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Frederick Arndt
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) August 2, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Shortly after eleven o'clock last Wednesday night, Frederick Arndt passed away at his home in the village of Courtland. Death was due to a spinal trouble with which he had been afflicted for some years, but he was really ill and confined to his home since Christmas.

The deceased was born in the Province of Pommern, Germany, March 6, 1846 and was consequently 70 years old when he died. He came to America with his parents when a child nine years old. They first settled in the State of Wisconsin. Here he grew up and learned the avocation of farming which he followed in the State of Wisconsin until 1887 when he came to Minnesota and settled in Blue earth County and continued farming until 1903 when he removed to Courtland. In 1869 he was married at Trenton, Wisconsin, to Friedericka Schuchardt who survives him. To this union eleven children were born, of whom four preceded him in death. The surviving children are Mrs. F. E. Beech, Sleepy Eye; Mrs. E. H. Pazey, Oak Center, Wis.; Mrs. Ira Chapman, Sleepy Eye; Mrs. William Stobb, Ogilvie, Minn., Christ Arndt, Courtland; Fred Arnd, Sleepy Eye and Jennie who is still at home. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters. The funeral which was largely attended was held from the late home Saturday afternoon at one o'clock and interment was made at the Evangelical Cemetery at Courtland. Rev. Strassen officiated.

James R. Baker
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 27 May 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., May 26. - Gen. James R. Baker, aged 84, died at his home here early today. General Baker who was distinguished as an orator and an author of historical works, had served as secretary of state of Ohio and also of Minnesota, surveyor general of Minnesota, and at one time United States commissioner of pensions. He was colonel of the Tenth Minnesota volunteers in the Civil war, and a delegate to the first Republican national convention.

Cordelia E. Bennett-Tenney
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 13 Sept. 1909; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Sept. 12. - Mrs. Cordelia E. Bennett-Tenney died in a local hospital, aged 71 years. Her home was in Minnesota Lake. She was born in St. Lawrence county, New York, Nov. 25, 1837. On Jan. 25, 1863, at Potsdam, N.Y., she was married to Thomas Bennett. They came to Minnesota in March, 1866. They came via the St. Lawrence river, the Great Lakes to Milwaukee, by rail to Winona, from there to Traverse des Sioux by stage.

The funeral services will be held at 10:30 Monday morning from the Methodist church. Internment at Glenwood.

Edwin Bradley
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 11 Jan. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Jan. 10. – Edwin Bradley, a prominent old resident and well known merchant of this city, died last night of tuberculosis of the neck. Mr. Bradley was born in Utica, N.Y., in 1829, and in 1855 he came West and went into the mercantile business in Maquoketa, Iowa, and removed to Mankato in October, 1857, where he conducted a large mercantile store for many years. During the Sioux Indian outbreak of 1862 he was appointed marshal by Gen. Sibley, for the district southwest of it, and rendered excellent service. He was elected county auditor in 1876, and served on Mankato’s first board of aldermen, and was mayor of the city for two terms. A wife survives him.

Catlins Girl
Source: Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), September 14, 1897, page 3; submitted by Robin Line
A 2-year-old daughter of W. M. Catlins, of Minnesota Lake, while playing near a wire fence, in some way got caught and was strangled to death.

Almon Chilson
Source: The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, MN) July 22, 1893, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
Almon Chilson, aged 12 years, of Mankato, was run over by a runaway team. He died two hours after.

Chris Christensen
Source: Duluth News Tribune (28 Apr. 1907) submitted by Friends for Free Genealogy BZ

Sufferer From Heart Disease Dies Returning From Consultation.

MANKATO, Minn., April 27.-Chris Christensen, a farmer residing five miles from Storden, near Windom fell dead on the platform of the union depot at noon while returning from Rochester to his home. He had been a sufferer tor several years from heart disease, and physicians whom he consulted gave him no hope. As a lost chance he visited the Doctors Mayo at Rochester yesterday, but was informed by them that they could do nothing for him and advised him to return home at once. He started for home this morning, although very weak, and upon reaching Mankato was assisted by his wife and a stranger to alight from the train in order to take another train for home. He had hardly walked half a dozen steps on the platform when he sank down and expired. He was forty-seven years of ago and leaves six children. The remains were taken to Storden.

Gilbert Day
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 28 Mar. 1912) transcribed by FoFG mz

PEQUOT, Minn., March 26. – Word has been received here that Mrs. Gilbert Day, who has been making her home near Pequot, but was formerly of Mankato, died yesterday at one of the Mankato hospitals. She was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. T. Enfield at Mankato and was taken to a hospital suffering from a rupture.

Mrs. Day was 39 years old. She was born in Mankato, April 15, 1873, and married to Gilbert Day in 1892, later coming to Pequot where Mr. Day owns a farm. She is survived by a husband, two sons, Clifford and Roger Day, and five brothers as follows: Ed Larry, William, James and Harry and a sister, Miss Maggie Enfield.

The funeral was held in Mankato today.

Daniel Ashley Dickinson
Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1901-1902, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

DANIEL ASHLEY DICKINSON. Born, Oct. 28, 1839, Hartford, Vt. Son of Silas W. and Martha (Jennison) Dickinson. Fitted for college at Meriden. Receiving his degree at Dartmouth on the eve of the civil war, he at once entered the service of his country and served from 1863 to 1865 as acting assistant paymaster of the United States navy. The war over, he took a course at the Albany Law School, and in 1866 received the degree of LL.B. He then went to Plattsburg, N.Y., to enter into a law partnership with the Hon. Smith Weed, a prominent lawyer and politician. In 1868, thinking the northwestern climate would be beneficial to his health, he removed to Minnesota, and opened a law office at Mankato. In 1874 he was elected judge of the sixth judicial district and served in that capacity until 1881, when he was elected associate judge of the state Supreme Court. After serving thirteen years on the Supreme Bench, he resigned his position, removed from St. Paul to Duluth and resumed the practice of law. At the time of his death he was one of the general attorneys for the United States Steel Corporation with jurisdiction all over that company's mining properties in Minnesota. Judge Dickinson stood high in his profession and was widely recognized as a jurist of great ability. When the appointment of a state tax commission was under consideration something over a year ago, he was asked to accept a place on it, but declined for business reasons. He was a man of very pleasing personality and a leader in social circles. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and for several years had been senior warden of St. Paul's Parish in Duluth.

Died, Feb. 12, 1902, at Duluth, Minn.

Married, Mary E. Weed, of Plattsburg, N.Y., 1867, who with two daughters and a son survives him.

Al Dunning
Source: Albert Lea Evening Tribune (MN) Sept. 11, 1916; transcribed by Robin Line

Al Dunning Met With Tragic Death Friday night at Mankato.

Twice Served in State's Prison Having Been Convicted of Grand Larceny Charge.

Another tragedy took place in Mankato Friday evening. Shortly before eight o'clock a roughly dressed man, while crossing the tracks at Rock Street going towards Front was struck by a freight-car, knocked down and cut to pieces.

The man was seen to stoop under the gate, which was down, and to walk over on the track where a Northwestern switch engine, was handling freight cars. At that moment the engine was pushing a freight car over the street crossing, going south. Brakeman R. Miller who stood on the car, shouted at the man, but the latter did not seem to get the warning. It is believed that a cloud obscured the moon at that moment, yet the tragedy happened in the sight of several switchmen and others.

Word that something had happened quickly reached the engineer, Chauncey Brink, and the locomotive was stopped on the crossing though not until the victim had been run over by the freight car and two drive wheels of the engine.

Word was sent at once to Dr. G. A. Dahl, deputy coroner, and he was quickly on the scene, together with City Policemen Thilgen and Bienapil and others.

It was found that the man's body had been cut in two across the abdomen, and the left hand had been cut off. The lower part of the body lay between the rails, near the spot where the man was struck; the upper part lay on the outside of the track, having been carried about eight feet, and the severed hand lay between the rails not far from this. The man was still gasping and breathing a little, when the officers arrived.

Whether the man ever realized what had happened to him cannot be ascertained. The switchmen say that he made no outcry. They were asked whether he showed any evidence of drink, when he walked across the tracks. They could not answer this question, but the neck of a whiskey bottle was picked up where he was struck, and they noticed a strong odor of whiskey about the body. They believed the bottle itself was smashed in his pocket.

The body was quickly removed to the Landkamer undertaking rooms. Almost as soon as it was picked up, several men who knew Al Dunning, long a familiar character in Mankato, declared that they were sure that he was the victim.

Dunning was about forty-five years old. He was well known to the police. He has long been a homeless wanderer, a type of that rather numerous class of men who go from place to place, working a little here and there, and never sticking to any job for any length of time.

It is understood that the father of the victim is still living at Austin, and is an old soldier; also that a brother of the dead man is a printer at Fairmont, Erble Dunning. It is thought that the wife of the dead man is still living somewhere. It is said that she at one time lived at Wells.

William Charles Durkee
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Sunday, 17 Dec. 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Dec. 16. - The funeral of William Charles Durkee, who died here Thursday morning, was held this afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. E. M. Martinson, pastor of the First Baptist church. Mr. Durkee's death was due to kidney trouble of several years' duration. About two weeks ago he was compelled to give up his work as city treasurer owing to a severe attack of the disease.

The deceased was 29 years of age and he was born and reared in Mankato. He entered the public schools at an early age and was a bright student, but was compelled to leave the schools shortly after he entered the grammar grade on account of sickness. He was elected to the office of city treasurer last April, and his term would not have expired until a year from next April. He was a consistent Republican in politics. His election last spring was the result of a hard-fought contest, he being opposed by Mr. Throdahl, who had held the position two terms.

James Edwards
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Oct. 5, 1892, page 5; transcribed by Robin Line

James Edwards of Cambria died on Friday aged 52 years.

E. M. Franklin
Source: Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID) Monday, October 19, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED IN MINNESOTA-A private letter received here yesterday announces the death of E. M. Franklin at Good Thunder, Minn., September 15. Deceased formerly lived in Payette and was quite well known.

Maj. E. H. Evans
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Oct. 5, 1892, page 2; transcribed by Robin Line

Maj. E. H. Evans, who officiated as marshal at the hanging of thirty-eight Sioux Indians at Mankato, Minn., in 1862 died at his home in Garden City, Minn., aged 76 years.

Evans Child
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 5, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

MANKATO. A child of Mr. D. C. Evans, county treasurer, died on Thursday last.

Mrs. J. G. Fowler
[Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 5, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

MANKATO. Mrs. J. G. Fowler, wife of our register of deeds, died of consumption after a long illness on New Year's day.

Everett P. Freeman
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Tuesday, 26 Nov. 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mankato, Minn., Nov. 26. - Hon. Everett P. Freeman, one of Mankato's most prominent attorneys and citizens, died of consumption this morning. He was born at Hartford, Conn., 58 years ago, and graduated from Yale college in 1860, and afterwards studied law at the Albany law school. He moved to Mankato in 1861, for his health, and has since been engaged in the practice of his profession, having one of the most acute legal minds in the state. He served three terms as county attorney, was city attorney several years, served in the state senate from 1871 to 1873, when he was appointed register of the land office at Jackson. He served in the state senate during 1874 and 1875. From 1890 to 1894, he was receiver of the land office at Marshall. For the past two years, he was president of the Blue Earth County Bar Association. He was at times prominently mentioned for congress and the district judgeship. The funeral will occur at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

Percy Hall
Source: Appleton Press (Appleton, MN) - Friday, August 11, 1939; transcribed by Jim Dezotell

Percy Hall Rites Held Last Sunday

Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Episcopal church for Percy Hall, who passed away Thursday evening, Aug. 3, at the state hospital in St. Peter. The cause of his death was tuberculosis.

Percy Hall was born in Appleton and was about 40 years old at the time of his death. He had also made his home on their farm near Louisburg and in Minneapolis. In 1933 he was taken to the institution at St. Peter.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Arthur Lefstad, of Minneapolis.

Pallbearers were J.L. Dow, Vincent Stotts, O.E. Lilevjen, Thor Brustuen, Howard Lende and Alfred Legrid. E.C. Biller, Jr., officiated at the services. Burial was made in the Appleton cemetery.

Out of town relatives attending were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lefstad, of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Al Abrahamson, of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Peterson, of Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Harstad and son, Bruce, of Willmar, and Mr. Mrs. Ray Gould, of Marshall.

Edmund Grubb
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Friday, 22 Apr. 1898) transcribed by FoFG mz

The funeral of the late Edmund Grubb, who died Wednesday, occurred today. He was an old and well-known resident, an old soldier and was at one time engaged in the oil business, tanning and manufacturing fur goods in Mankato.

Ransler Collins Hill
Source: Oregonian (Portland, OR) Wednesday, October 25, 1922; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FOREST GROVE, Or., Oct. 24-(Special.)-Ransler Collins Hill, 75, died at his home here yesterday morning, after a stroke of apoplexy.

Mr. Hill was born in Jefferson county, New York, and at the age of six years moved with his parents to Fon du Lac, Wis. When a young man he moved to Blue Earth county, Minnesota where he was married to Mary K. Dunsmoor, September 11, 1870. Two years ago they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary here.

In 1875 they moved to Eugene, where they lived a brief while, then returned to Manota, [Mankato?] Minn., where they lived until 1909, when they moved to Forest Grove where they have since lived. He is survived by his widow and one sister, Mrs. Lyda Weston, of Hewitt, Minn.

The funeral services will be held at the Congregational church tomorrow.

Mrs. J. S. Hinckley
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Thursday, 4 Jan. 1894; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Jan. 4. - Mrs. J. S. Hinckley, the oldest white woman settler of Mankato, died Tuesday. Mrs. Hinckley was the first American white woman in St. Paul, locating there in 1842. She removed to Mankato in 1852.

Mrs. William Homuth
[Source: New Ulm review, March 6, 1907. Transcribed by J. Alberti.]

Captive of Chief White Lodge Passes Away at Mankato.

Mrs. William Homuth, a woman with a remarkable life history, died at her home in Mankato on Friday of cancer of the liver.

Mrs. Homuth had a thrilling experience during the Lake Shetek massacre in August, 1862. She was then living with Andrew Koch, her first husband, who was killed on the 20th day of that month.

After her husband had been shot and her home destroyed, Mrs. Koch was compelled by the Indians to get up the oxen and hitch them to a wagon and drive them into the Indian country. In this way she traveled ten days. She was the captive of White Lodge, an ugly chief of one of the upper bands. The old chief threatened to shoot her if she did not drive on, and making a virtue of necessity she reluctantly obeyed.

Soon after she was required to carry the chief's gun. Watching her opportunity she destroyed the explosive quality of the cap and dampened the powder tube, leaving the gun apparently all right. Soon after she again refused to go any further in that direction, and again White Lodge threatened her with death. She bared her bosom and dared him to fire. He aimed his gun at her breast and essayed to fire, but the gun refused to take part in the work of death.

The superstitious savage, supposing that she bore a charmed life, lowered his gun and asked which way she wished to go. She pointed toward the settlements, and in that direction the teams were turned. They reached the neighborhood of the upper agency ten days after leaving Lake Shetek, and about the time of the arrival of the troops under Col. Sibley in the vicinity of Wood Lake and Yellow Medicine. White Lodge did not like the looks of things around Wood Lake and left, moving off in an opposite direction for greater safety. Mrs. Koch was finally rescued at Camp Release after wading or swimming the Minnesota river ten times in company with a friendly squaw.

R. D. Hubbard
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Thursday, 31 Aug. 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz

CHICAGO, Aug. 30. – A theory that R. D. Hubbard, a grain merchant of Mankato, Minn., who died in a rooming house here last night, might have been murdered, was thrown aside by the police today when Dr. Otto W. Leweke, coroner's physician, announced that the man had died of heart disease. Dr. Leweke after a postmortem examination, said, "There is nothing to this case to indicate the man was killed. It is a plain case of heart disease." The body will be sent to Mankato tonight.

L. H. Johnson
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Tuesday, June 2, 1896; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Special to The Journal.

Good Thunder, Minn., June 2.-The body of L. H. Johnson, a young married man, was found to-day in the Blue Earth River, about three miles from here. He probably died from accidental drowning. He had been missing since Friday.

Charles Kruger
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Nov. 24, 1909, page 5 ; transcribed by Robin Line

Mr. Charles Kruger of Mapleton died last week of cancer of the stomach with which he had long been a sufferer. Mr. Krueger was prominent in the Grange movement years ago, and an earnest member of the Lutheran church. He was born in Germany Sept. 14, 1830. He came to America in 1855, locating first in Illinois, but later brought his family to this state in an ox team which took him six weeks. He is survived by his wife, and five children, one of whom is Mrs. Charles Pagenkopf of St. Claire. He was highly regarded by all, and generally affectionately called "grandpa" by all knowing him. Mankato Journal.

William Alanson Lester
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 13 Sept. 1909; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Sept. 12. - Professor William Alanson Lester died at Alma City of acute Bright's disease. Professor Lester left Mankato a week ago to take charge of the public school at Alma City and had taught only two days when he was taken seriously ill. He has not been well since the death of his two sons at Minnesota Lake six years ago. The oldest, seventeen, dying of appendicitis, and an eleven year old son being drowned while skating. The father never completely recovered from the shock.

He was 56 years of age.

Louis A. Linder
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 23 Sept. 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Sept. 22. - Louis A. Linder, for many years cashier in the First National bank, died suddenly yesterday from a stroke of apoplexy. He was stricken at closing hour last night at the bank, and remained unconscious until death. He was one of Mankato's most progressive business men, and was well known and liked by everybody. The funeral will be held Tuesday. He was forty-eight years old, and leaves a widow and four children.

Mary Mahoney
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Nov., 1892; transcribed by Robin Line
While Driving Out From Madelia to her School in Linden.

The news was telegraphed to the dailies from Mankato on Saturday that Mary Mahoney of that city had been killed in a runaway near Madelia. The special goes on to state that she was driving out from Madelia to a school in Linden where she was engaged as a teacher and that the team ran away, throwing her out of the buggy, crushing her skull and killing her instantly.

Ole E. Lundberg, of Linden, is a juror at this term of court and comes disfigured with several cuts on the side of his head and one over the ear. Lundberg drove the runaway team that caused the death of Miss Mahoney at Madelia last Friday. He says all of the tugs became unhitched from the buggy which allowed the neck yoke to drop to the ground; the buggy struck the horses and they became unmanageable. Lundberg was pulled over the dashboard under the horses heels, striking the hard ground on his head and this was the last he knew of the accident until he regained consciousness half an hour later. Miss Mahoney was in the buggy when he went over the dashboard. Had she remained in the buggy two or three minutes longer she would have escaped unhurt as the buggy stopped when the horses became loose from it. Miss Mahoney was well liked by everyone. She boarded at Lundberg's and he had been to the train to meet her and take her to her school to commence Monday. She was returning from Mankato where she had been spending the Christmas holidays with her parents.

Rose McKenzie
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, June 25, 1922; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Rose Elizabeth McKenzie, age 67, died yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. C. Eklund, 1612 North Seventeenth street. She had lived in Superior for three months. Before coming to this city she lived in Sandstone, Minn., for 25 years. She is survived by her husband, Hugh McKenzie; two daughters, Mrs. Eklund and Miss Clara McKenzie; and three sons, George of Good Thunder, Minn., Clark, of Wardner, B. C., and Bert of Antigo, Wis. The body is at the undertaking establishment of A. P. LeSage, 1813-15 North Twelfth street.

Hanna McMickle
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 4 Mar. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., March 3. - Mrs. Hanna McMickle, to whom belonged the distinction of being the first white woman to take up her residence in Mankato, died this morning at the residence of Mrs. Andrew Hanna after a prolonged illness

Jenkins Morgan
Source: Worthington Advance, Worthington, Mn, Friday, March 31, 1905 - submitted by Gary Boomgaarden

Engineer Jenkins Morgan, on a freight train was killed in Mankato yards Wednesday morning by the engine running off the track and tipping over. He was badly scalded. Cause of accident unknown, but a broken rail was found which is supposed to have derailed the engine. The fireman was unhurt.

A. J. Murphy
[Source: Little Falls Transcript (MN) April 10, 1885, page 3; submitted by Robin Line]

Capt. A.J. Murphy of Lake Crystal died recently. He had suffered for years from calculus, and submitted to an operation in the hope of obtaining relief, but the result showed that he lacked vitality to undergo the ordeal.

George W. Neff
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Monday, 16 Feb. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Feb. 15. - Following a short illness, George W. Neff, founder and for 32 years publisher of the Lake Crystal Union, died yesterday of paralysis. He was 76 years old and was born at Uniontown, Pa., where he began his apprenticeship in the printer’s trade. He located in Mankato in 1866. He assisted in conducting the Union in 1877, but sold out three years later. He was serving his second term as mayor of Lake Crystal and had been president of the school board and held other local offices. He was a Mason. A widow, two sons and one daughter survive.

Mrs. James Nichols
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Tuesday, June 28, 1898; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Good Thunder, Minn., June 28.-While all the family were absent Mrs. James Nichols made three attempts to take her own life and that of her two boys, aged 6 and 8 years, by taking Paris green. Failing in this, she led them to the river near by and attempted to drown them. She succeeded in drowning herself, but the boys are still alive. The woman had not lived with her husband for a number of years and domestic trouble is said to have caused the suicide.

Oliver Olson
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Friday, 2 June 1899) transcribed by FoFG mz 

Oliver Olson was drowned in the Minnesota river Wednesday night, while trying to swim across it.

H. Palmer
Source: Grand Forks Herald (ND) Tuesday, 12 Sept. 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz 

Word reached here yesterday of the death at Mankato, Minn., of Mr. H. Palmer, father of A. E. Palmer, of this city. Some time ago Mr. Palmer suffered a paralytic stroke, and he has been failing for several weeks, a second stroke Sunday morning proving fatal. He is survived by a widow and three sons, Ellsworth Palmer, Mankato; A. E. Palmer, Grand Forks, and Dr. George Palmer, Crookston. A. E. Palmer was called to Mankato Thursday last. His father had visited in Grand Forks several times and made numerous friends, who will regret to learn of his death.

Peder Pederson
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) March 18, 1914, page 1; transcribed by Robin Line


This afternoon at two o'clock the earthly remains are being put away of Peder Pederson, the well known Eagle Lake citizen and one of God's noblemen, who died last Sunday, death being caused by heart trouble and acute rheumatism. He has been failing for a number of years, was confined to the house since Christmas and bedridden for two weeks.

Peder Pederson was born in Varmland, Sweden, Dec. 10, 1833. His father died when Peder was eight years of age, and after that he was brought up at Hoff, Solor, Norway. He came to America and located in Sec. 25, and has lived on the homestead on the southeast shore of Eagle Lake ever since. Soon after his arrival to Carver he enlisted in Co. H., Ninth Minnesota Vol. Regiment. He participated in the Indian campaign in Dakota, and later in the South, where he fought in battles of Guntown, Tupelo and Nashville.He was mustered out in August, 1865. Since coming to this county he has taken a prominent part in local town affairs. He has served as supervisor and on the school board. He was a trustee in the Eagle Lake church of which he was a member since his arrival to the community.

He is mourned by his life companion, Mrs. Maren Pederson, with whom he was married in 1867, and six children-Martin Pederson of Wahpeton, N.D.; Ole Pederson, residing two miles north of Willmar; Rev. J. A. Pederson and Julius F. Pederson of Harvey, N.D. P.W. Pederson of Harvey, N.D. P. W. Pederson and Miss Olga, whom are residing on the home farm. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Hendrickson of Green Lake. There twelve grandchildren. All have the sincere sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

The funeral cortege leaves the house this afternoon at one o'clock. The following are the active pall bearers: S.S. Glarum, O.N. Grue, Magnus Olson, Henry J. Berg, Peter Erickson and Arne Embertson. Members of the G.A.R. Post acted as honorary pall bearers. Revs. E. O. Larson and M. B. Michaelson will speak. The interment takes place in the churchyard. Honor to the memory of the old pioneer, soldier and churchman!

Maude Pettit
Source: Idaho Statesman (Boise, ID) Thursday, January 15, 1948; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

PETTIT-Mrs. Maude Pettit, 68 who came to Boise six months ago from Rock Lake, N. D. died Wednesday in a Boise hospital. She was a member of the Catholic church.

Surviving are two brothers, Grover, LaTourelle, Grasston, Minn., and Charles LaTourelle, Mapleton, Minn.; two nephews, Warner Howard, Twin Falls, and Stanley Howard, Minot, N. D.

The remains will be taken to Mapleton, Minn., for services and interment there. Schreiber and McCann are making arrangements.

Emil Prosser
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) June 15, 1892; submitted by Robin Line
MANKATO, Minn., Special, June 13. - Emil Prosser, aged eighteen, was drowned in Minnesota River today while bathing. He was caught in a swift current and, seized with cramps.

Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) June 22, 1892; submitted by Robin Line
Emil Prusser, aged about 17, was drowned in the Minnesota River at Mankato. He was in bathing with several other boys, all employees of the candy factory. The body has not yet been found.

Alvin R. Ruthenbeck
Source: The Mankato Free Press-Online Edition, Thursday, November 23, 2000 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu

MANKATO - Alvin R. Ruthenbeck, 82, died Wednesday. Services are 2 p.m. Monday at our Savior's Lutheran Church, Mankato. Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mankato Mortuary and one hour before services Monday at the church.

Fred Schessler
Source: Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) October 12, 1892, page 6; submitted by Robin Line

Fred Schessler, a farmer, living about a mile and a half east of Good Thunder, committed suicide by taking poison. family troubles are said to have been the cause.

William H. Shepard
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Wednesday, 2 Apr. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., April 1. - The body of William H. Shepard, for years a well-known local druggist, who died Sunday at the home of a daughter in Chicago, arrived here today and the funeral will be held tomorrow. Mr. Shepard was a native of New London, N.H., aged 89. He was a California "Forty-niner" in the days of the rush of goldseekers to the coast, and in 1856 came to Minnesota, settling in Dakota county. Early in 1857 he came to Mankato, arriving by steamboat June 17.

Fred Schessler
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Friday, October 7, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Good Thunder, Minn., Oct. 7.-About 12 o'clock p.m. Fred Schessler, a farmer living about a mile and a half east of this place, committed suicide by taking poison. Family troubles are said to have been the cause.

John Shields
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 16 Nov. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

MANKATO, Minn., Nov. 15. - John Shields, formerly of this city, died Sunday at Denver, Colorado, and his remains arrived in Mankato this afternoon accompanied by his sister, Miss Eleanor Shields. The funeral services will take place at 10:30 o'clock tomorrow morning at the First Presbyterian church and Rev. Dr. Davis will officiate. Internment will be made at Cambria, to which place the remains will be taken over the Northwestern line, on the train leaving at 12:25 tomorrow noon.

Mr. Shields was 24 years of age and was born in Blue Earth county. He grew to manhood in this city and vicinity and was a young man of excellent qualities. He went to Denver about five years ago. His death resulted after a prolonged illness with tuberculosis. He is survived by his sister, Miss Eleanor Shields. Numerous local friends of Mr. Shields will deeply regret his early demise.

Elizabeth Ann Probart Specht
Source: From the memorial leaflet; contributed by Jacque McDonnell

Birth: July 21, 1937 (Mankato, MN)
Parents: Oynie & Arvilla (Over) Probart
Marriage: William Specht, Dec. 18, 1956 (Lake Andes, SD). Four children.
Death: Feb. 23, 1989 (Sioux Falls, SD) (car accident)
Funeral: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1989, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Wagner, SD)
Burial: Ft. Meade National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota
Locations: Relocated to Wagner, SD (1982)
Organizations/Civic: St. John's Catholic Church; Wagner VFW Auxiliary; Wagner Volunteer Ambulance Crew; SD Firefighters Auxiliary, Ft. Pierre Firefighters Auxiliary; Yankton Firefighters Auxiliary; SD State EMT Association; AARP.
Preceded in death by: grandparents

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

Dr. E. D. Stell
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, September 25, 1905; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MANKATO, Minn.-Dr. E. D. Stell was buried with impressive ceremonies. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful, coming from many other towns. Rev. G. H. Davis of Farbault, conducted the services.

Oline Strand
Source: Aitkin Independent Age (Aitkin, MN) May 26, 1917, page 6; submitted by Robin Line

Miss Oline Strand, sixteen-year-old daughter of a farmer residing near Mankato, is dead of infantile paralysis.

Stephen Tierney
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) March 18, 1914, page 1; transcribed by Robin Line


Stephen Tierney, an old and respected resident of Kandiyohi county, died at St. Joseph's hospital in Mankato Sunday March 8th his death being the result of a paralytic stroke which he suffered about a week before he died. The remains were brought to St. Paul for burial. Funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic church on Wednesday the 11th conducted by Rev. Father Gleason, and the remains were laid at rest in Calvary cemetery, St. Paul, by the side of those of his parents, and also of his sister, who died about five weeks previous.

Deceased was born in County Clair, Ireland, eighty years ago. He came to America in 1844, settling first in St. Paul. While a resident of St. Paul he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Brinnan, and to this union nine children were born, eight of whom survive him. In 1871 the family moved to Kandiyohi county and settled on a farm in Green Lake township. Here deceased continued to reside until the year 1910 when he moved to Minneapolis, and made that place his home until about the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife who resides in Minneapolis, also eight children as follows: T.S. Tierney, Minot, N. D.; Mrs. Joe Fredrick, Madison Lake, Minn.; T.A. Tierney, Atwater, Minn.; Mrs. Jay Knapp, Minneapolis; Mrs. Frank McGuire, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Mrs. Andy Tait, Kandiyohi, Minn., and the Missess Minnie and Ada Tierney, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.

Henry Cortland Tuller
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Sunday, 26 Feb. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

BEMIDJI, Feb. 25. - Henry Cortland Tuller, aged 50 years, died in this city last night. The announcement was not unexpected as he has been seriously ill for the past two years. He was a native of New York state and came to Minnesota in 1885, first locating in Madison Lake, where he remained until 1891, when he removed to Grand Rapids, in which village he was engaged in mercantile pursuits until his removal to Bemidji.

Joseph Virgel
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Friday, 2 June 1899) transcribed by FoFG mz

Joseph Virgel of Springfield, died in the city Wednesday night and the remains were taken home today for burial. He came to Mankato to see his brother, who died last week, and was taken sick.

Francis Ward
Source: Mankato Ledger (13 Aug. 1894) submitted by Jim Covel

Francis Ward, for many years a resident of this city, a native of Manchester, England, died aged 65 years in this city Thursday night. Although blind, Mr. Ward had sawed wood in this city for many years and was quite an expert with a bucksaw. A wife and four daughters survive him. The funeral was held on Sunday, Rev. Stout officiating.

Susan W. Ward
Source: Mankato Free Press (3 May 1913) submitted by Jim Covel

Mrs. S. E. Ward is Dead
Aged Lady Passed Away at Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. Clara Chittenden

Mrs. Susan W. Ward died at two o'clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Chittenden, 213 Popular Street, after a lingering illness with heart trouble. The deceased was born in Racine county, Wisconsin and was seventy-two years of age at the time of her death. She came to Minnesota in 1859 and located in Mankato in 1880 and has made her home here ever since. Mrs. Ward is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clara Chittenden of this city, Miss Sarah Ward of Mapleton and Mrs. William Hislop of Beauford. The funeral will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chittenden at 9:30 Sunday morning and the internment will be made at Minneopa cemetery.

Mrs. Warner
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) November 09, 1892, page 6; transcribed by Robin Line

Mrs. Warner, the aged mother of Dr. C.F. Warner, of Mankato, who was badly burned by her clothing catching fire, the other day, has since died from the injuries. She came to Minnesota in 1860, and lived in St. Paul 20 years before coming to Mankato to live with her son.

Thomas F. Waters
Source: "Morning Star" (Illinois), October 09, 1956 - KT - Sub by FoFG

AMBOY - Services for Thomas F. Waters, 87, former Amboy (Illinois) resident who died Saturday in Mankato, Minn., will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mihm funeral home and at 9 in St Patrick's Catholic church. Burial will be in St. Patrick's cemetery Mr. Waters was born June 16 1869, in Freeport, (Illinois) son of Arthur and Mary Kirk Waters. He married Katherine Faley, who died in 1946. He was an insurance salesman in Chicago until retiring several years ago. He moved last month to Crystal Lake, Minn., to live with his daughter. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Henry Mortenson; a son Arthur, Chicago; and four grand-children.

Ingraham Winslow
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, 9 Apr. 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mankato, Minn., April 9. - Ingraham Winslow, one of the oldest citizens in Mankato, died here Sunday of heart failure, at the age of 90 years. He was born June 12, 1808, in Barnard, Vt., his early days being spent in the Green Mountain state. When he reached the age of 21 he moved to South Edwards, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., where he worked at his trade of carding and wool dressing. He married in 18?3 Betsy Gulles, and of five children two survive him, Major Warren Winslow of Chicago, Ill.; and Mrs. Charles P. Cahoon of Mankato. His wife died in 1861. Since 1879 he has lived in Polk county, Minnesota. Mr. Winslow was a descendant of the old Mayflower branch of the family and traced his ancestry back to the old Puritan stock. The funeral was held Thursday at the Cahoon residence.

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