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Chisago County, Minnesota



Ahern, Dan

Albert Lea Times Enterprise (Albert Lea, MN), June 5, 1912, page 7



St. Paul Young Man Drowns in Chisago Lake.


Chisago City, Minn., May 31.-Dan Ahern, twenty-five years old, son of John J. Ahern of St. Paul, was drowned in Chisago Lake. John Ahern, Jr., formerly a newspaper man in St. Paul, narrowly escaped the same fate as his brother.


The young men intended going fishing so went out on the lake for minnows, Mrs. Ahern, their mother, could not see them seining from the shore. When they had finished one suggested that they go in swimming. Both dived from the rowboat. A stiff wind was blowing and soon the craft was fast being carried away. Both young men soon noticed this and did their utmost to overtake it. The boat drifted faster than they could swim and Dan became exhausted and sank.


Anderson, Frank

Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Saturday, February 7, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Wyoming, Minn., Man Killed in Accident Near Jamestown.

Jamestown, N. D., Feb. 7.-Frank Anderson, the N. P. lineman, who was injured near Eldridge by being hit by an east bound engine, died at the Parkview hospital. He received a fracture of the skull and was unconscious most of the time after the accident. He was single, 32 years of age, and born in Minnesota. His father, Peter Anderson, resides at St. Paul. A brother, Arthur Anderson, of Cedar, Minn., arrived to look after the shipment of the body, which will be sent to Wyoming, Minn., for burial.

Andersen, Marion
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press (1 Oct. 2006) submitted by Denise Parsons

Andersen, Marian D. Age 76 Of Stacy. Passed away on September 29, 2006. Preceded in death by daughter, Jean.

Survived by loving husband of almost 55 years, Earle; son, David (Jennifer) Andersen; daughters, Debby (Dennis) Lazenberry and Judy (Kurt) Mortensen; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Visitation 5:30-7:30PM Mon. Oct 2, 2006 at Lord of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 25102 Itasca Ave. Forest Lake. Funeral service 11 AM Tues. Oct. 3, 2006 with visitation one hour prior to funeral all at church.

Benton, Elizabeth
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, December 14, 1897; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Elizabeth Benton died yesterday morning at her home, 5812 Grand avenue east. The cause of death was heart failure, due to old age. The body will be shipped to Wyoming, Minn., and interred there.

Burgam, Fannie
Source: St. Paul Daily Press (St. Paul, Minn.) Tuesday, 28 May 1872; transcribed by FoFG mz

Suddenly, at Rush City, Minn., May 24th, Fannie Burgam, aged 81 years, wife of Reuben Crocker, Esq., leaving husband and four children to mourn the loss of a dutiful wife and affectionate mother. The loss is felt by the whole community, whose earnest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Christoferson, Mrs. Ingeborg
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, May 8, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

CHRISTOFERSON-Mrs. Ingeborg Christoferson at West Duluth, aged 75 years. Interment at Wyoming, Minn.

Cole, Herbert Erastus
Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

Class of 1881 - HERBERT ERASTUS COLE. Born, Oct. 7, 1855, in Ohio. Son of Erastus and Jane Hurlburt Cole. Fitted at Oberlin, Ohio. Taught at Oberlin; Cresco and Lime Springs, Iowa; Taylor's Falls, Perham, Ashby and Willow River, Minn.; editor Lime Springs Democrat for two years. Died, April 13, 1898, in Taylor's Falls, Minn.

Married, Dec. 31, 1889, Carrie Folsom of Taylor's Falls. Children: Pauline Folsom, Ruth Virginia, Frederick Carey and Herbert Ashley, all living.
Croughan, Thomas
Source: The Princeton union.(Princeton, Minn.), August 05, 1880 - KT - Sub by FoFG

Fatal Accident.... A terrible and fatal accident occurred July 27, at Wyoming, Chisago county, Minn., on the Wyoming and Central City branch of the St. Paul & Duluth railroad, by which a young man named Thomas Croughan was horribly mutilated and almost killed. Croughan was at work on a construction train, and was standing on a flat-car next to the engine, which was backing down the track, when by some means he lost his balance and fell beneath the wheel of the locomotive. The wheels passed over his body just about the waist, cutting him almost in two, severed his right hand at the wrist, and badly mutilated both legs at the knee. Death was, of course almost instantaneous. Croughan was about 17 years of age, and is spoken of as a steady, industrious young man. His father is a farmer residing at Stacy, a few miles from Wyoming.

Dodge, Mary A. 

Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) October 5, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DODGE-In St. Paul, Minn., Oct. 4, 1893, Mary A., wife of Levi Dodge, aged fifty-six years. Funeral service and interment at Wyoming, Minn., Friday, 6th inst., at 11 a. m. Friends are invited.

Dresser, Samuel B.
Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at its 50th Annual Meeting held December 11, 1902 (published 1903) Wisconsin Necrology for Year Ending November 30, 1902; pages 142-147; by Florence Elizabeth Baker, Library Assistant; transcribed by FoFG mz

Samuel B. Dresser, born at Bangor, Maine, November 23, 1831; died in the town of Osceola, Polk county, Wisconsin, November 20, 1901. He was educated in the common schools and at Kent seminary, Readfield, Me. In 1851 he removed to Taylor's Falls, Minn., and was a lumberman and merchant at that place until 1862, when he settled on his farm at Osceola Prairie. Mr. Dresser was a member of the assembly in 1871, sheriff in 1877-78, and held town offices almost continuously for twenty-five years.
Erickson, Ida  
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Sunday, January 22, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mora, Minn., Jan. 21.-Dr. C. J. Bloom, county coroner, has taken to the twin cities for analysis the stomach of Miss Ida Erickson, who died at Grasston, Minn., under mysterious surroundings. Miss Erickson was about 20 years of age and her home was in Chisago county. She had been at Grasston for some weeks receiving medical attendance. Attention was attracted to her room in a restaurant last night by peculiar noises. She was found in convulsions from which she soon died. The nature of her death indicated poisoning. Circumstances taken in connection with the treaty have created much suspicion.

Flack, James B.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, June 22, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman



Pioneer Resident of the State and Civil War Veteran Dies Suddenly.



Members of Family Will Attend Interment at Former Home, Wyoming, Minn.


Judge James B. Flack, a pioneer resident of the state and for the past seven years a justice of the peace in West Duluth, died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, 5717 Cody street, from heart trouble, which he was suddenly taken ill with Sunday afternoon.

Judge Flack was one of the best known men in West Duluth, moving here with his family in 1894 from Barnum, Minn., and in 1904 was appointed justice of the peace to fill the unexpired term of the late Judge Stone.

He was a member of the Willis A. Gorman post, G. A. R., and of the West Duluth lodge, No. 168, I. O. O. F., and was also a prominent member of the West Duluth Commercial club and a deacon in the West Duluth Baptist church.

Born in Warsaw Kentucky, Oct. 26, 1840, and in 1861 enlisted as sergeant in Captain Glasser's battery of First Kentucky light artillery and served until the close of the war. He came to Minnesota about five years later and was married to Miss Jeanette Ranta, of Wyoming, Minn., on Oct. 25, 1874. He is survived by his widow and two children, Isaac Marlan Flack and Mrs. Sarah Bruley, of Akeley, Minn. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. John J. Troxell of Delaware, Ohio.

The funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the West Duluth Baptist church, Fifty-ninth and Grand avenues. Rev. Hugo P. J. Selliger officiating. The services will be under the auspices of the Grand Army post and the Odd Fellows.

The body will be taken to Wyoming, Minn., his former home for burial.

Hamberg Children
Source: The Princeton Union (MN) July 20, 1877; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
CHISAGO. Four children of J. P. Hamberg while rowing in a maple sugar boiler on Fish Lake were capsized and drowned.
Hultquist, Gustave A.
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 24 Oct. 1913) transcribed by FoFG mz

After an illness of several months Gustave A. Hultquist, one of the pioneer residents of the state, died at Bethesda hospital, St. Paul, early yesterday in his 83rd year. Mrs. N. O. Nelson, 4526 Cook street this city, a daughter, was summoned to St. Paul by telegram yesterday. Mr. Hultquist was a resident of Center City at the time of his death. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral which probably will be at Center City.

Humphrey Boy

Source: The Princeton Union (MN) July 20, 1877; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A ten-year-old son of Mark Humphrey was drowned on the 5th while bathing in the river at Taylor Falls.

Johnson, Samuel C.
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 19 May 1919) transcribed by FoFG mz

RUSH CITY, May 18. - Samuel C. Johnson, age 68, senior member of S. C. Johnson & Sons, hardware and implement dealers, died at his home here early today after a long illness. He was president of the First National bank of Rush City and promoted many enterprises during his 47 years' residence here.
Kosterman, William H.
Source: The Tennessean (Nashville TN) March 6, 1875; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

St. Paul, Minn., March 5.-At Cambridge, Isanti County, to-day, an officer attempted to arrest Wm. H. Kosterman, a well-known trader of North Branch. Kosterman refused to be arrested, when the officer drew a revolver and shot him through the heart, causing instant death.

Matheson, Martin
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, September 1, 1920; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


SIOUX FALLS, S. D., Aug. 31-Mrs. Anna Matheson, age 40, was arrested late today by Minnehaha county authorities charged with murder in connection with the death of her husband, Martin Matheson, who died at Sherman, July 24, presumably from heart disease.

Matheson's body was taken to Wyoming, Minn., for burial. Later, relatives began an investigation and had the body exhumed.

It is alleged Matheson came to his death through eating poison placed in peach sauce. Samples sent to the state chemist for examination revealed enough poison to kill many persons, according to the authorities.
[Note: See News-Crime page for further information.]

Modan, Anna
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 25 Aug. 1920) transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Mrs. Anna Modan, age 79, who died Sunday at her home, 2324 West Eleventh street, was sent yesterday to Rush City, Minn., for burial. She is survived by three sons, Dave, Hugo and William, and one daughter, all of Duluth.
Monson, Charles J.
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Monday, July 15, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

The Doctors Cannot Account For the Death of Mr. Monson

Marks on the Throat Are Basis For Such a Thought

Funeral Services to Be Held This Morning - Picnic Postponed

At the post mortem held over the body of District Attorney Monson the physicians, Dr. Anderson and Adams, were puzzled as to the cause of death. They could find no traces of poison in the stomach nor could they find out anything the would lead them to believe that he had died from an affection of the heart and a great deal of speculation has been rife as to the probable cause of the sudden demise.

Some have advanced the belief that there has been foul play as there were black marks on the throat, but the doctors say that the wrinkles on the neck would cause these to appear as the body was found lying on its face and the blood always rushes to the head in such cases. At the inquest the evidence tended to prove that there was nothing that would cause Mr. Monson to take his own life and the jury's verdict was that the deceased had died from a cause unknown.

Today services will be held over the remains at the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Pilgrim church at 11 a.m. and the body will then be taken to Wyoming, Minn., for interment. It will be inclosed in a zinc lined casket so that it can be taken up when his mother returns from Europe.

Nelson, John W.
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 25 Feb. 1907) transcribed by FoFG mz

TAYLOR FALLS, Minn., Feb. 4. - John W. Nelson, died last night at the hospital in St. Paul where he had been taken by Dr. Quinn for medical treatment only a few days ago. Pneumonia was the cause of his death.

Mr. Nelson had been in St. Paul about ten days, having gone there from his home in this city, and was a guest at one of the hotels. He was taken sick and several days ago pneumonia developed.

He was removed to a hospital and his family sent for, and until Friday it was believed that he could conquer the trouble.

John W. Nelson was born in Taylors Falls in 1855. He received his education in the common schools of this place. He held the office of county commissioner of Chisago county and was a member of the legislature of 1905. Mr. Nelson was a member of Stillwater Lodge No. 175 B.P.O. Elks.
Norlen, Kagsa
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 21 Nov. 1919) transcribed by FoFG mz

TWO HARBORS - Mrs. Kasga Norlen age 83, of Lindstrom, died here Tuesday while visiting at the home of Gust Falk. The funeral will be held Sunday.
Palmquist, J. P.
Source: Duluth News Tribune (17 Oct. 1909) transcribed by FoFG MZ

J. P. Palmquist of Center City, Minn., died yesterday at his home, according to a message received here by his son Victor Palmquist. He has four children living in the West End, who are now in Center City to attend the funeral. They are Victor Palmquist, Mrs. Gust Bergquist, Mrs. A. F. Lundholm and Mrs. Henry Johnson. Mr. Palmquist recently celebrated his 80th birthday anniversary at which time there was a family reunion.
Radtke, Arthur
Source: News-Sentinel (Lodi, CA) November 16, 1955; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Arthur Radtke, 66, of Woodbridge died at his home last night following a short illness.

A native of Minnesota, Mr. Radtke resided in Lodi for the past 36 years. He is survived by four brothers: Edward Radtke of Paradise; William Radtke of Lodi, Carl R. Radtke of Butterfield, Minn.; and Albert Radtke, of Wyoming, Minn.

Surviving half-brothers and sisters are Herman Ehlers, Lodi; Mrs. Marie Erpenstein, Milbrae; Henry Ehlers, Oakland; Walter Ehlers, Lodi and Mrs. Bertha Zieman, Lodi.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday in the chapel of Wells Funeral Home.

Reichard, Elizabeth P.

Source: The Allentown Democrat (PA) April 4, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman


Elizabeth P., the aged wife of Mr. Jonathan Reichard, the retired shoe dealer, residing at No. 34 North Ninth street, died on Wednesday evening. She sustained a fall last summer from the effects of which she began to decline. She was a daughter of David and Elizabeth Tombler, and was born at Hope, Warren county, N. J., July 14, 1810. When she was 13 she went to Bethlehem to live with a brother. There she joined the Moravian church and was married August 26, 1932, to Mr. Reichard. They moved to Allentown in the same year, and lived here until she died. Mr. Reichard survives his spouse. His lower limbs are paralyzed, but his intellect is still keen and active. His wife's death is a terrific blow. He will be 84 years old May 15th next. They were permitted to live together in wedlock for a period of 61 years, and celebrated their golden wedding nearly 12 years ago. Eleven children were born to them. The surviving ones are City Assessor William J. Reichard, Allen J. Reichard, Mrs. Peter Bernharad, Mrs. John McLean, Misses Tillie, Emma and Ellen Reichard, all of this city, and Mrs. Rev. H. N. Fegley, of Mechanicsburg. Miss Daisy Reichard, a grand-daughter, resided with the old folks since her father's death. There are altogether twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Reichard leaves one brother, Charles Tombler, of Wyoming, Minn., aged 93 years, who was the first Lehigh Valley Railroad ticket agent at Bethlehem, and father of H. G. Tombler, of Easton. Mr. and Mrs. Reichard, it is believed, were the longest married couple in this city. She was in many respects a remarkable woman. Even in her old age she was able to read without the aid of glasses, and was always noted for her physical and mental activity. The funeral took place on Monday last.

Rumple, Mike
Source: The Duluth Herald (MN), Wednesday Evening, Oct. 26, 1910.

Dies in Stillwater Jail
Mike Rumple of Rush City Expires While Serving Sentence

Stillwater, Minn., Oct. 26 - Mike Rumple died in the county jail Sunday after a brief illness. He had been received there Friday morning from Rush City, Chisago county, under a sentence of thirty days by Judge Stolberg of this district court for selling liquor to a minor. He was one of four men received at the county jail here for safe keeping within a few days past, for violating the liquor laws. The man was a saloon keeper at Rush City, 37 years old and leaves a wife and three young children. He was born and brought up in Chisago county and had conducted a saloon for several years.

Ruppe, Joseph
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Friday, 17 June 1904) transcribed by FoFG mz

RUSH CITY, Minn., June 16. - Joseph Ruppe, an honored pioneer, died at his home today. Deceased came to Rush City in 1869. A widow and four grown children survive him.
Sewell, Annie W.
Source: Chicago Daily Tribune (IL) July 9, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Special dispatches to The Tribune report these recent deaths in the Northwest:
at Wyoming, Minn., Mrs. Annie W. Sewell, wife of E. W. Sewell, Local Agent of the Milwaukee Railroad at Stillwater.

Silverlock, Frank

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, February 20, 1913; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman



WYOMING, Minn., Feb. 19.-Frank Silverlock, a farm hand, is dead; Ina Matson, a laborer, is not expected to live, and an unidentified aged man is in a critical condition as the result of a small fire in the village jail here early today, where the men were sleeping. As far as can be learned, a coat was lighted by a pipe and the men were suffocated by the smoke.

Simmons, George

Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) December 24, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman
Wyoming, Minn., Dec. 23.-Yesterday, Mr. George Simmons, living on the east side of Forest Lake, accidentally lost his life by a tree falling on him. Mr. Simmons was an old man between 60 and 70 years of age.
Stannard, Lucius
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Tuesday, 3 Feb. 1914) transcribed by FoFG mz

TAYLOR FALLS, Minn., Feb. 2. - Lucius Stannard, the last surviving member of the first Minnesota constitutional convention, died here today, age 90 years. He was born in Franklin county, Vermont, and came to Minnesota in 1852. Mr. Stannard was the first lawyer admitted to practice in the courts of Chisago county, Minnesota.
Stark, Lars J.
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Monday, 9 May 1910) transcribed by FoFG mz

Center City, Minn. - Lars J. Stark of Harris died yesterday at the age of 84 years. He was one of the earliest settlers in Chisago county. In the seventies he was a member of the lower house of the legislature. He leaves a wife and ten children.

Thomas, Raymond F.

Albert Lea Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, MN) June 16, 1922, page 2, rll


Raymond F. Thomas of Minneapolis Struck While At Chisago City Camp. Was Swimming Instructor.


Minneapolis, June 16.-A bolt of lightning which struck a raft at the Chisago City summer camp of the Minneapolis Y. M. C. A. during last night's electrical storm killed Raymond F. Thomas, 30 years old, 2819 Lyndale Ave, N., swimming instructor for the Central Y. M. C. A.


Claude Neavies and George Anderson, two other secretaries from the Minneapolis Y. M. C. A., who were also standing on the raft, were hurled into the water by the bolt, but were uninjured. They hurried to Thomas' aid, but found him dead.


The fatality was one of two directly attributed to extraordinary weather conditions yesterday, which also caused serious injuries to three persons and considerable property damage.


Thomas had gone to the Chisago City camp early yesterday with three other secretaries, Neavles, Anderson and Ben Chapman, to prepare the camp for its opening next week. Chapman was on the shore and the other three men were standing on the raft, erecting a diving tower, when the storm broke.


The lightning bolt, one of the storm's first manifestations, struck first in the water near the raft, then hit the raft.


Physicians with a pulmotor were summoned from Chisago City, but reported Thomas was beyond help. The body was taken to Chisago City last night.


Tombler, Mrs. L. O.

Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) February 2, 1895; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman



TOMBLER - At Hot Springs, Ark., Jan. 31. Mrs. L. O. Tombler, of Wyoming, Minn. Funeral at Wyoming Wednesday next.

Tombler, Charles C.

Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) November 15, 1894; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Charles C. Tombler, the oldest Moravian in this country, died at Wyoming, Minn., the other day, aged ninety-five years. He was postmaster at Bethlehem, Pa., under President Pierce, and was the first station agent for the Lehigh Valley road at the same place.

Ugman, Hans
Source: New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) July 06, 1892; submitted by Robin Line

Hans Ugman, aged sixty, a prosperous farmer residing in the town of Fish Lake, seven miles northwest of North Branch, suicided by suspending himself to a tree with barbed wire.

Weiss, Gertrude C.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Friday, 20 Jan. 1989; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Gertrude C., on Jan. 17, age 89, res. Chisago City Care Center, formerly of St. Paul. Preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; 4 daughters and 1 grandson. Beloved mother of John of Wyoming, MN, Arthur of Hackensack, Doraine Ahl of Duluth, Erwin of St. Paul, Betty Thoeny of Ogilvie, MN, Donald of Oakdale & Evelyn Morgan of Lonsdale. Also survived by 2 brothers, 5 sisters, 26 grandchildren & 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral from Mueller-Bies Funeral Home East Chapel, 650 N. Dale at Blair, on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. Internment Calvary Cemetery. Parish Vigil 4:30 p.m. Friday. Visitation from 4 - 9 p.m. Friday. Member of the Cathedral Altar & Rosary Society.

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