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W. R. Barton
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, Aug. 24, 1911] mkk

(News Tribune Special.)

WALKER, Minn., Aug. 23.-W. R. Barton, one of the first settlers in the Cyphers colony located four miles from Walker died at the home of his son yesterday of paralysis following a case of smallpox. He was 71 years old and had been a resident of this county for three years, coming to the new settlement of Cyphers from North Dakota. He was one of the largest cattle owners in the country, being the first man to bring stock into the township in which he died. He leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn his loss, his wife passed away some six years ago.

Chief Bemidji
The Minneapolis journal., April 20, 1904 - KT - Sub. by FoFG

Duluth, Minn., April 20 - Chief Bemidji, the oldest and one of the best known Indian chieftains of the northwest, is dead at Cass Lake, at the age of 85. He participated in many famous battles and volumes have been written concerning him. The town of Bemidji was named after him. Nearly the entire population will attend the funeral to-day. The burial will be in the Cass Lake cemetery.
For many years before the advent of the first white settler, Bemidji lived on the present townsite of the same name and endeavored to secure the land as his allotment. He failed to have it allotted him, and then tried to secure the land under the homestead laws, by abandoning his tribal relations. His friends contend that he was defrauded out of it, and it was a great sorrow to the old man to see his land pass into the hands of strangers, and himself dispossessed. Until his recent sickness he lived all alone in a little cabin near Rick lake, 14 miles north of Cass lake.
Two weeks ago his life was despaired of, and he gladly bade death come to start him upon his journey to the happy hunting ground where, his simple faith whispered, he would not want either for bread or fire.

Manner Brasfield
[Source: The Sedalia Democrat (MO) April 17, 1910] mkk

Highbee, Mo., April 16.-Manner Brasfield, of Highbee, who left here Sunday for Backus, Minn., to spend the summer, took his life there last Thursday. He was about 50 years old.

Mrs. D. L. Bush
[Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (MN) February 2, 1904] mkk
Mr. and Mrs. K. J. McIvor and little daughter of Farley were passengers on the M. & I. passenger lasts night returning from Walker, where they had been to attend the funeral of Mrs. McIvor's mother, Mrs. D. L. Bush, whose death occurred last Friday of heart failure. The funeral was held Monday afternoon. Mrs. Bush was an old and highly respected resident of Walker

Mrs. A. S. Chapin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 1 Feb. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, Minn., Jan. 31. - Mrs. A. S. Chapin died this morning, after a lingering illness. Deceased was 50 years old and a pioneer resident of Cass Lake. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon, services being held in the Methodist church.

Mrs. William Chenard
Source: The Bemidji Daily Pioneer (Bemidji, MN), January 30, 1904, page 4; submitted by Robin Line
Woman Who Was Shot By Her Husband Expires At Duluth.

In Liqur [sic.] When the Fatal Shots were Fired-Cries Like Child When Sobered.
Shortly after 10 o'clock yesterday, Mrs. Wm. Chenard who was taken to Duluth from Cass Lake, with three bullet wounds in her body, died from the effects of the wound at St. Luke's hospital. Mrs. Chenard was shot by her husband in Cass Lake. One bullet entered the abdomen and the other two in her back. An operation was performed yesterday morning, but there was little prospect that the woman would live. Any one of the three wounds might have proved fatal, and the long ride on the train in the bitterly cold weather left her in a completely exhausted condition.

The Cass Lake correspondent of The Duluth Herald sent the following account of the tragedy. While under the influence of liquor late Tuesday night, Wm. Chenard fired three shots from a revolver at his wife. The woman was standing but a few feet from the gun at the time it was discharged, and all three of the shots from the weapon took effect in her body. Chenard and his wife had charge of a house of ill-repute on the south side of the track, and Mrs. Chenard was the landlady. It is said, that of late, that Chenard had become violently jealous of his better half, and that he had taken to drinking heavily. On Tuesday afternoon he visited several saloons in the village, and drank freely of whisky. In the early part of the evening he was over town with his wife, and they left for the house at about 11 o'clock. It was near the hour of midnight when the shooting occurred. Chenard and his wife were standing in the middle of the dance hall of the house, the former being exceedingly intoxicated. They had a few words, when Chenard pulled a gun from his coat pocket and, leveling it at his wife pulled the trigger. She was facing him, and the bullet struck her in the pit of the stomach. She gave a loud scream and started for the door, Chenard fired twice more before the woman reached the door, both shots struck her in the lower part of the back, Mrs. Chenard in spite of the fact she was terribly wounded, ran into another house close by and fell to the floor. Drs. Rodwell and Smeallie, village physicians, were attending a sick woman in the house at the time and they dressed Mrs. Chenard's wounds. The police were called by telephone, and Chenard, who made no attempt to escape, was arrested and taken to the village jail and locked in a cell. He was so intoxicated that he apparently did not realized the seriousness of the act he had committed. When seen in the jail the next morning, he was still confused from the liquor and stated that he did not mean to hurt anyone, and that was just shooting for fun, in order to scare his wife. When he had regained his sober senses he began to understand what he had done and cried like a child.

Chenard was confined in the city jail at Cass Lake until the woman's death yesterday when he was arraigned and bound over to the grand jury on a charge of murder. He has been taken to the Cass County jail at Walker.

Edward Clinch
[Source: Logansport Pharos-Tribune (IN) July 8, 1899] mkk

Edward Clinch, a dealer in general merchandise at Backus, Minn., shot his wife twice in the head, and then committed suicide. He died instantly, but his wife will recover.

Fred Clinch
[Source: The Princeton Union (MN) January 14, 1904] mkk

Fred Clinch, Formerly of Milaca, Commits Suicide in Seattle.

The news has reached here of the tragic death of Fred Clinch at Seattle, Wash., last week. It seems that Clinch had been arrested for maltreating his wife and the court placed his bail very high. Becoming despondent Clinch tore up his blankets and hung himself in jail.

The deceased resided here about six years ago and was married to Miss Grace Dunning of Foreston. The union proved to be an unhappy one and they have had a stormy domestic life.

Clinch's father committed suicide at Backus, Minn., several years ago. - Milaca Times.

Michael Colwell
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 20 Apr. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, Minn., April 19. - Michael Colwell, a pioneer of Cass Lake, died today at 1 o'clock. Colwell has been in the hotel business in Cass Lake almost since the town started and is widely known in northern Minnesota. He was well liked. He leaves a wife and five grown children of whom two do not reside in Cass Lake. He was a brother-in-law of M. W. Savage of Minneapolis and at one time was in the show business. The last several years he has been an invalid and has scarcely been able to leave the house for months.

Colwell lived in Minneapolis many years before coming to Cass Lake. The funeral will be at Anoka Monday.

Charles Cota
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 29 Dec. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, Dec. 28. - Charles Cota, one of the pioneers of northern Minnesota, died here of Bright's disease at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dan Lilly. Cota was born in Marshish, Canada, Jan. 17, 1836, where he resided 40 years, with the exception of several years during which time he resided at Three Rivers, Canada. He then moved with his family to the United States, and settled in Morrison county, 8 miles from Little Falls, where he resided until three years ago, when he moved to Cass Lake and made his home with his daughter. He was the father of 13 children.

Mrs. Iver Fosvig
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 12 Aug. 1906; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, Minn., Aug. 11. - Mrs. Iver Fosvig passed away at her home in Cass Lake last night after suffering for many months from carcinoma. Mrs. Fosvig was one of the early pioneers of Cass Lake, coming here at the very birth of the town. She is survived by a husband, two daughters, Mrs. C. M. Taylor and Mrs. N. P. Berry, and two sons, John and Alf Fosvig.

The funeral services will be held from the Methodist church tomorrow and will be in charge of the Woodmen and Maccabee lodges, of which Mr. Fosvig and sons are members.

Sam Graves
[Source: Eau Claire Leader (WI) March 20, 1913] mkk

Word has been received by Mrs. John Mahoney of this city of the death at Backus, Minn., of Sam Graves on March 16th. Mr. Graves was a former resident of Eau Claire, having lived on what is known as the Smith Farm in Truax for over twenty years. He leaves to mourn the loss, one brother, Ben Graves and one sister, Clara Tonkins of this city. Interment was made at Backus.

Pearl Winney Greenough
Evening Times, ND (6 July 1907) submitted by FoFG MZ

Mrs. Pearl Winney Greenough, formerly of Grand Forks, niece of Mrs. C. P. Lord, died yesterday at Walker, Minn.

Sadie Hodgson
Source: Hutchinson News (Weekly) Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas (Thursday, April 25, 1878) Page 3, column 2; submitted by Rose

In Memoriam.
Miss Sadie Hodgson, came from her brother's near Boston, Massachusetts, to this place, January 24, 1878. Taking a severe cold on her journey, which ripened into quick consumption, thus ending a beautiful and pure life April 19th, 1878, in the twenty-second year of her age. She leaves, to mourn her loss, a father, mother and sister, in Minnesota, two brothers, engaged in the practice of medicine, near Boston, and in this vicinity her brothers Harry and William, with their families, and her sister Jennie and Mrs. Sponsler, and husband, at whose house she died. A large circle of the friends of the family tendered to them their sincere condolence. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. C. Post. A very large number of friends attended the funeral.

***Note: Sadie's parents died in Cass County, Minnesota.

John F. Hurley
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 18 Nov. 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, Minn., Nov. 17. - John F. Hurley, age 69, a pioneer resident of Cass Lake died today after a lengthy illness of heart trouble.

Surviving him are three sons and three daughters: Mrs. Kate Davis of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. F. L. Gorenflo of Cass Lake; Mrs. Mary Russel of Brainerd; Ed Hurley of Seattle; John M. Hurley jr., of Minneapolis; and Herbert Hurley of East Grand Forks.

The funeral will take place Wednesday at Brainerd.

Margaret Keefe
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 21 Mar. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, March 20. - Mrs. Margaret Keefe, for 19 years a resident of Cass Lake, died at Grand Forks last night. She is survived by four children, Mrs. J. T. Gardner jr., Miss Alice and Clayton of Cass Lake, and Miss Mae, of Crookston.

Virginia Lessard
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 28 Apr. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

CASS LAKE, Minn., April 27. - Miss Virginia Lessard, one of the most prominent young ladies in Cass Lake, died after suffering for almost two years from tuberculosis. Miss Lessard was born 19 years ago at Brainerd, Minn., and the remains will be taken there for internment.

James Lydick
Source: Duluth News Tribune (9 Nov. 1919) transcribed by FoFG MZ

CASS LAKE - Funeral of James Lydick, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lydick, was held Friday from Episcopal church. Rev. William Rippon, Congregational church, personal friend of the deceased, preached sermon. Lydick died at Duluth last week following a paralytic stroke.

H. H. Martin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, 4 July 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

Minneapolis Man Dies in Cass Lake
CASS LAKE, Minn., July 3. - H. H. Martin, keeper of Geesahcon club, on the shore of Cass lake, died this morning after a long illness. Martin had been general manager of Utah Oil & Refining company.

William R. McKinnon
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, 11 Jan. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral Services for Cass Lake Resident
CASS LAKE, Minn., Jan. 10. - The remains of William R. McKinnon who died at Denver, Colo., were brought to Cass Lake and funeral services were held from the Catholic church this morning.

Dr. D. W. McNabb
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 29 Dec. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Minneapolis Man Dies in Cass Lake
CASS LAKE, Minn., April 7. - Dr. W. McNabb, a traveling representative of the Twin City Optical company of Minneapolis, died here last night of acute alcoholism. McNabb had been in Cass Lake about 10 days. He was 57 years old and leaves a wife and three children who reside somewhere in Michigan. He is said to have stated that he was without funds but Coroner Miskella found upon examination of his personal effects three postal savings certificated aggregating $80. The body is being held here awaiting word from relatives as to its disposition.

H. H. Nelson
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 1 June 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz

H. H. Nelson, who came to Cass Lake from Prairie Queen, S. D., a week ago, and went to his father's claim on Moose Lake, died there last Sunday of diphtheria. The remains were brought to Cass Lake Tuesday and interred in the cemetery here.

William Carl "Bill" Palmer
Source: The Pilot-Independant, Walker, Minnesota, December 10, 2008. Contributed by Kathryn Todd, transcribed by Wayne Hinton.

William "Bill" Carl Palmer, 71, of Hackensack, Minn., died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1937, to Mary and Carl Palmer of Lake City, Minn.

He was a Eagle Scout and graduated in 1955 from lake City High School. He served two years in the Army before earning a bachelor's degree in business and economics at Mankato State University, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity.

He married his college sweetheart, Vivian "Viv" Zacheis, Jan. 5, 1963. After living in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, Alexandria and Mankato, the couple returned to St. Cloud to raise their family. He worked for Fingerhut Corp. for 26 years, was an avid supporter of his childrens' athletics at Apollo High School, volunteered for Birthline and was an active member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.

In 2004 the couple retired to Birch Lake near Hackensack. He was a member of the local Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Birch Lake Association, Northwoods Arts Council, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering at the Walker Area Food Shelf.

He loved the outdoors, especiall boating, grilling, golfing, woodworking and home and garden projects. He also took great pride in his model train room. In the winters the couple enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Florida or Hawaii. His favorite times were celebrating happy hour on summer days at the lake with his family and many wonderful friends whom he loved dearly. "We raise our glass to him, our loving father and devoted husband. You are already missed. We love you, Dad."

He is survived by his wife, Vivian; one son, Thad (Amy) of Tonka Bay; two daughters, Molly of Minneapolis and Leslie (Jeff) Jennen of Fergus Falls; one sister, Eleanor Palmer of Roseville; six grandchildren; one niece; and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy Zillgitt; one granddaughter; one grandson; and one niece.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hackensack, with visitation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lake City. Memorials can be sent to the Bill Palmer Memorial Fund at the Bank Forward, P. O. Box 516, Hackensack, MN 56452.

The Dennis Funeral Home of Walker, Minn, handled arrangements.

Gustaf Quarnstrom
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) March 18, 1914, page 1; submitted by Robin Line

OBITUARY GUSTAF QUARNSTROM. Gustaf Quarnstrom of Halstad, Minnesota, one of the early pioneers of New London, died March 4th at the St. Luke's hospital at Fargo after an operation for appendicitis. Mr. Quarnstrom was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Augusta Rice, and Mrs. Emma Miller of this city, Sam Anderson of Spicer, and J. Andrew Anderson of New London. The funeral took place March 7th at Halsted, where the deceased was a prominent citizen. Mr. Quarnstrom was 72 years of age. In early days he was miller at New London and Green Lake Mills.

John F. Smith
[Source: Springfield Daily News (MA) May 9, 1911] mkk

Chicopee, May 9.-John F. Smith of the firm of Howard & Smith of 62 Market street, the Falls, dealers in coal and wood, died at 9:30 o'clock this morning at his home at 109 Broadway, of chronic Bright's disease. Mr. Smith had been ill for the past two years, following an operation, but at no time was his illness of such a serious nature as to confine him to his bed. He had been about the house as usual this morning and, not feeling well, reclined upon a couch. He could not rise, and after one or two efforts, he collapsed and died immediately.

Mr. Smith was well known in the Falls, where he had lived for 28 years. He was born in Manchester, Eng., the son of William M. and Jane Smith, and was 73 years old. He came to this country when he was two years old, his parents locating in Thompson, near Putnam, Conn. Mr. Smith lived in Thompson until he was 21 years old, when he left to follow the cotton business. For 21 years he was overseer of the weave rooms of the Chicopee Manufacturing Company, resigning about seven years ago to take a partnership in the firm of Howard & Smith.

Mr. Smith enlisted in the 18th Connecticut Volunteers during the Civil war and served a year and a half, until the close of the war. Most of his service consisted of skirmish duty with General Sherman in the Shenandoah, an extremely hazardous occupation, as he was forced many times to enter the enemy's country on scouting duty, when a mistake in judgement or discovery meant instant death.

Mr. Smith was a member of Otis Chapman Post, G. A. R., of this city, a charter member of Chicopee Lodge of Odd Fellows, and was a member of the official board of the Falls Methodist Church for over 20 years. He was also at one time superintendent of the Sunday School.

It was in Thompson, Conn., that Mr. and Mrs. Smith became acquainted, and they were married in that town September 30, 1860, by Rev. B. A. Morse. Besides his widow, Mr. Smith leaves two daughters, Mrs. S. W> Fay of Syracuse, N. Y., and Mrs. Charles H. Usher of Broadway, the Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Lodee of Backus, Minn., and Mrs. George Wright of Willimantic, Conn. He also leaves five grandchildren.

Sam St. Pierre
[Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, February 2, 1913] mkk

(News Tribune Special.)
STAPLES, Minn., Feb. 1.-The death of Sam St. Pierre at his home in Detroit came as a great surprise to his numerous old friends at this place, where he once lived. He had been sick a little over a week, having complained of a soreness in the throat and bronchial tubes. Funeral service was held in the Catholic church at Detroit this morning and interment made in the family lot at that place.

Sam St. Pierre was born in Hull, Ont., Can., and was 65 years of age. He was twice married. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. John Qualey, Fargo; Mrs. Flora Schneider, Mahnomen; Mrs. Mary Jones, Portland, Ore.; Mrs. Rosa McFarland, Cass Lake; Mrs. Mabel Boyce, who made her home with her parents; Clara Aamoth, Valley City, N. D.; Roy, Willie and Eugene, who are at home with their mother.

Neal Trolson
Duluth Evening Herald Duluth, MN) January 21, 1905, Page 23, contributed by Stephen Hamilton.

Walker, Jan. 21-(Special to the Herald.)-Neal Trolson, one of the pioneers of Cass county and a prominent citizen of May township, died at his home January 10, his death coming as a great shock to his many friends only a few of whom knew he was sick. In fact he was sick less than a week and his condition was not considered serious until a day or two before his death. His ailment was uraemia. Mr. Trolson was 57 years of age and leaves a wife and nine children. He was town clerk of May township for some time, succeeding the late C. H. Williams.

Charles Vosburg
[Source: The Montrose Democrat (PA) April 28, 1910] mkk

Charles Vosburg, of New Milford, died April 15, 1910, aged 76 years and 3 months. He leaves a wife and two sons, Orville and Frank, of North Dakota, one daughter, Mrs. Ella Bronson, of Backus, Minn., three step sons, Clarence, Watson and Fred Brainard and a number of grandchildren and step grandchildren.

B. E. Webber
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, 11 Apr. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

B. E. Webber, representing the P. N. Peterson Granite company of this city, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning at the Endion hotel at Cass Lake. It is supposed that death was due to heart failure. He went to Cass Lake last Friday and has been there since. He was last seen about 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by the hotel clerk. A. M. Peterson of the P. N. Peterson Granite company, left for Cass Lake last evening to bring the remains to Duluth. Webber is survived by his wife.

During the past week they have been living with Mr. and Mrs. Peterson at 317 East Fifth street. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Mrs. F. W. Zaffke
[Source: Chariton Courier (Keytesville, MO) June 10, 1910 ] mkk
Mrs. F. W. Zaffke, formerly of Higbee, died Wednesday at Backus, Minn., aged 38 years.

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