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Bernard Balder
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, January 21, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

In compliance with the request of his parents, the remains of Bernard Balder, smothered to death in a bin of fine coal, at the Zenith Blast furnace, Friday night, will be taken to Foley, Minn., Tuesday for burial, from Fillatrault's morgue. He was 28 years of age and is survived by his wife, who lives at 24 Sixty-first avenue west.

Accompanied by Foreman William Kilby, Balder descended a ladder into the bin to loosen the coal fed into a channel. He held fast to the ladder with one hand and broke the encrusted coal with a bar. Apparently, he lost his balance and fell headlong into the stream of fine coal and dust, smothering before his body could be recovered.

Realizing the danger of his companion, Kilby grasped the victim by the hand when he fell, but the weight exceeded his strength and both men fell toward the death trap below. Kilby owes his life to fortune having landed on the crust of the undisturbed coal made solid by rain and snow.

W. D. Bates
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, Minn.) Monday, 31 Oct. 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz  Grafton, N.D., Oct. 31. - W. D. Bates, editor of the News and Times, died at his residence here Sunday morning of heart failure. Mr. Bates was one of the best-known newspaper men in North Dakota, having been in the business in this county for the past sixteen years. He had been sick for some time, but being of an energetic disposition, kept up almost to the last. He leaves a wife and three children. The funeral will be held here this afternoon and the remains will be taken to Sauk Rapids, Minn., for burial.

George Washington Benedict
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 17 Feb. 1910) transcribed by FoFG mz 

ST CLOUD, Minn., Feb. 16. - George Washington Benedict, foremost among pioneer newspaper men of Minnesota, died at Sauk Rapids, near here, last night of ailments incident to old age. He was 84.

Mr. Benedict was the advance man of white settlements in this part of the state. He came to Sauk Rapids in 1854, when only little fringes of settlements existed in all northern and northwestern Minnesota. He spent 56 years of his life in the state. In the early days he did more to advertise this particular section than any other individual. He was a printer and identified himself with the Sauk Rapids Frontiersman, long since forgotten. In 1858 he founded the Sauk Rapids New Era.

August Blalki
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, November 13, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Foley, Minn., Nov. 12.-Little August Blalki, the 8-year-old son of a prominent farmer living a few miles out of town, fell from a straw stack and was impaled on a sharp stick. He died in a short time.

Martin Branley
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 3 July 1906, pg 2; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Murdered Lumberjack Hails From Benton Co.
St. Cloud, Minn., July 2-Martin Branley, who was found murdered at Bemidji, is an old Benton county boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Branley, both dead. Relatives of the dead man live here. Branley left home early in the spring to work in logging camps.

William Clint
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 16 June 1913, vol 45, issue 52, pg 2; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

William Clint, age 77, died at St. Mary's hospital at 11:45 o'clock last night, following a six days' illness of pneumonia. He came here about two weeks ago to visit relatives at Proctor. Mr. Clint was a resident of Benson, Minn., where he owned considerable farming property, it is said. The body will today be taken to Benton for burial.

Mrs. Frank Debilgren / De Bilson
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) June 6, 1904

Foley, Minn., Wife Kills Herself Because of an Insignificant Quarrel.
Special to The Journal.
Foley, Minn., June 6.-Mrs. Frank De Bilson, aged 28, killed herself by taking carbolic acid to-day because she has had a little difference with her husband. About the last words she said to him were:

"Kiss me, Frank; it will be the last time."

She formerly lived in Minneapolis. Her parents reside at New Ulm, and the body will be taken there for burial.

Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) June 9, 1904

Mrs. Frances Debilgren Commits Suicide at Her Home in Foley
The body of Mrs. Frances Debilgren, who committed suicide by taking carbolic acid, was brought to St. Paul yesterday from Foley, Minn., and buried in Calvary cemetery.

Mrs. Debilgren awoke her husband shortly before 7 o'clock Sunday morning. He found her standing by the bed and while he remained half asleep she kissed him, then turned sharply away, seized a cup and before he could interfere had drunk of the contents, which proved to be carbolic acid. In about twenty minutes she was dead.

Deceased before her marriage was Miss Frances Shuttenbauer, and her parents lived in New Ulm. She was twenty-seven years of age and had not for some time lived happily with her husband, Frank Debilgren, a saloon-keeper at Foley.

Charles H. Dill
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 2 June 1910) transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, June 1. - Charles H. Dill, for many years agent for the Northern Pacific at Sauk Rapids, died at his home in that village today after a short illness. He was taken sick with pleurisy six days ago and has been slowly sinking since. He leaves a wife and three small children.

John Donovan
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 14 July 1913, vol 45, issue 80, pg 9; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Fall Proves Fatal to Aged Commissioner
St. Cloud, Minn., July 12-John Donovan, county commissioner of Benton county, who was paralyzed in a fall from a load of potatoes last Sat., died at his home in Foley last night. Before being taken to his home, Mr. Donovan had been under treatment at a local hospital. After physicians had made an x-ray examination, they declared that he could not live. The deceased was 65 years of age and had been identified with the history of Benton county for many years. He is survived by a wife and eight children, all of whom are living in the neighborhood of Foley.

Thos. Dzink & Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Penish
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, March 16, 1905; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Are Killed By Train
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Penish and Thos. Dzink of Duelm, Meet a Horrible Death.
While Driving Home are Struck by Great Northern Passenger Train at Foley.

A terrible railroad accident occurred at Foley last Thursday afternoon, in which three person lost their lives and a team of horses were also killed. The accident was one of those peculiar tragedies which happen on railroad crossings from one cause or another.

Those who lost their lives were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Penish and Thomas Dzink. They were residents of St. George township in Benton county and were on the way to their homes when struck by the passenger train bound for Milaca. The accident happened at 5:20 p.m.

The train was an hour late and was running at the rate of thirty miles an hour at the point where it struck the wagon containing the ill-fated occupants. Mr. Dzink was driving a spirited team of young horses and as he approached the crossing the train was in sight and the team became unmanageable and ran onto the track. As the team reached the crossing to the horror of the occupants the houses balked and would not go a foot.

It was but a few seconds and the fast moving train struck the wagon near the front wheels. The wagon was thrown one way and the horses another. Mrs. Penish was thrown over the smoke stack of the locomotive while the men were thrown to one side, and all
met their death instantly. Mr. Penish's head was severed from his body while his wife was so badly mangled that her form had to be carried on a blanket. The head of Mr. Dzink was crushed in on the back side.

The funeral of the victims took place at their homes near Duelm on Tuesday. Mr. Dzink was the father of Mrs. Charles Kaliher and Miss Clara Dzink who works for the Scandia hotel is a daughter of Mr. Dzink.

The team that carried the occupants of the wagon to their doom were over at the last horse sale at Princeton and were offered for sale, but were not sold because the price asked was not paid. The sum of $210 was offered but they were said to be worth over  $300.

Thomas Dzuick
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Deunsch

Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) March 10, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Frightful Accident Witnessed by a Crowd on Station Platform at Foley.

Foley, Minn., March 10. - The eastbound Duluth passenger train on the Great Northern crashed into a buggy containing two men and a woman late yesterday afternoon, killing the occupants and the horses and completely demolishing the carriage. The accident happened within a hundred feet of the station and before the crowd assembled on the platform.

Thomas Dzuick, aged 65, a wealthy farmer of Duelm, was driving and two of his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Deunsch, occupied the rear seat of the buggy. The old man evidently did not hear the train approach, as he drove his team directly in front of the oncoming passenger. [sic.] The engine struck the buggy fairly in the middle, hurling the occupants, horses and pieces of the vehicle in all directions. The two men were dead before they were picked up and the woman died before medical aid could reach her.

NOTE: An article from the Missouri Sharp Shooter (Rolla, Missouri) lists the victims as Mr. and Mrs. Penish and Thomas Danick.

Lars Erickson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 22 Sept. 1909, pg 2; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Farmer Found Dead in Field Near Home
St. Cloud, Minn., Sept. 21 -Lars Erickson, a well known resident of the town of Maywood, Benton county, was found dead in a field he was clearing near his home. He had been at work with a team of horses hauling logs and it is supposed that the load became stuck and he used the whip on the horses to make them pull. It was plainly evident that Erickson was kicked in the head by one of the horses, the blow probably causing instant death, although the body was not found until the next day. Erickson was 66 and lived alone.

Mrs. Nels Esterson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (8 Feb. 1920) transcribed by FoFG MZ

BOVEY - Mrs. Nels Esterson died here. Surviving are her husband and two children. Burial was made at Foley, Minn.

S. A. Farrington
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) Jan. 18, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

WATERV ILLE, MINN. - S. A. Farrington, father of S. H. Farrington of the Advance, died after a long illness, aged 79. He was an early settler, having come to this place in 1857. He is survived by his wife and seven children. Three daughters are in Oregon, one son at Foley, Minn., one at Redwood Falls, and two in Waterville.

John Foley
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 12 Aug. 1907) transcribed by FoFG MZ

ST. PAUL, Aug. 11. - John Foley of Foley, Minn., a member of the firm of Foley Bros., railroad contractors and of the wholesale grocery firm of Foley Bros. & Kelly of St. Paul, died at St. Joseph's hospital in this city today after an illness of a month. Mr. Foley had been for years associated with his brothers, Timothy, Thomas and Michael H., in railroad contracting work, in which they were one of the largest firms in the west.

Oscar Gaumnits
Source: Minneapolis Journal [Minneapolis, MN] 4 June 1896, pg 3; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

St. Cloud, Minn., June 4 - News of the sudden death of Oscar Gaumnits of Rice, Benton county, has been received in this city. He died of heart disease while driving home. The St. Cloud lodge of Herman Soehne, of which he was a member took charge of the funeral

Elizabeth Goedker
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Monday, 16 Oct. 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Oct. 15. - She was the mother of seven children, grandmother of 53, and great grandmother of 21 children. Elizabeth Goedker, of this city, died yesterday at the home of her son, Henry Goedker, in Sauk Rapids. She was born in Germany, Jan. 18, 1817 and emigrated to America in 1842. The funeral was held today.

Frederick Gruby
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) March 25, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Father Killed and Son Fatally Injured at Gilmanton.
Special to the Globe.
FOLEY, Minn., March 24.-Frederick Gruby, of the town of Gilmanton, was instantly killed and his son Anthony fatally injured by the collapse of a granary. They were repairing the underpinning of the building when the granary, filled with wheat, fell on them. When taken out the father was dead and the son so badly hurt that he cannot recover.

Ladores Herbert
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 1 Jan. 1908) transcribed by FoFG mz

Ladores Herbert, the 5-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Herbert, died yesterday after a short illness. The body will be sent this morning to Foley, Minn., over the Great Northern for internment.

Xavier Iren
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Thursday, 4 Aug. 1892; transcribed by FoFG mz

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn., Aug. 3. - Xavier Iren, a farmer living four miles from this village, was almost instantly killed by his team running away and the wagon passing over his breast and head. He was 60 years of age and unmarried.

Paul Johnson
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, November 5, 1909; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Supposed Murder in One Case and a Suicide in the Other.

Herald Special Service.
Minneapolis, Nov. 4.-Two tragedies, one of which is being investigated by the police as murder, occurred in Minneapolis last night. Andrew Johnson, a contracting carpenter and stonemason of Mound, Lake Minnetonka, was found dead on a Minneapolis vacant lot. The deputy coroner believes he was killed.

Paul Johnson, former academy student of MacAlester college, ended his life in the Brunswick hotel by drinking carbolic acid.

Paul Johnson came to the Twin Cities three months ago from Foley, Minn., where he was employed in a printing establishment. He entered the academic department of MacAlester college two months ago, remaining about two weeks. He said he was too ill to study and besides had little month with which to purchase books. But 25 cents was found in his clothing. He left a note for S. B. Benedicksson, of Winnipeg, reading:

"How does a free thinker face death?
"He looks with a smile on life. He is about to leave and as he does so, sweet memories of happy days come back-memories of struggles, triumphs, deceits-memories of love and friendship. He looks with a smile into a future of endless sleep-sleep of neither dreams nor sighs. "

Ellen Keefe
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 29 Dec. 1912, vol 44, issue 249, pg 4; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Baby smothered With Clothing

Benton County Parents Wrap Child Up for Journey and Shut Off Air
Foley, Minn., Dec. 28 - Ellen, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Keefe of Gilmanton, was the victim of a peculiar accident yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Keefe were in Foley and upon returning home the child was carefully wrapped in blankets to protect her from the crips winter air and the unfortunate parents suspected nothing wrong until they arrived home and discovered that the baby was dead.

John Kensrue
Source: Duluth News Tribune (5 Jan. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

FOLEY, Minn., Jan. 4. - John Kensrue, aged 57, single, died Thursday morning from inflammation of the stomach, caused by a fall last Wednesday. While cutting wood he fell from a tree to a stump, landing on his stomach. After lying there for some time the injured man managed to walk with the aid of a stick to the home of Ole S. Acker, where he was put to bed. He is survived by two brothers.

Ole Kjormoe
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Friday, November 10, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.

Man Arrested This Morning Who Knows Ole Kjormoe's Murderer.
A man, whose name has been withheld by the authorities, was arrested this morning and told a story of having talked with a man who had told him that he had knocked Ole Kjormoe in the head and that he supposed the blow had caused his death.

The person taken in charge this morning voluntarily gave the information and has given the officials a description of the alleged murderer. Officials in all the cities of the vicinity have been furnished with a description and are at the present time making a search for the self-confessed murderer. The informant of the confession will be taken to Crookston this evening where he will be held at the county jail until the inquest is held next Tuesday. His arrest makes the fifth in connection with the Kjormoe case.

George Peters, the man arrested on Thursday morning of knowing something about the affair has come forth with an accusation that Emil Macki, a Finlander who has been arrested in connection with the murder, is the man who struck Kjormoe. Peters' tale is rather incongruous and is contradictory in many parts. He told Coroner Stenshoel that he had seen Kjormoe on last Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. The fact that he claims to have seen the murdered man two hours after the body was found leads the police to believe that he is trying to throw suspicion on the Finlander, and that he knows considerable more about the affair than he has so far revealed.

Peters stated also that there were five Finns mixed up in a row with Kjormoe in the rear of the Club saloon and that he saw Macki strike the man who was found dead.

H. G. Hanson and Theodore Kjormoe, both of whom reside at Ronneby, Minn., arrived in the city Thursday evening and will leave tonight, taking the body of the deceased with them to his home where the funeral will be held either on Monday or Tuesday.

Theodore Kjormoe, brother of the murdered man, stated this morning that he had not seen his brother since May 15, and that the last he had heard from his was when he was working at Cohasset, Minn. Ole Kjormoe was 33 years of age, unmarried and had many friends in the vicinity of Ronneby and Foley, Minn. He had left his home last spring for the northern part of the state where he was employed in a lumber mill during the summer.

The clipping found in the dead man's pocketbook had been carried since August, 1908, and was sent to him by his brother. The clipping told of the finding of a young girl's body in a wheat field near Foley, Minn., and it was thought for a time that Kjormoe might have been carrying the clipping for some reason besides that of passing interest. His brother and brother-in-law emphatically denied this morning that Kjormoe was implicated in the case.

Ole Kjormoe had three sisters and one brother, and they are Mrs. H. G. Hanson, Mrs. Albert Wagner and Theo Kjormoe of Ronneby, Minn., and Mrs. Sophia Slack of Minneapolis.

Frank Konoveich
Source: The Pioneer (Bemidji, MN) May 28, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Foley, Minn., May 28.-An explosion of a cream separator bowl resulted in the death of Frank Konoveich, and seriously injured Frank Kujawa. The accident was due to defective machinery.

Lee Kosolowski
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Thursday, 1 June 1893; transcribed by FoFG mz

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn., May 31. - Lee Kosolowski was killed in the saw mill at this place by a lath, which was allowed to fly back on the saw, striking him on the heart. He died instantly.

Barney Lamb
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) January 26, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FOLEY, MINN.-Barney Lamb, a bachelor farmer living near this place, died suddenly of heart disease, aged 37 years. His remains were taken to Independence, Iowa, the home of his parents.

Frank Lonsdale
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 1 July 1921) transcribed by FoFG mz

ST CLOUD, Minn., June 30. - Dr. Frank Lonsdale, 74, practicing physician at Sauk Rapids and Royalton for 33 years, died at 8 o'clock last evening in a St. Cloud hospital following heat prostration two hours earlier. The deceased was a Civil war veteran and active until his death. The fatality was the second to occur in St. Cloud this week on account of heat, Arden Cochran, 23, new Salem, N.D., having succumbed Tuesday.

Michael Lynch
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, March 30, 1905; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Michael Lynch, a Glendorago Pioneer, Dies at His Home in that Town Recently.
Death of Glendorado Pioneer

Michael Lynch one of the old settlers of the town of Glendorado, Benton county, died at his home in that town on March 18th, aged eighty-three years. He was one of the best known men in the county.

Michael Lynch Sr., was born in the county of Connaught, Ireland, in 1822 and in 1850, at the age of twenty-eight, he and his family emigrated to America, first settling in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. After a seven year's residence on Canadian soil Mr.
Lynch moved to the United States and took up residence at Portland, Maine. He resided at Portland until the close of the Civil war, when he came west and located at St. Paul.

In 1870 he went to Clear Lake and in 1880 took a homestead in the town of Glendorado, Benton county, where he resided continually until his demise.

Fred Mauser
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 17 Oct. 1907) transcribed by FoFG mz

Death of a Benton County Pioneer
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn., Oct. 16. - Fred Mauser, a Benton county pioneer, died yesterday at his home in Mayhew township at the age of 67 years. He came to central Minnesota 43 years ago from Switzerland. He is survived by six grown children.

Lewis Mayho
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 28 Aug. 1907, pg 6; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Pioneer Physician at Sauk Rapids is Dead
Sauk Rapids, Minn., Aug. 27-Dr. Lewis Mayho, one of Benton county's oldest pioneers, died here Sun. at the ripe age of 79 years Educated in the law as well as medicine he had for years been prominent in his professions as well as politically, having at different times filled the positions of county coroner, treasurer, probate judge and state senator, He is survived by his wife.

L. E. Miller
Source: Duluth, News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, April 10, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FOLEY, Minn., April 9.-L. E. Miller, a Minneapolis man, aged about 35, hired a delivery team at St. Cloud and left for the Toozier farm near Gilman, ostensibly to buy horses. Yesterday afternoon he was found dead on the road near here, having apparently killed himself, but for what reason is not known.

Katherine Montag
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Wednesday, 14 Apr. 1909) transcribed by FoFG mz

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn., April 13. - Mrs. Katherine Montag, one of the pioneer settlers of Benton county, died at her home in Sauk Rapids, after a brief illness. Death followed a stroke of paralysis. The funeral will be held in the Mayhew Lake Catholic church tomorrow morning. The deceased was one of the best known women in this locality and had been prominent in the growth of the village of Sauk Rapids. She is survived by her husband and eight grown children.

Amanda Moody
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 28 Mar. 1918) transcribed by FoFG mz

BRAINERD, March 27. - Mrs. Amanda Moody, age 86, died at the home of her son, George W. Moody, from infirmities attendant upon old age.

Her husband died in 1884. She is survived by three children, Charles Moody of Warroad, Mrs. A. S. Taylor of Sheldon, N.D., with whom she had made her home many years, and George W. Moody of Brainerd, district court reporter.

She was a member of the Eastern Star of Warroad and belonged to the Episcopal church. The funeral will be held Saturday and internment will take place at Sauk Rapids.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Sunday, 31 Mar. 1918) transcribed by FoFG mz

BRAINERD, March 30. - Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda Moody were held Saturday afternoon from the home of her son, George W. Moody. Rev. H. G. Stacey, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church officiated. The pallbearers were H. P. Dunn, D. M. Clark, J. W. Koop, S. R. Adair, W. A. M. Johnstone, and E. S. Houghton. The body was taken to Sauk Rapids for internment. Among the relatives at the services was a son, C. A. Moody of Warroad.

John Murray
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) June 23, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Foley, Minn.-John Murray, a former well-known Benton county man, was found dead yesterday, about a half mile from his claim in Golden Valley, N. D.

Source: The Bismarck Tribune (ND) June 27, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Billings County Republican: John Murry, aged over eighty years, who came from Foley, Minn., last fall and located on a homestead southeast of here near Rocky Butte, was found dead last Sunday two miles from his shanty. His son came out with him last fall but he went back and left the old man alone. On May 29th deceased was at Mr. Schulterbine's and got some butter and seed corn and started home, and was not seen again until last Sunday, although search had been made when the corpse was found within three quarters of a mile of Mr. Schulterbine's house. Justice McGregor, in the absence of a coroner, went out to view the remains, which were so badly decomposed that it was almost impossible to handle them, and buried them on the homestead of the deceased. The supposition is that the old gentleman had been dead about three weeks.

Elmer Neslund
Source: Duluth News-Tribune [Duluth, MN] 21 Oct. 1919, vol 51, issue 169, pg 1; transcribed by Dena Whitesell

Made Target of His Brother
St. Cloud, Minn., Oct. 20-Elmer Neslund, 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Neslund, near Foley, Benton county, was shot and killed today by a brother shooting with a 22 caliber rifle in target practice. Elmer was ploughing 20 rods from the place of shooting and when luncheon was brought out to him his body was found, with a bullet hole in the back of his head.

Gust Patka
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Monday, 10 Aug. 1908) transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Aug. 9. - Gust Patka of Foley, candidate for the legislature from this district, died suddenly while fishing at Briggs' lake, near this city. He had spent the day on the lake with his small son, Edward, and suddenly, without warning, Patka threw up his hands, saying, "I'm dying, Edward," and fell out of the boat into the water.

The body was recovered a few minutes later by Nat Drew of Clearwater, but all attempts at resuscitation failed. No inquest was considered necessary, physicians saying that he was dead before he struck the water.

Patka had been in the limelight lately. He was before the probate court to be examined for sanity on Wednesday, when it was proved that he was sane. He had been suffering from heart trouble, and it is said the examination may have aggravated this. He was one of Stearns county's most prominent men. A widow and six children survive him.

Salome Potter
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, Minn.) Friday, 4 Oct. 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz

Sauk Rapids, Minn., Oct. 4. - One of the early pioneers of Minnesota, Mrs. Salome Potter, is dead from a stroke of apoplexy. She came from Vermont when quite young. She leaves three sons to mourn her loss, John Potter, of Monticello, Merritt Potter of Sauk Rapids, Palmer Potter of Little Falls. Her age was 65 years.

Henry Renard
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 25 Oct. 1906) transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Oct. 24. - Henry Renard, one of the oldest settlers in this county, died at his home yesterday, aged 75 years. He is survived by two children, Mrs. Bartholomew, of this city, and Henry J. Renard of Duelm.

George T. Rice
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Friday, 25 Oct. 1907) transcribed by FoFG mz

Founder of Village of Rice is Dead
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn., Oct. 24. - George T. Rice, founder of the village in this county bearing his name, died at his home in Rice yesterday at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

During the civil war Mr. Rice was engaged in the meat business at Little Falls and during the troublesome times at Fort Ripley it was he that supplied the garrison there with meat. He has at different times been chosen to public office in Benton county, having been county commissioner, justice of the peace and town clerk.

farmer Steel
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, July 20, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

(News Tribune Special.)
FOLEY, Minn., July 19.-County Attorney Senn and Drs. Holdridge and Dumas went to Maywood last evening to investigate the report of foul play in connection with the death of a farmer of the town named Steel who committed suicide last week. Their verdict is that Mr. Steel came to his death by strangulation caused by hanging and that he had taken his own life.

Catherine Then
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Thursday, 25 Oct. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. CLOUD, Minn., Oct. 24. - Mrs. Catherine Then, aged 34, died at her home in Sauk Rapids last Sunday night. Death was caused by consumption. Mrs. Then is survived by a husband and three small children.

A. De Lacy Wood
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 10 Nov. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of A. De Lacy Wood was held yesterday morning, and following the celebration of solemn high mass at the Sacred Heart cathedral by Rev. Sigismund Frydrychowicz, the body was taken to Sauk Rapids, his old home, for internment. Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Thomas Madigan her sister, and Judge Arthur D. Wood, son of the deceased, accompanied the body, which was laid to rest beside the deceased's mother.

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