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Henry F. Barker
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1910, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman. 

Cambridge, Minn.-Henry F. Barker, former state senator from the forty-fifth district, died at his home here at 1 a.m. today, after an illness of a month of heart and stomach trouble.  He was 60 years of age and had been prominent in the politics and business interests of this section over thirty years.

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Source: The Princeton Union (MN) Dec. 15, 1910; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

HON. H. F. BARKER DIES
Was a Member of State Senate Eight Years and Previously Served in the Lower House.
He Took Great Interest in the Advancement of Education and Public Improvements
Hon. H. F. Barker passed away at his residence in Cambridge at an early hour Monday morning. It was known that he had been ailing from an affection of the heart but it was thought he was in no immediate danger, and the news of his death was a shock to his many friends in this vicinity. The funeral was held from the family residence yesterday afternoon; business was entirely suspended in Cambridge, and the immense concourse of people who attended the services and escorted the remains to the cemetery testified to the high esteem in which deceased was held in the community and the sincere sympathy that was felt for his sorrow-stricken family.

A large delegation of the members of the Odd Fellows' lodge of Princeton six automobile loads - attended the funeral and participated in the services at the grave. Others present from Princeton were T. H. Caley, S. S. Petterson, Chas. Keith, E. L. McMillan and R. C. Dunn, all old friends of Mr. Barker. Several Princeton relatives of the deceased, including Mr. and Mrs. Ira Stanley and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Stark, also attended the funeral.

Henry F. Barker was born in Naples, Maine, in 1850. He came of good old stock and was a member of the Minnesota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He received a liberal educatin and was graduated from the Albany law school. He came to Minnesota first in 1868, and worked that winter at Leavitt & Horr's camp on Mike Drew in the present town of Hayland, this county. He went back to Maine in 1870, was admitted to practice law in 1875, and returned to Minnesota in 1876. He was elected county superintendent of schools of Mille Lacs county in 1877. The following year he moved to Cambridge and was elected county attorney of Isanti county, an office which he acceptably filled for eight terms or sixteen years. He was elected to the lower branch of the state legislature from the 28th district - east Hennepin, Anoka and Isanti - in 1882, and again from the same district in 1886; in 1898 he was elected to the state senate from the 45th district - Anoka, Isanti, Mille Lacs and Sherburne - and was re-elected in 1902 by a large majority after a sharp contest. Thus he served eight years continuously in the state senate and in a highly creditable manner. In 1900 he was a delegate from the Eighth congressional district to the republican national convention and several times previously had been elected as an alternate to republican national conventions. No resident of Isanti was ever accorded more political honors than H. F. Barker. He took an active part in the business affairs of Cambridge and was interested in the Cambridge starch factory and other manufacturing enterprises. For several years Mr. Barker was the owner and editor of the Isanti County Press, the oldest county paper, which finally merged with the Independent. Mr. Barker was always interested in the cause of education and to him more than to any other man is Cambridge indebted for the splendid school facilities it enjoys today.

On Nov. 27, 1879, at the Congregational church in Princeton by Rev. David Henderson, Mr. Barker was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Byers, one of Princeton's fairest daughters. It was a happy union and was blessed with five children - Mrs. Minerva Hixon, Ethel, Ruth, Blaine and Henry - all of whom, together with Mrs. Barker, and a brother, Dr. George Barker of Wisconsin, survive him. The oldest brother, A. P. Barker of Princeton, died in 1883.

Henry F. Barker was a good and useful citizen and a considerate and affectionate husband and father. His death is sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


Olaf Blomquist
Source: Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) Saturday, January 27, 1900; transcribed by FoFG mz

Cambridge, Minn., Jan. 21. - Olaf Blomquist, one of Isanti county's oldest settlers, died at his home in Spencer Brook this week. He came to this country from Sweden in 1863, landing at Quebec. He had resided in Spencer Brook for thirty years.


Christine Bloom
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 14 Sept. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

Bloom, Christine, age 49, 4518 Dodge street. Died Sept. 6 of endocarditis. Internment at Cambridge, Minn., Sept. 10.


Anna Dahl
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Monday, 10 Jan. 1916; transcribed by FoFG mz

WARBA, Minn., Jan. 9.- Mrs. Anna Dahl, age 85, died at the home of her son Erick, after an illness of several months. Deceased had made her home here 13 years, coming from Cambridge, Minn. Funeral services were held at the Swedish Lutheran church. Deceased is survived by two sons, Erick Lewis and Peter Dahl.


Mrs. Dall & unborn child
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Friday, August 17, 1877; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Shocking if True
In the Rush City Post, of August 10th, appears the following article under the heading of "A Horrible Murder." We hope the two medical gentlemen are misrepresented, and that they can clear themselves; but if the facts are as the Post's correspondent represents them to be, then, in the name of outraged humanity let the Isanti county authorities investigate the matter at once. This affair demands a thorough and impartial investigation; we await the action of the Isanti county authorities before commenting further.

Here is the article:
Stark, Aug. 2.
Saturday, July 28th, having occasion to go over, into Isanti county, that part generally known as the "Dall" settlement, we learned from several parties that a young married lady, on the eve of confinement had been relentlessly butchered. I went directly to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Smith, and Henry Johnson, husband of the deceased, and learned from them the particulars of the sad affair, which are as follows: Saturday evening, July 21st, Mrs. Annie Johnson was taken sick, when Dr. Lee, of Cambridge, was immediately sent for and arrived at 11 o'clock p.m., the same evening. The work of nature not being instantaneous, the Rev. Doctor proceeds to force the matter in which he succeeded so far as to tear both arms from the yet unborn child. The heart-rending shrieks and prayers from mercy and life from the suffering woman were unheeded, and when her husband came weeping to the bedside, he was told by Lee that he knew nothing about such business, and driven from the room. Lee not having succeeded in his hellish work by Sunday afternoon, sent for Dr. DeCousen, of Cambridge, who under the direction of Lee, administered chloroform, and then the knife was taken to finish the work, opening Mrs. Johnson on the left side of the abdomen, severing veins, and causing the blood to spatter the walls of the room several feet distant. The suffering woman lingered till early Monday morning, and then and not then, was her husband allowed to see of speak to her, was not allowed to hear one parting word from the lips of her he loved so well. But when they had accomplished their inhuman work they invited him in and delivered up to him the mangled corpse of his wife and yet unborn infant. Thus in the short space of two days a happy family is broken up by a pretentious, inhuman and unmerciful fiend. Shall out county be disgraced and dishonored by letting such a deliberate murderer go free.

The lady was twenty-five years of age, and had one child before.


Margareta Danielsen
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Thursday, September 14, 1905; transcribed by FoFG mz

CAMBRIDGE, Minn., Sept. 13. - Mrs. Margareta Danielsen, who, according to the last census, was the oldest person in Minnesota, died today. She was born August 24, 1801, therefore being 104 years and 20 days old.

The birthplace of Mrs. Danielsen was Brunsberg, Elfdalen, Sweden, her maiden name being Larson. She married Olof Danielsen in 1829. They came over to this country in 1857, in the sailing vessel "Danzig," 13 weeks being required for the voyage. They landed at Quebec, going directly to Galesburg, Ill., then to Lansing, Ia., and coming to Isanti county in the spring of 1860, where they have remained since.


A. Engdahl
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Thursday, 22 Aug. 1918; transcribed by FoFG mz

Dr. J. J. Eklund left yesterday for Ortonville, Minn., to attend the funeral services of his brother-in-law, Rev. A. Engdahl. The late Rev. Mr. Engdahl was pastor of the First Swedish Lutheran church of this city in 1873-74. He later removed to Cambridge, Minn., and then to Ortonville. He is survived by his widow and three sons and three daughters.


Nels Enguist
Source: Evening Star (Washington DC) Monday, August 10, 1885; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

A FAMILY STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.-At Bradford, Minn, lightning struck the house of Nels Enguist, the family all being in bed at the time. The electric fluid entered every room, killing Mr. Enguist, aged about sixty-four years, and in another room the hired man named Swanson, was also killed. John Enguist, the eldest son, was in bed with Swanson, and his escape was remarkable. He was badly burned on his legs and arms. Four others of the family were also injured, three remaining unconscious for some time.


Charles Erickson
Source: The Rhinelander Daily News (WI) December 5, 1947; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Charles Erickson, Ex-Resident, Dies
Word has been received here of the death of Charles Erickson, a former Rhinelander resident, in a Princeton, Minn., hospital, last Friday, Nov. 28. His wife Augusta, is in a critical condition in the same hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Erickson lived on Eagle Street and were well known in Rhinelander. About seven years ago they moved to Dalbo, Minn., where they were living at the time they became ill and were hospitalized.

Mr. Erickson, who had been ill for two weeks prior to his death, was buried Monday at Dalbo, Minn.


Dan Erickson and Family
Source: Aberdeen Daily News (Aberdeen, SD) Thursday, April 20, 1893; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

SAD ENDING OF A SPREE AT BRADFORD, MINNESOTA.
NEW YORK, April 20.-A special to The Press from Cambridge, Minn., says: The house of Dan Erickson of Bradford was burned with all the household effects, and the man, his wife and two children were cremated alive. Two of his neighbors had spent part of the day with Erickson, and the three drank liberally of liquor. It is supposed that while attempting to light his pipe in a drunken condition, he dropped some fire and was unable to quench it himself. The remainder of the family were sleeping upstairs.


Arvid Freeden
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Friday, 27 Mar. 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

CAMBRIDGE, Minn., March 26. - Arvid Freeden, a farmer, 30 years old, living three miles east of here, committed suicide last night by shooting.


Harriet Hall
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, February 28, 1901; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Harriet Hall, wife of George Wallace Hall, died at the home of Henry Steeves at Wyanett, Feb. 18.

Mrs. Hall was born in the State of New York March 11, 1826. She was an old resident of this part of Minnesota, having come here from Illinois over thirty years ago. Besides her husband six children survive her. These are Joseph Nokes, of Princeton; Charles Nokes, of Riverton, Utah; John Nokes, of Eugene, Ore.; Nathan Osman, of Wyanett; Mrs. Brascilla Nell, of Riverton, Utah, and Mrs. Eudora Sams, of Wilderville, Oregon.

The deceased leaves many friends who extend their sympathies to the bereaved family.

The funeral took place Feb. 19, services being held at the house. Rev. Satterlee officiated.


Mrs. William Hanson
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, April 23, 1903; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Mrs. William Hanson of Spring Vale who was brought to the Northwestern hospital last week and was operated on for acute appendicitis died on Friday, not being able to survive the operation. When brought to the hospital peritonitis had progressed to such an extent that it was impossible to save her. The body was taken to Spring Vale for burial.


Emma A. Hawkins
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Sunday, 18 May 1913; transcribed by FoFG mz

Mrs. Emma A. Hawkins, age 29, 619 Twenty-third avenue West, died yesterday at her home, after a long illness. The body will tomorrow be sent from Olson & Crawford's undertaking rooms, to Cambridge, Minn., for burial.


Iver Johnson
Source: The Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN) April 13, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

BLEW OUT THE GAS; FOUND DEAD IN BED
A young man 18 years old, supposed to be Iver Johnson of Carmody, was found dead as the result of gas poisoning in a lodginghouse at 212 Fourth street S this morning.

The young man went to the lodginghouse Wednesday night and engaged the room for two nights. Wednesday night he went to bed before dark and did not use the gas. Last night he went to his room later and the clerk lighted the gas for him.

This morning the proprietor noticed the ordor of gas and breaking in the door found the man dead in bed. It is thought that he blew out the gas.

The body was removed to the morgue and Coroner Kistler decided that death was due to accident. The man did not give his name and the only means of identification was a pocketknife with a transparent handle bearing the name, Iver Johnson, Carmody, Minn.


Bebeanna M. Krzyzanowski
Source: Cambridge Star, March 19, 1975, Thursday - Submitted by Kathie Marynik

Funeral services for Bebeanna M. Krzyzanowski were conducted on Saturday, March 8, 1975, at Christ the King Catholic Church, with Father Eugene Belair officiating. The organist was Mrs. O. J. Miller. The pallbearers were Virgil H. Callin, Bert Platcke, Gordon H. Erickson, Thomas Schibilla, and Lawrence Lood. Interment was in the Cambridge Union Cemetery. A prayer service was conducted on Friday evening at the Carlson Funeral Home.
Bebeanna M. Krzyzanowski was born in Warsaw, ND on Nov. 3, 1910, the daughter of Joseph and Amelia Marynik. She grew to womanhood and attended school in the Warsaw and Drayton area. On Feb. 27, 1928 she was united in marriage to Alex Krzyzanowski in Drayton, ND. They resided for a time in northern Minnesota, later making their home in Milwaukee, Detroit, and North Dakota. They moved to Minot, ND in 1935 and in December 1941, they moved to the Cambridge community where they have since resided.
Mrs. Krzyzanowski passed away at the Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, MN. on Thursday, March 6, 1975 at the age of 64. She is survived by three sons, Alex Jr., Coon Rapids; Edward, Omaha, NE.; and Louis, Anoka, MN.; four daughters, Mrs. Emily Platzke, Minneapolis; Mrs. Virgil Callin (Frances) Isanti, MN.; Mrs. Gordon Erickson (Helen) of Grandy; and Mrs. David Pieper (Irene), Isanti; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; five sisters, Christine Misialek, minton, ND; Pearl Glenn, Drayton, ND; Pauline Younes and Sophie Kerian, both of Sacramento, CA; Barbara McCann, Langdon, ND; two brothers, Walter Marynik, Arvado, CO; and Julian Marynik, Grand Forks, ND. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alex; one son, Frank; one daughter, Agnes; and one brother, Peter.


Gus A. Lemke
Source: The Bend Bulletin (OR) May 14, 1945; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

LEMKE FUNERAL TO BE HELD TUESDAY
The funeral for Gus A. Lemke, 63, proprietor of the North Junction service station, who suddenly stricken last Friday in a Portland hotel while visiting his son on furlough, will be held at the Niswonger and Winslow funeral chapel tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., it was announced today. Burial is to be in Greenwood cemetery.

Mr. Lemke was born at Crown, Minn., and in 1904 married Minnie Rose Schwab, who survives him. They came to Bend in 1911, and for 15 years Mr. Lemke was an employe of Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company Inc. In 1937 he started into business at the service station, which he was operating at the time of his death.

A son, Sgt. James W. Lemke of Paine field, Seattle, and a daughter, Jennie Keep, who resides with her mother, also survive. Other survivors are Albert Lee Lemke, Portland, and Archie and Buddie Keep of Bend, grandsons; three brothers, Theodore Lemke, Hot Springs, Ark., Robert Lemke, Zimerman, Minn., and Walter Lemke of Portland; five sisters, Bertha Ivert, Riverside, Calif., Martha Mooney and Lydia Becklin, Chicago, and Dell Barth, St. Paul, Minn. Two nieces, Evelyn Samples and Joyce Schwab, reside in Bend.


James B. Lunney
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Saturday, October 17, 1908; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

TAKE BODY TO OLD HOME.
(Range Bureau of the News Tribune.)

VIRGINIA, Oct. 16.-The body of Jas. B. Lunney, who was killed near Cook several days ago, was today shipped to Braham, Minn., the old home of the deceased.


Gotfrid Nelson
Source: Willmar Tribune (MN) March 2, 1904; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Willmar friends will sympathize with the family of Rev. Nelson, formerly pastor of the Swedish Lutheran church here, in the death of their youngest son, Gotfrid, which occurred at their home at Dalbo, Minn., Saturday, Feb. 20.


Bertha Olson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Tuesday, 14 Sept. 1920; transcribed by FoFG mz

Olson, Bertha, age 79, Bayview Gardens. Died Aug. 27. Internment at Cambridge, Minn, Aug. 30.


Joseph Clifford Olson
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minn.) Wednesday, 3 June 1914; transcribed by FoFG mz

The body of Joseph Clifford Olson, age 15 months, who died Tuesday, was sent to Cambridge, Minn., yesterday morning for internment. Short funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Ludin, 1523 Cumming avenue.


Lena Olson
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, June 7, 1902; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Mrs. Lena Olson, wife of G. C. Olson, poastmaster of Bradford, and well known in this village, died Tuesday morning of consumption. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Her death was a very sad one as she left a little son one month old.


Mrs. Peters
Source: The Wahpeton Times (Wahpeton, ND) February 26, 1914; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. John Radtke received word last Thursday of the death of her mother, Mrs. Peters, at her home in Athens, Minn. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age.


Sarah M. Richards
Source: The Princeton Union (MN) Jan 26, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Sarah M. Richards died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. A. Linton, at Tolin, Isanti county, on Friday, January 20. She was born in Ohio on June 12, 1832, and was married on February 22, 1856, to Alvin S. Richards at Cresco, Iowa. Six children survive her - Mrs. Samuel D. Richards, Galena, Ill.; Mrs. Thos. A. Linton, Dalbo, Minn.; Guy E. Richards, Manitou, Alberta; Mrs. G. La Forge, Yorktown, Mich.; Mrs. Ella Walsh, Mount, Mich. She also leaves one brother, S. I. Halstead of Dayton, Oregon, and one sister, Mrs. Amy E. Burdick of Postville, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at the family residence in Tolin on Sunday forenoon and were conducted by Rev. I. N. Goodell of the Princeton M. E. church. Appropriate selections were rendered by the choir of the same church. Undertaker George Ross conveyed the remains to Oak Knoll cemetery, where they were interred. The pallbearers, all neighbors and friends of deceased, were as follows:, Robert Sisson, Oscar Carlson, Peter Hedlund, Ole Tolin, Eric Tolin and Axel Anderson.

"Grandma" Richards, as she was affectionately called by her many friends, was a woman of an exemplary type. She was a true Christian and had belonged to the Methodist church since she was 12 years of age. The community in which she lived will greatly miss her kindly face and Mr. and Mrs. Linton, with whom she had made her home for many years, feel deeply her loss.

Her two grand daughters, Mrs. Gussie White of Ogilvie and Mrs. Daisy Tokken of Raymond, S. D., attended the obsequies. They had a deep affection for their grandmother, and though they realized that she had lived more than the allotted span, they mourned deeply when they took their last farewell.


Marie E. Sarner
Contributed by Barb Moksnes

Funeral arrangements were held for Marie E. Sarner, Cambridge, on Monday, October 22 at 2:00 pm at the Cambridge Lutheran church with the Rev. R. N. Pearson officiating. Soloist was Mrs. Elmer Johnson, who sang "Children of the Heavenly Father", and "Where My Saviour Leads Me". Pallbearers were Allan Nelson, Nels Berg, A. M. Wahl, Blaine Barker, Thorvald Nelson, Rene Stadin. Interment was at the Cambridge Union Cemetery. Mrs. Sarner was born Marie E. Anderson, daughter of Morris and Ingeborg Anderson, February 9, 1882 at Reynolds, N.D. she was baptized and confirmed at the Walle Lutheran Church, Reynolds, and on November 9, 1905, was married to John D. Sarner. Mr. and Mrs. Sarner resided at Dalbo until 1912, moved to Cambridge and have made their home here until the death of Mr. Sarner at which time Mrs. Sarner lived with her children. At the time of her death, she resided at the Elim Home, Princeton. Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. G. R. Vinger, Cambridge, and Mrs. A. C. Mattson, Forest Lake. 2 Grandchildren, Mrs. R. H. Moksnes, Madison, Wisc., and Neil Mattson, Austin, Minn., 2 sisters Mrs. Erik Maum, Wolf Point, Mont., Mrs. E. Anderson, Grand Forks, N.D., 3 brothers, H. C. Anderson Grand Forks, N.D., P. A. Anderson, Milton, N.D., and C. J. Anderson of Seattle, Wash.


John Delaware Sarner
Contributed by Barb Moksnes

Local Man Loses Life In Accident Sunday
Funeral services for Mr. Sarner will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 from the Berglund Funeral Home. Mr. Sarner retired last November from the postal service after 38 years on the job in Cambridge. He entered the service as a rural carrier June 2, 1913, and transferred to postal clerk in 1929. He was appointed Postmaster in 1947. He is survived, in addition to his wife, by 2 daughters, Mrs. Laura Vinger, of Walker, Minn., and Mrs. Mildred Mattson of Forest Lake, and 2 grandchildren.
[Mr. Sarner was killed instantly when the car in which he was riding was hit head on by another, driven by Gordon Brindos. This accident happened on Hwy 61, about 1 mile south of North Branch in 1952.]


Clara Schulte
Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, September 14, 1906; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Mrs. Clara Schulte, wife of Edward Schulte, a former member of the police department and for the past year inspector in the city engineers office, died yesterday at her home, 15 East Eighth street, aged 31 years, of consumption. She had been ill for several months. She leaves a son aged 2 years. The funeral will be held at Durkan & Crawford's undertaking rooms at 2 p.m. today. The remains will be taken to Braham, Minn., for interment.


Olof Shogmon
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) July 17, 1879; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Olof Shogmon, of Cambridge City, Isanti county, a Swede, aged about 50 years, hung himself, July 10th, to an oak tree in the woods near his house. Cause, long continued ill-health.


Fred Sundberg
Source: The Princeton Union (Princeton, MN) Thursday, November 9, 1899; submitted by Jim Dezotell

Blue Hill
Fred Sundberg, of Isanti, an inmate of the school for feeble-minded at Fairbault, committed suicide by hanging himself last week.


Andrew Tangler
Source: The Saint Paul Globe (MN) September 28, 1880; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

DEATH FROM EXPOSURE NEAR NORTH BRANCH.
A hunter named Fitch Sunday morning, about two miles northeast of North Branch, came across the body of Andrew Tangler, a swede, 68 years old, who disappeared from his home in Isanti county, about three miles east from North Branch, on the 27th of July. The old man was physically feeble and before his disappearance manifested some weakness of mind in a great longing to return to the place of his birth. The body was very much decomposed, but was identified by a ten dollar bill found on it, which the old man had carried for a year or more. An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Ingalls and a verdict given that he came to his death from exposure. His sons took charge of the remains.




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