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Chippewa County, Minnesota

 


Obituaries and Death Notices


Mrs. O. A. Anderson and Two Sons
Source: June 30, 1916 newspaper article; submitted by Joy Sundrum

Mrs. O. A. Anderson of Rosewood and two sons were drowned yesterday afternoon. It seems that her three boys, the oldest 12 years, were wadding on a grade, crossing a creek that was overflown by the recent rains. One of the boys was washed off into deep water and the others went to his rescue. The mother, seeing what had happened, also rushed in and she too was soon beyond her depth and helpless. The older boy floated against a wire fence and succeeded in getting out somewhat cut up from the wire, while the mother and two sons were drowned. The bodies were not found until about noon today. The father died only a few months ago. There are two little girls left besides the boy that escaped. The family, we understand, was very poor.

NOTE:Mrs. O. A. Anderson is Carrie Ellingson, daughter of Jens & Gro (Ingebresdtr) Ellington. A. O. Anderson is Andrew O. Anderson.


John Baren
Source: Jackson Citizen (Jackson, MI) Tuesday, January 27, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FROZEN TO DEATH.
John Baren, a farmer, who has been missing since Tuesday, was found in the woods near Montevideo, Minn., Thursday, frozen to Death.


Lloyd Bentson
Source: Evening Herald (Klamath Falls, OR) December 6, 1921; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SAVED LITTLE BROTHER BUT GAVE HIS OWN LIFE
Montevideo, Minn., Dec. 6. - After saving his brother, Bert Bentson, aged 10, from drowning, Lloyd Bentson, 17 years old, repeated the Lord's Prayer as he lost his own life in the Chippewa river here. The Bentson boys were playing on the ice when the younger Bentson boy fell in.


Eddy Blom
Source: Zumbrota Independent (Zumbrota, MN) October 17, 1895, page 2; submitted by Robin Line
Eddy Blom, aged 20, living with his parents east of Milan was instantly killed yesterday by a vicious horse, which kicked him in the head.


John Borene
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) January 24, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FROZEN TO DEATH.
[Special Correspondence of the Globe.]
MONTEVIDEO, Minn., Jan. 22.-A man John Borene, living about two miles east of town, started for home about 11 p. m. Tuesday, January 20, and was found this morning in the timber near the river, about three and one half miles southeast of town, frozen to death. He had been drinking some during the evening. A young man, Thomas Graham, walked with him, when he started, about one hundred rods. Graham says Borene did not seem to be intoxicated. After leaving Graham he wandered about, leaving the road. They tracked him for miles, traveling around over fields, going backwards and forwards, at one time passing very near his brother's house on the railroad track. This territory he was well acquainted with, and the general belief is that he must have been crazed, caused by some drug drank in the liquor, or an attack of periodical insanity, which they report him subject to at times.

He had a fearful struggle in dying, as branches were broken from trees, well beaten paths in the woods around trees, and places where he had rolled over and over in the snow indicated. He was found lying on his face, frozen to the ground, and was chopped loose by Coroner Bergstrom, who found in his pocket $1.25 in silver and three cents in copper, with some papers, etc. He leaves a wife and eight children. He was an esteemed and well-to-do farmer, honest and candid. His sad death will be regretted by many.


Thomas Clark
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) Mar. 7, 1906, page 3; transcribed by Robin Line
Fortune Found in Cellar.
Montevideo, Minn., Dec. 7.-The funeral of Thomas Clark, who has been for years an engineer on the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railway, occurred during the afternoon. Before he died he told his family of his having $10,000 in gold buried in the cellar. The treasure was found there as he said.


William Coulter
Source: Henry Republican, Henry IL, April 8 1915 - submitted by Nancy Piper

We learn this morning of the death of Mr. William Coulter at his home at Clara City, Minn. Mr. Coulter was a Saratoga township boy, but for several years has been a resident of Minnesota, where he owned a fine farm. He was a person of excellent character and very worthy citizen. We extend condolence to the sadly bereaved family.

Source: Henry Republican, Henry IL, April 1 1915 - submitted by Nancy Piper

Will Coulter of Clara City, Minn., passed away on the afternoon of Monday, March 29, 1915, after an illness covering a period of several months. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Coulter and was born in Marshall county, Oct. 13, 1867, where he grew to manhood, and married Miss Jennie King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John King of Camp Grove, Ill. To this union six children were born, who with the widow survive him. He also leaves to mourn his demise an aged father, one brother and two sisters. The body was brought back from Minnesota to their former home at Havelock, Ia., where interment took place.


Mrs. C. F. Ginder
Source: Aberdeen Weekly News (SD) Thursday, May 24, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral services over the remains of the late Mrs. C. F. Ginder, of Montevideo, Minn., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Roberts, were held in the church here Monday afternoon.

C. F. Ginder, of Montevideo, Minn., who brought the remains of his wife here for burial, returned home yesterday.


Dr. Knut Gjerset
Source: [Montevideo (Minnesota) News - 6 Nov 1936; Submitted by Mary Nelson]

Dr. Knut Gjerset, noted author and teacher at Luther college, Deborah, Iowa, died Thursday, Oct 29 of a heart attack at his home. Funeral services were held at Deborah on Sunday afternoon.

He had achieved international honor as scholar, author and historian. His history of the Norwegian people and a history of Iceland brought decorations from the governments of these two nations. Numerous monographs and studies also came from his pen. As curator of the Norwegian-American historical museum on the Luther college campus he was responsible for its growth and development.

Dr. Knut Gjerset was born in Norway 71 years ago. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ole S. Gjerset who settled in Big Bend township, Chippewa county, in 1871. After spending his boyhood on the family homestead he began the life-long course of study which was the foundation for his success in research and writing.

He attended Willmar Seminary, was graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1893, spent a year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, taught a year or two and then went to Heidelberg University, Germany, where he studied two years and received his doctor's degree. He later spent a year in European centers, at Oslo, Upsula and Berlin.

In 1902 he became a member of the faculty at Luther College, having previously taught in academics at Glenwood and Fergus Falls.

He is survived by his wife and their children, two brothers, Oluf Gjerset of Montevideo and Magnus Gjerset of Big Bend; two sisters, Mrs. Amalia Erickson of Minneapolis and Mrs. Caroline Wolllen of Moorhead.


George Hanson's Mother
- - Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Wednesday, June 22, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

George Hanson, a young man living in Havelock, near Montevideo, Minn., accidentally shot and killed his aged mother with a musket. She handed the gun to him stock first, and it is thought that the screen caught the hammer and fired the gun. Hear head was nearly severed from the body.
- - [Source: New Ulm Review (MN) June 29, 1892; submitted by Robin Line]

George Hanson, a young man living in Haveloek, about ten miles from Montevideo accidentally shot and killed his aged mother with a musket. She handed the gun to him stock first, and it is thought that the screen caught the hammer and fired the gun. Her head was nearly severed from the body.


Ed Kitchell

Willard Kitchell
Source: Critic-Record (Washington D.C.) Wednesday, November 21, 1888; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Ed and Willard Kitchell, cousins, aged 22 and 18 years, sons respectively of W. B. Kitchell and E. M. Kitchell, were drowned yesterday while skating near Montevideo, Minn.


A. S. Klooslad
Source: Broad Axe (St. Paul, MN) Thursday, 5 Dec. 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz

Sunday, Dec. 1.
A. S. Klooslad, who died recently at Hope, N.D., was an old resident of Chippewa county, this state. He leaves a family of grown children.


Amandus Larson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, September 13, 1901; Page: 7; transcribed by Frances Cooley

Amandus Larson Dies
Benson, Minnesota, September 12.--Amandus Larson, for years a general merchant at Murdock, died yesterday at his home, after a prolonged illness.


H. H. Lee
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, 22 Apr. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

ST. PAUL, April 21. - District Judge W. L. Kelly was asked today to order the body of H. H. Lee, a former Winona salesman, exhumed from a grave at Alton, Iowa, so that an autopsy can be made.

The Travelers' Insurance company, against which Mrs. Johanna Lee, the widow, has a $3,000 claim for alleged accidental death, petitioned for the order.

The insurance company contends Lee died from natural causes, Oct. 12, 1916, at Milan, Minn. The widow claims he fell and was killed. The autopsy is desired to determine the cause of death.


Six Lucas Children
Source: Jackson Citizen (Jackson, MI) Tuesday, March 15, 1881; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

NINE children of Mr. Lucas, living near Montevideo, Minn., were ill with diphtheria simultaneously. Since Monday night six, the oldest being a girl of 20 and the youngest a 3-year-old, have died, and were buried in one grave. The remaining three will get well.


Gus Mammar
Source: Duluth News Tribune (6 Jan. 1905) transcribed by FoFG MZ 

MONTEVIDEO, Minn., Jan. 5. - Gus Mammar, a young man, was found dead in his room from the effect of an epileptic fit. Not appearing this morning, his room was broken into, and the lifeless body found on the floor, where he had apparently died in great agony. He had been subject to fits for some time. He leaves a mother and sister.


H. Marso
Source: From the memorial leaflet; contributed by Jacque McDonnell

Birth: Dec. 1, 1913 (Montevideo, MN)
Parents: Francis & Nellie (Wilcox) Marso
Marriage: Hulda DeWald (Dec. 3, 1949, Miller, SD). 2 daughters
Death: April 11, 1991 (Highmore, SD)
Age: 77 yrs 4 mos 10 ds
Funeral: April 16, 1991 (St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Highmore, SD)
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (Highmore)
Education: Highmore schools
Occupation: farming with father and uncle Mike Marso
Locations: from Montevideo, MN to Hyde co., SD (abt Jan, 1914); to Highmore, SD (abt 1917).
Organizations/Civic:
Preceded in death by: parents, two infant sisters

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]


L. O. Miller
Source: Minneapolis Journal (MN) Friday, 13 May 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz

Milan, Minn., May 13.- L. O. Miller, one of the pioneer farmers living two miles west of here, died at 10 o'clock last night, aged 73 years.


John L. Murphy
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Friday, May 6, 1892; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

FARMERS QUARREL.
Bad Blood Between Two Minnesota Men Results in a Murder.

MONTEVIDEO, Minn., May 6.-Crate Beasley and John L. Murphy, two farmers living eighteen miles from this place, became involved in a quarrel and Murphy is said to have drawn a revolver. Beasley then ran to a wagon and got a shot gun with which he shot Murphy in the breast, inflicting a fatal wound. Beasley has delivered himself to the sheriff. There has been bad blood between them for some time.


John L. Orme
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) July 6, 1892; submitted by Robin Line

John L. Orme, a stonemason, committed, suicide at Montevideo by taking rat poison. He refused medical aid and death took place after intense suffering. Deceased leaves a wife and four children.


Mrs. Steiner
Source: Broad Axe (St. Paul, MN) Thursday, 9 Feb. 1893; transcribed by FoFG mz

Montevideo, Minn., Feb. 9. - On one of the cold days last week a Mrs. Steiner, living about sixteen miles east of this place, left her home with the intention of going in search of her husband, whom she supposed had been lost on the prairie on his way home from town. She was overcome by the cold, and found dead by the side of a haystack last Wednesday. Her husband reached home in safety.


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