis and Duluth. He remained in active management of his estate until four years ago when he retired. He and his wife had been married 52 years. Mrs. Lyford is still living.


William McKinstry
Source: A Pioneer History of Becker County Minnesota, by Mrs. Jessie W. West & Alvin H. Wilcox (1907) transcribed by Liz Dellinger


On Nov. 22nd William McKinstry "fell on sleep."  His had been an eventful life. Born at Westminster, Vt., on June 14th, 1795, he went as a young man to western New York.  He was ordained a deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop Elijah Hedding, in the village of Perry, N. Y., September 24th, 1837, and became a circuit rider of that church on a salary of about $100 a year and necessary traveling expenses.  For between twenty and thirty years he labored in western New York along the Alleghany River, and in northern Pennsylvania, spending most of his time on horseback, traversing the country, fording rivers, holding camp-meetings, attending revivals, preaching and praying wherever he found opportunity, and dealing with the spiritual interests and experiences of all sorts of people.  He came into Stearns County, Minn., in 1867, and to Becker County in the fall of 1871.  He passed away at the home of his son, L. C. McKinstry, at Audubon, a good man and full of years of service for his Divine Master in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

He died November 22, 1882.


Christina Momb
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, December 21, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

BABE AT TEN YEARS IN WEIGHT AND MIND
FRAZEE, Minn., Dec. 20.-Twenty pounds in weight and over 10 years of age was Christina Momb of Atlanta, Becker county. Her death drew attention to her stunted growth, both physical and mental. Mrs. Andrew Momb, her mother, has for several years cared for her invalid and five others without the aid of her husband, who died about five years ago, leaving her with a family to feed and clothe. At six months of age the child had a peculiar sickness, which completely stopped her growth and for over ten years she has not developed either mentally or physically. Her mother has wheeled her about in a small baby carriage in the streets of her country home and was very heroic in her efforts to make the life of the crippled child as comfortable as possible.


George Alden Morrison
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) April 13, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FUNERAL TOMORROW FOR LATE GEORGE MORRISON
The funeral of George Alden Morrison aged 36 years, who died early yesterday, at his home, 777 West Seventh street following a long illness with lung trouble, will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the St. Francis Xavier church, East End. Rev. Father Eustace will officiate. Mr. Morrison had lived in Superior his entire life time. He is survived by one sister, Miss Celia Morrison, and a brother, Donald, living at 777 West Seventh street, a cousin, George A. Morrison, Ogema, Minn., and an aunt, Miss Elizabeth Morrison of Montreal. Interment will be at the Nemadji cemetery.


Herman Ness
Source: Minneapolis Journal (1 Nov. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Fargo, N.D., Nov. 1. - An 18-year-old boy named Herman Ness, from Richwood, Becker county, Minn., died at the county hospital of merefuls(?). His parents have been notified.


Mrs. Maren Olsen
[Source: New Ulm, July 29, 1885 (MN) page 3; submitted by Robin Line]

Mrs. Maren Olsen, who lived alone on a claim near Lake Eunice, Becker county, was found dead in her bed, having been dead several days.


Paul
Source: "Daily Arizona Silver Belt" Sunday March 16 1909 - BZ - Sub by FoFZ

OLD MAN LAZY -- FROZE TO DEATH
Would Have Wed In A Month And Wife Would Then Have Made Fires
FERGUS FALL, Minn., March 15. -- Paul 70, Wolf Lake, died from blood poison because he would not make a fire.
Another month and he would have been married and she would have done it for him. He was one of the wealthiest residents in the district, but lived alone. He kept no fire at night and on the morning of February 1 was found with his feet frozen and his body touched by frost. His feet had to be amputated and blood poison set in later, causing his death.
He was quite wealthy, having large land holdings, and as he was afraid of banks, he kept his savings at home, and is supposed to have large sums hidden about his premises. One son, Henry, is an inmate of the insane hospital.


Chas. Petigrew
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Wednesday, November 20, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

IT OFTEN HAPPENS
Frazee, Minn., Nov. 19.-Chas. Petigrew, unmarried, was shot through the head and instantly killed by his brother while hunting. The three brothers were walking single file in the brush, and the gun was accidently discharged by the foremost brother.


Henry Rice
Source: Sacramento Union (CA) Nov. 19, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

RICE - In Fair Oaks, January 17, 1916, Henry Rice, beloved husband of Phoebe A. Rice, father of DeWitt and Roscoe RIce, Mrs. W. L. Raymond of Fair Oaks, Immer O. and William H. H. Rice of Frazee, Minn.; brother of N. M. RIce of Sauk Centre, Minn., and T. C. RIce of Duluth, Minn.; a native of Ohio, aged 77 years, 8 months and 22 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectively invited to attend the funeral today (Wednesday) at 3 p. m. from his late residence at Fair Oaks. Interment Fair Oaks cemetery.


Mrs. H. C. Rice
Source: Duluth News Tribune (8 Feb. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

HIBBING – Mrs. H. C. Rice, 27, wife of Hibbing dentist is dead. Internment will be in Detroit, Minn.


Paul J. Scott
Source: Grand Forks Herald (28 Apr. 1916) submitted by FoFG MZ

Fargo, N.D., April 27. – Paul J. Scott, aged 15 years, died at a local hospital April 23 of an abcess of the lungs. The boy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Scott, residing at Detroit, Minn. The parents arrived in the city and accompanied the body to Detroit Sunday afternoon.


Mrs. I. L. Van Sickler

I. L. Van Sickler
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, November 23, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

QUARRELLED OVER CARDS.
Terrible Tragedy Results from a Friendly Game Near Frazee, Minn.

FRAZEE, Minn., Nov. 20.-I. L. Van Sickler, a Silver Leaf farmer, quarreled with his wife and a friend Saturday night over a game of cards. He procured a Winchester rifle and shot her twice through the body, one ball passing through the heart, killing her instantly. He then turned the weapon on himself and sent a bullet through his lungs. Reversing his weapon again, he shot F. C. Brown, of Fargo, through the hips.

Coroner Hansen and Dr. Hoyt, of Detroit, were notified and went at once to the scene, and found that Van Sickler had placed the muzzle of the gun in his own mouth and blown the top of his head off. Brown is the son of F. G. Brown, deputy register of deeds at Fargo, and had been stopping with the Van Sickler family while hunting for the past few weeks. He is still alive, but owing to weakness from loss of blood and exposure his recovery is considered impossible. At the time of the shooting all were more or less under the influence of liquor. The general opinion is that Van Sickler was jealous, as Mrs. Van Sickler had the reputation of being a woman of notoriously loose character.


Mrs. C. Walton
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 5 Feb. 1908) transcribed by FoFG mz

FRAZEE, Minn., Feb. 4. - Mrs. C. Walton died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. F. Kennemann of this city, yesterday afternoon, after a prolonged illness. She was an old resident of Star Prairie, Wis., but has lived here for the past three years. The body was shipped to Star Prairie, where the funeral will take place tomorrow.


D. B. Wellman
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, 22 Feb. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

Fargo, Feb. 22. - Word reached the city today from Frazee, Minn., telling of the death of Captain D. B. Wellman a veteran of Co. I., 1st Minn. Regiment.

Captain Wellman is an old time in this state, having come to this city in 1870, where he was married to Anna R. Roberts, five children growing out of the marriage. The deceased was born in 1832.


D. L. Wellman
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, April 26, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

D. L. Wellman, an old settler at Frazee, Minn., is dead.


Emil Werk
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, September 25, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

NORTHWEST NOTES.
DETROIT, Minn.-Emil Werk, 58 years of age is dead at his summer home "Stonycroft." On Detroit Lake. The remains were taken to Cincinnati, O.



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