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Obituaries and Death Notices


C. R. Fradenburgh
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Tuesday, 3 May 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. C. R. Fradenburgh, of 703 University avenue, died yesterday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. S. Sanderson, at Ortonville, Minn. Consumption was the cause of death. Mrs. Fradenburgh left Grand Forks some six weeks ago for Ortonville, Minn., believing that the change of climate would do her good, but she wasted away gradually until death came yesterday. She leaves a husband and baby boy eight months old to mourn her loss. Mr. Fradenburgh was at the bedside when the end came. Burial will take place at Crystal Lake cemetery, Minneapolis, on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The deceased during her residence in this city made many friends, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.


Patrick Hawley
Source: Duluth News-Tribune, 5 Apr 1906 - KT - Sub by FoFG
Reads of Brother's Death in Newspaper
Moorhead, Minn., April 4 - While in Hope, N.D., Friday, Thomas Hawley of Adelaide, Big Stone county, Minn., chanced to pick up a newspaper and was horrified to see therein an account of the murder of his brother.
The brother was Patrick Hawley, or Holley, as it has been printed, a wealthy bachelor residing near Motley, Minn., whose dead body was discovered last Wednesday buried beneath a pile of refuse a few miles north of Motley. Although living in the same state and comparatively close together, the brothers had not met for more than a year.
Thomas Hawley has gone to Motley where he will take charge of the search being made for the murderer of his relative.

Vivian Viola Holm
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Friday, 15 Nov. 1912; transcribed by FoFG mz

Vivian Viola, the four-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Holm, formerly of Aberdeen, died early this morning at the Holm home near Ortonville, Minn. A telegram to this effect was received today by N. E. Nelson, clerk of the courts, and a brother-in-law of Mr. Holm. Mr. Nelson will probably attend the funeral.

Mr. Holm was for some time janitor of the court house, moving with his family to Ortonville last spring.


Aaron B. Kaercher
Source: Duluth News-Tribune, 7 Feb 1922 - KT - Sub by FoFG
Prominent Minnesota Farmer is Stricken
Ortonville, Minn., Feb 6 -- Aaron B. Kaercher, age 62, prominent in Big Stone county newspaper, farming and stock circles since 1881, died suddenly from heart disease this afternoon. Mr. Kaercher, with Frank Collins of Barry, and F.B. Roske, county agent of Big Stone county, had been attending a meeting at Barry this morning in the interest of Big Stone County Co-operative Livestock association.
A widow and 10 children, all residing here, survive.


Nelson Kent
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Saturday, 19 May 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

Nelson Kent, a brother of Mrs. W. W. Hadley, now of Ortonville, but recently of Aberdeen, died in Windsor, Vt., on the 16th inst. of typhoid fever, aged 23 years. He was connected last summer with Mr. Hadley's hotel business in this city and contracted many friendships with the young people. He was sick several months, first experiencing a long and exhausting siege of the grip. Mrs. Hadley seems to be particularly afflicted, another brother, Alonzo by name, having also died at Windsor of typhoid fever on April 14th, aged 25 years.


Mrs. Joseph King
Source: The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, KY) January 12, 1887; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MAN AND WIFE ASPHYXIATED.
Ortonville, Minn., Jan. 12.-A discovery was made to-day, when neighbors, seeing no one stirring about the residence of Joseph King, forced an entrance and found Mr. and Mrs. King in bed, apparently dead, and the house full of coal gas. Everything possible was done to bring the unfortunates back to life, and in the case of Mr. King with partial success. Mrs. King was found quite dead. Mr. King may rally and recover. He is well-to-do.


Anna Lange
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Tuesday, 4 Feb. 1896; transcribed by FoFG mz

Miss Anna Lange, a sister of Deputy Treasurer Lange, died at her home at Ortonville, Minn., this morning, February 4, after a wasting and protracted illness from typhoid fever. She was only 21 years of age and will be pleasantly recalled by several Aberdeen people who met her at the time of the last Grain Palace exposition when she visited her brother's people in this city. Mr. Lange was notified by wire today of the sad event and will leave tonight for Ortonville to attend the funeral which will be held in that place tomorrow.


Nels Larsen
Source: The Yellowstone Journal (Miles City, MT) October 19, 1886; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Nels Larsen was accidentally killed by a friend at Ortonville, Minn.


Mrs. Dwight Leach
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Wednesday, 9 Dec. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

F. H. Leach has received word of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Dwight Leach, at Ortonville, Minn. The remains will be brought here at 10 o'clock this evening, and the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at the Christian church, probably at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Leach was 69 years of age, and leaves a son, Percy Leach of Ortonville, and a daughter, Mrs. Andrew McKinley of Louisville, Ky., and they will be here for the funeral. Mr. Leach died about twelve years ago. He and his wife came to Aberdeen in 1882 from Dover, Ohio, and were well known among the early residents. The body of Mrs. Leach will lie in state at the residence of F. H. Leach, 824 South Arch street, Thursday morning and all who care may call. The casket will not be opened at the church.

Late this afternoon arrangements for the funeral were completed. The services will be held at the house of Mr. Leach, 824 South Arch street, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and thence from the Christian church.


Adolph Mattson
Source: Warren Sheaf (Warren, MN) January 16, 1918, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. E. N. Schoen and son Warren, leave this afternoon for their home at Ortonville, Minn. They have been here several weeks during the fatal illness of Mrs. Schoen’s brother, Adolph Mattson.


Frank Miller
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Wednesday, 12 Mar. 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz

ORTONVILLE, Minn., March 11 - By the breaking of a cable in the Baxter granite quarries here at 9 o'clock this morning the derrick fell striking a workman named Frank Miller, killing him instantly and crushing the skull of Alfred Westergreen, a fellow laborer.


Patrick J. Nacey
Source: Duluth News-Tribune, 18 Oct 1911 - KT - Sub by FoFG

The funeral of Patrick J. Nacey, who died after a lingering illness from paralysis at 10 o'clock yesterday morning at his home 2125 Oakes avenue, at hte age of 68 years, will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the Sacred Heart cathedral with interment in Calvary cemetery.
Mr. Nacey had lived in Superior for five years and had been a resident of Minnesota for over 60 years having lived in Duluth a portion of that time. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and seven sons who are Mrs. P. Walsh, Duluth, Mrs. Tim O'Flaherty of Cleveland, Miss Agnes Nacey and Henry, William and Edward of Superior, Charles of Lake Linden, Joseph of Cleveland, John of Bibon, Wis.
Mr. Nacey was a member of the A.O.H. under whose auspices the funeral will be held. He was well known in the Twin Ports and was one of the first five memebers to be admitted to the Hivernians lodge in Minnesota and was a pioneer settler of Graceville, Minn., Big Stone county.


Mrs. C. K. Orton
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Wednesday, 11 Nov. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

ORTONVILLE, Minn., Nov. 10. - Mrs. C. K. Orton, wife of the founder of the city of Ortonville, is dead at her home in this city at the age of 63 years. She was born in Sweden, came to America in 1865 and was married at Lanesboro, Minn., four years later.

Peter Orton
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Monday, 1 Oct. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

Word is received from Ortonville that Peter Orton is dead. He was contractor on a number of new buildings in course of construction in Milbank, and was compelled to go to his home about ten days ago. A week ago Saturday he went to Ortonville and an operation was performed to relieve him of stomach trouble. Fatal results followed. All Aberdeen people who have spent any time at the lake knew the deceased and will be grieved to learn of his death.


Samuel Osborne
Source: Custer County Republican, November 8, 1900 edition; transcribed by: FOFG mb

Slept with Gas Jet Open
Omaha NE, Nov. 5 - Samuel Osborne of Ortonville, Minn., was found dead in his room at the Windsor hotel, Tenth and Jackson streets. The gas jet was turned on full and told the manner of death.

Osborne registered at the hotel at 11 oclock at night. To the clerk he appeared perfectly sober. A. L. Bell, night porter, who showed Osborne his room, is quite certain the man had not been drinking. At 11 next day Mrs. Stephenson, a chambermaid, knocked at the door and receiving no response, tried the pass key. She found the door key was in the lock. She thought she detected the odor of gas and informed Proprietor Moore, who burst in the door. When Osborne was found he evidently had been dead but a short time, for his body was still warm.

Among Osborne's effects was found a bank book showing a bank account of over $300 at Meeteeste, Wyo. In the bank book appeared the address: Mr. Fred Molin, Minneapolis, Minn., care of S. H. Franklin & Company, 620-22 First street, North. Transportation from Omaha to Rawlins was also found.


John H. Perry
Source: Aberdeen American (SD) Thursday, 3 Aug. 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral services for the late John H. Perry, whose death occurred at midnight Monday in the Ortonville hospital, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, 303 Fifth avenue southeast. Rev. J. W. Hyslop, rector of St. Mark's church, will conduct the service and internment will be in Riverside cemetery.


Joseph Putz

James Sullivan
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) December 2, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SLIPPED THROUGH AN AIR HOLE.
Special to the Globe.
ORTONVILLE, Minn., Dec. 1.-Two young men named Joseph Hutz [other articles list as "Putz"] and James Sullivan, were drowned in Big Stone lake, about nine miles from this city, Thanksgiving evening. They had started to attend a dance five miles further up the lake, having rigged up a neighbors ice boat, but never reached their destination. Yesterday two boys from this place were skating on the lake and found the ice boat and two coats and hats in an air hole. They gave the alarm, and the neighbors gathered, and with fish spears succeeded in raising the bodies, which were in ten feet of water. The men had been dead eighteen hours. Both were unmarried. [Ohio Democrat 12/15/1888 says they were workers on the farm of E. Remmick]


Helen Marie Ruthenbeck
Source: "Duluth News-Tribune", June 1, 2002, Submitted By: Ida Maack Recu

Helen Marie Ruthenbeck 83 of Duluth and formerly Virginia, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born August 29 1918, in Ortonville, MN., the daughter of Peter and Laura Minnie (Drewien) Kohl. She was a graduate of Ortonville High School and continued her education in teachers training. She married Karl Edward Ruthenbeck on June 12, 1941, in Clinton, MN. While living in Clinton, MN., Helen taught school in a one room school house near Johnson, MN. She also ran newspapers in Clinton and Wheaton with her husband, Karl. In 1946, they moved to Virginia where Helan and Karl obtained teaching positions in the Virginia School. Once their children were in school, Helen worked for Virginia Co-op Clothing and Flowers By Ardy's. In 1988, they moved to Mesa, AZ., and returned to Virginia in 2000. Since 2000, she has lived in Westwood Apartments Duluth MN. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Virginia, Northland Singers and the Virginia Reelers Square Dancers. Square dancing was one of Helen and Karl's passions. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Karl, on September 2, 2000 and her sister Dorothy Lundborg.
She is survived by a daughter Karlene Marie (Jarrett) Hubbard of Monee, IL; two sons: Karl Mark (Mary) Ruthenbeck of Proctor and Paul Peter (Jill) Ruthenbeck of Virginia; six grandchildren, Jarrett, Jakara, Rebecca, Anna, Andrew and Laura, and numerous nieces and nephews. VISITATION: Will be Sunday, June 2, 2002, from 5 PM until the 6 PM funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastor Walter Brill will officiate. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Family Services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.


Hazel Schneider
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Tuesday, 9 July 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

Hazel Schneider, the youngest son of Chas. W. Schneider of Ortonville, was accidentally shot and killed Saturday evening by his brother Carl, a lad a few years older. The older boy was handling a revolver which he thought was not loaded. The ball took effect in the abdomen and death followed within a few minutes. The Schneider family is known to most of the Aberdeen people who summer at the lake.


Sam Scholberg
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Friday, 24 June 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz

Sam Scholberg, the former proprietor of Hotel Columbia at Ortonville, died in Minneapolis last evening from the results of an operation. He had been troubled for some time with his stomach and went to Minneapolis a few days ago to seek relief. An operation was decided upon and he died upon the table at 4 o'clock.


Frank Smith
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Monday, July 6, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DROWNED IN HORSESHOE LAKE.
Special to The Journal.
Ortonville, Minn., July 6.-Frank Smith, an old resident of this county, was drowned in Horseshoe lake, about five miles from here, yesterday. His body has not yet been found.


John Sorenson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Tuesday, 14 Oct. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ
ORTONVILLE, Minn., Oct. 12. - John Sorenson of Oconomowoc, Wis., was run over by a freight at Odessa last night and died at a hospital here early this afternoon. Two brothers, Otto and Ed live at Oconomowoc.


James Sullivan
See Joseph Putz


Bertha Weeding
Source: "Duluth News-Tribune", 23 Mar 1905 - KT - Sub by FoFG
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Weeden, of Big Stone county, aged 13 years. Remains shipped to Appleton for interment.

Correction submitted by researcher ... the last name was actually Weeding.
Bertha Weeding died at 13 years of age. Her parents were Hans Peder Weeding and Elizabeth (Kleespies) Weeding. They had a homestead near Artichoke Lake in Big Stone County, MN. Bertha is buried in the Baptist Artichoke Lake Cemetery near to there. [D.Y.]


W. C. Whiteman
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Friday, 11 Dec. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. M. T. Bywater of this city yesterday received news of the death in San Diego, Cal., last Sunday of her uncle, W. C. Whiteman, formerly a well-known editor of Minnesota. He had been ill for six weeks.

Mr. Whiteman was owner and editor of the Ortonville Herald-Star of Ortonville, Minn., up to four years ago, when he moved to California, and took up the publication of a commercial paper in San Diego. He was a member of the state legislature for one year and a former president of the Minnesota State Association of Editors.

He is a brother of Mrs. Walter A. Scott of Duluth and an uncle of Mrs. Bywater, Mrs. G. L. Humphreys and Frederick Scott of this city. He is survived by a widow, two sons and two daughters.



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