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Obituaries


L. K. Aaker
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Friday, 16 Aug. 1895; transcribed by FoFG mz

ALEXANDRIA, Minn., Aug. 16. - Hon. L. K. Aaker, late receiver of the Crookston land office, and one of the older residents of the place, died at his residence in Alexandria. He lacked but a little over a month of being 70 years old, and his death was caused by heart disease and apoplexy. He was well known in this state, having been prominent in state politics for many years.


Louis Adams
Source: Warren Sheaf (Jan. 12, 1881) submitted by fofg mb

Louis Adams of Hudson, while tending sled in McKusick & Forans camp on the totgatic, was caught between a log and the sled and instantly killed. Mr. Adams was well and favorably known.


Andrew Anderson
Source: New Ulm Review (MN) August 24, 1892 page 6; submitted by Robin Line.

Andrew Anderson a Swede serving as hostler at the Minnesota House, Alexandria was kicked and trampled by horses two days ago, sustaining internal injuries from which he died. He was fifty years old and single.


Edward Belavka
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Monday, 12 Feb. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Feb. 11. - Private Edward Belavka of Alexandria, Minn., member of C troop, First Colorado cavalry, lost his life today in an attempt to return to the United States a comrade, alleged to have deserted to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, two miles above Brownsville last night.

Constructing a small raft, Belavka and his brother Henry, crossed the Rio Grande where they made a prisoner of the alleged deserter. Since the raft was only large enough for two, Edward Blavka placed the prisoner on it in charge of his brother.

He then attempted to swim the river. A whirlpool swept him under when he was within 25 feet of shore. The body has been recovered.


S. H. Bursell
Source: Daily Capital Journal (Salem, OR) Jan. 22, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH OF S. H. BURSELL
After a short illness, S. H. Bursell of this city died at his home on January 15th.
Mr. Bursell was born in Canada on October 19, 1844, and when very young accompanied his parents to Filmore county, Minn., where he grew to manhood. On May 3, 1882, he married Elizabeth Knox Beach, who with their four daughters, Florence and Bethel of Woodburn, and Margaret and Mrs. N. J. Sanders of Carlos, Minn., survives him. He leaves a brother, John Bursell, of Fulda, Minn., and a cousin, Henry Bursell, of Monmouth, Oregon. In 1912 he came to Woodburn from Osakis, Minn., and resided here until called by death.

THe services were held in the Presbyterian church, Tuesday, conducted by Rev. O. C. Weller and Rev. J. F. Hertzler. The words, music and flowers blended in such a beautiful harmony that they left only the impression of victory over death.

While living in Woodburn, Mr. Bursell made many friends, who knew him to be a man of kindness, integrity and honesty, respected and loved by all, leading a true Christian life daily, thinking always of others, not himself. Interment was at Belle Passi cemetery. - Woodburn Independent.


C. F. Canfield
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Saturday, 26 Nov. 1921; transcribed by FoFG mz

Cando, N.D., Nov. 25. - C. F. Canfield, for many years interested in a retail clothing store here, died recently at Alexandria, Minn., at the age of ninety-five years, the oldest man in Douglas county at the time of his death.

Mr. Canfield was born in Connecticut in 1826, and moved to Minnesota in 1850. At the time of the Indian uprising in 1862 he had to abandon his farm and seek safety for himself and family. In 1864 he returned to the homestead and farmed until 1876, when he entered the retail clothing business at Alexandria and continued actively in business until 1904, becoming interested incidentally in a clothing store here. Four of his children still live here and conduct the business.


William E. Chadster
Source: Minneapolis Journal (20 Sept. 1898) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Alexandria, Minn., Sept. 20. - William E. Chadster, commander of the local G.A.R. post, died last night. He was a Great Northern and Northern Pacific land agent, and a prominent business man. He was a veteran of Company K, Fourth Ohio cavalry, and was 62 years of age.


Raymond Chan
Source: The Bismarck Tribune (ND) November 1, 1929; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SHOTGUN KILLS YOUTH.
Forada, Minn. - Nov. 1 - Raymond Chan 18 living near here was killed while on a hunting trip when a shotgun in the seat of his car fell to the floor and was discharged. His parents and three brothers survive. [he was a farm youth]


Karen Glesne
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) June 28, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

OBITUARY.
Karen Glesne, wife of Even O. Glesne, after a sickness of about six weeks, fell asleep at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, June 22nd. Her death was not unexpected, as she had been unable to partake of any nourishment for some time. The patience and good nature which always was a strong trait in her character never were more pronounced than during her last days.

Mrs. Glesne was born in Hallingdahl, Norway, October 27, 1839. She came to America while a child, and, losing her mother at an early age, was taken care of by kind neighbors. When twenty-two years of age she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Even O. Glesne, who lives to mourn her departure. Coming to this part of the state from her early home in Green county, Wis., the Glesnes found much to contend with. Being amongst the early settlers of Norway Lake, they found their courage often taxed by great difficulties. Through dangers of Indian attacks and the awful seasons of the Minnesota weather of the sixties and seventies, they strove together, working faithfully to gain a living and to bring up their children in the way they should go. How well they have succeeded, the citizens of this locality well know. At all times, in time of adversity as well as in time to prosperity, the Glesne home was a haven of rest for whoever might seek refuge there, and no one was ever turned away from their door as long as they had something to share.

To bless their life together there have been born twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Together they have suffered the loss of four sons and two daughters. There are then, living, two sons and four daughters, who have been blessed in being brought up by a mother who set an example of industry and practical Christianity which was worth more than one can measure. The children who live to mourn her departure are Mrs. Ole Stevens, Forada, Minn.; Mrs. (Rev.) J. Halvorson, Rockdale, Wis.; Ole Glesne, Belgrade, Minn.; Mrs. M. F. Lundquist, New London, Minn.; Edward Glesne and Geoline Glesne, Norway Lake. Twenty-seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren trace their ancestry back to Mrs. Glesne. A great circle of friends join with the husband and children in mourning the loss of one who has been an inspiration to many a credit to the community.

Mrs. Glesne will be buried next Monday, services being held at the house at about ten thirty a. m., and at the church at about one-thirty. Rev. Sotendahl will officiate. Sunburg Enterprise.


Edward D. Gray
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Thursday, 15 Sept. 1910; transcribed by FoFG mz

Funeral services for Edward D. Gray, 35 years old, the Northern Pacific conductor, who was killed Monday morning near Deerwood, Minn., by falling between two gondola cars, were held yesterday afternoon at the late residence, 2509 West First street, Rev. W. E. Harmann, pastor of the St. Luke's and St. Peter's Episcopal churches officiated. The body will be sent this morning to Alexandria for internment. Mr. Gray was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Orlando Gray of Seattle, Wash. He was a native of this state and had lived in Duluth for the past five years. Mr. Gray had been railroading for the past six years previous to which he held a position as trained nurse in the state hospital at Fergus Falls. He is survived by two sons and his widow.


William Albert Griffin
Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler

Class of 1854 - WILLIAM ALBERT GRIFFIN. Born, Nov. 25, 1824, Lee, N.H. Fitted at Durham Academy. Studied medicine under Dr. Ira Allen, who had charge of the city almshouse at Roxbury, Mass.; remained there three and a half years, the last two of which he was assistant surgeon. After graduation from Dartmouth he received diplomas from the medical societies of Massachusetts and of Minnesota. Was chief surgeon of the state almshouse at Munson, Mass., 1854-56. Physician and druggist, Carver, Minn., 1856-99, being the first in the county. Served as postmaster, 1868-69, and as internal revenue collector later.

Died, Dec. 22, 1899, Superior, Wis.

Married (1), 1855, West Springfield, Mass., Mary A. Spencer, who died in July, 1874; (2) 1880, Anna E. Worthley of Brookline, Mass., who died in 1886. Children by the first marriage: John, Josephine E., and William A., of whom the first two survive.


Erick Erickson Haara
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) 16 Oct. 1897; transcribed by Marla Zwakman

Erick Erickson Haara, of Moc, Douglas, Co., Minn., died Sept. 11, 1897. His age was 73 years 3 months and 23 days.


C. Wood Hicks
Source: Evening Times (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, 20 July 1911; transcribed by FoFG mz

Traveling Man From Alexandria, Minn., Victim of Appendicitis
C. Wood Hicks, a well know traveling salesman of this territory, died at one of the local hospitals Wednesday afternoon of acute appendicitis. Mr. Hicks arrived in the city on Tuesday night and was feeling ill at the time. During the night a physician was summoned and he was removed to the hospital where an operation was performed. The case had progressed so far that he did not recover. His wife and Mrs. Cleve Hicks of Alexandria, Minn., were notified of his condition and reached the city after his death.


Horatio Jenkins
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Wednesday, 15 Jan. 1908; transcribed by FoFG mz

ALEXANDRIA, Minn., Jan. 14. – After an illness of ten days from pneumonia General Horatio Jenkins, for 25 years a resident of this city and one of the best known attorneys in this part of the state, died at his home here yesterday.

General Jenkins was born in Chelsea, Mass., 72 years ago. At the commencement of the Civil war he enlisted as a private in a Massachusetts regiment and by conspicuous bravery rose rapidly until mustered out as a brevet brigadier general. At the close of the war he went to Florida, where he practiced his profession, that of the law, until 1882, when he removed to Alexandria, where he has made his home since.

During the years he has lived in this city General Jenkins has been prominent in the political, social and civic life of the city and county, having on several occasions held office. He was a gentleman of the old school and a general favorite with old and young.

He is survived by one son, Horatio Jenkins, of Ada, Minn., and two daughters, Mrs. H. A. Barnes, of Minneapolis, and Mrs. W. D. Plant, of Lorain, Ohio, all of whom were at the bedside when death came. Mrs. Jenkins died about two years ago. The remains will be taken east for burial.


Patrick Kelly
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) - Friday, June 1, 1877; transcribed by Jim Dezotell

Patrick Kelly, of Leaf Valley, died suddenly of heart disease a few days since. During the last week three of the five children of Hon. Knute Nelson, of Alexandria, died of scarlet fever. Every male citizen of Alexandria, between the ages of 21 and 60 are required to work five days fighting grasshoppers, of pay $1 per day to get a substitute. The farmers of the town of Lake Mary had a brand gopher hunt and killed 1,540 in one day.


Lewis Henry Kniffen
Source: "Douglas County News", Alexandria, MN, March 24, 1887, page 8 - Submitted by: carolyn_drews@yahoo.com

few weeks ago


Mrs. John Landeen
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Wednesday, 11 Sept. 1907; transcribed by FoFG mz

ALEXANDRIA, Minn., Sept. 10. - Mrs. John Landeen, wife of ex-Representative Landeen, if Ila township, is dead after a lingering illness. Although an invalid for several years, the turn for the worse came only about a month ago, from which time she sank rapidly and the end was not unexpected. The funeral took place today.


Della Mae French Little
Source: The Nashua reporter (IA) April 11, 1928; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH OF FORMER RESIDENT.
Remains of Mrs. Della Mae French Little Brought Here from Milwaukee-Funeral Monday

Della Mae French was born in the state of New York, near Newark, on June 21, 1875, and died at the home of her son in South Milwaukee, Wis., 2717, So. Chicago ave., April 6, 1928, at the age of 52 years, 9 months and 16 days.

When a young girl she united with the Methodist church of which she remained a faithful member. In 1894 she was married to Mr. Charles M. Thompson, of Nashua, Iowa, who preceded her in death in January, 1916. To this union six children were born, Mrs. Florence E. Hunt and Mrs. Alma M. Lampson of Nashua, Iowa; Mrs. Elsie M. O'Brien, of Waukegon, Ill., Glenn M., Leslie C., and Lyle F., all of South Milwaukee.

On Dec. 9, 1922 she was married to Mr. Archie Bruce Little of Charles City, Iowa. After living for a while at Charles City, they moved to South Milwaukee, July 1, 1925, which place has been her home since.

She was a patient sufferer during her long illness and sought comfort in the Great Redeemer.

Besides her husband and six children, she leaves to mourn, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Hansen of Alexandria Minn., and Mrs. Mattie Bick, of Forada, Minn., both of whom were her to attend the funeral, and one brother. Rame French, of Los Angeles Calif., and eleven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 p. m. in the M. E. church at Nashua, Iowa, with Rev. G. A. Hess of Charles City, officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Greenwood cemetery, by the side of her first husband.


Harvey Joseph Mathissen
Source: Morning Oregonian (Portland, OR) July 19, 1917; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DIED.
MATHISEN - July 17, at 860 Tillamook st., Harvey Joseph Mathisen, aged 48 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Rose Ellen Mathisen, father of Eleanor, Bernice, Joseph, Margaret and Marion Mathisen, son of Captain and Mrs. Joseph Mathisen, of Evansville, Minn., and brother of Mrs. H. G. Urie and Mrs. P. L. and George B. Mathisen, of Chicago. The funeral will leave the above residence tomorrow (Friday), July 20, at 8:30 A. M., thence to the Church of the Madelaine, East twenty-third and Siskiyou streets, where services will be held at 9 o'clock. Interment at Mount Calvary Cemetery. A. R. Zeller Undertaking Company are in charge of arrangements.


William Mitchell
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (SD) Wednesday, 22 Aug. 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

ALEXANDRIA, Minn., Aug. 22. - Former Associate Justice William Mitchell of the Minnesota supreme court, one of the best known jurists in the United States, died at a club house on Lake Miltoona at 9:50 a.m. Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock he suffered a stroke of paralysis and did not again regain consciousness.

Judge Mitchell came here a few days ago from his home at the Aberdeen hotel in St. Paul, and was one of a large party who were enjoying the fishing on Lake Miliona, one of the beautiful chain of lakes in this park region.

A few members of his family were with the judge at the time of his death. It is understood final burial will be at his former home in Winona.

William Mitchell was born in Ontario in 1832, and came to the United States in 1848. He came to Minnesota in 1857, was active in politics and served in the legislature of 1859-1860. He was judge of the Third judicial circuit from 1874 to 1881, and in 1881 was elected associate justice of the supreme court, which position he held until two years ago.


Karin Longfrindson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Saturday, 6 May 1893) transcribed by FoFG mz

WILMOT, S. D., May 5. - Karin Longfrindson an old woman living on the reservation, was found dead in her shanty. She probably died several weeks before she was discovered. The nearest neighbor lives several miles away. Papers found in her shanty show that she was from Alexandria, Minn., and that she possessed property in notes, bills and exchange, amounting to thousands of dollars.


John Lundstrom

O. C. Westman
Source: Grand Forks Daily Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Thursday, September 7 1899; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

INSTANTLY KILLED.
By Lightning Were Two Men - Others Were Injured.

Garfield, Minn., Sept. 7.-John L. Larson, John Lundstrom, Albert Larson and Henry Eggan, of Garfield, and O. C. Westman from Belle River, threshers, while returning from Brandon this evening were struck by lightning. Lundstrom and Westman were killed instantly. The others were more or less injured but will recover.


Julius Miller
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday, 22 Nov. 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz

BEMIDJI, Minn., Nov. 21. - Julius Miller, a pioneer resident of the city, died at his home here early yesterday morning after a lingering illness from cancer of the stomach. He was 53 years of age and leaves a wife, two sons and one daughter. He came to Bemidji in May, 1900. The remains will be taken to his old home at Alexandria for internment.


Mrs. Knute Nelson
Source: Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) Saturday, 12 Aug. 1922; transcribed by FoFG mz

St. Paul, Aug. 11. - Funeral services for Mrs. Knute Nelson, wife of U.S. Senator Nelson, who died in Washington Wednesday, will be held at Alexandria, Minn., Sunday at 4 p.m., according to word received here tonight by Governor Preus, who with Mrs. Preus will attend the services.


Mrs. O. F. Peake
Source: Minneapolis Journal (1 Nov. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Alexandria, Minn., Nov. 1. - Mrs. O. F. Peake died last night. She was stricken a week ago with a severe remitiant fever and had been lying at death's door ever since. The funeral will be tomorrow, from the Methodist church. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Houderson, are here.


Everet Peterson
Source: Appeal to Reason (Girard, KS) March 18, 1916; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Comrade Everet Peterson died at Forada, Minn. He was a red card member of the Socialist party and a fearless and tireless worker for Socialism. He had a host of friends and will be missed by all.


Charles Thompson
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (MN) August 5, 1903; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Funeral of Charles Thompson, aged 20, of this city, who died Aug. 3 at Garfield, Minn., will take place from the Swedish Augustana Lutheran church, Eleventh avenue S and Seventh street to-morrow at 1:30 p. m. Interment at Layman's cemetery.


Harry Turnlund
Source: The Denison Review (IA) April 17, 1918; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Dow City Items.
Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Turnland received the sad news Tuesday morning of the death of their son, Harry, which occurred at his home in Forada, Minn., being due to a severe attack of pneumonia. His brother Elmer and wife, of Council Bluffs, upon receiving word of his serious condition, started Monday evening to be with him but he passed away shortly before their arrival.

Harry Turnlund, son of Andrew P. and Caroline Johnson Turnlund, was born at Dennison, Iowa, April 14, 1883 and died at his home in Forada, Minn., April 9, 1918, at the age of 34 years 11 months and 25 days.

In 1884 the family moved to Dow City and he continued his residence here until he was grown. He acquired his education in our schools and when about 15 years of age, he entered the service of the C. & N. W. Railway company as helper to station agent Sherman and learned telegraphy. He was apt and quickly acquired the necessary knowledge and a year before he completed his high school course, was given a position with the company, since which time he has held responsible positions with credit to both himself and his employees. For the last fourteen years he has been in Minnesota. While located at Winger he met and married Miss Clara Harvey. To this union four children were born: Hazel, James, Clifford and Kenneth, who, with their mother, survive him. Also surviving him are his parents, three brothers, Elmer, of Council Bluffs, John, of Cherokee, and James, who is in the services now located at Camp Green, North Carolina, and three sisters, Hilda, a teacher in the Dow City schools, Mrs. Kate Buss of Dow City and Esther, a teacher of several years experience but who is now pursuing a commercial course at Council Bluffs. A brother and sister have preceded him to the Great Beyond.

He was a man of great integrity, yet with quiet ways. He found his greatest delight and enjoyment in his family and his work. He has been called in the prime of his life, to a higher service and will receive his just reward for his faithful service here.

His wife and companion with two of the children and other relatives and friends arrived by train Thursday, afternoon with the body. The funeral procession proceeded to the home of his parents where the family and the friends took their last look and after a brief prayer, proceeded to the First Methodist church where the funeral services were held, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. B. Adams, who took hor his text, Psa. 102:34 and 103:15-16.

Interment was made in the Dow City cemetery. The funeral was very largely attended, and floral tributes were many and beautiful. One piece was the remembrance from the Telegrapher's Union and one from the Ladies' Aid society at Forada, Minn., besides several from local organizations.

The hearts of all are in sympathy for those left in mourning especially in the family circle where he will be so missed.


Clara Wennberg
Source: Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) Sunday, October 27, 1935; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

MRS. JOHN A. WENNBERG
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Wennberg, 91 years old, who died Thursday at her home, 405 N. 48th St. will be held at 1:30 o'clock to-morrow in the chapel of Johnson & Sons, with burial at Evergreen.

Mrs. Wennberg was the widow of John A. Wennberg. She was born in Sweden and came to the United States in 1882. She had resided here thirteen years.

Surviving are two sons, Louis Wennberg of Enumclaw and C. D. Wennberg of Garfield, Minn., and two daughters, Mrs. A. A. Nelson of Spokane, and Mrs. C. G. Palmer of Sauk Center, Minn.


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